January 10, 2020

Ashland High School-- Oregon

Office Hours 7:45-4:15 (closes at 3:15 on Wednesdays)

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In This Week's Grizz-o-Gram

  • Finals Week Schedule / Snow Day Possibilities
  • Study Sessions
  • PSAT for 10th Grade Parents
  • Teen Drug and Alcohol Harm Reduction in Ashland Schools
  • LiFT for Teens and Parents, Jazz Festival and other Upcoming Events

Welcome back!

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First Semester Finals Scedule - January 14 - January 17


* Indicates that teachers are available in their classrooms

Tuesday, January 14

8:30 – 10:00AM Review and Study Session* - teachers will be available in their classrooms

~~~~~ 9:45 – 10:15 Snacks with the counselors in the commons

10:00 – 10:30AM Break

10:30 – 12:00PM 1st Period Exam

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:30PM 3rd Period Exam

2:30 – 4:00PM Teacher Grading Time

Wednesday, January 15

8:30 – 10:00AM Review and Study Session* - teachers will be available in their classrooms

~~~~~ 9:45 – 10:15 Snacks with the counselors in the commons

10:00 – 10:30AM Break

10:30 – 12:00PM 5th Period Exam

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:30PM 7th Period Exam

2:30 – 4:00PM Teacher Grading Time

Thursday, January 16

8:30 – 10:00AM Review and Study Session* - teachers will be available in their classrooms

~~~~~ 9:45 – 10:15 Snacks with the counselors in the commons

10:00 – 10:30AM Break

10:30 – 12:00PM 2nd Period Exam

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:30PM 4th Period Exam

2:30 – 4:00PM Teacher Grading Time

Friday, January 17

8:30 – 10:00AM Review and Study Session* - teachers will be available in their classrooms

~~~~~ 9:45 – 10:15 Snacks with the counselors in the commons

10:00 – 10:30AM Break

10:30 – 12:00PM 6th Period Exam

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:30PM 8th Period Exam

2:30 – 4:00PM Teacher Grading Time

What If There's a Snow Day During Finals Week?

Since it is predicted by some sources that there will be significant snow next week, we have developed an alternate plan for finals. Our Earth Science staff assure us that if we have a plan for snow, we can almost assure good weather.

The current finals schedule will remain in effect except in the case of inclement weather.

If a 2-hour delayed start occurs, the exam schedule will not change. Exams will start at 10:30. Study sessions will be unavailable.

If school closes for a day or multiple days, we will push into next week on January 22, 23 and 24 as needed.

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Need a little math help? Final Countdown Review and Study Session

This Sunday, January 12, from 12:00-4:00 PM in the IVC, the Math Honor Society is hosting a Final Countdown Review and Study Session. At the Final Countdown students have the opportunity to study with friends, get questions answered by peer tutors, practice speeches, hear test taking strategies, and/or get organizational help. Students from the Math Honor Society will be available to tutor and advise your students. Student led Final Exam strategy discussions will occur each hour on the hour. Short mindfulness breathing techniques, also led by students, will be offered on the half hour. Students may drop in for an hour or stay the entire afternoon. Sweet and savory snacks will be provided. All are welcome!

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Attention 10th grade Parents & Guardians: PSAT

The AHS Counseling Department will be holding a 10th grade class meeting on January, 27, 2020 to teach all 10th grade students how to interpret their PSAT score reports. Score reports will be mailed home by the end of January and will include additional information for parents to understand scores.

Teen Drug and Alcohol Harm Reduction in Ashland Schools

This semester, students in Ms. Floren’s Community Action Projects class at AHS chose to investigate a problem in their community, analyze policies to address it, and promote the policy they deem to be most suitable. The problem this semester’s students chose to analyze was teen alcohol and substance abuse.

After analyzing statistics, interviews with police, school administrators, parents and students in the community, they have chosen to embrace a policy of “harm reduction” in Ashland Schools.

They put together a policy they believe will create the most harm reduction and greatest positive impact on affected students. It includes Student Curriculum in 6th, 8th and 9th grades, Parent Workshops several times a year, and making Drug Testing Kits available to students through the AHS Health Center.

Our Final CAPs Presentation took place on Weds, Jan 8 at 4:45 in AHS Library. We were joined by school administrators, members of the Drug and Alcohol Coalition, Dept of Health and Human Services, Ashland School Board, parents, teachers, and our own State Senator, Jeff Golden.

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Ashland Independent Film Festival - Student Film Competition

Interested in submitting a film for the Independent Film Festival?
“We at the Ashland Independent Film Festival want to remind your students that we have just one week before the final deadline (Jan. 17th, 2020) for student LAUNCH submissions!

There’s no entry fee, films need only be 5 minutes (or under!), and there are cash prizes for the most unique, inventive, thought-provoking, and entertaining films in each category. Their best resource for information and helpful tips is here.

If you still have questions after exploring our AIFF LAUNCH links, we’re always here for you. Please feel free to email me at the address below – and if you’d prefer a phone call in return, be sure to include your phone number and times when you can be reached.

Remember… just a week to the submission deadline! If you’d like one of our AIFF Education staffers to visit your classroom in January, there’s still time. Just email us ASAP at the link at the bottom of the page, and we’ll schedule a classroom visit to help light the creative fire.

We hope to see many of your students’ films among those at our AIFF student LAUNCH screenings this year.

Kind regards,

Jana Carole
Education Coordinator

Ashland Jazz Festival - Saturday, January 25

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LiFT for Teens - Planned Parenthood Event

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LiFT - Family connection is a superpower!

Research shows that a strong parent-child relationship is a superpower that helps teens achieve their goals, and supports healthy teen outcomes, including:

• Decreased rates of unwanted teen pregnancy, STIs, depression, and drug and alcohol use.

• Increased school success.

Parents and teens alike say that they feel uncomfortable and ill-equipped to have conversations with one another about difficult topics, and this makes building strong connections very challenging.

We have a really exciting program coming up in Ashland and Grants Pass* for teens and the supportive adults in their lives to share family values, strengthen relationships, and gain communication skills. It is a 6-hour, evidence-based, engaging and interactive program that is open to all Rogue Valley 8th-12th graders and their parent(s)/supportive adults. The program is free for participants, and will include a catered lunch. See the flyer below and attached, and please direct any teens or adults you know that might be interested to me or the online RSVP form linked in the flyer! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Thank you for your support.

Check out the informational video:


*Please note that this is not a faith-based event, though it is supported by our faith-based partners.

Ashland Library

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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

Yearbook Parent Ads will be accepted until January 10

Looking for a creative way to tell your graduate, “I love you and I’m proud of you” now that their high school years are coming to an end? If the answer is yes, think about placing a “Senior Ads” in the yearbook. Yearbook dedication ads are a great way to give your child the special recognition they deserve, for everyone to see, in the 2020 yearbook.

Space will be filled on a first come first serve basis and we need to meet a minimum number of ads to place them in the book.

Proceeds of these ads help keep the cost of the yearbook low and provide books for students in need.

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Any additional information about these ads can be requested from

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 January 2020

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Volunteer Opportunities - Earn Community Service Hours

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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