Ashland’s 2018 Motivational Videos for State Testing

Why stress about testing if you are prepared and know you will do really well? At Ashland, we change the game by changing the mindset about how we go about preparing for state testing at the end of the year. We celebrate, motivate, and attack testing to show off what our kids know and the … Continue reading Ashland’s 2018 Motivational Videos for State Testing

Kindergarten Readiness Top Tips Video

As Hannibal in the A-Team used to say, "I love it when a plan comes together!" This year our kindergarten team decided to create a new program to help communicate to parents what helps students be successful in school. As students at Ashland register, they typically receive supply lists and will receive a school shirt, … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness Top Tips Video

Tips to Engage and Inspire Your School Community #NFES2018

It was fun to lead this presentation at the National Family Engagement Summit in Richmond, Virginia this week. The group of educators were so responsive and I can really sense a growing desire to get back to the basics. Schools should be the center of the community and we should be the go-to place for … Continue reading Tips to Engage and Inspire Your School Community #NFES2018

Every Month is The Month of the Military Child at Ashland

April is the Month of the Military Child, but this takes on more meaning in our school. Secretary of Defense Casper W. Weinberger, in 1986, started this movement to remind others that military children also sacrifice and serve alongside their parents. Every year, the U. S. Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy continue … Continue reading Every Month is The Month of the Military Child at Ashland

Students Share their Stories in Many Ways #MonthoftheMilitaryChild

A recent visit to Washington, DC reminded me of the importance of sharing our support for our military families outside our school community. Led by Amanda Woodyard, our Military Student Transition Consultant for our school division and housed at Ashland, students from Ashland and neighboring schools helped make two quilts to show their support for … Continue reading Students Share their Stories in Many Ways #MonthoftheMilitaryChild

Why We Gave our Reserved Parking Away to our Teachers

I really don't know why principals have reserved spots. I tend to be at school really early and leave really late, so it's not like I can't ever find a parking spot. I've always felt weird about it. When I go to a business, store, or other public place, they typically have their staff park … Continue reading Why We Gave our Reserved Parking Away to our Teachers