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Back to School Letter

posted Aug 8, 2018, 12:37 PM by Kelley St. Coeur

August 8, 2018


Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians:

I hope you are having a wonderful summer but I have to say I am excited to welcome you all back! The building is so quiet and I miss the student energy.  I hope your summer has brought plenty of time to relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends.  


We are very excited to welcome the following new staff:

  • Javier Arango, Spanish

  • John Noel, Special Education

  • James Phillips, School Psychologist

  • Erika Thomson, Math


Internally, Jess Curran, School Psychologist, has transitioned from her previous role of half-time at the middle school and half-time with us to our full-time psychologist.

Schedules for 2018-2019 for all new students were sent today, August 8, 2018.  If you do not receive a schedule please call the AHS main office to request one.  All students, grades 10-12, can view their schedules through iStudent.  Any current AHS student who does not recall how to access iStudent can email Linda Chaney to have their account reset. (Members of the Class of 2022 will receive their iStudent log-in information at New Student Orientation but can see their schedules through iParent if it is set up.)  It is important to note that the schedules are not 100% finalized and there will be some changes as we try to balance out class sizes and meet the needs of all students.  The guidance staff and administration have been working tirelessly this summer to produce the best schedule for the greatest amount of students.  Any blank space in the schedule indicates a study hall.  Study hall room assignments will be reflected on schedules by the first day of school.  If you have not already done so, please visit our website https://ipass.imgsoftware.com/school/ashland/pamregister.html and sign-up for iParent.  (If you are receiving a hard copy of this letter there is also a copy on the AHS website with working links.)


Our guidance staff will return to the office on August 21.  If you would like to set up a meeting with your counselor regarding schedule changes, we will be offering 15 minute appointments from 8:30 – 11:45, and 12:30-1:30 on August 21, 23, and 24.  On August 22 counselors will be available from 11:30-3:00 and will then be present at the New Student Orientation from 4-6pm.  You may call the high school main office at 508-881-0177 to arrange an appointment.


If you would like to email the main office please use the following address: ahsmainoffice@ashland.k12.ma.us


All summer work is posted at http://sites.ashland.k12.ma.us/ahs-guidance-department/summer-reading-assignments

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Ashland High School does not have a school supply list.  Teachers will share with students what is needed for individual classes over the course of the first couple of days.  Students should plan to start the year with a notebook and writing utensils (pens & pencils). Students are allowed to carry backpacks at AHS and all students are assigned a locker.  Students can rent a lock for their locker through the front office for $5 or bring their own lock and provide the office with the combination or copy of the key.


Key Dates:


  • Freshman and New Student Orientation- Wednesday, August 22 from 4-6pm.  We will have a barbecue and fun activities so please plan to attend to get to know the school community.  This event is for students only but there will be a brief orientation and Q&A for any parents that are interested at 4:15pm once students are sent to their homerooms.

  • The Student Leadership Summit will be on Thursday, August 23 from 10am-2pm.  This annual event is a chance for all students interested in helping to build a positive school culture and set goals and expectations for a great school year.  All captains and students in club and activity leadership positions are expected to attend.  Please RSVP by clicking this link to attend.


  • First day of classes will be Wednesday, August 29, 2018.  Our start time is 8:20am. The first bell will ring at 8:10am.  Students are expected to remain in the back lobby/cafeteria until that time.  The building will be open and the cafeteria will begin serving breakfast at 7:50am.  


  • There are no classes on Friday, August 31 and Monday, September 3, 2018 in honor of Labor Day.  


Enjoy the last couple of weeks of summer and we look forward to seeing you soon!


Sincerely,


Kelley St. Coeur

Principal


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