December 21, 2018

Principal Bare

Grizz Circles by Principal Bare
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Welcome Back-

Monday, January 7th- White Day Periods- 5, 6, 7, 8

The Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on the Adolescent Brain

There is some extremely helpful information included in this article that explains why a teenager drinking alcohol or using marijuana has a dramatically different impact on both their development and the likelihood of developing dependence than the impact it would have on an adult. Helping our young people understand the difference is critical in guiding them towards healthy choices. Thank you for reading!

Drugs, Alcohol and the Teen Brain

6th Annual Grizzly Invitational- Speech & Debate

This weekend, more than 250 students from all over the state trekked to our school for the biggest Speech and Debate competition in Southern Oregon so far this season. We got rave reviews from students, coaches, and community judges. Several teams told us that they are already planning to be back in Ashland for our 7th Annual Grizzly Invitational, December, 13-15, 2019. This tournament was possible only because of the organizational support of some of our students, especially Sarah Aaronson and Nicolaas VanDerZwan, and these student leadership opportunities are a valuable experience we can offer our students.

Our next tournament is the Ashland After-school Student Congress on Wednesday, January 9th. From 4 to 9PM.

More information available on the website:…

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Celebrate with Us!

In 1993, AHS Theatre forged a school-business partnership with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the midst of severe budget cuts that threatened all after-school programs. Because of the generosity and vision of Pat Patton and Kirk Boyd, key figures at OSF then, the partnership was established and nurtured with Joan Langley , OSF Director of Education and Betsy Bishop, AHS Theatre teacher. Richard Hay, OSF designer, was a catalyst for design of the new (now 20 year old) Mountain Avenue Theatre. Over 120 professionals from OSF, as directors, designers, carpenters and more have contributed to shows over these past years. This is why we celebrate!

Friday, December 28 6 pm reception to 9:15 pm at the Mountain Avenue Theatre.

$20 reserved seats online includes 6 pm Rose Studio Reception. Reserved seating available only online at

Non-Reserved seats plus reception $15 sold at Paddington Station.

Canned Food Drive Final Stats

The Global Citizens canned food drive was a huge success! Thanks to the help of the humanities department and students we collected 850 cans. Congratulations to our first place
winner Mr. Bolling for collecting 360 cans. In total over 1000 pounds of food was collected.

Volunteer Throughout Winter Break!

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum is looking for museum volunteers throughout the winter break! Activity shifts are available from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm between Wednesday, December 26 - Sunday, December 30 and Wednesday, January 2 - Sunday, January 6.

Please email Erin Endress Volunteer Coordinator at: to get signed up.

ScienceWorks' annual Noon Year's Eve event is happening on Monday, December 31 and is sure to be a great party! We are looking for volunteers to help with the event from 9:45 am - 2:15 pm and to assist with clean up from 2 pm - 4 pm. Activities will include party hat and noisemaker construction, an egg drop workshop, and a celebratory balloon drop at 12 noon.

Please email Erin Endress Volunteer Coordinator at: to get signed up

Scholarship and Grant Information

ATTENTION JUNIORS: There are a few scholarships available just for Juniors! Visit the Counseling Department and check out the Current Scholarships board for scholarship opportunities!

ATTENTION SENIORS: For information on local and current scholarship opportunities, visit Under “Local Scholarships,” you will find scholarship descriptions and applications. Local Scholarship deadline is February 19, 2019. Under “Current Scholarships & Opportunities,” you will find current listings of many obscure-type scholarship opportunities with varying deadlines. If you have any questions, please visit the Counseling Department.

Marines ROTC Scholarship

Seniors: the application deadline for the Marines ROTC scholarship is December 31st.

Short Term Youth Exchange Through Rotary

Interested in traveling abroad and learning about other cultures? Rotary Short-Term (family to family) Youth Exchange is a less formal program than the full year Rotary Youth Exchange program. For the short-term program, students and their families are matched with a student and family overseas. During the summer break, the U.S. student spends three weeks overseas, and then the two students return to the U.S. for three weeks, or vice versa. For those accepted into the program, a program fee of $350 covers the matching service, training sessions, insurance and a program shirt. The families are responsible for all other costs, including transportation. A current passport is required. There is a half day mandatory training for students and their parents. Training will be on 4.13.19 in Roseburg and 5.4.19 in Ashland (choose one). Each family will be required to complete a Host Family application and all family members over 18 years old will need a background check. This is a cultural immersion program. While language is helpful it is not required. Pack your bags and get ready for an amazing summer!! Currently we have exchanges with Spain, France, Germany, Finland (Finns arrive in the USA approximately 6.27.19) and Wales. Interested in knowing more? You can call or text Dan Fowler, Lithia Springs Rotary Youth Exchange Officer, 707-972-6378,

Deadline to receive applications is January 10.

You can apply for Short Term Exchange on line through this link:

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Free Ebooks and Audiobooks

Enjoy a good book with the Sora app!

Download the Sora app.

Choose Southern Oregon Education Service District; Ashland School District 5.

Sign in with the username and password you use on campus to sign into the computers.

Find a good book and READ!

Do You Know Someone Who Wants To Play?

New Students are welcome in the AHS Band Program at the semester. An introductory meeting with Mr. Moddison is the only necessary part to join, or re-join the AHS Band Program.

Health Center News

Crisis Line 24/7

Did you know that if you text 741741 when you are feeling depressed or suicidal, a crisis worker will text you back immediately and continue to text with you? Many people don’t like talking on the phone and would be more comfortable texting. It's a FREE service to ANYONE - teens, adults, etc. - who lives in the U.S. It's run by The Crisis Text Line.

Looking Ahead

Dec 24 – Winter Break – No Classes

Dec 25 – Winter Break – No Classes

Dec 26 – Winter Break – No Classes

Dec 27 – Winter Break – No Classes

Dec 28 – Winter Break – No Classes

Dec 28 – 25th Annual OSF – AHS Partnership

Dec 31 – Winter Break – No Classes

Jan 1 – Winter Break – No Classes

Jan 2 – Winter Break – No Classes

Jan 3 – Winter Break – No Classes

Jan 4 – Winter Break – No Classes

Jan 7 – Classes Resume

Jan 8 – Site Council Meeting

Jan 9 – Early Bird Senior Projects

Jan 9 – Ashland Afterschool Student Congress

Jan 15 --18 Semester Finals

Jan 21 - NO SCHOOL- MLK Holiday

Jan 22 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Inservice

Jan 23 - 2nd Semester Begins- White Day

Feb 1 - Winter Formal Dance

Feb 7 - Careers in Gear--9th Grade Field Trip to Central Medford High School

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

Semester 1 Final Exam Schedule


* Indicates that teachers are available in their classrooms

Tuesday, January 15

8:30 – 10:00AM Review and Study Session*

10:00 – 10:30AM Break

10:30 – 12:00PM 1st Period Exam

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:30PM 3rd Period Exam

2:30 – 4:00PM Teacher Grading Time

Wednesday, January 16

8:30 – 10:00AM Review and Study Session*

10:00 – 10:30AM Break

10:30 – 12:00PM 5th Period Exam

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:30PM 7th Period Exam

2:30 – 4:00PM Teacher Grading Time

Thursday, January 17

8:30 – 10:00AM Review and Study Session*

10:00 – 10:30AM Break

10:30 – 12:00PM 2nd Period Exam

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:30PM 4th Period Exam

2:30 – 4:00PM Teacher Grading Time

Friday, January 18

8:30 – 10:00AM Review and Study Session*

10:00 – 10:30AM Break

10:30 – 12:00PM 6th Period Exam

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:30PM 8th Period Exam

2:30 – 4:00PM Teacher Grading Time

NO SCHOOL- January 21 MLK & January 22 Teacher Inservice

Senior Class of 2019

Graduation May 31, 2019

6:30 at Lithia Park Band Shell

Senior Projects Presentations

Early Bird Senior Project presentations will be held on Wednesday, January 9th.

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. PLEASE NOTE THAT WINTER PRESENTATIONS ARE ON THE FIRST WEDNESDAY AFTER BREAK.

Full handbook is available on the AHS website:

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 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.

Senior All Night Fundraiser

The Senior All Night committee is selling $20 Louie's gift cards. Louie's generously donated $10 for each card sold! Text or email Lindsay Gates to purchase cards. 541-951-5911 or They make great holiday gifts! Also, Senior parents are needed to help sell Louie's cards.