Friday, January 22, 2016

Week of 1/18/16

Good afternoon and happy Friday!

The year keeps flying and Semester 1 wraps up next week with mid-term exams. 

The schedule is posted in the parent flyers section and on our website.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  As a reminder exams begin on Tuesday, January 26. and do not begin until 8:30am.  It is our hope that the later start time will allow students to arrive well-rested and ready for each exam.  The school is open at the regular time for students who ride the bus or get dropped off.  Those students can enjoy breakfast in the cafeteria, see their teachers if they have last minute questions, or to use the library or other common spaces to study.  Our gym will also be open for any students wishing to burn off some energy before exams.  

The term officially closes next Friday and grades will be posted on iPass on Friday, February 5 after 2pm.  

After mid-terms we will begin the scheduling process for the 2016-2017 school year.  Stay tuned for more details. 

Have a wonderful weekend and Go Pats!

Please check out the important information below as well as the parent flyers section for information on happenings around town.  

The Class of 2017 has received a new order of custom Ashland bracelets that are now available for purchase at $12 each through class officers or class advisor, Ms. Twomey. 

Prom tickets will go on sale for $75 each starting Monday, March 1st in the AHS cafeteria during lunch.  Class dues must be paid through junior year ($30 total) in order to purchase a prom ticket; payments may be made to class officers or to the class advisor, Ms. Twomey.  Checks should be made payable to AHS Student Activities.  Prom will be held on Friday, May 13th at the brand new Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro from 6:00 - 11:00 (  Prom will be preceded by the Grand March in the AHS gym from 5:00 - 5:30, to which the public is welcome.  If you have questions or concerns regarding prom tickets and class dues, please contact Ms. Twomey at

Tickets are now on sale for the AHSTS production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. The production runs Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th at 7PM,Sunday, March 6th at 2PM. Patrons may buy tickets in advance online at AHSTS offers discounted tickets purchased online. All seating is reserved. For more information or tickets, visit
ASHPAC Hosts Executive Function Workshop

On February 11 we are very excited to welcome Susan Rivers, Ph.D. to Ashland Public Schools for the day. Susan is the co-founder and deputy director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a research scientist in the Department of Psychology at Yale University where she earned her doctorate. An alum of Ashland High School (class of '93), Dr. Rivers studies the importance of emotions and emotional intelligence in the lives of children and adults. She is the author of multiple training programs and curricula designed to help educators enhance their emotional intelligence and teach children how to improve their skills.  She lives in Newton Upper Falls with her husband and three children.   Susan will speak to our 9th and 10th grade students that morning and will do a community presentation that night at 7pm in the AHS Auditorium.  Save the date!

Please join ASHPAC for our next workshop on Wednesday night, February 3rd at 7pm in the AMS Activity Room.

Jackie Stachel, MS, CCC-SLP, Executive Function Coach at Beyond BookSmart, will discuss how IQ and Executive Functions differ and how specific Executive Function skills allow students to be successful.  Via case-studies, parents will learn tools and strategies to support students with a variety of learning profiles.

ASHPAC Monthly Meeting

Will be held Wednesday, Feb. 3rd at 6pm (prior to the workshop) in the AMS Activity Room.  All are welcome to attend this meeting as well.  

Please note, snow date for both meeting and workshop is Wed, Feb 10th.

I received information on the following upcoming presentation and thought I would pass it along:

“The Secret Life of a Massachusetts Teen”

I am writing you regarding a dynamic (and fun!) 90-minute exciting program for parents which actively focuses on what teens are really thinking, what they fear, why they do not share their fears, and how parents can more effectively support their teens.

•    New ways of understanding teens;
•    Specific language to better elicit productive conversations;
•    Innovative techniques for engaging teens; and
•    Confidence, courage, and new perspectives. 
If you would like to see me present live, I will be in Natick on February 24th, in Hingham on March 1st, and in Newton on March 7th.

In recent years I have presented programs in Melrose, Stoughton, Norwood, Westwood, Braintree, Arlington, Wellesley, Sharon, Bellingham, Ludlow, Westford, Belmont, and many, many other communities.  After my presentation in Belmont, the Belmont High School PTO President had this to say: “Jon's many years of working with teens become quickly apparent by the insightful information he presents, in a very funny and right-on-target way. His connection with the audience was visible by the many heads shaking in agreement and the flurry of questions parents were anxious to ask. My only advice is to reserve a big room - we had close to 150 parents attended on a cold and snowy night!"

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