Ashland Middle School

February/March Newsletter


Report Cards


Report cards were distributed to all students on

Friday, January 26th. If you have not seen your

son’s/daughter’s report card or have a problem

with any of the grades/comments, please give

either the teacher or Mr. Carney a call at

881-0167. They will work with you to address

all your questions and concerns.



Valentine’s Day Dance


I would like to continue the tradition of

scheduling a Valentine’s Day Dance on the

Thursday  night prior to our Winter Vacation.

This gives all our students a chance to attend

this dance without interfering with those

families that like to leave early for Winter

Break.  The dance will run from 6:30-9PM.

This will get everyone home by 9:30PM.

(Including the Principal!)  I will work with

the teachers to insure that no test are scheduled

for Friday.  This is always a fun dance and takes

on a special meaning when it is scheduled

during the week.



Middle School Council


Our Middle School Council has been meeting

monthly.  They have just completed a review of

The Fiscal 2002 budget and the Curriculum of

Studies For the 2001-2002 school year.  The

committee has also met with the Athletic Director

to review the Middle School Athletic Brochure

and to discuss some concerns parents have had

about the middle school program.  The next

scheduled School Council meeting is Monday,

February, 12th at 4:30PM in the Middle School

Conference Room.



Central District Music Festival


Ashland Middle School was well represented at

the annual Massachusetts Central District Junior

Audition with almost 40 choral and band students

auditioning.  The audition took place on Saturday,

January 20 at the Sullivan Middle School in



We are pleased that the Ashland Middle School

will be represented by four students who were

selected to perform as members of the Chorus.

Those students are Rachael Braunstein, Kelsey

Bottazzi, Emily Martinez and Laura Olson.


The students who were selected will attend two

after school rehearsals at Blackstone-Millville

Regional (March 20 and April 25) and will

perform in the District Concert on Saturday,

April 28 at Marlboro High School.


Congratulations to all the young musicians

who were involved in this event.


Quebec Trip


There are only a few weeks left until we leave

for Quebec, Canada.  We are very excited!

All payments, documentation, and student

information forms are due.  There will be a

brief and final meeting on Tuesday, February

6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria.


Elks Hoop Shoot Contest


During the Physical Education classes the

students were able to participate in the

Elks HoopShoot Contest.  The winner in

Boys 12-13 Division was Dan Hood –

14/15 foul shots.  Girls Division winner

was Tara Dorval – 9/10.  They went on

to the District Finals at the Danforth

Museum.  Dan Hood came in first again

and will go on to the State Finals.  Tara

Dorval came in second place.



National Geographic Geography Bee


On January 4th and 10th the middle school held its

Second National Geographic Geography Bee.  The

Bee is an educational outreach program of the

National Geographic Society.  Questions from the

Bee address the subject of geography in its

broadest sense.  The middle school had a

wonderful turn out with 75 seventh and eighth

grade students participating in the two day Bee.

The final round found Pat Bigsby facing Ross

Weisman for the right to move to the State Level

Competition.  Pat answered the following

question correct to become Ashland Middle

School’s National Geographic Geography

Bee Champion 2001.


Q.      Which Central American country is famous

for its coral reef, which is second in size to the

Great Barrier Reef off Australia?


A.      Belize


Congratulations Pat!!



Travel Night


We would like to thank all the families who

participated in Travel Night here at the Middle

School.  We would also like to thank those who

joined us for student presentations of the

Architecture Project.  We truly appreciate having

parents join us in enjoying student work.



The Foreign Language Department, Barbara

Dyer and Chad Kipp-McGowan





February 3 MathCounts will hold its annual

Metrowest Competition.  The Competition will

be held at the Lincoln School in Lincoln, MA.

Winners of the local area competition will go

on to the state level competition.


The Ashland Middle School website can now

be found online at  That

gives you two ways to access the site.  Do you have

questions or comments about the website?  Then

email Chad Kipp-McGowan at


Student of the Term

World Language

Ruth K.

Sarah L.

Rene B.

Shayna Z.



Colin M.

Danielle T.

Matthew W.

Steven C.

Erica W.

Whitney M.



Kyla G.

Danielle T.

Caitlyn M.



Nikki W.

Scott R.

Erica A.


Social Studies

Gina C.

David S.

Tiffany G.

Brian R.

David E.


Reading & Writing

Alea T.


Study Skills

Irina P.



Emily G.


Music Appreciation

Michael T.

Lauren C.


Family and Consumer Science

Paulo M.



Amy B.

Laura O.



Meredith P.

Irina P.

Jennifer L.

Ben G.

Jeff I.

Marla M.

Amelia P.


Physical Education

April B.

Erin B.

Stephanie C.

Lauren H.

Laura D.

Heather K.

Jill W.

Richard N.



Ben T.

Pat B.




Calendar of Events


Wednesday, January 31, 2001                           MCAS Review Meeting/Middle School Cafeteria  7-8PM Thursday, February 1, 2001 Curriculum Planning Council/Mindess Library  4-6PM

Friday, February 2, 2001                                      Hockey Team’s Fundraiser Dance  7-10PM

Saturday, February 3, 2001                                 Middle School Parent’s Night Out  6-9:30PM

Monday, February 5, 2001                                  K-8 PTO Meeting/ Mindess School  7PM

Wednesday, February 7, 2001                           FAME Meeting/Mindess School Teacher’s Lounge  7-9PM

Friday, February 9, 2001                                      Market Day Delivery/Middle School Cafeteria  5-6PM

                                                                                Middle School Dance – CANCELLED

Saturday, February 10, 2001                               PTO Silent and Live Auction/Glenn Ellen Country Club 7PM

Monday, February 12, 2001                                Middle School Council Meeting  4:30PM

Tuesday, February 13, 2001                               Special Education PAC Meeting/Mindess Library  7PM

Thursday, February 15, 2001                              Middle School Valentine’s Day Dance – 6:30-9PM

Friday, February 15, 2001                                    Winter Break begins at close of school

Monday-Friday, February

19-23, 2001                                                             Winter Break – NO SCHOOL

Monday, February 26, 2001                                Classes resume 7:30AM

                                                                                ADD/ADHD Parents Support Group/Mindess Library  7PM

Wednesday, February 28, 2001                         Progress Reports Distributed in Homerooms

Monday, March 5, 2001                                      K-8 PTO Meeting/Warren School  7PM

Wednesday, March 7, 2001                                FAME  Meeting/Mindess School Teacher’s Lounge 7PM

                                                                                Market Day Delivery/Middle School Cafeteria  5PM

Friday, March 9, 2001                                          Middle School Dance/Faculty-Student Basketball 6-9:30PM

Monday, March 12, 2001                                    Middle School Council Meeting  4:30PM

Tuesday, March 13, 2001                                    Special Education PAC Meeting/Mindess Library  7PM

Monday, March 19, 2001                                    ADD/ADHD Parent Support Group/Mindess Library 7PM

Saturday, March 24, 2001                                   Middle School Parent’s Night Out  6-9:30PM

Friday, March 30, 2001                                        3rd Term Grades Close

Monday, April 2, 2001                                         K-8 PTO Meeting/Pittaway School  7PM

Wednesday, April 4, 2001                                  FAME Meeting/Mindess School Teacher’s Lounge  7PM

Thursday, April 5, 2001                                       Market Day Delivery/Middle School Cafeteria 5PM

                                                                                Report Cards Distributed – Homerooms

Friday, April 6, 2001                                             Middle School Dance  7-9:30PM

Monday, April 9, 2001                                         Middle School Council Meeting  4:30PM