Friday, May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

Good afternoon-

As I get ready to head to prom tonight I want to wish all of the students attending a safe, fun evening!  It is always a wonderful night and I have left every prom grateful for the amazing and responsible students at AHS. We have encouraged them to make good choices and reminded them that school rules apply and I am confident they will meet that expectation.  This past week we received a draft of the results of the Positive Community Norms survey.  The graphic to the right shows that the last time AHS students took this survey 91% of students their parents do not allow them and their friends to use alcohol in their home.  This survey shows the number rose to 93%!  Thank you, it takes a village to keep our kids safe. 

I am excited to announce that Ashland High School once again received a Silver Award ranking from U.S News & World Report, ranking #52 in the state and #974 in the country.  I am very proud of our teachers who work so hard to prepare our students for the next steps in their educational or work careers! 

Thank you to the PTO for amazing show of appreciation this week!  The AHS faculty & staff loved the breakfast, lunch, and treats provided over the course of the week.  Your generosity and support is what make Ashland such a great community to work for.

Families of Seniors! The class of 2019 is selling graduation yard signs! The signs are $26 and a portion of the proceeds goes to the class of 2019. Order yours through this link: by Friday May, 18th! Signs will be delivered during senior week. 

News from Student Council:
Class Officer Elections
Any student interested in running for a class officer position or Student Council rep position should pick up a nomination form from Ms. Kulik, Mr. McGann, Ms. Dicken, Mr. Wiczer, or the front office.  Nomination forms must be submitted to Mr. Wiczer or the front office by Friday, May 25th at 2:45pm.

School Committee Advisory Council:
Do your child want to have a voice on the Ashland School Committee, sharing with them what's going on at the high school and offering opinions on policies that will directly affect students?  They should consider running for one of five positions on the School Committee Advisory Council.  Interested students should pick up a blue nomination form from Mr. Wiczer in B251.  Nomination forms are due by Friday, May 25th at 2:45pm.

Youth Advisory Council:
State Senator Karen Spilka is looking for two students from AHS to serve on her "Youth Advisory Council."  This group, made up of 2 students from each town that she represents, will meet once every other month with her at the State House, in Boston, or locally in MetroWest to discuss matters related to teens.  AHS is looking to send one incoming junior and one incoming senior.  Interested students should pick up an orange nomination form from Mr. Wiczer in B251.  Nomination forms are due by Friday, May 25th at 2:45pm.

Enjoy the weekend and be sure to check out the Parent Flyers .

Ashland Raises Healthy & Happy Kids:

The phrase I have heard most this past week is, “May is so busy!”. We’re almost there, folks! Five and a half weeks until school ends. We can make it if we do a couple small things each day to take care of ourselves.
  1. Make dinner easier. Grill, make pasta salads, or sandwiches. These can all be made quickly with healthy ingredients.
  2. Move your body every day. Exercise boosts endorphins, increases energy, and reduces anxiety. You don’t need to run 5 miles every day, just try to move your body for 20 minutes every day. Go for a walk after dinner or early in the morning, play soccer with your kids, dance in the kitchen, jump rope - do something you enjoy
  3. Teacher gifts do not need to be Pinterest worthy.  Don’t stress yourself out making, or finding, the perfect gifts for teachers/coaches/instructors. What they really want is a heartfelt note from your child/family.
  4. Call a friend. Chatting and laughing with a friend can immediately make you feel less stressed.
  5. Relax for 20 minutes every day. Take a bath, do yoga, read a book, meditate, watch a tv show with your spouse or kids.
  6. Hug your kids.  Your kids are only this age, in this grade in school, once. Enjoy this time.

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