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District News

"Aluminum Foal" Aluminum Foal

The art students from Paul G. Blazer High School need your help. Please stop by the Ashland Town Center Mall and vote for "Aluminum Foal" between now and October 29th.

Oakview Phone System

Oakview is experiencing technical difficulties with thier main phone line today.  If you need to reach the school please call their secondary number 606-329-1428.

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

AmeriCorps

We are currently recruiting for our 2018-2019 AmeriCorps Member position to serve as reading and math tutors in public schools. We are looking for people who are committed to making a difference in their community and passionate about community service. We have a full-time position serving 40-45 hours a week. The full-time positions earn a living allowance of 13,732 dollars for a 10-11 month term of service serving a total of 1700 hours. Health insurance and income based childcare are also provided. The member is eligible to earn a Segal Education Award of 5,920 dollars after they have completed their hours. Members are eligible for student loan forbearance and paid interest accrual during their service. Applicants must have 48 hours of college credit. If you are interested, please email your resume tomsucorpsamericorps@gmail.com or call our office at (606)783-2719.

Technology Surplus Bid

The Ashland Independent School District will accept sealed bids on the following: Surplus Technology Equipment

Bids will be accepted until 10:00a.m. (EDT), Monday, July 23, 2018, at which time they will be opened.

Bids may be delivered to the Ashland Independent School District, Technology Office, 1820 Hickman Street, Ashland, Kentucky or mailed to the Ashland Independent School District, Attention: Cary Williams, Director of Instructional Technology, P.O. Box 3000, Ashland, Kentucky 41105-3000. Any bids mailed must be postmarked and received prior to 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 23.

Bid specifications and information may be obtained by visiting the surplus page on this website or calling 606-327-2706.

The Ashland Independent School District reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

 

Notice of Bid

 

SECURITY SYSTEM AT PAUL BLAZER HIGH SCHOOL


The bids will be accepted until Monday July 9th, 2018 until 9am, and opened and recorded at 10am.  Bids shall be clearly designated “BID– Blazer Security” and submitted to the Ashland Independent School District, Attention: Kristen Martin, Finance Director, PO Box 3000, Ashland, KY 41105-3000 or hand-delivered at our physical location 1820 Hickman St. A complete proposal package can be found on the District website www.ashland.kyschools.us under NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS.  The Ashland Independent School District reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Any questions related to the specifications may be directed to Kristen Martin, District Finance Director, 606-327-2706.

Bid Specifications

Notice of Bid

The Ashland Independent Board of Education will accept sealed bids at its office at 1820 Hickman Street, Ashland, Kentucky, until Thursday, July 12, 2018, 3:00 P.M., E.D.S.T., for the following item:

Pizza

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 the regular called meeting in July 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

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.

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
 

 

 

 

Athletic/Student Handbook

Recently the Board of Education adopted the Athletic/Student Handbook. The last page requires both a student, as well as a parental signature, acknowledging each has read and will abide by the terms outlined in the handbook. Please visit the link below to download your copy of this document.

Athletic/Student Handbook

 

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.​

KAPT Superintendent and Driver of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Mr. Sean Howard and Mr. Matthew Fraley on being selected by the Kentucky Association for Pupil Transportation (KAPT) to be honored as award recipients during the 2018 awards banquet. This year’s banquet will be held on 12 June at the Holiday Inn University Plaza/Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green, KY. Mr. Howard was selected as the Superintendent of the Year and Mr. Fraley was selected as the Special Needs Driver of the Year. Their selections are a testament of the great work being done here at the Ashland Independent School District on behalf of our children to ensure they are able to receive the best education possible.

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

2018 AUDIT SERVICES

RFP for Depository

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

DEPOSITORY SERVICES

 

 

2018 Project ignite - Exploring Aviation - Application Deadline Extended to 5/25 2018 Project Ignite Logo

Project IGNITE is a summer camp designed for students to experience science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics through hands-on investigations that promote innovation and creativity.  The focus this year will be “Exploring AVIATION”!  Students will spend four exhilarating days rotating through five learning activities designed to peak interest and explore the wide world of flight.  The week will conclude with a field trip to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, the birthplace of flight. Students won’t want to miss this opportunity to build new skills that peak curiosity and “ignite” ingenuity.

For more information and registration forms visit the IGNITE webpage.

 
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

Crabbe Principal Survey
Camp Kindergarten

Your child will not want to miss Camp Kindergarten! During camp your child will engage in many FUN activities, meet new friends, and become familiar with their new school.

  • WHO: Students enrolled and entering Kindergarten in the Ashland Independent School District in the 2018-2019 school year
  • WHEN: July 23-August 3, 2018
  • WHERE: Charles Russell Elementary School, Crabbe Elementary School, Hager Elementary School, Oakview Elementary School, and Poage Elementary School
  • TIME: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • COST: FREE

Breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided. 

For more information, click here.

 

 

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

Blazer Principal Survey
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 26- March 30, 2018.  Registration hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily Monday through Friday.   Evening hours are available on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

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!

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 Is A Kentucky State Finalist In The Samsung Solve For Tomorrow Contest

We are excited to announce that Ashland Middle School has been named a Kentucky state finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest! Congratulations to Mr. Polley for his idea for students to help the Ashland area to address a serious issue caused by the opioid crisis. We can’t wait to see how the project unfolds!  Go to http://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/ to see the state finalist. State winners will be announced December 13th

Congratulations to the Girls Cross Country Team! Girl's Cross-Country Team

Congratulations to the Girls Cross Country Team who finished as the KHSAA CLASS AA STATE RUNNER-UP this past Saturday in Lexington!  The girls did an incredible job and narrowly missed being first place!  Please congratulate these ladies, as well as Coaches Phillip Caudill and Hillary Rice, on their outstanding performance on Saturday!

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.

Parchment Transcript Service

Paul Blazer High School has partnered with Parchment to order and send your transcript and other credentials securely. Click the button below to order your high school records.

Order Credentials from Parchment

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.

KY High Attendance Day High Attendance Celebration

Congratulations to Poage Elementary for having the highest attendance on KY High Attendance Day. 98.59%!
In honor of their accomplishment students at Poage Elementary will be treated with a school-wide dance and pizza party!

 

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:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

https://www.nasa.gov/content/eye-safety-during-a-total-solar-eclipse

 

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:

Pizza

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. 

 

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.

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.

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. 

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

 

Congratulations Distinguished Schools!

Paul G. Blazer High School, Hager Elementary School and Oakview Elementary School all received Distinguished ratings on the state’s 2016 Accountability Report. Blazer experienced good improvement in overall achievement and student growth while great strides in reducing Novice scores contributed to the rise in the overall rating for both Hager and Oakview. Congratulations to the students and staff at each of these schools as well as to all of the students and staff of the Ashland Independent Schools for helping the district in its Proficient rating.

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
Applicants Sought for Vacant Board of Education Seat

The Kentucky Commissioner of Education is seeking applicants to be considered for appointment to the Ashland Independent Board of Education.  You are invited to nominate yourself or someone you know who is qualified to serve on the Ashland Independent School Board of Education.

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

Monday-Friday

 

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..

 

GEARUP KY

Blazer High School and GEARUP KY would like to invite all parents/guardians of any Blazer High student to an informational session regarding preparing your student for college.  This event will be on Monday April 25th from 6-7:30 pm located in Blazer's library.  We will be covering the new changes to FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)-which is to be completed in October for students who will be seniors during the 2016-2017 school year.  Also, we will be discussing options for after high school, the college application processes, testing requirements, and general college access information.  Refreshments will be provided as well.  We hope to see you there.  If you have any questions please contact Amy Bond or Jordan Smith, GEAR UP KY's College and Career Advisors, at Blazer High.

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

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.

Notice of NON-DISCRIMINATION

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
606-327-2706

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.

 

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. 

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

2014 Tomcats for a Cure T-shirts logo for Tomcats for a Cure

Ashland Blazer High School along with our FCCLA chapter continues in the fight against breast cancer in honor of the many individuals who have been affected by breast cancer.  We are hosting a school wide/district wide/community opportunity for everyone to join this fight!!  Over the past three years, we have raised over $5,000 for the American Cancer Society Making Strides against Breast Cancer. 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

Ashland Independent Schools Fiber RFP

The Ashland Independent Schools Board of Education is accepting RFP’s for Fiber Gigabit Network Services.  All proposals must be submitted in writing by sealed envelope to the attention of Cary Williams, Director of Instructional Technology, 1820 Hickman St. Ashland, KY 41101 prior to 2:00 pm on Monday, January 20, 2013. All envelopes shall be clearly labeled “Sealed Bid” and “District-wide Network Upgrade”. Click Here to view the full RFP.

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). 
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.

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

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.”

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.
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.
CHARACTER COUNTS!
<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>
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.
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