Friday, February 3, 2017

Week of 1/30/17

Good evening!

It's been a busy week at AHS.  We have enjoyed our visiting Chinese students who are learning a lot about American school culture.  We kicked off Black History Month with daily quotes in our announcements and music by a variety of black artists at lunch.

On Tuesday we held class meetings to explain the Course Selection process.  It's hard to believe but it's time to start thinking about the 2017-2018 school year.  Teachers have spent the last two weeks entering their recommendations for courses.  The iStudent Course Recommendation window will open on Monday.  For more directions on how to approve classes and choose electives please read the iStudent Quick Guide.

Next week is Start with Hello week sponsored by Sandy Hook Promise. Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely, or treated like you are invisible. As a result, many further pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development and/or choose to hurt themselves or others. Start With Hello teaches students, grades 2-12, the skills they need to reach out to and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation and create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school or youth organization.  We are looking forward to a fun week of activities geared at connecting kids.  

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors:  The AHS Class of 2018, 2019 and 2020 are participating in a fundraising competition now through this Tuesday, February 7th. Students in 9th, 10th and 11th grade are competing to sell the most Classic Cookie products (including cookie dough, pretzel dough, cheesecake, candles and more!). The class that sells the most products will receive an increased percentage of profit to help pay for class events like prom and senior week events! Additionally, there are $$ cash prizes for the top 5 sellers school wide. (The top seller in the school will get $100!) Plus every student who sells at least 2 items will be entered into a class raffle for $50 cash! Please encourage students to participate in the fundraiser and support students by purchasing an item from any member of your favorite class! 

There is a lot going on around AHS this weekend!

The Make-A-Wish club will be hosting their annual Jump for Joy event tomorrow, Saturday, February 4 from 10am-3pm  Bring your children, grandchildren, friend's children and all around favorite little bodies to enjoy the event to jump in a variety of bounce houses!

Family Trivia Night - Sat. February 4th @7pm (AHS Cafeteria) sponsored by the Ashland Music Association 
Annual Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Ashland Clocker Club:  Come out and support Ashland sports and the Clocker Club at their 8th Annual pancake breakfast and fundraiser on February 5th from 8-11am.  Great food and activities at a wonderful community event.  All our welcome!!  Purchase tickets online at or at the door.

Coming Soon a film sponsored by the PTO and Ashland Public Schools:  Screenagers tentatively set for March 29 - Mark Your Calendars

Tickets are now on sale for the AHSTS production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The production runs Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th at 7PMSunday, March 5th at 2PMPatrons may buy discounted tickets in advance online. All seating is reserved. For more information visit

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country. 

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is delightful den of comedic genius.

As always, check out the Parent Flyers!

Ashland Raises Healthy & Happy Kids:
Seven Ways to Reduce Sugar in your Family’s Diet
Many Americans eat well above the daily recommended amount (48 grams) of sugar on a daily basis. High added sugar intake has been linked to many health conditions which last into adulthood including  dental cavities, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Let’s not cut out birthday cake, ice cream on a hot summer day, or homemade chocolate chip cookies. Instead try to reduce sugar in the things you and your family eat daily.
Next time you go to the grocery store, take some extra time to READ LABELS. You might be surprised to see that there is added sugar in foods such as bread, condiments, salad dressing, and potato chips. On a nutrition label sugar may appear under many names. Some of the most common ones include cane sugar, evaporated cane juice, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, raw sugar and crystal solids. And, don't forget brown sugar, honey, maple syrup and brown rice syrup. Below are a few places to start cutting added sugar out of your family’s diet:
  1. Breakfast - Typically breakfasts in the US are loaded with sugar - pancakes, waffles, cereal, packaged oatmeal, muffins, flavored yogurt. Think “outside the box” with breakfast. Foods such as cheese, nuts, crackers, and fruit or even leftovers from dinner likely have a lot less sugar than the above breakfast foods.
  2. Sugary Drinks  - No one needs sweetened drinks. Period. These include juice (even those labeled 100% juice), soda, lemonade, sports drinks, and caramel macchiatos topped with whipped cream. Water and milk are all kids need (parents are allowed coffee!).
  3. Bread - Read labels. There are choices with no added sugar.
  4. Yogurt - Fruited yogurt is loaded with sugar. It should be considered a dessert or treat. Plain yogurt with fruit is a good substitute.
  5. Chips - The less ingredients in chips, the better. Look for chips with just potatoes, oil and salt.
  6. Granola bars - Many granola bars have as much sugar as candy bars. Look for granola bars with nuts, dark chocolate, and less added sugar.
  7. Peanut Butter - Most brand name peanut butters have sugar added. Look for ones made with only peanuts and salt.

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