Friday, February 5, 2016

Week of 2/1/16

Good afternoon and happy snow day!

I hope everyone is shoveled out and ready for the fun activities scheduled at AHS this weekend.

Due to the snow day, grades will be available in iStudent and iParent on Monday, February 8th after 2pm.

Just a reminder that we have a 10-day add/drop period to change classes for any new class in a schedule.  Students should see their counselors for an appointment immediately if they would like to change or add a new class.  The add/drop period ends on January 12, 2016.

Ashland High School Make A Wish Club will be hosting its annual Jump For Joy event to benefit the Make A Wish foundation.  Please join us between 10am and 3pm tomorrow for this fun event. Admission is $10 per jumper which covers unlimited bouncing all day in the 6 bounce houses.  There will also be a Jump-A-Thon involving Make-A-Wish club members, a special performance by the Mendon-Upton Skippers at noon, teaching of jump rope skipping skills as well as items to purchase including pizza, cotton candy, bake sale and basket raffles.  

Ashland Music Associations presents a night of A Cappella on Sat Feb 6, 2016. An A Cappella workshop for students in grades 8-12 followed by a concert featuring several college A Cappella groups. During the workshop students will work with UMASS Lowell’s all male group Hawkappella and all female group the Hawkettes to learn a song and perform with the groups during the concert. Price for workshop is $12 which includes workshop, dinner and concert. Registration begins at 4pm, workshop 4:30pm-6:30pm. Concert starts at 7pm, Adults $10 students $5. For more information or to preregister for the workshop contact Marilyn Marsh at welcome!!

Please be sure to join the Clocker Club at its 7th Annual Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, February 7th from 8am – 11am in the Ashland High School cafeteria!  We will be offering a gluten free pancake option and some amazing raffle items!  2 $50 Clocker Store Gift Certificates, a AHS Sports Fee Waiver and Ashland Youth Sports Fee Waivers for Basketball, Baseball/Softball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Football and Cheerleading.  All proceeds directly support the needs of the AHS Athletic programs to fund ongoing uniform, equipment, training, maintenance and technology requirements.
$7 per Adult in advance - $8 at the door
$5 per Senior or Student in advance - $6 at the door
$3 per child (ages 3-10) in advance - $4 at the door
Purchase tickets online (, at the Clocker Store, or at the door.

Mr. Irvine, principal of Mindess School would like to invite all present juniors and seniors who were students in the Neighborhood program while at Mindess to meet with him on 2/10 at 2:00pm to discuss your perspective on the program​.This is a voluntary meeting. Pizza will be served.

We are looking forward to welcoming Susan Rivers, Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Social/Emotional Learning, on Thursday, February 11th.  She will speak to students and faculty during the school day and will do a parent presentation at 7pm in the AHS Auditorium. We hope to see many parents in attendance!

Are you interested in leadership?  We have two upcoming student conferences that Ashland High will be sending students to:
On March 18 the Anti-Defamation League's Youth Congress "Voices in Leadership" will be held at the Boston Sheraton.  This is a free conference and a bus will be provided. 

The MIAA is hosting a Teen Mental Health Summit "Creating Communities of Awareness and Support" on April 27 at the Doubletree Hotel in Westboro.  Please email Ms. St. Coeur if you are interested in attending.

Course registration for the 2016-2017 school year starts on Monday!

Here is the schedule for Course Recommendations for all 9th-11th grade students:
February 1- February 13- AHS teachers will make course recommendations

February 10- class meetings will be held to show/remind students how to choose electives and approve their courses

February 14-February 27- course selection window is open in iStudent.  All students must approve teacher recommendations and choose electives.  Students can choose up to 6 electives and can make notes to rank order them.

February 28- March 12- course selection window is open in iParent.  All parents should approve their student course recommendations/elective choices.

The updated Program of Studies will be posted on Monday- students should start reviewing it ASAP to choose the electives they are interested in taking.  .

Any student/parent who disagrees with a teacher recommendation should speak to the recommending teacher and then the guidance counselor.

Parent/teacher Conference Night           February 25 : 6-8pm  
Please call Linda Chaney at 881-0177 to schedule an appointment.  If you are questioning a teacher recommendation this is a good time to have that conversation.

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