Friday, May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018

Good afternoon-

We have jumped right into summer and the last few days have been sticky in the building. I am looking forward to a week that is a little bit cooler next week as we head into AP exams, MCAS, and Senior exams. 

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11!

A Message from the PTO:

Next week is National Teacher Appreciation Week!  We want to recognize all the hard work or AMS and AHS teachers and staff do for our students every day with several events next week.  Please see the Sign Up Genius below to help out.

Thank you in advance for your donation

Throughout this week all members of the sophomore class experienced the Signs of Suicide program in the Wellness II (sophomore) classes throughout the course of the week. This is the 2nd year Ashland High School has used this evidence-based program when teaching this unit.
I encourage all parents to go to the Screening for Mental Health website at:
The log-in is: ashlandhs-par
The password is: parent
You can review the video students watched and can see other helpful tools to help discuss mental health with your child. Please ask your 10th grader what they thought of the program.  The feedback we received from students was very positive.  If you do not wish to have your child participate in this program please send an email to me at

Parent Focus Group needed:
On May 22nd Ashland High School will participate in the first step of our accreditation, which will formally take place in 2020.  We will have a Collaborative Conference where a team of educators visits the school to see how we are doing as a school community working towards the standards put forth by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  Part of the process is a Parent Focus group.  I am looking for 8-10 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.  This is a mandatory event/school day and all students are required to participate.  It is also a day the students look forward to as they get a chance to give back to the community that raised them.  If you have a project or need please reach out to Ms. Lachapelle as and she will see if the class can support your project in any way.

The following documents were shared with the seniors yesterday.  Please encourage your son/daughter to return their Senior Week permission form as soon as possible.
Attached are the following documents:
Senior Exam Schedule (see below)
Senior Week Schedule with graduation rehearsal times and senior week events (see below)
Graduation blurb information-return blurb to
The seniors are aware they must attend school until 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.  

Here are some important dates to remember as the year comes to a close:
May 7- May 18: AP exams administered
May 11: Early Release for all students
              Grand March & Junior Prom
May 14: Academic Awards Ceremony
May 18: last day of classes for Class of 2018!
May 21-24: Senior exams (schedule)
May 23-24: Math MCAS (sophomores)
May 25: Class of 2018 Community Service Day (attendance is mandatory)
May 29-June 1: Senior Week
June 3: Graduation
June 6-7: Science MCAS
June 15-21: Final exams for grades 9-11

Dear High-Schooler,

In its 8th year, Harvard's Youth Lead the Change program for high schoolers (rising 9th to 12th graders) will run for five days from August 27-31, 2018 and will be held on Harvard's campus. Youth Lead the Change is a leadership program led by a team of Harvard undergraduates that seeks to provide high school kids with tangible leadership skills and empower them to be leaders in their communities. The program features guest speakers who are foremost leaders in their fields as well as numerous projects and modules to hone strong leadership skills. More information about the program can be found at The application deadline is  May 15st.

If you are interested, you can apply here! If you have previously attended a YLC conference and would like to become a Junior Counselor, please apply here.

The program costs $200 for the five days and this fee includes lunch every day as well as all other materials provided throughout the program. Financial aid is available and we are need blind in our application decisions.  The financial aid application can be found here

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions! I can be reached over email at


Thomas Bassett

Harvard University Class of 2021

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

Healthy Sleep Habits for Kids of All Ages

  1. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule – Your child's bedtime and wake up time should be about the same every day of the week, regardless if it is a school day or not.
  2. Exercise daily – Have your child make exercise part of his or her daily routine.
  3. Don't go to bed hungry – Make sure your child doesn't go to bed hungry. Provide a light snack such as a glass of milk, a piece of fruit, or cereal and milk.
  4. Avoid caffeinated products – Your child should avoid products that contain caffeine in the late afternoon/evening. Be aware caffeine-containing products include iced-tea, some sports drinks, and chocolate.
  5. Plan up to 1 hour of quiet time before bed – Before bedtime every night, allow your child to set aside up to 1 hour for calm, enjoyable activities, such as listening to quiet music or reading a book. This means NO SCREENS!
  6. Maintain a bedtime routine - This may include taking a shower or bath, brushing teeth, reading outloud or silently, saying prayers or a statement of gratitude, and a hug and kiss goodnight.
  7. Take phones/ipods out of kids' rooms when they go to bed- The buzzing, vibration and lights of texts and notifications can disrupt  sleep.

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