Friday, May 17, 2019

May 17, 2019

Good afternoon-
I am sitting here thinking it looks like the rain has finally stopped.  I hope it at least holds off for the next few hours as our junior prom go-er's are out taking pictures.  I am looking forward to seeing the students in their prom finery soon!  I hope they all have a fun evening filled with lots of laughs and good choices.

Today was the last full day of classes for the Class of 2019! Bittersweet but exciting. I heard a lot of "that was my last... class at AHS" in the halls this morning.
Here is a reminder of the senior exam and senior week schedules.  Seniors must have returned a permission slip in order to attend the senior week events.
They will receive their caps and gowns on Tuesday, May 28 at the conclusion of the first graduation rehearsal.  Please review the information carefully and remind your student to be present and on-time for all exam and senior week required activities!

I missed including the Math MCAS in my list of important dates.  All sophomores will be testing on Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22.  This is once again a computer based test.  Encourage your student to get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast on those days!

Are you interested in attending a service and tourism trip to South Africa next February break? If so, there is an informational meeting for students and parents on Wednesday May 22 in Ms. Hogan's room at 7:00 PM. All are welcome!


Here is a list of upcoming important events at AHS:
May 17- Grand March 5:30pm- AHS gym
              Prom - Union Station, Worcester
May 20-24- Senior finals week
May 21-22- Math MCAS (all sophomores)
May 28-31- Senior Week!
June 2- Graduation 1pm- AHS gym
June 4-5- Science MCAS (Biology)



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

Sunday, May 12, 2019

May 12, 2019

Good afternoon-
If you are a mom I hope you are enjoying a restful day!

A message from the Superintendent: As a District one of our goals is to become better communicators with parents/guardians and the community at-large.  In an effort to determine how successful we are and in what areas we need to improve upon, I have created a very short survey which I ask for your participation.  The survey should take no more than 3 minutes and your input will be very helpful.

Should you have any questions or problems with the survey please let me know. The link to the survey is below.



Hello Ashland Families and Community!
American Culture Study Plan is looking for local home stay families to host international students coming from China for the 2019-2020 academic school year.
If you live in the Ashland area, with an open room or two, and would like to earn some money while learning about a foreign culture while sharing our American culture, then please contact American Culture Study Plan.
ACSP will be attending the following Ashland events to search for more host families. If you are thinking of attending these events, then please stop by a say hello or “nihao” to Brennan at the American Culture Study Plan banner.
May 23rd Middle School Band @ Ashland High School 7PM
June 5th Mindess Chorus @ Mindess Auditorium 6PM
June 6th Mindess Chorus @ Middle School 7PM
June 12th Middle School Band @ Ashland High School 7PM
Contact Brennan Benjamin with American Culture Study Plan if you are interested or have any questions
Phone: 619-609-9270

News from Student Council:
Class Officer Elections
Any student interested in running for a class officer position or Student Council rep position should pick up a nomination form from Mr. McGann, Ms. Dicken, Ms. Twomey, Mr. Wiczer, or the front office.  

School Committee Advisory Council:
Does your child want to have a voice on the Ashland School Committee, sharing with them what's going on at the high school and offering opinions on policies that will directly affect students?  They should consider running for one of five positions on the School Committee Advisory Council.  Interested students should pick up a blue nomination form from Mr. Wiczer in B251.  

Youth Advisory Council:
State Senator Karen Spilka is looking for one current sophomore from AHS to serve on her "Youth Advisory Council" (alongside a current junior from AHS who will continue on the council next year.)  This group, made up of 2 students from each town that she represents, will meet once every other month with her at the State House, in Boston, or locally in MetroWest to discuss matters related to teens.  Interested sophomores should pick up an orange nomination form from Mr. Wiczer in B251.

State Advisory Council:
Ashland High School is looking for students interested in running for the State Student Advisory Council for the 2018-2019 school year.  This group, made up of two students from every school in the Commonwealth, meets once a month to discuss issues related to education policy and the impacts on students.  For more information on this group, please see: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sac/  Interested students should pick up a green nomination form from Mr. Wiczer in B251.   



Nomination forms for all of these positions are due to Mr. Wiczer (in B251) or the Main Office by Thursday, May 23rd at 2:50pm.  Late nomination forms will not be accepted under any circumstances.  


Driver's Education:
Recently we have seen a significant rise in students leaving during the school day to do their driving hours.  While we realize the hours can be difficult to book outside of school hours we ask that you encourage your student to book the time after school and on weekends, or at least during their study halls.  Missing class for a driving hour is not an excused absence and we are hearing that students are missing valuable content.  Thank you.


Students interested in taking a College Essay class in June, July or August, registration forms are located in the main office & guidance. 

The next two months are super busy at AHS.  Here is a list of upcoming important events:
May 13-May 17- AP exams (see AHS calendar for schedule)
May 13- Academic Awards Night 7pm- AHS auditorium
May 17- Early ReleaseDay- students dismissed at 12:35pm/lunch is served
              Grand March 5:30pm- AHS gym
              Prom - Union Station, Worcester
May 20-24- Senior finals week
May 21-22- Math MCAS (all sophomores)
May 28-31- Senior Week!
June 2- Graduation 1pm- AHS gym
June 4-5- Science MCAS (Biology)
June 11-17- Final Exams (grades 9-11)


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

Friday, May 3, 2019

May 3, 2019

Good evening and happy May!

This morning I had the great privilege of attending the 2019 Leadership in Diversity Awards which honored one student from each high school in attendance who models and celebrates diversity and works to increase our understanding of the community we live in.  It was an honor to watch junior Natalia Ferraz receive the award.  She is a young woman who goes out of her way to create a welcoming and supportive environment at AHS.  


Students of the Term:
Each term the faculty nominates students who have exemplified the core values over the course of the term.  Our Positive Support team then tallies the results and chooses one student to earn recognition for each value. Their accomplishment was announced today and their picture will hang in our front lobby. We are so proud of these students and the example they set at AHS.
Respect - EJ Smither
Responsibility - Wilson Lin
Integrity - Jessica Rodrigues
Involvement - Allie Chrisafideis
Achievement - Aaron Greenstein

Parents and guardians of Seniors- 
The Senior Class Officers are putting together a slideshow to be displayed during the senior banquet and before graduation begins. In order to make the slideshow a success we need your help! Please send any pictures you may have (from high school or when students were younger) that we can include in the slideshow to this email Clockerseniorpictures2019@gmail.com. We are looking for group pictures and photos from school and community related events. Thank you!  


The next two months are super busy at AHS.  Here is a list of upcoming important events:
May 6-May 17- AP exams (see AHS calendar for schedule)
May 13- Academic Awards Night 7pm- AHS auditorium
May 17- Grand March 5:30pm- AHS gym
              Prom - Union Station, Worcester
May 20-24- Senior finals week
May 28-31- Senior Week!
June 2- Graduation 1pm- AHS gym
June 4-5- Science MCAS (Biology)
June 11-17- Final Exams (grades 9-11)




Is your student interested in Cyber Security, Advanced Cyber Security, Information Systems Technology & Management, Web Design, Web Developer, Technology Support, and/or Information Technology?  MassBay Community College and their STEM Starter Academy is offering a FREE Scripting course to AHS students next fall.  The course is a requirement for all of the above majors and you can complete these majors at MassBay!

The goal of the program is to reach under-represented, first-generation, and/or low-income students. This is a great opportunity to get you to experience a college class while still in high school.  Earn credit while exploring a potential career path.  MassBay will provide academic support and we will provide technology needs.  We are working on transportation for students that may need it.  We are encouraging current sophomores and juniors to apply but MassBay is flexible.  If you are interested let me know!   

Let me know if you have any questions. 

I am attaching the flyer about the class as well as some information about other great FREE summer programs that are available.




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Make this a family fun event while helping clean up Ashland, our community, our home! 

Join Green Up Ashland on May 4 for this annual 'spring cleaning' event to help sustain our neighborhoods free of trash and beautify Ashland. 

This years event will take place on Saturday May4th 9am till noon - registration and bag pickup at the Stone Park Pavilion.


Feel free to sign up through the link provided.



Friday, April 26, 2019

April 26, 2019

Good afternoon-

This year, Ashland High School’s National Honor Society will be hosting an Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk to fund-raise and spread awareness about growing mental health problems in our global community.

Below is all of the important information that you will need about our walk…

When: APRIL 27, 2019 @AHS → (Check-In will begin at 9am)
Where: Ashland High School (65 E Union St., Ashland MA, 01721)
Course: The course is about a ½ mile in/around the Ashland High School Campus.

Please see the attached letter for more information: NHS Out of the Darkness Walk



Ashland Town Meeting - Wednesday, May 1 at 7 pm 


Next Wednesday, May 1 is Ashland's Town Meeting.  Town Meeting is held in the Ashland High School Auditorium and begins at 7 pm.  There are many warrant articles that will have a significant impact on the Town, including the approval of the annual school budget.  Please make it a priority to attend and give your valuable input.  Please find attached a link to the Town's webpage where the warrant articles and budget information can be found.  https://www.ashlandmass.com/449/Town-Meeting

Friday, April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019- Happy April Vacation!

Good afternoon and happy vacation week!

Report cards/grades are now available in iStudent and iParent.  As a reminder you can find a printable copy of the report card in Your Date in iParent tab My Documents.

I will be traveling with the group of students heading to Europe for the break.  Check out the blog of their adventures on the AHS website.


This afternoon I shared the schedule for Senior Exam week with the Class of 2019.   Besides your exams they will participate in other activities that are mandatory for all students.  We are so excited to bring Financial Literacy instruction, which will culminate with the Reality Fair (see below) and the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Senior Booster to the students.

The schedule for senior week (May 28-31), which includes mandatory rehearsal time as well as lots of fun, will be shared with the students, and parents, after break.  We will also hold a class meeting with the seniors to explain the activities and expectations for the end of the year some time in early May.

The Peer Leadership Club is looking for applicants for next year (upcoming juniors or seniors). Interested students should fill out the application. Ask Ms. St. Coeur, Mr. Smith, or Mr. Mackay if you have any questions. Students who are interested should stop by a Friday meeting to see what’s like to be a Peer Leader at AHS! Ask Mr. Smith when the next meeting is happening.


Reality Fair - May 24th, 2019

The planning is well underway for AHS's first "Reality Fair", designed to teach the graduating seniors about financial literacy.  This past week in their English classes, students chose a possible career, and on the day of the fair will get a "paycheck" and a credit score, and will need to navigate various booths to find house, purchase a car, obtain insurance, etc.  We are still looking for a few parent volunteers to help staff the booths (which are being organized by local professionals in real estate, insurance, finance, transportation, etc.)  If you would be willing to help out, we'd appreciate the help!  For more information and to volunteer, please go to: https://sites.google.com/site/stucoashland/reality-fair



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

Please take a moment to check out this important Decisions At Every Turn newsletter with information on the dangers of vaping.


Are you a student interested in Cyber Security, Advanced Cyber Security, Information Systems Technology & Management, Web Design, Web Developer, Technology Support, and/or Information Technology?  MassBay Community College and their STEM Starter Academy is offering a FREE Scripting course to AHS students next fall.  The course is a requirement for all of the above majors and you can complete these majors at MassBay!

The goal of the program is to reach under-represented, first-generation, and/or low-income students. This is a great opportunity to get you to experience a college class while still in high school.  Earn credit while exploring a potential career path.  MassBay will provide academic support and we will provide technology needs.  We are working on transportation for students that may need it.  We are encouraging current sophomores and juniors to apply but MassBay is flexible.  If you are interested let me know!   

Let me know if you have any questions. 

I am attaching the flyer about the class as well as some information about other great FREE summer programs that are available.




Friday, April 5, 2019

April 5, 2019

Good afternoon-

It's hard to believe but as of today we are three quarters of the way through the school year.  Grades closed today and report cards will available next Friday, April 12 after 3pm. As a reminder, April 12 is an early release day for students.  They are dismissed at 12:35pm from AHS.  Teachers will be in professional development for the afternoon.

Information for parents of the Class of 2021:
Starting on Monday, April 29 the Signs of Suicide program will be administered in all Wellness II (sophomore) classes throughout the course of the week.  A separate email will go out to all families of student in the Class of 2021. Students will see a short video on recognizing the signs of depression then complete a short screening tool.  This is the 3rd year Ashland High School will use this evidence-based program when teaching this unit.
I encourage all parents to go to the Mindwise Innovations (formerly Screening for Mental Health) website at:  Mindwise.org

and to go to SOSsignsofsuicide.org
The log-in username is : ashlandhs-par
The password is : ashland1

I encourage you to view the videos your students will see as well as other helpful tools to help discuss mental health with your child.  If you do not wish to have your child participate in the screening please send an email to me at kstcoeur@ashland.k12.ma.us.




The Foundation for MetroWest will again be offering its Youth in Philanthropy program in Hopkinton, Sudbury, and Natick this coming fall. We have been very fortunate to have wonderful students from Ashland High School be a part of the YIP in the past and hope that this year will be no different! Families ad students can find the program flyer and blurb here.



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

Friday, March 29, 2019

March 29, 2019

Good afternoon and Happy Friday!

Grades close for Term 3 on Friday, April 5!  Students should be checking in with teachers if they feel iStudent is missing or inaccurate.  Report cards will be released on Friday, April 12 after 3pm.  


Ashland High School Student Council 11th Annual Bingo Night:
The Ashland High School Student Council would like to invite the entire Ashland community to our 11th annual Bingo night, held on Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:30pm in the high school cafeteria.  This family-friendly event is open to participants of all ages -- young children, senior citizens, and everyone in-between.  All prizes have been donated by local businesses and restaurants (and are listed online at: http://sites.google.com/site/stucoashland/bingo).  $10 for a pack of 6 cards good for the entire night (or $20 for 12 cards, $30 for 18 cards, etc.)  Bring your own Bingo marker or bring $1 to buy one.  There will free coffee/water and baked goods and the Class of 2019 will be selling food from Chik-fil-a.  The evening will be MCd by high school teachers Ron Campbell and Randa Istfan.  

Check out our promo video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLaAl8oB784

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Josh Wiczer (Student Council advisor) at jwiczer@ashland.k12.ma.us


Two local organizations, Decisions at Every Turn and the Ashland Farmer’s Market, are each looking for an intern to help them with their website and social media pages.  If your student is interested they should forward their resume to me and I will share it with the organizations through the Ashland Business Association internship program.  The internship agreement page is shared here.


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

Students interested in learning Karate can take free classes after school at the high school.  We are offering a free trial the month of April, if you decide you would like to continue we will be offering Karate lessons at the high school twice a week, Mondays & Wednesdays from 2:50-3:50.  If you are interested please e-mail or call Jeannie Young, Ashland Community Ed. at 508-881-0143 or jyoung@ashland.k12.ma.us.  There are flyers in the Main Office & Guidance.



As students consider their summer plans, consider the Great Jewish Books Summer Program, which brings rising high school juniors and seniors to the Yiddish Book Center to read and discuss modern Jewish literature.

Great Jewish Books is a one-of-a-kind opportunity, full of social, cultural, and recreational opportunities (and no grades) for students who are eager to meet fellow booklovers, get a taste of college life, and discover the treasures of the Jewish canon. No specific background—no knowledge of languages or particular writers or Jewish religious or cultural heritage—is required. Every admitted student receives a scholarship for the full cost of tuition, room, board, books, and special events.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Space in the program is limited, so the sooner a student applies, the better. Two program sessions are offered this summer: July 21–26 and July 28–August 2. For details and the application, visit: yiddishbookcenter.org/great-jewish-books

We want every teenager who loves to read and has an interest in Jewish culture to know about this opportunity—will you help us spread the word?