Friday, March 22, 2019

March 22, 2019

Good evening-

Today we celebrated the 5-Town Special Olympics at Holliston High School.  It was fun to watch our athletes enjoy hockey skills and games with their peers from Holliston, Medfield, Medway, and Millis. It was even better to see their pride in their accomplishments.  The torch was passed to Ashland during the closing ceremony and we look forward to hosting next year!

Important news about MCAS:
Next week all members of the sophomore class will be taking MCAS. Students will test from Tuesday, March 26- Wednesday, March 27.  This is the first time students at AHS have taken the Next-Generation MCAS test.  Our 10th grade students have taken MCAS on the computer before, in grades 7 & 8, but it is the first time they will be administered at AHS.  Please make sure your student gets a good nights sleep, eats a good breakfast, and arrives to school on time. 
Here is some important information about the test. I encourage your to review this information and the DESE website for more information. 

About the next-generation grade 10 MCAS tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics

  • The next-generation MCAS tests are an updated version of the old MCAS tests and are given on a computer instead of on paper (unless students have special needs that require a paper test). Students in grades 3 through 8 have been taking the next-generation tests since 2017.
  • In spring 2019, students in grade 10 (the class of 2021) will be the first class to take the next-generation high school tests in ELA and mathematics.
  • The next-generation tests have different score ranges and achievement levels than the old tests: the new scale is 440–560 points, and the new achievement levels are Exceeding Expectations, Meeting Expectations, Partially Meeting Expectations, and Not Meeting Expectations.
  • The minimum score needed to pass the next-generation MCAS will be set at a level equivalent to the passing score on the old MCAS for this year's sophomores and for students who are now freshmen (members of the classes of 2021 and 2022).

Ashland High School Student Council 11th Annual Bingo Night:
The Ashland High School Student Council would like to invite the entire Ashland community to our 11th annual Bingo night, held on Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:30pm in the high school cafeteria.  This family-friendly event is open to participants of all ages -- young children, senior citizens, and everyone in-between.  All prizes have been donated by local businesses and restaurants (and are listed online at:  $10 for a pack of 6 cards good for the entire night (or $20 for 12 cards, $30 for 18 cards, etc.)  Bring your own Bingo marker or bring $1 to buy one.  There will free coffee/water and baked goods and the Class of 2019 will be selling food from Chik-fil-a.  The evening will be MCd by high school teachers Ron Campbell and Randa Istfan.  

Check out our promo video at:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Josh Wiczer (Student Council advisor) at

Dear Parent/Guardian of Ashland Athlete:

Thank you for all of your continued support of the Ashland Athletic Program. Below you will find a link to a survey where we aim to receive parent feedback on the recently completed Winter Sports season. Please respond to the following statements below using the answer choices provided.   Take your time on this survey and chose the response that most clearly and honestly represents your feelings/experience. This completed form is CONFIDENTIAL and will not be shown to your child or the coaches.  It will only be viewed by the Athletic Director, Mr. Marks. Thank you for your time!

Clocker Store online....Youth and adult sizes available!!!!

Ashland High School is looking for families to host an exchange student for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please consider opening your home to a student from China.  Host families can receive a referral bonus as well!

Check out the Parent Flyers  to see what is going on around the schools and town!

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