January 31, 2020 YEAR OF THE RAT EDITION

Ashland High School-- Oregon

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This week's Grizz...

  • Winter Formal - "The Boujee Rouge" - Be a Chaperone! Donate a raffle prize!
  • 9th Grade Careers and Gears February 6
  • We need Bus Drivers!
  • Spring Conferences March 5 & 6
  • Jack Frost Dodge ball, Chinese New Year and More Upcoming Events

"The Boujee Rouge" Winter Formal Dance

Mark your calendars – this year’s winter formal dance is “The Boujee Rouge!”

The Boujee Rouge will be held on February 8th from 8pm-11pm at the Ashland Hills Hotel Ballroom. Tickets will go on sale on February 3rd during lunch and at the door for $10. All proceeds go to support National Honor Society scholarships for AHS students.

Dances are a great part of the high school experience. At AHS, our goal is to sponsor dances that are safe, inclusive and fun. We have been working closely with AHS staff, the AHS National Honor Society and Student Leadership throughout the fall to re-double our efforts and refine our strategies to provide dances that are positive experiences for all students.

Entrance to the dance will close at 9:30pm. If your student leaves the dance, they will not be allowed to re-enter. All students are required to show their Student ID at the door. If they plan to bring a guest from another school, they need to pick up a “Dance Guest” Form in the Main Office and have that form signed by an administrator at the guest’s school

Help us Help your Student! Be a Chaperone!

These events are not possible without your help! Adult involvement supports a positive dance experience. Chaperones supervise things like coat check, the dance floor, water stations, lounge area, game area, bathrooms, outside areas, and more. We will also have AHS administrators, and teacher staff at the dance. APD also lends a hand.

We need YOUR help! We are seeking volunteer chaperones for two shifts:

Early Shift: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Late Shift: 9:30pm – 11:15pm

If you are interested, email Nora Godfrey (NHS Advisor) at Please include what shift you can do, two stations you’d like to work, and a contact phone number.

Can’t Chaperone But Want To Donate A Raffle Prize?

We need great prizes for kids, staff and even chaperones. If you can contribute, please email Nora Godfrey (NHS Advisor) at

Things to know about the dance:

Student Ally Program:

  • In addition to adult support, we will have a group of welcoming and responsible National Honor Society students who have stepped up to be allies for peers and active bystanders. We go by the model: “Be BA’DASS” Be Aware, Decide to Act, Say Something. Allies will be available at the dance for students who would like to seek support from a peer and act as a liaison between students and chaperones. They will be seen wearing glowing necklaces.


  • Our dance will offer lots of fun activities such as corn hole, twister, jenga, karaoke and dance competitions between staff and students. And we will also offer students the chance to win a raffle announced at the dance. Our DJ will promote hydration and taking moments to cool off. It is rumored that Mr. Preskenis will show us his b-boy moves.

Education, Accountability and Kindness:

  • The week before the dance, all students will watch a preparatory video created by our students in the National Honor Society to communicate clear expectations for the dance. Students will also sign a pledge at the time they purchase a ticket that focuses on positive citizenship and common expectations for the event. We encourage you as parents and guardians to review the pledge with your student and set expectations with them.
  • When students purchase a ticket, they will be agreeing to hold themselves to AHS School rules: Act Responsibly, Show Integrity, and Have Respect.
  • Students are responsible for holding themselves and their friends accountable for appropriate behavior.

TCB Lesson:

  • Students will view the preparatory video in their TCB class to inform them of the pledge, the Student Ally’s, and remind them of our expectations for behavior while at this event.

We are excited to support an inclusive, vibrant, connected, and joy-filled “Boujee Rouge!”

Upcoming Events!

9th Graders Careers in Gear - Thursday, February 6

On February 6th the 9th Graders will attend Careers in Gear in Medford. They will be released from class at 11:05am to have an early lunch and board the buses by 11:30am. We will return by 2:15 and they will attend their last period class (4th).

Thanks for your all you do and if you are interested in being a chaperone for this very well organized and life changing (possibly) event, please let me know.

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Spring Conferences are scheduled March 5 from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM and March 6 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Information on scheduling with individual teachers will be available soon.

Returning students will need to attend a small group forecasting schedule with a counselor to request courses for 2020-2021.

More details coming – stay tuned!

Jack Frost Dodgeball!! - Saturday, February 8

It's that time of year again! Jack's Dodgeball Olympics is right around the corner! Gather your friends and family, make a team of 6, and compete! Registration forms can be found in the main office. Registraion is $6 for students and $10 for adults. Send registration information to: You can also take a good quality picture of a filled out form and text it to Trish Dorr at 541-778-4960! Forms with payments can be turned into any of the Ashland School’s front offices, or mailed to: Friends of Jack Dorr 738 S. Mountain Ave. Ashland, OR 97520 All proceeds go to Doernbecher’s Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Program! Have fun for a great cause!
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Chinese New Year Celebrations! - Saturday, February 8

The 2020 Year of the Rat Parade in Jacksonville will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 8th. You and your student are invited to join Chinese teacher Shu Wen Chang and her students to attend!

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This Week's Highlights!

Travel Opportunities

Bus Drivers Wanted

Do you want to make a difference in a child’s life? Come join our team of dedicated school bus drivers with the Ashland School District! No CDL? No problem! We offer on-site job training for your Class B CDL. You must be able to pass criminal / driving background checks and a drug test. If you’re interested in Good Pay, Benefits, and driving Good Equipment, see our job postings or call for more information: 541-482-3174

Posting 19-93 Bus Driver, Transportation: $15.60 per hour, 4.2 hours per day, benefitted position

Posting 16-122 Substitute Bus Driver, Ashland School District: hours vary depending on need, salary based on Classified Salary Schedule

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Senior News

Memory Tassels at $10!

Stop by the front office to purchase one today
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Senior Project Presentations - Friday, May 1

Seniors will present their capstone projects to a panel of community members. (Half day for 9th and 10th graders.)

Cap and Gown Delivery - Monday, May 11

Cap and Gown Orders will be distributed on May 11 during lunch in the theater lobby.

Graduation!!!! - May 29, 2020

Counseling Office

Counselors Are Here To Help

Counselors are here to help your students succeed. Students can drop in at the counseling office during school hours to fill out a counselor reservation form, or email or call 541 482 8771 x2114 to schedule an appointment.

Counselors are assigned by student's last name as follows:

Keri Phipps (All Freshmen)

Diane Berry (Last Names A-He)

Kalli Walker (Last Names Hi-Me)

Jeff Roscher (Last Names Mi-Z)


Attention Seniors: Check out our “Scholarship Opportunities” bulletin board outside the Counseling office. You can also find a complete listing of Local, OSAC and Current Scholarships & Opportunities on the AHS website:

Attention Juniors: There are a couple scholarship opportunities for you as well. If you have questions, please contact Karyn Barats in the Counseling Office, or call 541-482-2278.

College Information Newsletter - Fall 2019


Throughout the school year, college admissions officers visit AHS to talk with students about their respective schools. If a visit is during class, students should get pre-approval from the teacher. College visits, times and locations are listed in the daily announcements and posted in the College and Career Center (CCC). Visits are held in the CCC unless otherwise announced. Currently, the following visits are scheduled, but new schools will be added their visits are scheduled. For more information contact Jen Marsden at

Looking Ahead at February 2020

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Volunteer Opportunities - Earn Community Service Hours

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ASF Fund Drive Phoning Night - Thursday, April 23

The ASF Fund Drive will be kicking off in April! If you'd like to volunteer, contact Kelly Tygerson at

  • Thursday, April 23 - AHS

Ashland Parks and Recreation

The Ashland Parks and Recreation WinterSpring PlayGuide is out and have many opportunities for kids and families, all of which are listed here:

Check it out!

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School Websites

Bus Schedule

ASD Transportation 541 482 3174

Click here to see bus routes and times:

Students riding a bus to any location other than their designated bus stop must have parental permission and obtain a BUS PASS from the front office.

Student Parking

Parking is now enforced in all lots. All vehicles parked on student lots must display a parking pass. Parking passes may be purchased in the main office for $20 per year. Parking violations of any kind will receive a warning sticker for the first offense, a tire boot for the second offense and third offenses will be towed. Please contact for parking issues.
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