March 22, 2019

A Message from Principal Bare

What a beautiful week at AHS! The flowers are blooming, and spirits are high as we prepare for Spring Break. Last week I shared with you that the staff finalized our new mission statement in our In-Service day last week. I am excited to unveil the final product. This was developed by gathering staff input, student input, and community input. We used the common themes from all stakeholder groups to identify what we value. From there we operationalized those values to help guide our work.

AHS is on a mission to live up to the ideals we have laid out here. As you enjoy a week (and a day!) with your families, I would like to thank you for supporting both our mission and our vision to “Inspire Learning for Life!”


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Congratulations Rotary Student of the Month--Greta Zeve!!!

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NO SCHOOL - Monday, March 25 - Monday, April 1

Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 2nd-- Red Day (Periods 1,2,3,4)

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!

Lifeguard Training over Spring Break

The YMCA is offering a Lifeguard Certification class during Spring Break that is perfect for High School Students ages 15+ that may be looking for summer employment as a lifeguard. Contact the Ashland YMCA for more information.

Celebrate National Library Week- April 7-13th

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Grizz Pageant-- Saturday, April 12 at 7pm



April 12th 7pm Mountain Avenue Theater

Grizz Pageant's preparation and fundraising is in full swing and we couldn’t be more excited!

Grizz Pageant one of the highlights of the year! This fundraiser event gets eight incredible students from each grade to compete in raising money for Asante Regional Medical Center and Children’s Miracle Network. Not only are these Grizz contestants using this next month to hold numerous forms of individual and group fundraising, but it is all in anticipation for the pageant itself!! A night showcasing talent, humor, dance moves, and more, these grizzlies will give you a peak into their lives, provide entertainment and create memories to last a life time. Two contestants will be crowned: one for raising the most money and one for their Pageant performance.

All of the proceeds raised from their fundraising pursuits and donations at the event will go towards cutting-edge technology for Asante's NICU to help premature babies!

Let's meet this year's contestants!

Our 9th graders: Davidson Graham and Anna Gutrich. Our sophomores: James Le Fond and Gabe Giancarlo. Our juniors: Sequoia Jacobson and Sam Austin. And our seniors: Nicky Clary and Richie Sommers.

With all that being said,

We invite you to come out and support their upcoming fundraisers!

Career and Counseling Center News

AHS College Newsletter- Winter 2019

Check out the AHS College Information Newsletter for Winter 2019, by clicking on the red button above! Learn more about college and career exploration, how to sign up for the ACT and SAT, and upcoming college information events.

Registration for SOU’s Spring SAT and ACT Prep class is now open!

This course will be offered on the SOU campus in Ashland starting Wednesday, April 10th, so register now if you’re interested. More information available in the Counseling Office.

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.


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.

There will be an Informational meeting at lunchtime on Tuesday, April 2 in the IVC. 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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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.

Community Service

Volunteer Opportunity: Connecting Seniors with Technology

Connect senior citizens with current technology:

Skype, Google Earth, YouTube #Gen2000

the Village at Valley View is seeking student volunteers twice a month 2-3 hours per visit. Earn Community Service hours and help a senior.

Please contact Susan Lundstrum 541 482 0888 or

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Intern Opportunities with Siskiyou Mountain Club 2019 Wilderness Corps

Seniors: Siskiyou Mountain Club is hiring for their 2019 Wilderness Corps. Interns work from June 21-August 28 in the heart of Southwest Oregon and Northwest California’s great wilderness areas to recover trails that are disappearing from the landscape. All interns receive a $1,200 monthly stipend for July and August, as well as a $1,000 award for tuition. Interns must be 18+ by June 21. This is a great opportunity to build your resume and wilderness skills and to spend time in some of our region’s most wild and scenic backcountry. See Jen Marsden in the College and Career Center for more information.

The Ashland Independent Film Festival

Earn Community Service Hours AND Have Fun at the Same Time!

Do you like to see films; need community service hours; want a dope tee? Volunteer for the Ashland Independent Film Festival, April 11th through 15th. It’s the best film party in the valley. Sign up with a friend. It’s only 12 hours of your time and there’s a chill party at ScienceWorks after. Check it out at For more information on all of the different volunteer areas and to fill out a volunteer form, visit Questions? Email: or call: 541.488.3823

Victims needed for Ashland CERTs basic training- Sat, April 20

Volunteers are needed the entire duration on Saturday, April 20 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. (must commit to duration). Pizza lunch will be served. Volunteers will report directly to 90 North Mountain Ave. Students under the age of 18 a parent will need to complete and sign a participation waiver. Volunteers should wear old clothes that can get dirty. Registration forms and more detailed information available in the main office.
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Travel Opportunities

Ecuador Summer of 2019

AHS students have a great opportunity to explore Quito, Ecuador, and the enchanted Galapagos Islands this 2019 summer.

WorldStrides’ Parent Presentation.For information email

Ireland, England and France 2019--Parent Meeting April 19

There will be a parent meeting for this trip on April 19 at 6pm in the IVC. Travel dates are June 17-26, 2019. The focus of this trip will be on Culture and Culinary. For more information call or text Meggean Bos-Marquez at (907) 953-6869.

Travel France and Switzerland in 2020

Are you a current student of French at AHS? Are you interested in traveling to France and Switzerland in 2020? Madame Tennen is leading a trip to Paris, Lausanne, and Lyon from June 15-23, 2020. The deadline for the Early Bird discount has been extended to April 1, 2019. Please contact for more information!

England: London and Stratford- 9 days in 2020

All AHS Students are invited to Tour London and Stratford for 9 days in 2020! Interested students can email Ms. Bishop at: for more information. Travel can change your life!

Health Center News

Sports Physicals- Tuesday and Thursday Mornings

The health center is providing sports physicals on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:20 AM to 1:00 PM. Sports physicals are $10.00. To make an appointment please contact Lori Vieu in the health center. The sports physical forms are available here:

OSAA School Sports Pre-Participation Examination

Looking Ahead

Mar 25 - Mar 29 - Spring Break- NO CLASSES

Apr 1- 6 State Thespian Conference Salem

Apr 9 - Site Council

Apr 11 - Model UN Conference

Apr 12 - Grizz Pageant

Apr 12 - 13 - Model UN Conference

Apr 18 - 19 Speech and Debate State Competition

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 TBA

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 TBA

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

Senior Class of 2019

Graduation May 31, 2019

6:30 at Lithia Park Band Shell

Graduation Announcements are here!

Students who ordered Graduation Announcements may now pick them up in the Main Office. If you still need to order visit

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.

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 Projects Presentations--May 1

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: