Friday, September 17, 2021

September 17, 2021

Good evening-

Back to School Night - CHANGE TO SCHEDULE- will now be a fully virtual event. Teachers will share video introductions and slides of their courses. You will be able to click on the teacher name to find their course your student(s) is taking and get more information. The presentation will be emailed to all parents on September 22nd at 6pm but you will be able to view it on your own time.

X-block:
We will be starting our X-block schedule on Monday, September 20. Students will learn how to use the scheduling software at the end of their 2nd period. From then on, they will either be invited by a teacher or be able to schedule themselves for "what I need" during the x-block time (10:39-11:05). Students can see a teacher for extra help, join a study group, make up a quiz, get out some energy with a game in the gym, play a board game in a teachers classroom, learn to sew, and the list goes on. We are looking forward to this time where students can get support and have some downtime. It is all about what they need to be a successful student who is learning to balance academics and their social-emotional needs. 

Building expectations:
After 18 challenging months we have fully expected to spend some time rebuilding our culture and learning expectations. Recently the cafeteria has been left filthy after the 5 minute break.  Students need to take responsibility for their own trash and picking up after themselves or the cafeteria will only serve breakfast before school and will be closed until lunch.  It is a bonus that they serve breakfast and snacks through 11:15am but not a requirement. Please encourage your student to clean up after themselves if having access to the cafeteria during break if something they would like to see continue. 

Masks on buses: 
The transportation department reached out because students have been getting on buses without a mask and asking the driver to provide one. We also have students who have been coming to school without a mask. We all forget sometimes but please remember that it is your responsibility to have a mask with you when getting on school transportation and in school.


Devious Lick trend- I invite you to Google it if you have not heard of this yet. AHS has been among the many schools where bathroom destruction and stealing has become a form of entertainment for students. We are actively investigating recent incidents and students who are found responsible for the property destruction and theft will be faced with school consequences as well as restitution. 


Please come out and support Ashland Youth Baseball and Softball at a family-friendly jamboree fundraiser in honor of Coach Andy Lymburner.  Although the event runs from 11-6, game slots are for 1.5 hours, and you can select your preference of timeslot when you register.  Individuals and families can register separately and will be paired with others to form complete teams, or if you have a group of 8 you can register as a team.  Please click on the link (https://bit.ly/AndyLymburner) for more important details about the event and registration.


Friday, September 10, 2021

September 10, 2021

Good evening-

It's hard to believe week 2 is over. Today was our 7th day of classes meaning students have completed a full cycle of classes. Our last day to make schedule changes is Wednesday, September 15. Students should reach out to their counselor ASAP if they would like to make a change.

Picture day is Monday!

Please return Health Emergency Forms as soon as possible so we have accurate information in case we need to reach you. We have a new system to connect with parents and need accurate phone and email addresses. Students can drop them at the front office.

AHS Student Handbook 2021-2022 : Please review the AHS Handbook with your student(s) and sign off on the attached form

A reminder that students MUST be in their seats for the start of the school day at 8:30am. We recognize the challenges of current construction projects and traffic and encourage everyone to add a few minutes to their commute time. 

Back to School Night- September 22nd from 6-8pm. This evening is a chance to hear from your student(s) teachers about their curriculum and expectations. 





Thursday, September 2, 2021

September 2, 2021

It was a great first week with students. I hope they came home excited to be back in school. Today we had our all-school PBIS (positive behavior interventions/support) event. Students worked in cross-grade teams to complete a scavenger hunt. Following the scavenger hunt the seniors received the key to the school at their convocation. We are so appreciative of our partners, Ashland Police and Ashland Fire, who helped create a fun event for the students. 


As a reminder, we have no school Friday, September 3 through Tuesday, September 7. Enjoy the long weekend. Happy Labor Day and shana tova to all that celebrate Rosh Hashanah.


Mark your calendars for Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 22nd from 6-8pm. This will be an in-person event where you can follow your students schedule and hear about their classes. I will share more details about the schedule in the coming weeks.

Yesterday we held class meetings with all classes. It was exciting to have the students together and take about our hopes and expectations for the coming year. We ask that you support our expectations at home by reviewing the AHS Student Handbook with your student. The slides from our meetings are attached here and were shared with all students. A sign-off sheet will be shared next week.

If you need a schedule change: Please email your counselor or stop by the counseling office ASAP. The Add/Drop period for classes ends on September 15. 

Please see this note from our school nurse's regarding medication drop off and hand sanitizer:
High school medication request

Safety protocols:
All students and visitors are expected to wear a mask when inside AHS. Students will be allowed to remove their mask while eating lunch, even when inside. 
Classrooms will continue to be equipped with air purifiers and hand sanitizer.
Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria, outside in the back area, or in the back lobby of the building. This will allow students to spread out and have the choice to eat at individual desks or regular cafeteria tables.
Students are encouraged to continue to practice social distancing but protocols from last year are no longer in place.
We will work closely with our nursing department to monitor any cases and possible close contacts. 

Chromebooks:
All students are expected to bring their Chromebooks and charger each day. If they have a problem with their Chromebook they can get a loaner in the front office. Issues should be reported through the link on the AHS website main page. 


Arrival & dismissal: Bus routes can be found here

Students who take the bus are dropped at the front of the school and are expected to proceed to the cafeteria area until the first bell rings.  Students who are dropped off by parents should be dropped at the back of the building. Parents are asked to pull forward to the end of the back sidewalk. Students who drive should obtain a parking pass from the front office no later than September 24, 2021.  Students who will receive their license during the school year are able to get a pass after the year starts and the cost is prorated each term.

All students who ride a bus should exit at the front of the building when the 2:55pm bell rings. The first wave of buses leave at 3:00pm. Parents are asked to pull around the building past the gymnasium for afternoon pick-up. Student drivers are reminded to follow the rules of the road and exit through the front two exits of the student parking lot. Please do not stop on East Union to pick up your student after school. This is a safety issue!

I am pleased to say that this school year we will be offering students one free breakfast and one free lunch each full school day!  This is funded through the USDA, to ensure all children are well fed and support all families through the pandemic.  


Although last year we did not use cash registers at any schools, they will be back which allow a la carte sales.  Students will be required to go through the cashier station, as this is how USDA requires us to ensure each child is only getting one reimbursable meal. 


In order to keep the lines moving quickly, we will not be accepting cash at the register.  Students can prepay for a la carte by going to www.myschoolbucks.com and paying online, or they can drop off cash or a check in an envelope with their name clearly written on it to the cafeteria manager at the start of the school day.  Since breakfast is free as well, this would be a perfect time to drop it off and get a free breakfast!  We hope to soon have drop boxes installed in each cafeteria so they can drop it there anytime.  Again, funds are only needed for a la carte sales, which includes second meals which the USDA will not cover.


If students would like a second meal they will first need to go to the cashier to ensure they have funds on their account.  The cashier will then process the sale, and give them a ticket to take to the serving line to get the meal. 


Students will be able to get a breakfast or purchase a snack through the x-block time period. Vending machines will once again be operable. Bottled water will again be available thru either the vending machines or the kitchen. Students must have money on their accounts to purchase water. 

Friday, August 27, 2021

August 27, 2021

Good evening -
It's been a great two days welcoming teachers back to the building. We are ready to see the students on Monday and kick of a year filled with joy, laughter, courage, and learning. Please bear with me as there is a lot of information here. Do not hesitate to reach out with questions.

2021-2022 Schedules: a blank schedule can be found here
All AHS students, grades 9-12, are now able to view their schedules on iStudent and iParent. Any AHS student who does not recall how to access iStudent can email the main office to have their 
account reset at ahsmainoffice@ashland.k12.ma.us
Students will go to homeroom first thing Monday morning to receive a printed copy of the their schedule. Homeroom lists will be posted in the halls. As I write, we are still working on changes due to some personnel changes.
Please note the addition of the x-block time period between periods 2 & 3. We will be explaining to students how this time works over the course of the next few weeks. It is a time for students to get what they need in terms of teacher support, a time for them to make up something they missed, a time for a break, if that's what they need, and so much more. We are excited to bring this flexible schedule block to AHS!

If you need a schedule change: Please email your counselor and stop by the office on Monday! Please remember we do not make changes based on teacher preference and all students must follow the credit expectations posted in the Program of Studies.

All summer work is posted at https://www.ashland.k12.ma.us/Page/2686
Please review the page to see if any of your classes require summer preparation. All students must read at least one book from the choices listed so this is a good weekend for reading if you haven't done any yet!


Please see this note from our school nurse's regarding medication drop off and hand sanitizer:
High school medication request

Safety protocols:
All students and visitors are expected to wear a mask when inside AHS. Students will be allowed to remove their mask while eating lunch, even when inside. 
Classrooms will continue to be equipped with air purifiers and hand sanitizer.
Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria, outside in the back area, or in the back lobby of the building. This will allow students to spread out and have the choice to eat at individual desks or regular cafeteria tables.
Students are encouraged to continue to practice social distancing but protocols from last year are no longer in place.
We will work closely with our nursing department to monitor any cases and possible close contacts. 

Chromebooks:
All students are expected to bring their Chromebooks each day. New students will have their Chromebooks waiting for them at school on Monday.


First day of classes - Monday, August 30, 2021.  Our start time is 8:30am.
The first bell will ring at 8:20am.  Students gather in the back lobby/cafeteria area until that time.  
The building will be open and the cafeteria will begin serving breakfast at 7:50am.


All school activity and Class of 2022 convocation -Thursday, September 2. 
Students wear their class colors.
9th grade - green
10th grade - red
11th grade - blue
12th grade - white
Students should check their email as some classes have started ordering shirts.


Ashland High School does not have a school supply list.  Teachers will share with students what is needed for individual classes over the course of the first couple of days.  Students should plan to start the year with a notebook and writing utensils (pens & pencils).  Students are allowed to carry backpacks at AHS and all students are assigned a locker.  Students can rent a lock for their locker through the front office for $5 or bring their own lock and provide the office with the combination or copy of the key.

Arrival & dismissal: Bus routes can be found here

Students who take the bus are dropped at the front of the school and are expected to proceed to the cafeteria area until the first bell rings.  Students who are dropped off by parents should be dropped at the back of the building. Parents are asked to pull forward to the end of the back sidewalk. Students who drive should obtain a parking pass from the front office no later than September 24, 2021.  Students who will receive their license during the school year are able to get a pass after the year starts and the cost is prorated each term.

All students who ride a bus should exit at the front of the building when the 2:55pm bell rings. The first wave of buses leave at 3:00pm. Parents are asked to pull around the building past the gymnasium for afternoon pick-up. Student drivers are reminded to follow the rules of the road and exit through the front two exits of the student parking lot. 

I am pleased to say that this school year we will be offering students one free breakfast and one free lunch each full school day!  This is funded through the USDA, to ensure all children are well fed and support all families through the pandemic.  


Although last year we did not use cash registers at any schools, they will be back which allow a la carte sales.  Students will be required to go through the cashier station, as this is how USDA requires us to ensure each child is only getting one reimbursable meal. 


In order to keep the lines moving quickly, we will not be accepting cash at the register.  Students can prepay for a la carte by going to www.myschoolbucks.com and paying online, or they can drop off cash or a check in an envelope with their name clearly written on it to the cafeteria manager at the start of the school day.  Since breakfast is free as well, this would be a perfect time to drop it off and get a free breakfast!  We hope to soon have drop boxes installed in each cafeteria so they can drop it there anytime.  Again, funds are only needed for a la carte sales, which includes second meals which the USDA will not cover.


If students would like a second meal they will first need to go to the cashier to ensure they have funds on their account.  The cashier will then process the sale, and give them a ticket to take to the serving line to get the meal. 


Students will be able to get a breakfast or purchase a snack through the x-block time period. Vending machines will once again be operable. Bottled water will again be available thru either the vending machines or the kitchen. Students must have money on their accounts to purchase water. 

Community notes:

PTO Kickoff meeting

Sunday, August 22, 2021

August 23, 2021

Good afternoon-
I hope you are all staying dry as Henri moves through. With one week to go before the start of school we are very excited to welcome students back to the building. 

Please join me in welcoming our new staff to the AHS community:
Meaghan Sullivan- Dean of Students (Classes of 2023 & 2025)
Davina McNaney- school psychologist
Abigail Prisby- science teacher 
Alexandra Waldron- world language teacher
Matthew Banks- education support professional
Mekaiah Lambert- education support professional 

2021-2022 Schedules:
All AHS students, grades 9-12, are now able to view their schedules on iStudent and iParent. Any AHS student who does not recall how to access iStudent can email the main office to have their 
account reset at ahsmainoffice@ashland.k12.ma.us

All summer work is posted at https://www.ashland.k12.ma.us/Page/2686
Please review the page to see if any of your classes require summer preparation. All students must read at least one book from the choices listed.

It is important to note that the schedules are not 100% finalized and there will be some changes 
as we try to balance out class sizes and meet the needs of all students. 
Any blank space in the 
schedule indicates a study hall. Study hall room assignments will be reflected on schedules by the first 
day of school. Counselors names may appear as a teacher until new teachers have been added to the 
system. 

If you need a schedule change: Our counseling staff has returned to the office.  If you would like to set up a meeting with your counselor regarding schedule changes, we will be offering 15 minute appointments from 8:30 – 11:45 and 12:30-1:30 on August 23, 24 and 25.  
You may call the high school main office at 508-881-0177 to arrange an appointment or send the counselor an email.

Please see this note from our school nurse's regarding medication drop off:
High school medication request

Key Dates:
First day of classes - Monday, August 30, 2021.  Our start time is 8:30am.
The first bell will ring at 8:20am.  Students gather in the back lobby/cafeteria area until that time.  
The building will be open and the cafeteria will begin serving breakfast at 7:50am.

All students go to homeroom on the first day of school to receive new copies of their schedules.  
Homeroom lists will be posted in the halls.

All school activity and Class of 2022 convocation -Thursday, September 2. 
Students wear their class colors.
9th grade - green
10th grade - red
11th grade - blue
12th grade - white
Students should check their email as some classes have started ordering shirts.


Ashland High School does not have a school supply list.  Teachers will share with students what is needed for individual classes over the course of the first couple of days.  Students should plan to start the year with a notebook and writing utensils (pens & pencils).  Students are allowed to carry backpacks at AHS and all students are assigned a locker.  Students can rent a lock for their locker through the front office for $5 or bring their own lock and provide the office with the combination or copy of the key.

Arrival & dismissal:

Students who take the bus are dropped at the front of the school and are expected to proceed to the cafeteria area until the first bell rings.  Students who are dropped off by parents should be dropped at the back of the building. Parents are asked to pull forward to the end of the back sidewalk. Students who drive should obtain a parking pass from the front office no later than September 24, 2021.  Students who will receive their license during the school year are able to get a pass after the year starts and the cost is prorated each term.

All students who ride a bus should exit at the front of the building when the 2:55pm bell rings. The first wave of buses leave at 3:00pm. Parents are asked to pull around the building past the gymnasium for afternoon pick-up. Student drivers are reminded to follow the rules of the road and exit through the front two exits of the student parking lot. 

Safety protocols:
All students and visitors are expected to wear a mask when inside AHS.
Classrooms will continue to be equipped with air purifiers and hand sanitizer.

Enjoy the last week of summer and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Getting ready for 2021-2022

 August 4, 2021

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians:

I hope you are having a wonderful summer. It has been great to have some downtime after the crazy year we experienced last year. This year will hopefully bring us back to some sense of normalcy. The schedule will function as it does in a normal year (7 periods- 5 drop 2). We are awaiting further guidance at this time regarding masks, etc. 

We hope to have schedules for 2021-2022 for all new students mailed sometime in the next week, hopefully by Thursday, August 12, 2021. If you do not receive a schedule by August 17, please call the AHS counseling office to request one.  

All current APS students, grades 9-12, will be able to view their schedules on iStudent and iParent the morning of Friday, August 13 after 9am.  

Any current AHS student who does not recall how to access iStudent can email the main office to have their account reset at ahsmainoffice@ashland.k12.ma.us

(Members of the Class of 2025 will receive their iStudent log-in information at New Student Orientation but can see their schedules through iParent if it is set up.)

It is important to note that the schedules are not 100% finalized and there will be some changes as we try to balance out class sizes and meet the needs of all students.  The counseling staff and administration have been working tirelessly this summer to produce the best schedule for the greatest amount of students. Any blank space in the schedule indicates a study hall. Study hall room assignments will be reflected on schedules by the first day of school. Counselors names may appear as a teacher until new teachers have been added to the system.

If you have not already done so, please visit our website  https://ipass.imgsoftware.com/school/ashland/pamregister.html and sign-up for iParent.

All summer work is posted at https://www.ashland.k12.ma.us/Page/2686. Please review the page to see if any of your classes require summer preparation. All students have to choose at least one book from the list compiled by the English department. I have read several of them and they are great.


Key Dates:

Student Leadership Summit- Tuesday, August 17 from 10am-2pm
Are you a club leader, a sport's team captain, class officer, etc.?  Are you someone who is interested in making an impact on our school? ALL students interested in having a voice at AHS are encouraged to attend this fun, interactive morning! -  (bring a sack lunch-drinks and snacks will be provided). 
This annual event is a chance for all students interested in helping to build a positive school culture to help set goals and expectations for a great school year.  
All captains and students in club and activity leadership positions are expected to attend. 

Class of 2024 Welcome Social/orientation- Wednesday, August 18 from 4-5pm
Students are invited to get together with classmates and administration for a modified orientation since we missed it last year! 

Freshman and New Student Orientation- Thursday, August 19 from 4-6pm
Join the AHS administration and counselors for fun activities that will help new students get to know the building as well as our culture and expectations.  This event is for students only but there will be a brief orientation and Q&A for interested parents at 5:30pm in the auditorium. 

As we are waiting for specific information regarding COVID protocols from our local authorities we do ask that all attendees follow current CDC guidance and recommendations around mask-wearing.

Students who are not able to attend are welcome to stop by and orient themselves to the building at other times between 8am-2:45pm any time after August 19. Stop by the office and introduce yourself!





Wednesday, June 16, 2021

June 16, 2021

Happy last day of school!!

Thank you to the amazing AHS students and Ashland community as a whole for making this a successful year for all. We are so glad we can look to a more normal future and are excited to see what the 2021-2022 school brings!

Grades will open in iStudent/iParent hopefully by the end of the week.  We are waiting on grades from our remote program and hope to have them in next couple of days. The final report card for the year will be shared in the reports section.  
Members of the Class of 2023 will be able to see their GPA and decile rank with this report card.  If you have any questions or concerns about your grades please reach out to your counselor.  They will be in the building through Tuesday, June 22.  

The main office will be open for summer hours starting Thursday, June 17.  Hours will be 8am- 2:45pm but it is recommended you call first to make sure someone is in. Ms. Chaney and I are often the only ones here in the summer, after next week, and we will both be taking some personal and professional time.

Please follow the link below for all summer assignments:
Summer Assignments

The Peer Leader application was e-mailed to all members of the Classes of 2022 and 2023.  Students should complete the application prior to August 1.  We welcome all students to apply to be a part of this program. The mission of the program is to create an inclusive, supportive environment for all students and to help our new students transition to AHS.

Schedules for the 2021-2022 school year will be available on or around August 9.  Stay tuned!  The counseling staff and Deans are working diligently to make sure we have a schedule that meets the needs of our students.

Here are some tentative dates for Start of the School Year activities/times are to be determined:
Student Leadership training - team, club and activity leaders are expected to attend (ALL students interested in having a voice at AHS are encouraged to attend!)- August 17
Peer Leader training- August 19
New Student Orientation- August 19 4-6pm (Club/activity Fair 3:45pm)
Class of 2024 Welcome- August 18 4-6pm
Math placement test for new students and AMS overrides- May 19 (prior to the orientation)

Many students have the ability to complete service hours over the summer.  
Here are the AHS guidelines for your information:
Community Service information
Students can start earning service hours the summer before their 9th grade year and must have their 25 hours completed before the start if senior year if they wish to earn senior privileges.


From the Director of Counseling & Social-Emotional Learning
Please enjoy the final Family SEL Newsletter of the school year!