December 14, 2018

Why Do They Do That?

The included information on brain development provides some needed reassurance as we try and understand why our teenagers make some of the choices they do! It also gives us important information as we discuss with our teens the impact on things they put in their body can have on brain development during this incredibly impactful time.

Brain Development and Teen Behavior

The Grizzly Invitational- Speech & Debate

The Grizzly Invitational is our biggest Speech and Debate event of the year. AHS is hosting over 200 students from 20 schools. Events start Friday at 4:15 pm and continue on Saturday and Sunday.

Student tournament directors, Sarah Aaronson, and Nicolaas VanDerZwan and their team have done a great job making sure that all the competitors who join us will have an enjoyable weekend of competition. More information available on the website:…

Winter Fine Arts Festival Friday, December 14th

AHAA presents the 27th Annual AHS Winter Fine Arts Festival on Friday, Dec. 14, highlighting AHS visual, musical, & performance arts. AHS alum Preston Mead will be the MC! This is the only showcase of all the arts at Ashland High School each year, including theater, music, photography, digital arts, textiles, fine art, woodworking, and culinary arts. Join us in the AHS Commons and Theatre for exhibits and dinner at 5:30 PM, followed by the show from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Tickets are $15 per person (children 4 and under are free) and available at the door. All proceeds benefit AHS high school arts programs. For more info see
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You can win this amazing GRIZZ QUILT!!

Ms. Davidson's Advanced Fiber Arts class created this one-of-a-kind, priceless, cozy quilt made from authentic AHS Grizzly T-shirts to be auctioned off at the Winter Fine Arts Fair on December 14th.
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Silent Auction and Live Music Saturday, December 15

The Ashland High School Peace Club is hosting a silent auction with live music at the Ashland Armory Upstairs Lounge on the 15th of December from 6-9pm. Peace to Thailand Club is planning a trip to build shelters for families in Thailand that are lacking an adequate form of housing. The trip is partnered with Habitat for Humanity.

Enjoy an evening of fine music, give the gift of shelter, and find a gift from a local business in the auction!

~ The Ashland High School Jazz Quartet and other local artists will be performing.

~The lounge is upstairs in the downtown Ashland Armory located at 208 Oak St, Ashland, OR.

AHS Band Concert Tuesday, December 18th

Beautiful music to be played for you! Get into the holiday spirit and attend the AHS Band Concert – “Home for the Holidays” Tuesday, December 18th, at 7:30 p.m., in the AHS Theater. The concert will also be featuring some great local artists.

National Honor Society

National Honor Society is selling candy canes every day at lunch on the quad. They are $2 each and they will be hand delivered "most likely by an elf" on Thursday, December 20.
The donations will go to the NHS Scholarship fund.
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Scholarship and Grant Information

ATTENTION JUNIORS: There are a few scholarships available just for Juniors! Visit the Counseling Department and check out the Current Scholarships board for scholarship opportunities!

ATTENTION SENIORS: For information on local and current scholarship opportunities, visit Under “Local Scholarships,” you will find scholarship descriptions and applications. Local Scholarship deadline is February 19, 2019. Under “Current Scholarships & Opportunities,” you will find current listings of many obscure-type scholarship opportunities with varying deadlines. If you have any questions, please visit the Counseling Department.

Marines ROTC Scholarship

Seniors: the application deadline for the Marines ROTC scholarship is December 31st.

Health Center News

Healthy Nutrition and Hydration Forum

Ashland High School Health Center is having a discussion forum Thursday, December 20th during lunch, to discuss the importance of healthy nutrition and hydration. Guest speaker will be Mary Adcock, a registered nurse.

Crisis Line 24/7

Did you know that if you text 741741 when you are feeling depressed or suicidal, a crisis worker will text you back immediately and continue to text with you? Many people don’t like talking on the phone and would be more comfortable texting. It's a FREE service to ANYONE - teens, adults, etc. - who lives in the U.S. It's run by The Crisis Text Line.

Flu Shots available in the Health Center

If you would like to have your student immunized against the flu this year, the vaccine is available at the AHS Health Center. Have your student stop by the Health Center and pick up a form to take home for completion and signature. Contact the Health Center for more information 541 842 7677.

Stay Healthy Wash Your Hands!

Handwashing can help prevent illness. It involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of germs, so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.

Upcoming Events

Looking Ahead

Dec 14 – Winter Fine Arts Festival 5:30 – Show 7pm

Dec 14 – Grizzly Speech & Debate Tournament

Dec 15 – Grizzly Speech & Debate Tournament

Dec 15 – Peace Club Live Music and Silent Auction -Armory Lounge

Dec 16 – Grizzly Speech & Debate Tournament

Dec 18 – Band Concert “Home for the Holidays” 7:30

Dec 24 – Winter Break – No Classes

Dec 25 – Winter Break – No Classes

Dec 26 – Winter Break – No Classes

Dec 27 – Winter Break – No Classes

Dec 28 – Winter Break – No Classes

Dec 28 – 25th Annual OSF – AHS Partnership

Dec 31 – Winter Break – No Classes

Jan 1 – Winter Break – No Classes

Jan 2 – Winter Break – No Classes

Jan 3 – Winter Break – No Classes

Jan 4 – Winter Break – No Classes

Jan 7 – Classes Resume

Jan 8 – Site Council Meeting

Jan 9 – Early Bird Senior Projects

Jan 9 – Ashland Afterschool Student Congress

Jan 15 --18 Semester Finals

Feb 1 - Winter Formal Dance

Feb 7 - Careers in Gear--9th Grade Field Trip to Central Medford High School

The AHS 2018-19 Events Calendar is available on SharePoint AHS Event Calendar

Semester 1 Final Exam Schedule


* Indicates that teachers are available in their classrooms

Tuesday, January 15

8:30 – 10:00AM Review and Study Session*

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 16

8:30 – 10:00AM Review and Study Session*

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 17

8:30 – 10:00AM Review and Study Session*

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 18

8:30 – 10:00AM Review and Study Session*

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

Community Service Opportunities

Volunteer Throughout Winter Break!

1. ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum is looking for museum volunteers throughout the winter break! Activity shifts are available from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm between Wednesday, December 26th - Sunday, December 30th and Wednesday, January 2nd - Sunday, January 6th. Please see the front office for more details on how to sign up.

2. ScienceWorks' annual Noon Year's Eve event is happening on Monday, December 31st and is sure to be a great party! We're looking for volunteers to help with the event from 9:45 am - 2:15 pm and to assist with clean up from 2 pm - 4 pm. Activities will include party hat and noisemaker construction, an egg drop workshop, and a celebratory balloon drop at 12 noon. Please see the front office for more details on how to sign up.

Senior Class of 2019

Graduation May 31, 2019

6:30 at Lithia Park Band Shell

Senior Projects Presentations

Early Bird Senior Project presentations will be held on Wednesday, January 9th.

Spring Presentations will be held on Wednesday, May 1st.

Senior Projects are an important opportunity for AHS Seniors to explore subjects and interests in ways that challenge them and encourage them to go above and beyond anything they have done before. Senior Projects also teach students the importance of giving back to their community and sharing their knowledge and experiences with a wider audience. These projects are shared in a formal presentation setting where students have a chance to discuss not only what they accomplished but also their journey over the last four years of high school. PLEASE NOTE THAT WINTER PRESENTATIONS ARE ON THE FIRST WEDNESDAY AFTER BREAK.

Full handbook is available on the AHS website:

Parent and Community Member Volunteers Needed

Senior Project Panelists needed for the Spring Presentations. Please support our hardworking seniors by volunteering to observe presentations on Wednesday, May 1st. Contact Amy Schumacher at for details.

Senior Cap & Gown Orders

Senior Class of 2019-- you may order your Graduation Caps and Gowns directly from the website Call 1-800-442-4696 with questions.

Senior All Night Fundraiser

The Senior All Night committee is selling $20 Louie's gift cards. Louie's generously donated $10 for each card sold! Text or email Lindsay Gates to purchase cards. 541-951-5911 or They make great holiday gifts! Also, Senior parents are needed to help sell Louie's cards.