Friday, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

Good afternoon and happy Friday!

It was a surprisingly quiet day given that it was the seniors last day of regular classes.  Just an example of what a great group of students  we have with the Class of 2018.  I am so proud them and can't wait to enjoy the next two weeks with them. They will go on to do great things!

Parent Focus Group members still needed:
On May 22nd Ashland High School will participate in the first step of our accreditation, which will formally take place in 2020.  I am still looking for a couple of parents who can meet with the visiting team on May 22nd at 9:35-10:30am.  Please email me if you are available!

Parents of Seniors- Graduation is coming quickly!  
We are in search of childhood photos of seniors to be included in the slide show that will be presented at the senior class banquet and before the graduation ceremony.  The more seniors the better.  And the more photos of fun times over the years, the better.  Seniors and parents, please send digital images to ashland18graduation@gmail.com.

Any seniors with food allergies should send details to Ms. Twomey at jtwomey@ashland.k12.ma.us so that accommodations can be made for senior week meals.

All members of the Senior Class will participate in Community Service Day on Friday, May 25.  The day starts with a presentation from the Fallen Heroes Project at 9am in the AHS Auditorium. This is a mandatory event/school day and all students are required to participate.

The following documents have been shared with the seniors.  Please encourage your son/daughter to return their Senior Week permission form as soon as possible. Students must have the permission slip turned in to attend any event.
Attached are the following documents:
Senior Week Schedule with graduation rehearsal times and senior week events 
Graduation blurb information-return blurb to ashland18graduation@gmail.com
The seniors are aware they must attend school following the senior week schedule and they must have a signed permission slip to attend senior week events.  

Graduation is open to all, no tickets are required!  We have plenty of room and we will live-stream the ceremony in the auditorium for anyone that needs a cool space to sit.  Class Day is open to all as well and we encourage families to attend.  


Students needed to represent AHS- get involved and have your voice heard!
The School Committee Advisory Council meets bi-monthly with the school committee updating them on things going on at the high school and providing the "student voice" to the committee.  In addition, one member from this group will be chosen (by the group) to serve on the school committee as the student rep and attend all bi-weekly meetings.

The Youth Advisory Council is run by Senator Karen Spilka and is made up of two students from each town she presides over.  This group meets 4 or 5 times a year with her, sometimes in MetroWest and other times at the State House in Boston, to discuss legislative matters as they relate to teenagers.  We are asked to elect an incoming junior and an incoming senior to this council.

Students interested in both of these positions should see Mr. Wiczer to pick up a nomination form. All paperwork must be submitted by Friday, May 25th at 2:50pm.


Families of Seniors! The class of 2019 is selling graduation yard signs! The signs are $26 and a portion of the proceeds goes to the class of 2019. Order yours through this link: https://jostens.typeform.com/to/dkLHsJ by Friday May, 18th! Signs will be delivered during senior week. 

As you may remember last spring a letter was sent out from Superintendent Adams regarding the series "Thirteen Reasons Why".  If you are not aware, Season 2 of the series has been released by Netflix today, May 18.  Season One quickly went viral, especially among adolescents, and dealt with intense topics including sexual assault and suicide. The second season is believed to have similar themes which could be disturbing to some youth.
Please remember that if your child has questions, they should always feel able to talk to the support personnel we have in our schools. Guidance Counselors, School Psychologists, Adjustment Counselors, teachers, administration, and any trusted adult in the building are always available to students.
The National Association of School Psychologists and others have created several helpful guides which I have linked here:


Friday, May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

Good afternoon-

As I get ready to head to prom tonight I want to wish all of the students attending a safe, fun evening!  It is always a wonderful night and I have left every prom grateful for the amazing and responsible students at AHS. We have encouraged them to make good choices and reminded them that school rules apply and I am confident they will meet that expectation.  This past week we received a draft of the results of the Positive Community Norms survey.  The graphic to the right shows that the last time AHS students took this survey 91% of students their parents do not allow them and their friends to use alcohol in their home.  This survey shows the number rose to 93%!  Thank you, it takes a village to keep our kids safe. 

I am excited to announce that Ashland High School once again received a Silver Award ranking from U.S News & World Report, ranking #52 in the state and #974 in the country.  I am very proud of our teachers who work so hard to prepare our students for the next steps in their educational or work careers! 

Thank you to the PTO for amazing show of appreciation this week!  The AHS faculty & staff loved the breakfast, lunch, and treats provided over the course of the week.  Your generosity and support is what make Ashland such a great community to work for.

Families of Seniors! The class of 2019 is selling graduation yard signs! The signs are $26 and a portion of the proceeds goes to the class of 2019. Order yours through this link: https://jostens.typeform.com/to/dkLHsJ by Friday May, 18th! Signs will be delivered during senior week. 

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 Ms. Kulik, Mr. McGann, Ms. Dicken, Mr. Wiczer, or the front office.  Nomination forms must be submitted to Mr. Wiczer or the front office by Friday, May 25th at 2:45pm.

School Committee Advisory Council:
Do 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.  Nomination forms are due by Friday, May 25th at 2:45pm.

Youth Advisory Council:
State Senator Karen Spilka is looking for two students from AHS to serve on her "Youth Advisory Council."  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.  AHS is looking to send one incoming junior and one incoming senior.  Interested students should pick up an orange nomination form from Mr. Wiczer in B251.  Nomination forms are due by Friday, May 25th at 2:45pm.

Enjoy the weekend and be sure to check out the Parent Flyers .

Ashland Raises Healthy & Happy Kids:



The phrase I have heard most this past week is, “May is so busy!”. We’re almost there, folks! Five and a half weeks until school ends. We can make it if we do a couple small things each day to take care of ourselves.
  1. Make dinner easier. Grill, make pasta salads, or sandwiches. These can all be made quickly with healthy ingredients.
  2. Move your body every day. Exercise boosts endorphins, increases energy, and reduces anxiety. You don’t need to run 5 miles every day, just try to move your body for 20 minutes every day. Go for a walk after dinner or early in the morning, play soccer with your kids, dance in the kitchen, jump rope - do something you enjoy
  3. Teacher gifts do not need to be Pinterest worthy.  Don’t stress yourself out making, or finding, the perfect gifts for teachers/coaches/instructors. What they really want is a heartfelt note from your child/family.
  4. Call a friend. Chatting and laughing with a friend can immediately make you feel less stressed.
  5. Relax for 20 minutes every day. Take a bath, do yoga, read a book, meditate, watch a tv show with your spouse or kids.
  6. Hug your kids.  Your kids are only this age, in this grade in school, once. Enjoy this time.


Friday, May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018

Good afternoon-

We have jumped right into summer and the last few days have been sticky in the building. I am looking forward to a week that is a little bit cooler next week as we head into AP exams, MCAS, and Senior exams. 


Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11!

A Message from the PTO:

Next week is National Teacher Appreciation Week!  We want to recognize all the hard work or AMS and AHS teachers and staff do for our students every day with several events next week.  Please see the Sign Up Genius below to help out.


Thank you in advance for your donation


Throughout this week all members of the sophomore class experienced the Signs of Suicide program in the Wellness II (sophomore) classes throughout the course of the week. This is the 2nd year Ashland High School has used this evidence-based program when teaching this unit.
I encourage all parents to go to the Screening for Mental Health website at:  
http://sossignsofsuicide.org/
The log-in is: ashlandhs-par
The password is: parent
You can review the video students watched and can see other helpful tools to help discuss mental health with your child. Please ask your 10th grader what they thought of the program.  The feedback we received from students was very positive.  If you do not wish to have your child participate in this program please send an email to me at kstcoeur@ashland.k12.ma.us.

Parent Focus Group needed:
On May 22nd Ashland High School will participate in the first step of our accreditation, which will formally take place in 2020.  We will have a Collaborative Conference where a team of educators visits the school to see how we are doing as a school community working towards the standards put forth by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  Part of the process is a Parent Focus group.  I am looking for 8-10 parents who can meet with the visiting team on May 22nd at 9:35-10:30am.  Please email me if you are available! 

Parents of Seniors- Graduation is coming quickly!  
We are in search of childhood photos of seniors to be included in the slide show that will be presented at the senior class banquet and before the graduation ceremony.  The more seniors the better.  And the more photos of fun times over the years, the better.  Seniors and parents, please send digital images to ashland18graduation@gmail.com.

Any seniors with food allergies should send details to Ms. Twomey at jtwomey@ashland.k12.ma.us so that accommodations can be made for senior week meals.

All members of the Senior Class will participate in Community Service Day on Friday, May 25.  This is a mandatory event/school day and all students are required to participate.  It is also a day the students look forward to as they get a chance to give back to the community that raised them.  If you have a project or need please reach out to Ms. Lachapelle as elachapelle@ashland.k12.ma.us and she will see if the class can support your project in any way.

The following documents were shared with the seniors yesterday.  Please encourage your son/daughter to return their Senior Week permission form as soon as possible.
Attached are the following documents:
Senior Exam Schedule (see below)
Senior Week Schedule with graduation rehearsal times and senior week events (see below)
Graduation blurb information-return blurb to ashland18graduation@gmail.com
The seniors are aware they must attend school until following the senior week schedule and they must have a signed permission slip to attend senior week events.  

Graduation is open to all, no tickets are required!  We have plenty of room and we will live-stream the ceremony in the auditorium for anyone that needs a cool space to sit.  Class Day is open to all as well and we encourage families to attend.  

Here are some important dates to remember as the year comes to a close:
May 7- May 18: AP exams administered
May 11: Early Release for all students
              Grand March & Junior Prom
May 14: Academic Awards Ceremony
May 18: last day of classes for Class of 2018!
May 21-24: Senior exams (schedule)
May 23-24: Math MCAS (sophomores)
May 25: Class of 2018 Community Service Day (attendance is mandatory)
May 29-June 1: Senior Week
June 3: Graduation
June 6-7: Science MCAS
June 15-21: Final exams for grades 9-11



Dear High-Schooler,

In its 8th year, Harvard's Youth Lead the Change program for high schoolers (rising 9th to 12th graders) will run for five days from August 27-31, 2018 and will be held on Harvard's campus. Youth Lead the Change is a leadership program led by a team of Harvard undergraduates that seeks to provide high school kids with tangible leadership skills and empower them to be leaders in their communities. The program features guest speakers who are foremost leaders in their fields as well as numerous projects and modules to hone strong leadership skills. More information about the program can be found at http://www.harvardylc.com/. The application deadline is  May 15st.

If you are interested, you can apply here! If you have previously attended a YLC conference and would like to become a Junior Counselor, please apply here.

The program costs $200 for the five days and this fee includes lunch every day as well as all other materials provided throughout the program. Financial aid is available and we are need blind in our application decisions.  The financial aid application can be found here

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions! I can be reached over email at thomasbassett@college.harvard.edu.

Sincerely,

Thomas Bassett

Harvard University Class of 2021
209-595-8893


Enjoy the weekend and be sure to check out the Parent Flyers .


Healthy Sleep Habits for Kids of All Ages

  1. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule – Your child's bedtime and wake up time should be about the same every day of the week, regardless if it is a school day or not.
  2. Exercise daily – Have your child make exercise part of his or her daily routine.
  3. Don't go to bed hungry – Make sure your child doesn't go to bed hungry. Provide a light snack such as a glass of milk, a piece of fruit, or cereal and milk.
  4. Avoid caffeinated products – Your child should avoid products that contain caffeine in the late afternoon/evening. Be aware caffeine-containing products include iced-tea, some sports drinks, and chocolate.
  5. Plan up to 1 hour of quiet time before bed – Before bedtime every night, allow your child to set aside up to 1 hour for calm, enjoyable activities, such as listening to quiet music or reading a book. This means NO SCREENS!
  6. Maintain a bedtime routine - This may include taking a shower or bath, brushing teeth, reading outloud or silently, saying prayers or a statement of gratitude, and a hug and kiss goodnight.
  7. Take phones/ipods out of kids' rooms when they go to bed- The buzzing, vibration and lights of texts and notifications can disrupt  sleep.

Friday, April 27, 2018

April 27, 2018

Good afternoon-

Grades are posted in iStudent/iParent as of yesterday, Thursday, April 26.  Please reach out to your student's teacher or guidance counselor if you have questions or concerns.

Here are some important dates to remember as the year comes to a close:
April 24-May 1: Sophomores participate in the MCAS (ELA) Field Test
April 30- May 4: Sophomores participate in Signs of Suicide program
May 7- May 18: AP exams administered
May 11: Early Release for all students
              Grand March & Junior Prom
May 14: Academic Awards Ceremony
May 18: last day of classes for Class of 2018!
May 21-24: Senior exams (schedule)
May 23-24: Math MCAS (sophomores)
May 25: Class of 2018 Community Service Day (attendance is mandatory)
May 29-June 1: Senior Week
June 3: Graduation
June 6-7: Science MCAS
June 15-21: Final exams for grades 9-11

Starting on Monday, April 30 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 sin the Class of 2020. Students will see a short video on recognizing the signs of depression then complete a short screening tool.  This is the 2nd year Ashland High School has used this evidence-based program when teaching this unit.
I encourage all parents to go to the Screening for Mental Health website at:  
http://sossignsofsuicide.org/
The log-in is: ashlandhs-par
The password is: parent
You can review the video students will watch and can see other helpful tools to help discuss mental health with your child.  If you do not wish to have your child participate in this program please send an email to me at kstcoeur@ashland.k12.ma.us.


Parents of high school seniors:
Tuesday, May 1st
6:30-8:00 pm
Ashland Public Library.

In the rush and flurry of the college search process little to no time is spent focusing on how parents will handle the move to college and how this milestone will impact everyone in the family.  College… Next Stop helps parents think about how to cope with their student’s growing maturity and the new relationship that lies ahead.  From their unique vantage points as Dean of Students, college parent, and recent college graduate the speakers will share their perspectives and engage parents.

BUS REGISTRATIONS ARE DUE MAY 1, 2018.  A discount price of $280 for an individual and $560 for a family is available until the May 1st deadline.  After May 1st, the fee is $350 for an individual and $700 for a family.  You may register by mail or online at https://epay.cityhallsystems.com.  Please call Diane Goudy at 508-532-4005 if you have any questions regarding bus transportation or would like to discuss setting up a payment plan.  Registrations received after May 1st may be placed on a wait list and are not guaranteed a seat on a bus.



Enjoy the weekend and be sure to check out the Parent Flyers .



Ashland Raises Happy & Healthy Kids: How to talk with your children about difficult news
With the prevalence of social media and the 24/7 news cycle, children are exposed to traumatic news events regularly no matter how much parents or teachers try to keep the "bad things" away. Instead of shielding children from the dangers, violence or tragedies around us, adults should talk to kids about what is happening. The conversation may not be easy, but taking a proactive stance and discussing difficult events in age-appropriate language can help a child feel safer and more secure. As much as adults may try to avoid difficult topics, children often learn or know when something sad or scary happens. If adults don’t talk to them about it, a child may misinterpret the event or misunderstand adults’ silence. So, be the first to bring up the difficult topic. When parents tackle difficult conversations, they let their children know that they are available and supportive.
Think about what you want to say. Some advanced planning may make the discussion easier. You won’t have to think about it off the top of your head.

Find a quiet moment.  Choose a time and place where your children can be  the center of your attention. Find out what they know. Ask them "What have you heard about this?" And then listen. Listen. Listen. And listen more. Often what concerns them is different than what concerns you.

Share your feelings with your child. It is ok to acknowledge your feelings with your children. They see you are human. Be a role model. This applies to emotions, too.

Tell the truth. Lay out the facts at a level they can understand. You do not need to give graphic details. For young children, you may need to have the conversation about what death means (no longer feel anything, not hungry, thirsty, scared, or hurting; we will never see them again, but can hold their memories in our hearts and heads).

Say, "I don’t know." Sometimes the answer to the question is "I don’t know." "Why did the bad people do this?" "I don’t know" is an ok answer.


Above all, reassure. At the end of the conversation, reassure your children that you will do everything you know how to do to keep them safe and to watch out for them. Reassure them that you will always be available to answer any questions or talk about this topic again. Reassure them that they are loved.

Attached is some guidance on Talking to Your Children about Violence

Friday, April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018

Good afternoon-

I hope everyone has had a wonderful break.  It always feels like once April vacation is over we are on a mad dash to the end of the school year.

Grades closed this past Thursday and grades will be posted in iStudent/iParent on Thursday, April 26.

Here are some important dates to remember as the year comes to a close:
April 24-May 1: Sophomores participate in the MCAS (ELA) Field Test
April 30- May 1: Sophomores participate in Signs of Suicide program
May 7- May 18: AP exams administered
May 11: Early Release for all students
              Grand March & Junior Prom
May 14: Academic Awards Ceremony
May 18: last day of classes for Class of 2018!
May 21-24: Senior exams (schedule to follow)
May 23-24: Math MCAS (sophomores)
May 25: Class of 2018 Community Service Day (attendance is mandatory)
May 29-June 1: Senior Week
June 3: Graduation
June 6-7: Science MCAS
June 15-21: Final exams for grades 9-11

BUS REGISTRATIONS ARE DUE MAY 1, 2018.  A discount price of $280 for an individual and $560 for a family is available until the May 1st deadline.  After May 1st, the fee is $350 for an individual and $700 for a family.  You may register by mail or online at https://epay.cityhallsystems.com.  Please call Diane Goudy at 508-532-4005 if you have any questions regarding bus transportation or would like to discuss setting up a payment plan.  Registrations received after May 1st may be placed on a wait list and are not guaranteed a seat on a bus.

Safety/anonymous tip line:
Please remember that if you ever hear or see something that concerns about say something.  Ashland Public Schools has an anonymous tip line for anyone, adult or student, who does not feel comfortable sharing information in person.  The safety of all members of our community is always our top priority so we encourage you to reach out to administration or counseling staff with any concerns.

News from Student Council:
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.  Students interested in running should see Mr. Wiczer (in B251) by Monday, April 23rd at 2:45pm.  Students will give speeches on Wednesday, April 25th and the voting will take place that day at lunch.  For more information on this group, please see: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sac/ or contact Mr. Wiczer at jwiczer@ashland.k12.ma.us 

Second Annual Color Splash Run:
The Ashland High School Student Council, Make-a-Wish Club, and PTO are running our second annual "Color Splash Run" on Sunday, April 29th at 10am at Ashland High School.    

There are two events -- the full "Color Splash Run" (which will involve a 2-mile course) and a smaller "Kids Color Splash Run" (which will involve up to 4 laps around a track.)  The "Color Splash Run" costs $25 per participant, and the "Kids' Color Splash Run" costs $15 per participant.  Registration prior to April 13th will include a race t-shirt.

Register online at: https://sites.google.com/site/stucoashland/color-splash-run by Friday, April 13th to get a free race t-shirt.

And check-out our promotional video: https://youtu.be/1dG_iQlGmyo
Support for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
On Monday, April 23rd and Tuesday, April 24th, during all three lunches, members of the Amnesty International Club and the Student Council will be selling bracelets to support the victim's fund for students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  The bracelets are $5 each and all of the proceeds go directly to students at that school.  For more information regarding this effort, check out: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article201706869.html 


Enjoy the weekend and be sure to check out the Parent Flyers .


Ashland Raises Healthy & Happy Kids: Local resources when seeking mental health treatment
Seeking out effective health care can be confusing and time consuming. This can often be even more difficult when looking for the right mental health treatment for yourself or a family member. Below are a few tips to help navigate this process:

  1. Start at your child’s school. We are very lucky here in Ashland to have one school counselor for every grade, that is rare. If you are worried about your child’s emotional health, start by contacting their school counselor. These professionals can help out with resources needed to help your child at school.
  2. Talk to your child’s pediatrician. Many pediatrician offices have mental health professionals on-site. They often do short term therapy (typically up to 8 sessions),  and assessment and referrals for the members of the practice. They can be an excellent resource for your family.
  3. Contact your insurance company. Insurance company websites have lists of providers broken down by licensure  (MD, RN, LICSW, LMHC) and geographic location so you can contact providers in your area who accept your insurance.
  4. See if your company has an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Many companies have an EAP benefit for employees that connects you with a counselor (usually over the phone) who can help refer you to local mental health providers. EAP’s often provide legal, child care, and elder care help as well. Look into this often underutilized benefit!
  5. Be patient. It often takes many phone calls to secure appointments with mental health providers. Set aside the time to dedicate to this task to reduce frustration.
  6. Remember that everyone is different. Just because your best friend’s daughter loves a therapist does not mean your son will “click” with him/her. It is worth it to shop around and even set up appointments with a couple different providers to find the best fit.
  7. In an emergency, go to an ER. If your loved one is a threat to him/herself or others, go to a hospital emergency department. They have mental health professionals who can do a psychiatric evaluation and refer to the appropriate level of care for treatment.

Friday, April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018

Good afternoon-

Last week we had the pleasure of John Trautwein visiting and speaking to our community.  If you missed him here is the link to his presentation.  Thank you to WACA-TV for filming!

Term 3 will now end Thursday, April 12.  Report cards will be released on Thursday, April 26.

Thursday, April 12 is also the rescheduled date for our Student Voice: Cross Community Collaboration.  We are looking forward to some great conversation and hope more students will join. Encourage your student to have his/her voice is heard at Ashland High School with peers from Holliston, Mendon-Upton, and Millbury!

Friday, April 13 we have an Early Release Day.  The schedule will be modified with shortened periods and we will also build in a 20 minute homeroom.  Students will be asked to complete the Positive Community Norms Survey at that time.  Please see the attached letter for more
information about the survey.  This will be our 3rd administration of the survey and provides us with
valuable information about students perceptions of alcohol and drug use.  We use this data, along with data from the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey to determine areas of focus for health education.


A message from our nurses:
State law mandates that every student entering tenth grade have a complete physical exam.  A physical exam done after September 1, 2017 is acceptable.

Please make arrangements now with your physician or clinic to have this physical exam done. Send written medical documentation of this physical exam to the nurse's office as soon as possible. 

If your child participates in athletics, please provide a copy of a physical exam for your child's health records as well as a copy of a physical exam needed for participation in athletics as the nurse's office and the athletic office do not share files. Please contact the nurse's office with any questions or concerns.



Lots going on with Student Council!!!
Student Council Spirit Week:
Next week (April 9th - 13th) is the Student Council's "spring spirit week".  The dress-up days are:
Monday, April 9th: Pajama Day
Tuesday, April 10th: Decade Day
Wednesday, April 11th: Color Day (dress all in one color)
Thursday, April 12th: Vine Day
Friday, April 13th: Tie-Dye Day

Tenth Annual Bingo Night:
The Ashland High School Student Council would like to invite the entire Ashland community to our 10th annual Bingo night, held on Wednesday, April 11th 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.  Come join us foryour chance to win great prizes, including a $100 Amazon gift card and 2 tickets to see Taylor Swift at Gillette Stadium in July.  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.  The evening will be MCd by high school teachers DJ Jost and Randa Istfan.   

And check-out our promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K-7ojOCnRc

Second Annual Color Splash Run:
The Ashland High School Student Council, Make-a-Wish Club, and PTO are running our second annual "Color Splash Run" on Sunday, April 29th at 10am at Ashland High School.    

There are two events -- the full "Color Splash Run" (which will involve a 2-mile course) and a smaller "Kids Color Splash Run" (which will involve up to 4 laps around a track.)  The "Color Splash Run" costs $25 per participant, and the "Kids' Color Splash Run" costs $15 per participant.  Registration prior to April 13th will include a race t-shirt.

Register online at: https://sites.google.com/site/stucoashland/color-splash-run by Friday, April 13th to get a free race t-shirt.

And check-out our promotional video: https://youtu.be/1dG_iQlGmyo

Teacher Appreciation Day Cards:
Students will have the opportunity to write "Teacher Appreciation Day" cards on Tuesday, April 10th during break and 10 minutes of their third period class.  Students who need more time to write thoughtful notes are invited to take as many cards home as they'd like and return them to the envelope in the office by Friday, April 13th.  Then can also pick-up and write additional cards at lunch on Tuesday, April 10th and Wednesday, April 11th.

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.  Students interested in running should see Mr. Wiczer (in B251) by Monday, April 23rd at 2:45pm.  Students will give speeches on Wednesday, April 25th and the voting will take place that day at lunch.  For more information on this group, please see: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sac/ or contact Mr. Wiczer at jwiczer@ashland.k12.ma.us

Parents of high school seniors:
Save the date!!!
Tuesday, May 1st
6:30-8:00 pm
Ashland Public Library.


NEXT STOP: College Understanding….. the New Relationship


In the rush and flurry of the college search process little to no time is spent focusing on how parents will handle the move to college and how this milestone will impact everyone in the family.  College… Next Stop helps parents think about how to cope with their student’s growing maturity and the new relationship that lies ahead.  From their unique vantage points as Dean of Students, college parent, and recent college graduate the speakers will share their perspectives and engage parents.