February 1, 2019

A Message From Principal Bare

Dear AHS Families,

My favorite night of the school year so far was this past Tuesday when I had the joy of watching our Special Olympics Unified Sports basketball team in action. This wonderful program joins students with intellectual disabilities with their peers without intellectual disabilities. The emphasis is on sportsmanship, teamwork, safety, and lots of fun. It was a joy to hear the band play and watch the cheerleaders cheer for our great team of young people. The members of the team demonstrated teamwork, sportsmanship and clearly had a great time! I was so proud of each of them. Our next game is on this coming Tuesday between the Varsity boys and Varsity girls games.

I would also like for you to consider attending The Real Talk series. This series of workshops is designed for both parents and students. The topic of drug use is challenging and overwhelming for many of us. This workshop series is open to all, and appropriate for any high school student and their parent! If your goal is to learn how to proactively support your student in not engaging in drug and alcohol use, or learn more about the various substances our young people have been experimenting with, this is the workshop for you. If you are concerned that your student is using, or is heavily drug involved, this is also the workshop for you.

Come support each other as parents and invite your friends' parents! You will learn communication skills, and expand your knowledge base so you can discuss from a place of information. This series is designed for students and parents to do together, but if you would like to attend and your student is unwilling or unable, please come without them. Students will earn community service hours to attend (12 if on their own, 16 if with a parent). Wellness teachers are also offering credit in their courses for attending. I strongly encourage you to join us!

Thank you for supporting our mission to Inspire Learning for Life!


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REAL TALK- Presented by Kolpia in Partnership with AHS

REAL TALK: An Honest Conversation Between Parents and Teens About Substance Abuse --

A Five Workshop Series. Parents and Students are encouraged to attend together. If not possible, please do not hesitate to attend on your own as a parent or student.

Location: Ashland High School Library

Cost: $20.00 for the series


Food Will Be Provided

Winter Formal-TONIGHT! Friday, February 1st 8 -11pm

8 -11 pm at SOU Rogue River Room

Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 each. This year's theme is "Welcome to the Jungle."
Everyone attending the dance must be a current student at AHS or a pre-approved guest.

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Town Hall Meeting- Saturday, February 2

Education funding promises to be the major issue of the 2019 Oregon state legislative session. The Oregon School Board Association (OSBA) legislative team is organizing a series of town hall meetings to get all Oregonians talking about education funding.

The Town Hall for Ashland/Medford is happening this Saturday, February 2, 9-11am Location: Jackson County Library - Medford Branch, Large Conference Room
205 S Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501

The following link contains the original event announcement, including an event description, links to RSVP, and all the info folks need to get involved. (

Strong turnout for these meetings will send the voice of our local community to the legislators in Salem.

AHS Music Pancake Breakfast- Saturday, February 2

Saturday, February 2nd from 8 AM to 12 PM come enjoy Beautiful Music and Delicious

Pancakes to support the AHS Music Program. Ashland High School Cafeteria/Commons.

$10.00 Adults, and $5 for Kids 12 and younger.

Le Cirque Centre Presents- Saturday, February 2

The Greatest Show on Earth
February 2nd at 7:30 pm

The Mountain Avenue Theatre @ AHS

Tickets: Adults $20 Students $15 Seniors $15

available at the Music Coop and Le Cirque Centre

or online at

Careers in Gear 9th graders- Thursday, February 7

An exciting opportunity coming up for our 9th-grade students on Thursday, February 7th. All 9th Graders will attend the Careers in Gear event happening in Medford. Southern Oregon is teaming with dynamic, entrepreneurial businesses with incredible career opportunities. Thousands of high school students in our region enter the workforce every year and have very little knowledge of the exciting career pathways right here in their own back yard.

Careers in Gear is a one-day expo that will bring hundreds of high school students from 19 different high schools together in one place to explore the incredible variety of careers options in Southern Oregon and give them some tools to encourage their pursuit of careers in our region.

Students will attend their first period class and part of second period. They will be dismissed for an early lunch and leave AHS at approximately 11:30 and travel to Central Medford High School. We will return to AHS by 2:20 and students will go to their 4th-period classes when they return. This is a required event and attendance will be taken and recorded.

Students will be meeting many business professionals from Southern Oregon and should dress as if they are going on a job interview.

Thank you for your support with this activity. You may contact Keri Phipps at 541-482-8771, 2211 if you have questions.

NO SCHOOL- February 18

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Jack's Dodgeball Olympics- Saturday, February 23

It's time again for the funniest tournament of the year-- Jack's Dodgeball Olympics!

Read all about it and register on the Friends of Jack Facebook page:

Theater News

AHS proudly presents Disney's The Little Mermaid March 1-10

Ashland High School will proudly present Disney’s The Little Mermaid, directed by Caroline Shaffer, for 4 matinees and 4 evening shows in early March.

Evening performances are Friday, March 1st and 8th, Saturday, March 2nd and 9th @ 7:30 pm.

Saturday Matinees are March 2nd and 9th @ 2 pm. Sunday Matinees are March 3rd and 10th @ 2 pm.

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Recycled Plastic for Little Mermaid Costumes Needed

The drama department still needs 200 colored plastic bottle tops and 20 more plastic 6-pack can holders. Recycled items can be brought to the Main Office or to the bins outside of the Rose studio marked Little Mermaid recycled plastics. Thank you!

Career and Counseling Center News

9th Grade Parent Coffee- Friday, February 15

Join Principal Bare and Counselor Phipps for First Semester Review and Forecasting.
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The Soroptimist Vicki Smith Memorial Scholarship due date has been extended to Friday – February 8th by the end of the day.

Black Youth Leadership Summit--Thursday, February 21

8 am to 2 pm

Southern Oregon University Ashland campus

This program is designed to bring 8th-12th grade students to the SOU Ashland campus for a day of self discovery, college preparation workshops, and cultural connections. The program is open to all Rogue Valley students and intentionally focuses on the Black/African American experiences.

For more information:

Oregon Public Universities Tour- Monday, February 25

Representatives from all the Oregon Public Universities will be at AHS on Monday, February 25th from 8:45-10:00 am. Sophomores and juniors will have the opportunity to hear an overview of all the schools, and attend breakout sessions with two of the schools that most interest them. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this once a year opportunity to learn more about OSU, OSU-Cascades, OIT, PSU, SOU, UO, WOU, and EOU. Admissions requirements for our state schools include English (4 years), Math (3 years, including Algebra 2), Science (3 years), Social Studies (2 years) and Foreign Language (2 years); students should receive a C- or better in all of these classes, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. SAT/ACT scores are required. Universities may conduct more comprehensive reviews of applicants who do not meet the above admissions requirements.

Career Day- Wednesday, February 27

CAREER DAY IS COMING! AHS will be hosting Career Day 2019 on Wednesday, February 27th. We are seeking presenters and community volunteers for this spectacular engaging event. Please contact Amy Schumacher at for details.

Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund- Postmarked by March 1

SOUTHERN OREGON LATINO SCHOLARSHIP FUND: The Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund provides opportunities for Latino/Hispanic students living in the Southern Oregon region to complete their post-high school career/ degree goals. This scholarship’s primary aim is to build leadership in our region’s communities. Award Amounts: $1000 a year for a 4-year university, $500 a year for a community college. General Applicant Requirements: Must be a resident of Jackson, Josephine or Klamath counties and be of Latino heritage. Must be enrolled full time in the state of Oregon at an accredited community college, technical institute, or public/private university for the 2019-2020 academic year. Must have a minimum of 3.00 cumulative high school grade point average or a minimum combined verbal and math score of 1010 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test I (SAT I) or a minimum of 21 on the American College Test (ACT). For a fillable PDF Application Form, visit: For a fillable Recommendation Form, visit: To be eligible for this Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund Scholarship, a complete application, and required documents must be postmarked by March 1, 2019.

College Information Meeting- Wednesday, March 13

AHS counseling staff will present college information, specifically geared toward sophomore/junior students and their parents/guardians, on Wednesday, March 13th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the IVC. Counselors will go over the 2019-20 AHS College Handbook, which contains useful information for all students who are planning to pursue post-high school education. Topics to be covered will include the process of applying to community colleges and four-year universities, finding a school that is a good fit, financial aid/ scholarships, and college entrance tests. Copies of the 2019-20 AHS College Handbook can be picked up in the College and Career Center or found on the AHS website under Counseling Services – Post High School Education after March 13th.

Overwhelmed by the thought of planning for college?

ASPIRE’s trained volunteer mentors can help you explore your educational options. Mentors assist students in researching colleges, preparing admissions and scholarship applications, understanding the financial aid process, and many other aspects of the road to education after high school. To learn more about ASPIRE, or to pick up an application, see Jen Marsden in the College and Career Center.

Community Service

Ashland Emergency Food Bank Needs Volunteers- February 9

The Ashland Emergency Food Bank needs student volunteers to help process an expected six or seven TONS of food contributions Saturday, February 9. Volunteers are needed from about 9:00 to around 1:30-ish. Volunteers will receive credit for double community service hours working at this event. If you are able to help, please leave a message at the Food Bank with your name and the hours we can count on you for. Please wear appropriate clothing for working either indoors or outdoors.

The AEFB phone number is 488-9544 or you can email The Food Bank is located at 560 Clover Lane, across from the Holiday Inn Express. Thanks for your help! We can't do it without you!

Rogue World Music- Volunteers needed February 10

Volunteers need Sunday, Feb 10th-- Rogue World Music is looking for 4 volunteers to help run ticket sales and to usher at the AHS Theater for the "Step We Gaily" Production which tours the path of the Celtic culture through song and dance of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, & Galicia. Sign up on the Community Service Board in the Main office or Contact Ana Byers (541) 517-3925

The Ashland Independent Film Festival WANTS YOU!

Earn Community Service Hours AND Have Fun at the Same Time!

Do you like to see films; need community service hours; want a dope tee? Volunteer for the Ashland Independent Film Festival, April 11th through 15th. It’s the best film party in the valley. Sign up with a friend. It’s only 12 hours of your time and there’s a chill party at ScienceWorks after. Check it out at For more information on all of the different volunteer areas and to fill out a volunteer form, visit Questions? Email: or call: 541.488.3823

AHS Grizzly Sports

Ultimate Frisbee Club

The Ultimate Frisbee Team is now practicing three days a week after school! Students meet Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays on the turf field at 4:00! New players are welcome and encouraged to play. Contact Erin Federline in room SC-2 for more information.

Oregon High School Equestrian Team 1st Meet February 2 & 3

Come show your support for our local high school equestrian teams!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for OHSET’s first meet at the Jackson Co Expo, February 2nd and 3rd!
Drill is on Saturday night at 6:00 pm!
Showing events will be Saturday morning and afternoon, cattle and gaming events will be Sunday morning and afternoon.…/a.356023497794…/685320991531110/…

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Rowing Is For Everyone- Open House Practice February 19-21

The AHS Co-Ed Rowing Team wants YOU for the spring sports season. Welcoming new rowers, no experience necessary. Come now.

Come to one of our Open House Practices: February 19-21, March 5-7. Or come at the start of the season on Feb 25th. Middle school students also welcome.

Coach Jonathan Crist:, 412-607-0253
Website/more info:


Parent Climate and Culture Survey

Every five years Ashland High School receives a visit from the accreditation organization, AdvancEd, as part of a continuous improvement process. This year we will be hosting a team from AdvancEd on April 8th and 9th. As part of the process for this site visit, we are asked to gather information from parents, students, teachers, and staff about their perceptions as to how we are performing as a school.

Below is a link to a short, eight-question survey. We are asking that you please take a minute to complete this survey. Your input is very important, as it provides us an opportunity to understand areas of success and areas for improvement.

Thank you for your continued support,

Ashland High School Administrative Team

AHS Parent Climate and Culture Survey 2019

Travel Opportunities

Ecuador Summer of 2019

AHS students have a great opportunity to explore Quito, Ecuador, and the enchanted Galapagos Islands this 2019 summer.

WorldStrides’ Parent Presentation.For information email

Ireland, England and France 2019- Informational meeting on Monday, February 11

Want to go to Ireland, England, and France this summer? The focus of this trip will be on Culture and Culinary. A meeting will be held on Monday, February 11th at 6 PM in the IVC.For more information call or text Meggean Bos-Marquez at (907) 953-6869.

Travel France and Switzerland in 2020

Are you a current student of French at AHS? Are you interested in traveling to France and Switzerland in 2020? Madame Tennen is leading a trip to Paris, Lausanne, and Lyon from June 15-23, 2020. The deadline for the Early Bird discount has been extended to April 1, 2019. Please contact for more information!

England: London and Stratford- 9 days in 2020

All AHS Students are invited to Tour London and Stratford for 9 days in 2020! Interested students can email Ms. Bishop at: for more information. Travel can change your life!

Health Center News

Sports Physicals

The health center is providing sports physicals on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:20 AM to 1:00 PM. Sports physicals are $10.00. To make an appointment please contact Lori Vieu in the health center. The sports physical forms are available here:

OSAA School Sports Pre-Participation Examination

Looking Ahead

Feb 1 - Winter Formal Dance

Feb 1 - 2 Regional Acting Competition in Eugene

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

Feb 12 - Site Council Meeting

Feb 18 - NO SCHOOL- Presidents Day

Feb 23 - Jack Frost Festival

Feb 25- Oregon Public Universities Tour

Feb 26 - Spring Sports Practice Begins

Feb 27 - Career Day

Feb 28 - Conferences- NO CLASSES

Mar 1 - Conferences- NO CLASSES

Mar 1- Opening Night Spring Musical-- The Little Mermaid

Mar 1 - 3 The Little Mermaid Spring Musical

Mar 5 - Incoming 9th Grade Parent Night

Mar 8 -10 The Little Mermaid Spring Musical

Mar 9 - SAT Test

Mar 6 - Healthy Teen Survey

Mar 11 - NO SCHOOL- Teacher-In-Service Day

Mar 13 - College Information Night

Mar 14 - Spring Orchestra Concert

Mar 16 - "On Our Way to State" Showcase

Mar 18 - Choir Concert

Mar 19 - Site Council Meeting

Mar 19 - Orchestra Festival at Grants Pass HS

Mar 22 - Asante Career Day

Mar 25 - Mar 29 - Spring Break- NO CLASSES

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

Senior Class of 2019

Graduation May 31, 2019

6:30 at Lithia Park Band Shell

Attention Seniors-



Seniors began getting information about scholarships and how to complete scholarship applications in their College and Career Readiness (CCR) classes in early October. Seniors have also received detailed lists of scholarship opportunities available to them. The “Local Scholarships” run through the AHS Counseling Office are available on the AHS website at These applications are fillable PDFs students need to download, complete, and turn into the AHS Counseling Office by February 19th. Students have also received hard copies of the Local Scholarships “cheat sheet” list, which provides detailed information about scholarship eligibility criteria:

The online “OSAC Scholarship” application opened Nov 1st and is completed and submitted online at Students can apply for many scholarships with this one application. The counseling office has compiled a list of the 15+ scholarships on the OSAC application that are specifically for AHS students, and a list of other Oregon and Jackson County scholarships potentially available to AHS students. Hard copies of these “cheat sheet” lists are available in the College and Career Center or can be found on the AHS website: The OSAC Scholarship application has an early bird deadline of February 15th and a final deadline of March 1st at 5:00 pm.

"Senior All Night"- Needs your Help! Next Meeting February 20

  • First off, we'd like to tell you a bit about Senior All Night. Parents don't need to worry on grad night because students are bused to the Family Fun Center from the hours of 11 pm to 3 am. It is a $10,000 party with activities, go-carting, bounce houses, a cash cube, food trucks and thousands of dollars in fantastic prizes! It is not something these kids are going to want to miss out on. It is a tradition that goes back over 30 years at AHS!
  • Second, we need HELP! This party is put on by a group of senior parents and we could use more bodies. The next meeting is February 20th, 7pm-8pm at Bellview Elementary School. Please come and find out more about the event. We won't commit you to help unless you decide you want to! We are a friendly bunch.
  • Do you own a business or feel inclined to make a donation? The attached letter tells you how you can help give these grads a safe, fun-filled night to remember!
  • Do you eat at Louie's or are you looking for gifts to give to friends or family? The Senior All Night committee is selling $20 Louie's gift cards. Louie's generously donates half of that money back to the party! If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Gates at

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 Projects Presentations--May 1

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.

Full handbook is available on the AHS website:

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.

AHS School Profile- 2017/18

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) produces yearly at-a-glance profiles for schools and districts. As a part of this work, the Oregon Department of Education designed the School and District At-A-Glance profiles to engage and inform families about their school’s approach to learning, academic and extracurricular offerings, and student performance. At-A-Glance profiles also serve as an important tool for continuous improvement planning by local and state policymakers, in conjunction with the communities they serve.

Click on the links below to see the 2017-18 At-A-Glance Profile.

2017-18 AHS School Profile

2017-18 AHS School Profile-Spanish Version