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Mark Harmon Honored As Teacher Of The Month From KEE 100

Dave and Jen from KEE 100 visited Ashland Middle School on Wednesday December 12th with a special announcement. AMS's own Mark Harmon was honored as KEE 100's teacher of the month! Besides making the presentation Dave and Jen spent time interacting with students and staff. It was a special day at AMS. Click on the link to view a short clip of the days' event.  TEACHER OF THE MONTH

Ashland Middle School Science And Technology Fair January 14th

The Ashland Middle School Science and Engineering Fair will be held on January 14, 2019. To participate in the fair, you must register your project before 11:59 p.m. on January 4, 2019. All resources and links you need to design and prepare your project can be found by clicking on this link, AMS Science And Engneering Fair . If there are additional questions, feel free to email Mark Harmon at mark.harmon@ashland.kyschools.us .


Congratulations to AMS's STEM program for repeating as a Samsung Solve For Tomorrow State Finalist. AMS was selected as 1 of 250 finalist in the nation to move on to the second level in the competition.

Pickup Entrance Closer

This afternoon the Kansas St. entrance will be closed to traffic due to paving. Only buses will be allowed past the Dirk Payne Lane intersection.  Thank you for helping us spread the word. 

Title I Information

Please click on the link for Title I Information -   Title I Letter


The athletic department is now using Eventlink to share all sport athletic calendars.  Click on the link under the athletics tab to access online. You can also follow the athletic calendars through Eventlink webpage or app.


AMS has an awesome collection of clubs and service organizations! Click on "Read More"  to take a look at the details and FIND YOUR SUPERPOWER!

Safety & Resource Awareness Event

Everyone is invited to the Safety & Resource Awareness Event taking place Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 2 - 4 pm at Centenary United Methodist Church on Winchester Ave.  This back to school "readifest" program is offered to the community free of charge. They will have inflatables, face-painting, fire-safety house, police car, fire truck, games, hot dogs, chips, drinks, and more.  We hope to see you there.

Safety & Resource Awareness Event Flyer

School Immunization Update

Any student that has not yet obtained a NEW and current immunization certificate, listing all required shots, must have one prior to the 2018-19 school year. The Department of Public Health promulgated a new immunization regulation (effective June 21, 2017) with a new vaccination schedule (effective July 1, 2018). The previous immunization regulation and certificate did not include Hepatitis A. Because the prior certificate did not include Hepatitis A, it can no longer be used for school attendance. The new certificate was released in the summer of 2017. A copy of the new certificate is available online on the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) website. A physician’s office may print out an immunization certificate electronically for school attendance as long as the certificate meets all requirements outlined in 902 KAR 2:060.


Click the link below to see important dates for the 2018 - 2019 school year.


SUMMER K.R.U.S.H. Summer KRUSH logo

Ashland Community and Technical College presents SUMMER K.R.U.S.H. - Kids Rising Up through Support and Healing.  KRUSH is an exclusive summer camp for children of Incarcerated parents. Camp activities include juggling, dance, healthcare and first aid, grossology,technology, arts & crafts, etiquette, gratitude.  Click here to download the camp flyer.

Children Ages 8-10, register at http://bit.ly/KRUSH8-10
Children Ages 11-13 register at http://bit.ly/KRUSH11-13




2018 Summer Feed Program 2018 Summer Feed Program

The Ashland Independent School District is excited to announce our participation in the KY Summer Food Service Program.  The Summer Feed Program provides free meals to children and teens 18 years and under.  Crabbe Elementary will be serving breakfast and lunch daily Monday through Friday.  Breakfast will be served from 8:00 am - 9:00 am.  Lunch will be served 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.  We encourage our families to take advantage of the 2018 Summer Feed Program at Crabbe Elementary.  If you have questions concerning the program please contact Linda Calhoun at 327-2706.  

2018 Summer Feed Flyer

USAA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.​

The Ashland Independent Food Service Program

The Ashland Independent School District is dedicated to serving nutritious meals and providing physical activity opportunities to ensure our students are fueled and ready to learn. Click the informational brochure below to find out more.

AISD Food Service Nutrition and Physical Activity Brochure


RFP for Audit Services

Request for Proposal


RFP for Depository





End Of The School Year Important Dates

Click on the link below to view the dates for the important events happening in May at Ashland Middle School.

May Event Dates

Full May Calendar

Title I - In the Know Night

On Tuesday evening, April 24, 2018 at 5:00 pm the district will be hosting a Title I informational seminar.  The session will take place at the KYOVA Mall.  Questions regarding Infinite Campus, kindergarten, school readiness and much more will be addressed.  We hope you will mark your calendar and join us. 

Title I - In the Know Night flyer


The Ashland Independent School District's 2017-2018 School Year Calendar has been revised effective 3-26-2018. Here is the link to view the revised calendar: http://www.ashland.kyschools.us/userfiles/3/my%20files/calendar/2017-2018%202ndrevised%20district%20calendar.pdf?id=39597

New KY Immunization Requirements coming in 2018

Effective July 1, 2018 all students in kindergarten through twelfth grade must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school, and students age 16 or older, must show proof of having received two doses of Meningococcal ACWY vaccine (MenACWY) to attend school.  Please refer to the attached document for more information.

New Kentucky Immunization Requirements


Ashland Middle School is proud to announce this just realeased schoolwide "LIPDUB" showcasing the entire shool.!!!

Follow this link to discover what a fantastic school Ashland Middle School is!!! https://youtu.be/9Sq3nDGTYQc

Ashland Middle School needs your vote!

Ashland Middle School needs your vote!  In February AMS was named the Kentucky winner in the National Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition!  Now they are a National Top 10 Finalist!  As a Finalist they have won $50,000 and are now in a social media competition to win one of three national spots and a $150,000 grand prize. 

Please visit http://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/ and vote for Ashland Middle School.  It takes a Facebook account and second of your time.  To earn extra votes you can post the link on Facebook and Twitter.

 You can vote once a day from now until April 2nd.  Thanks for supporting AMS!

AMS Is A Samsung Solve For Tomorrow National Finalist

We are excited to announce that Ashland Middle School has been named a National Finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest! Congratulations to Mr. Polley's 3D Modeling Class and AMS's STLP group. This is an awesome accomplishment. The team is tackling serious issues caused by the opioid crisis.  Go to http://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/ to see all 10 National Finalist.

2/26/18 Announcements
McKinney-Vento Grant available for homeless assistance

The Ashland Independent School District receives the McKinney-Vento grant. This grant allows our schools to help families who are in transition or homeless. If you are homeless or in transition and you need assistance please call Christine Scott, homeless coordinator at 606-327-2706.

A message from the Superintendent

Our district has received multiple threats towards our schools. Each threat has been taken seriously and investigated fully with the assistance of the Ashland Police Dept. Arrests have been made in connection to these threats. As always, our first priority is the safety of our students, staff, and families. Feel free to call central office at 606-327-2706 if you have any additional questions or concerns.

FRYSCKy Public Policy Survey

It’s time for our FRYSCKy Public Policy Survey!  

The Public Policy Committee is seeking your input on the importance of the Family Resource Youth Service Centers in our schools..  The committee is looking for firsthand accounts of the importance of FRYSC. The survey will be available for one week only, and will end at 10:00 am (ET) on Friday, February 16, 2018

SURVEY LINK:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KKBJ9T7

Email Migration

On Thursday evening, 1/25/18, the Ashand Independent Schools will be migrating to a new email system.  Public communication via email for all staff and students will be down starting at 5:00 pm on Thursday and could possibly last in to the day on Friday.  Please check this post for the progress of the conversion.  Updates will be added as they come to us from the Kentucky Department of Education.

Attention Staff, KDE had a successful evening and webmail is already up and running.  To check you mail simply click above under LINKS, then EMAIL or by using this link: https://login.microsoftonline.com



2 Hour Delay on Friday, January 19, 2018

Ashland Independent Schools will be on a 2 hour delay, Friday, January 19. 2018. Please be reminded that buses will pick up students exactly 2 hours later than their normal time. All staff, with the exception of our district maintenance department, will report to work under the 2 hour delay schedule.

Food Service Menu Survey

The Ashland Independent Food Service Department will begin working on menus for next year.  We are seeking input from students, parents, and staff.  Please take a few minutes to access the link below and help us create nutritious and delicious menus for the upcoming school year.  The survey will be open through January 26, 2018.

2018-19 Food Service Survey


Head Start / Preschool Schedule for Wednesday, 1/3/18

​The Ashland Head Start schedule for Wednesday, January 3rd will be as follows:

  • Morning only classes will be cancelled.
  • All day classes will report on a two hour delay.
  • Afternoon only classes will report on a regular schedule.
2 Hour Delay on Wednesday, 1/3/18

Due to a main water break on 13th Street and Blackburn Ave., which will result in road closure in the morning, school will be in session tomorrow morning, Wednesday, January 3rd, on a 2 hour delay.  Please be reminded that buses will pick up students exactly 2 hours later than their normal time. All staff, with the exception of our district maintenance department, will report to work under the 2 hour delay schedule.


FOCUS Newsletter - December 2017 Edition

The December edition of the FOCUS Newsletter is now available at the following link: Focus - December 2017.  We hope you enjoy reading about all the great things that happened in the Ashland Independent School District.  Newsletter archives can be found under the OUR DISTRICT link on the main page.


AMS has added an Alternate Bell Schedule link to our website. With the prospects of inclement weather approaching hopefully this will aid our parents, students, and staff in understanding what times school begins, what time class periods are, and when lunch periods are. The link is on the left hand side of the middle school website under Quick Links.

FOCUS Newsletter - October Edition

The October edition of the FOCUS Newsletter has been posted.  Please take a moment to read about all the great things happening in our school district.

Dates to remember...
Walk to School Day!

On Wednesday, October 4, 2017 The Ashland Independent School District will be participating in International Walk to School Day. All students are encouraged to participate.

Local Planning Committee Meeting

The local planning committee will meet at Central Office at 5:30 pm on September 19, 2017.  Any interested community member is welcome to attend.

High Attendance Day!

September 20 is statewide “High Attendance Day” to emphasize that consistent attendance is essential for success in school. If in class regularly, a student is more likely to keep up with the daily lessons and assignments, and to reach academic performance benchmarks on time.  Let’s see if Ashland can have 100% attendance on September 20th !

Public hearing for tax levy

The Ashland Independent Board of Education will hold a public hearing in the Gymnasium of the Ashland Board of Education Office at 1820 Hickman Street on September 15, 2017, at 5:30pm to hear public comments regarding a proposed general fund tax levy of 67.8 cents on real property and 67.8 cents on personal property.

What's for Lunch?

The Ashland Independent School District Food Service Department is excited about the 2017- 2018 school year! We have adjusted all school menus to include tastier versions of entrees and added new items while still staying within the United State Department of Agriculture’s nutritional guidelines. All Ashland schools will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision program. ALL students will receive ONE FREE breakfast and ONE FREE lunch at no charge each day.  Parents may still deposit money on their child’s meal account through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal which will allow students to purchase an additional meal, entrée, side, milk, and/or a’ la-carte item(s).  A second breakfast will be $1.50 and a second lunch will be $2.00.  Breakfast and Lunch menus are listed below.

Solar Eclipse and Eye Safety Resources for August 21

A total solar eclipse is probably the most spectacular astronomical event that most people will experience in their lives. There is a great deal of interest in watching eclipses, but it must be done safely.  Because of this exceptional opportunity, there is concern that people will be more likely to stare at the Sun during this event.  Improper viewing of the Sun during an eclipse can result in eye injuries such as the development of "eclipse blindness" or retinal burns.

More information may be found at:




All Schools Closed Monday August 21

As a safety precaution, school will be closed on Monday, Aug 21, 2017 due to the Solar Eclipse. All after school activities will be suspended until 4:30 pm following the eclipse window. Students will make this day up on Friday March 16, 2018 which was a scheduled PD day. 


2017-18 Bus Routes

School buses in the Ashland Independent School Dstrict will follow the attached schedule during the 2017-18 school year.  Questions regarding bus transportation should be directed to the department supervisor, Mac McDonald at 606-327-2717 or mac.mcdonald@ashland.kyschools.us.

2017-18 Bus Schedules

Notice of Bid - Pizza

The Ashland Independent Board of Education will accept sealed bids at its office at 1820 Hickman Street, Ashland, Kentucky, until Thursday, August 3, 2017, 3:00 P.M., E.D.S.T., for the following item:


All bids are to be sealed in an envelope and clearly identified as “BIDS-PIZZA”.  Instructional packets may be obtained at the Central Office of the District at 1820 Hickman Street, Ashland, Kentucky 41101 or online at www.ashland.kyschools.us.  All bids should be delivered or mailed to the address listed above.  Formal consideration of the bids will occur at a special called meeting in August of the Ashland Independent Board at the Central Office.

The Ashland Independent Board of Education reserves the right to award or reject any or all bids and to waive any informality in the manner of bids presented.

Instructions to Bidders

Voluntary Student Insurance

Each school year the district offers voluntary student insurance coverage to interested parents.  Information as well as a current enrollment form can be found using the link below. 


Summer Update
Non-Discrimination Notice

The Ashland School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  Inquiries may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator (Mark Swift) or the Section 504/ADA Title II Coordinator (Lisa Henson) at Ashland Independent School District, 1820 Hickman Street, Ashland, Ky. 41101.

Enrollment Forms now Available Online

Each year students recieve an enrollment packet for parents to complete prior to the start of school.  The forms are required by state law/district prodecure and must be updated each year.  If you would like to save time and complete the forms electroncially prior to the start of school, all of our documents are now accessible online.  

To access forms visit the Enrollment link from the left menu.  The entire set of forms must be completed for each child in your family (except for the household income form) and brought to the school.  Elementary enrollment forms are due the first day of school.  Secondary enrollment forms are due at time of schedule pickup.

Forms can be downloaded and printed using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader (https://get.adobe.com/reader/).  Google Chrome is the preferred and easiest browser for this task.

2017 Summer Feed Program! Summer feed program flyer

The Ashland Independent School District is excited to announce our participation in the Kentucky Summer Food Service Program.  The Summer Feed Program provides free meals to children and teens 18 years and under.  Crabbe Elementary will be serving breakfast and lunch daily Monday through Friday.  Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Lunch will be served 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  The site will be closed on May 29th, July 4th, and July 20th, 2017.  Please contact Linda Calhoun at 327-2706 for more information.

USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

Class of 2017 Graduation

Paul G. Blazer High School Class of 2017 will graduate on Sunday, May 21st at 5:00 p.m at Putnam Stadium.  In case of poor weather the ceremony will be moved to the high school gymnasium.

Year-End Activities
Ashland Independent Schools Registration Set

Registration for Head Start, Preschool and Primary School (formerly kindergarten and first grade students) will be held in the Ashland Independent School District during the week of March 27- March 31, 2017.  Registration hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily Monday through Friday.   Evening hours are available on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

R.A.P.P. Program

A free educational program for parents, grandparents, relatives and guardians currently raising children will be offered on March 16, 2017 from 11 am until 1 pm at the First Christian Church.  Local family service organizations will be hosting the program and will be on hand to answer your parenting questions.  Please read the attached brochure for more information.

R.A.P.P. Relatives as Parents Program flyer

No School on Monday 2/20/17

In observance of President's Day, all schools will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017.

Kindergarten Entry Age Change for 17-18 School Year

There is a new cutoff date starting next school year to enroll your child in kindergarten. Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, children must be 5 years old as of August 1 to enroll in kindergarten in a Kentucky public school.  Please review the following links if this change will affect your family.  Questions regarding kindergarten entry can be directed to Lisa Henson, Director of Student Services @ 606-327-2706. 

2017 Yearbook

The 2017 yearbook is on sale!  Order your AMS yearbook online at www.jostensyearbooks.com, purchase by phone at 1.877.767.5217, or bring payment to room 304. Reserve your copy by February 24, 2017.

This Week at AMS...
Seeking Board Member

Ashland Independent Schools is seeking candidates for a vacant board member seat.

2017-18 Calendar Survey

The calendar survey is now closed.  We would like to thank everyone for their input.  The feedback we recieved was especially helpful.  Of the 940 responses we recieved, 43.72% selected option 1 and 54.47% selected option 2.  The board of education will meet on Monday, January 23, 2017 to examine the survey results and make a final decision.

2017-18 Calendar Results

2017 CDIP posted for review

The draft version of the 2017 Comprehensive District Improvement Plan is now posted for review.  Please click on the link below to view the document.  Questions or comments regarding the plan should directed to Richard Oppenheimer, email: richard.oppenheimer@ashland.ksychools.us, phone: 327-2706 x 2711

2017 Comprehensive District Improvement Plan - DRAFT


Fall Shirt Fundraiser

The Explorer team is selling a fall themed long-sleeve shirt and hoodie.  Sizes available are medium-2XL.  The cost for the long-sleeve shirt is $15.00 and the cost of the hoodie is $25.00.  Please add an additional $2.00 for size 2XL.  See Mrs. Wallin to purchase your shirt!


This Week's Events...(October 10- 16)
This Week's Events...(October 3- 9)
This Week's Events...(September 26- October 2)
AMS is proud to announce that D’Artagnan Coots has been awarded 2016 KAHPERD Health Education Teacher of the Year!

AMS is proud to announce that our very own D’Artagnan Coots has been awarded 2016 KAHPERD Health Education Teacher of the Year! KAHPERD is the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. To learn more about the association visit www.kahperd.com.

This Week's Events...(September 19-25)
This Week's Events...(September 12-16)
This Week's Events...(September 6 through September 11)
This Week's Events...(8-29-16-9-4-16)
This Week's Events...(8-22-16 through 8-28-16)
What's for Breakfast and Lunch

Monthly menus for each school can now be found online through Nutrislice using the following link http://ashland.nutrislice.com/.  The Nutrislice menu system is also available through a convenient app that you can download directly to your mobile device.

Free lunch/breakfast for all K12 Students

Ashland Independent School District, today announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch/ School Breakfast Programs for the 2016- 2017 school year. All students will be served lunch/breakfast at no charge at the following sites:

Paul G. Blazer High School
Ashland Middle School
Charles Russell Elementary
Crabbe Elementary
Hager Elementary
Oakview Elementary
Poage Elementary
Ashland Head Start Program

School Supply Lists School Supplies
4x200 State Champions 4x200 Champions

Kaylee Robinson Sr., Sarah Rymer So., Hannah Reese Jr., and Rachael Barber set a school record in the 4 x 200 relay at the state track meet on May 27th winning the state championship in a time of 1:44.59.


Ashland Summer Feed Program

The Ashland Independent Schools will be offering  breakfast and lunch May 31st through August 5th, 2016 from 8:00 am until 9:00 am  and 11:00 am until 12:30 pm each day at Crabbe Elementary School located at 520 17th Street near Central Park.

Free Breakfast & Lunch

Ages 1 through 18



Year End Schedule 2016
Sports Medicine Program

Any student grades 8 – 12 that is interested in joining the Sports Medicine program ay Blazer High School needs to contact Mr. AJ “Doc” Stadelmeyer for information at 606-327-6050 or 606-585-5459. There will be an informational meeting and open house for the Sports Medicine program Thursday May 19th at 3:45 PM in the athletic training room in Blazer building 7..


This Week's Events..
This Week's Events..
This Week's Events..
This Week's Sporting Events....


NO GOLF (course is closed due to repairs)

Raceland at AMS, baseball, Blazer, 5:30 p.m.

Chesapeake at AMS, softball, Blazer, 5:30 p.m.



AMS @ Lawrence, soccer.

AMS @ Fairview, volleyball.



Track @ Chesapeake.



AMS @ Boyd County, soccer.

Track @ Coal Grove.

Ironton at AMS, baseball, Blazer.

AMS @ Boyd County, softball

GC at AMS, volleyball.



Rowan County at AMS, soccer, Blazer.

Morgan County at AMS, baseball, Blazer.

AMS golf (TBA)



Nothing scheduled.

May Events at AMS

All Times TBD

May 23- Backyard Bash

May 24- Talent Show AND Attendance and 20 Book Challenge reward trip to Gattiland

May 25- Awards Day

May 26- Field Day (Last Day for Students)

Voting at AMS

Voting for AMS SBDMC parent membership and PTO officers for next school year will occur in the AMS office on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. You may vote anytime between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.

This Week's Sporting Events....


                West Carter at AMS, softball, Blazer field.

                Greenup County at AMS, golf, Sandy Creek.

                Track meet at AMS, Blazer track.



                AMS at Boyd County, baseball.

                West Carter at AMS, volleyball.

                Russell at AMS, softball, Blazer field.

                AMS at East Carter, soccer.



                No events scheduled.



                AMS at Russell, volleyball.

                AMS at Raceland, golf, The Oaks.

                Johnson Central at AMS, soccer, AK Sports Park.



                Vinson at AMS, softball, Blazer field.

An Evening With the Arts

Join us at AMS on March 24th, for An Evening With the Arts. The evening begins at 6:00 pm in our AMS auditorium. Schedule as follows:

Theatre - And Then There Was One – KTA festival play (45 min)

Choir – Full choir singing, plus solos

Orchestra – solo/ensemble work

Band – solo/ensemble

Art will be displayed in the recesses in the auditorium

ELA – poetry to be displayed if available



This Week's Sporting Events....


AMS at Greenup County, (Riverbend) golf

Greenup County at AMS, softball



AMS at East Carter, softball

AMS at Greenup County, volleyball



Nothing scheduled



East Carter at  AMS, volleyball

AMS at West Carter, softball



Boyd County at AMS, girls’ soccer

AMS at Fairview, golf



AMS at Fleming County, softball

Fairview at AMS, volleyball


Ashland Middle School is currently accepting nominations for parent representatives on our School-Based Decision Making Council.  The term of office for parent members on the council shall be from July 1, 2016 until June 30, 2017.  The election date is currently set for Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Parents/Guardians may vote in the main office at Ashland Middle School between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Parent Member Election to Screening Committee

The Ashland Board of Education is seeking a parent to serve on its superintendent screening committee. The screening committee will screen all applicants and recommend candidate names to the Board of Education for the position of superintendent. The time commitment of committee members includes a minimum of two evening meetings, as well as time to check candidate references

Kindergarten Registration

Registration for Head Start, Preschool and Primary School (formerly kindergarten and first grade students) will be held in the Ashland Independent School District during the week of March 28- April 1, 2016.  Registration hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily Monday through Friday.   Evening hours are available on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Ashland Superintendent Search and Selection Timeline

The Ashland Independent Schools has posted the following timeline in regards to their search for the next superintendent.

FRYSCKy Public Policy Survey

Our Family Resource Youth Service Center is in need of your input.  In the Governor’s proposed budget, many programs, including FRYSCs, are taking a 4.5% decrease this fiscal year and a 9% budget cut for the following two years.

Please help FRYSC's maintain their current funding level by completing the FRYSCKy Public Policy Survey!  

The survey will be available for one week only, and will end at the close of business day on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SURVEY LINK:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FRYSCKyPublicPolicySurvey2016


Keep up with us on Twitter! Find us at AshlandMiddleSchool (the_ams)

Yearbooks on Sale - Lowest Price of the Year Yearbooks on sale now

Keep memories at your finger tips at the lowest price possible.  Just $35 when you order your book by September 30, 2015. Order online at jostens.com.

The AMS 20 Book Challenge

Ashland Middle School is challenging all students, staff, and faculty to read 20 books during the 2015-2016 school year.  Using the model from The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller, all English Language Arts teachers will encourage, monitor, and score the reading progress of Tomcats in grades 6 – 8 to see which students and teams read the most.  Students who reach their goal of 20 books from the set genres by May 20, 2016 will be invited to participate in an afternoon at Gattiland.  Our goal is to create a life-long love of reading!

School buses in the Ashland Independent School District will follow the attached schedule beginning Wednesday, August 12, 2015.  Bus Routes 2015-16                        

Free Lunch for all PreK-12 Students

Ashland Independent has amended its policy for serving meals to students under the National Breakfast and Lunch Program for the 2015-2016 school year. In accordance with the Community Eligibility Program, all students in the district will be served Breakfast and Lunch at no charge at the following sites: Ashland/Blazer High School, Ashland Middle School, Crabbe Elementary, Hager Elementary, Oakview Elementary, Poage Elementary, Charles Russell Elementary and Head Start Program.


Parents: Looking to make the pick-up process easier? You may stop by AMS anytime between 8:30 and 3:00 on Wednesday, July 29th to pick up your enrollment packet. If you bring all of your paperwork to schedule pick-up day, you will be allowed to utilize our "Express Lane.


AMS Schedules may be picked up at the middle school on Thursday, August 6th, between the hours of 10:00 am and 7:00 pm. Please be advised that there is paperwork to be completed, so students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.


The Ashland Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Lisa Henson, Director of Student Services
1820 Hickman St
Ashland, KY 41101

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit https://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/cfapps/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.



Tuesday- May 19th- No School (Election Day)

Thursday- Awards Day- 8th Grade (8:45-9:45)

                                   7th Grade (10:00- 11:00)


Yearbooks on Sale Yearbooks on sale now

A limited number of 2014-15 yearbooks are still available to purchase.  The cost is $40.  Payment should be made to Ashland Middle School and brought to room 304. The yearbook features 104 full-color pages bound in a hardback cover.  Students will receive their yearbook on the last day of school.


6th Annual Boyd County Celebration of Children

The Community Collaboration for Children, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Ashland Independent, Boyd County and Fairview Independent FamilyResource/Youth Service Centers and The Northeastern Alliance Community Early Childhood Counsel coordially invite you to join them at the 6th Annual Boyd County Celebration of Children. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the KYOVA Mall in the food court area.  Free food, resources, door prizes, crafts, and family pictures will be provided.  The event flyer can be access by clicking here.

Study Up on School Breakfast!

March 2-6, 2015 is National School Breakfast Week.  Our district is celebrating the school breakfast program and educating students about how a healthy breakfast ensures they "Make the Grade" in the classroom.  Click here to learn more about the impact school breakfast can have on your child.

Healthy Choices/Healthy Communities

The Ashland Independent School District is a proud community partner of the Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities Consortium.  This group of health providers, restaurateurs, grocers, educators, civic organizations and area businesses strive to promote healthy living in the tri-state area. For more information regarding this program please visit http://www.healthychoiceshealthycommunities.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/healthychoiceshealthycommunities

College and Career Fair

On Thursday, November 13th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Anderson Gym on the Campus of Paul Blazer High School, we will be hosting a College and Career Fair for all Blazer students and their parents.  We will have representatives from over 30 plus colleges and universities, branches of the armed services, as well as local employers.  The fair will be hosted by Blazer’s Administration and Counseling staff and Herff Jones, Blazer’s school spirit and graduation partner. 

Tomcat Of The Week

Ashland Middle School is proud to honor the following students as Tomcats Of The Week: Kyle Webster, Makayla Skeans, Jacob Kemper, and Sydney Church.  The staff member to receive the honor is Mr. Rick Woods.  Congratulations to each!

Ashland Middle School Tomcat Of The Week

Congratulations to the following students for recieving recognition as Tomcats Of The Week: Maggie Thompson, Hayden Staggs, and Tori Barber.  Meylynda Martin was chosen as Tomcat Of The Week for the staff members. 

Homework Hotline

Your child is not sure what their homework assignments are for the night?  Call Ashland Middle School's Homework Hotline.  Simply call 327-2746 and from the menu select your child's team.  The recording will play the assignments for the evening.  Updates usually occur by the end of each school day.

KDMC Kickoff Caravan

On Friday, October 17th the Ashland Tomcats will be teaming up with Kings Daughters Medical Center and the Greenup County Musketeers in the "Kickoff Caravan" event.  Prior to the friday night football game KDMC will be offering a number of freebies including a mobile health unit.  Helping Hands of Greenup County will also be collecting new and gently used coats for area youth.  Come out for the game and enjoy the festivities.  Click here for more informaiton: KICKOFF CARAVAN

An Evening with Hassan Davis

The Ashland Independent Schools is pleased to present "An Evening with Hassan Davis", on Thursday October 16th, 6:30 pm at the Park Place building in Ashland. From Juvenile Delinquent to Juris Doctor, Hasan is proof positive that great things can happen when adults champion the lives of children.  This district-wide parent involvement program is open free of charge to all parents and gaurdians who wish to attend. Click here for more information: Hasan Davis


Congratulations to the following students for recieving recognition as Tomcats Of The Week: Julia Clere, Trey Coburn, Karmen Long, and Reece Stevenson.  Rick Wells was chosen as Tomcat Of The Week for the staff members.  Each week two 7th graders, two 8th graders, and a staff member are nominated by a student or staff member to recieve this honor.

AMS Open House Postponed

Open house originally scheduled for Thursday, August 21, 2014, has been postponed.  An announcement will be made when the date is rescheduled.

What's for Lunch?

This summer the Food Service Department in the Ashland Independent Schools made a number of significant changes to their management system.  Our Food Service system is now tied directly to Infinite Campus. Through the IC Student/Parent portal you can view breakfast and lunch activity by clicking on the FOOD SERVICE link as well as make payments to your account by clicking on the PAYMENTS link.  If you are curious as to "what's for lunch" you can check out our new menu system using the following link http://ashland.nutrislice.com/.  Both Infinite Campus and the Nutrislice menu system come with convenient apps that you can download directly to your mobile device for 24/7 access to Food Service information.



Ashland Middle School New Entrance

The entrance to Ashland Middle School is now on Blackburn Avenue.  Parents and students need to use the Blackburn Avenue entrance.  The 29th st. entrance is closed.

Click on the link below to view a map of the new entrance layout.


2014-15 Sports Physical

Click here to download a KHSAA sports physical form.

Schedule Distribution August 11, 2014

All Ashland Middle School schedules will be distributed on August 11, 2014.  Seventh grade students may pick up their schedules from 4-6 pm and eighth grade students may pick up their schedules from 6-8 pm.  A parent must be present.

School Supply Lists

Every child needs to be ready to go back to school.  Please click on the following link to view supplies required for each school.

Flat Greene Yearbook Contest

Just because summer is approaching doesn't mean we have to go our separate ways.  Join Flat Greene in a cross-country contest this summer and share with your fellow classmates.  Join the adventure and you will be entered to win a 2014-2015 yearbook.  Please click here for additional details and to download Flat Greene.  Entries will be shared all summer long using the hashtag #FlatGreene.

End of Year Events

Parents are invited to attend the following end of the year events at Verity.  On Wednesday, May 28th, Student Council will host the annual talent show in the auditorium.  It will begin at 1:45 pm.  Awards day will be held on Thursday, May 29th. Eighth grade awards will be at 8:45am and 7th grade awards will be at 10:00am.  Please make sure you sign in at the front office.

2nd Annual Ashland Independent 5K Run/Walk Ashland 5K Run Logo

The 2nd Annual Ashland Independent 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 9:00 am in Central Park. Click here to view the event flyer.

STLP State Championships

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, ninety two students representing the Ashland Independent School District competed in the STLP State Championships.  Congraulations to all of Ashland's winners.

Notice of Vacant Ashland Board of Education Seat

The Kentucky Commissioner of Education is seeking applicants to be considered for appointment to the Ashland Independent Board of Education (this appointment is effective until December 31, 2014).  Application forms for this position are available from the Ashland Independent Board of Education office at 1820 Hickman Street, Ashland, Kentucky  41101.  Deadline is March 26, 2014.

LPC Meeting Cancelled

The LPC Meeting scheduled for 5:30 this evening has been cancelled. Information regarding a make-up date will be posted at a later time.

Emily Stapleton

Public visitation for Emily Stapelton will be Thursday, February 13, 2014, from 11:00-2:00 at Kilgore Collier Funeral Home in Catlettsburg.  Funeral services will begin at 2:00 and will be followed by entombment at Rose Hill Cemetary. 

Yearbook, yearbook!

The 2013-14 VMS yearbooks is available for purchase.  The cost is $40 for a non-personalized book.  Click to download an order form.  Make checks payable to Verity Middle School and return your payment and order form to room 304.   The yearbooks are hardcover, full-color, and will be distributed on the last day of school.  Please contact the yearbook adviser via email if you have any questions. Also,  follow @VMS_Yearbook on Instagram.

25 Quick Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast gives you a chance to start each day with a healthy, nutritious meal and lays the foundation for lifelong health benefits. Breakfast is particularly important for children and adolescents.  Check out the following flyer for 25 Quick Breakfast Ideas.


Effective for the 2014-2015 George M. Verity Middle School will officially become Ashland Middle School.  Our new colors will be maroon, white, and gray. 

Title I Letter to Parents
The Ashland Independent School District receives federal funds for the Title I programs as a part of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).  Under NCLB, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher(s). 
Neon Glow Dance
Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Verity Middle School

Vendors include:  Mary Kay, Scentsy, Norwex, Kiwanis Club, Origami Owl, Tastefully Simple, LindyGirl Beads, Perfectly Posh, Thirty-One, Paparazzi, Melanie's Custom Bows, PicChic Photos, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, and MORE!

Coins For Christmas

Students can pay $1 Wednesday to use their electronics at lunch.  Proceeds go to Cash and Coins for Christmas.

Tuesday, September 17th

6:00 p.m. @ Putnam Stadium
Student admission cost is $2.00 plus a canned food item. 
Special giveaways for students & staff in attendance!

School Picture Day - Wednesday, September 18
When is Picture Day?

Order forms will be sent home on Friday, September, 13.  Additional order forms are available in the front office.

Celly Alerts

If your student is no longer at Verity or has joined a different team and you'd like to opt-out of alerts for specific classes or extra-curricular activities, text stop @insertcellnamehere to 23559.

Schedule Pickup August 8th From 3pm - to 7pm

All students can pick up their schedules on Thursday August 8th, from 3 - 7pm.

Voluntary Accident Medical Coverage
Parents and Guardians of students attending the Ashland Independent Schools may purchase voluntary accident medical coverage through Nationwide Life.  For more information please print the attached brochure or visit the K&K student website.
Report an Unsafe Situation in Schools

The administration of the Ashland Independent Schools does not tolerate the harassment, discrimination or bullying of any member of our faculty, staff or student body. Please use our Unsafe Situation in Schools Hotline to report an unsafe situation in our schools such as a bullying incident or possession of weapons, drugs, or alcohol.

Employee 403(b) Plan

The Ashland Board of Education offers a 403(b) plan to eligible employees.  The Employee 403(b) Plan Eligibility Notice has been posted on the Ashland Independent School District intranet and any employee may view the notice at their convenience.  Also any employee that has any questions related to the plan or participation in the plan should contact Karen Kouns at 606-327-2706 ext. 2723 or by email at karen.kouns@ashland.kyschools.us.

Spirit Week
VMS students and staff will be wearing green and white on Monday to honor the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary and to show support to the community of Newtown, Connecticut. The planned holiday spirit week festivities have been postponed until Tuesday.
2013-14 Calendar
On Monday, October 22, 2012 the Ashland Independent School Board approved the 2013-14 Calendar.  The first day of school for students will be Wednesday, August 14th.  Please follow the link below to view the 2013-14 calendar in its entirety.

Board Approved 2013-14 Calendar

Verity Middle School Parents and Students:  Sign up to receive real-time reminders and alerts via text messages.
Rachel's Challenge Rachel's Challenge logo

Rachel Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School tragedy on April 20, 1999. She left behind an amazing legacy and challenge--treat others with kindness and compassion and you just might change the world you live in.

Please join us on Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 pm at Verity Middle School and accept “Rachel’s Challenge.”

Order the 2012-13 Yearbook Today!
A limited number of extra yearbooks are available for purchase.  Please bring your payment of $50 to room 209.
Medical Information for Students with an IEP
The Ashland Independent School District is pleased to provide your child with the special education and related services as listed on their Individual Education Program (IEP). These services are provided at no cost to you.   If your child has a medical card with a Medicaid number or KCHIP card, it is possible for AISD to obtain Federal funds to help support the cost involved in providing some of these special education services.
7th & 8th Schedule Distribution August 16th 3pm - 7pm
 All 7th and 8th grade schedules can be picked up August 16th between 3pm and 7pm at Verity Middle School.  Please contact the school if you have any questions, (606) 327-2727.
Special Education Records Destruction Notice
The Ashland Independent School District’s special education department will be destroying items that are no longer needed to provide educational services if it has been three (3) years since this individual has received special education services in the Ashland School District
AISD Calendar for 2012-13
The Ashland Independent Schools 2012-13 Calendar was approved by the Board of Education on December 12th.  The new calendar can be found under "Our District" on the menu bar at the top of this page or by clicking the following link:  2012-13 Board Approved Calendar.
<span style="font-size: 10pt"><span style="font-family: Verdana">During the 2011-12 school year students in the Ashland Independent Schools will learn that CHARACTER COUNTS.  The goal of the program is to teach the Six Pillars of Character:   <span style="color: blue">TRUSTWORTHINESS, </span><span style="color: green">RESPONSIBILITY, </span><span style="color: rgb(255,204,0)">RESPECT, </span><span style="color: rgb(255,102,0)">FAIRNESS, </span><span style="color: red">CARING, </span>and <span style="color: purple">CITIZENSHIP</span></span></span>
MAP Tests
During the week of September 26th, 7th grade students will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).  Eight grade students will begin the MAP tests on October 3rd.  We give students the computer-based MAP tests to determine your child's instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Math, Reading, Science and Social Studies.. 
Annual Employee Eligibility Notice
The annual eligibility notice for the Ashland Ind BOE 403(b) plan offered to employees of the Ashland Independent School District is available on the school district’s website.
8th Grade Explorer Test
On Wednesday, September 21st, all 8th grade students will be taking the Explorer Test.
STAR Day - Early Dismissal
Verity Middle School students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14th for STAR Day.
School Hours
Verity's School Hours for the 2011-2012 will remain the same,  8:30 am - 3:35 pm.
Cell Phone Reminder
Cell phones are not allowed to be used or displayed during school.
Readifest: The Ashland Youth Services Center's Readifest is Wednesday, August 10th from 10:00 am to 12:00 am.  The Readifest will be held in the Verity MS Auditorium and is for Verity and Blazer Students.  Please call the Ashland Youth Services Center at 327-2744 if you have any questions.
Summer Food Service Program
"Food that’s in when school is out!”.  All children 18 years of age and under regardless of income and residency are invited to eat breakfast and lunch at Crabbe Elementary School this summer. All meals are free of charge.  Breakfast will be served from 8:00 am until 9:00 am and lunch will be served from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm each weekday from June 6 through August 12, 2011.
Inviting the Voice Inviting the Voice photo
Award-winning author George Ella Lyon will present a free workshop for writers on Tuesday, March 15, at Boyd County Public Library.
Sign Up for Electronic Communications and Notifications
New Website Feature Affords District the Opportunity to Electronically Communicate with Subscribers