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September 27, 2019

From the Principal...

Grizz Parents, Guardians, Grizzlies and AHS community Members - -


Some items for the coming week…


Site Council Opportunity

We are looking for 3 to 5 volunteers to join our Site Council. A School Site Council (SSC) is group of teachers, parents, administrators, and interested community members who work together to develop and monitor a school’s improvement plan – the AHS roadmap that guides how we serve students now and into the future.


The AHS Site Council meets monthly from 4:00 – 5:00, and generally on the second Tuesday of the month, with October being an exception with a meeting on the 22nd.


If you are passionate about engaging with school staff, students and others on issues that make a difference at AHS, please send me an email letting me know your interests and your ability to commit to the scheduled meetings for the current year. Thank you for what you bring to our community.


Emergency Text Broadcasts: Nixle and School Messenger

I want to encourage all community members to sign up for Nixle Community Alert System.

The City of Ashland has partnered with Nixle to implement its Community Notification System to alert residents in real-time for localized emergency situations and relevant community advisories. Residents already “opted-in” to the Jackson County Citizen Alert System will still get regional messages but have to sign up with Nixle for City of Ashland specific messaging like street closures, evacuations, or power outages.


While we had some important wrinkles in our parent text alert system during last week’s lockdown event, we have worked diligently to resolve them.


Moving forward, parents that have opted into School Messenger text alerts in PowerSchool will receive a text when the school goes into an emergency procedure. The school will not transmit subsequent texts to parents until the event is over. This is to assure that we are focused on monitoring the safety of students and teachers.


During events, updates will come from law enforcement through Nixle IF YOU ARE SIGNED UP (see link above). Nixle will also notify you when a safety protocol is initiated at a school or other community venue. This is a redundant measure.


If you have any questions about emergency notifications, or other important issues, please let me know.


Have a safe and restful weekend –


Samuel Bogdanove

Interim Principal

School Safety

As staff members, student safety is our most important responsibility. Unfortunately, we live in society in which we have experienced multiple school shootings in recent years. These are isolated events and are HIGHLY UNLIKELY to happen here. However, we do need to be prepared for all potential emergencies. In the AHS community, our primary value it that we love and care for each other. Our best hope for prevention of a catastrophic event of this nature is paying attention, our interpersonal connection, and speaking up when we have concerns. We have all been trained since Kindergarten to evacuate when we hear a fire alarm. We need to re-train ourselves to think differently. There has not been a major school fire that resulted in mass fatalities since 1958 in our country. There has been more than one instance in which an active shooter pulled a fire alarm to evacuate school. Moving forward, if there is an unplanned alarm, we will stay in place and go into precautionary lockdown. Then, you will wait for further instruction. There a zero instances of anybody being shot behind a locked door in schools.

It's a Great Day to be a Grizzly!

Karl Kemper

No Classes October 10-11 for Staff In-Service Training

See the School Year Calendar here: School Year Calendar

HOMECOMING Week October 1-5

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2019 Homecoming Court!

Come support our Homecoming Court Royalty at the Homecoming Parade on Oct. 2nd and at Homecoming Football Game Half Time. The top three Senior Homecoming Royalty voting will take place during the assembly Thursday Oct. 3rd.
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Homecoming Schedule of Events

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Spirit Week

Monday 9/30: Pajama 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--Wednesday, 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 Nora.Godfrey-Dismuk@ashland.k12.or.us for information.

Homecoming Assembly--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.

Pep Rally--Friday, October 4 during TCB on the Field

Come get rallied up for the Homecoming Games!! Sports and Clubs will be recognized and you will be treated to the World Famous Teacher Dance!!

Homecoming Games--Friday, October 4

Boys Varsity Soccer 4:00.


Football Kickoff at 7pm against the Churchill Lancers.


Enjoy the halftime show with our awesome AHS Grizz Band and Cheerleaders as well as Homecoming Coronation.

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 Nora.Godfrey-Dismuk@ashland.k12.or.us

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? Christie.Lawson@ashland.k12.or.us

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 https://lifetouch.com/ 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!

Junior Field Trip to PNACAC College Fair- Tuesday, October 1

The annual PNACAC College Fair will be held at SOU on the morning of Tuesday, October 1st. Each year AHS gives our entire junior class the opportunity to attend this annual event, which brings to Ashland 60+ colleges from throughout the western U.S. This year, we will excuse juniors after attendance is taken at the beginning of 2nd period. Students are to meet the counseling staff at the bus ramp and we will walk over to the SOU Recreation Center. The College Fair is from 10:00 to 11:30 am, so students are only excused from 2nd period for this activity. Go to https://www.pnacac.org/sor-fair for more information about the College Fair and to see a list of the schools that will be represented. Students have been encouraged to sign up in advance at https://app.strivescan.com/students to receive a barcode which will easily allow them to share contact information with colleges that interest them. Seniors are also welcome to attend this event, but will need to be excused from 2nd period by a parent/guardian.

College Information Night for Students and their Parents/Guardians --Wednesday, October 2

College Information Night 6:30-8:00 pm in the IVC

On Wednesday, October 2nd from 6:30-8:00 pm, students and their parents/guardians are invited to a college information session in the IVC. AHS Counseling Office staff 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 juniors and other interested students and families are welcome to attend. If seniors and/or their parents/guardians attended one of the AHS College Information Nights last spring, this evening will be a repeat or refresher of the information presented then.

For more information about any of the above, please contact Jen Marsden at jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us.

Travel Opportunities

Parent Volunteers Needed

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. https://www.herffjones.com/

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 https://tinyurl.com/portrait2020 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 Amanda.McGrew@ashland.k12.or.us in Room 206

Senior Project Presentations-Friday, May 1

Seniors will present their capstone projects to a panel of community members and Juniors. (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

Parents/Guardians,

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 https://tinyurl.com/gradAds2020 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 Karyn.Barats@ashland.k12.or.us or call 541 482 8771 x2114 to schedule an appointment.

Counselors are assigned by student's last name as follows:


Keri Phipps (All Freshmen) Keri.Phipps@ashland.k12.or.us

Diane Berry (Last Names A-He) Diane.Berry@ashland.k12.or.us

Kalli Walker (Last Names Hi-Me) Kalli.Walker@ashland.k12.or.us

Jeff Roscher (Last Names Mi-Z) Jeffrey.Roscher@ashland.k12.or.us

College Information Newsletter--Fall 2019

Click here to for the very informative College Information Newsletter!

College Information Newsletter Fall 2019

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.

COLLEGE VISITS


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 jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us

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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 laura.ahearn@standfordalumni.org

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School Websites

Bus Schedule

ASD Transportation 541 482 3174

Stacy.Delgado@ashland.k12.or.us

Click here to see bus routes and times:

https://www.ashland.k12.or.us/SIB/files/2019-2020%20WEB%20ROUTES.pdf

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 Glenna.Stiles@ashland.k12.or.us for parking issues.
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