Saturday, September 15, 2018

September 15, 2018- Happy Ashland Day!

Good morning and Happy Ashland Day!

I am looking forward to enjoying the fun later today.  

Updates from the week:
Picture day went well on Wednesday.  Grynn & Barrett is scheduled to be on site to do senior portraits this coming Friday (September 21). They reached out to families directly.  If you did not 
receive information from them and would like to schedule a session please let us know.

The buses have been running well and the majority are at AHS by 8:15am.  The two routes that have been arriving between 8:15-8:20 will be adjusted starting Monday and we hope this will get students to school with a couple of minutes to go to their lockers and get to class.  Starting on Monday, September 24 students will no longer be able to ride the bus without a bus pass.  Please remind your student to attach the pass to their bag in a visible place.   

The deadline to obtain a parking pass was yesterday (Friday, September 14).  All students who drive to school must have a parking pass displayed on their vehicle and they must be parked in the student lot.  The Deans and SRO will begin checking the lot for parking passes this week.  Students without a pass will lose the privilege to park until they obtain a pass.  Any student who can not pay the full amount at this time should see their Dean to discuss a payment plan.  Students who do not have a license yet but plan to drive later in the year should apply for a parking pass as soon as they start driving.  The cost of the pass is pro-rated each term.  


Yesterday, all juniors and seniors who have been at AHS for a least a semester with a 3.2 GPA received their invitation to apply to National Honor Society.  Please review the NHS website for information on admissions.  Ms. Gallant is the NHS adviser and will be meeting with invited students on Monday after school (details are in the letter).  

National Honor Society

We have many new students at Ashland High School so we wanted to share information for transfer students here:
1)  If a student is enrolling and is already an inducted member of their previous school's NHS, their membership will transfer to our chapter.  They should have their adviser send Ms. Gallant a letter directly via school letterhead or school email stating that they were a member.  Students from Marian High School should speak directly to Ms. Gallant regarding their previous membership.  

2)  Other incoming students, who had not been previously inducted into NHS,  cannot qualify until they have an Ashland GPA. Therefore incoming juniors coming from a school that holds their induction in the fall of junior year will have to wait until senior year to be invited, provided they have a 3.2 GPA with us, as with all our students. 

Per our website... 
In the fall of each school year junior and senior students maintaining a grade point average of 3.2 or higher will be invited to complete a Student Information Form (SIF) for National Honor Society, providing they attended Ashland High School the previous term.  
It is important to note that starting with the Class of 2021 a grade point average of 3.5 or higher will be required for students to receive an invitation.  
Please check out the new online access to the Clocker Store!  Get your Spirit Gear.  They have a booth at Ashland Day today as well. 

Be sure to check out the Parent Flyers  

Friday, September 7, 2018

September 6, 2018

Good afternoon and Happy Friday!

Today we enjoyed one of my favorite days at AHS: the All-school PBIS activity and Convocation. Each year the entire school comes together to participate in fun activities that are designed to teach students about our core values and expectations.  This year we had an all-school Scavenger Hunt.  Students in mixed grade classrooms worked as a team to solve the clues.  


After the Hunt we celebrated Convocation, where seniors received the "key to the school".  A fuse blew and we lost power, and therefore sound, but the seniors did a great job moving forward with their celebration.  Andrew Dunn, the Class President, delivered a strong message asking students to stand up by getting involved and enjoying their time.  He also shared...."... it also means standing up and thanking the faculty, friends, and family who got you to where you are today, standing up for the kid that gets picked on or has no one to sit with, and standing up for what is right in this school and in the world. Because I am telling you right now, we have the rest of our lives to sit down, but we only have this moment to stand up next to the people we have grown up next to and live out our senior year to the fullest." It was a great message to end our day of teaching values and expectations.



On Wednesday this week we had class meetings with each class. Last year we rolled out some changes regarding the Community Service expectations which are linked here for your review.
Students were encouraged to review the AHS Student/Parent Handbook on the AHS website and to reach out with any questions.


Bus updates:
We would like to make you aware of some changes to the bus routes. We have added an 18th bus to alleviate some over crowding and eliminate the wait list. 
If your child was effected by this change, you will receive a notification in the mail, along with a new bus pass if applicable. 
The bus routes that are involved in these changes are mainly at the HS/MS. 

These routes include: 
HS/MS Bus 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 17

Mindess Bus 17 Dream Station and Bus 4 YMCA will now ride Bus 18 in the afternoon to these daycares

All Warren School students attending Dream Station will now ride Bus 18 in the morning and afternoon.

These changes will take effect Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
Please contact the Transportation Department  at 508-532-4005.


Attention parents of seniors: the AHS School Counseling Department is hosting a College
Information Night for seniors and their families on Thursday, September 13th from 7:00pm 
to 8:00pm in the AHS Auditorium.  The counseling staff will be presenting to families on the 
process of applying to college,how students can maximize their success, and the procedure for 
applying for financial aid for college.  It is an extremely informative event and helpful for all 
families that are navigating this process, and especially those that are encountering this for the 
first time.  If you have any questions about theprogram, feel free to contact Mr. Cory McGann 
at cmcgann@ashland.k12.ma.us.
Be sure to check out the Parent Flyers  


If you participated in the 2018 Ashland Summer Reading Program please take two minutes to complete this three question survey which will assist us in improving the program for next summer? https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JW7QM55


18th Annual Student Sportsmanship Essay/Multimedia Contest
Students from MIAA Member Schools are encouraged to submit entries.
Show your creativity in a literary work or multimedia presentation on the following topic:


CONTEST GUIDELINES:
·         PARTICIPANTS - Contest is open to students in grades 9-12 at MIAA member schools
·         LITERARY ENTRIES - Must be typed, double spaced, and contain no more than 500 words
·         MULTIMEDIA ENTRIES - Must be a video that is no longer than 3 minutes
PRIZES:
·         First Place ($400) and Runner-Up ($200) prizes will be presented in two categories (literary and multimedia)
·         Contest winners will present their entries as honored guests during the 25th Annual MIAA Sportsmanship Summit at Gillette Stadium on Friday, November 16, 2018
·         First Place and Runner-Up literary entries will be published in a compilation entitled “Sportsmanship: A Game Plan for Life, Volume XVIII”
·         First Place and Runner-Up multimedia entries will be available through the MIAA website
CONTEST DEADLINE AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
·         All entries must be received by 12:00pm on Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday, August 31, 2018

First Days of School!

Happy Labor Day weekend!

It was so great to have the students back in the building for the past two days.  So many people commented on how positive and engaged they were, despite the heat.  Many of our teachers spent their time getting to know their students and build relationships. We welcomed students back with our #WelcomeWednesday signs and look forward to another year of positive messages.


A few reminders...
The first bell rings at 8:10am and this is when students can enter the main part of the building from the cafeteria/lobby.  Students can gather in the cafeteria and main lobby if arriving before 8:10am.  Breakfast is served starting at 7:30am.

Morning drop-off and buses have gone very smoothly.  Thank you!
Student drop-off is in the back of the building.  Parents are asked to stay to the left of the road and students should use caution when exiting the car.  Student drivers should stay to the right of the road and park in the student lot on the far side of the building.  Students will have until Friday, September 14 to obtain a parking pass and must park in the student lot (the lot with the solar panels). The parking pass application can be picked up in the main office.

Class meetings will be held for each class on Wednesday.  The seniors will meet with Josten's to fill out their graduation cap & gown cards. All classes will hear about school expectations and class leaders will provide information on upcoming events.

Next Friday is the All-school PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) Activity and Convocation. It is a fun day where we come together as a school community to learn our core values and expectations. Seniors receive the key to the school at Convocation.

Upcoming events:
September 12- Picture Day
September 24-28- Start With Hello Week
September 27- Parent Night 6-8pm

iStudent accounts were changed for ALL student accounts earlier n August.

To access your account moving forward (and this includes all grade 9 and new students) please use the following information
Log-in: StudentIDlastname    (example- Kelley St Coeur/student id 1234 would log-in with 1234stcoeur)
Password: Ashland1
Your student id is the same number you key in for lunch and when you check in to the office.  You will be prompted to immediately change your password to something personal.
This does not impact iParent accounts.
Please let me know if you have any questions.


Welcome back and be sure to check out the Parent Flyers  




Friday, August 24, 2018

Welcome back!

Good evening-

It was a great week and I was thrilled to have students back in the building.  On Monday we had over 70 of our 120 Peer Leaders in school for training.  Wednesday night they welcomed our new students with a fun scavenger hunt and cookout.  Thursday about 40 student leaders came together from all clubs, classes, and teams to talk about how to continue to build a positive culture at AHS. We were also excited to welcome several of our Chinese exchange students who will be here for the year.



Students report for the 2018-2019 school year on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.  
Hours are (8:10am)8:20am-2:45pm. First bell rings at 8:10am and this is when students can enter the building from the cafeteria/lobby.

Students can gather in the cafeteria and main lobby if arriving before 8:10am.

Student drop-off is in the back of the building.  Parents are asked to stay to the left of the road and students should use caution when exiting the car.  Student drivers should stay to the right of the road and park in the student lot on the far side of the building.  Students will have until Friday, September 14 to obtain a parking pass. Information to purchase a parking pass will be made available on Wednesday,

All students will report to homeroom at the first bell to receive the most up to date copy of their schedule.

Bus Routes

Bus routes are still in the process of being developed and should be ready no later than Friday, August 24.  Please check here for updated routes. http://www.ashland.k12.ma.us/bus-information


Welcome back and be sure to check out the Parent Flyers  

Parent Flyers 2018-2019

9/6/18:
ARC Fall Offerings

8/31/18:
Fall College Essay Writing Class

2018-2019 Driver's Education

APL- Summer Reading Wrap-up & Awards

APL- Youth Basketball Registration

APL- Indian Program

8/24/18:
Special Education Department OWL News- Summer edition
     Spanish edition
     Portuguese edition

Classical Music Performance at APL

Friday, August 3, 2018

Schedules and more! Here comes 2018-2019

August 8, 2018

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians:

I hope you are having a wonderful summer but I have to say I am excited to welcome you all back! The building is so quiet and I miss the student energy.  I hope your summer has brought plenty of time to relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends.

We are very excited to welcome the following new staff:
Javier Arango, Spanish
John Noel, Special Education
James Phillips, School Psychologist
Erika Thomson, Math

Internally, Jess Curran, School Psychologist, has transitioned from her previous role of half-time at the middle school and half-time with us to our full-time psychologist.

Schedules for 2018-2019 for all new students were sent today, August 8, 2018.  If you do not
receive a schedule please call the AHS main office to request one.  
All students, grades 10-12, can now view their schedules through iStudent.  
Any current AHS student who does not recall how to access iStudent can email Linda Chaney
to have their account reset. (Members of the Class of 2022 will receive their iStudent log-in information at New Student Orientation but can see their schedules through iParent if it is set up.) 
It is important to note that the schedules are not 100% finalized and there will be some changes as
we try to balance out class sizes and meet the needs of all students.  The guidance staff and administration have been working tirelessly this summer to produce the best schedule for the
greatest amount of students.  Any blank space in the schedule indicates a study hall.  Study hall
room assignments will be reflected on schedules by the first day of school. 
If you have not already done so, please visit our website https://ipass.imgsoftware.com/school/ashland/pamregister.html and sign-up for iParent.


Our guidance staff will return to the office on August 21.  If you would like to set up a meeting 
with your counselor regarding schedule changes, we will be offering 15 minute appointments 
from 8:30 – 11:45, and 12:30-1:30 on August 21, 23, and 24.  On August 22 counselors will be available from 11:30-3:00 and will then be present at the New Student Orientation from 4-6pm.  
You may call the high school main office at 508-881-0177 to arrange an appointment.

If you would like to email the main office please use the following address: ahsmainoffice@ashland.k12.ma.us

All summer work is posted at http://sites.ashland.k12.ma.us/ahs-guidance-department/summer-reading-assignments

Follow us on Twitter @KStCoeur, @ClockerDean, @MrsELachapelle and @ClockerAD

Ashland High School does not have a school supply list.  Teachers will share with students what is needed for individual classes over the course of the first couple of days.  Students should plan to start the year with a notebook and writing utensils (pens & pencils).  Students are allowed to carry backpacks at AHS and all students are assigned a locker.  Students can rent a lock for their locker through the front office for $5 or bring their own lock and provide the office with the combination or copy of the key.

Key Dates:

Freshman and New Student Orientation- Wednesday, August 22 from 4-6pm. 
We will have a barbecue and fun activities so please plan to attend to get to know the school community.  This event is for students only but there will be a brief orientation and Q&A for
any parents that are interested at 4:15pm once students are sent to their homerooms.

The Student Leadership Summit will be on Thursday, August 23 from 10am-2pm. 
This annual event is a chance for all students interested in helping to build a positive school 
culture and set goals and expectations for a great school year.  
Are you a club leader, a sport's team captain, class officer, etc.?  Are you someone who is interested in making an impact on our school? ALL students interested in having a voice at AHS are encouraged to attend this fun, interactive morning! -  (bring a sack lunch-drinks and snacks will be provided) . 
All captains and students in club and activity leadership positions are expected to attend. 
Please sign up here!

As a reminder the Peer Leader application was emailed to all juniors and seniors and is posted on the AHS website. We welcome all students to apply to be a part of this program and help our new students transition to AHS.  
Peer Leader training is August 20 from 9am-12pm in the AHS auditorium. (note the date change!)

First day of classes will be Wednesday, August 29, 2018.  Our start time is 8:20am.
The first bell will ring at 8:10am.  Students are expected to remain in the back lobby/cafeteria
until that time.  The building will be open and the cafeteria will begin serving breakfast at 7:50am.

There are no classes on Friday, August 31 and Monday, September 3, 2018 in honor of Labor Day.

Enjoy the last couple of weeks of summer and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,

Kelley St. Coeur
Principal




Friday, June 22, 2018

End of the Year News!

Good afternoon and Happy Summer!!!

Grades are now available in iParent/iStudent.  Please reach out to your guidance counselor or Dean if you feel there is an inaccuracy.

The main office will be open throughout the summer with the exception of occasional vacation days.  Please call or email before coming in to make sure someone is there. I will be out of the office for most of July on vacation and attending a couple of conferences but can be reached by email.

Please follow the link below for all summer assignments:
Summer Assignments

Peer Leader applications will be available to all members of the classes of 2019 and 2020 starting early next week.  Students will receive an email with the application and should return it to me prior to August 15.  We welcome all students to apply to be a part of this program and help our new students transition to AHS.

Schedules for the 2018-2019 school year will be available on or around August 6.  Stay tuned!  Guidance and our Deans are working diligently to make sure we have a schedule that meets the needs of the most students.  It's not an easy job.

Here are some tentative dates for Start of the School Year activities/times are to be determined:
Peer Leader training- August 21
Student Leadership training (ALL students interested in having a voice at AHS are encouraged to attend!)- August 23
New Student Orientation- August 22, 2018 4-6pm


Enjoy the summer and be sure to check out the Parent Flyers  for fun around town this summer.