GRIZZ-O-GRAM

February 5th, 2021

Ashland High School

Office Hours 12:00PM - 4:00PM

Note that we have adjusted our hours to limit in-person contact. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Knock on the door if you plan to come to the Main Office. To maintain social distancing, we ask that you stay outside.


Attendance Office:

Deb Falk, Attendance Secretary

541-482-8782

Debra.Falk@ashland.k12.or.us


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This week's Grizz...

  • Principal's Update
  • Looking Ahead at February
  • Distribution Center open for beginning of semester 2/10
  • Potential IN PERSON Club & Activity Opportunities
  • Library Newsletter
  • February Breakfast/ Lunch Menus
  • Sports, Clubs & Activities
  • Counseling Office
  • Community Service Opportunities
  • College & Career Pathways
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Tech Help Info

Principal's Update

Hello Grizzlies!


Semester 1 has come to an end, you did it! I continue to be impressed with the way everyone pulled together to problem solve and collaboratively overcome obstacles as they came up. I want to recognize the efforts of our teachers to deliver quality instruction through CDL, the support and hard work of families supporting their students at home and most of all our students for sticking with it all semester. Thank you everyone!


Families, thank you to those of you that have already filled out our AHS Hybrid Interest Survey. If you have not done so, please take a moment to complete it here: Survey. We will be closing our survey on Monday. Your feedback is important to us as we continue to develop our hybrid plan. As many of you probably know from Superintendent Bogdanove’s recent communication, March 29th is the target date for a hybrid schedule at AHS. Once our plan is finalized we will be sharing it out widely in detail and will provide an additional survey in order to clarify which students will be participating in a hybrid schedule and who prefers to stay with comprehensive distance learning only. More information to come.


Take care,


Benjamin Bell

Semester 1

AHS has made a decision for Semester 1 grade reports that all course grade marks of a "D" will be changed to "P" for Pass. All course grade marks of "F" will be changed to "NM" for No Mark. This does not change the distribution of credits for courses, but it does have a positive effect on student GPA's. Students that did not pass a course that is a graduation requirement will need to work with their counselors to develop a plan to make up that credit.

Reminder: Students must check ASDconnect emails daily!

Your student should be checking their asdconnect email daily. Important announcements and communication with students happens via email.

Looking Ahead at February

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Material Distribution - Wednesday, February 10th AND 17th

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Distribution Center will be open on the following dates:


Feb 10th

Feb 17th

Mar 3

Mar 17

Mar 31


We've got:

  • Textbooks / Library Books
  • Class Notes & Material
  • 2019-2020 Yearbooks (that have been purchased)
  • Whiteboards / Planners


If you need to pick up class materials, please call the Main Office to make arrangements.

If you would like to request a textbook, please email Aimee.Cork@ashland.k12.or.us.

Potential IN PERSON Club & Activity Opportunities

We are exploring ways to offer opportunities for students to come to campus to participate in extracurricular activities in a safe manner so are reaching out to you to gage interest.

If you have an idea that you want to propose, email karl.kemper@ashland.k12.or.us

Some initial questions to consider:

  • Do you believe that your club or activity can be done safely with COVID protocols in person OUTDOORS?

  • Do you believe that offering in person opportunities for students would increase interest and participation for your activity?

  • Do you believe doing the activity in person would improve the quality of the experience for the students involved?

Library Newsletter

Click here to access the library’s monthly newsletter from our librarian Aimee Cork. Featured in this edition are: Anti-Racist Ashland Reading Challenge, New Books & How to Access them, Aimee’s Review, and Spotting Fake news.

February Breakfast & Lunch Menus

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Sports

All sports activities associated with Ashland School District are currently on pause. Any in person club sport activity that may take place in the interim will be off campus and considered unaffiliated with AHS as they operate under the umbrella of the individual clubs’ separate non-profit entity. Please know we are as anxious as you are to get back to place where we can offer in person activity on campus to our students in a safe manner.

Nordic Skiing

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Clubs & Activities

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Among Us Gaming Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: anKp7K

Brain Bowl: Email Alan.Parowski@ashland.k12.or.us for Zoom Link.

Christian Fellowship Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: 456358

Drama Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: 456358

Dungeons and Dragons: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: H30

Key Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Mu Alpha Theta: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

National Art Honor Society: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: ahsart2020

Philosophy Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Queer Straight Alliance: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Tap Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Truth to Power: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Writers & Poets Club: Click HERE for the Zoom Meeting.


Wanting to start a club? Let's do it!!! Fill out the Club Application Form below, connect with a staff member who could be an advisor for your club, and email the completed Club Application Form to Karl.Kemper@ashland.k12.or.us or drop it off in the mail box by the Main Office. You do NOT need to get an in person signature from an advisor.

Truth To Power Club Upcoming Events

Truth to Power club is organizing workshops on how to combat racism in Southern Oregon


We recognize the rampant racism that exists here in our community and the need for white allies to address the issue, educate ourselves, and work towards a community where Black youth experience safety and love. Truth to Power Club calls on students and families to attend the “Dear White Folks” workshops to learn how we can work together to address the racism in our Valley and become better allies to BIPOC in our community. Here are the links to these events:


Sunday, February 7th at 11am, 'Dear White Folks 2: How To Be Anti-Racist'

Link to register for the zoom: https://tinyurl.com/yyk4gky6

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/418287096074269

This workshop isfacilitated by Danielle LoPresti and Akeel Williams

Contact for more info: truthtopowerclub@gmail.com

Brain Bowl!

Q: Where do zombie monkeys live? A: In the BRAIN Forest!


Are you full of strange bits of knowledge and arcane facts? In other words, "DO You Like Trivia (and Brains)?"


Brain Bowl is up and running! To get the pass code and join us on Wednesdays from 11:00 to 11:40 send an email to: Alan.Parowski@ashland.k12.or.us


Five weeks of practice until the online tournament!

The Rogue News

The Rogue News staff has just relaunched the official Rogue News website with a fresh new look! Our first few stories are posted and more will be rolling in over the coming weeks. We’re excited to also add some multi-media including podcasts and videos this year. Check it out and spread the word! These student journalists are really amazing!


Theroguenews.com

Student Tutor Center

This year we are offering FREE tutoring online every Wednesday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Help is available in all subjects, including Canvas navigation! Your student can access the Student Tutor Center through the AHS News & Resources page on Canvas and join the Zoom session there. For the Zoom link, click HERE. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Anderson at tammy.anderson@ashland.k12.or.us.

Counseling Office

High school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child and adolescent development, learning strategies, self-management and social skills who understand and promote success for today’s diverse students. They implement a school counseling program to support students through this important developmental period.


If you need to get in contact with your counselor regarding scheduling, academics, etc., call the counseling office at 541-482-2278 or email your counselors.

Keri Phipps

9th Grade Counselor

541-862-1823

Keri.Phipps@ashland.k12.or.us

Diane Berry

10th-12th Grade Counselor - Last Names A-Ha

541-622-2170

Diane.Berry@ashland.k12.or.us

Bryanna Trevino

10th-12th Grade Counselor - Last names He-N

541-690-8401

Bryanna.Trevino@ashland.k12.or.us

Maurice Monteiro

10th-12th Grade Counselor - Last names O-Z

917-258-0937

Maurice.Monteiro@ashland.k12.or.us

Jen Marsden

College & Career Specialist:

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Jennifer.Marsden@ashland.k12.or.us

Karyn Barats

Scholarship Coordinator:

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Karyn.Barats@ashland.k12.or.us

Community Service

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Wondering how to get community service hours during distance learning? Community service hours are not required this year, but 9th graders and sophomores will need to continue collecting a total of 100 hours by their graduation. Juniors need 25 hours of Community Service. Half of these hours can be paid.


Time to get creative and think outside of the box! Here are some examples of ways you can earn community service hours:


  • www.Recovers.org - A local area email alert for continuous help needed for our Phoenix/Talent Fire Victims
  • www.DoSomething.org - A youth-led movement for good focusing on advocacy work.
  • www.we.org - An organization standing for Human rights & social equality.
  • Making and Donating items to local causes (dog toys, grocery store bags, knitted hats, etc.)
  • Sending letters to seniors at local retirement homes
  • Thank you letters to essential workers
  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Jackson County Fuel Committee
  • And more!


There's a lot of ways you can support your community and earn community service hours. If you have any questions, reach out to your counselor.

Senior Citizens Spring Cards Project

Jackson County Library Services is sponsoring a volunteer opportunity for students. The project is making Spring-themed cards/ messages for Senior Citizens in Jackson County. This very worthwhile project is no-contact, easy to complete, and a library staff member can verify service hours for students who have community service hour requirements. Students would pick up all needed materials at the Medford or Ashland branch libraries, make the cards at home on their own time, and return the completed project to the library in time for delivery to area Seniors.


Contact Nora.godfrey-dismuk@ashland.k12.or.us by mid-February if you're interested in participating.

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College and Career Pathways: Scholarship Season is Here!

Resources for Seniors and their Parents/Guardians

Seniors have been receiving information on scholarship opportunities and have begun work on scholarship applications in their College and Career Readiness (CCR) classes. Jen Marsden, our College and Career Specialist, has been providing support to seniors as they work on completing both the OSAC Scholarship eApp and the AHS Local Scholarships application process. Ms. Marsden is also providing scholarship application support during the optional Senior CCR Advisory on Wednesday mornings and through daily office hours. Seniors (and parents/guardians) are encouraged to reach out to her with questions at jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us. For more information about scholarship opportunities, please see below.

Northwest Youth Corps Opportunity

Northwest Youth Corps offers a challenging education and job-training experience that helps youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds develop the skills they need to lead full and productive lives. Their summer programs include residential conservation crews for both youth and young adults (ages 15-19). Next week there will be two information zoom meetings for students and parents to learn more!

Feb 8th 3 PM meeting: https://soesd.zoom.us/j/96029404060

Feb 10th 12:30PM meeting: https://soesd.zoom.us/j/92287006580

Visit the NYC Website for more information: https://www.nwyouthcorps.org/m/OurPrograms/

College Pathways 101 Information Session - Feb 17

Wednesday, February 17 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

AHS counseling staff will present college information, specifically geared toward sophomore/junior students and their parents/guardians. Topics covered will include the process of applying to both community colleges and four-year universities, and how to access financial aid/scholarships. Info session zoom link: https://asdconnect-org.zoom.us/j/97711618881. The sessions will be recorded and available on the AHS YouTube channel where you can also find info sessions from earlier this year.

The 2020-21 AHS College Handbook

The 2020-21 AHS College Handbook is a great resource for all students (and parents/guardians) exploring post high school education options. Topics covered include how to find an education pathway that’s a good fit, information on applying to community colleges and four-year public/private universities, ACT/SAT information, how to access financial aid and scholarships, and other useful information. You can also pick up a hard copy of the handbook during materials distribution on designated Wednesdays.

ACT and SAT Updates

Students planning on applying to four year colleges usually take ACT/SAT tests in spring of junior year and/or fall of senior year. As long as AHS does not have students on campus, we will not be offering the ACT/SAT at our site. Many colleges have adapted their testing requirements due to limited testing opportunities caused by the pandemic. AHS hopes to begin offering the tests again this spring if we can do so safely. Students can register for the ACT and SAT online and those who qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible for fee waivers for both tests. Please contact karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us to obtain a fee waiver.

Aspire at AHS

ASPIRE’s trained volunteer mentors help students explore education and career pathways. Mentors assist students in researching colleges, preparing admissions and scholarship applications, understanding the financial aid process, and many other aspects of the road to post-secondary education and careers. Students who want to learn more about ASPIRE or sign up for a mentor can contact jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us.

Scholarship Deadlines are Approaching!

Seniors have gotten support on the OSAC Scholarship and AHS Local Scholarship applications in their CCR classes and have been encouraged to reach out to Jen Marsden, our AHS College and Career Specialist, for one on one help and questions. Below are links and details about both. For more info on the scholarship application process, check out this Scholarship Information Session.

OSAC Scholarships - Due Mar 1

OSAC SCHOLARSHIPS: Due March 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Early Bird deadline February 15)

The OSAC Scholarship application contains many scholarship opportunities specifically for AHS seniors, and other scholarships for students from Jackson County and Oregon open to AHS students. The majority of OSAC scholarships can be taken out of state. Learn more about how to complete the OSAC scholarship application and find important links on the AHS website: Oregon Student Aid (OSAC Scholarships).

AHS Local Scholarships - Due Feb 22

AHS LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS: Due February 22, 2021

Ashland is fortunate to have a large number of local scholarships available to graduating seniors. These scholarship applications are submitted to the AHS Scholarship Coordinator, Karyn Barats. Learn more about the AHS Local Scholarships application process, find important links and instructions on the AHS website: Local Scholarships.


The Ford Scholars Program offers scholarship awards to eligible students in Oregon that cover 90% of a student’s unmet college cost of attendance at an Oregon public or private university. To be eligible for the Ford Scholarship, a student must have a FAFSA EFC of 6000 or below. For more info and to complete an application visit the Ford Scholars website. Due March 1, 2021.


For assistance on scholarship applications contact jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us. For technical assistance on the local scholarship application contact karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us.

Scholarships and Opportunities Updates

For a list of current scholarships and opportunities (other than Local or OSAC scholarships), click here: Current Scholarships & Opportunities. This list is updated every Friday.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Elk Members Legacy Award - Seniors

Legacy Awards – The Legacy Awards program begins on September 1st. Legacy Awards provide $4,000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of dues-paying Elk members. The ENF offers a total of 350 national awards. The application deadline is February 5, 2021 at 11:59 a.m., Central Time. Please visit enf.elks.org/Leg

JACKSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP

The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS) is pleased to offer a $1,500 scholarship award to an outstanding senior who plans to attend a college or university in the State of Oregon beginning in the 2021-22 school year. For required scholarship guidelines and the application, please visit www.rvgsociety.org. Deadline: February 26, 2021

SOUTHERN OREGON LATINO SCHOLARSHIP

The Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund provides opportunities for Latinx students living in the Southern Oregon region to complete their post high school career/degree goals. Each year, the Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund (SOLSF), with the help of generous community sponsors, awards multiple college scholarships to students of Latino heritage.


To be eligible for the Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship, a complete application and required documents must be uploaded to the site indicated in the application by March 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM. This is a change from previous years and we no longer will take hard copy applications. Entering freshmen and continuing college students seeking their first academic degree and students in an accredited technical training program that leads to licensure may apply. For more information, and to download the application, and see past winners, visit: https://www.solsf.org/. Deadline: March 5, 2021

Greenfield Peace Scholarship

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility is excited to announce that the application for our annual Greenfield Peace Scholarship is now open! Please visit oregonpsr.org for the full prompt, guidelines, resources, and application (Spanish language versions of the guidelines and prompt are available on our website). Historically, this has been a writing scholarship open to all Oregon high school juniors and seniors. This year, though, Oregon PSR is asking young Oregonians who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and who are high school juniors or seniors, or the equivalent, to respond to the prompt by creating a work of visual art. Examples of potential applicants who are exploring their future possibilities might include (and are not limited to) someone: 1) applying to a college or university; 2) Applying to a trade school or apprenticeship; 3) with DACA, immigration, citizenship, Visa, etc. fee; 4) enrolling in GED classes, or taking GED tests; 5) embarking on entrepreneurial plans; and 6) applying to volunteer with organizations. We recognize that equity disparities may impact the applicant’s ability to interact with the creative process and to generate a piece of art. Our intention is to examine submissions from a place of understanding and openness. Meaning, the intention and the emotion of the piece will be determinants, rather than expense of materials used in making it. All applications should be submitted electronically.
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Mental Health Counseling Services

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These are challenging times that can be even harder on teens. If your teen is experiencing the feelings and/or issues listed below, we’re here to support them - regardless of insurance or ability to pay. Schedule a meet-and-greet or an appointment with AHS Health Center therapist Kimberly Wasserman by calling 541-842-7677.


Somethings to look/listen for are:

• Anxiety, panic or excessive worry

• Grief, loss, disappointment and anger

• Traumatic events including discrimination

• Family conflict

• Depression, apathy or suicidal thoughts

• Isolation, withdrawal, boredom and loneliness

• Substance use or changes in behavior


Please note: If you are having a mental health emergency and are in imminent risk of harm, you should call Jackson County Mental Health at 541-774-8201 or 911 since our services may not be immediately available.

FAQ

Where can I drop off physical paperwork?

You can drop off assignments, sports physicals, or other paperwork, in our lock box right outside of the front office.

Need Technology Support?

Ashland School District Tech Department is here to help if you have questions about a device, PowerSchool, etc.


Click HERE to access Distance Learning Student Portal


For other technical questions, contact our Tech Deparment at:

Email: techhelp@ashland.k12.or.us

Tech Support Helpline: 541-201-2600

Click here to fill out the ASD Tech Support Request Form

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