GRIZZ-O-GRAM

August 28th, 2020

Ashland High School

Office Hours 8:00AM - 4:00PM

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This week's Grizz...

  • Principals Update
  • Welcome New AHS Staff!
  • Canvas Family Night Webinars & Orientation
  • Parent Info Night Meeting Video
  • Still Need To Register Your New or Returning Student?
  • Math Placement Testing Info (NEW TO DISTRICT ONLY)
  • Counseling Office
  • SAT & ACT Cancellations
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • FAQ

Principal's Update

Hello Grizzlies!


This week our teachers and staff have been hard at work getting trained on our new learning management system, Canvas. This is going to be a very useful tool to make distance learning a more manageable experience for students. This will be a much more robust and engaging distance learning experience!


I also wanted to share some thoughts regarding our schedule. Our counselors are hard at work resolving course conflicts that arose out of moving to a 6 period schedule. Having said that, some student schedules will still look different than what students or parents anticipated. Please reach out to your child's counselor and they will do everything they can to make a schedule that works for your child's needs. Student schedules should be viewable in Power School now.As always, we are committed to student success at AHS!


Sincerely,


Ben Bell

Welcome New AHS Staff!

Erika Williford - Humanities Teacher

Hi everyone! My names is Erika Williford and I recently moved to beautiful Ashland with my two kids, husband and dog. After living in the Bay Area most of my life, it is a privilege to live and work here. I have been a special education teacher for 20 years. I truly enjoy working with students and making learning more accessible for them. I received my master’s in education and my teaching credentials at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. I enjoy reading, cooking, gardening, swimming and hiking. I also love just hanging out with my family. I look forward to teaching Humanities and Study Skills at Ashland High!

Isaiah Creel - Humanities Teacher

Howdy!


I’m Isaiah Creel, and this is my first year as a full-time teacher! I’ve always loved the academic environment and knew from a young age that I wanted to teach.


After graduating high school, I worked three jobs so that I could afford tuition at Clackamas Community College. I learned just enough there to know that I didn’t know enough to teach, so I joined the Army as an interrogator. After more than a decade in the army, I have: learned Arabic, traveled to six countries, experienced the horrors of war, become a father three times over, finished both a Bachelor's and a Master’s degree, worked for every three letter agency, and learned a few things about leadership.


In 2019, after 14 years of military service, I finally decided to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming an educator. I completed a Masters of Education program through Portland State University in June of 2020, and here I am!


This year will be challenging for all of us, but with a little determination, and a metric ton of patience, we’ll get through it together!

Jennifer Losinski - Math Teacher

Hello Grizzlies!


I’m Jennifer Losinski, a math teacher for some of the Integrated Math 1 and Algebra 2 classes this year. Ashland has been my home for the past 28 years with 24 of them spent teaching math at Ashland Middle School. I am so excited to continue to build a supportive and encouraging math environment for all of my high school students.


Growing up, I lived and attended schools in Anchorage Alaska. But, after many years of dealing with the LONG winters and lack of sunlight, I was ready to move to a place with four seasons. I earned my math and teaching degrees at SOU. It was during this time that fell in love with the Southern Oregon area and all of its outdoor activities and never left! I live with my two incredible daughters (both currently at AHS), two dogs, and a wonderful husband. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, kayaking, traveling to visit family in North Carolina, reading books, and listening to music.


Thanks AHS for welcoming me into your teaching staff!

“Canvas Family Night” Webinars – Canvas Orientation for Parents/Guardians!

Join Ashland School District teacher leaders for an introduction to our new Learning Management System: Canvas. Parents and students are invited to preview this online learning tool that will be used throughout the district for CDL. Familiarize yourself with the homepage templates, understand the calendar feature, learn what it means to be a parent observer, and discover where to learn more. In this webinar, attendees can ask questions about Canvas using the chat feature. If you are unable to attend at these particular times, the sessions will be recorded and available for viewing later.


Tuesday, September 1: Login on computer or mobile device

Elementary School Level 6:00 – 6:50 p.m.

Middle School Level 7:00 – 7:50 p.m.

Click Here for Zoom Link


Wednesday, September 2: Login on computer or mobile device

High School Level 7:00-7:50 p.m.

Click Here for High School Zoom Link




Reserve las fechas - Seminarios web de la “Noche familiar de Canvas” de ASD - Orientación de Canvas para padres / tutores!


Únase a los maestros líderes del Distrito Escolar de Ashland para una introducción a nuestro nuevo Sistema de Gestión de Aprendizaje: Canvas. Se invita a los padres y estudiantes a ver una vista previa de esta herramienta de aprendizaje en línea que se utilizará en todo el distrito para CDL. En este seminario web, los asistentes pueden hacer preguntas sobre Canvas utilizando la función de chat. Si no puede asistir a estas horas en particular, las sesiones se grabarán y estarán disponibles para verlas más tarde.


Septiembre 1: Inicie sesión en una computadora o dispositivo móvil

Nivel de escuela primaria 6:00 - 6:50 p.m.

Nivel de escuela intermedia 7:00 - 7:50 p.m.

Enlace al seminario web: Click Here for Zoom Link



2 de septiembre: Inicie sesión en una computadora o dispositivo móvil

Nivel de escuela secundaria 7: 00-7: 50 p.m.


Enlace al seminario web: Click Here for High School Zoom Link

Did You Miss Our Parent Info Nights?

No problem! Here is the link to our recorded Zoom session from our 9th grade Parent Info Session with information that is applicable to all grades. You'll get to meet the administrative team and support staff and get an overview of what this school year is going to look like. You can find this video on our website Here.
AHS Parent Info Night (9th Grade Info) August 27th, 2020

Still Need to Register Your New or Returning Student?

Ashland School District uses PowerSchool's online registration system (InfoSnap) for student registration. This secure system allows you to enter registration information, upload required documents, and electronically sign annual permission forms - all from home! Registration will be open through August.


Go to following link:
https://ps.ashland.k12.or.us/public/

- Click on the Create Account Tab
- Fill out the Parent/Guardian fields
- For the Student Info you will use the following for your student:

Student Name:
Access ID:
Access Password:
Select your relationship to student
***Note: Access ID and Password are case sensitive."


You should have received a letter in the mail and email that has the access ID and password. If you need help contact: (541) 482-8771 or by emailing AHSPowerSchool@ashland.k12.or.us


Returning 10th-12th graders must be registered as well. You can register your returning student at http://ashland.k12.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=2875

Math Placement Testing Information

Placement tests are only required of students NEW TO ASHLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT. Incoming 9th graders from AMS, John Muir, Willow Wind and Siskiyou School DO NOT need to be tested.


Due to Covid-19 health and safety restrictions, math placement testing will be held online this year.


The dates for the online testing are


  • Wednesday, September 2nd, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday, September 8th, 2:00-4:00 PM (The afternoon of the first ½ day of school.)



Parents/Guardians must email Tammy Anderson at Tammy.Anderson@ashland.k12.or.us to provide the following information:


Student Name:

Year in school:

Previous school:

Previous Math class:

Grade (A – F) in previous Math class:

Desired/Anticipated Placement (if known):

Preferred Placement Test date (from the list of choices above):


The Process:


  • Parent/guardian or student emails Tammy Anderson with above information
  • Tammy replies with a link to a Zoom session for the preferred testing date.
  • During the Zoom session Tammy explains the testing process to the student provides a link to the online assessment.
  • Students have up to two hours to complete the testing process. They must remain in the Zoom session throughout the testing period.
  • If necessary, a second assessment is given.
  • Tammy evaluates the results of the test(s) and notifies the student, parent/guardian and school counselor, through email, of the recommended placement.

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.


9th Grade Counselor:

Keri Phipps

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Keri.Phipps@ashland.k12.or.us


10th-12th Grade Counselors:

Diane Berry (Last names A-Ha)

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Diane.Berry@ashland.k12.or.us


Bryanna Trevino (Last names He-N)

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Bryanna.Trevino@ashland.k12.or.us


Maurice Monteiro (Last names O-Z)

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Maurice.Monteiro@ashland.k12.or.us


College & Career Specialist:

Jen Marsden

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Jennifer.Marsden@ashland.k12.or.us


Scholarship Coordinator:

Karyn Barats

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Karyn.Barats@ashland.k12.or.us

SAT Cancellations

AHS will NOT be administering the SAT or the ACT on our campus this August, September, and October. If you signed up for the SAT on August 29th, September 26th, or October 3rd, you will receive a refund.


The next SAT dates are scheduled for:

November 7th

December 5th

March 13th 2021

May 8th, 2021

June 5th, 2021


These are subject to change. Keep updated on College Board at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat.

Mental Health Counseling Services

AHS's Health Center provides confidential, virtual mental health services Monday-Friday and will do their best to accommodate student schedules. Our Therapist, Kimberly Wasserman, is available for mental health counseling for students and/or families either via phone or virtually. We are here for parents too.


Though your students will be living and processing this experience differently, many will be struggling with their mental health in one way or another. Somethings to look/listen for are:


  • Anxiety, panic or excessive worry
  • Grief, loss, disappointment and anger
  • Family conflict, abuse, neglect or lack of safety
  • Substance use or changes in behavior
  • Depression, apathy or suicidal thoughts
  • Isolation, withdrawal, boredom and loneliness
  • Traumatic events including discrimination


To schedule an appointment , students, parents or teachers can call the Health Office between 8:30AM -4:00PM, Monday-Friday at 541-842-7677.


If you need to talk on a "drop-in" basis, you are welcome to call and Kimberly will call back as soon as possible. If your student isn't sure if they want to engage in counseling, they are welcome to call and brief virtual "meet and greet" to see if it's something they might be interested in.


Please note: If you are having a mental health emergency and are in imminent risk of harm, you should call Jackson County Mental Health at 541-774-8201 or 911 since our services may not be immediately available.

Virtual Fresh Start 2020

Thank you to all incoming 9th graders, junior and senior counselors, returning AHS alumni, and AHS staff for helping make Fresh Start possible this year!

Fresh Start held three online Zoom sessions in which students got to know their peers, participated in online problem-solving games, asked life's big questions.

If your 9th grader was not able to make it to a Fresh Start and would like some more information about getting connected with a junior or senior Fresh Start counselor, please email Fresh Start Directors Jake and Nora at FreshStart@ashland.k12.or.us.

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FAQ

When will I know my child's schedule?

Student schedules were published on Friday, August 28th and can be found on PowerSchool. If you have questions regarding your student's classes, please contact the counseling office.

Is there specific criteria for allowing on-site learning defined by the state?

Yes. On August 12th ODE came out with new guidance that will allow limited in person contact. We are combing through the new guidance and will let parents know when this is an option. This will not occur until at least 2 weeks after the start of school and will be very limited to students on special plans, such as an IEP. Limited in-person instruction has strict guidelines and metrics to be followed to be allowed.


  • There have been no confirmed cases of COVID¬19 among school staff or students in the past 14 days.
  • The case rate in the county is ≤30 cases per 100,000 population in the preceding 7 days for the past three weeks.
  • The test positivity in the county is ≤5% in the preceding 7 days for the past three weeks;


We will keep you updated as we get further into the school year

Will my child be expected to be on a screen for 6 hours a day?

Absolutely not! On-line meetings, class sessions and assignments will be balanced with off line activities and assignments.

Will my child have to participate every day, ever class to be counted for attendance?

Yes, daily participation will be required.

Can my child take more than 6 classes?

Yes! We have a 6 period schedule, but some students will have the ability to take more than 6 classes based on their needs or interests. We realized that since every course will be entirely online through Canvas, so if there is room in the course, students could be added to courses above and beyond their 6 periods. These students would have access to the Canvas classroom for that class so they would have access to all the course materials, recorded lectures, assignments, etc. These students would only taking part in the class asynchronously.

Will materials/textbooks be provided for my child? When do we get those materials?

Absolutely! We will have a materials/textbook pick the first week of school. More details to come.

Will there be any clubs, sports, or after school activities?

Not at this time, but we are looking into to creative possibilities!

What if my child is on a TAG plan?

TAG plans are still valid during this time. Students will still be met at their rate and level. If you have questions, contact our TAG coordinator Rebecca Gyarmathy at Rebecca.Gyarmathy@ashland.k12.or.us.

What is the best way for my child to communicate to their teacher, get school updates, etc.?

ALL students should use and check their ASDconnect account on a daily basis.

What about senior projects and community service hours for seniors?

Seniors will NOT be required to do Senior Projects or Community Service hours this year. They will receive more information about this in their College and Career Readiness Classes and their counselors.

If I do not have functionating technology, will the district be providing it?

Yes, the district can provide devices on loan for distance and hybrid learning if you need it. You've been emailed a form to fill out along with more information about pick up dates and times. If you did not get this email and still need to fill out the form, call the Main Office.

How can I return a device from last year?

If you still have a device that you checked out from us last year, you can return it to the Main Office.


What if I still need a device for this year?


All devices checked out last year must be returned. Our Tech department is updating all devices for the new school year. If you need to check out a device, call AHS Main Office.

How can I return a textbook from last year?

If you still have any library or textbooks that you need to return, we have a drop box at the AHS Bus Ramp off of Mountain Ave. Stop by anytime to drop off your books!

Where can I drop off physical registration documents?

You can drop off documents in our new lock box right outside of the front office.

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