Friday, January 15, 2016

Week of 1/11/16

Good afternoon-

I hope this email finds many of you enjoying a relaxing long weekend.  The faculty and staff at AHS have had a wonderful day and a half of Professional Development.  We spent time on curriculum development as well as discussing concerns around youth substance use prevention.

Please be sure to check out the Parent Flyers area for information about happenings around town.

Last Chance to Personalize!
The 2016 yearbook is currently being designed and touched up. Now is also the final chance for students of any grade to order a yearbook with a namestamp personalization. On January 24th, this option will be closing for the year. What is personalization? Students can have their name stamped on the front cover of the book for a small additional fee. Visit the Herff Jones ordering site and enter our school code 13046 to place your online order for a book and a namestamp.

Attention Senior Parents
For the past 18 years you have watched your child grow into a young adult. Capture the moments for a lifetime by placing an ad in the 2016 yearbook to acknowledge their accomplishment. Ads can be 1/4 page to a full page. Include your own photos, quotes and message of love that will last for all time. To order an ad, visit the Herff Jones website and use school code 13046. The website will guide you through the process and make it easy for you to express yourself. Questions? Contact Chad McGowan,, or Chris Scott,

Parents, there is still time to order an Exam Care Package for your child!  Each exam care package costs $10 and includes such items as pencils, erasers, crayons, candy, stress balls, and other types of little items.  Most importantly, it includes a note from you!  All proceeds benefit the Senior Class.  Order forms can be found on the high school website, or by e-mailing Cory McGann at Orders must be received by the end of the day on Tuesday, January 19th.

Please join ASHPAC for our February Workshop:

Executive Functions: Fit the Strategy to the Learning Profile

by Jackie Stachel, MS CCC-SLP, from Beyond BookSmart

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 7:00 PM, Ashland Middle School Activity Room

In this presentation, parents will learn how IQ and Executive Functions differ, as well as some of the specific Executive Function skills that students need to be successful. Using a case-study approach, parents will see a dozen tools and strategies selected to support students with a variety of learning profiles. 

Also note, the ASHPAC Monthly Meeting will be held prior to the workshop, starting at 6 pm.  All are welcome. 

Is your son/daughter interested in being a surgeon some day?  Please see the message below.

Dear High School Student or Teacher:

SAGES (the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons) is the national surgical society focused on laparoscopic surgery (abdominal surgery through little incisions).  Our national meeting is in March 2016, and it is in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center.  On Saturday, March 19 from 7:30 am to 2 pm, we are hosting our Mini Med School.  This is a chance for high school students to spend the day learning about what it is like to be a laparoscopic surgeon and have fun in the process.  The experience promises to be interactive, with students playing games and practicing on surgical simulators.  

Now for the details.  The day is free.  Students need to apply, and be supported with a recommendation by a teacher or counselor.  Limited spots are available.  For more information and to apply, go to the website:
Thanks, and we hope to see you or your student at SAGES in March 2016.

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