Friday, September 21, 2018

September 21, 2018

Good evening-

This week we were very happy to congratulate members of the Class of 2019 who were named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. David Celatka, Neeharika Chanda, Alicia Dean, Andrew Dunn, Swathi Gorantla, Neha Shabeer, Colby Weiss, and Eesha Yadav were presented with a Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).  We are so proud of their academic achievement! 

Next week we will participate in Start with Hello Week, an initiative from the organization Sandy Hook Promise.  
"This program enables students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun, and impactful way by encouraging them to take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and to identify and help others who are showing signs of social isolation.

Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely or treated like you are invisible. Young people who feel this way may pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, or choose to hurt themselves or others.

We hope were are doing our part to help to bring attention to the growing epidemic of social isolation and empowering young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness."....from Start with Hello Week
I look forward to seeing how our peer leaders step up to create an environment where all students feel they have someone to say hello to.

Back to School Night!
The AHS Back to School Night is Thursday, September 27th from 6:00-8:00pm.  This evening is an opportunity for you to walk through your child's entire schedule, meet their teachers, and hear about the course expectations & syllabus.  There will be a brief presentation in the auditorium then parents will have the opportunity to visit all 7 classes. Each class will meet for approximately 10 minutes. Schedules will be distributed to parents beginning at 5:45pm.

Elections for parent representative to the AHS School Site Council are held at Back-to-School Night.  Please let me know if you are interested in joining the council.  Positions are for two years terms.

The AHS School Council is a group mandated by the MA Department of Education to assist the principal in:
1. Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards.
2. Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school.
3. Reviewing the annual school building budget.
4. Formulating a school improvement plan.
For any school that contains grades nine to twelve, the council shall review the student handbook each spring to consider changes in disciplinary policy to take effect for the following school year. 

If you would like more information please let me know at Students who are interested in serving are encouraged to email me or come to the office for more information.  We will determine meeting days in the near future but most meetings are held at 4pm for approximately 90 minutes.  

Notes from our School Counseling Department:
On Thursday, October 11th, the Massachusetts Educational Financial Authority (MEFA) is hosting a free financial aid seminar for families.  Primarily geared towards seniors who are starting the financial aid process this fall, it is open to all families who would find this information beneficial.  The financial aid process can sometimes be complicated, and the experts at MEFA are here to help Ashland families get a better idea on how this process works.  The event will be held at 7:00pm in the AHS auditorium.  

Senior Deadlines for Yearbook: 
We will be collecting the following information from seniors this year: Senior Bio (quote, memories, and goal), Senior portrait submitted either by Grynn and Barrett or by your chosen photographer, and senior baby photos, sibling photos, and memory photos (from prior grades and events as younger kids).
Bio is due by 10/15 (fill out this form )
All photos due by 10/29
Details can be found on the new yearbook website: 

Please stay tuned for Yearbook advertisement and purchase information, which will be available soon.

Be sure to check out the Parent Flyers  

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