GRIZZ-O-GRAM

April 10th, 2021

Ashland High School

Office Hours 12:00PM - 4:00PM

Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Knock on the door if you plan to come to the Main Office. To maintain social distancing, we ask that you stay outside.


Attendance Office:

Deb Falk, Attendance Secretary

541-482-8782

Debra.Falk@ashland.k12.or.us


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This week's Grizz...

  • Principal's Message
  • Hybrid Schedules & Bell Rotations
  • Masks
  • Late Slip Pick-Up
  • Distribution Center
  • Ashland Schools Foundation Donation
  • Sports, Clubs & Activities
  • Senior Corner Info
  • Counseling Office
  • College & Career Pathways Updates
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Tech Support Info

Principal's Message

Hello Grizzlies,


It has been great to see students on campus in the afternoons over the past two weeks. As great as it has been to see some students for two hours a day, we have definitely wanted to see more of our students more often. Luckily, the state guidance has recently changed and will allow us to do that.


Expanded In-Person Instruction


Starting Monday, April 26 we will greatly expand our in-person learning opportunities. We will provide in-person learning for all students that want it, 4 days per week MTTHF, in all 3 classes per day. In the new model, Wednesday will stay the same as it is now with a Zoom Advisory class, Office Hours and Applied Learning time.


There will still be a CDL option for families and students that want to remain off campus. More information will be coming on what that will look like for students.


Please look for a new Commitment Survey early next week in addition to more detailed information from us. We will combine our current Group A and B students into one hybrid group and allow any CDL students to opt-in to the in-person model. The new hybrid schedule will allow much more robust in-person learning experiences, much greater opportunities for social interaction and the elimination of the confusing aspects of our current schedule. This has been a recent development and we are deep in planning at the moment. More information to come in the very near future.


Be well and take care!


Benjamin Bell

Looking Ahead at April

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Hybrid Schedule & Bell Rotation

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We will be posting the bell schedule on our AHS Website and our Facebook and Instagram daily so you know which classes you are to attend.
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MASKS

Just a reminder that when students return to campus starting March 29th, all students will need to come to school wearing a mask.


Masks must:

-Fully cover the nose and mouth

-Fit snugly around the face

-Conform to AHS dress code policies


Not Acceptable:

-Bandanas

-Gaitors

-Face shields

Late for your hybrid class?

If you student is running late for their hybrid class, they will need to pick up a late slip at our temporary "Late Slip Pick-Up" running out of the Theatre Lobby. In the near future, we will have a walk-up window outside of the attendance office. We will let you know when that is up and running!

Material Distribution - Wednesday, Apr 14th

The Distribution Center is open from 2:30pm-4:30pm at the THEATRE LOBBY this Wednesday, April 14th. If you are unable to make it during distribution time, please call the Main Office to make arrangements 541-482-8771.


Distribution Dates:

Apr 14th

Apr 28th

May 12th

May 26th


We've got:

  • Textbooks / Library Books
  • Class Notes & Material


If you would like to request a textbook, please email Aimee.Cork@ashland.k12.or.us.

Ashland Schools Foundation

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Sports

Traditional sports seasons have flipped around due to COVID considerations. As we wrap up the fall sport season in the coming week, spring sports begin official practice on Monday. You do need to register EVERY school year online. Link to sign up process: http://www.ashland.k12.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=2119

Who to contact for specific information about practice dates, times, and locations is down below.


Click HERE to see the adjusted OSAA sports calendar for the rest of this year.

You are required to register for sports BEFORE you are allowed to begin practice. Click HERE to register.

For specific information about sports you are interested in, contact the coach HERE.

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Check out some of our games on our AHS YouTube channel or head to AHS Athletics for more info! Click below for an updated list of team schedules.

Clubs & Activities

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AHS Art Magazine Club: Email Kris.Prusko@ashland.k12.or.us for Zoom Link.

Among Us Gaming Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: anKp7K

Brain Bowl: Email Alan.Parowski@ashland.k12.or.us for Zoom Link.

Christian Fellowship Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: 456358

Drama Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: 456358

Dungeons and Dragons: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: H30

Key Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: hello

Mu Alpha Theta: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

National Art Honor Society: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting. Passcode: ahsart2020

Philosophy Club: Currently paused until in person learning.

Queer Straight Alliance: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Tap Club: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Truth to Power: Click HERE for Zoom Meeting.

Writers & Poets Club: Click HERE for the Zoom Meeting.


More info about clubs can be found on the AHS News & Resources page on Canvas.


Wanting to start a club? Let's do it!!! Fill out the Club Application Form below, connect with a staff member who could be an advisor for your club, and email the completed Club Application Form to Karl.Kemper@ashland.k12.or.us or drop it off in the mail box by the Main Office. You do NOT need to get an in person signature from an advisor.

The Rogue News

The Rogue News staff has just relaunched the official Rogue News website with a fresh new look! Our first few stories are posted and more will be rolling in over the coming weeks. We’re excited to also add some multi-media including podcasts and videos this year. Check it out and spread the word! These student journalists are really amazing!


Theroguenews.com

Student Tutor Center

This year we are offering FREE tutoring online every Wednesday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Help is available in all subjects, including Canvas navigation! Your student can access the Student Tutor Center through the AHS News & Resources page on Canvas and join the Zoom session there. For the Zoom link, click HERE. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Anderson at tammy.anderson@ashland.k12.or.us.

4-Way Test Speech Contest


1. THE PURPOSE of the speech contest is to help youth, Rotarians and the community-at-large to more completely understand, encourage, and foster the principles of ethical behavior, Rotary and the objects of “Service Above Self.”

2. ELIGIBILITY—Contestants may be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in public, private or homeschooling high school.

3. THE CONTEST is sponsored by your local Rotary club.

4. ENTRY FORM: (see attachment) To qualify for the contest, entry forms must be received by the Rotary Club of Ashland chairperson no later than Sunday, April 11, 2021.

2021 Cash Prizes at District: 1st Prize: $3,500 2nd Prize: $2,000 3rd Prize: $1,500

2021 Cash Prizes at Rotary Club of Ashland (April 29, 2021): 1st Prize: $150; 2nd Prize: $100; 3rd Prize: $50.00

Additional Information please contact

Judy Newton | 52heyjude@gmail.com | 541-941-9577

Please see the attachment below for additional information.

Senior Corner

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Senior Sprint

Seniors!! You are so close to graduating!

Make sure you have all of your credits and are passing your classes so you are able to walk with your senior class at graduation.

Join us for Senior Sprint and get support to make it to the finish line!

WE LOVE OUR SENIORS!!!

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Graduation

Counseling Office

High school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child and adolescent development, learning strategies, self-management and social skills who understand and promote success for today’s diverse students. They implement a school counseling program to support students through this important developmental period.


If you need to get in contact with your counselor regarding scheduling, academics, etc., call the counseling office at 541-482-2278 or email your counselors.

Keri Phipps

9th Grade Counselor

541-862-1823

Keri.Phipps@ashland.k12.or.us

Diane Berry

10th-12th Grade Counselor - Last Names A-Ha

541-622-2170

Diane.Berry@ashland.k12.or.us

Bryanna Trevino

10th-12th Grade Counselor - Last names He-N

541-690-8401

Bryanna.Trevino@ashland.k12.or.us

Maurice Monteiro

10th-12th Grade Counselor - Last names O-Z

917-258-0937

Maurice.Monteiro@ashland.k12.or.us

Jen Marsden

College & Career Specialist:

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Jennifer.Marsden@ashland.k12.or.us

Karyn Barats

Scholarship Coordinator:

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Karyn.Barats@ashland.k12.or.us

Community Service

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Wondering how to get community service hours during distance learning? Community service hours are not required this year, but 9th graders and sophomores will need to continue collecting a total of 100 hours by their graduation. Juniors need 25 hours of Community Service. Half of these hours can be paid.


Time to get creative and think outside of the box! Here are some examples of ways you can earn community service hours:


  • www.Recovers.org - A local area email alert for continuous help needed for our Phoenix/Talent Fire Victims
  • www.DoSomething.org - A youth-led movement for good focusing on advocacy work.
  • www.we.org - An organization standing for Human rights & social equality.
  • Making and Donating items to local causes (dog toys, grocery store bags, knitted hats, etc.)
  • Sending letters to seniors at local retirement homes
  • Thank you letters to essential workers
  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Jackson County Fuel Committee
  • And more!


There's a lot of ways you can support your community and earn community service hours. If you have any questions, reach out to your counselor.

Paid Student Leadership Opportunity with Partners for Sustainable Schools

Be a leader — Have fun — Get paid

Join the “Our Future - Student Leadership Advisory Team” with Partners for Sustainable Schools!


Partners for Sustainable Schools (PSS) seeks two students from 10th or 11th grade to represent your school on the Our Future - Student Leadership Advisory Team this spring. The Our Future program is a statewide network of high school students who are actively working to change the world by promoting sustainability and justice, starting with their own schools and communities.


We created the Student Leadership Advisory Team because we need YOUR ADVICE on how to grow the network in Southern Oregon and even possibly start a group at your school.


Details:

  • Weekly Virtual Meetings | April 6th to May 6th, 2021, 4-6pm Tuesdays OR Thursdays

  • Plus 2-3 hours a week working on projects

  • Stipend: $12 per hour (approx. 20 hours total)

  • Open to students in grades 10 and 11

  • Students from under-represented groups are highly encouraged to apply


If interested please fill out the application by Friday, April 9th. We will notify you if you’ve been selected soon afterwards. (https://forms.gle/5P9NDUxvwd4cWD1L7)


Learn more about the Our Future program at ourfutureoregon.org


If you have any questions, please contact Dana Utroske, the Southern Oregon Organize at educateregenerate@gmail.com

Our Climate Youth Lobby Week

Our Climate mobilizes and empowers young people to educate the public and elected officials about science-based, equitable climate policy solutions that build a livable world. We're planning and hosting a Youth Lobby Week on April 12th-14th to give students from around the state a chance to speak with lawmakers and urge them to fight for equitable climate policy this legislative session in Oregon.


The 2021 legislative session in the Oregon government is crucial for climate justice, and it is vital to get youth voices heard. Students can fill out the form HERE and will be contacted about the Lobby Week.


Click HERE to view the info sheet with the schedule for the event and the five policies we'll be lobbying for.

College and Career Pathways

Jen Marsden, our College and Career Specialist, is available to help students in all grades explore post high school education and career pathways, and to assist in navigating the college admissions and financial aid process. Students and their families are encouraged to reach out to her with questions at jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us or to schedule a zoom appointment. Please check out the helpful resources below, where you can find the AHS College Handbook, ACT/SAT updates and more!


Seniors: College & Career Center Spring Update 2021

Juniors: College & Career Center Spring Update 2021

College Visits and Information Sessions Calendar

Financial Aid 101 Info Session - Apr 14

Learn about the pathways to access financial aid and scholarships! AHS Counseling Department staff will discuss the process for completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), an online application which qualifies students to receive the Federal Pell Grant, Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon Promise Grant, and government loans. Even if you think your family will not qualify for federal financial aid, it is important to complete the FAFSA. Many colleges will not give students merit aid unless they have a FAFSA on record. We will also briefly discuss the CSS Profile, an additional application many private schools use to determine institutional financial aid.


This info session will be on Wednesday, April 14th from 5:30-6:30 pm and can be accessed at the following link: https://asdconnect-org.zoom.us/j/97711618881. The session will be recorded and available on the AHS YouTube channel where you can also find info sessions from earlier this year.

The 2020-21 AHS College Handbook

The 2020-21 AHS College Handbook is a great resource for all students (and parents/guardians) exploring post high school education options. Topics covered include how to find an education pathway that’s a good fit, information on applying to community colleges and four-year public/private universities, ACT/SAT information, how to access financial aid and scholarships, and other useful information. You can also pick up a hard copy of the handbook during materials distribution on designated Wednesdays.

ACT and SAT Updates

Students planning on applying to four year colleges usually take ACT/SAT tests in spring of junior year and/or fall of senior year. AHS will begin offering these tests again in March with safety guidelines in place, including a limited number of available seats to allow for appropriate distancing. If AHS has no more seat availability, students can look for open testing sites in Medford and Grants Pass.


Many colleges are now “test optional” and Oregon’s public universities no longer require ACT/SAT test results for admission, but some do for eligibility for honors colleges or merit scholarships. Check individual universities for what is currently required or optional.


Students can register for the ACT and SAT online and those who qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible for fee waivers for both tests. Please contact karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us to obtain a fee waiver.


SAT Dates: May 8 and June 5

ACT Dates: April 17

Aspire at AHS

ASPIRE’s trained volunteer mentors help students explore education and career pathways. Mentors assist students in researching colleges, preparing admissions and scholarship applications, understanding the financial aid process, and many other aspects of the road to post-secondary education and careers. Students who want to learn more about ASPIRE or sign up for a mentor can contact jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us.

Scholarships and Opportunities Updates

For a list of other current scholarships and opportunities click here: Current Scholarships & Opportunities. This list is updated every Friday.


For assistance on scholarship applications contact jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

ATTENTION SENIORS - William S and Kristine Ann Phillips Scholarship

Are you interested in the Fire and EMS field?

If so, this $1,000 scholarship may be just right for you!


Ashland Firefighters Association wants to grant deserving applicants who are dedicated to pursuing a career and life in the Fire and EMS field with the assistance to do so.

Scholarships of $1,000 may be used for tuition, books and lab fees incurred while pursuing education beyond high school. Award recipients must attend an accredited program in Fire Science or Emergency Medical Services.

There are no restrictions for scholarship recipients as to race, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran, marital status, or sensory, mental, or physical disability. A selection panel will evaluate the candidates on following requirements:

1) GPA of 2.50 or better;

2) Have completed a minimum 50 hours or more of community service;

3) Demonstrated leadership in school and community activities; and

4) Strong desire to help people in emergency situations

If you meet the above requirements, click here Ashland Firefighters Scholarship to obtain the cover page, instructions and the application. Please Note: If you have already completed the AHS Common Application for local scholarships, they will accept that application, as opposed to their own. Find details at the link above.

DEADLINE: MAY 7, 2021

For questions or assistance, please contact Karyn Barats at 541-482-2278 or via email at karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us.

FAQ

Need Technology Support?

Ashland School District Tech Department is here to help if you have questions about a device, PowerSchool, etc.


Click HERE to access Distance Learning Student Portal


For other technical questions, contact our Tech Department at:

Tech Support Helpline: 541-201-2600

Email: techhelp@ashland.k12.or.us

Click here to fill out the ASD Tech Support Request Form

Where can I drop off physical paperwork?

You can drop off assignments, sports physicals, or other paperwork, in our lock box right outside of the front office.

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