Friday, June 9, 2017

Week of 6/5/17

Good afternoon-

It was a relatively quiet week at AHS without the Class of 2017.  The rest of the student body is getting ready to wind down their year and final exams start next Friday, June 16.  The schedule is attached here and can be found on the AHS website. As a reminder, students only need to be present for their final exams but the school is open for regular school hours.  Students must attend their exams during the scheduled time unless they have an excused absence.  The cafeteria will be open, selling sandwiches and salads each day of exams.  June 22nd is a make-up exam day and students do not need to report.

Peer Leader program:
The mission of the Peer Leadership-Freshman Advisory program is to help students with the transition from middle school to high school.  The goal of the program is to establish a foundation for success in meeting the school-wide academic, social, and civic expectations set forth in AHS’s mission statement.  Junior & senior leaders will work with 9th grade students to introduce them to the core values and culture of AHS and in doing so encourage positive decision making.  Students will give up one study hall or wellness class a cycle to join a 9th grade wellness class and lead transition activities. Peer leaders will also support the entire school community in Positive Behavior Support Team initiatives. Current Peer Leaders do not need to reapply. Interested students should complete a application and return it to Ms. St. Coeur by June 22, 2017.

Student Council News:
Congratulations to all of the winners of today's AHS Student Government Elections.
Any students interested in getting involved in the Student Council for the 2017-2018 school year should come to our first meeting on Wednesday, June 14th, at 2pm in the auditorium.  We will go through the process for joining and do some brainstorming work for next year.  Attendance is required for all elected class officers and Student Council representatives and all current "open enrollment" members of the group.

All High School Athletes who have not returned their uniforms must do so before Friday June 16th.  There is a bin outside of the Athletic Office where you are able to drop your uniform. All uniforms need to be placed in a bag with your name written somewhere in or on the bag.  Please DO NOT place uniforms in the bin which are not within a bag.  You might not get credit for returning said uniform and can be charged a replacement fee.  Thank you and remember the portal for Fall Sports Registration is now open.

Is your child interested in a career in writing or public service? Ashland High School's Breaking the Barriers club is hosting an event on Tuesday, June 13 from 6:30-8 pm in the AHS Auditorium called 'Inspire'! Technical writer and public service advocate, Cece Doucette will be speaking about her career and the road that led there. There will be open Q&A and also an opportunity for interested students to apply for internships and community service opportunities with Mrs. Doucette. Added bonuses are that you will be entered in a raffle for a $100 Amazon gift card just by attending and there will be free food! This is a community event so parents, students, and anyone else who would like to attend is welcome! Again, the event is on Tuesday, June 13 from 6:30-8 pm. Hope to see there!

Please be sure to check out all of the other important events happening around town in the Parent Flyers!

Some Surprising Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

We may think we know what anxiety looks like (shaking hands, shallow breaths) and what it sounds like (“I can’t do this. What if I can’t do it. What if?…What if?…), but what does anxiety feel like? Often, we focus so much on the racing thoughts and emotions that come with anxiety, we forget to recognize how physical anxiety can be. In fact, you can feel physical effects of anxiety without even realizing it’s anxiety that’s causing them.

  1. Gastrointestinal distress
  2. Feeling “antsy” - being unable to sit still
  3. Racing heart
  4. Nausea
  5. Back/neck pain from muscles being tense
  6. Shortness of breath
  7. Headaches
  8. Clenched jaw and/or teeth grinding
  9. Blurry vision
  10. Sweating
  11. Feeling lightheaded and dizzy
  12. Nightmares
  13. Nail biting/scalp picking
  14. Rashes
  15. Trouble sleeping

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