Friday, September 8, 2017


Good afternoon and happy Friday!  

Today was one of my favorite (yet most exhausting days) of the year.  After shortened classes in the morning we enjoyed a whole school activity geared at teaching/reviewing our core values and expectations in all parts of the building and grounds. The entire student body was divided into mixed grade groups for ice breakers, games, and creating videos demonstrating the core values in action.  It has been fun to preview some of the videos this afternoon as the PBIS team reviews them to choose the best.  Our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) team puts so much work into this great activity each year.  For the second year in a row the Peer Leaders ran the activities.  The demonstrated true leadership and school spirit.  It was fun to watch the students have a good time with the core values and           expectations while also thinking about what they really mean.

After the all-school activity the entire student body headed to the gym for our annual Convocation, a pep rally of sorts where the seniors receive the key to the school.  The Class of 2018 showed their spirit and encouraged the other classes to make the most of their time in high school.  Class president, Jess DeBenedictis, encouraged the student body to "clock out" of school by finding a fun activity to get involved in.  Come to the football game, go to the dance, enjoy hall decorating.

 The seniors took their "fire truck" picture, always a favorite!


All in all it was a day of fun and with a lot of learning about values and expectations built in!

Progress report windows for iStudent and iParent are now open and will remain open at all times expect immediately preceding report cards.  Students and parents are able to access grades, attendance, schedule, etc. Students should be starting to settle into classes and making sure they are in the right place for their ability. Teachers are obligated to update grades at least every two weeks so please be patient if you do not see grades entered.  As a reminder, the add/drop period for semester 1 ends next Thursday, September 14.

Picture Day is next Wednesday, September 13.  Picture forms can be picked up in the main office.

Back to School Night!
The AHS Back to School Night is Thursday, September 28th from 5-6:30pm.  This evening is an opportunity for you to walk through your child's entire schedule, meet their teachers, and here about the course expectations & syllabus.  

Student drivers must have their parking permits by next Friday, September 15.  Parking forms can be picked up in the main office.  The forms, along with a copy of the car registration and student license, must be turned in with the payment.  If you or your student need a payment plan please see one of the Deans.  We are happy to work out weekly payments if needed.  

If your student rides the bus remember that only items that students can hold on their laps are allowed on the bus.  Excluded items are large musical instruments, large sports equipment and bags, and large projects.  Parents must transport these items themselves.

Exciting news from the Ashland Public Library!
 31 AHS students registered for the summer reading program and read 48,667 minutes!  That is amazing and I was excited to hear one student sharing how many minutes she had done and that she had won a prize.  Nice to hear kids talking about the fun of summer reading!

Please take a moment to review the Parent Flyers to check out what is going on around town.

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