GRIZZ-O-GRAM

October 16th, 2020

Ashland High School

Office Hours 8:00AM - 4:00PM

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: 541-482-8782

Deb Falk, Attendance Secretary


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Past Grizz-O-Grams: https://www.smore.com/u/ahs

This week's Grizz...

  • Principal's Update
  • Material Distribution on Wednesdays
  • Deadline for Seniors to Drop Classes
  • Student Tutor Center
  • Monster Dash Virtual Run for Education
  • Sports, Clubs, & Activities
  • Counseling Office
  • College & Career Pathways Updates
  • Class of 2021 Info
  • FAQ

Principal's Update

Hello Grizzlies!


I hope that you are all doing well! The leaves are turning beautiful colors and the mornings are crisp and cool. Fall in the Rogue Valley is a beautiful sight! I continue to count myself lucky to call this place home and to serve such a wonderful school community.


We are almost half way through the our 1st quarter. We appreciate everyone's patience and positive attitudes as we all get used to this new normal and find our new rhythms. Thank you to our students who continue to get themselves up and ready to virtually attend your classes. We all appreciate your commitment to your education!


Remember students, if you have an interest in getting involved in a virtual club please reach out to Karl Kemper, Karl.Kemper@ashland.k12.or.us. Just because we can't get together in person right now doesn't mean that we can't still get involved.


On a related note, we are happy to announce the Tutor Center is returning! Please see below for details.


I hope that all continue to stay healthy. I look forward to the day that we can all be on campus together!


Be Well!


Benjamin Bell

Site Council

Site council will meet once a month and is a great way for families to get involved. If you are interested please reach out to our principal, Benjamin.Bell@ashland.k12.or.us. Our next meeting date is TBD. We will be sending out that information soon.

Material Distribution - Wednesdays 2:30-4:30

Moving forward, AHS will hold our textbook and class material distribution on Wednesdays from 2:30pm-4:30pm at the AHS BUS RAMP off of S. Mountain Ave.


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

Student Tutor Center

The Student Tutor Center is back!


This year we are offering FREE tutoring online every Wednesday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.


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.


Help is available in all subjects, including Canvas navigation! If you have questions, please contact Tammy Anderson at tammy.anderson@ashland.k12.or.us. Once you join the STC you will be assigned a Breakout Room with at least one Student Tutor. Students may also request to be in a Breakout room with a group of study buddies in addition to the Student Tutor.

No School on Oct. 29 for Conferences

As with most things this year, conferences are going to look a little different. In order to provide the additional training time needed for teachers prior to school to be ready for Comprehensive Distance Learning, we had to make the difficult decision to reduce the number of conference days, and therefore the number of individual conferences we are able to have.


We regularly review progress and attendance for all our students to ensure that they are on-track academically, their individual needs are being met, and they are making positive behavioral choices.


While we wish we were able to conference with each family, this is not possible this fall. Teachers will reach out to some families to set a conference for 10/29. The goal of this conference is to team with your family to put supports in place for increased success moving forward.


As always, if you have a specific question or concern you would like to discuss with your child’s teacher, please do not hesitate to reach out to them via e-mail or office hours.


Please find the updated ASD calendar above.

Deadline for SENIORS to Drop Classes:

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Monster Dash VIRTUAL Run for Education

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Monster Dash VIRTUAL Run for Education

Mile Fun Run ● 5K ● 10K

A benefit for the Ashland Schools & Phoenix Talent Schools

Presented by Lithia 4 Kids, Ashland Schools Foundation, & Ashland Kiwanis

The 12th Annual Monster Dash Run for Education has gone VIRTUAL this year!

What does that mean?

Register for the race of your choice, get your “in the bubble” friends and family together for your own mini-Monster Dash event! Run your own course, at a time of your choosing from Oct 23 to Nov 1.

Online Contests for registrants: Costume Contest for kids and adults – even your pets! Best race or finish line photos, and best video submissions, too. Lots of prizes, and just by uploading your time you’ll be eligible for prize drawings.

Online Auction! Check out the many gift cards and auction packages available for bid at the Monster Dash Online Auction (on event website) – even if you’re not participating in the race! Open Oct 16-31.

Packets at the drive-up Packet Pick-up will include a race bib, crepe paper finish line, and finisher’s medal – plus kid’s packet will include some Halloween activities and a trick-or-treat bag of candy and Halloween toys.

Giveaways: Each youth is eligible to choose a science kit or realistic sea or land creature from Blue Marble! Adults: choose a hat from Sunday Afternoons, while they last.

Check out the website below for more info and ideas!

Register:

  • Online at www.ashlandmonsterdash.com
  • Youth 18 and under cost $10 for any race
    Adult registration fees range from $15-$25 depending on race
  • Race t-shirts may be pre-ordered thru Oct 21

Website: www.AshlandMonsterDash.com

Email: asf@ashland.k12.or.us Phone: 541-482-8197

Sports

We will be starting some limited in person athletic training. Make sure you REGISTER on Family ID before participation.

Click HERE to register.

Check the coach list below to contact the person with information about your sport for details.

Clubs & Activities

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

Key Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

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


Wanting to start up 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.

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

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Keri.Phipps@ashland.k12.or.us

Diane Berry

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

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Diane.Berry@ashland.k12.or.us

Bryanna Trevino

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

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Bryanna.Trevino@ashland.k12.or.us

Maurice Monteiro

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

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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

College and Career Pathways

Missed the Parent Senior Night on Oct 7th?

On October 7th, Ashland High School held a Senior Parent Night: Senior Year at a glance. They spoke about how the AHS School Counseling Department supports your senior, what happens in your student’s CCR (Career and College Readiness) class, the tasks your student (and you) should be accomplishing this fall, winter and spring, and critical events and dates.


To watch the Zoom video of this webinar, click HERE. You can find the video and other parent information night videos on Ashland High School's Youtube Channel.

Financial Aid Night - Wednesday, Oct 21st

Paying for College: Financial aid night for high school students and their parents Zoom meeting.

College costs, financial aid programs, financial aid applications, and where to turn for help will be covered during the event.


October 21st at 6pm

This is a The College Place event in collaboration with Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and The Ford Family Foundation.


Click HERE to register.

Resources for Seniors and their Parents/Guardians

Seniors have just started their AHS College and Career Readiness (CCR) classes, where they will be getting extensive support and guidance on finding a post high school education and/or career pathway that is a good fit for them. Jen Marsden, our College and Career Specialist, is also available to help students explore their interests/options, and to assist in navigating the college admissions and financial aid process. Ms. Marsden will be providing college and career planning curriculum in CCR classes, during 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. She is also happy to schedule a phone or zoom appointment and can be reached at 541-482-8771 x2130. Please take some time to check out the helpful resources and upcoming information sessions for parents/guardians that are listed below.

AHS College Handbook

Explore the 2020-21 AHS College Handbook, which contains useful information for all students planning to pursue post high school education. Topics covered include how to find an educational pathway that’s a good fit, information on applying to community colleges and four-year public and 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 AHS College Handbook, which is available in a box by the door to the AHS Main Office.

General FAFSA Info

On September 23rd AHS counseling staff held a Financial Aid 101 information session, which covered all the basics of the financial aid process, including how to complete the FAFSA. You can find a recording of this session HERE. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an online application which qualifies students to receive the Federal Pell Grant, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Oregon Promise, and government loans. Even if you think your family will not qualify for federal financial aid, it is important that seniors complete the FAFSA. Some schools will not give students merit aid unless they have a FAFSA on record. The info session also briefly covers the CSS Profile, a separate online application many private schools use to determine institutional financial aid.


The 2021-22 FAFSA goes live on October 1st and will use tax information from 2019. Students planning to start college in fall of 2021 should complete the 2021-22 FAFSA. Before October 1st, both the student and one parent can create an FSA ID. Students will get support signing up for their FSA ID in their CCR classes. 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 financial aid.

ACT and SAT Updates

Due to Covid restrictions, Ashland High School will not be administering the ACT or SAT through the end of November. If students are allowed back on campus later in the fall, AHS will possibly open as a test site in December. Check 2020 ACT Updates and 2020 SAT Updates for the most current information about ACT /SAT testing. The majority of colleges that usually require ACT/SAT scores as part of the admissions process, have waived that requirement for the Class of 2021 as they know many seniors have been unable to test. Please check individual colleges to see their updated policies.

Students who still want to attempt to test this year 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.

Class of 2021 Information!

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Class of 2021 Senior Grad Attire Ordering Info

Ashland High School Class of 2021

*****Time to order your Cap & Gown and Senior Apparel! *****

CLICK HERE for a link directly to your Senior Meeting!

CLICK HERE to place your order!


Why order now?

  • LOWEST PRICES – Receive bulk discounts by ordering with the rest of the Class of 2021. Only $60.00 down payment required to place your order.

  • EARLY DELIVERY – All of the items that you want now will be delivered right away (see image below).


Graduation Product Timeline for Ashland High School

  • October 2nd – October 18th – Two week ordering window.
  • October 22nd – Early Delivery Items available for pick up at Ashland High School.
  • March 1st – Final payment due.
  • Spring – Delivery of Graduation Announcements and Cap & Gown.


Do not hesitate to reach out to us at Royal-T / Herff Jones anytime for assistance at 360-254-7870 or through email at info@royaltpapers.com. CLICK HERE to place your order today!!!

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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 assignment?

You can drop off assignments, 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

Where can I access free internet around town?

See the list of free WiFi locations below. If you would like to request a Hot Spot from our tech department, please call the AHS Main Office at 541-482-8771 for more information.


  • Ashland Public Library - Open 12-4 Mon-Thur
  • Talent Library - Open 12-4 everyday but Fri
  • Phoenix Library - Open Tues 11-5, Wed 1-7, Thur 11-5
  • Medford Library - Open 12-4 everyday but Thur


  • Grace Point Church in Ashland - Contact Church for details
  • Rogue Valley Roasting Co
  • Starbucks
  • Bloomsbury Books
  • Boulevard Coffee
  • Mix Bakeshop
  • Nobel Coffee Roasters
  • HeartSong Nutrition

School Websites

Social Media

Ashland High School Campus Map

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