Friday, November 16, 2018

November 16, 2018

Good afternoon-

Grades were opened today and are available in iStudent and iParent. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to the teacher or your student's counselor. As a reminder GPA's are not shared with students until the student has completed 10th grade.

It's spirit week next week!
Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, November 18th 9-11am in AHS cafeteria 
The Ashland High School Student Council would like to invite the entire Ashland community to join us on Sunday, November 18th for a pre-Thanksgiving Pancake Breakfast!  This family-friendly event will be held 9am - 11am in the high school cafeteria (65 E. Union St.)  $5 per person for all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, orange juice and coffee / tea / hot chocolate.  
And check out our commercial at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vosRsTh0aA

Monday, November 19th - Pajama Day
Tuesday, November 20th - Tourist Day
Wednesday, November 21st - Class Color Day

Wednesday is a before lunch early release day. Students will be dismissed at 11:20am.



AHS Blood drive and ECG screenings- SIGN UP NOW!!!
On Monday, November 19 we will have a "health day" at AHS where students and community members can get their heart health checked and then give the gift of potential health to someone by donating blood.  

Ashland HS is pleased to announce a heart screening program being offered on Monday, November 19th during the school day. The program will be provided by Mass HeartBeat, a local organization that specializes in ECG heart
screening. Mass Heartbeat brings their state-of-the-art ECG technology directly to the school to
provide an optional, non-invasive, and affordable screening that can help detect underlying issues
in the heart. The ECG tracings are interpreted by an experienced cardiologist and the results will
be returned within 5 business days.
Students who are interested must sign up for a time slot and register:

Check out this videos for more information:




To find out more about the program, see the Heart Screening Guide attached.

We will also be participating in a blood drive through the American Red Cross on November 19 from 12-5pm. Students will have the opportunity to donate from 12-3pm then we will open to the public fronm 3-5pm.  We need you to make this another great community event!
The public can visit RedCrossBlood.org and use Sponsor Code AshlandHigh65 to sign themselves up from 3p-5p.  All presenting donors will receive a T-Shirt!


Does your student ride the bus? Please see the link below if they do. Another bus is being added.
Anticipated changes to High School/Middle School Routes

Check out the Parent Flyers  to see what is going on around the schools and town!

Have a happy & healthy Thanksgiving!!!

Friday, November 9, 2018

November 9, 2018

Good afternoon from Providence airport-

I am so excited to be heading to Orlando, FL for my 4th opportunity to volunteer at Give Kids the World with 34 members of the Make-A-Wish Club. It is such an inspiration to watch these students spend the week volunteering to help children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. 

End of Term 1! 
The year is flying by! iParent/iStudent is closed for the week, including Progress Reports.
Grades will be opened next Friday, November 16 after 3pm should all go as planned.  As a reminder, GPA and decile rank are not shared with students until after they have completed their sophomore year.  Students who are new to AHS will not be ranked by decile until they have completed four semesters at AHS.


AHS Blood drive and ECG screenings
On Monday, November 19 we will have a "health day" at AHS where students and community members can get their heart health checked and then give the gift of potential health to someone by donating blood.  

Dear Students and Parents,
Ashland HS is pleased to announce a heart screening program being offered on Monday, November 19th during the school day. The program will be provided by Mass HeartBeat, a local organization that specializes in ECG heart
screening. Mass Heartbeat brings their state-of-the-art ECG technology directly to the school to
provide an optional, non-invasive, and affordable screening that can help detect underlying issues
in the heart. The ECG tracings are interpreted by an experienced cardiologist and the results will
be returned within 5 business days.
Students who are interested must sign up for a time slot and register:

Check out this videos for more information:




To find out more about the program, see the Heart Screening Guide attached.

We will also be participating in a blood drive through the American Red Cross on November 19 from 12-5pm. Students will have the opportunity to donate from 12-3pm then we will open to the public fronm 3-5pm.  We need you to make this another great community event!
The public can visit RedCrossBlood.org and use Sponsor Code AshlandHigh65 to sign themselves up from 3p-5p.  All presenting donors will receive a T-Shirt!



News from Student Council: 
The Ashland High School Student Council would like to invite the entire Ashland community to join us for our Thanksgiving Week Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, November 18th, from 9am to 11am in the high school cafeteria (65 E. Union St.).  This family-friendly event is open to all ages!  $5 for all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, orange juice, and coffee / tea / hot chocolate.  

And check our commercial at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vosRsTh0aA

Any questions?  Contact the AHS Student Council at STUCO.ashland@gmail.com


Check out the Parent Flyers  to see what is going on around the schools and town!

Friday, November 2, 2018

November 2, 2018

Good evening-

I hope you are all enjoying this warm weather today. There is so much going on at AHS this weekend. I am looking forward to seeing the play then catching some football as the team competes against Medway in the semi-finals. Let's hope the rain holds off.

If you have a chance this weekend be sure to see the AHSTS production of Twelve Angry Jurors. The production runs Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd at 7PM, and Sunday, November 4th at 2PM.

AHSTS offers online sales up to two hours before show time. AHSTS discounts tickets purchased online (Adults: $12.99, Students and AHSTS Alumni $8.99), Patrons may buy tickets at the door at full price. (Adults: $15, Students and AHSTS Alumni $10) Visit www.ahsts.com to purchase tickets. 
 It is sure to be a great show!!!


Tomorrow, Saturday, November 3 from 10am-3pm the Robotics Club is hosting their annual Robot Rodeo! This is a great event for kids of all ages!

We enjoyed a quiet but fun senior Halloween Parade this week, as many of our seniors were off at a different parade. It was still a great time!


We were proud to see AHS listed as the #1 school for passing AP scores this year!  Our teachers work hard to make sure students are prepared for these exams and it shows in the results. Kudos to all of the teachers who help along the way to educate all of our students.


AHS Blood drive and ECG screenings
On Monday, November 19 we will have a "health day" at AHS where students and community members can get their heart health checked and then give the gift of potential health to someone by donating blood.  

Dear Students and Parents,
Ashland HS is pleased to announce a heart screening program being offered on Monday, November 19th during the school day. The program will be provided by Mass HeartBeat, a local organization that specializes in ECG heart screening. Mass Heartbeat brings their state-of-the-art ECG technology directly to the school to provide an optional, non-invasive, and affordable screening that can help detect underlying issues in the heart. The ECG tracings are interpreted by an experienced cardiologist and the results will be returned within 5 business days.
Students who are interested must sign up for a time slot and register:

Check out this videos for more information:




To find out more about the program, see the Heart Screening Guide attached.

We will also be participating in a blood drive through the American Red Cross on November 19 from 12-5pm. Students will have the opportunity to donate from 12-3pm then we will open to the public fronm 3-5pm.  We need you to make this another great community event!
The public can visit RedCrossBlood.org and use Sponsor Code AshlandHigh65 to sign themselves up from 3p-5p.  All presenting donors will receive a T-Shirt!



Adopt-a-Family Thanksgiving Food Drive
The Student Council is running its annual adopt-a-family Thanksgiving Food Drive, where classrooms, clubs, and sports have volunteered to "adopt a family" and have committed to filling a laundry basket with specific items.  These will then be donated to the Ashland Food Pantry and each basket will be given to a local family in need.  This running from Monday, November 5th through Tuesday, November 13th.  The baskets will be delivered to the food pantry on Wednesday, November 14th.  Please check with your child to see if they are involved with this, and if so, please remind them to bring in the item(s) that they signed up for (or remind them to be sure to sign-up for an item when the baskets go out on Monday)!


Have a great weekend and stay dry!
Check out the Parent Flyers  to see what is going on around the schools and town!

Friday, October 26, 2018

October 26, 2018

Good afternoon,

Last night was a beautiful ceremony inducting the newest members of the AHS Socios Chapter of National Honor Society.  Congratulations to all of the new members!


A reminder about the Metrowest Adolescent Health Survey:
On Tuesday, October 30 we will administer the Metrowest Adolescent Health Survey to all students at Ashland High School.  We will have an abbreviated schedule.  All classes will meet.
This anonymous survey, administered every two years, cover many topics including alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; violence and safety; nutrition and physical activity; sexual behaviors; online behaviors; mental health; and protective factors. We use this data to help our district develop and enhance its health education and prevention services. Please see the attached letters for more information:

On Wednesday members of the Class of 2019 will have their traditional Halloween parade.  Seniors dress in costume for the parade but are expected to change afterwards into regular clothes.  Other students should not wear costumes to school.

It's hard to believe but Term 1 will be over in two short weeks!  The term ends on November 9 and grades will be available to students on Friday, November 16.


Dear Clockers,

While we are gearing up for a strong finish to the Fall season, we are also planning diligently for what we know will be a successful Winter Season of Ashland Athletics.  With that said, we wanted to share some logistical information with you regarding both Winter Sports Registration as well as the High School Winter Sports Meeting.

Registration:

This Winter we will be using FamilyID for our online registration.  Please click the link below to register. 
  • High School Registration deadline is 12:00pm on Monday, November 19th
  • Middle School Registration deadline is 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 27th
Offerings:
High SchoolMiddle School (7-8 only)
Alpine SkiBoys Basketball
Boys BasketballGirls Basketball
Girls BasketballCheerleading
Cheerleading
Gymnastics
Boys Ice Hockey
Girls Ice Hockey
Indoor Track
Swimming & Diving
Wrestling

High School Winter Sports Meeting:
The High School Sports Information Night will be held on Tuesday, October 30th from 7-9 PM in the High School Auditorium.  

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.  GO CLOCKERS!


Have a great weekend and stay dry!
Check out the Parent Flyers  to see what is going on around the schools and town!


Thursday, October 18, 2018

October 19, 2018

Good afternoon and happy Friday!

Next week is a busy one at AHS. On Monday, October 22 we will be introducing the AHS
students to the Sandy Hook Promise- Anonymous Reporting System. Please see the
attached letter for more information. We will host a parent information night in the future.

I hope to see many of you at Finding Your Voice on Tuesday,October 23 at 7pm. It will be a
great event to discuss "the basics of empowerment with a special emphasis on sexual
violence, consent, etc."....please join us for this powerful event.

We will have bus evacuation drills Tuesday, October 23rd in the morning. Please
encourage your student to dress appropriately to jump off the back of the bus!

I am also looking forward to welcoming the new inductees of National Honor Society
on Thursday,October 25 at 6:30pm. It is always a special night.


Class Dues – Online Payment Option
We have added a new online payment option through the Town’s online payment vendor,
City Hall Systems for the payment of Class Dues.  In addition to having the option to
provide your payments by mail or in person, you can now go online at
https://epay.cityhallsystems.com
and select the Town of Ashland.  Then select “Schools” on the menu on the left hand side
of the screen.  Then select “Class Dues” and complete the information required to submit
your payment.  There will also be a direct link on the school’s website. For each payment
that is due, you can either pay the minimum due or a greater amount if you wish.    There is
a convenience fee associated with use of the online site. ACH (electronic checks) payments
are $0.50 per checkout and credit/debit card payments are charged 2.95% ($1 minimum)
of the amount charged. The site accepts VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.  
If you have any questions regarding how to use the new online site or to make a payment
over the phone, you can contact City Hall Systems’ call center at (508) 381-5455.  

A reminder about the Metrowest Adolescent Health Survey:
On Tuesday, October 30 we will administer the Metrowest Adolescent Health Survey to all students at Ashland High School.  This anonymous survey, administered every two years, cover many topics including alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; violence and safety; nutrition and physical activity; sexual behaviors; online behaviors; mental health; and protective factors. We use this data to help our district develop and enhance its health education and prevention services. Please see the attached letters for more information:


This survey is being administered by Framingham State University as part of a needs assessment. We are looking at the level of need in the MetroWest region for a proposed Family and Educator Resource Center that would provide supports for families and educators to learn more about special education, disabilities, gifted education, and related topics. Thank you for sharing your perspective with us in this survey! 

Check out the Parent Flyers  to see what is going on around the schools and town!


Friday, October 12, 2018

October 12, 2018

Good afternoon and happy Homecoming!

It was a fun-filled Spirit Week at AHS which ended with our annual Homecoming Pep Rally.  All of the athletic teams as well as the clubs and classes showcased their accomplishments at the rally and there was a lot of fun as well.  Classes competed in potato-sack & 3-legged races, a tug-of-war, and the traditional teacher-student team chair races.  There was a lot of energy in the gym!  It was fun to end the rally with a whole school picture that hopefully be the cover of this year's yearbook.  I am looking forward to seeing lots of fans at this afternoon's athletic events and the homecoming tailgate/bbq at 5pm in back of the school.



MCAS scores were mailed on Wednesday so should arrive soon if they have not already.  Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or did not receive your child's score report.  All current juniors took the English and math MCAS last spring as well as any student taking biology. The AHS report card will be posted on the website shortly and the accountability letter shares more information about the results from a district standpoint.  

A reminder that the new online store run the Clocker Club closes on 10/14!
http://trivalley.tuosystems.com/stores/ashland-clocker-store


Picture Retakes are Wednesday, October 17!  Pictures were distributed today to all students. 

October 17 is an Early Release Day- AHS dismisses at 12:35pm

Metrowest Adolescent Health Survey:
On Tuesday, October 30 we will administer the Metrowest Adolescent Health Survey to all students at Ashland High School.  This anonymous survey, administered every two years, cover many topics including alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; violence and safety; nutrition and physical activity; sexual behaviors; online behaviors; mental health; and protective factors. We use this data to help our district develop and enhance its health education and prevention services. Please see the attached letters for more information:

MWAHS Parent letter- English

MWAHS- Espanol

MWAHS- Português



News from AHSTS:
Tickets are now on sale for the AHSTS production of Twelve Angry Jurors. The production runs Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd at 7PM, and Sunday, November 4th at 2PM.

AHSTS offers online sales up to two hours before show time. AHSTS discounts tickets purchased online (Adults: $12.99, Students and AHSTS Alumni $8.99), Patrons may buy tickets at the door at full price. (Adults: $15, Students and AHSTS Alumni $10) Visit www.ahsts.com to purchase tickets. 






Take some time to check out the Parent Flyers  to see what is going on around the schools and town.


Friday, October 5, 2018

October 5, 2018

Good afternoon -

I hope you all are set to enjoy a wonderful Columbus Day Weekend.  Superintendent Adams sent out a reminder this morning that this is also our 9th annual Family Reconnect Weekend.  Please reach out to teachers or to me if you have any questions or concerns about how it is implemented. 

Next week is Spirit Week (October 9th - October 12th)!  See details below of the fun students will have throughout the week.
Next week, leading up to homecoming, is spirit week!  Students are encouraged to dress-up and show their school spirit.
Tuesday, October 9th is pajama day.
Wednesday, October 10th is USA day.
Thursday, October 11th is jersey day. 
Friday, October 12th is class color day.  (The freshmen wear green, the sophomores red, the juniors blue, the seniors white.)

Homecoming Tailgate Barbecue (Friday, October 12th, 5pm - 7pm)
Before the Homecoming Football game against Westwood, stop by the Student Council's tailgate barbecue in the small parking lot outside the stadium.  For $5 you can get a hamburger and/or hotdog (with veggie burgers available), chips, and baked goods.  And come play can jam, spike ball, and corn hole.  

Homecoming Dance (Saturday, October 13th, 7pm - 9:30pm)
This is the Student Council's annual semi-formal Homecoming dance.  Tickets will be on sale during lunch next week for $8 (cash or a check made out to AHS Student Activities).  Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $10.  All students attending must arrive by 8pm.  Any student planning on bringing a guest from another school must pick up a guest approval form from the office.  Guest approval forms are due to the main office by Wednesday, October 10th.


SAVE THE DATE....
Robot Rodeo 2018 arrives on November 3rd!
Come celebrate the joy of playing and learning with robots and engineering at the annual Robot Rodeo being held at Ashland High School on November 3rd. The event will feature exciting robots of various abilities. Kids of all ages can get hands on and learn about how different robots work. We will also have exciting engineering challenges for all attendees. Come dressed as a robot, or bring a robot you built at home (out of recycled materials and/or electronics) to enter our new Robot Design Challenge! Entry to the event is just $5 and donations are always accepted. All proceeds benefit the AHS Robotics Club. We hope to see you there!

Take some time to check out the Parent Flyers  to see what is going on around the schools and town.