Friday, January 18, 2019

January 18, 2019

Good afternoon-
I hope the impending storm is not impacting anyone's Family Reconnect Weekend plans.  I am looking forward to hunkering in with board games, puzzles, and of course, the Patriots!

Does your student ride the bus and plan to stay at AHS for the afternoon after exams next week? Encourage them to check out the Model UN mid-term movie marathon!  Movies will be played in the AHS auditorium each afternoon and snacks will be available for sale.  All proceeds go to the Model UN club.

Grades for Term 2 will close on Friday, January 25, 2019.

Report cards will be available after 2:00pm on Friday, February 1, 2019.


Smart Money – Parent Survey
Parents of High School Sophomores and Juniors –
We are writing to get your feedback on a program that we have offered in limited capacity over the past three years.  The program is called “Smart Money” and focuses on educating students on the basics of finances, including credit cards, compounding interest, student loans, budgeting, leasing and buying cars, and other related topics.  Beginning in 2016, high school students with availability in their schedules were offered the opportunity to attend a series of three one-hour sessions and an expense-paid field trip to the federal bankruptcy court in Worcester, MA to participate in a mock personal bankruptcy session.  The program is offered at no cost to students and is run by local parents in the community who have careers in finance and accounting.
As we plan for the upcoming sessions of the program, we wanted to reach out with a few questions about your child’s interest and scheduling. Please complete the attached survey.
Thank you for your time –
The Ashland Smart Money Team


The Clocker Club online store is open again. Follow this link to place an order!
http://trivalley.tuosystems.com/stores/ashland-clocker-2019



Calling all AHS Students! We invite you to study for your mid-terms at the Ashland Public Library. Snacks and drinks will be provided, as well as a stress relief station.


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

Have a fantastic long weekend and stay safe in the storm.

Friday, January 11, 2019

January 10, 2019

Good evening and happy Friday!

We are down to one week left in the semester.  Students should be checking their schedules for second semester and seeing their counselors if any changes should be made. It's also time to start thinking about next year.  Teachers will start making recommendations on January 22nd.

A reminder that January 18 is a teacher professional day.  There is no school for students.

2019 Mid-term exam schedule
Grades for Term 2 will close on Friday, January 25, 2019.

Report cards will be available after 2:00pm on Friday, February 1, 2019.

8th grade transition activities:
Tuesday, January 22- 7-8:30pm 8th grade Information Night in the AHS auditorium
Wednesday, January 23- 1pm ALL 8th grade students considering attending AHS are invited
to tour AHS and learn more about our school and programs
Thursday, January 24- 9am Principal's Coffee in the AHS guidance suite, informal discussion
about AHS and transition in general

Thanks to the generosity of the PTO Ashland High School is once again participating in Challenge Day on February 4!  All students received an email invitation and are encouraged to sign-up if they are interested in attending this day built to break down the barriers and build a positive community.  We will have up to 125 students participate and 30 staff members so there will be a lottery if we have more students interested than spots available.  Parents, we need your help to make this a successful endeavor.  Are you willing to volunteer as a substitute for the day?  We are looking for parents to cover for teachers so they can be a part of this amazing experience.  Email Mrs. St. Coeur at kstcoeur@ashland.k12.ma.us if you can help.  Hours are 8:10am- 2:45pm.  It's a great opportunity to get a look into the experience of your student for a day!

If you have a student in 9th grade please review this message from the AHS nurses.


Student Government Day:
Is your child interested in learning more about how politics works at the state level?  Ashland High School needs to elect two juniors or seniors (one representative and one alternate, who will still participate fully in the day) to participate in "Student Government Day" on Friday, April 5th, 2019.  Students will travel to the State House in Boston, shadowing lawmakers and participating in the legislative process.  For more information, see http://www.doe.mass.edu/famcomm/student/sgd_program.html

Any students interested in running should see Mr. Wiczer in B251 by Wednesday, January 16th.  Students will give speeches over the intercom on Thursday, January 17th (explaining to their peers why they would be a good representative from AHS) and voting will take place on Thursday, January 17th during all three lunches.

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

Friday, January 4, 2019

January 4, 2019

Happy Friday!

It was a quiet first few days of 2019.  There are two more weeks left in Semester 1 then we start mid-terms, course selection for the 2019-2020 school year, 8th grade step-up events and more.  If you are concerned about stress and your high school student please see the message below.

Courageous Conversations- Stress Management We hope you'll join Ashland High School students as they lead small group discussions about solutions to stress in our community. Parents, students (middle school and up), town leaders, school administrators and faculty, and mental health professionals will be participating . Improve your strategies to increase productivity and reduce stress. Monday January 7th, 2019 from 7 to 9 pm, Ashland High School Cafeteria.

Grades for Term 2 will close on Friday, January 25, 2019
Report cards will be available after 2:00pm on Friday, February 1, 2019.

8th grade transition activities:
Tuesday, January 22- 7-8:30pm 8th grade Information Night in the AHS auditorium
Wednesday, January 23- 1pm ALL 8th grade students considering attending AHS are invited to tour
AHS and learn more about our school and programs
Thursday, January 24- 9am Principal's Coffee in the AHS guidance suite, informal discussion about
AHS and transition in general

If you have a student in 9th grade please review this message from the AHS nurses.

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



Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!  I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful winter vacation.  It is so hard to believe we are almost to the halfway point of the school year.  

Mid-term exams of a few weeks away. You'll find the schedule below as well as a few other reminders for the rest of the term.
2019 Mid-term exam schedule
Grades for Term 2 will close on Friday, January 25, 2019
Report cards will be available after 2:00pm on Friday, February 1, 2019.


A reminder from NHS:
The National Honor Society is hosting "Strike Out Suicide" a bowling fundraiser at Bowlero in Shrewsbury on Saturday, January 26, from 5 to 7 pm.  You can form at team (of up to 8 people), at a cost of $80 (so, $10 per person for 8, $20 per person for 4, etc.) for one of the two times slots, 5-6 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. (or get your bowl on for two hours for $160!).

All funds raised go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, this year's charity.  Bring your family and friends for a fun time supporting a great cause.  Here is the link to sign up!  You don't have to have 8 people, you could have 4, or whatever number, the cost of the lane for the hour is $80.  This is after midterm exams are over and a great way to relax and enjoy time with friends.  

Go here to sign up!  

If you have any questions, see an NHS officer or Marybeth Gallant at mgallant@ashland.k12.ma.us

Please help us STRIKE OUT SUICIDE!  Thanks!



Parents of seniors, our Class Rings/Graduation needs vendor, Jostens, is offering the opportunity for parents of the senior class (or any family member!) to order customize yard signs to celebrate the proud graduate!  
You can order them directly from Jostens using the attached link: https://jostens.typeform.com/to/oSljf9


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

Friday, December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018

Good evening-
With just one week to go until the winter break there is a lot of energy in the building. There are also a lot of students who are having a more difficult time than usual with their emotions. I hope your student had a chance to tell you a little bit about the "Just Talk About It" presentation from Minding Your Mind yesterday. The young adult speaker did a great job of reminding students to reach out and be the person that offers a hand to help, and to not be afraid to ask for help. Thanks to those of you who came to the evening presentation! Breaks and holidays can be a hard time for some students and families. Don't hesitate to reach out to one of our counselors if you have questions or need any assistance of any kind.

Next Friday is an Early Release Day. Students will be dismissed at 12:35pm and there will be no late bus. Lunch will be served.

A message from the AHS library:
Books donated to the AHS Library at the 2018 Band Book Fair at Barnes & Noble

We would like to thank all those who donated books to the AHS library during the Band Book Fair at Barnes and Noble last Friday.  Most of you chose not to use a donation sticker, so I don’t know who to thank. We very much appreciate all 15 new books that will now be available to the students.

13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff
Beautiful Boy by David Sheff (donated by Moyra and Robert Traupe)
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Dear Evan Hansen by Emmich, Levenson, Pasek & Paul
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (donated by Griffin Young)
Fridays with Bill: Inside the Football Mind of Bill Belichick by John Powers
How Psychology Works: Applied Psychology Visually Explained
How to Be Alone by Lane Moore
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin (donated by Henry Young)
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Psych 101: A Crash Course in the Science of the Mind by Paul Kleinman
Relentless:A Memoir by Julian Edelman
We Say #Never Again: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists (donated by Moyra and Robert Traupe
What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens by Carol Christen (donated by Mr. & Mrs. Mina)
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera


The National Honor Society is hosting "Strike Out Suicide" a bowling fundraiser at Bowlero in Shrewsbury on Saturday, January 26, from 5 to 7 pm.  You can form at team (of up to 8 people), at a cost of $80 (so, $10 per person for 8, $20 per person for 4, etc.) for one of the two times slots, 5-6 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. (or get your bowl on for two hours for $160!).

All funds raised go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, this year's charity.  Bring your family and friends for a fun time supporting a great cause.  Here is the link to sign up!  You don't have to have 8 people, you could have 4, or whatever number, the cost of the lane for the hour is $80.  This is after midterm exams are over and a great way to relax and enjoy time with friends.  

Go here to sign up!  

If you have any questions, see an NHS officer or Marybeth Gallant at mgallant@ashland.k12.ma.us

Please help us STRIKE OUT SUICIDE!  Thanks!



The Clocker Idol - Season 5
On Wednesday, December 19th, the Ashland High School Student Council will be presenting the fifth year of "The Clocker Idol" (our version of American Idol) at 7pm in the high school auditorium (65 E. Union St.)  Admission is $5/person and all the proceeds will go to the Ashland Emergency Fund.  The entire community is invited to watch this family-friendly event and help vote on who the next "Clocker Idol" will be.

The participants are: Samantha Boccuzzi, Rachel Dintino, Caroline Ellis, Justin Galang, Brady McGuire, Maeve McMahon, Emma Pawl and Anakin Sullivan

The MCs for the event are: Kiara Leak and Adrianna Fawkes

The judges for the event are: Mr. Curran, Ms. Nemeth, Ms. Reap, Ms. St. Coeur, and Ms. Twomey

Check out our promotional video online: https://youtu.be/IA97otJaCBw


Parents of seniors, our Class Rings/Graduation needs vendor, Jostens, is offering the opportunity for parents of the senior class (or any family member!) to order customize yard signs to celebrate the proud graduate!  
You can order them directly from Jostens using the attached link: https://jostens.typeform.com/to/oSljf9



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

Friday, December 7, 2018

December 7, 2018

Good afternoon-
Only a few quick reminders this week. 

The AHS Band Barnes & Noble Bookfair is tonight at 6:45pm.  Swing by Barnes & Noble in Framingham for some great family entertainment and a portion of your purchases will support the band.


Breaking the Barriers is currently partnering with Hammer and Chisel and Net of Compassion to collect clothes for a street store, a pop-up shop for the homeless where they can "shop" for free. During this cold, holiday season, the homeless are suffering more than ever. A gently used clothing item from the back of your closet could make all the difference when trying to keep warm in the harsh, New England weather. Please send your clothing donations with your child to school; there are collection bins by the front and back doors of the high school. Please see the attached flyer for information on most needed items! Donations are being collected through 12/10/18.

Please join us for:
12/13/18- Minding Your Mind presentation-We will host two student presentations during day and invite the entire Ashland community to join us for a presentation in evening. This presentation is "an interactive presentation on mental health, designed to train both adults and youth on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression, and crisis. Just Talk About It will educate parents, adolescents, and the adults who support them to look beyond stigma and notice warning signs in themselves and their peers... participants will come to understand ways to assist others, how to cultivate positive coping skills, and ways to ask for help."

Check out event details here! Preregistration is NOT required but we would love to have an idea of how many will be attending.

                              
12/18/18- visit from South African students through Hammer & Chisel. We are excited to 
welcome visiting students from South Africa for the school day.  Students will spend the day shadowing our AHS students. We are looking forward to a great experience learning about 
education on the other side of the world.T

The Clocker Idol - Season 5
On Wednesday, December 19th, the Ashland High School Student Council will be presenting the fifth year of "The Clocker Idol" (our version of American Idol) at 7pm in the high school auditorium (65 E. Union St.)  Admission is $5/person and all the proceeds will go to the Ashland Emergency Fund.  The entire community is invited to watch this family-friendly event and help vote on who the next "Clocker Idol" will be.

The participants are: Samantha Boccuzzi, Rachel Dintino, Caroline Ellis, Justin Galang, Brady McGuire, Maeve McMahon, Emma Pawl and Anakin Sullivan

The MCs for the event are: Kiara Leak and Adrianna Fawkes

The judges for the event are: Mr. Curran, Ms. Nemeth, Ms. Reap, Ms. St. Coeur, and Ms. Twomey

Check out our promotional video online: https://youtu.be/IA97otJaCBw


Parents of seniors, our Class Rings/Graduation needs vendor, Jostens, is offering the opportunity for parents of the senior class (or any family member!) to order customize yard signs to celebrate the proud graduate!  
You can order them directly from Jostens using the attached link: https://jostens.typeform.com/to/oSljf9





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


Friday, November 30, 2018

November 30, 2018

Good evening-

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  It's so hard to believe December is already here! We have a busy month ahead of us.

I want to make you aware of some faculty changes & updates.
We are very pleased to welcome two new teachers to the World Language department.

Velma Flores joins us as a 0.8 Spanish teacher taking over in the position that was vacated about a month ago. Our students have been very patient during this time and we look forward to getting them back on track.

Bart Franta is joining us on Monday, December 3 as Lauren Wolfe's long-term substitute for the remainder of the school year.  We wish her all the best welcoming her new baby!

Lisa Dunn and Emily Kulik will share the role of World Language department liaison during Ms. Wolfe's absence.

Matt Messer, one of our Wellness teachers, is on leave for the remainder of the calendar year.  John Ciampaglia will be covering for him. Mr. Messer will be back in January.

Brian Garrigan will also be on leave once he and Ms. Wolfe welcome baby Garrigan.  I will share more information on coverage for his caseload while he is out in the next week or so.

Upcoming events in December:
Please consider joining the Superintendent's Zoom session on Thursday, December 6.
I would like to invite you to attend an online Zoom meeting with me and some members of the administration next Thursday, December 6, 2018, from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm.  We will discuss a variety of topics such as the David Mindess School Building Project, the Blueprint for Continuous Student Improvement process, the 2019-20 APS Budget, as well as other topics of interest, and all of this can be done in the comfort of your home.

Join Zoom Meeting


12/13/18- Minding Your Mind presentation-We will host two student presentations during day and invite the entire Ashland community to join us for a presentation in evening. This presentation is "an interactive presentation on mental health, designed to train both adults and youth on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression, and crisis. Just Talk About It will educate parents, adolescents, and the adults who support them to look beyond stigma and notice warning signs in themselves and their peers... participants will come to understand ways to assist others, how to cultivate positive coping skills, and ways to ask for help."

Check out event details here! Preregistration is NOT required but we would love to have an idea of how many will be attending.

                              
12/18/18- visit from South African students through Hammer & Chisel. We are excited to 
welcome visiting students from South Africa for the school day.  Students will spend the day shadowing our AHS students. We are looking forward to a great experience learning about 
education on the other side of the world.



Does your student ride the bus? Please see the link below if they do. Another bus is being added on Monday, December 3.
Anticipated changes to High School/Middle School Routes



Breaking the Barriers is currently partnering with Hammer and Chisel and Net of Compassion to collect clothes for a street store, a pop-up shop for the homeless where they can "shop" for free. During this cold, holiday season, the homeless are suffering more than ever. A gently used clothing item from the back of your closet could make all the difference when trying to keep warm in the harsh, New England weather. Please send your clothing donations with your child to school; there are collection bins by the front and back doors of the high school. Please see the attached flyer for information on most needed items!



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