September 20, 2019

HOMECOMING Week October 1-5

Homecoming Schedule of Events

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Homecoming Court Voting--Tuesday, September 24

Voting will take place during TCB time on Tuesday.

Spirit Week

Monday 9/30: PJ Day

Tuesday 10/1: Matching / Dress like a teacher day

Wednesday 10/2: Character Day (anything from TV, movies, memes, etc).

Thursday 10/3: Throwback Thursday

Friday 10/4: School Spirit Day

Saturday 10/5: Sewer Saturday in honor of the dance theme "Party in the Sewer"

Homecoming Parade--October 2 at 3pm

AHS's Homecoming Parade is a traditional event where we get to celebrate our students! We have participation from APD, Ashland Fire department, band, sports, clubs, and more. Please come out onto Siskiyou, Lithia Way, or N Main to cheer on our students as they parade through town.

Club Participation
All clubs are invited and encouraged to participate in the Homecoming Parade on Wednesday, October 2 at 3:00 by making a float or walking. Please contact for information.

Homecoming Pep Rally--Thursday, October 3 during TCB

The Homecoming Assembly celebrates Senior Homecoming Court with a variety of skits they will perform in front of the school. This is also where students will be voting for the top three senior Homecoming Court members that will be announced at the football game during half time.

Homecoming Game--Friday, October 4

Kickoff at 7pm against the Churchill Lancers. Prom Royalty will be announced at halftime. Possibly the AHS Staff will perform the World Famous Annual Teacher Dance.

Homecoming Dance--Saturday, October 5

8pm-11pm at SOU's Rogue River Room. "Party in the Sewer - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle."There will be plenty of activities for students to partake in besides dancing-- like corn hole, jenga, card/ board games, and more! Parents who would like to chaperone, please contact

Dance Guest Pass

Students who wish to attend the dance with a guest who is not an AHS Student must obtain a Guest Pass. Guests must be current high school students (different school or homeschool) or students who graduated the previous year. Forms are available online here:

Dance Guest Pass Form

There is a $5 fee for a Dance Guest Pass. Questions?

Upcoming Events

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School Pictures

Students will be bringing their proof photos home next week for preview. To order pictures of your student, go to the Lifetouch Website and enter the ID # FO919104Y0 [ F (letter O) 9191 (zero) 4 Y (zero)]

Makeup Picture Day: October 21

Student ID Cards will be distributed during student's next English class.

PSAT--Wednesday, October 16 8:30-12:30

ALL SOPHOMORES are taking the PSAT on Wednesday October 16. The PSAT/NMSQT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and the scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships

This test is free and provides:

1. Excellent practice for the SAT college entrance exam (to be taken their junior and senior years).
2. An opportunity to pass two out of three necessary graduation requirements (Reading and Math Essential Skills).
3. An opportunity to work toward National Merit recognition with high scores.

Juniors who are taking the PSAT will meet in the library at 8:30

Coming Soon--- Open Mic! Wednesday, October 16 in the Upper Commons

Bring your songs, poems, stand-up comedy, or spoken word to the AHS Open Mic on October 16th right after school in the Upper Commons! There will be a sound system set up for students to share their talents in a non-competitive setting . Please come and perform and/or cheer on our Grizzly Talent. Dessert will be provided!
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Interested in becoming or hosting a foreign exchange student?


September 25, 2019 – 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Located in the IVC

Long-Term Exchange is for a school year (typically plus a couple of weeks either side of the term). The student is hosted and supervised by a Rotary club, stays with at least two families, and must go to school while abroad. For ages 15 to 18 ½.

Short Term Exchange is a family-to-family exchange with the student and their family hosting for a period of time, and then the student going to their exchange partner’s country and home for a period of time. Students are selected by local Rotary clubs to participate in the exchange and are matched based upon age and common interests.

Who is eligible? Students must have good grades, demonstrate good citizenship and be going on exchange for the right reasons and with the right expectations. They must be endorsed by their parents and their local Rotary club, and they must complete the Rotary Youth Exchange training for their experience.

More Information: Rotary Exchange Program Information

Travel Opportunities

Senior News

Senior Assembly--November 5

Herff Jones will be in the Theater during TCB on November 5 to explain Cap& Gown orders and Graduation Announcements and to distribute Graduation Order Packets.

Graduation Order Collection--November 15

Graduation Order packets that were distributed on November 5 will be collected in the theater lobby during lunch.

Senior Portraits are Due by November 21

Senior year is an extremely important year in a person’s life. To help commemorate this year, one of the most important documents is the senior’s yearbook photo. The following information will help you plan for senior portraits adequately and ensure that the picture that appears in the yearbook will be one that you will treasure for a lifetime. Follow for more information on how to submit your portrait.

Early Senior Project Presentations--Wednesday, January 8

Seniors who would like to present their Senior Projects early may do so on January 8 from 3:00-4:00pm. Please contact in Room 206

Senior Project Presentations-Date TBD

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

Cap and Gown Delivery--May 11

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

Parents-- Senior Ads in the Yearbook


Looking for a creative way to tell your graduate, “I love you and I’m proud of you” now that their high school years is coming to an end?

Yearbook dedication ads are a great way to give your child the special recognition they deserves, for everyone to see, in the 2020 yearbook.

Placing your ad is simple and quick! Visit for more information.

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)

College Information Newsletter--Fall 2019

Financial Aid Information Session--Tuesday, September 24

On Tuesday, September 24th from 4:00-5:00 pm in the AHS Library, our College and Career Specialist will discuss the process for completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is an online application ( which qualifies students to receive the Federal Pell Grant, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Oregon Promise, and government loans. This meeting is important if your student plans to attend a private/public university, community college or vocational school. Even if you think your family will not qualify for federal financial aid, it is important that you complete the FAFSA. Some schools will not give students merit aid unless they have a FAFSA on record. Students must also complete the FAFSA to qualify for the Oregon Promise Grant, which currently has no income cap. We will also briefly discuss the CSS Profile, a separate online application many private schools use to determine institutional financial aid (

The 2020-21 FAFSA goes live on October 1st and will use tax information from 2018. Students planning to start college in fall of 2020 should complete the 2020-21 FAFSA. Before October 1st, both the student and one parent can sign up for an FSA ID. The FSA ID is the Federal Student Aid Identification students and parents use to sign and verify information on their FAFSA and federal student loans. It is important that students sign up for their own FSA ID (

Prior to filling out the FAFSA, families can also complete the FAFSA4Caster ( to see if they will likely be eligible for government aid.

Career Expo--Thursday, September 26

Southern Oregon Trade Careers Expo for Juniors and Seniors

Thursday, September 26th 8:15 am – 4:00 pm at the Seven Feathers Convention Center

AHS juniors and seniors have the opportunity to attend this hands-on event to learn about exciting opportunities in a vast variety of career pathways. Trade and industrial careers in today’s market include high-tech and great earning potential. Some of the careers represented: Aviation and Rail ● Archaeology ● Architecture ● Engineering ● Geology ● Survey ● Public Safety (including the FBI) ● Carpentry ● Cement Masonry ● Heavy Equipment Operation ● Welding ● Diesel ● Culinary Arts ● Electronics ● Surveying ● Diesel Engine Repairers ● Mechanics ● Military ● Plumbing ● Pipefitting ● Steamfitting ● Iron Working Skilled Labor ● Wildland Fire Fighting ● Computer Sciences ● Banking…. and more!

Students interested in attending this event can sign up with their College and Career Readiness (CCR) or CTE teachers. Juniors who are not in those classes can sign up with Jen Marsden in the College and Career Center. To learn more about the Expo and to see the full list of careers, organizations and businesses that will be represented visit:

College Information Night, Wednesday, October 2

College Information Night for Seniors and their Parents/Guardians

Wednesday, October 2nd, 6:30-8:00 pm in the IVC

On Wednesday, October 2nd from 6:30-8:00 pm, seniors and their parents/guardians are invited to a college information session in the IVC. AHS counselors will discuss and answer questions about how to apply to community and 4-year public/private colleges, financial aid and scholarships, and many other aspects of the road to higher education. The information will be specifically relevant to seniors but other interested students and parents are welcome to attend.


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

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Volunteer Opportunities--- Earn Community Service Hours

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Volunteer for Friends of the Animal Shelter Holiday Fair

FOTAS is planning a new major event which presents opportunities for Ashland HS students, starting immediately and through the end of the year. Deck The Paws Holiday Fair, a community-wide event, will be held on December 7 at the Phoenix Plaza Civic Center (PPCC). The fair will be open to the public, free admission. There are three main components:

· Individuals and families can bring their pets for photo portraits with Santa Paws and Cat-Elf.

· A wide array of hand-crafted gifts and décor will be on sale.

· Attendees can enjoy a reasonably priced, nutritious hot soup lunch.

Ashland HS students can participate in many different ways:

Make handcrafted items – We are collecting wonderful creations to sell at the fair. Wooden, woven, painted, sculpted – you name it, just create it! Students can join the “FOTAS Elves” group on Facebook and review photos and how-to posts for inspiration.

Organize and run your own table – Get a class or club to work together to stock and staff an Ashland HS table at the fair. In addition to selling items for the benefit of FOTAS, you can present information and displays about school projects (especially nice if animal related).

Help with photography – We need 2-6 students skilled in photo editing and computers to prepare and print 5x7” glossy prints of family and pet portraits at the fair. We will have one training session (1-2 hours) in September, and a full rehearsal for all participants in the photo project in October. Students can also work as roaming event photographers. After the fair we will need help organizing and uploading photo files.

Help with publicity – Dozens of event posters need to be distributed to locations throughout Ashland and beyond.

Singing & entertainment – We will have caroling and performances on the plaza at PPCC. Canopies and patio heaters will be set up if the weather requires. The Ashland HS Choir is invited to perform, and other groups and even individuals (jugglers? magicians?) are encouraged to sign up.

Paint faces – Students who paint or enjoy doing makeup are needed to do face painting. They will need to develop 6-8 sample faces on poster board, to display at the fair, and take shifts 11AM-4PM. Brushes and paint can be supplied.

Work at the fair – We will start setting up the fair at 7:30AM on December 7. Students with their own vehicles can shuttle boxes of merchandise and supplies to PPCC from a nearby staging location. We will need a small army of volunteers to unpack these boxes, set up tables and displays, and decorate the venue – all by 11AM. And then at 4-6PM we need to pack it all up and leave PPCC sparkling clean! Students do not need to commit for the entire day – just join the morning or afternoon team.

For more information or to sign up for a Deck The Paws job, contact Laura at 458-226-0600 or

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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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