Friday, June 8, 2018

June 8, 2018

Good afternoon-

The year is quickly coming to a close.  Four more days of the regular school year to go!  Thursday, June 14 is the last full day of classes.  Students only need to attend during final exams when their class has an exam.  Buses run on the regular schedule and students are welcome to stay in the building for extra help and to study. Sandwiches and salads will be available for lunch.  

June 15-21: Final exams for grades 9-11

The Fall Sports meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday 6/13 at 6:30 in the high school auditorium.  Any student, along with their parent/guardian, who is interested in playing a fall sport at the high school or middle school level should attend the meeting.  Please note that incoming 6th graders are able to participate in middle school cross country only.  Information on registration, athletic fees, and tryout dates will be made available that evening.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Grimes at

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. 

Your Lego Donations Help AHS Robotics Team Succeed

The 2018 New England Regional Botball competition has come and gone, but not before the AHS Robotics Team placed second in the competition. This year marks the 16th year this team has been able to compete, and a big part of the success is due to fundraising and donations from the community. The team is now looking forward to the 2018-19 school year and fundraiser opportunities, including the sale of used Legos at Ashland Day!
Can you help? Somewhere in your garage, basement, or attic, there may be a box, bin, or tub of Legos collecting dust. Through your donations, the Lego team will turn used Legos into awesome sets that will then be sold at Ashland Day in efforts to raise funds for the 2019 competition. If you are interested and able to donate, please drop Legos to the main office at AHS when the building is open (about 9-2 daily during the summer). Simply tape “Robotics Club Donation, A219” to the top of your bin, and the Robotics Club will do the rest. Questions? Contact Chad McGowan, adviser,
As to the clubs success this year? Led by seven seniors (Sabrina Liu, Nathan Savard, Conrad Tulig, Josef Komissar, Arthur Wang, Hunter Steele, Ethan Prybala, and Matt Levine) the club came in second to perennial winner, Winchester HS. With AHS’s two robots, Frank and Stein, the team made their way through the double elimination finals, where they eventually faced their second defeat of the day.
Thanks to the leadership of seniors as well as an upstart group of sophomores, the team cruised through early rounds as they prepared for an eventual head to head competition with Winchester. In a stunning move in the semifinals, AHS reprogrammed one of their bots on the fly and shocked Pembroke high by removing the oft coveted ‘Botguy’ from their robot’s reach. Unfortunately, the consistency of the Winchester team caught up with Ashland in the finals as they fell to defeat. At the end of the day, Ashland returned home with two trophies, Second Place Overall, and the KISS award for engineering and design. Congratulations AHS Robotics and Good luck next year!


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

Ways to Nurture a Child’s Mental Health

There are many things you can do to cultivate your child’s mental health. Children need adults to be present in their lives, treat them with respect, and model healthy behaviors and ways to handle emotions.

  • Actively listen before offering your advice.
  • Surround them with healthy adults.
  • Teach them how to be safe.
  • Use open ended questions.
  • Model forgiveness.
  • Be present.
  • Have scheduled family time.
  • Be patient.
  • Share your feelings and validate theirs.
  • Limit electronic time for everyone.
  • Respond calmly when their emotions are elevated.
  • Make play and exercise a requirement.
  • Tell the truth.
  • Be consistent and follow through with what you promise.
  • Practice relaxation exercises together.
  • Recognize positive choices.
  • Set and respect boundaries.

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