Friday, December 20, 2019

December 20, 2019

Happy winter break and happy holidays to all who celebrate at this time. I wish you all the best as 2019 comes to an end and a healthy, happy 2020.

Our newly formed TV/Video club had a fun this week creating a Holiday Trivia video. I hope you learn some fun facts!

We return to school on Thursday, January 2, 2020 and it will be a quick three weeks until mid-terms begin.

The schedule for Mid-term exams is found here. Exams are scheduled for January 23, 24, 27, and 28, 2020. Students only need to be in attendance for the time of their exams. Teachers will be available during assigned class times for students needing extra help. 

Honor a senior in the yearbook
Parents of seniors, it is not too late to order an ad in the yearbook to congratulate your child for all of their high school accomplishments! These ads will include your chosen photos and text. Visit to place your ad (and buy a book if you need to) ASAP. Space is limited.

Seal of Biliteracy:
Ashland Public Schools is pleased to once again partner with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to offer the State Seal of Biliteracy as a means to recognize high school graduates who attain high functional and academic levels of proficiency in English and a foreign language. Specifically, proficiency means that students can function in both languages in authentic, real-life situations. The Seal of Biliteracy is a special state insignia that will be affixed to the graduate's diploma. We are inviting all members of the Class of 2020 to register their intent to test of the Seal by Friday, January 3, 2020. The test for language proficiency will be administered during mid-term exams.

2020 Seal of Biliteracy letter (English)

2020 Seal of Biliteracy letter (Português)

2020 Seal of Biliteracy letter (Español)

2020 Seal of Biliteracy letter (русский)   

Friday, December 13, 2019

December 13, 2019

Good afternoon-

The winter break is quickly approaching and you can feel the excitement in the building. As a reminder, next Friday, December 20 is an early release day. AHS students are dismissed at 12:35pm. Students return to class on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

News from Student Council:
The Clocker Idol - Season 6
On Thursday, December 19th, the Ashland High School Student Council will be presenting the sixth year of "The Clocker Idol" (our version of "American Idol") at 7pm in the high school auditorium (65 E. Union St.)  Admission is $5/person and all the proceeds will go to the Ashland Emergency Fund.  The entire community is invited to watch this family-friendly event and help vote on who the next "Clocker Idol" will be.

The participants are: Britney Castelly, Caroline Ellis, Leanne Fejer, Justin Galang, Brandon Kohn, Brady McGuire, Jack Nathanson, Emma Pawl and Elisa Torres.  

Maeve McMahon (the season 5 winner) will give a special performance.  

The MCs for the event are: Brigid McSweeney and Jill Sternick

The judges for the event are: Mr. Alberts, Ms. Lachapelle, Ms. Nemeth, Prof. Rufo-Curran, and Ms. Twomey

Check out our promotional video online:

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, December 6, 2019

December 6, 2019

Good afternoon-

If you are attending tomorrow's AHS football championship game at Gillette please review the attached directions and expectations. Hope to see you there. Go Clockers!

Ashland High School hosts exchange students from China each year. Are you interested in welcoming  student into your home? Check out the attached flyer for more information. Click here to read more about the Cambridge Network Host Family Network and referral bonus.

Important Upcoming dates:
12             Winter Concert                                                                  7:00 – 9:00 pm
19             Clocker Idol                                                                       7:00 – 9:00 pm
20             Early Release                                                                   12:35 pm

Challenge Day : Coming January 29, 2020

Imagine a school where everyone feels safe, loved and celebrated. Imagine enemies finding common ground and making peace; friends healing past hurts and making amends; people igniting their passion for service and leadership; adults and youth working together to create a school where everyone is included and thrives. This is Challenge Day. 

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Ashland High School will host its 3rd annual Challenge Day. We invite 100 students who have not participated in the program before to join 25 teen leaders and 25 adults in a day of fun, community building, held in the gym. It is a memorable, life-changing day that helps to build empathy and connectedness. If you are interested please sign-up here. 

I hope you will join us for this amazing experience! We are so grateful for the Ashland PTO for their ongoing support of this event.