Friday, May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

A very special thank you to all of the Veterans in our community. Today the Class of 2018 had a wonderful day of community service. They started the day with a presentation from Mass Fallen Heroes.  The speaker delivered a message about the importance of service and why we celebrate Memorial Day.  Check out this powerful video about Mass Fallen Heroes.

Parents of Seniors- Graduation is almost here!  
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.

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

Class Day and Graduation are 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.  

A message from Student Council:
Student council is still looking for two students interested in running for the School Committee Advisory Council.  This group meets with the School Committee once every other month, informs them about what's going on at Ashland High School, and offers them the student perspective on policy as it relates to the Ashland Public Schools.  Any interested students must see Mr. Wiczer by Wednesday, May 30th to pick up and complete a nomination form.

Ashland High School will be hosting exchange students from China next year. The students need a home for the year.  If you are interested in hosting a student check out the attached flyer. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ashland Raises Healthy & Happy Kids" Identifying symptoms of ADD and ADHD

Many people think of ADHD and picture a young boy who cannot sit still. In fact there are three groups of symptoms in both adults and children with ADD/ADHD: Inattention, Hyperactivity and Impulsivity.


You might not notice it until a child goes to school. In adults, it may be easier to notice at work or in social situations. The person might procrastinate, not complete tasks like homework or chores, or frequently move from one uncompleted activity to another.

They might also:
  • Be disorganized
  • Lack focus
  • Have a hard time paying attention to details and a tendency to make careless mistakes. Their work might be messy and seem careless.
  • Have trouble staying on topic while talking, not listening to others, and not following social rules
  • Be forgetful about daily activities (for example, missing appointments, forgetting to bring lunch)
  • Be easily distracted by things like trivial noises or events that are usually ignored by others.


Kids with hyperactivity may:
  • Fidget and squirm when seated.
  • Get up frequently to walk or run around.
  • Run or climb a lot when it's not appropriate. (In teens this may seem like restlessness.)
  • Have trouble playing quietly or doing quiet hobbies
  • Always be "on the go"
  • Talk excessively

Toddlers and pre-schoolers tend to be constantly in motion, jumping on furniture and having trouble participating in group activities that call for them to sit still. For instance, they may have a hard time listening to a story. Hyperactivity can show up as feelings of restlessness in teens and adults.


Symptoms of impulsivity include:
  • Impatience
  • Having a hard time waiting to talk or react
  • Have a hard time waiting for their turn.
  • Blurting out answers before someone finishes asking them a question.
  • Frequently interrupt or intrude on others. This often happens so much that it causes problems in social or work settings.
  • Start conversations at inappropriate times.

Talk with your doctor or pediatrician if you identify the above symptoms in yourself or your child. ADD/ADHD can be treated with therapy, learning strategies and organization skills, and sometimes medication.

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