Update from the Middle

January 10, 2020

Dates to Remember

  • January 20th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (NO SCHOOL)
  • January 21st: Teacher In-Service Day (NO SCHOOL)

New Attendance Clerk

A big shout out to Pam Lefler who retired over winter break. She will be greatly missed. Please welcome Sessceal Reynolds to the 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:
Thursday nights
1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 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 Parent Nights

Ashland Middle School Library

7-8 p.m.

What’s That? How to Keep the Lines of Communication Open
January 14, 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!

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.

Asian Student Union

Come help plan for the lunar new year celebration: Year of the Rat

Asian Student Union (ASU) at Ashland Middle School

When: Wednesday, January 15 - 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Where: AMS Room 26 in Mrs.Cusenza’s classroom in Siskiyou Hall

Why: Building Community, Sharing, Learning, and Fun

Who: 6-8th grade Asian/Pacific Island students at AMS.

Snacks provided

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.

Launch Your Story and Watch Your Film Take Flight

We are looking for storytellers for the Launch Student Film Competition with short films that are innovative, inventive, creative, original, inspiring, relevant, compelling, entertaining, thought-provoking, funny, and unique.

Do you have a great story to share? Here’s what you need to know:
  • No entry fee—it’s FREE!
  • Films need to be 5 minutes or under.
  • Genres include animation, claymation, documentary, or narrative—it’s up to you!
  • Four categories: grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12, and college undergrads.
  • Winners in each of the four categories listed above receive CASH prizes!
  • Students must live in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine or Klamath counties in OR; Del Norte or Siskiyou counties in CA.
  • Fill out the Launch Entry Form today!
  • Have a question? Check out our Launch FAQs, or contact us at entries@ashlandfilm.org.
  • Launch winning films from past festivals can be viewed on our website.
  • The deadline to submit is January 17, 2020.
  • Filmmaker will be notified if they made it into the film festival on February 12, 2020.

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 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.

  • Jan 10 - Case Coffee *Note - this is the SECOND Friday due to school vacation!

  • 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 Parks & Recreation

The Ashland Parks and Recreation WinterSpring PlayGuide is out and they have many opportunities for kids and families, all of which are listed here: ashland.or.us/ASDkids.


Special Underwater Peace Environmental Rangers

Bring the family and join them on a voyage into the mysterious depths of our oceans and the fascinating creatures that live there.

Where: Ashland Library • Gresham Room

When: Sunday January 12th, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

For more info visit the website: www.supernauts7.com

Ashland Teen Library Events

New Year's Time Capsule

Record your New Year's goals, as well as other information about your life in 2020, and seal those answers away in a time capsule.

Date: 01/13/2020

Time: 4:30PM - 06:30PM

Board Game Afternoon, 8+ YRS

Drop in to play a variety of board games from FunAgain Games and Ashland Library’s Teen Department.

Date: 1/18/2020

Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM

Cello Concert with Daniel Sperry

Daniel Sperry is a cellist, composer, singer, songwriter, poet, spoken-word artist, street musician, and community artist, living in Ashland.

Date: 01/19/2020

Time: 1:00PM - 2:00PM

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).