Friday, April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018

Good afternoon-

Last week we had the pleasure of John Trautwein visiting and speaking to our community.  If you missed him here is the link to his presentation.  Thank you to WACA-TV for filming!

Term 3 will now end Thursday, April 12.  Report cards will be released on Thursday, April 26.

Thursday, April 12 is also the rescheduled date for our Student Voice: Cross Community Collaboration.  We are looking forward to some great conversation and hope more students will join. Encourage your student to have his/her voice is heard at Ashland High School with peers from Holliston, Mendon-Upton, and Millbury!

Friday, April 13 we have an Early Release Day.  The schedule will be modified with shortened periods and we will also build in a 20 minute homeroom.  Students will be asked to complete the Positive Community Norms Survey at that time.  Please see the attached letter for more
information about the survey.  This will be our 3rd administration of the survey and provides us with
valuable information about students perceptions of alcohol and drug use.  We use this data, along with data from the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey to determine areas of focus for health education.

A message from our nurses:
State law mandates that every student entering tenth grade have a complete physical exam.  A physical exam done after September 1, 2017 is acceptable.

Please make arrangements now with your physician or clinic to have this physical exam done. Send written medical documentation of this physical exam to the nurse's office as soon as possible. 

If your child participates in athletics, please provide a copy of a physical exam for your child's health records as well as a copy of a physical exam needed for participation in athletics as the nurse's office and the athletic office do not share files. Please contact the nurse's office with any questions or concerns.

Lots going on with Student Council!!!
Student Council Spirit Week:
Next week (April 9th - 13th) is the Student Council's "spring spirit week".  The dress-up days are:
Monday, April 9th: Pajama Day
Tuesday, April 10th: Decade Day
Wednesday, April 11th: Color Day (dress all in one color)
Thursday, April 12th: Vine Day
Friday, April 13th: Tie-Dye Day

Tenth Annual Bingo Night:
The Ashland High School Student Council would like to invite the entire Ashland community to our 10th annual Bingo night, held on Wednesday, April 11th at 6:30pm in the high school cafeteria.  This family-friendly event is open to participants of all ages -- young children, senior citizens, and everyone in-between.  Come join us foryour chance to win great prizes, including a $100 Amazon gift card and 2 tickets to see Taylor Swift at Gillette Stadium in July.  Prizes have been donated by local businesses and restaurants (and are listed online at:  $10 for a pack of 6 cards good for the entire night (or $20 for 12 cards, $30 for 18 cards, etc.)  Bring your own Bingo marker or bring $1 to buy one.  There will free coffee/water and baked goods and the Class of 2019 will be selling food.  The evening will be MCd by high school teachers DJ Jost and Randa Istfan.   

And check-out our promotional video:

Second Annual Color Splash Run:
The Ashland High School Student Council, Make-a-Wish Club, and PTO are running our second annual "Color Splash Run" on Sunday, April 29th at 10am at Ashland High School.    

There are two events -- the full "Color Splash Run" (which will involve a 2-mile course) and a smaller "Kids Color Splash Run" (which will involve up to 4 laps around a track.)  The "Color Splash Run" costs $25 per participant, and the "Kids' Color Splash Run" costs $15 per participant.  Registration prior to April 13th will include a race t-shirt.

Register online at: by Friday, April 13th to get a free race t-shirt.

And check-out our promotional video:

Teacher Appreciation Day Cards:
Students will have the opportunity to write "Teacher Appreciation Day" cards on Tuesday, April 10th during break and 10 minutes of their third period class.  Students who need more time to write thoughtful notes are invited to take as many cards home as they'd like and return them to the envelope in the office by Friday, April 13th.  Then can also pick-up and write additional cards at lunch on Tuesday, April 10th and Wednesday, April 11th.

State Advisory Council:
Ashland High School is looking for students interested in running for the State Student Advisory Council for the 2018-2019 school year.  This group, made up of two students from every school in the Commonwealth, meets once a month to discuss issues related to education policy and the impacts on students.  Students interested in running should see Mr. Wiczer (in B251) by Monday, April 23rd at 2:45pm.  Students will give speeches on Wednesday, April 25th and the voting will take place that day at lunch.  For more information on this group, please see: or contact Mr. Wiczer at

Parents of high school seniors:
Save the date!!!
Tuesday, May 1st
6:30-8:00 pm
Ashland Public Library.

NEXT STOP: College Understanding….. the New Relationship

In the rush and flurry of the college search process little to no time is spent focusing on how parents will handle the move to college and how this milestone will impact everyone in the family.  College… Next Stop helps parents think about how to cope with their student’s growing maturity and the new relationship that lies ahead.  From their unique vantage points as Dean of Students, college parent, and recent college graduate the speakers will share their perspectives and engage parents.

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