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Girls Tennis Runner Up State Champions

Girls Tennis

The Little Cyclones Girls Tennis team finished the 2018 regular season with a 10-0 record and a conference title. A week later on May 21, they punched their ticket for the 12th straight year to the team state tournament after beating Johnston to be one of the final 8.

Tennis is a unique sport in that athletes have an opportunity to compete individually and as a team in the post season. For Ames High, most of the girls did both. The girls nearly swept the regional singles and doubles state qualifying tournament on May 16. Freshman Arunadee Fernando was the overall singles champion, and the doubles team of Chloe Wilson and Caitlyn Hanulikova won doubles over their teammates Lauren Couves and Shria Chug. As a result, Ames High qualified 5 out of 6 athletes individually, setting up a busy week from May 30 – June 2 with both individual and team tournaments taking place.

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ONETeam: State Track & Field

ONE Team State Track

Last fall, the Ames High track and field program announced that they would combine the boys and girls teams into #ONETeam this spring, in a move that is unprecedented in the state. The teams combined activities, practices, and competitions in an effort to create positive connections between the coaching staff and students. Head coach Ben Duea announced on Twitter that “It is our goal to build on the successes that both programs have enjoyed in past years, and continue the championship tradition of Ames Track & Field.” It is without question that the first season as ONETeam was a success.

Looking back on the season, Duea said, “The credit goes to the kids. We opened up eyes all over the state on this new innovating idea of having one team. The kids made it special. They bonded and connected unlike any team I have seen. It was truly remarkable to see two genders in one sport support each other as much as our group did.”

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Memory Project

Memory Project

This semester, art students at Ames High School joined the Memory Project, a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world. These portraits are given to those who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and extreme poverty. The purpose of the portraits is to provide youth a meaningful mementos and a personal keepsakes. The project also allows art students to practice kindness and global awareness while enhancing their portraiture skills.

I always want to emphasize to students that they should make meaningful art – I want them to make art projects they want to keep or give away as a gift. I also love the idea of incorporating service learning into the classroom.” said art teacher Lindsay Wede.

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Collin Reichert named Outstanding Earth Science Teacher

Collin Reichert picture

The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) has named Ames High Earth and Space Science teacher Collin Reichert the Central Section Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) for 2018! The award is for “exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the pre-college level.” The Central Section includes eight states (IN, IL, IA, WI, MN, OH, KY, MI), and the committee received many strong nominations for candidates throughout the region.

Reichert was nominated for the award by a mentor of his, Cinzia Cervato, an Iowa State University professor of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences. Their relationship began when Cervato wanted to learn more Reichert’s lesson plans and approach to teaching and nominated Reichert for the award as a result.

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The Future of Ames High: Programming Phase

Future of Ames High Programming Phase

Since the April bond referendum vote, OPN Architects has been busy in the “programming phase” of the high school project. They have been meeting with various stakeholders that include the school board, administrators, teachers, and students to provide input on common design features, and to offer a platform where these groups can weigh in on their wants and needs.   

In May, a small group of administrators and board members who are a part of the steering committee traveled with OPN to visit seven high schools in Minnesota that were identified as having some unique features that would be incorporated in Ames. Director of Facilities and Maintenance Gerry Peters said, “We learned about how other schools and districts approached teaching and learning, as well as some of their experiences, during construction. In addition to experiencing the building layouts, spaces and features, the tour guides shared their challenges, likes, and dislikes about the construction result.” OPN received reactions from our group to the buildings size and layout, as well as feedback and observations.

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Meeker Little Cyclone Captains

Meeker Captains

Students at Meeker Elementary are using some of their free time to make an impact on the culture of their school through the building’s new Little Cyclone Captains initiative. The student leadership program provides students with opportunities throughout the day to have a positive platform to lead and be a captain for kindness.

Each day, captains serve as greeters (who are called “morning sprinkles”) at the front door to provide a welcoming smile as students enter. Captains also take time during their day to write kind notes to other students. They often come in during their recess time, pick from a pile of student names from across all grade levels, and write notes of encouragement or inspiration. These notes are then placed in the student’s cubbies by School and Family Counselor Kari Deal to serve as a pleasant surprise. She has noticed that many notes remain in their cubbies for weeks at a time.

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School Board is Accepting Applications for Vacant Seat

School Board Search

School Board Applicants:

  • Allen Beirbaum
  • Joan Bolin Bettis
  • Amy Edwards
  • Latifah Faisal
  • Randal Fitzgerald
  • John Hascall
  • Frederick Lloyd
  • Jeanne Paskach
  • Aaron Rodriquez
  • Jintao Wang
         

The Ames Community School Board is now accepting applications to fill the vacant board seat left by Director Rodney Briggs after he stepped down, effective May 2. The appointed candidate will serve until November 5, 2019 or until the next school election if one occurs earlier.

To apply, candidates must fill out the Statement of Candidacy for Appointment to Board of Directors form, and answer the following two questions:

  1. Why are you seeking appointment to the Ames Board of Education?
  2. How do  you believe you embody the traits of an effective board member?

Forms can be picked up at the Business Office in the District administrative building located at 2005 24th Street, or downloaded in PDF form below. Applications for the position will be taken until 4:30 p.m., May 17, 2018, and all materials must be submitted to the Business Office.  A press release listing the applicants for the vacancy will posted on Friday, May 18, 2018.

The Board has scheduled a candidate forum as part of its regularly scheduled meeting on May 21, 2017, which will begin at 6:00 p.m. The Board plans to appoint the selected individual during the action portion of the meeting at which time, the appointee will be sworn in.

Statement of Candidacy for Appointment to Board of Directors

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National Honor Society 2018

National Honor Society

The Ames Community School District would like to congratulate the 128 Ames High students who earned membership into the AHS chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS). This year, 61 seniors and 67 new members were recognized and celebrated at an April 22 event at Ames High.

Each chapter of the National Honor Society can have slightly different criteria for admission, but all assess academics, service, leadership, and character. New members were chosen by a selection committee based on how each student upholds the purpose of the Ames High School Chapter. Over 100 applications were considered this year for new membership, increasing the competitive nature of the process.

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ISPRA Communications Awards 2018

ISPRA Communications Awards

The Iowa School Public Relations Association (ISPRA) held their annual communication awards the evening of Thursday, April 19. The Ames Community School District submitted materials in 8 of the 20 competition categories that included Bond Campaign, E-Newsletter, Excellence in Writing, Magazine, Social Media, and three Video categories.

This year, there were entries from 20 different school districts. The Ames Community School District won two Blue & Gold Awards as best in state for the Amazing Magazine (magazine category), and the district’s Facebook page (social media category). Ames was also awarded the prestigious Department of the Year award based on the quality of work across many categories.

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Jenny Risner named the Next Superintendent of Ames Community Schools

New Superintendent (Jenny)

The Ames Community School Board is excited to announce Jenny Risner as the next Superintendent of the Ames Community School District. Jenny stood out of an applicant pool of 69 individuals from across the country after participating in two rounds of interviews with the school board and a variety of representative groups that included teachers, community leaders, former board members, parents, and District staff.

Ms. Risner currently serves as the Superintendent of Ocean Beach School District in Long Beach, Washington where she has been the superintendent for the past four years. Ms. Risner has been an educator for over 20 years and has served as a director of student services, director of special education, secondary principal, assistant principal, instructional coach, and elementary and middle school teacher. She received her superintendent credentials in 2013 from Washington State University, where she also received her MA in Education Administration in 2001.

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