Friday, January 24, 2020

January 24, 2020

Good evening-

I hope the first two days have gone well for students and that students have time to relax and review content for their next exams this weekend.

Students should be checking their new schedules in iStudent this weekend.  Students should see their counselors immediately if  they have any concerns. There is a 0 day add/drop period which ends on February 11, 2020 for students in semesterized courses. 

Teachers have started the course registration process. They will be making recommendations through February 3, 2020. Please encourage your student to approve their recommendations and choose elective classes starting on February 3. It is very important that all students rate their elective preferences using the comment box. Course registration/selection timeline for 2020-2021

Report cards will be available after 3:00pm on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Report Cards
are available in the My Documents link in iParent and iStudent. This provides you with a
clean view and printable PDF of the report card.

We are very excited to welcome a therapy dog to our team. Please see the attached letter with
with important information about his role at AHS and how will support students who have
allergies and/or a fear of dogs.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!** The PTO is looking for volunteers to act as classroom monitors 
at Ashland High School on January 29th during the Challenge Day program, which brings students and faculty together to create a school where everyone is included and thrives. 
Morning and afternoon time slots are available. Please click here to sign up!
Note:  You must have a valid CORI on file prior to January 29th. If you are not sure of your CORI status please contact the main office.

Want to see the newest trends in prom fashions?  Want to see your favorite members of the senior class strut their stuff on the runway? Want to help the Make-A-Wish club grant Wish #5?  Then 
come to the Senior class fashion show on Sunday, January 26th at 2:00    Reserved seating is available online for $10 before the event and a $12 general admission will be available at the door.  See you there!

I received this great opportunity from MassBay yesterday and passed it along to juniors
and seniors. If this would be a good fit for your student, and you know they don't read email,
make sure they see it!
I am the Director of Workforce Development at MassBay Community College. We were awarded a state TRAIN Grant (Training Resources & Internship Networks)  that allows me to offer CompTIA A+ training as well as the test vouchers at no cost.  The interesting part of this opportunity is that I can also offer 20-25 hours of paid experiential training at one of our campus' help desks (or even your own) and then the opportunity to interview for a summer internship with an interested employer.
The training is intensive and runs 6-9pm Tuesdays and Thursdays starting February 11.  I would need to interview interested students to ascertain their ability to commit to the program.  It would be a great way to explore a career in IT. 
CompTIA A+ training leads to an industry credential sought out by employers for Help Desk Analyst entry level positions.  Attached is the proposed training plan.  I have a few seats still available.  Feel free to share the training plan with instructors of appropriate classes. The training would be most appropriate for seniors but motivated juniors could be included.

Summer 2020 STEM Sampler Workshops at MassBay Community College

MassBay Community College is excited to offer the Summer 2020 STEM Sampler Workshops for *underserved high school students who identify as female.
The workshops are a five-day exploratory in Science (biotechnology lab work), Technology (robotics and web design), Engineering (engineering design), and Math (interactive, contextualized in STEM).
Preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors, and graduating seniors.
Program dates are July 13th-17th, 2020; 9AM-3PM at the MassBay Wellesley Hills campus.
This program is FREE and funded through STEM Starter Academy
For more information and to apply, please visit:

*underserved-Must be one of the following: Eligible for free or reduced lunch, will be the first in their family to attend college, or are under-represented in college admissions.

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