Friday, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

Good afternoon and happy Friday!

It was a surprisingly quiet day given that it was the seniors last day of regular classes.  Just an example of what a great group of students  we have with the Class of 2018.  I am so proud them and can't wait to enjoy the next two weeks with them. They will go on to do great things!

Parent Focus Group members still needed:
On May 22nd Ashland High School will participate in the first step of our accreditation, which will formally take place in 2020.  I am still looking for a couple of parents who can meet with the visiting team on May 22nd at 9:35-10:30am.  Please email me if you are available!

Parents of Seniors- Graduation is coming quickly!  
We are in search of childhood photos of seniors to be included in the slide show that will be presented at the senior class banquet and before the graduation ceremony.  The more seniors the better.  And the more photos of fun times over the years, the better.  Seniors and parents, please send digital images to

Any seniors with food allergies should send details to Ms. Twomey at so that accommodations can be made for senior week meals.

All members of the Senior Class will participate in Community Service Day on Friday, May 25.  The day starts with a presentation from the Fallen Heroes Project at 9am in the AHS Auditorium. This is a mandatory event/school day and all students are required to participate.

The following documents have been shared with the seniors.  Please encourage your son/daughter to return their Senior Week permission form as soon as possible. Students must have the permission slip turned in to attend any event.
Attached are the following documents:
Senior Week Schedule with graduation rehearsal times and senior week events 
Graduation blurb information-return blurb to
The seniors are aware they must attend school following the senior week schedule and they must have a signed permission slip to attend senior week events.  

Graduation is open to all, no tickets are required!  We have plenty of room and we will live-stream the ceremony in the auditorium for anyone that needs a cool space to sit.  Class Day is open to all as well and we encourage families to attend.  

Students needed to represent AHS- get involved and have your voice heard!
The School Committee Advisory Council meets bi-monthly with the school committee updating them on things going on at the high school and providing the "student voice" to the committee.  In addition, one member from this group will be chosen (by the group) to serve on the school committee as the student rep and attend all bi-weekly meetings.

The Youth Advisory Council is run by Senator Karen Spilka and is made up of two students from each town she presides over.  This group meets 4 or 5 times a year with her, sometimes in MetroWest and other times at the State House in Boston, to discuss legislative matters as they relate to teenagers.  We are asked to elect an incoming junior and an incoming senior to this council.

Students interested in both of these positions should see Mr. Wiczer to pick up a nomination form. All paperwork must be submitted by Friday, May 25th at 2:50pm.

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. 

As you may remember last spring a letter was sent out from Superintendent Adams regarding the series "Thirteen Reasons Why".  If you are not aware, Season 2 of the series has been released by Netflix today, May 18.  Season One quickly went viral, especially among adolescents, and dealt with intense topics including sexual assault and suicide. The second season is believed to have similar themes which could be disturbing to some youth.
Please remember that if your child has questions, they should always feel able to talk to the support personnel we have in our schools. Guidance Counselors, School Psychologists, Adjustment Counselors, teachers, administration, and any trusted adult in the building are always available to students.
The National Association of School Psychologists and others have created several helpful guides which I have linked here:

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