Thursday, October 18, 2018

October 19, 2018

Good afternoon and happy Friday!

Next week is a busy one at AHS. I hope to see many of you at Finding Your Voice on
Tuesday,October 23 at 7pm. It will be a great event to discuss "the basics of empowerment
with a special emphasis on sexual violence, consent, etc."....please join us for this powerful
event.

We will have bus evacuation drills Tuesday, October 23rd in the morning. Please
encourage your student to dress appropriately to jump off the back of the bus!

I am also looking forward to welcoming the new inductees of National Honor Society
on Thursday,October 25 at 6:30pm. It is always a special night.


Class Dues – Online Payment Option
We have added a new online payment option through the Town’s online payment vendor,
City Hall Systems for the payment of Class Dues.  In addition to having the option to
provide your payments by mail or in person, you can now go online at
https://epay.cityhallsystems.com
and select the Town of Ashland.  Then select “Schools” on the menu on the left hand side
of the screen.  Then select “Class Dues” and complete the information required to submit
your payment.  There will also be a direct link on the school’s website. For each payment
that is due, you can either pay the minimum due or a greater amount if you wish.    There is
a convenience fee associated with use of the online site. ACH (electronic checks) payments
are $0.50 per checkout and credit/debit card payments are charged 2.95% ($1 minimum)
of the amount charged. The site accepts VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.  
If you have any questions regarding how to use the new online site or to make a payment
over the phone, you can contact City Hall Systems’ call center at (508) 381-5455.  

A reminder about the Metrowest Adolescent Health Survey:
On Tuesday, October 30 we will administer the Metrowest Adolescent Health Survey to all students at Ashland High School.  This anonymous survey, administered every two years, cover many topics including alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; violence and safety; nutrition and physical activity; sexual behaviors; online behaviors; mental health; and protective factors. We use this data to help our district develop and enhance its health education and prevention services. Please see the attached letters for more information:


This survey is being administered by Framingham State University as part of a needs assessment. We are looking at the level of need in the MetroWest region for a proposed Family and Educator Resource Center that would provide supports for families and educators to learn more about special education, disabilities, gifted education, and related topics. Thank you for sharing your perspective with us in this survey! 

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


Friday, October 12, 2018

October 12, 2018

Good afternoon and happy Homecoming!

It was a fun-filled Spirit Week at AHS which ended with our annual Homecoming Pep Rally.  All of the athletic teams as well as the clubs and classes showcased their accomplishments at the rally and there was a lot of fun as well.  Classes competed in potato-sack & 3-legged races, a tug-of-war, and the traditional teacher-student team chair races.  There was a lot of energy in the gym!  It was fun to end the rally with a whole school picture that hopefully be the cover of this year's yearbook.  I am looking forward to seeing lots of fans at this afternoon's athletic events and the homecoming tailgate/bbq at 5pm in back of the school.



MCAS scores were mailed on Wednesday so should arrive soon if they have not already.  Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or did not receive your child's score report.  All current juniors took the English and math MCAS last spring as well as any student taking biology. The AHS report card will be posted on the website shortly and the accountability letter shares more information about the results from a district standpoint.  

A reminder that the new online store run the Clocker Club closes on 10/14!
http://trivalley.tuosystems.com/stores/ashland-clocker-store


Picture Retakes are Wednesday, October 17!  Pictures were distributed today to all students. 

October 17 is an Early Release Day- AHS dismisses at 12:35pm

Metrowest Adolescent Health Survey:
On Tuesday, October 30 we will administer the Metrowest Adolescent Health Survey to all students at Ashland High School.  This anonymous survey, administered every two years, cover many topics including alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; violence and safety; nutrition and physical activity; sexual behaviors; online behaviors; mental health; and protective factors. We use this data to help our district develop and enhance its health education and prevention services. Please see the attached letters for more information:

MWAHS Parent letter- English

MWAHS- Espanol

MWAHS- Português



News from AHSTS:
Tickets are now on sale for the AHSTS production of Twelve Angry Jurors. The production runs Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd at 7PM, and Sunday, November 4th at 2PM.

AHSTS offers online sales up to two hours before show time. AHSTS discounts tickets purchased online (Adults: $12.99, Students and AHSTS Alumni $8.99), Patrons may buy tickets at the door at full price. (Adults: $15, Students and AHSTS Alumni $10) Visit www.ahsts.com to purchase tickets. 






Take some time to check out the Parent Flyers  to see what is going on around the schools and town.


Friday, October 5, 2018

October 5, 2018

Good afternoon -

I hope you all are set to enjoy a wonderful Columbus Day Weekend.  Superintendent Adams sent out a reminder this morning that this is also our 9th annual Family Reconnect Weekend.  Please reach out to teachers or to me if you have any questions or concerns about how it is implemented. 

Next week is Spirit Week (October 9th - October 12th)!  See details below of the fun students will have throughout the week.
Next week, leading up to homecoming, is spirit week!  Students are encouraged to dress-up and show their school spirit.
Tuesday, October 9th is pajama day.
Wednesday, October 10th is USA day.
Thursday, October 11th is jersey day. 
Friday, October 12th is class color day.  (The freshmen wear green, the sophomores red, the juniors blue, the seniors white.)

Homecoming Tailgate Barbecue (Friday, October 12th, 5pm - 7pm)
Before the Homecoming Football game against Westwood, stop by the Student Council's tailgate barbecue in the small parking lot outside the stadium.  For $5 you can get a hamburger and/or hotdog (with veggie burgers available), chips, and baked goods.  And come play can jam, spike ball, and corn hole.  

Homecoming Dance (Saturday, October 13th, 7pm - 9:30pm)
This is the Student Council's annual semi-formal Homecoming dance.  Tickets will be on sale during lunch next week for $8 (cash or a check made out to AHS Student Activities).  Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $10.  All students attending must arrive by 8pm.  Any student planning on bringing a guest from another school must pick up a guest approval form from the office.  Guest approval forms are due to the main office by Wednesday, October 10th.


SAVE THE DATE....
Robot Rodeo 2018 arrives on November 3rd!
Come celebrate the joy of playing and learning with robots and engineering at the annual Robot Rodeo being held at Ashland High School on November 3rd. The event will feature exciting robots of various abilities. Kids of all ages can get hands on and learn about how different robots work. We will also have exciting engineering challenges for all attendees. Come dressed as a robot, or bring a robot you built at home (out of recycled materials and/or electronics) to enter our new Robot Design Challenge! Entry to the event is just $5 and donations are always accepted. All proceeds benefit the AHS Robotics Club. We hope to see you there!

Take some time to check out the Parent Flyers  to see what is going on around the schools and town.