March 15, 2019

A Message from Principal Bare

As you may know, there was a National movement organized by high school students to walk out of schools today in protest of climate change.

If students made the choice to walk out of school today their absence was changed to an unexcused absence. As always, parents can check their students’ attendance status using PowerSchool at any time by clicking Attendance in the menu bar on the left.

We respect students' choice to exercise their right to protest. Our hope is that you have had, or will have, a thoughtful conversation with your child about their choice to protest or not. We appreciate parents who called in to let us know that they were aware of where their students were during this time. Those absences were changed to unexcused, parent contact (UPX) as is the policy according to the student handbook.

As always, we appreciate your partnership in supporting your student through the high school years.



Ready to Learn, Ready to Lead, Ready for Life

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Annual AHS Retired Staff Luncheon

Thank you Jay Preskenis, Jacob Taub, Nora Godfrey-Dismuk and the AHS Leadership class. We LOVE this event because we connect to the giants who paved the way and established a tradition of excellence. A wonderful afternoon of familiar faces, beautiful memories and inspiring stories. Thank you for joining us for lunch AHS Retirees.

REAL TALK: Workshop 5 Wednesday, March 20 from 5:30-7:30pm

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

A Five Workshop Series. (No longer accepting new reservations)

Workshop 5 is for Parents and Students- Putting is all together, Conclusion, Next Steps, Feedback.

Location: Library

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NO SCHOOL - Spring Break Starts on Monday, March 25 - Monday, April 1

Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 2nd-- Red Day (Periods 1,2,3,4)


If you have a box of Hotwheel cars that you no longer want, the science department is looking for some cars to so physics students can investigate energy changes. Please send cars to Becky DeSalvo or bring them to the front office.

Theatre News

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Actors' Showcase--Saturday, March 16

Enjoy an evening of winning scenes, monologues, and musical theatre pieces by Regional Acting Competition Winners from AHS. The AHS Theatre students are hosting a fundraiser to prepare for State!

Dinner (6:30) and Show (7:30) $15/$10

Show Only (7:30) $10/$7

Career and Counseling Center News

AHS College Newsletter- Winter 2019

Check out the AHS College Information Newsletter for Winter 2019, by clicking on the red button above! Learn more about college and career exploration, how to sign up for the ACT and SAT, and upcoming college information events.


The Rotary Club is looking for current sophomores to apply to a Summer Leadership Camp called RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). Selected students will spend six days cooperating, collaborating, and rising to the challenge of learning with 170 other campers, counselors, facilitators and Rotarians.

Students will learn skills on topics including leadership styles, group dynamics, communication skills, conflict resolution, decision-making, goal setting etc. Experiential learning is a major component of camp. In addition, RYLA provides traditional camp experiences like time for recreation and campfires.

They are looking for students who are leaders and potential leaders. Both extroverts and introverts will find value at RYLA.

All expenses are paid; between the two Ashland Rotary Clubs, we offer five camper scholarships at no cost to families. Transportation provided.

There will be an Informational meeting at lunchtime on Tuesday, April 2 in the IVC. Please direct interested students to the Counseling Department for informational sheets and applications.

For more information, contact the following Rotarians:

Jamie Rosenthal at or Adrienne Simmons at


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Jackson County SART Discussion Thursday, March 21 at 7pm AMS Library

The Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team is hosting a discussion on sexual violence prevention at the Ashland Middle School. Childcare and light refreshments provided.
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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

Volunteers Needed- Saturday, March 16

Volunteers desperately needed to chip the muddy trails in Lithia Park this Saturday, March 16, from 10am-noon.

We’ll meet at the Bandshell at 10am and head across the creek where we’ll be chipping the trail heading upstream. Sunshine, gloves, tools, snacks and hot drinks provided.

Please RSVP if you can attend for my tool and snack headcount.
High school students will earn community service hours!

Thank you for your help!

Lori Ainsworth

Volunteer & Event Coordinator
Ashland Parks & Recreation

1195 E Main St. Ashland, OR 97520

541-552-2264 Office 541-499-8798 Cell

Volunteer Opportunity: Connecting Seniors with Technology

Connect senior citizens with current technology:

Skype, Google Earth, YouTube #Gen2000

the Village at Valley View is seeking student volunteers twice a month 2-3 hours per visit. Earn Community Service hours and help a senior.

Please contact Susan Lundstrum 541 482 0888 or

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Intern Opportunities with Siskiyou Mountain Club 2019 Wilderness Corps

Seniors: Siskiyou Mountain Club is hiring for their 2019 Wilderness Corps. Interns work from June 21-August 28 in the heart of Southwest Oregon and Northwest California’s great wilderness areas to recover trails that are disappearing from the landscape. All interns receive a $1,200 monthly stipend for July and August, as well as a $1,000 award for tuition. Interns must be 18+ by June 21. This is a great opportunity to build your resume and wilderness skills and to spend time in some of our region’s most wild and scenic backcountry. See Jen Marsden in the College and Career Center for more information.

Hearth Community Storytelling

Do you need just a few Community Service Hours?!

We’d love to have your help!

The nonprofit Hearth Community Storytelling is looking for some event

Set Up help.

When: Thursday, March 21st, from 5pm-7pm (or earlier).

What: Setting up and placing chairs, moving tables (you’ll be lifting and carrying, please wear comfy clothes)

Where: Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E Main St.

You are welcome to stay for the event and attend for free!

Please Text: Wendy Conner, Hearth Event Coordinator: 541.646.1933

The Ashland Independent Film Festival

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

Victims needed for Ashland CERTs basic training- Sat, April 20

Volunteers are needed the entire duration on Saturday, April 20 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. (must commit to duration). Pizza lunch will be served. Volunteers will report directly to 90 North Mountain Ave. Students under the age of 18 a parent will need to complete and sign a participation waiver. Volunteers should wear old clothes that can get dirty. Registration forms and more detailed information available in the main office.
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AHS Grizzly Sports

AHS Rowing--Spring Break Training at Shasta Lake, CA

It's not too late to join the Rowing Team

Spring-Break Training: Shasta Lake, CA

Racing: Emigrant Lake (Ashland), Eugene, and Portland

No previous rowing or athletic experience necessary – we teach you all you need to know

Free to try

More Information:

Contact Jonathan Crist, Head Development Coach:; 412-607-0253


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

Want to go to Ireland, England, and France this summer? The focus of this trip will be on Culture and Culinary. 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- Tuesday and Thursday Mornings

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

Mar 16 - "On Our Way to State" Showcase

Mar 18 - Choir Concert

Mar 19 - Site Council Meeting

Mar 19-- 8th Grade Scheduling Night

Mar 22 - Asante Career Day

Mar 25 - Mar 29 - Spring Break- NO CLASSES

Apr 1- 6 State Thespian Conference Salem

Apr 9 - Site Council

Apr 11 - Model UN Conference

Apr 12 - Grizz Pageant

Apr 12 - 13 - Model UN Conference

Apr 18 - 19 Speech and Debate State Competition

Apr 24 - Finding a College That Is A Good Fit

May 1 - Senior Projects-- Early Release 9th & 10th graders

May 1 - 4 Last Mainstage: A Comedy TBD

May 4 - SAT Test

May 4 - Prom

May 5 - Last Mainstage: Almost Maine

May 8 - Top Performers' Dessert

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

Lost and Found

Please come to the front office to look through the Lost and Found. We have pencil cases, ear buds, cell phones, orthodontic retainers, jackets, water bottles, lunch boxes, and many more items. All unclaimed items will be disposed of before Spring Break.

Grizz Pageant--April 12 at 7pm



April 12th 7pm Mountain Avenue Theater

Grizz Pageant's preparation and fundraising is in full swing and we couldn’t be more excited!

Grizz Pageant one of the highlights of the year! This fundraiser event gets eight incredible students from each grade to compete in raising money for Asante Regional Medical Center and Children’s Miracle Network. Not only are these Grizz contestants using this next month to hold numerous forms of individual and group fundraising, but it is all in anticipation for the pageant itself!! A night showcasing talent, humor, dance moves, and more, these grizzlies will give you a peak into their lives, provide entertainment and create memories to last a life time. Two contestants will be crowned: one for raising the most money and one for their Pageant performance.

All of the proceeds raised from their fundraising pursuits and donations at the event will go towards cutting-edge technology for Asante's NICU to help premature babies!

Let's meet this year's contestants!

Our 9th graders: Davidson Graham and Anna Gutrich. Our sophomores: James Le Fond and Gabe Giancarlo. Our juniors: Sequoia Jacobson and Sam Austin. And our seniors: Nicky Clary and Richie Sommers.

With all that being said,

We invite you to come out and support their upcoming fundraisers!

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Pie in the Face Fundraiser

What a fun time out on the quad Thursday for Pi Day! Our students and Grizz Pageant contestants had tons of fun getting plates full of whip cream to the face for a good cause! Special shout outs to Rachel Tennen, Max Malcomb, Jamie Hirsh, and Brenton Wileman for their participation and willingness to get pied for Children's Miracle Network and Asante's NICU!

8th Grade Scheduling Night- Tuesday, March 19 -- 6:30-8:00pm AHS Library

Incoming 9th grade students and parents--if you have questions regarding forecasting, please come to the AHS library at the designated times below to speak with counselors who will help you with your schedules. Questions? Contact

Last Names

A-L 6:30-7:00

M-P 7:00-7:30

Q-Z 7:30-8:00

Senior Class of 2019

Graduation May 31, 2019

6:30 at Lithia Park Band Shell

Graduation Announcements are here!

Students who ordered Graduation Announcements may now pick them up in the Main Office. If you still need to order visit

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.

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: