Friday, September 13, 2019

September 13, 2019

Good evening!

I hope you all had a fantastic week.  It was a great week at AHS!  I had a conversation with a new teacher today who expressed how impressed she was with our students especially how kind and respectful they are.  I couldn't agree more.

Teachers have been busy getting to know students, both as people as well as evaluating their skills. Our counseling office has been busy adjusting schedules as needed and Monday is the final day for add/drop.  If you child is feeling like a class is not the right fit (too difficult, not what they thought it was, etc.) please make sure they see their counselor on Monday.  Electives may be hard to switch at this point but we do want to make sure students are appropriately leveled for their core classes.

There has been a lot of buzz around school about the online pass system we will be piloting soon.  Teachers were trained at the faculty meeting Thursday and we will be trying it out over the course of this semester.  Students will have the ability to use their own device or a classroom device to sign in and out of class and teachers, counselors, etc. will have the ability to make appointments to see a student.  We know there will be growing pains but we are looking forward to trying out this new system.  I'll share more about where we are going with it at Back to School/Parents Night. 

For your planning purposes....
September
9/16       College Knowledge Night (for seniors & parents)                7:00 – 8:00 pm
9/20       Senior Portraits – CANCELLED
9/23       Picture Day for all students 
9/26       AHS Back to School/Parents Night                                      6:00-8:00 pm 
October
10/2          Financial Aid Night for Seniors & Parents                        7:00 – 8:00 pm
10/15-19  Spirit Week
18             Homecoming Barbecue                                                     5:00 – 7:00 pm
19             Homecoming Dance                                                          7:00 – 9:30 pm
24             NHS Induction                                                                   7:00 – 8:30 pm

Have a wonderful weekend!  
                                   


Friday, September 6, 2019

September 6, 2019

Good afternoon and Happy Friday!

Today we enjoyed one of my favorite days at AHS. We spent the day as a school community reviewing our core values and expectations through class meetings, 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 Escape Room style puzzle solving adventure.  Students in mixed grade classrooms worked as a team to solve the clues and learn about our community.  

The class meeting power point is linked here for students to refer to. Students and families should review the Student Handbook and make sure iStudent is accessible.  

One important handbook change to note is a change in attendance times in order for students to participate in after school activities: (we have worked to align our Student and Athletic Handbooks):  
Any student absent from school may not participate in or attend school activities that day, unless prior approval of the Principal or Dean has been given. Students must be in attendance at school before 9:30 AM to participate in any school activity unless prior approval for absence is granted by the Principal or Dean. In addition, students may not be dismissed prior to 1:30 PM unless prior approval of the Principal or Dean has been given. On early release days, students must be in attendance for the entire school day in order to participate in any school activity unless prior approval for absence is granted by the Principal or Dean. Students dismissed from school due to illness, may not return to school for participation in school activities. (This applies to attendance reasons that are not considered excused.)
*Please note that the Prom is scheduled for Friday, May 8, 2020-students must be in school all day to attend, dismissal is at 12:35pm.

After the PBIS activity we celebrated Convocation, where seniors received the "key to the school".  Brandon Grover, the Class President, shared a positive and encouraging message, asking students to take advantage of their high school years since it will fly by.  Seniors did their traditional fire truck picture and enjoyed a bbq.  
Convocation!

The fire truck picture!


Back to School Night!
The AHS Back to School Night is Thursday, September 26th from 6:00-8:00pm (please note corrected time!).  This evening is an opportunity for you to walk through your child's entire schedule, meet their teachers, and hear about the course expectations & syllabus.  There will be a brief presentation in the auditorium then parents will have the opportunity to visit all 7 classes. Each class will meet for approximately 10 minutes. Schedules will be distributed to parents beginning at 5:45pm.

Elections for parent representative to the AHS School Site Council are held at Back-to-School Night.  Please let me know if you are interested in joining the council.  Positions are for two years terms.


The AHS School Council is a group mandated by the MA Department of Education to assist the principal in:
1. Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards.
2. Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school.
3. Reviewing the annual school building budget.
4. Formulating a school improvement plan.
For any school that contains grades nine to twelve, the council shall review the student handbook each spring to consider changes in disciplinary policy to take effect for the following school year. 

If you would like more information please let me know at kstcoeur@ashland.k12.ma.us. Students who are interested in serving are encouraged to email me or come to the office for more information.  We will determine meeting days in the near future but most meetings are held at 4pm for approximately 90 minutes.  


Dear Ashland Families, 
Please view the Family SEL Newsletter #2, which includes a link to the new website that
I have created. Have a wonderful start to the new school year! 
Jen Cutler, Director of Counseling & Social Emotional Learning

Please take a minute to read this important message from AHS and Decisions at Every Turn:
MWAHS/STAND letter  We look forward to sharing data from our most recent MetroWest Adolescent Health survey and getting input from students and families regarding how we use this data to better educate our students.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

August 23, 2019

Happy Labor Day weekend and welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year!

We are so excited to welcome students back on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  Our school start time is 8:20am. The first bell rings at 8:10am.  Students are expected to gather in the back lobby/cafeteria
until that time.  The building will be open and the cafeteria will begin serving breakfast at 7:50am.
All students go to homeroom on the first day of school to receive new copies of their schedules.  Homeroom lists are posted in the halls. Students can also access their schedules on iStudent but should check on Tuesday morning for study hall locations and any last minute changes.

Students who take the bus are dropped at the front of the school and are expected to proceed to the cafeteria area until the first bell rings.  We'll be there to greet them and show them the way! Students who drive should obtain a parking pass from the front office no later than September 20, 2019.  Students are able to get a pass after the year starts as they get their license or a car and the cost is prorated each term.

We will hold class meetings for all classes on Friday, September 6.  The purpose of these meetings is to welcome back students and review expectations for the year. This is also a special day at AHS as we celebrate the All-school PBIS activity and Convocation.  The All-school activity allows students to learn and/or review the culture, core values, and expectations  Convocation is a fun, school-spirit event where the seniors receive the key to the school and reflect on their roles as leaders.

Students have the first 10 days of school to make changes to their schedule. Any student wishing to make a schedule change should email or make an appointment with their counselor.  Students who are looking to add a class can only do so if there is space in the course.  

September dates! Please mark your calendar for the following AHS events.


9/16       College Knowledge Night (for seniors & parents)                7:00 – 8:00 pm
9/20       Senior Portraits – Grynn & Barrett (for seniors needing a yearbook picture)
9/23       Picture Day for all students 
9/26       AHS Back to School Parents Night       (time corrected 9/6/19) 6:00-8:00 pm 

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!


Friday, August 2, 2019

August 5, 2019

August 2, 2019

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 thrilled to welcome our new staff to the AHS community:
Heather Allen- Nurse
Brian Cote- Dean of Students (Classes of 2021 & 2023)
Christine Carney- STEM 
Michael de la Pena- World language 
Sara Horan- World language 
Brad Jackson- Wellness 
Regina Jardon- English 
Kameron Thomas- History 


Schedules for 2019-2020 for all new students will be mailed on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.
If you do not receive a schedule please call the AHS main office to request one. New students who have not completed enrollment should contact the Superintendent's Office to register.

All students, grades 10-12, will be able to view their schedules on iStudent and iParent on the morning of Wednesday, August 7 after 9am.  
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 2023 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 counseling 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 20.  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 20, 22, and 23.  On August 21 counselors will be available from 11:30-3:00 so they can 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@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.

Community Service opportunity:
We are looking for students interested in helping to paint some of our main hallways and office spaces that need some freshening up.  Reach out to Ms. St. Coeur for more information!  We are hoping to paint the week of August 12.  Times are flexible.

Key Dates:
Freshman and New Student Orientation- Wednesday, August 21 from 4-6pm. 
We will have a barbecue and fun activities so please plan to attend to get to know the school culture and 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.

Students who are not able to attend are welcome to stop by and orient themselves to the building at other times between 8am-2:45pm over the course of the next couple of weeks. Stop by the office and introduction yourself!

The Student Leadership Summit will be on Thursday, August 22 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!


Peer Leaders!
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 21 from 9am-12pm in the AHS auditorium. 


CALLING ALL CLOCKERS...The 2019 Fall Sports season is right around the corner.  Below are some logistics pertaining to the season.  Should you have any additional questions, please reach out to the Athletic Director, Stephen Marks at smarks@ashland.k12.ma.us.

Registration Information (FamilyID):
*In order to be cleared to tryout/practice you must be registered online and have a valid physical on file (valid for 13 months). Payment is due prior to receiving a uniform.

Registration Deadlines:
High School, 8/14
Middle School, 9/5

Start Dates:
8/16: High School Football and Cheerleading
8/22: High School Soccer, Field Hockey, Cross Country, Golf, Volleyball
9/9: Middle School Football, Soccer, Field Hockey, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Volleyball


2019-2020 school yearFirst day of classes will be Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  Our start time is 8:20am.
The first bell will ring at 8:10am.  Students gather in the back lobby/cafeteria
until that time.  The building will be open and the cafeteria will begin serving breakfast at 7:50am.
All students go to homeroom on the first day of school to receive new copies of their schedules.  Homeroom lists are posted in the halls.

Students who take the bus are dropped at the front of the school and are expected to proceed to the cafeteria area until the first bell rings.  Students who drive should obtain a parking pass from the front office no later than September 20, 2019.  Students are able to get a pass after the year starts and the cost is prorated each term.

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

Sincerely,

Kelley St. Coeur
Principal





Monday, June 17, 2019

June 17, 2019

Good afternoon and happy summer!

It is hard to believe the 2018-2019 school year has come to an end!  I hope you all have a restful summer.

Grades will open in iStudent/iParent tomorrow afternoon by 3pm.  The final report card for the year will be shared in the reports.  Members of the Class of 2021 will be able to see their GPA and decile rank with this report card.  If you have any questions or concerns about your grades please reach out to your counselor.  They will be in the building through Friday, June 21.  If you have a 0 listed in in the final exam column it signifies your student owes a book or other materials. Please call the front office for information if you are not sure what is missing or need to know the cost.

The main office will be open for summer hours starting Tuesday, June 18.  Hours will be 8am- 2:45pm but it is recommended you call first to make sure someone is in.  Ms. Chaney and I are the only ones here in the summer, after this week, and we will both be taking some personal and professional time.

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

Peer Leader applications are available on the website for members of the classes of 2020 and 2021.  Students should complete the application 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 2019-2020 school year will be available on or around August 6.  Stay tuned!  The counseling staff and Deans are working diligently to make sure we have a schedule that meets the needs of the most students.

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 22
New Student Orientation- August 21, 2018 4-6pm


Many students have the ability to complete service hours over the summer.  Here are the AHS guidelines for your information:
Community Service guidelines
Students can start earning service hours the summer before their 9th grade year and must have their 25 hours completed before the start if senior year if they wish to earn senior privileges.

Schedules are expected to be ready for parent and student viewing during the first full week of August. I will email an exact date once it is finalized.

Today we said good-bye to three retirees.  We are grateful for the service of Sue Bronstein (English), Terri Henry (STEM), and Len Rabinowitz (history).  Ms Henry will return in the fall to teach part-time so we aren't losing her entirely.  We wish Ms. Bronstein and Mr. Rabinowitz all the best in their next adventures.

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


Have you ever thought about hosting an exchange student? The Cambridge Network is in need of more families to host exchange students attending Ashland High School next year. 

Friday, June 7, 2019

June 7, 2019

Good afternoon-

It has been a quiet week without our seniors. We wish the class of 2019 all the best in their future endeavors!

Mr. Moshkovitz took some great pictures of the graduation ceremony.  Enjoy!
Mr. Mosh's graduation album


June 11-17- Final Exams (grades 9-11)

If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook they are still available for $120.  Contact Sue Reap
to purchase one.



The Ashland Public Library and Friends of the Ashland Public Library are almost
ready tolaunch the 2019 Ashland Summer Reading Program. We need the half sheet
flyer translated into the following languages: Tuli, ASL, Japanese, Marathi, Kannada,
Persian/Farsi, Indonesian, Greek. Arabic, Korean, Gujarathi, Russian, Urdu, Mandarin,
Luganda, Telegu, Tagalog. It qualifies for an hour of community service. If you're able
to help please send an email to president@friendsoftheapl.com.



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


Have you ever thought about hosting an exchange student? The Cambridge Network is in need of more families to host exchange students attending Ashland High School next year. 



Youth Lead the Change (YLC) is a global youth leadership development program developed by students and professors at Harvard College and Harvard Business School. 

YLC is now accepting applications for the 10th annual Boston conference (at Harvard University, August 26-30th), and we would love to have students from Ashland High School join!

If you know of any interested who might be interested in the program, please feel free to forward this email with the following links. Applications to YLC Boston will be due June 21st — please let us know if you have any questions!

Conference Application: http://bit.ly/HarvardYLC2019
Financial Aid Application: http://bit.ly/HaravrdYLC2019Aid

We look forward to reading your students' applications!

Warmly,
Ishaan, Vivian, and Aysha
YLC Boston 2019 Coordinators

Saturday, June 1, 2019

June 1, 2019

My newsletter is a late this week given the Senior Week festivities.

It was a great week for the Class of 2019 and I look forward to celebrating their graduation with them tomorrow at 1pm.

Yesterday was a great day walking through the schools of APS.  What a send off for the seniors.
Pittaway visit- Congrats from the Class of 2032




Here is the link to the graduation ceremony.  WACA-TV uses Facebook Live.  It will also be live on  Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 45.

If you are interested in checking out the Class Day ceremony it can be found here.

Biology students will be testing on Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5. All students in Honors Biology, CP2 Biology, and Application of Biology II will test this week.  Please help to make sure your student is well rested and has a good breakfast. 

Please check out the
APS Social Emotional Learning Newsletter 1, May 2019

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