April 19, 2019

Grizz Pageant 2019

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Grizz Pageant a Huge Success!

Grizz Pageant is one of our biggest fundraisers and events of the year, raising money for Children's Miracle Network and Asante's NICU center in Medford.

With group fundraisers, contestants individually fundraising, donations, ticket sales at the door, and concessions, our 8 Grizz Contestants raised.......................... $5,680.68!!!

We have two winners of the pageant, although they are all winners in our eyes!

Anna Gutrich (9th grade) won "Most Money Raised" with a grand total of $1159.31! Because she raised over $1000, Asante is awarding her with an engraved brick outside of Asante Medical Center!

The winner of the pageant, based on stage presence, day in the life video, their talent, and "When I Grow Up" skit, is junior Sequoia Jacobson!!!

Congrats to our awesome students on a successful pageant!

Yearbooks on Sale Now

Ashland High School 2019 Yearbooks are now available for purchase online at

The price is just $45 for this beautiful hardcover treasure trove of memories.

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PROM --May 4 "City of Stars"

Prom will be held May 4th from 8pm-11pm at the Ashland Armory. The theme is "City of Stars."

Are you planning on bringing a guest? Your guest must be pre-approved. “Dance Guest Form Applications” are located in the front office or download attached AHS Dance Form link . Deadline is May 1. AHS Dance Form

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Calling all seniors!!

Any seniors who would like to speak or perform at graduation, please submit a request to before April 19th.

Senior Projects Presentations--May 1 Early Release for 9th and 10th Grade

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:

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Senior Project 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.

Cap and Gowns --May 13

Seniors: Herff Jones will be here on May 13th during lunch to distribute caps and gowns. A limited number of extra cap/gown/tassel sets will be available for purchase at distribution for $50 - cash only.

Scholarship Awards Night --May 23 in the Theater

Graduation Day --May 31 at Lithia Park Bandshell 6:15PM

If you require any accommodations to access the ceremony, please contact Deb Falk, or 541-482-2100. This includes sign language interpretation, handicapped access, or specialized seating due to age or disability.

Please note: The lawn seating area will be roped off until 5pm. Any items placed on the lawn before 5pm will be removed.

Fines, Fees and Lunch Balances

All fees and fines must be paid in full before graduation day.

Please log in to your Parent PowerSchool account and click on "School & Library Fees" to see the status of your account or call the front office 541-482-8771.

Lunch accounts are on a different system and can be accessed at

Career and Counseling Center News

Finding A College That's A “GOOD FIT”- Wednesday, April 24

Wednesday, April 24th 6:30-8:00 pm in the AHS Library.

Overwhelmed by the thought of planning for college? You are not alone. Finding an educational pathway that’s a good fit for YOU takes some planning. AHS students of all ages (and their 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 the student (and parent) 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.

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.

AHS Grizzly CTE Scholarship





Pick up an application in the Counseling Department, or visit:

NOTE: Must have participated in

the CTE Program of Focus

for 4 or more semesters.


The Ashland Police Department Survey

A new community survey was released by the Ashland Police Department (APD). In partnership with the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission and BetaGov, the brief, 10-item survey does not collect identifying information so that responses can be honest and accurate. The survey seeks input on APD relationships and engagement with the community.

All members of the community are encouraged to participate in this survey, which can be found on the department’s webpage, as well as at the website Hard copies of the survey can also be picked up and turned in at the police department located at 1155 E. Main Street.

The survey closes the second week of June – let your voice be heard!

Community Service

Parent Volunteers Needed

Ashland Schools Foundation



§ What? Phone Bank for Ashland Schools Foundation’s 30th Annual Fund Drive

§ When is it – When are the dedicated school nights (the nights each school works to get their volunteers at the phone drive)?

  • April 15 (Mon) – Bellview, Helman, Walker
  • April 17 (Wed) – Bellview, Helman, Walker
  • April 23 (Tues) – AHS & John Muir
  • April 25 (Thurs) – AMS & Willow Wind CLC

§ Where is it? The Windsor Inn (across I-5 on the right)

§ What is the time schedule?

  • 6:00 – 6:10 pm… Check-in, eat dinner donated by local restaurants, chat with other volunteers.
  • 6:10 – 6:30 pm… Training while you eat.
  • 6:30 – 8:30 pm… Call parents and previous donors.

§ Who will I be calling? If you come on your dedicated school night we will try to have you call other parents from your school who may or may not already be donors to ASF. If you are calling on another night you may be calling either parents from other schools or community members who are already ASF donors.

§ If I have my own cell phone, can I use it? We hope you will! We have been fortunate to have the sponsorship of Verizon, who will be able to loan us some cell phones – but it will not be enough for all callers. We will need to rely on some volunteers using their own phone.

§ I can’t come on my dedicated school night, but am still interested in helping. That’s great. Sign up for any night that fits your schedule.

§ Is there babysitting available? No. We have supplied babysitting options in past years, but have had such little usage that we no longer offer babysitting.

§ I’ve never done this before and am uncomfortable asking people for money! Don’t worry – everyone feels that way at first. You’ll get help with what to say and how to say it. You’ll be surprised at how supportive our community is for the education of our children. Encourage a friend to sign up to volunteer with you – there’s strength in numbers – and you can practice on each other before you begin. The first phone call can be scary, but that first donation makes you feel incredibly good. By the time you leave you’ll be surprised at how much fun you’ve had and will feel great about making a real difference in the Ashland schools.

All volunteers are eligible for prize drawings!

Sign up online to volunteer at
Call ASF at 541-482-8197 for more info

Check out our new brochure HERE!


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.

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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Theatre News

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Almost, Maine, written by John Cariani, is a series of nine vignettes each featuring a different couple. The New York Daily News describes the play as “sweet, poignant, and witty.” It premiered at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine in 2004 where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. It is currently one of the most popular and most produced plays in U.S. high schools.

The cast includes: Kate Jaques Prentice; Leila Kenner; Nicky Clary; Ella Stringer; Gwyn Murphy-Cunningham; Brady Davis; Henry Alexander; Allie Poole; Brooklyn Williams; Callan Skuratowicz; Keagan Brooks-Torres; Zakiyah Clark; Isabella Martinez Moore; Evan Lucas; Elena Schmeling; Ava Tobar; Ben Kerr; Chloe Ulrich Moore; and Yi Shostrom. Understudies are: Hadley Jungst; Kaia O’Neill; Nick Hemmerling; and Rachel Davis.

The Stage Manager is Tobin Risso Mulholland; the Assistant Stage Managers are Braden Rogers and Lolly McClellan.

The Director, Annie Paul, is assisted by her creative team: Doug Ham is the Set Designer, Emily Ehrlich Inget is the Costume Designer, and Bart Grady is the Lighting Designer. Kristen Samek is the Technical Director and Betsy Bishop is the Producer. OSF partners are Ronan Kilkenny, Scenic Projection Designer, as well as Benajah Cobb, the Projection and Sound Consultant.

Looking Ahead

Apr 18 - 19 Speech and Debate State Competition

Apr 23 - Site Council Meeting

Apr 24 - Finding a College That Is "A Good Fit"

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

May 1 - 5 Last Mainstage: Almost Maine- A Comedy

May 4 - SAT Test

May 4 - Prom

May 8 - Top Performers' Dessert

May 8 - Campus Tours- Incoming 8th Graders and New Students

May 9 - 12 - Last Mainstage: Almost Maine- A Comedy

May 10 Blood Drive

May 13 - Cap and Gowns Delivered

May 14 - Site Council Meeting

May 15 -17 - Student Directed One Acts

May 17 - Debate-A-Thon

May 20- Spring Band Concert

May 21 - Final Orchestra Concert

May 23 - Scholarship Awards Night

May 27 - NO SCHOOL- Memorial Day

May 28 - Choir Concert

May 31 - Graduation

June 1 - SAT Test

June 4 - 7 - Finals

June 7 - Early Release

June 11 - Site Council Meeting

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

NO SCHOOL- Memorial Day May 27

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