With the introduction of the Aspen Student Information Management System, parents of students in grades 5 to 12 can now view their child's academic progress, daily attendance, schedules, assignments and grades. Aspen protects student data with the same advanced technology that banks use to protect financial accounts. Aspen users only have access to information they need, and nothing more. The system has carefully configured to ensure a child's information is confidential and can only be retrieved by the parent or guardian and authorized school personnel. All primary contacts should have received a letter with a user name and password for parent portal access. Anyone who has not or is having problems logging in should log on to www.amesburyma.gov and click on the Aspen Family Portal link on the left-hand side.

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The Amesbury All Sports Boosters Club is inviting everyone to attend a night of family fun Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Amesbury Sports Park. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Boosters and all the athletic programs for AHS student-athletes.

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A meeting for players and parents interested in spring sports has been scheduled for Thursday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the AHS cafeteria. For any student to participate, a parent or guardian must complete one of the free head-injury courses listed on the high school's athletics website. The course is a yearly requirement and isn't necessary for any parent who completed it for winter sports registration.

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The AMS Ski Club trip to Mount Sunapee on Saturday, March 5, is fast approaching. Permission slips are due to Caitlyn Bailey by tomorrow.

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On Tuesday, March 1, Cashman Elementary School will host the fourth-grade Immigration Dinner, with the theme of Our Food, Our Country. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. and features global cuisine and entertainment. Food donations can be brought in earlier in the day or when children are dropped off, as adult helpers will be on hand for transportation.

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Seventh-grade AMS teacher Catherine Hill's White Team math students have been doing their homework online lately, thanks to a program on her teacher website. The new approach has been a success, with 88 percent of students completing their homework online.

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Third- and fourth-graders at Amesbury Elementary School will Jump Rope from the Heart this week.

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Peer Leaders at Amesbury High School are sharing the love of Valentine's Day with some of their four-legged friends. The students are collecting cat and dog food for animals living in shelters during the month of February. Collection containers are in the cafeteria and front lobby of the school.

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Tomorrow will mark the 100th day of school for Amesbury's students. Zero the Hero will make an appearance at Amesbury Elementary to celebrate the day.

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AHS seniors recently received a booklet of scholarships available to them. All applications are due in to the guidance center by 3 p.m. on March 11. Scholarships can be found online at the AHS website.

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Several AES and CES staff members participated in Literacy Walks last week, which brought teams of educators into classrooms to observe the many ways in which students write.

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Middle-school staffers Maureen Hardin and Allison MacAulay will be working with Green Team students in the library to launch a unit based on "Rabbit-Proof Fence" by Doris Pilkington. The unit's progress can be tracked on the Rabbit-Proof Fence blog, found at the library's website.

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The AHS library is currently holding a contest for students to create a READ poster. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive ribbons and all posters that meet the requirements will be displayed in the library and on the website. The deadline for submission is Monday, Feb. 28.

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Students in AES first-grade teacher Susan Holt's class read "Ruby In Her Own Time" earlier this week. The story is one of a bird that did not hatch or learn to fly as quickly as her siblings and served as an important lesson to the kids, as they learned it is OK to grow and develop at different speeds.

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Next week is school vacation week. Classes will resume Feb. 28.

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Alex Marciello covers Amesbury schools for The Daily News. She can be reached at 978-462-6666, ext. 3238, or by e-mail at amarciello@newburyportnews.com.