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Articles from February 2017

Edwards students create Unity Chain

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A paper chain stretches the width of the Edwards Elementary School Commons area, as a visual representation of unity, solidarity, and peace. Parents, teachers, and the school created the chain during the school’s Feb. 14 Friendship Party. The school supplied students with a take-home worksheet to make paper chain strips at home with their families. To honor and reflect on Black History Month and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s messages of peace and friendship, each student wrote his/her identity on the strip, along with a message promoting unity within the Edwards community. Also, the activity encouraged each student to write on additional loops the name of a leader, musician, scientist, or another person from their culture or any other culture the student and/or family views as important to them.

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Calendar for 2017-18 school year is approved

Keys dates for the 2017 -18 school year are set, based on a calendar the Board approved February 13.

Link to calendar overview PDF

Here are some of dates to add to your calendar:

  • Grades 1-12 start classes Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Classes will follow the Wednesday schedule, with elementary school starting at 8:25 a.m. and dismissing at 2:05 p.m. Ames Middle School will start at 9:30 a.m. and dismiss at 3:15 p.m. Ames High School will start at 9: 15 a.m. and dismiss at 3:05 p.m.
  • Kindergarten classes start Friday, Aug. 25 and students will attend a full day.
  • Early kindergarten mini-conferences, as scheduled, will be held Friday, Aug. 25.
  • Early kindergarten classes start Monday, Aug. 28.
  • Grades kindergarten through 5 will dismiss at 1:45 p.m. Aug 28-Sept.1 for mini-conferences, as scheduled.
  • Preschool starts Tuesday, Sept. 5.
  • Classes will dismiss early the day before Thanksgiving. There will be no afternoon Early Kindergarten at Northwood. Elementary classes will start at 8:25 a.m. and dismiss at 1:30 p.m. Ames Middle School classes will start at 8 a.m. and dismiss at 1 p.m. Ames High School classes will start at 7:50 a.m. and dismiss at 1:15 p.m.
  • Classes will dismiss early the day before Winter Break. There will be no afternoon Early Kindergarten at Northwood. Elementary classes will start at 8:25 a.m. and dismiss at 1:30 p.m. Ames Middle School classes will start at 8 a.m. and dismiss at 1 p.m. Ames High School classes will start at 7:50 a.m. and dismiss at 1:15 p.m.
  • Winter Break starts Thursday, Dec. 21. District Offices are closed during Winter Break. Classes resume Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, and District Offices reopen. Classes will follow the Wednesday schedule, with elementary school starting at 8:25 a.m. and dismissing at 2:05 p.m. Ames Middle School will start at 9:30 a.m. and dismiss at 3:15 p.m. Ames High School will start at 9: 15 a.m. and dismiss at 3:05 p.m.
  • On the Friday before Spring Break, there is no school for grades preschool through 8 because it is a post-conference day. Ames High School will be in session and will dismiss at 1:15 p.m.
  • Spring Break is March 12-16. District Offices are closed Friday, March 16.
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018 is the last day of school. Classes will follow the early dismissal schedule. There will be no afternoon classes at Northwood. Elementary classes will start at 8:25 a.m. and dismiss at 1:30 p.m. Ames Middle School classes will start at 8 a.m. and dismiss at 1 p.m. Ames High School classes will start at 7:50 a.m. and dismiss at 1:15 p.m.
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Teachers and District reach agreement on two-year compensation package

Teachers in the Ames Community School District reached an agreement with the Board of Education on a two-year compensation package that was ratified at a special meeting, Thursday, Feb. 16.

The agreement, which is effective for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years, was ratified before changes to the state’s collective bargaining laws were expected to pass the Iowa General Assembly. If the changes are signed into law, state and local government workers will no longer be permitted to negotiate compensation issues such health insurance, seniority and extra pay.

Superintendent Tim Taylor credits the Ames Education Association for its longstanding work toward common goals on behalf of the District’s teachers. He said the agreement shows mutual value for District teachers and a commitment to attract and retain “the best teachers for the best students anywhere in the world.”

Highlights of the District’s agreement:

  • A total compensation increase of .89 percent for 2017-18. The compensation package includes a 3.6 percent salary increase that boosts the base salary by $700, from $31,450 to $32,150.
  • A total compensation increase of 2 percent for 2018-19 to cover increases in medical insurance and salaries.
  • Ending a $100 deductible medical insurance plan and a paid-up life insurance benefit that no longer reflect current employee benefits standards.
  • Providing procedures to address certain involuntary transfers to give teachers of “bubble” classes first preference to transfer to vacancies within their current building assignment and to allow elementary fine arts and physical education teachers a chance to have input on their building assignments.

 

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Ames Middle School Science Olympiad team takes first place at regional tournament

2017 combined science olympiad teams

Ames Middle School and Ames High School combined teams competed at a regional invitational Science Olympiad tournament in Warren Mo. the weekend of Feb. 4, 2017.

The Ames Middle School Science Olympiad team finished first place in the invitational tournament against 34 other middle school teams from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa on Feb. 4. The team will compete in the State Science Olympiad competition March 25 at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

First place medals:

  • Seth Durbin and Emily Poag for Wright Stuff
  • Anyang Yu and Emily Poag for Crimebusters
  • Henry Tang, Eddie Wei , and Jerry Han for Experimental Design
  • Sophia Cordoba and Sivani Manimaran for Fast Facts
  • Seth Durbin and Michael Huang for Hovercraft

Third place medals:

  • Taylor Xu and Eddie Wei for Invasive Species
  • Seth Durbin and Jerry Han for Rocks and Minerals
  • Steven Tian and henry Tang for Towers

Fourth place ribbons:

  • Emily Poag and Steven Tian for Meteorology
  • Sivani Manimaran and Quinn Harbison for Microbe Mission

Fifth place ribbons:

  • David Jiang and Quinn Harbison for Disease Detectives
  • Sophia Cordoba and Jixiang Li for Dynamic Planet
  • John Zheng and Taylor Xu for Reach for the Stars

Sixth place ribbons:

  • Sophia Cordoba and Henry Tang for Ecology
  • James Lin and Jerry Han for Optics
  • Eddie Wei and Rishbh Swamy for Road Scholar
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