Middle Tier
remote Learning

This is the AES Middle Tier Distance Learning website.

Contact information:
Science - Nick Gagnon ngagnon@aesk8.org
Math - Robb Burr rburr@aesk8.org
Social Studies - Jamie King jking@aesk8.org
ELA - Katelyn Chamberlain kchamberlain@aesk8.org

Ashland Elementary School Contact Info: 603-968-7622 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

Please check this site daily for assignment updates and other important information.

What do YOU do in the great outdoors?

Cody searches for the perfect shot!

Kashia explores Ashland on her bike!

McKenzi perfects acrobatics on the trampoline!

Janelle masters volleyball skills!

Middle Tier Daily Announcements

Friday, April 10th

Thank you all for joining our virtual classrooms! Attendance has been great and we have been impressed with how well the virtual classes have gone. Have a great Easter weekend and enjoy as much time outside as possible!

Thursday, April 9th

Round two of virtual classes begins today! As you settle into your classwork, the clouds and rain are settling in over New Hampshire. Did you know that the most rainfall ever recorded in 24 hours was in 1966 in Foc Foc, La Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean? A whopping 71.8 inches of rain fell in just one day!

Wednesday, April 8th

It has been wonderful to see the faces of middle school students in virtual classes this week! Take a well deserved break from school work and screen time today and we will see you again tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 7th

What a beautiful day we have today!! Open up a window and let some fresh air in. Have a great day.

Monday, April 6th

Good morning! Just a reminder that we have virtual classes today. Please make sure to check into Google Classroom for your exact login dates and times. Also in Google Classroom should be instructions on how to log into a Google Meet and all keywords for each session will be posted on your Google Classroom stream just prior to the session going live. Good luck and make sure to email teachers if you are having trouble getting into a session.

Friday, April 3rd

ATTENTION MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS AND FAMILIES! Teachers are holding virtual class check-ins beginning on Monday, April 6th! Our schedule has changed from earlier in the week; specific times and directions on how to log in will be shared with students and parents this afternoon. Teachers will use this time to check in with students, ask questions, and review materials. Attendance will be taken during each virtual learning session. The middle school team looks forward to face-to-face time with each middle school student!

  • Monday - Blocks A-C

    • A Block - 12:50 - 1:20

    • B Block - 1:30 - 2

    • C Block - 2:10 - 2:40

  • Tuesday Blocks D + E

    • D Block - 1:30 - 2

    • E Block - 2:10 - 2:40

  • Thursday - Blocks A-C

    • A Block - 12:50 - 1:20

    • B Block - 1:30 - 2

    • C Block - 2:10 - 2:40

  • Friday - Blocks D+E

    • D Block - 1:30 - 2

    • E Block - 2:10 - 2:40

Thursday, April 2

Everyone has been doing a great job with remote learning! As you spend time at your computer to engage in your education, don't forget to take healthy breaks as well. Did you know that research has shown that exercise and mood are linked? Even a little bit of walking or stretching a few times a day can improve your outlook and focus!

Wednesday, April 1st

In France, April 1st is called "Poisson d'Avril."

French children fool their friends by taping a paper fish to their friends' backs.

When the "young fool" discovers this trick, the prankster yells "Poisson d'Avril!"

In Scotland, April Fools' lasts two days. Victims of pranks are called gowks (cuckoo birds). The second day is known as Taily Day, and pranks involving the backside are played. Supposedly, it is the origin of "kick me" signs.

In England and Canada, pranks are only played in the morning of April 1st.


Tuesday, March 31st

With this being the last day of March, we will march into April with a strong foundation of remote learning behind us. As you have noticed there have been several assignments given each week for each subject area. Completion has been good for most students. If you feel like you are having trouble with assignments or don't understand what is expected in each assignment, please contact us via email and we will surely respond as quickly as possible. Don't forget, next week we will be doing virtual classes to check base with everyone. Thank you and enjoy some of the mild weather today!

Monday, March 30th

Welcome to Week 3 of Virtual Learning, AES middle school! As we begin this week, here are some things to remember:

  • Remember the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes you look at the computer screen, you must look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will help your vision!

  • Take pictures of your new "home classroom" and share them with Mrs. Chamberlain for a chance to be featured on our website and the yearbook!

  • The middle school teachers miss you and look forward to seeing you next week!

Friday, March 27th

Did you know that a group of ferrets is called a business? Just like students are learning from home, Ando and George have to run their business from home! Check out the bottom of this page to see how it's going!

Thursday, March 26th

Here's a riddle to get you thinking on this Thoughtful Thursday:

I reach for the sky, but clutch to the ground; sometimes I leave, but I'm always around. What am I?

A tree!

Wednesday, March 25th

Hello AES students and families! What a crazy few days of weather. From lots of snow to 50 degree weather within 24 hours! Try to enjoy some fresh air at your house today while being conscientious of others space and your own health. With all of this remote learning and screen time it is still important to get a little fresh air. Stay healthy, safe, and keep up the great work online!

Tuesday, March 24th

Hello AES Middle school! As we navigate the waters of remote learning, here are some things to remember:

  • Set a schedule and stick to it! If you treat each virtual learning day like a regular school day, you will increase productivity and create a habit that is easy to manage!

  • Check your email daily! Teachers may send you a private message to check in.

  • Get outside! Fresh air is good for the body and mind!

  • Check to make sure you have submitted all assignments! It is easy for an assignment to fall behind if you forget to check your "Classwork" tab on each Google Classroom Page.

  • Use your brain in a new way! Start a puzzle, do a word search, try a new recipe, or play a game with a sibling or parent.

Monday, March 23rd

Happy Monday everyone! If you're feeling adventurous today, click here to view numerous 360 degree images of the famous Mayan site Tikal, located in Guatemala. The website also includes thousands of other places from all around the world! Just use the search bar to choose where you're going! Happy exploring!

Friday, March 20th

TGIF! Did you know that tons of museums and zoos are offering live streams and virtual tours during our practice of social distancing? Here is a link to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. You can watch sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellyfish, and more!

Thursday, March 19th

Good morning AES middle school families. The temperature is rising and we can all feel the changes in the air. For the first time in 124 years, the spring equinox has landed on March 19th! Most years the spring equinox is either on March 20th or 21st. Here is a quick riddle to start our spring: I fall but I don't get hurt. I pour but I'm not a jug. I help plants grow, but I'm not the sun. What am I?


Wednesday, March 18th

Greetings AES middle school parents and families! Do you know what a parody is? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online, a parody is "a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule." Weird Al Yankovic is notorious for his parodies that mock modern culture. Here's a popular parody, Word Crimes. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 17th

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Did you know that shamrocks (three-leaf clovers) are an important symbol of this Irish holiday? Shamrocks were considered sacred in Ireland and represent the arrival of spring. Keep your eyes peeled for some of these green beauties because Thursday is our first official day of spring!

Mr. Burr's Corner: Show some Saint Patrick's Day spirit by folding some shamrocks!! Super fun stuff :) click on this link- www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJnk2oOgQgE

Math Joke of the Week: Why do plants hate math? It gives them square roots. LOL!!

Kenken classroom packet is available in your google classroom.

Week 2 Joke: Why do you never trust a math teacher with a graph? Because they are ALWAYS plotting. LOL!!

Kenken Packet available in google classroom for students and......... parents :) I think these are better than sadukos.

Let's get started!

In your Remote Learning bags, you will find a Chromebook and charger, as well as the following materials and instructions for completing the assignments at home. Please keep all of your completed work together as it will be collected when school resumes.

Grade 6-8 Remote Learning will utilize Google Classrooms.
The students can access this information at

Math - Hey Middle tier students and families. In mathematics for this duration of time, we will be reinforcing math skills using Khan Academy and other digital resources. I will be posting some entertaining/fun challenges on Google Classroom. This is also where all assignments will be posted daily.

ELA - Hello Middle School Families! Students are beginning the trimester with digital learning tools provided on Google Classroom. During this virtual learning experience, I will post videos, activities, and other assignments for students to complete on a daily basis. Let's make the most of this digital endeavor!

Science- Welcome to trimester 3 in science! We will be doing a lot on Discovery Techbook, utilizing its mobile platform to help continue our progression in science. Please check Google Classroom regularly and keep up with assignments, turning them in before their due date! Thanks!

Social Studies- Greetings Middle Tier students and families! Each social studies module will have tasks and assignments to complete Monday through Friday in Google Classroom. I'm excited to work with you in this online format and look forward to seeing you when we get back!

Have you watched this fun handwashing video?

Information from the Specialists

Art--Mrs. Merrifield tmerrifield@aesk8.org

  • Digital Photography 1 and 2, our class meets on Tuesday and Thursday, so please plan to follow that schedule. At this time make sure you join our Google Classroom.

  • Small Structures (Sculptures), our class meets on Monday, Wednesday, Friday so please plan to follow that schedule. At this time make sure you join our Google Classroom.

Family Consumer--Mrs. Merrifield tmerrifield@aesk8.org

  • Cupcake Wars, our class meets on Monday, Wednesday, Friday so please plan to follow that schedule. At this time make sure you join our Google Classroom.

Music--Ms. Kelley hkelley@aesk8.orgl

  • Band and Chorus music will be uploaded to our Google Classroom ASAP!

  • Chorus can start working on their first assignment! Let me know if you have any questions. When you make your video, upload it to your drive, and then share it with me!

PE--Mr. Morse zmorse@aesk8.org

  • OPEN PE has some great resources if you are looking for ideas on how to keep your home active! Check it out!

  • Make sure to check for updates on google classroom.

  • Get outside and enjoy this beautiful day!

  • Remember to fill out your physical activity logs. Your goal is 60 minutes a day!

Guidance--Mrs. Sanborn csanborn@aesk8.org

  • Congratulations to the newest members of NJHS -- Abby, Aaron, Sam and Anna

  • Social distancing can be challenging for many. Please feel free to reach out to me by email should you need support. We are in this together!

  • Take a mindful minute today and relax with this yoga video.

  • Welcome to Trimester 3! Mrs. Sanborn and Ms. Hall have multiple classes being offered this trimester. Mrs. Sanborn is running The First Rule of Punk book club while Ms. Hall is leading the Choose Love module and the Stargirl Book club. We are excited to work with our students via a new platform!

  • Check out the resources below: Your questions about coronavirus answered, 30 Things You Can Do for your Emotional Health and Tips for Virtual Learning.

"So teachers keep teaching and students keep studenting!" -Kid President

Check out this inspirational video from kid president encouraging us to keep learning and making our impact in the world!
Even though a lot of things are out of our control right now there are still some things that are IN our control. Check out this chart to help you to gain some control over what is happening right now! Remember to reach out to Mrs. Sanborn or Ms. Hall via e-mail if there is anything you need.
Remember the importance of self care! Take a walk, get outside, read a book or be creative. Also, while maintaining social distance remember we don't have to socially isolate. Call a friend, have a google hangouts or facetime movie night. Check in on those you care about!
We are still here for you! You can still e-mail us, send comments to us and even chat with us over google meets. Reach out and let us know what you need!
Ms. Hall is practicing Self Care Saturday by planting some indoor flowers. Share how you are continuing to practice self care while in quarantine by dropping an e-mail or a picture to Mrs. Sanborn or Ms. Hall!
Things you can do for your emotional health.pdf
Tips for Virtual Learning
Coronavirus Information for Students.pdf
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Check out this video of Fiona, the junior hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo, showing off for the world!

Virtual Learning Hall of Fame!

Anna practices the sax!

Eliza studies math!

Laura gets some animal love!

Makayla reads to her pig!