Friday, February 15, 2019

February 15, 2019

Happy February vacation!

Over the course of the past month teachers entered their course recommendations for the 2019-2020 school year and students have approved these recommendations as well as chosen electives.  The window for parent approval of course recommendations will open on Monday, February 25 and will remain open for two weeks, until Friday, March 8.  We ask that all parents look at their child's recommendations and check off your approval.  The Quickguide below walks you through the process.

iParent Course Recommendation Quickguide


AHS Override Procedure
Teachers spend a considerable amount of time determining what’s best for students in their
subject for the next school year.  They evaluate students performance, test scores, higher
level thinking, math, reading, and writing aptitude, and a host of other variables. Parents
disagreeing with a core course recommendation and wishing a different course level
for their child must follow the attached procedures.

From our ELL teachers:
Free English classes will begin on March 7, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. We will meet in
the library of Ashland Middle School for 8 classes on Thursday nights. Everyone is welcome!


Las clases gratuitas de inglés comenzarán el 7 de marzo de 2019 de 7:00 PM a 8:30 PM. Nos reuniremos en la biblioteca de la Escuela Intermedia Ashland para 8 clases los jueves por la
noche. ¡Todos son bienvenidos!

As aulas de inglês gratuitas começarão em 7 de março de 2019 das 19:00 às 20:30. Nós nos encontraremos na biblioteca da Ashland Middle School para 8 aulas nas noites de quinta-feira.
Todos são bem vindos!




A message from the Director of Counseling & Social/Emotional Learning:
Hello, my name is Jen Cutler and I am the Director of K-12 Counseling & Social Emotional Learning for the district. I am interested in learning about your knowledge of and interest in the social and emotional learning (SEL) of your children so that I am able to tailor events to your needs and provide you with the opportunity to give feedback on the ways in which we are addressing SEL throughout the district. Please take a few minutes to complete this anonymous survey.

If you would like to speak further please feel free to email or call me to set up an appointment, jcutler@ashland.k12.ma.us or (508) 532-4015.

I greatly appreciate your time and feedback.


Courageous Conversations: Conversation Vs. Confrontation Join us on Monday, March 4
at Ashland High School from 7-9pm for a world cafe style evening of conversation.  In
light of the recent occurrence of antisemitism at AHS this is an opportunity to talk about
how we handle words and symbols of hate and make sure that all members of the community
feel safe and respected.

Support your Special Olympic Athletes!
This year Ashland Public School Special Olympians will again participate in the Annual
Five Town Special Olympics Games Day held at Holliston High School! Athletes from
Millis, Medfield, Medway, Holliston and Ashland will participate in a hockey themed day
of skill. This event, co-sponsored by Special Olympics of Massachusetts and the five
towns participating, is free for the student athletes and includes the opening ceremony,
8 skill stations, the medals for each participant, and the closing ceremony associated with
an Olympic event.  Last year, for those who were here, we had a memorable day of parades,
celebrities and good sportsmanship as student athletes supported by student volunteers
showed off their skills.
Special Olympics rely on the volunteers and donations to offer these and other athletic
events for students with disabilities. We are asking for donations to support the cost of running
it.  On Friday March 1st we invite all students and staff to donate $1.00 and in return wear
the hat of your choice to school. Wearing a hat will signal your support of Special Olympics
and specifically our own student athletes who will be participating. All money will be given
directly to Special Olympics.
Thank you!!!


Host families needed for exchange students! Ashland High School will once again host 
students from China for the coming school year.  We would love to have Ashland families 
host these young people. Please check out the attached information from the companies 
we are working with and considering opening your home for the year!
ASCP Host Family flyer
Cambridge Network Host Family flyer
Host Family Referral Bonus program


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

Friday, February 8, 2019

February 8, 2019

Good afternoon-

It was great to see so much love and support for Jake today when he visited! #SilverStrong


Next week the AHS nursing and counseling staff will be conducting the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) protocol, in compliance with state law and in order to help prevent students from starting to use substances, or to intervene with early use, We will be conducting interview-based screening with all ninth grade students about the use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs. We will follow the protocol developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and will utilize the most commonly used substance use screening tool for adolescents in Massachusetts, the CRAFFT. Please review the detailed letter from our nursing department below.  We have also included resources to talk to your student about SBIRT.

SBIRT letter- English

SBIRT letter- Spanish

SBIRT letter- Portuguese

SBIRT DAET Resources- English

SBIRT DAET Resources- Portuguese

SBIRT DAET Resources- Spanish

SBIRT DAET Resources- Russian



News from the Class of 2019:
Senior week tickets will go on sale during lunch the week after February vacation. Tickets are $125 and include transportation to and from the high school, lunch and admission to Canobie Lake Park, Kimball Farm, Spirit of Boston boat cruise (dinner), Banquet at the high school and a T-shirt! Senior week begins Friday, May 24th (community service day) and follows graduation rehearsal the week before graduation (May 28- 31). Students must have paid their class dues ($10 per year) in order to purchase a ticket. Tickets can be purchased in cash or check made out to AHS Student Activities. Please contact Ms. Kulik (ekulik@ashland.k12.ma.us) with any questions. 


Reality Fair
The Ashland High School Student Council will be working with the Framingham Rotary Club on creating a Reality Fair for members of the senior class. The fair will take place on Friday, May 24th, as part of the seniors’ final week of school. This will be the first ever Fair held at the high school.
The purpose of the Reality Fair is to teach students about finances, credit score, and other real world budgeting skills. Students will participate in a number of  activities that will help them develop and manage these financial skills. By choosing an occupation with a corresponding annual salary, students will make life choices pertaining to paying for their food, clothes, appliances, house, and other luxuries.
We need your help! Whether it be parent volunteers to run the “luxury” booth or professionals in the automobile industry helping students choose the best type of transportation, the Fair is a great way to support the community and teach students about everyday expenses. We are looking for: volunteers who have a background in housing and real estate, furniture, health and nutrition, clothing, transportation, charity and community service, career counseling, credit and lending, credit counseling, saving and investing, and insurance. Furthermore, we are looking for additional volunteers (who don’t necessarily have any experience in those fields) to assist in the booths and to help run other aspects of the Fair.
The Student Council is also looking for local businesses and organizations to make donations of $500 or more to go towards the funding of the Fair. For more information or to fill out the donation and volunteer forms, visit https://sites.google.com/site/stucoashland/reality-fair or email STUCO.ashland@gmail.com. The Student Council is excited to bring this Reality Fair to life and looks forward to engaging the entire community in this event.  


If you are interested in your student learning more about Financial Literacy please let us know by completing this survey.

Dear Clockers,

Registration for Spring Sports will open on Monday, February 11th.  Please CLICK HERE anytime after 7am on Monday to register via FamilyID.  
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Spring Offerings:
High School - Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Outdoor Track
Middle School - Baseball, Softball, Outdoor Track 

Registration Deadlines:
High School - Monday, March 11th @ 12PM
Middle School - Monday, March 18th @ 12PM

SPRING SPORTS INFORMATION NIGHT
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Thank you and as always...GO CLOCKERS!


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

Friday, February 1, 2019

February 1, 2019

Report cards are available!  Grades have been published and are open in iParent/iStudent.  We have also updated the My Documents tab to include a PDF copy of the Report Card for your convenience.  Please note that for students with Senior or NHS privileges attendance numbers reflect Excused Tardies & Dismissals.

10-day add/drop: The new semester began on Monday and many students have new semester electives.  Students have 10 school days to request any changes to these courses with no penalty.  
The end of the 10 day add/drop period is Friday, February 8th.  If you have any questions, see your School Counselor.

Friday, February 8 will be Silver Strong Day at AHS!  Students are encouraged to wear their orange to show their support for Jake Silver, Class of 2018.  

Is your student's name spelled correctly?  Do we have the correct suffix?
We are asking that all parents, but especially parents of SENIORS, please check the spelling of your student's name for accuracy in iParent.  Diplomas are printed with the full legal name of each student.  If there is a misspelling, inaccuracy, etc. please let us know immediately by contacting the front office.  Seniors will be checking their names on a printed copy over the next couple of weeks as we get ready to order diplomas.  Thank you!  

The course selection process for 2019-2020 has started.  Teachers have made their recommendations and the window will open for students on Monday, February 4.  Students will have until February 15 to approve teacher recommendations and make their elective choices.

Parents will do the approval process from February 26- March 9 (more details to come on how to do this!)
For the past couple of years we have held a spring Parent/Teacher Conference Night and have asked that families who are looking to override a course make an appointment during that evening.


Tickets are now on sale for the AHSTS production of Little Shop of Horrors. The production runs Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 at 7PM, and Sunday, November 3 at 2PM.
AHSTS offers online sales up to two hours before show time. AHSTS discounts tickets purchased online (Adults: $13.99, Students/AHSTS Alumni $8.99), Patrons may buy tickets at the door at full price. (Adults: $16, Students and AHSTS Alumni $10) Visit www.ahsts.com to purchase tickets.


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Annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive
Dates:      Feb 1 - Mar 15
Location:  Collection Box Located at Each School Foyer
What:       New Pajamas (Size baby - High School | Male & Female)
How:        Donations are managed and distributed by Cradles to Crayons

Q's:          Contact Adam Kahn (adamrkahn@gmail.com)



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

Friday, January 25, 2019

January 25, 2019

Good afternoon-

I hope students are all enjoying a little downtime this weekend after the completion of
exams.

Students should be checking their new schedules in iStudent this weekend.  Students 
are reminded to check their schedules and email or see their counselors immediately if 
they have any concerns. There is a 10 day add/drop period which ends on February 8, 2019. 

Report cards will be available after 3:00pm on Friday, February 1, 2019. We are
excited to announce that Report Cards are now available in the My Documents link in
iParent and iStudent. This provides you with a clean view and printable PDF of the
report card.

Course Registration for the 2019-2020 school year has begun!  
Teachers are entering their recommendations for all students grade 9-11 through next Friday, February 1.  We will be meeting with all classes this Thursday, January 31 to review the process.  
Students approve courses and choose electives- February 4-15

Parents make final approval- February 25- March 8 (more details to come on how to do this!)


The annual "Clocker Club Pancake Breakfast" on Sunday, February 3, 2019.
This is a great event for the entire family -food, fun, face painting, games and raffle prizes!


The AEFI Benefit volunteers are holding an Art contest within all the schools. Our goal is to select ONE piece of artwork to use for our Thank You cards. The Thank You cards will be mailed out to all our donors after the benefit on March 29th. 
Contest timeframe: January 28-February 26.  One winner will be selected and will receive a copy of the printed card that will be used. We would like to pick up all the submissions on Feb. 26th in the Main Office of each school.  


Ashland is United invites community members of all ages to a free event “Breaking Bread Together” on Monday February 4th 7:00-8:30 pm at the Ashland Community Center.  Join us as together we sample breads from around the world, learn about traditions different than your own, and meet friends and neighbors from different cultures.


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

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!