Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving-

I hope you have a wonderful long weekend filled with family and friends.  Thank you for making
Ashland such an fabulous community to work for.  I am truly grateful to work with such amazing students day in and day out.  They are special.

This week is another opportunity for students to show their school spirit.  Last night was the annual class Hall Decorating Contest.  There were 4 creative ideas but bragging rights went to the SENIOR   class.

To see the hallways in all their glory (with the music, etc.), check out:

And to see some photos:

At the Thanksgiving Pep Rally we acknowledged all of the great things our clubs and teams have done to give back to the community.  Check out some of the signs below.

We were also able to acknowledge some students for their contributions to AHS.

First, I was very proud to recognize Devin Del Campo., a member of the Class of 2018.  Last spring, after winning the state-wide and regional competitions, Devin auditioned for the National Association for Music Education's All-National Ensembles. As a result of that audition, Devin was accepted first chair tuba out of the entire country. The festival is being held at Disney World in Florida next week, and he will leave for Florida the day after Thanksgiving. We are all very proud of him!

Each term the teachers at Ashland High School nominate students who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate the core values of AHS.  The PBIS Team looks at all of the nominations and votes on the students to receive the Term Award.  The recipients of Term 1 Students of the Term are:

Respect - Jacob Pierson
Responsibility - Matt Spielberger
Integrity - Justin Madison
Involvement - Sanjana Mandala
Achievement - Henry Mercado
These students regularly show their commitment to all of the core values and are models for the entire student body.

Here are some pictures of the rally. Lauren and Jon did a great job as MC's. Warren the Clock, the AHS bands, chorus, and cheerleaders entertained the crowd. Of course, bubble soccer was a hit again this year. Look for highlights on WACA in the near future.

NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) Accreditation:
NEASC accreditation is a system of accountability that is ongoing, voluntary, and comprehensive in scope. It respects differences in institutional populations, missions, and cultures, and fosters institutional change grounded in the expertise of practicing educators. It is based on standards which are developed and regularly reviewed by the members and which define the characteristics of good schools and colleges.  Ashland High School will engage in the re-accreditation process in the spring of 2020.  
Parents, please take time to complete the attached survey and help provide us with valuable information:

We ask that every family complete one survey. You do not need to complete multiple surveys if you have more than one student in the school. 

Please join us on Thursday, November 30 at 6:30pm for a Community Presentation on the MetroWest Health Survey Data.  We will share the results of the 2016 survey and talk about steps we can take to address issues related to substance use, mental health, and other topics with adolescents.  

The National Honor Society is holding a fundraiser at Chipotle at Shopper's World in Framingham on Wednesday, November 29 from 5-9 p.m.  If you purchase food there, they will give back to the NHS, which is directing all funds raised to their designated charity for this year, Community Giving Tree.  Help provided essentials for children of low-income families by making a visit to Chipotle on Nov. 29!  Be sure to get a flyer to show at the register.


The AHS Band is again partnering with Barnes and Noble for their annual reading of The Polar Express.  It is a fantastic evening and has been a very successful fundraiser for us.  On Friday, December 1, the students will play holiday tunes starting at 6:45 at the Framingham store.  At 7:00, one of the students will read the story to children who come out to Barnes and Noble's Friday Night Storytime.  Following this, the band will perform a medley of music from the movie and some additional holiday pieces.  Feel free to bring your small(er) children (or someone else's) for the story time -- there will be some art projects for them to do after the music has finished.  It is a really great and fun experience for kids of all ages!!

For the fundraiser:  Using our Voucher Code (Bookfair ID: 12251351), the AHS Band will receive 15-20% of all in-store purchases on December 1 (from 9am to 10 pm) and all online purchases from December 1 through December 6.  Purchases include books, magazines, magazine subscriptions, toys, stationery, nook e-reader devices, nook paraphernalia, e-books, etc.  (Unfortunately, you cannot buy a gift certificate as part of the promotion.)  In addition, M
​arybeth​ Gallant, our librarian,
 will also have a table of books that you can purchase as a donation to the AHS Library . 

Thank you for participating and supporting the Ashland Music Program!!

Mr. Maule

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