Friday, September 7, 2018

September 6, 2018

Good afternoon and Happy Friday!

Today we enjoyed one of my favorite days at AHS: the All-school PBIS activity and Convocation. Each year the entire school comes together to participate in fun activities that are designed to teach students about our core values and expectations.  This year we had an all-school Scavenger Hunt.  Students in mixed grade classrooms worked as a team to solve the clues.  

After the Hunt we celebrated Convocation, where seniors received the "key to the school".  A fuse blew and we lost power, and therefore sound, but the seniors did a great job moving forward with their celebration.  Andrew Dunn, the Class President, delivered a strong message asking students to stand up by getting involved and enjoying their time.  He also shared...."... it also means standing up and thanking the faculty, friends, and family who got you to where you are today, standing up for the kid that gets picked on or has no one to sit with, and standing up for what is right in this school and in the world. Because I am telling you right now, we have the rest of our lives to sit down, but we only have this moment to stand up next to the people we have grown up next to and live out our senior year to the fullest." It was a great message to end our day of teaching values and expectations.

On Wednesday this week we had class meetings with each class. Last year we rolled out some changes regarding the Community Service expectations which are linked here for your review.
Students were encouraged to review the AHS Student/Parent Handbook on the AHS website and to reach out with any questions.

Bus updates:
We would like to make you aware of some changes to the bus routes. We have added an 18th bus to alleviate some over crowding and eliminate the wait list. 
If your child was effected by this change, you will receive a notification in the mail, along with a new bus pass if applicable. 
The bus routes that are involved in these changes are mainly at the HS/MS. 

These routes include: 
HS/MS Bus 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 17

Mindess Bus 17 Dream Station and Bus 4 YMCA will now ride Bus 18 in the afternoon to these daycares

All Warren School students attending Dream Station will now ride Bus 18 in the morning and afternoon.

These changes will take effect Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
Please contact the Transportation Department  at 508-532-4005.

Attention parents of seniors: the AHS School Counseling Department is hosting a College
Information Night for seniors and their families on Thursday, September 13th from 7:00pm 
to 8:00pm in the AHS Auditorium.  The counseling staff will be presenting to families on the 
process of applying to college,how students can maximize their success, and the procedure for 
applying for financial aid for college.  It is an extremely informative event and helpful for all 
families that are navigating this process, and especially those that are encountering this for the 
first time.  If you have any questions about theprogram, feel free to contact Mr. Cory McGann 
Be sure to check out the Parent Flyers  

If you participated in the 2018 Ashland Summer Reading Program please take two minutes to complete this three question survey which will assist us in improving the program for next summer?

18th Annual Student Sportsmanship Essay/Multimedia Contest
Students from MIAA Member Schools are encouraged to submit entries.
Show your creativity in a literary work or multimedia presentation on the following topic:

·         PARTICIPANTS - Contest is open to students in grades 9-12 at MIAA member schools
·         LITERARY ENTRIES - Must be typed, double spaced, and contain no more than 500 words
·         MULTIMEDIA ENTRIES - Must be a video that is no longer than 3 minutes
·         First Place ($400) and Runner-Up ($200) prizes will be presented in two categories (literary and multimedia)
·         Contest winners will present their entries as honored guests during the 25th Annual MIAA Sportsmanship Summit at Gillette Stadium on Friday, November 16, 2018
·         First Place and Runner-Up literary entries will be published in a compilation entitled “Sportsmanship: A Game Plan for Life, Volume XVIII”
·         First Place and Runner-Up multimedia entries will be available through the MIAA website
·         All entries must be received by 12:00pm on Friday, October 12, 2018

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