Update from the Middle

January 24, 2020

New Attendance Clerk

Please join us in welcoming our new Attendance Clerk Sessceal Reynolds! We're excited to have Sessceal step into this new position.

All attendance email correspondence should now go to sessceal.reynolds@ashland.k12.or.us.

Mt. Ashland Ski Program

Program Information

contact: ssipes@mtashland.com


Middle schools:
Program nights left:
1/30, 2/6

Boards and skis cannot be brought on school bus routes. Please make arrangements for a all gear to be dropped off before school. Your gear will then be stored in the old locker room that is located next to the student store. Abdi will be here at 7:30 to make sure the lobby and team room doors are open.

AMS Builder's Club

Ms. Cusenza and the Ashland High School Key Club invite you to be part of the first ever AMS Builders Club! What is Builders club you ask? It’s an international student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership.

Come learn what it’s all about, enjoy some snacks, and meet the high schoolers that will be leading the club.

Introductory First Meeting:

When: Monday, January 27, 2020

Where: Hillary Cusenza’s Room Siskiyou Hall, Room 26

Time: 3:15 to 4:00 (after school)

How Often: Last Monday of each school month

The Youth Voice on Drugs and Alcohol in Ashland

Ashland Drug Coalition invites all Ashland parents to attend monthly IN THE KNOW workshops/forums. These monthly IN THE KNOW forums will include topics such as vaping, addiction and the developing brain, testimonies from experts and survivors and lastly how to have these conversation and the consequences of getting caught. We have amazing speakers lined up.

The first of five forums will be on January 28th from 7pm-8:30pm at the AHS Library. Ashland High School seniors will give their view and suggested policies on the drug and alcohol problems in our community. You won’t want to miss this thought provoking insight from our own youth at the high school.

Spirit Week is Coming February 10 - 14

Monday, February 10: AMS Pride/Colors Day

Assembly Schedule, afternoon Pump Feast Assembly.

Tuesday, February 11: Theme Day: Mix/Match

Details will be giving at Monday's assembly.

Wednesday, February 12: Twin/Groupie Day

Be twins with a friend, group or even a teacher.

Thursday, February 13: Retro Day

Dress up from the past, multi-decade

Friday, February 14: Pink Out and/or Fancy Friday & After School Social 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Wear pink head to toe, or put on your fancy clothes!

At the social:

  • Dance
  • Face Paint
  • Open Gym
  • Valentine's Activity
  • Photo Booth
  • Concessions

Parent volunteers needed. Please contact Jamie Haden.

AMS Orchestra Concert

When: Wednesday, February 12th.

Where: Mountain Avenue Theater at Ashland High School.

Time: Students arrive at 6:30pm. The show starts at 7pm.

AMS Parent Nights

Ashland Middle School Library

7-8 p.m.

Tech Values: Cyber Boundaries Within Your Family Cyber Values and Your Family

February 11, 2020
Join Karen O’Dougherty from Body Basics and Beyond as she guides parents through a conversation on Tech Values. The internet and social media have found their way into our homes and our children’s hands. (And if they haven’t yet, the likelihood is there that they will someday. The internet and social media may not be in your home, but what about when your youth visits other homes?) As parents we need to develop and hold cyber values for our children, much like we do with other values we hold in life, in order for our youth to be safe and to learn how to manage cyber tools. What are your cyber values and how do you hold them? Let’s share and develop a quality list together for you to draw upon and discuss how to hold them in the face of enormous social and peer pressure.

The Teen Brain: What parents should know to support their students for success during high school and beyond.
February 25, 2020
Ashland High School Counselor, Diane Berry, will be speaking on the next chapter of your 8th grader’s academic life: high school! Diane will discuss what to expect in the next four years and how families can manage what is to come.

What’s That? How to Keep the Lines of Communication Open

March 10, 2020

Do you find it challenging to talk with your teen(s)? If so, come hear Joanne Lescher’s simple 4 step process in Nonviolent Communication to help you listen so kids will talk! It’ll be a fun exploration with time for all of your questions!

Boys & Girls Basketball Uniform Fundraiser

Help AMS replace our outdated basketball uniforms. We have approximately 120 students that participate in girls and boys basketball each year and we are in desperate need of new uniforms.

This summer we got a head start raising funds by participating in a golf tournament that the Rogue Valley Referee Association held, which resulted in raising $3,150.00. We need your help with the remaining $7,650.00.

Please donate today by following this link.

Rogue Rowing

Open to grades 5th-8th


Rogue Rowing is gearing up for their spring practice season, February through May. Sign up now, no experience necessary

1 session per month

$100 Per Session

Contact Jonathan Crist



AYB Spring Baseball

Interested in playing 7th or 8th grade baseball in the spring? Ashland Youth Baseball competes against other Southern Oregon middle school teams. Practices will start in March. Please contact Jeff Rhoden for 7th grade or Rich Rosenthal for 8th grade to learn about AYB and sign-up today. Please use these links to access the forms.

Ashland Little League

Ages 4-12 Baseball & Softball

  • Tee Ball
  • Rookies
  • Minors
  • Majors




Jack’s Dodgeball Olympics

Saturday, February 8, 2020

@ Ashland High School

Registration and Flyer

Team Information

For this tournament, teams consist of 6 players.

Time slots for the Brackets overlap to provide flexibility for scheduling.

$6 students / $10 adults (Early Registration discount: $5 / $8 if registering before January 25)
Registration deadline: Wednesday, February 5.

Ashland Schools Foundation

Every 1st Friday is PERK UP for Students

One of Ashland's coffeehouses supports ASF each first Friday by donating 10% of the day's sales for grants in the schools.

  • Feb 7 - Little Shop of Bagels
  • Mar 6 - Griffin Creek Coffee Cafe / Manna Bakery

ASF Day at Northwest Pizza & Pasta

The first Wednesday of every month, Northwest Pizza and Pasta donates 10% of the days sales to the Ashland Schools Foundation! Plan a fun dinner out with friends and save yourself from cooking a mid-week meal!

Ashland Teen Library Events

Teen Workshop: Stop Motion Animation

Make a stop motion animated short film using the Stop Motion Studio app.

Date: 01/25/2020

Time: 1:00PM - 03:00PM

Ashland Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.), 12-18 YRS

Improve the Teen Space at Ashland Library by brainstorming ideas for teen programs, displays, and more while enjoying some delicious treats. The meeting will be held in the Teen Space.

Date: 01/27/2020

Time: 4:30PM - 05:30PM

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The various programs offered in this email newsletter are distributed to Ashland School District students as a courtesy to parents per board policy. Ashland School District does not endorse or sponsor community activities including any described in this newsletter. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact your student’s principal.

The school district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs and services and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated at our school to handle inquiries and complaints regarding nondiscrimination policies and to coordinate compliance efforts:

Name: Steve Retzlaff Title: Principal
Address: 100 Walker Ave
Telephone: 541-482-1611 ext. 3109
Email: steve.retzlaff@ashland.k12.or.us

Inquiries or complaints may also be directed to the Student Services Office at 885 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland Oregon (phone: 541-482-2811)

Complaints may also be directed to: Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington D.C. 20202, or by calling (800) 421-3481 or (877) 521-2172 (TTY).