Friday, September 23, 2016

Homecoming Week!

Good afternoon and happy Friday!

We just finished a fun-filled Spirit Week with a Pep Rally to cheer on all of the fall activities and sports.  There was a lot of pride and spirit in the building this week!
I hope to see many of you at tonight's Homecoming BBQ and the volleyball/football games (field hockey is playing now so come on by! And the volleyball game is free).  The BBQ kicks off at 5pm in the back parking lot for $5pp. Just a reminder that parking continues to be tight so consider car pooling.  If we run out of parking a shuttle from AMS will be provided, starting at 6;30pm.  


Student Council has run a fantastic Spirit Week!  It ends tomorrow night with the annual Student Council sponsored Homecoming Dance, one of the biggest events of the year at AHS.  The dance is from 7-10pm and admission is $10 at the door.  Dress is semi-formal.  Any student who is bringing a guest must have completed a guest permission form and turned it in before Wednesday.  No guests will be allowed admittance unless the form has been completed.  All students must arrive by 8pm and any students who leave before 9pm can expect to have their parents called. Student safety is our biggest concern and we want to make sure you know your child's whereabouts.

The solar project is moving along nicely and student and staff parking has not been an issue.   All current student drivers should have their parking pass at this point or they could be ticketed.

We are looking forward to seeing parents at Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 29 from 6-8pm.  We will begin in the auditorium then parents will run through all seven class periods: A-G.  Each class will meet for 10 minutes.  We will provide copies of schedules but you can also access them through your iParent account. Please remember that this evening is a chance for teachers to share some information about their class and expectations.  They will not have time to speak about individual students.  If you have a question or concern about your child I encourage you to call or email the teacher. 

As a reminder we do not have school on Monday, October 3 or the following week, October 10-12 while many of our families celebrate important holidays.  The weekend of October 8-10 is our first Family Reconnect Weekend.  

As always, please take a moment to review the information posted in the Parent Flyers.

If your child needs some math help, the Math Tutoring Center is open for business.

At the end of the math hallway, the MTC is open from 2-3pm Monday through Thursday.  Peer tutors from the National Honor Society receive community service hours for their work, so tutoring is free!

​Your child can work on homework, go over a returned exam, or complete their weekly cumulative review under the guidance of students in upper-level math courses.​

Color Splash Run!

The Ashland PTO, AHS Student Council, and AHS Make-a-Wish Club are working together to organize our first (hopefully annual!) Color Splash Run!

When: Sunday, October 16th at 10am
Where: Stone Park, Ashland (77 Summer St.)
Cost: $25 for the 2 mile road race around Stone Park
         $15 for the kids' race on the grass inside Stone Park

Pre-registration by 10/1/16 includes a white race t-shirt, which will be covered in a rainbow of colors when you have finished the race! Race day registration is available starting at 9am that morning, but participants who want a race t-shirts must be purchased that day, while supplies last.

Proceeds will benefit the Ashland PTO (which provides enrichment opportunities for all APS students) and the Make-a-Wish club (which is working to grant a child's wish for the second year in a row).

Please come join us and bring your families for some good but not so clean fun. :)

Now that we are a few weeks into the school year, students are probably taking tests and quizzes. Below are some tips for beating test anxiety:
  1. Know the test format - Just knowing the test format can help kids feel more prepared and take away some of the shock when they are handed the test.
  2. Reorganize the material when studying - Identify the main ideas of the topic, outline the big events and issues, and think about the themes that unite them.
  3. Think about possible questions - Predicting and answering questions ahead of time helps kids gain more mastery over the material and feel more confident.
  4. Don’t spend too much time on one question - Move on to the next question and go back to the difficult ones later.
  5. Practice calming techniques - Deep breathing or holding worry balls can help kids during tests. Practice these techniques while studying.
  6. Accept when you don’t know something - Sometimes the best way to manage anxiety is to accept that you don’t know the answer to the question and move on.

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