Clubs and Activities       

Ashland High School prides itself in offering students numerous opportunities to get involved in their school.  Currently the clubs and activities which are being offered to students at no charge are listed below. Underneath each club/activity name is a short description of each program, and the name of the teacher advisor for the program.  If you are interested in participating please see the Club Advisor for more information.
  
Academic Decathalon
Club Advisor: Chaz Alberts
Mondays 2:00pm

Ambassadors
Club Advisor: DJ Jost
The AHS Ambassadors help transfer students who are new to the school find their way around, navigate the schedule, make new friends, join clubs or sports and generally become a part of the AHS family. Besides meeting twice a month, we are on-call to greet and escort these students to class for their first few days.  Please drop by room B243 or email Ms. Jost at djost@ashland.k12.ma.us to join.

Amnesty International 
Club Advisor: Aleisha Egan

The AHS chapter of Amnesty International is a student run club that is focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.  We discuss human rights abuses around the world, participate in international campaigns to promote equality, and organize events to raise awareness of social and political injustices.   We meet Tuesdays after school.

Art Club
Club Advisor: Scott Smith
Tuesdays/Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 pm

Ashland High School Theater
Club Advisor: David Harrington
Ashland High School Theatrical Society is an extracurricular program that produces two productions each year. The Theatrical Society Advisor and Student Officers oversee the program. The focus of the Theatrical Society: to enhance student education by developing skills that promote success in today’s world. Skills include: effective communication, leadership, self-confidence, and self-discipline. Our productions are about collaboration. The final product—the show—is a symbol of the efforts of all involved, both backstage and onstage. Visit ahsts.com for more information.

Breaking the Barriers
Club Advisor: Lindsay Hogan

Envirothon
Club Advisor: Jennifer Benstock
Mass Envirothon is a statewide environmental education program for high school age young people and their advisors. The Massachusetts Envirothon challenges young people to:Get outdoors and explore -- and gain hands-on knowledge and experience of Massachusetts ecosystems, Engage with their communities -- and develop skills for investigating local environmental issues and participating in community decisions and action, Test their environmental knowledge and skills in a challenging competition, Grow in their commitment to stewardship of the environment and natural resources, Cultivate a curiosity and a love of learning in science, Increase their awareness of career opportunities in the environmental field. (Thursdays 2:00-3:00 pm)

Fan Club
Club Advisor: Holly Leblanc
FAN Club (Friends of All Natures) is a weekly club that celebrates diversity and promotes acceptance and respect in an inclusive environment. FAN Club helps create new friendships, gives back to the community and has helped establish a stronger sense of inclusion at Ashland High School. Members of FAN club participate in weekly after-school activities, go on field trips (examples of past trips include: Special Olympics, McAuliffe Center, Fenway Park), and coordinate out of school activities once a month. (Wednesday 2:00 pm)

Games Club
Club Advisor: Bev Chase

Join us after school on Wednesdays to enjoy a variety of games - board games, card games, sports games, video games. Participate in the occasional tournament and win a prize! No need to be an expert - with practice you hone your strategies. This after school program is designed just for pure fun. We will run a session each semester. (Fridays 2:00 pm)

Gay Straight Alliance
Club Advisor: Lauren Wolfe
 
The AHS GSA is a student run club that works to improve school climate for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender/identity expression.  We discuss LGBTQ+ issues, participate in national campaigns to promote equality, and attend and organize social events for LGBTQ+ youth in the MetroWest/Greater Boston area. We meet once a week after school in room B211. (Mondays 2:00 pm)

Japanese Club
Club Advisor: Leah Marshquist

Students will learn about and participate in Japanese cultural activities such as a formal Japanese tea ceremony, origami making, cooking and best of all, learning the language! The club will try to culminate in a field trip to the Japanese mall in Porter Square, or enjoy a visit from a guest speaker fluent in Japanese. 

Jazz Ensemble
Club Advisor: Darren Maule
Meets Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 pm

Junior State of America
Club Advisor: Len Rabinowitz

The Junior State of America (JSA) is a national, student-run organization that focuses on debate and political awareness. The club meets weekly in school to debate issues both serious (abortion, health care, capital punishment) and not so serious (Harry Potter vs. Twilight, cats vs. dogs, Xbox vs. PlayStation). The club also goes on three overnight trips each year (Fall State in Boston, Winter Congress in Washington DC, and Spring State in Stamford, CT). Fall State and Spring State are two day trips where students sign up for previously arranged debates. Winter Congress is a three day trip where students debate and either pass or reject bills that the students themselves have written. These are all fantastic opportunities to explore the important issues in the world, learn good research tactics, improve public speaking and quick thinking, as well as make fantastic new friends. JSA - Because Democracy is not a spectator sport. (Wednesdays 2:00-3:30 pm)

Leos Club
Club Advisor: Caroll Walden
The Leos Club is the student version of the Lions Club which does charitable work in the community. It is a community service club. (Friday 7:00-7:30am)

Make A Wish Club
Club Advisor: Jennifer Pavia-Shiels
The Make A Wish Club supports the Make A Wish Foundation through a team oriented and student participatory approach.  The Make A Wish foundation strives to grant wishes to children suffering from a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition. The Make A Wish club focuses their energy on year long fundraising efforts to assist the foundation in granting wishes. (Fridays 7:00 am)

National Honor Society    
Club Advisor: Marybeth Gallant
See NHS tab

Newspaper Club
Club Advisor: Crystal Jankowski
Meets Tuesday at 2:00 pm

Recycling Club
Club Advisor: Chris Scott

Robotics
Club Advisor: Chad McGowan 
The Ashland High School Robotics Club provides an environment where students work cooperatively in their attempts to solve open ended design problems through the use of autonomous robotic designs and programming while exploring science, technology, engineering and math. The Culminating Activity for the Robotics Club is the annual New England Botball®Tournament held at UMass/Lowell. (Tuesdays 2:00 pm)

Spanish Club
Club Advisor: Lisa Dunn
Mondays 2:00pm

Student Council
Club Advisor: Josh Wiczer
The AHS Student Council is a body of student leaders, primarily elected class officers, who share similar interests, ideals, and goals in order to benefit Ashland High School and the Ashland community. The Student Council offers programs and activities that provide opportunities for socialization and student government in order to encourage leadership and school pride. Many of these activities serve as fundraisers to benefit Ashland High School, the Ashland community, and charitable organizations. The Student Council also strives to promote the general welfare of the student body by improving school spirit, morale, and student-teacher relations, by providing a forum for student expression, etc. Student Council members are expected to model the core values of Ashland High School in all that they do: respect, responsibility, integrity, involvement, and achievement.   (Taken from the AHS Student Council Constitution)
Visit https://sites.google.com/site/stucoashland/ for more information. (Every other Wednesday 6:55 am)

Students Against Destructive Decisions
Club Advisor: Brian Garrigan
 
The goal of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is to promote good and safe decision making by teens. We emphasize drug and alcohol use prevention and impaired driving in our efforts. We have met at least monthly this year, and often more frequently.

Activities are determined by group decision making, but in the past have included posting warning stickers at Ashland liquor stores, meeting with Mindess 5th graders to promote our "Caring Card" program for HS students, attending a leadership conference and hosting a bumper sticker contest. (Tuesdays 7:00 am)

Select Chorus
Club Advisor: Kayla Cardin

Acappella Choir will be offered after school on a weekly basis for the entire school year. Students will sing a variety of musical styles and will have input into the music selection. The ensemble will perform in at least three concerts at school: the Winter concert in December, the March concert and Pops Night in May.(Thursdays 4:00-5:30 pm)

Ultimate Frisbee
Club Advisor: Stephen Moshkovitz
 
Ultimate Frisbee is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. Despite popular belief, it is not just a bunch of barefoot hippies in a field. Ultimate is one of the most intense tests of athleticism and endurance out there. The team plays each spring against teams from all over the area, some as close as Hopkinton and Holliston and others as far as Andover and Abington. The game teaches not only athleticism and strategy but also sportsmanship. There are also opportunities to attend clinics and tournaments throughout the season. Ashland's Ultimate Frisbee team has had tremendous success in the past - finalists in the 2009 Abington Tournament, third place in the Division II state tournament in 2008, and finalists in the 2007 Division II state tournament - and looks to continue that success in the future. Ultimate Frisbee officially runs from March until June, but opportunities are available to play tournaments in the fall and in an indoor league in the winter. (Daily spring season)

Wind Ensemble
Club Advisor: Darren Maule
Tuesday 2:30-4:30 pm

Yearbook Club
Club Advisor:  Chad McGowan & Suzanne Reap (financial advisor)
The Yearbook Club is comprised of students from all grade levels who are dedicated to producing the best yearbook Ashland High School has ever had. If you are interested in learning more, visit our website: http://sites.ashland.k12.ma.us/yearbook/ and join us at our meetings which start in early September.(Tuesdays 2:00 pm)