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Articles from March 2017

District seeks proposals for school-based mental health services

The District is seeking proposals in order to provide access to a full array of mental health services to students in each of its five elementary schools and one preschool center. We encourage mental health vendors who provide services that are based on best practices to assist students socially, emotionally, and academically within the school setting to apply by May 12. 

Click link to view Request for Proposal

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Parent Reading Camp March 2017

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Parent Reading Camp presenters, by Mandy Ross, Ames Community School District

From Levels to Love, by Karen Mongar, Ames Community School District

Literacy Development, by Sara Nelson and Emily Hayden, Iowa State University

Literacy Development Handouts, by Sara Nelson and Emily Hayden, Iowa State University

Moves for an Effective Readaloud, by Brandon Schrauth, Ames Community School District.

Concepts of Print, by Brandon Schrauth, Ames Community School District

Concepts of Print Bookmark, by Brandon Schrauth, Ames Community School District.

Parent Reading Camp Flyer

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March 24, 2017- Update on third rotation and community feedback

The third rotation of the word study pilot began on Tuesday, March 22nd. The Word Study Team met and scored the materials they used during the second rotation and received materials for their last rotation. They will teach with these materials through May 9th. We will meet again as a team for the final rubric scoring on Tuesday, May 15th. At that point, we will be waiting to set another meeting until we can get all of the data back from the Iowa Reading Research Center, including student scores from the assessments and fidelity checks. We will keep everyone updated as the timeline develops, but we do not have a firm date yet. We anticipate that we will have all of the data back in late May.

We have had some requests for clarification about how the community feedback forms will be used in the final decision.  We are collecting both quantitative and qualitative data throughout the pilot. The quantitative data (student assessment data, rubric scores, teacher survey, admin survey, and survey from parents of pilot students) are broken down by specific percentages (here’s a link to the earlier post with those numbers). The qualitative data, including the community feedback comments, teacher comments, and administrator comments will also be read and considered by the administrative team. While we are hoping the quantitative data will paint a very clear picture, we may need to rely more heavily on the qualitative data should that not be the case.

Thanks for continued support during this process!

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Give feedback on Literacy Pilot materials

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Materials on display through March 27

Now is your chance to peruse teacher and student resources and hands-on learning accessories for the three sets of Foundational Skills Materials being reviewed for the Kindergarten – Grade 2 literacy pilot. The materials are on display in the lobby of our District Offices, 2005 24th St. during our office hours from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Open House from 5 – 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 27

Teachers on Special Assignment Erin Miller and Mary Morton will be on hand  to answer questions before the regular school board meeting on March 27.

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Here’s a link to a site providing more information on the materials review and the materials.

Here’s the link to the online feedback survey.

Use these hashtags on Social Media #AmesWST #AmesCSD

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March 3, 2017- Inviting Public Input

We’re inviting the community to learn more about the Kindergarten – Grade 2 literacy pilot materials and give us feedback. In this video, Associate Superintendent Mandy Ross summarizes reasons new materials are being piloted. Board member Tim Rasmussen and Board Vice President Alisa Frandsen, who are members of the Teaching & Learning Committee, invite the public to come to an input session prior to the March 27 regular Board meeting, and to visit displays of the materials at Parent-Teacher Conferences March 6 – 9. 

Here’s a link to a site providing more information on the materials review and the materials.

Here’s the link to the online feedback survey.

Use these hashtags on Social Media #AmesWST #AmesCSD

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