Friday, September 6, 2019

September 6, 2019

Good afternoon and Happy Friday!

Today we enjoyed one of my favorite days at AHS. We spent the day as a school community reviewing our core values and expectations through class meetings, 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 Escape Room style puzzle solving adventure.  Students in mixed grade classrooms worked as a team to solve the clues and learn about our community.  

The class meeting power point is linked here for students to refer to. Students and families should review the Student Handbook and make sure iStudent is accessible.  

One important handbook change to note is a change in attendance times in order for students to participate in after school activities: (we have worked to align our Student and Athletic Handbooks):  
Any student absent from school may not participate in or attend school activities that day, unless prior approval of the Principal or Dean has been given. Students must be in attendance at school before 9:30 AM to participate in any school activity unless prior approval for absence is granted by the Principal or Dean. In addition, students may not be dismissed prior to 1:30 PM unless prior approval of the Principal or Dean has been given. On early release days, students must be in attendance for the entire school day in order to participate in any school activity unless prior approval for absence is granted by the Principal or Dean. Students dismissed from school due to illness, may not return to school for participation in school activities. (This applies to attendance reasons that are not considered excused.)
*Please note that the Prom is scheduled for Friday, May 8, 2020-students must be in school all day to attend, dismissal is at 12:35pm.

After the PBIS activity we celebrated Convocation, where seniors received the "key to the school".  Brandon Grover, the Class President, shared a positive and encouraging message, asking students to take advantage of their high school years since it will fly by.  Seniors did their traditional fire truck picture and enjoyed a bbq.  

The fire truck picture!

Back to School Night!
The AHS Back to School Night is Thursday, September 26th from 6:00-8:00pm (please note corrected time!).  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.  

Dear Ashland Families, 
Please view the Family SEL Newsletter #2, which includes a link to the new website that
I have created. Have a wonderful start to the new school year! 
Jen Cutler, Director of Counseling & Social Emotional Learning

Please take a minute to read this important message from AHS and Decisions at Every Turn:
MWAHS/STAND letter  We look forward to sharing data from our most recent MetroWest Adolescent Health survey and getting input from students and families regarding how we use this data to better educate our students.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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