GRIZZ-O-GRAM

March 5th, 2021

Ashland High School

Office Hours 12:00PM - 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:

Deb Falk, Attendance Secretary

541-482-8782

Debra.Falk@ashland.k12.or.us


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This week's Grizz...

  • Principal's Message
  • Hybrid Schedules & Bell Rotation
  • Looking Ahead at March
  • AP Info Sessions for 21-22 on 3/10
  • AP Exam Drop Deadline
  • Grade Level Forecasting (Class Selection) for the 2021/22 School Year Information Sessions
  • Student Parking
  • Auditions for Spring Musical 3/6
  • Student Celebrations
  • Library Newsletter
  • Distribution Center Open 3/17
  • Sports, Clubs & Activities
  • How to Watch Sporting Events Online
  • Counseling Office
  • College & Career Pathways Updates
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Tech Support Info

Principal's Message

Hello Grizzlies,


I hope that you are all well. It is a very busy time at AHS right now. Administration, teachers and staff are all making preparations for hybrid instruction which is slated to begin on March 29th. Hopefully you have all received the Hybrid Enrollment Survey which was sent to each family on Tuesday. For anyone that reached out because they did not receive it initially, it was resent to you on either Wednesday or Thursday. Please make sure you check your trash and spam folders as well. Filling out the survey is very important to our planning. The survey will close on Sunday Night. If you still did not get the survey, let us know and we will find another way to get it to you. We will use the results of the survey to divide our hybrid students into Groups A and B next week. Once we have that worked out we will communicate that to families so you know when your student will be scheduled for in-person instruction.


We have also included our new bell schedule and our weekly class period rotation below. Both new schedules will begin on March 29.


Thank you to everyone who attended our Hybrid Information Night last night. Your participation and questions are appreciated. In case you missed it, we have included the recording below along with a link to the Spanish version.


We still have work to do as we ready the campus and plan procedures for arrival and dismissal. We will share those details out once they are finalized. Our goal is to steadily communicate as we go through our last phases of planning.


We are doing all this work because we recognize the social emotional and academic benefits of in-person instruction. We have the state guidance and local case rates that will allow us to do this safely. Maintaining everyone’s health and safety will be our top priority as move forward and implement our hybrid schedule. We are excited about the prospect of having students back on campus.


Best,


Benjamin Bell

Hybrid Schedules & Bell Rotation

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Did you miss the Hybrid Info Night on Thursday, Mar 4th?

You can watch the Hybrid Information Night Zoom recording in the video below.


Para ver en español, haga clic AQUÍ.

AHS Hybrid Information Night 3/3/21

Looking Ahead at March

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AP Info Sessions - Wednesday, Mar 10th

9th 10th and 11th Grade Students:

Are you interested in learning more about Advanced Placement classes offered next year?

If so, make sure you mark your calendar and attend the

AP Informational Sessions next Wednesday, March 10.


AP classes are college level courses. By earning strong grades or high scores on AP exams, students will earn college credits with these classes. During these informational sessions students will learn about the content, format, pace and general homework expectations of each class.


Wednesday, March 10:

8:30-9:00 AP Spanish with Senor Atanes

Click HERE for Zoom link.


9:00-9:30 AP Physics with Mr. Sniffen

Click HERE for Zoom link.


ADVISORY (Class Forecasting for 9th, 10th and 11th grades)

10:30-11:00 AP Calculus with Ms. Anderson
Click HERE for Zoom link.


11:00-11:30 AP Language and Composition with Ms. Martin

Click HERE for Zoom link.


11:30-12:00 AP Government with Mr. Bolling

Click HERE for Zoom link.


12:00-12:30 AP US History (for sophomores) with Mr. Huard

Click HERE for Zoom link.


12:30-1:00 AP Biology with Mr. Hobein

Click HERE for Zoom link.


1:00-1:30 AP Literature with Mr. Abrams

Click HERE for Zoom link


1:30-2:00 AP Environmental Science with Ms. Federline

Click HERE for Zoom link.


2:00-2:30 AP Macro Economics with Ms. Roscher

Click HERE for Zoom link.


2:30-3:00 AP Psychology with Mr. Roscher

Click HERE for Zoom link.

AP Exam Drop Date Deadline Mar 8th

The last day to add or drop an AP Exam is March 8th. If you have any questions, email Rebecca.Gyarmathy@ashland.k12.or.us

Grade Level Forecasting (Class Selection) for the 2021/22 School Year Information Sessions

All AHS 9th, 10th and 11th Grade Families-Mark Your Calendars!


9th Grade: Monday, March 15 5:30-6:30

Click HERE for Zoom link.


10th Grade: Tuesday, March 16, 5:30-6:30

Click HERE for Zoom link.


11th Grade: Wednesday, March 17, 5:30-6:30

Click HERE for Zoom link.


Over the next two weeks, your student(s) will be completing a digital forecasting form in order to select their classes for next year. To learn more about this process and support your student’s exploration and choice of classes, please join us for one of these sessions.


During these sessions, counselors will cover the following topics:


  • Graduation requirements
  • Understanding transcripts
  • Creating a four-year plan
  • Using the newly updated 2021/22 Course Catalog
  • Knowing elective offerings
  • Completing this year’s digital forecasting form
  • Thinking about post-secondary plans


We look forward to seeing you there!

AHS Counseling Department

Student Parking

Student parking will be FREE this spring! Yes! FREE!

No passes will be sold and it will be first come first served for student parking. With the hybrid schedule there should be plenty of parking available.

Student parking is in the Lincoln and Lower Mountain Ave lots.


We will still issue warning stickers and the dreaded car boot to students cars that are parked in non designated student spots. Students are NOT allowed to park in the gym lot (Titus Alley), the science lot, humanities lot, or in staff parking spots in the upper Mountain Ave lot.


If you have any questions, please contact Christie.Lawson@ashland.k12.or.us.

Auditions for Spring Musical Annie Deadline Mar 6th

Auditions for ANNIE the musical extended until Saturday March 6 evening

Open to all of Ashland High School

Audition for ANNIE the musical

Required: Sing 1 one -minute song in your range.

Self- tape that starts with your name…then singing

should be sent to both the director and the producer

Jonathan Luke Stevens, the director. An actor at OSF trained in musical theatre

jlstevens11@gmail.com; Betsy.bishop@ashland.k12.or.us

Student Celebrations

Honorable Mention at AIFF - Sarah Daley & Lillian Whittle

Sarah Daley & Lillian Whittle are WINNERS of HONORABLE MENTION at ASHLAND INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL for this film


Here is the video for 5 minute 'Double Eccentrically.'


If you'd like to donate to the AHS Theatre, click HERE!

Double Eccentrically

Award for Aspirations in Computing - Adelle Robison

AHS Senior Adelle Robison is our 2021 Oregon and Southwest Washington Affiliate winner! She’s won the Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) for the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).


Regional Affiliate selected Adelle for this award based on her significant demonstration of the following:

  • Progression in computing experiences and technical skills
  • Leadership through teams, clubs and teaching peers
  • Participation in computing-related extra-curricular activities

Library Newsletter

Click here to access the library’s March newsletter from our librarian Aimee Cork. Featured in this edition are: Women’s History Month, Aimee’s Review, Why we Need Diverse Books, and Featured Fiction & Non-Fiction.

Material Distribution - Wednesday, Mar 17th

The Distribution Center is CLOSED this week. Please note that our location has moved to the Theatre Lobby.


Distribution Dates:

Mar 17th

Mar 31st

Apr 14th

Apr 28th


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 541-482-8771.

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

Sports Seasons Have Already Begun!


Click HERE to see the adjusted OSAA sports calendar for the rest of this year.

You are required to register for sports BEFORE you are allowed to begin practice. Click HERE to register.

For specific information about sports you are interested in, contact the coach HERE.

We will have an abbreviated sports season with only local games and no state championships. We are trying to livestream as much as we can and upload any games that we can’t onto AHS YouTube channel.


For the competitions this week, links are below to watch.


Boys Soccer vs Roseburg - Tuesday, 3/2/21 7:00pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wej_82X7JBQ


Girls Soccer vs Roseburg - Tuesday 3/2/21 6:00pm

http://541radio.com/ Check under the “Score” tab.


Cross Country Wednesday 3/3/21 2:00pm girls race/3:00pm boys race @ North Medford

Boys: https://youtu.be/yI8xef9eMpU

Girls: https://youtu.be/v8b97a8MKPc


Boys Soccer vs Grants Pass - Saturday, 3/6/21 1:30pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFexYU-9vVw


Girls Soccer vs Grants Pass - Saturday 3/6/21 1:00pm

Will be broadcast by Table Rock Sports and should be on their menu by Saturday:

http://541radio.com/ Check under the “Score” tab.


Football - Monday 3/8/21 7:00pm

http://www.ashlandfootballclub.com/


To get team rosters, so you know who is who, go to https://www.osaa.org/

  • Click “Activities” tab
  • Then “Fall”
  • Then “Teams & Leagues”
  • Then “5A”
  • Then “Ashland”
  • Then “Rosters”


The most up to date version of Grizzly sports schedules is below.

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: Currently paused until in person learning.

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.


More info about clubs can be found on the AHS News & Resources page on Canvas.


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.

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.

Coos Bay Fire Department Student Firefighter Program

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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.

Upcoming College and Career Pathways Information Sessions

All sessions will be on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm and can be accessed at the following 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.


March 10 - Finding a College Pathway that is a “Good Fit”: Overwhelmed by the thought of planning for college? Finding an educational pathway that is a good fit for YOU takes some planning. AHS students of all ages (and parents/guardians) are invited to come learn more about the process of planning for education after high school - a process which has the capacity to provide an opportunity for self-discovery, reflection and growth. Those who take the time to do their research are more likely to find an educational pathway that is a good fit.


April 14 - Financial Aid 101: Learn about the pathways to access financial aid and scholarships! We will discuss the process for completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), an online application which qualifies students to receive the Federal Pell Grant, Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon Promise Grant, and government loans. Even if you think your family will not qualify for federal financial aid, it is important to complete the FAFSA. Many colleges will not give students merit aid unless they have a FAFSA on record. We will also briefly discuss the CSS Profile, an additional application many private schools use to determine institutional financial aid.


May 12 - Community College Opportunities and Pathways: More details to come!


May 26 - Four Year Colleges and Universities Application Process: More details to come!

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. AHS will begin offering these tests again in March with safety guidelines in place, including a limited number of available seats to allow for appropriate distancing. If AHS has no more seat availability, students can look for open testing sites in Medford and Grants Pass.


Many colleges are now “test optional” and Oregon’s public universities no longer require ACT/SAT test results for admission, but some do for eligibility for honors colleges or merit scholarships. Check individual universities for what is currently required or optional.


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.


SAT Dates: March 13, May 8, and June 5

ACT Dates: April 17 (TBD)

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.

RCC Foundation Scholarship - Due 3/31

The RCC Foundation has extended their scholarship application deadline to 3/31/21 at 11:59pm.Their intent is to give next year’s RCC students with a 2.5+ GPA ample opportunity to apply. We offer applicants the opportunity to answer questions in our new program, ScholarshipUniverse, and be matched to internal and external scholarship opportunities! By submitting a single internal application, they’ll be considered for as many of the 125 scholarship types they qualify for. The odds of being awarded $1,000-$5,000 for 2021/22 is about 1 in 4! Then, they can keep using ScholarshipUniverse all year long to apply for external scholarships that they are matched to from a database of over 13,000! Students need to already have any RCC account to complete this application. To complete the RCC scholarship application go to https://foundation.roguecc.edu/scholarships. If students do not already have an RCC account, please contact jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us. For questions about the scholarship, contact Anna Manley, RCC’s Scholarship Coordinator, at amanley@roguecc.edu or 541-956-7293.

Scholarships and Opportunities Updates

For a list of other current scholarships and opportunities click here: Current Scholarships & Opportunities. This list is updated every Friday.


For assistance on scholarship applications contact jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us. Ms. Marsden will be holding special scholarship support office hours Sunday, February 28th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm for students who would like some help on their scholarship applications or FAFSA. Jen Marsden’s office hours zoom: https://asdconnect-org.zoom.us/j/98747917422

Other Scholarship Opportunities

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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ATTENTION SENIORS - William S and Kristine Ann Phillips Scholarship

Are you interested in the Fire and EMS field?

If so, this $1,000 scholarship may be just right for you!


Ashland Firefighters Association wants to grant deserving applicants who are dedicated to pursuing a career and life in the Fire and EMS field with the assistance to do so.

Scholarships of $1,000 may be used for tuition, books and lab fees incurred while pursuing education beyond high school. Award recipients must attend an accredited program in Fire Science or Emergency Medical Services.

There are no restrictions for scholarship recipients as to race, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran, marital status, or sensory, mental, or physical disability. A selection panel will evaluate the candidates on following requirements:

1) GPA of 2.50 or better;

2) Have completed a minimum 50 hours or more of community service;

3) Demonstrated leadership in school and community activities; and

4) Strong desire to help people in emergency situations

If you meet the above requirements, click here Ashland Firefighters Scholarship to obtain the cover page, instructions and the application. Please Note: If you have already completed the AHS Common Application for local scholarships, they will accept that application, as opposed to their own. Find details at the link above.

DEADLINE: MAY 7, 2021

For questions or assistance, please contact Karyn Barats at 541-482-2278 or via email at karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us.

RYLA Leadership Opportunity

Interested in learning more about your leadership qualities and understanding the qualities of others?


Apply for virtual RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) by March 15th.

Virtual RYLA combines interactive challenges, small group participation, and online instruction to: increase self-awareness and respect differences, promote positive verbal and on-verbal communication, improve critical thinking and decision-making, and provide tools for problem-solving and resilience.

Participants will also receive educational materials and various offerings that are helpful as students start college.


When:April 28th-May 2nd. There are two evening sessions on weekdays, a longer session on Saturday and a short concluding session on Sunday.


How to Apply: https://leadernu.com/apply-d5110/


Cost:100% paid for by Rotary


Deadline: March 15


Rotary Contact:

Adrienne Simmons

Adriennesipdx@gmail.com

About eRYLA

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

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 Department at:

Tech Support Helpline: 541-201-2600

Email: techhelp@ashland.k12.or.us

Click here to fill out the ASD Tech Support Request Form

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.

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