Thursday, June 18, 2020

June 18, 2020- Last day of school!

What a crazy year it has been. The challenges have been immeasurable and we are so proud of how students rose to the challenge.

Due to the request for another drop off time we will hold one more time period for students.parents to return materials to AHS on Tuesday, June 23 from 3-7pm. 

This will be the last time period in the foreseeable future and we will not be able to take materials on an individual basis. Students should be dropping Chromebooks off today at Ashland Middle School (instructions below).

Transcripts and paper requests for report cards, etc. will be held until all materials are returned. 

AHS Textbook & Materials Return

Thank you for your assistance with helping us to retrieve materials to prepare for next year!

Report Cards will be slow to be shared this year. With the changes in how we are entering information it may take longer to share final report cards and transcripts. Please bear with us.

AHS Summer Work
* For those courses that are requiring summer work, the assignments are now posted on the AHS website in the School Counseling part of the website: Summer Assignments
AHS summer work is assigned by course, not grade.

Students who overrode a course and still need to test into the course should complete the summer work. New students and incoming 9th graders will take a math placement test in August.


Yearbook Update: Due to production shutdown during the spring, the delivery date of 2020 yearbooks is estimated to be at the end of July. We'll be in touch as soon as we know for sure when we'll be able to distribute to students/families. If you forgot to order a yearbook and are now interested in purchasing one, please email Sue Reap (sreap@ashland.k12.ma.us).


News from the Nutrition Department:
I am sad to say that things have changed, and we will only be able to provide meals from Ashland High School through June 30, 2020.  BUT the good news is there are many other locations you can access throughout the State, the closest being the Barberie School 100 Dudley Road in Framingham.  For other locations, please click here.  Just zoom in with the + sign at the bottom of the map to see the area that is most convenient for you.  Please note that they have different service days and times, as well as different meals (breakfast lunch and supper) being served.

Another piece of good news is that we WILL continue to have produce boxes to distribute on Wednesdays at 1:30 at the Ashland High School loading dock as we have been doing the past month.  This will continue until at least August 26th.

I hope to see you all through the end of June!  We have some great meals planned for our last days of service so be sure to come Monday June 22nd, Wednesday June 24th and Monday June 29th.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Peace,
Lisa Beaudin
Director of Nutrition Services
Ashland Public Schools

Friday, June 12, 2020

June 12, 2020


Good afternoon and happy Friday-

Please see the attached information regarding returning school property to AHS. We look forward to seeing everyone as you turn in your AHS property. We ask that all material, except for Chromebooks being used by 9-11th grade students, be returned on Monday, June 15. This includes textbooks, library books, athletic and music uniforms, instruments, parking passes, etc. 

Any materials that were not picked up from student lockers will be staged in the outdoor classroom next to the library. You can check for your student's personal property at this time as well.

Chromebook return:
The Ashland IT Department will be collecting the Distance Learning Chromebook loaners AND chargers on Thursday, June 18th, from
1-4PM at the Ashland Middle School.  It is very important that we get these systems back quickly so we can repair and update them for use again when school resumes after the summer break.  
If you have had any issues with the chromebook, please attach a note explaining the nature of the problem.

Dropoff Procedure:
1.  Enter the AMS driveway.
2.  Drive to the Rotary in front of the school.  There will be no need to leave your vehicle.
3.  A member of the IT staff will greet you at your vehicle to receive the chromebook AND charger.

We thank you for your cooperation in returning these devices in a timely manner.  Enjoy your summer!

Tonight WACA-TV will stream our Senior Scholarships & Awards. Thank you to Cory McGann, counseling liaison, WACA, and all of the donors for pulling this together. Congratulations to our Class of 2020 recipients!!!

We are also excited to share our Academic Awards for the 2019-2020 school year. Thank to the department liaisons and other faculty as well as Brian Cote, Dean, for pulling this together. We cannot be prouder of our students during this crazy time.

Despite the uncertainty of what 2020-2021 will look like our counselors are hard at work getting the schedule ready for next year. We are lucky to have Erin Lachapelle, Dean, who did an amazing amount of work behind the scenes to build the master schedule. It is important to note that classes that are a part of the master schedule can vary from year to year. This is based on enrollment. I have received some parent and student questions about how we choose which courses run. Courses are not running if we did not have sufficient students interested in taking them (typically this number is at least 15 students). We have many singleton upper level courses that are not running for the 2020-2021 school year  that have been questioned, such as AP World, Spanish, and French. It's important to note these classes are not running because students did not sign up for them, not for any other reason.

Important end of school year reminders from the Ashland Nurses:


PHYSICALS AND IMMUNIZATIONS: Massachusetts mandated health requirements include physical exams and up to date immunizations for grades K, 4, 7, 10, and incoming new students. For these grades, a physical exam must have been done after September 1, 2019.  Please forward any physical exam and immunization documentation to your school nurse.


MEDICATION ORDER:  All medication orders expire at the end of the school year.  If you are visiting your child’s healthcare provider over the summer, please consider requesting a new medication order for your child.  All medication, prescription or over-the-counter, requires a physician order.
  
Available online are the following : 
Medication administration information (including doctor’s order/parent consent form), Life threatening allergy policy, and chronic illness policy. 


Medications for the upcoming school year must be accompanied by a new physician's order, parent permission to administer, prescription bottle/package with the child's name on it.  


Have a safe, fun, and healthy summer!


The Ashland Nurses

News from Student Council:
The first Student Council meeting of the 2020-2021 school year will be held on Wednesday, June 17th at noon, through Zoom.  Attendance is required for all newly elected officers, but this is open to anyone, and we will discuss how to become an "Open Enrollment Member" of the Student Council.  If your child is interested in joining the meeting (as is not already on the Student Council mailing list), have them email Mr. Wiczer at jwiczer@ashland.k12.ma.us, and he will make sure they get the Zoom invitation.

Friday, June 5, 2020

June 5, 2020

Good afternoon and happy Friday-

It has been a challenging and bittersweet week as we celebrate our seniors, some individually and others virtually. We also watched the impact of the ongoing racial injustice in this country and the impact it had on our students.


As a district we have collaborated to provide you with a collection of resources that can be used to self-reflect and educate in the area of race and racism. There are many resources available and we intend to continue to add to this document. We have created a similar document for our educators so that we are also able to self-reflect, educate ourselves, and continue to integrate race awareness and anti-racism education in our instruction to all students in our district. This week's SEL newsletter, which can be found here is dedicated to providing you with a number of resources you can use to speak with your children about race and racism.

If you have additional resources that you would like to add to this document, please email them to Jen Cutler, jcutler@ashland.k12.ma.us


In honor of what would have been Class Day the Senior Slideshow is being streamed on the WACA education page at 11am, 6pm, and 9:30pm all weekend. We are so grateful to WACA for their support during this time and helping us connect with and celebrate our students.

The link here: Class of 2020 slideshow

We are looking forward to the Class of 2020 procession on Sunday, June 7 at 11am. The cars will leave from AHS and process past each school building in this order: Mindess, middle school, Warren, and Pittaway before circling the high school to finish. The map of the procession can be found here. The community is welcome to line the route and cheer for the students.


Any current 8-11th grader interested in trying out for boys soccer in the fall, please click below...

Have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020

Good afternoon-

Today I had the pleasure of watching a few of our students record their graduation speeches for WACA-TV. It's hard to believe that this should have been the last day of exams for seniors. I am thinking of them all and hoping they know how impressed we all are with them.

It was nice to see many of you picking up belongings, rings, and caps & gowns this week. We still have a lot of locker materials left. Our hope is to put these bags, as well as unidentified materials from gym lockers, out when we return items to the building. Anyone missing items could check then.

Class of 2020 Graduation parade: Sunday, June 7 at 11am
Please come out, in a socially distant manner, and cheer on the class. Seniors will be in cars following the attached route passing by each APS school and through the center of town. Teachers will be at each school to cheer on and congratulate the class! Teachers are looking forward to the chance to say farewell to the graduates!
The parade starts and finishes at AHS.
Parade route

Grading and awarding credits for 2019-2020:
Now that we are getting close to the end of the school year we have re-evaluated our grade proposal. In talking with our student information system and other districts, as well as with our faculty, we have decided to adjust the weight of the midterm exams. They will remain at 10% of the student grade.
Student transcripts for the classes of 2020-2023 will reflect the closure average or grade for Semester 1. Each term will be weighted at 45% and the midterm will be weighted at 10%. Our review of data shows that for the majority of students term grades and exam grades remain fairly consistent. All transcripts for these classes will have a note to reflect that the grade is reflective of the first semester but full credit is reflective of the student continuing to engage in learning during the pandemic.

Please enjoy the last edition of the AHS school newspaper:
The Union Street Journal 

Kudos to the Make a Wish Club who donated a whopping $15000+ to the Make a Wish organization today. I am so impressed with their commitment.

Family SEL Newsletter

Enjoy the weekend!


Friday, May 22, 2020

May 22, 2020

Good afternoon families-

I hope you are looking forward to the long weekend as much as I am. Even if it's from our backyards. We look forward to seeing many of you next Tuesday and Wednesday as we get belongings back to students.

Please review the times for distribution here:
AHS Distribution of Belongings
Cars should drive to the back of the school to collect materials. Staff members will be lining the sidewalk near the student parking lot to run bags out to cars. No one should get out of the car.

Members of the Class of 2022 who purchased class rings, you may come any time on Tuesday, May 26 between 3-5pm.

Members of the Class of 2020 will receive their caps, gowns, and stoles during this time as well. We look forward to seeing them wear them during the parade celebrating them on June 7. We will send the parade route out early next week and plan to start around 1pm.

Many students, both seniors and others, have ordered yearbooks. The factory that publishes our yearbook was closed for a significant amount of time. We believe they have reopened and started printing but do not have an update yet on when the yearbooks will be ready.  We hope to get them as soon as possible!

Supporting Emotional Well Being During the Pandemic

Friday, May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

Good afternoon families-

I hope you are all well and are finding time to enjoy the beautiful weather. 
Teachers have been in the building all week cleaning out classrooms in preparation for the ed of year clean. If you student left something in a classroom please have them let the teacher know. We will be bagging all student belongings and more information about pick-up times will be forthcoming.

We anticipate distributing caps & gowns to the Class of 2020 and class rings to the Class of 2022 in the next few weeks. We will send specific times once they have been identified.

I know there has been a lot of social media discussion about graduation plans. The Governor has said he will speak about graduations on Monday. We will adjust our plan if he gives us reason to do so. What I ask families to consider is how the students who are leaving on July 1 for the military and other opportunities will feel about knowing they can not participate. 

See below for a note from the athletic department:
LOCKER ROOM BELONGINGS:
In our efforts to both return items to their owners and clear out the locker rooms to be cleaned appropriately, we have bagged up items that were left in lockers. Please ask your child if they have items that they want/need in their athletic locker and then contact me (Mr. Marks) so we can have that bag ready and available for pick up. Times for pick-up will be shared soon by the Superintendent. Any items not claimed that day will be donated unless you reach . 

The larger boys team room that is shared by a number of teams/students seems to have items in lockers that may have old name labels on them. If your child knows what locker they were using that will also help us identify which bag to return to its rightful owner. 

I can be reached at smarks@ashland.k12.ma.us with any questions. 

Sending my best to all of Clocker Nation and hope to see everyone soon. GO CLOCKERS!

Stephen Marks

Athletic Director

News from Student Council:
Students have one more week to sign-up to run for a class officer position. 

Anyone interested in running for a class officer position (which includes the elected Student Council Representative positions) should read through all of the information carefully on the following Google Doc.


In addition, we are also electing a 5-person School Committee Advisory Council.  This group meets once every other month with the School Committee to update them on things going on at the high school and offer feedback on their policies.  One member of this group will serve as the student-representative on the school committee.  Anyone interested in running for one of these positions should read through all of the information on the following Google Doc.
The timeline for the election process is:
  • All nominations are due to Mr. Wiczer by Friday, May 22nd at 5pm.
  • All administrative endorsements must be requested by Friday, May 22nd at 5pm.
  • All supporting materials (photos, videos, and paragraphs) must be submitted to Mr. Wiczer by Friday, May 29th at 5pm.
  • Election info will go out to all students on Monday, June 1st
  • Voting will take place from Tuesday, June 2nd through Friday, June 5th, closing at 2pm sharp.
  • Results will be announced by email at some point after the close of the polls.
After reading through the Google Doc describing the process in detail, please email Mr. Wiczer (jwiczer@ashland.k12.ma.us) if you have any questions.

Friday, May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020

Good afternoon all-
Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there. Have a wonderful weekend.

Information regarding graduation exercises for the Class of 2020 was shared with students and families today. I hope that once we have a full schedule to share it with the community so all can celebrate the seniors on June 7, 2020.

Please see the attached letter from the APS nursing staff: regarding medications still at the school:
PRN Medications retention

From the Director of Counseling & Social-Emotional Learning
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this year's theme is Tools 2 Thrive. Please watch the brief video below with your children for an introduction to mental health and an invitation to participate in the APS SEL Challenge beginning on Sunday, May 10. All ages welcome to participate! 
APS SEL Challenge: Take the APS SEL Challenge


Information regarding Student Government for the 2020-2021 school year:
Hi all,

It's time to start up the election process for the 2020-2021 school year.  Anyone interested in running for a class officer position (which includes the elected Student Council Representative positions) should read through all of the information carefully on the following Google Doc.


In addition, we are also electing a 5-person School Committee Advisory Council.  This group meets once every other month with the School Committee to update them on things going on at the high school and offer feedback on their policies.  One member of this group will serve as the student-representative on the school committee.  Anyone interested in running for one of these positions should read through all of the information on the following Google Doc.
The timeline for the election process is:
  • All nominations are due to Mr. Wiczer by Friday, May 22nd at 5pm.
  • All administrative endorsements must be requested by Friday, May 22nd at 5pm.
  • All supporting materials (photos, videos, and paragraphs) must be submitted to Mr. Wiczer by Friday, May 29th at 5pm.
  • Election info will go out to all students on Monday, June 1st
  • Voting will take place from Tuesday, June 2nd through Friday, June 5th, closing at 2pm sharp.
  • Results will be announced by email at some point after the close of the polls.
After reading through the Google Doc describing the process in detail, please email Mr. Wiczer (jwiczer@ashland.k12.ma.us) if you have any questions.

Thank you!
Mr. Wiczer