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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.

Parent Notification

Please click on the following link to access the Student Voice Survey permission form:  CLICK HERE

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.

District Governor's Cup Results

Crabbe Elementary competed on Saturday, February 10th at Hager Elementary for the District Governor's Cup Academic Competition.  We had several winners!

Our FPS (Future Problem Solving) came in 1st place, and moves on to Regionals!

Our Quick Recall team came in 3rd place.

Cash C. placed 3rd in Social Studies, and moves on to Regionals!

Grayson C. placed 2nd in Written Composition, and moves on to Regionals!

Harley A. placed 4th in Written Composition, and moves on to Regionals!


Science Fair Winners

Congratulations to the following students for placing at the ACTC Science Fair!

Emily B.--1st place in her category and is the Grand Champion! She will be moving on to the next level! (pic in the Header Gallery above)

Cash C. and Owen R. --2nd place in their category, (pic in the Header Gallery above)

Born Learning Academy Session

The United Way Born Learning Academy has two upcoming sessions.  Session one will be February 13th from 5:30 to 7 and will be catered by Moe's.  Session two will be February 27th from 5:30 to 7 and will be catered by Fazoli's.  Each person will receive a $10 gift card to cover gasoline expenses.  Door prizes will be given, and each participant will receive items we will use during our activities, free of charge! We learn how to prepare our children for school, starting when they are born.  Free babysitting is provided for the kiddos! 

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

‚ÄčThe 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.


Christmas Tree Raffle Crabbe's Christmas Tree

Hey Tigers! Do you know someone who would love to be the owner of our 1st place Festival of Trees entry? Here's their chance!

All they need to do is purchase a raffle ticket from you for a chance to win! One raffle ticket costs $1, or they can get 6 entries for $5. Please make sure they fill out the ticket with their name and phone number so we can contact the winner on Monday, December 18th.

Raffle tickets must be turned in to your teacher on Friday, December 15th!

Extra pages of tickets will be available in the office, or you may just make a copy of the page you receive if you run out and need more. Contact Dee Williams @ 606-547-8383 with any questions.

Photo Galleries Camera with pictures

Check out our Photo Galleries. Pictures are being added throughout the year. 

Congratulations goes to.... Mrs. Barber's Class for Best Attendance the Week of 10/30

Mrs. Barber's 4th grade class claims the House Cup for their amazing attendance during the week of October 30th!  Their class had a 97% attendance rate! Keep it up! yes

Congratulations, Crabbe STLP! Crabbe's STLP Display

On Monday, November 6, our Crabbe STLP competed at the STLP Fall Showcase Regional Competition.  As a result of their amazing project and presentation, they qualified for the State Competition in the Spring! Way to go! smiley

McTeacher Night McTeacher Night 2017

Come watch the teachers take your order and flip the fries!  McDonald's will donate 20% of sales during this time to Crabbe Elementary School.  There will be prizes!  Ronald McDonald will be LIVE!

Where:  Winchester Ave. McDonald's

When: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 from 4:30 to 7:00 pm

Veteran's Day Ceremonies Veteran's Day Ceremonies

Crabbe's Annual Veteran's Day Ceremony will be held on November 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm.  This will take place in the gymnasium.  Invited to attend are:  Local Veterans, the Public, Crabbe Students in grades 3-5 plus their family members.

Kindergarten, first, and second grade students will attend a shortened ceremony at 9:30 am. Veterans and family members of these students are welcome to attend this ceremony.

Festival of Trees 2017 Festival of Trees Ornaments

Festival of Trees is right around the corner and our school will be entering a tree with the title 'Don't Stop Believin' Any student who would like to help with our Crabbe tree should choose one of the two ornaments pictured and turn in to their teacher by Monday, November 6th. The tree is white and the ornaments are bright neon colors; no pastels or muted colors. The first ornament is very simple... just a brightly painted pine cone. The second is a mushroom made from the bottoms of plastic Easter eggs, white paint, and a stick. Again, ornaments need to be in by November 6th. For more information, contact Dee Williams.

Congratulations goes to.... Mrs. Runyon's Class for Best Attendance the week of 10/23 Mrs. Runyon's Class with the House Cup

The class with the best attendance each week will earn the right to keep the House Cup in their classroom.  At the end of the year, the class who has the most weeks with the House Cup will win a huge party thrown by the PTO!

Wild West Book Fair: Saddle Up and Read! Wild West Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child's reading habits.

Book Fair Dates: October 30th to November 3rd

Shopping Hours: 7:45am to 2:30pm Monday through Friday

Special Extended Shopping Hours: Thursday 3:30pm to 5:30pm

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at http://www.scholastic.com/fair . Our Online Fair is available from October 25th to November 7th.

For more information, contact Mrs. Cole.

Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest

It's time for our annual pumpkin/gourd decorating contest! Entries may be dropped off in our school library media ceter from Monday, October 23rd through Friday, October 27th. 

Contest Rules:

-You may use pumpkins or gourds or both to create your project.

-Absolutely no carved entries. Pumpkins/Gourds that have carved, poked, or punctured skin will be disqualified. To decorate you can use paper, glue, paint, markers, pipe cleaners, fabric, or other craft items on the pumpkin. BE CREATIVE!

-Projects must represent a book character from a book which would be appropriate for elementary school students. On the entry form you must write the title of the book and the name of the character.

-This is a home project and entries should be done mostly by the students, but parents or other family members are encouraged to help.

Do not write your name anywhere on the project. When you bring your pumpkin to Mrs. Cole, she will take your pumpkin and entry form and assign it a number.

All projects should be picked up by November 3rd. Those that remain past this date will be thrown away.

PRIZES: Staff will vote for their favorites in the following categories




-and Family.

The winners will receive a $15 Scholastic Book Fair gift certificate to be used October 30th - November 3rd.


Red Ribbon Week Red Ribbon Week October 23-27

Monday: Take a stand against bullying! Wear your most magical, outrageous socks and free a house elf! 

Tuesday: Help the sorting hat set you on the path to greatness and superb decision making! Wear a fun, whimsical hat to school!

Wednesday: It's the Quidditch World Cup! Show you are a team player and wear your favorite sports team shirt!

Thursday: Don't be the worst sort of muggle! Choose to make your life truly magical and say no to drugs! Wear an outfit or costume full of magic!

Friday: Always show kindness and love to others and, especially, to yourself. Wear a t-shirt in your house colors with your favorite way to show kindness written on it.

Hogwart's Halloween Dance Hogwart's Halloween Dance $2 October 26th 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Attention all witches, wizards, and muggles! Your presence is requested for a spellbinding night of dancing and magic at Crabbe School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

October 26th from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.

Refreshments and activities will be available to purchase.  

Muggles always welcome!

Costume Contest!

$2.00 admission

For questions, contact Dee Williams.

Poster Contest Poster Contest for Harry Potter Week/Dance

Hey, Proud Tigers! We will be having a poster contest for our first ever Harry Potter Week! The Poster's theme shoudl be anything from the Harry Potter books/movies (lesser known storylines and characters would be awesome!) Make them magical (or muggle), unique, and creative. Try using unconventional materials to make your poster stand out! However, make sure your poster isn't too heavy as it will be hung in the hallway with tape. Do NOT forget to put your name and teacher on the back of your poster. If your poster wins and we don't know who it belongs to, you will not receive your prize!

3rd place will receive free admission to the dance & $3 in tickets

2nd place will receive free admission to the dance and $4 in tickets

1st place will receive free admission to the dance and $5 in tickets

Tickets can be used to buy concessions, Harry Potter sweet treats, sand art from the potions table, wands from Ollivander's Wand Shop, and butterbeer (Rootbeer's butterscotch likeness) from the Three Broomsticks during the dance.

Please have your posters turned in by Monday, October 23rd. However, if you can not get your poster in by Monday, we will still accept your entry if it is turned in by Tuesday morning. 

If you have any questions, please contact Dee Williams.

Ollivander's Wand Shop Ollivander's Wand Shop, Wands $1, Open Harry Potter Week

Attention all Crabbe Muggles and Wizards: Ollivander's Wand Shop will be open for Harry Potter week, October 23-27 every day during lunch. Wands are hand crafted and come in several different colors. Price of the wands will be $1.

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.

Goodbye to Summer Luau


PTO is hosting a Goodbye to Summer Luau Thursday, September 14th. Gym doors open at 6:30 P.M. Please come out and support our PTO!

Picture Day

pic day

Welcome back!

Whether this is your first time at Crabbe or you are returning to Crabbe, YOU are welcome here! Today is the first day of the new school year.  You are starting a new grade. You have a new teacher. You have a new room. Plus, we are getting a new playground! There is so much newness all around!  Have an awesome first day of school as a #proudtigersmiley

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. 


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.

Glow Dance Party

Glow Dance Party

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.

National Day of Prayer

Thursday, May 4, 2017

National Day of Prayer



STLP Showcase Finalist


State Championship at Lexington Rupp Arena

April 12, 2017

Good Job STLP students & Coaches!


Police Officers

Thanks to all the Police Officers for volunteering at Crabbe Elementary School!


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.

First day of Spring


St. Patrick's Day!


Friday, March 17, 2017

4-H Demonstration Winners 4th Grade


Congratulations! 4-H Demonstration projects. These students has qualify to go on to the next level at ACTC in April.

Landon Moyers

Issac Meade

Isabella Laudenbach

Harley Adkins

Owen Ratliff

Rick Ingram

Austin Pack


Good Luck! STLP!

STLP State Championship trip on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Lexington @ the Rupp Arena for state competition. Good Luck!
Track & Field Day!

3rd-5th Track & Field Day! Monday May 15, 2017

K-2nd Track & Field Day! Tuesday May 16, 2017






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 !

Lego Robotics Team


1st Place in the Elementary RCX Competition. Way to go Mrs. Cole and the Lego Robotics Team!


Grandparents Lunch Day Schedule


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

Project Ignite Project IGNITE logo

The Ashland Independent School District is pleased to announce the offering of an exciting new summer camp.  Project IGNITE is a summer learning experience designed for students currently in grades 3, 4 and 5 and will be offered June 5-9, 2017.  The students will experience science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics through hands-on investigations that promote innovation and creativity.  The focus this year will be “Exploring Energy!”  Students will spend four electrifying days rotating through five learning activities designed to peak interest and explore the wide world of energy.  The week will conclude with a field trip to COSI’s Energy Explorers exhibit.  Students won’t want to miss this opportunity to build new skills that peak curiosity and “ignite” ingenuity.  Visit Project IGNITE for more information.

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.

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.

Title I - In the Know Night

On Tuesday evening, March 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm the district will be hosting a Title I informational seminar.  The session will take place in the board room at central office.  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

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.

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.

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.

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.