Friday, October 28, 2016

Week of 10/24/16

Good afternoon and happy Friday-

It has been a busy week here at AHS so I thought I would share some pictures of the highlights.

Mix-It-Up Day: meeting new friends at lunch

ELL program graduation

NHS Officers light the candles representing the pillars

National Honor Society induction- October 27, 2017
Students heard from AHS graduate  Dr. Sushrut R. Jangi, MD on the importance of giving to others and the impact high school had on him.

Group costume winners!

Honorable mention for dressing as themselves
 The Halloween costume parade is a tradition for the senior class. Students dress in costume and parade through the building for all classes to see.  The creativity is amazing!
The class of 2017 in costume

MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey
Ashland High School students in all grades are once again scheduled to participate in the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey regarding their attitudes and behaviors with regard to a variety of health issues.  We will be administering this survey to students on November 1st, 2016.

The survey is both anonymous and voluntary. The results of this survey provide valuable data for the school and local community to use when setting priorities for addressing the health needs of students and to improve upon the health education programs and prevention services provided for them.

For more detailed information about the test, sample viewing, and opting-out please click here: MWAHS Opt-out

The Sophomore Class of 2019 met on Thursday and received information about ordering class rings from Jostens. There will be a parent ordering night at the HS on Tuesday Nov. 1st from 5-7pm outside of the cafeteria and in school orders can be made at lunches on  Wednesday Nov. 2nd.  If you have any questions contact Mrs. Kulik, the class of 2019 advisor at

Stop by Yogurt Beach in Hopkinton on Wednesday, November 2nd to get your froyo fix and support the Class of 2019! Simply mention the fundraiser and 30% of the proceeds will be donated to the class of 2019! 

Tickets are now on sale for the AHSTS production of The Arabian Nights. The production runs Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th at 7PMSunday, November 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

Attention Parents and Guardians!  We had an overwhelmingly positive response to our speaker, Dr. Ken Ginsburg, who spoke to students, faculty, and parents about fostering resilience in our community.  At this time, we are looking to continue the momentum by creating a Decisions at Every Turn (DAET) Coalition Parent Group to discuss some of the issues faced by our students today. Any parent/guardian who is interested is welcome to join us on Wednesday, November 2nd at 7pm in the Ashland Middle School Activity Room. At this first meeting we are looking to discuss ways of incorporating Dr. Ginsburg’s message in our community. We hope you can join us!

Robot Rodeo 2016 is Here!
It's back and bigger than ever! The hands-on, family fun, learning, building, and creative all-day event is back at Ashland High School on Nov 19th! What is a Robot Rodeo? It is an opportunity for kids of all ages (that means you too parents!) to come and learn about how robots are made, what they can do, and get hands on with a wide variety of educational robotics. Our high school robotics club is hard at work building an exciting day of activities that includes old fun robots like MiP and Spheero, and introduces new robots including Dash, Ozobot, and much more! Want to learn about circuits? How about Lego robotics? Want to create amazing Lego robot monsters? You and your family can do it all. Food and drinks will be available as well. $5 entry fee gets a student in to join the fun and a fun prize at the end of their day. Learn more:

Samba Restaurant Supporting the AEFI:  Samba Restaurant (East, 1138 Worcester Rd, Framingham) has generously agreed to support the AEFI by donating 10% of your dining & drink costs to the AEFI.  The AEFI will be distributing Samba-AEFI supporter wallet cards to the Ashland community to get 10% of your dining costs donated to the AEFI.  You may receive a Samba-AEFI supporter card from any of the Ashland School Main Offices.  Please email if you have any questions.

Please review the Parent Flyers section.
Ashland Raises Happy & Healthy Kids:
Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age
  1. Create a family media use contract -  Write up rules and guidelines about what when, how, where and for how long different screen activities are ok.
  2. Keep car time for talking - In the car, you have a captive audience. Use this time to chat with your children rather than talking on your phone or allowing them to text or play games.
  3. Put away your smartphone when your kids walk in the house (or get in the car) from school - Nothing says “you don’t matter that much,” or “everyone and everything else is more important than you,” than having a parent or caregiver pull up for pickup but hardly look up from a call or texting.
  4. Make meal time screen free - This includes breakfast!
  5. No screens in the bedroom - Have children charge their devices downstairs or in their parent’s bedroom.

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