Friday, December 2, 2016

Week of 11/28/16

Good afternoon and Happy December!

Each year updated school and district report cards, including assessment data and other indicators, are available on Massachusetts ESE's School and District Profiles website. Below you will find an explanatory letter, a report card overview, as well as the complete Ashland High School report card.  We are extremely proud of the success our students have demonstrated on MCAS.  Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. 

AHS Report Card Introduction Letter 

AHS School Report Card Overview

AHS Complete Report Card

Please join the AHS band and NHS at Barnes and Noble tonight!

Looking for a way to do good this holiday season?  Come to Barnes and Noble, Framingham tonight and you can help three AHS groups at once!

The band is presenting its annual "Polar Express" reading and concert at 6:30 p.m.  This is a great family event and fun for both kids and "kids at heart."As part of this event, the band will also be hosting an in-store bookfair, wherein a percent of your purchase will go toward the band. 

There will also be a "wish list" table with books requested by students that you can purchase and donate to the AHS library.  If you do this, be sure to write your name on a donation label that will be placed in the book by the cashier, so that we may thank you for your donation.  (This is a two-fer -- you are donating a book to the library, and a potion of the sale still goes back to the band!).

Lastly, members of the National Honor Society will be at the store from 5 - 9 p.m. to wrap purchases and collect donations for HomeBase Program for Veterans and Families, their designated charity for 2016-2017.  Help them reach their goal of raising $5000 for HomeBase, which provides treatment and support for veterans and 9/11 first responders suffering from the invisible wounds of war.  

Mr. McGowan, our Robotics Club adviser, just shared this album of pictures from the Robot Rodeo. It was a great day with lots of hands on learning.
Robot Rodeo photo album

If your son or daughter is interested in mentoring a younger student and helping them build their reading skills check out this flyer.
Mindess Reading Buddies

Dear All Students and Parents Grades 9-12,

This is a reminder that AHS is sponsoring a "Health Careers Night" on Tuesday, December 6th at 7 pm in the Ruthfield Auditorium.  AHS students and parents will learn from community members about a wide variety of rewarding careers in the health care field.  Panelists include nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physicians assistant, and nutrition will share their path to their career, what they love about it and what their day to day responsibilities are.  We hope to see you there!

The AHS Guidance Staff

We are very excited to once again welcome exchange students from China!  We are in the process of looking for host families who are willing to house a student from January 29-February 18.  Please check out the attached flyer.  We hope to hold an information session on December 7 at 6pm in the AHS library.  Please email me if you are interested at .

Make sure you check out our Parent Flyer's for more information about what's going on around town.

Ashland Raises Healthy & Happy Kids:
Five Quick Ways to Reduce Stress
Everyone has moments of stress or worry, even children as young as preschool age. Below are five easy “in the moment” ways for you and your child to cope with a stressful situation.

  1. Take a deep breath: Sit up straight, eyes closed, with a hand on your belly. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth.
  2. Listen to Music: Research shows that listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety.
  3. Get moving:  All forms of exercise, including yoga and walking, can ease depression and anxiety by helping the brain release feel-good chemicals.
  4. Do a Full Body Stretch: Stand up, raise your hands over your head, and stretch your body while you take slow, deep breaths.
  5. Be Grateful: Thinking about, or saying out loud, one or two things you are grateful for can cancel out negative thoughts and worries.

Ashland Community Education has an innovative and interactive program called Use Empathy to Understand presented by MindsetGo.  This two hour participatory program will provide strategies, skills and ideas so you can better connect, relate and engage with your kids. Empathic communication and listening are key to building stronger relationships with your kids and to encourage them to share what is going on in their lives.

The program will be on Wednesday night December 7th from 7-9 at the Ashland Middle School Library. We have attached a flyer with more details but you can sign up at Parenting Skills for Life.

A message from the Framingham Public Library:
Thinking Money is a museum-quality traveling exhibition that is traveling to 50 U.S. public libraries between 2016 and 2018. It is aimed at middle/high schoolers and their parents, as well as at caregivers and educators. Framingham Public Library will be hosting it from December 13, 2016 through January 18, 2017. Through an adventure-themed story-line, interactive iPad content and other fun, hands-on activities, the exhibition explores the following themes:

  • Wants vs. needs
  • Earning and paying interest
  • Preparing for rainy/sunny day
  • Imagining your future self
  • Avoiding financial fraud
  • Thinking money
We'll also be hosting a series of programs running concurrently with the exhibit. These will feature a grand opening with a tour and game of Financial Jeopardy, a workshop on getting your first job, a workshop on how credit and debt work, and Shopping Spree Games, with taste tests, a competition to see who can spend their money the best, and more.

More information on the exhibit and the programs can be found at this link:

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