Friday, May 26, 2017

Week of 5/22/17

Good evening & happy Memorial Day Weekend- 

Thank you to all that have served to keep our country safe and free.  

It has been so nice to drive into AHS this week and see this wonderful sign.  A big thank you goes to the Dunn family for their donation of the sign

The Class of 2017 spread out around Ashland today giving back.  Despite the rain they weeded, planted, picked up trash, and more.  They were phenomenal!

Senior Week officially begins on Tuesday, May 30.  Please see the attached letter and schedule for the fun-filled week of getting ready for graduation.   All graduation rehearsals are mandatory and we hope everyone will join in the fun.  
Class Day is on Friday, June 2 at 9:30am in the AHS gym and all are welcome to come support the senior class!

All seniors should submit to 2-3 sentences to be read at graduation regarding future plans and expressions of gratitude.   They can also submit pictures to this address for inclusion in an iMovie to be presented at the Senior Banquet and before the graduation ceremony. Parents are encouraged to send in pictures too!  They would love to have pictures from everyone through the years!

Donate today - The Ashland Innovation Center seeks used and like-new devices, tools, and materials

The Ashland Innovation Center is in the process of collecting gently used/like new items from the greater Ashland community. These materials will be used to help k-12 students throughout Ashland as they participate in makerspace programs taking place in the AIC. Whether crafting with electronics and wood scraps, designing original products to print on our 3D printers, or inventing new devices to help us New Englanders get through another winter, the AIC will support the creative and entrepreneurial endeavors of many students. Our list is posted online here:

The materials we are looking for are a mix of arts & crafts, woodworking, sewing, electronics and more. We are not asking for people to go out and make purchases on our behalf, instead we want to take advantage of things that have started collecting dust in your house, garage, attic, off site storage, etc. 

To make a materials donation to the AIC or point us in the direction of a person or business that may be able to help, please contact Chad McGowan via email ( and let him know what you are interested in donating. We will try to keep the online version of this list up to date. Any items we receive, which we no longer have need of, will be returned to owner. If that is not possible, they will be donated or recycled.

Thank you for your support,
The Ashland Innovation Center Committee

Please be sure to check out all of the other important events happening around town in the Parent Flyers!

Thursday, June 1, 2017 7:00 pm -9:00 pm
at the Ashland Community Center

Your input is needed to make the Ashland Multi-Use Trail a success!  Please join Alta Planning + Design and Kleinfelder, trail consultants; and the Ashland Upper Charles Trail Committee on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ashland Community Center in a trail planning discussion on the proposed draft alignments.
At the last Community Meeting maps were laid out and folks were encouraged to markup the maps with their own ideas of where and how this trail should go through Town.  Alta Planning and Design has developed your ideas into a couple of trail options which they will be presenting on June 1st.  Your knowledge and experience is needed as the pros and cons of each alignment are discussed.  This feedback will help determine the most viable trail option.
With the ground work laid by the Ashland Upper Charles Trail Committee, Alta Planning + Design was hired by the Town to plan a viable trail option.  Because Ashland does not have an intact abandoned rail bed, the proposed trial will probably be a combination of on-road and off-road paths

Ashland Raises Healthy & Happy Kids: Four Traits That Put Kids at an Increased Risk for Addiction
New research at The University of Montreal is looking at how a child’s temperament drives his or her risk for drug use. They have identified certain traits that create different pathways to addiction. Recognizing that most teenagers who try alcohol, cocaine, opioids or methamphetamine do not become addicted, this research focuses on what’s different about the minority who do. They have identified four traits that seem to increase the risk for addiction. Luckily these traits can be identified early, and treatment/interventions can start young to, hopefully, decrease the risk of addiction.
  1. Sensation seeking - People drawn to intense experiences will probably like drugs.
  2. Impulsiveness - Many children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD can be impulsive. This can put them at a higher risk for addiction.
  3. Anxiety sensitivity - Children who are overly aware and frightened of physical signs of anxiety could start having panic attacks. They then might turn to drugs or alcohol to “calm down”.
  4. Hopelessness - Hopelessness can lead to depression which can then lead to self-medicating with drugs or alcohol.

Identifying these traits in your children and teaching them healthy coping skills and helping them change the way they think, may reduce their chance of addiction.

Dear High-Schooler,

In its 7th year, Harvard's Youth Lead the Change program for high schoolers (rising 9th to 12th graders) will run for five days from August 21-25, 2017 and will be held on Harvard's campus. Youth Lead the Change is a leadership program led by a team of Harvard undergraduates that seeks to provide high school kids with tangible leadership skills and empower them to be leaders in their communities. The program features guest speakers who are foremost leaders in their fields as well as numerous projects and modules to hone strong leadership skills. More information about the program can be found at application deadline has now been extended to June 5th.

If you are interested, you can apply here! If you have previously attended a YLC conference and would like to become a Junior Counselor, please apply here.

The program costs $200 for the five days and this fee includes lunch every day as well as all other materials provided throughout the program. Financial aid is available and we are need blind in our application decisions.  The financial aid application can be found here

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions! I can be reached over email at

Jenny Liu
Harvard College

Director of YLC Boston

Have a wonderful weekend!

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