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Superintendent Search: 30 Qualities Survey

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Dear parents, teachers, and the Ames community,

On January 17, as a school board, we chose Ray & Associates as the search firm to help us with identifying candidates for the next Superintendent of the Ames Community School District. As a part of this process, we are seeking feedback on the preferred criteria to consider in our candidates. Below is a link to a survey we invite you to complete. Based on their experience, Ray & Associates has identified 30 criteria of effective school leaders. Please select up to 10 criteria most important to you. There is also an open-ended question for you to identify those things candidates should know about our district and community. The survey will close at 8:00 a.m. on February 9. 

Additionally, our search firm consultants will be hosting listening sessions with various identified focus groups (teachers and staff, students, parents, building administrators, and community leaders).  The public is invited to participate in a focus group with our consultants on February 5, 5-6 pm in the District Board Room.

As we move through this process, we will strive to keep you informed as much as possible.  A timeline detailing the process will be posted to our website in the upcoming days.  

Thank you for your support during this important process!

Sincerely,

Alisa Frandsen

Ames School Board President

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Department of Education officials talk Iowa Core in Ames

Representatives from the Iowa Department of Education stopped in Ames Tuesday night to deliver a presentation and answer questions regarding the Iowa Core, the state’s academic standards that educators work to help all students achieve.

Erika Cook, chief of the Bureau of Standards and Curriculum in the Division of Learning and Results, offered a presentation that you can see here. 

Iowa Academic Standards Presentation 

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I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award

Teresa Green STEM Award

Teresa Green, K-5 Technology Teacher at Edwards Elementary, was recently selected as the North Central Iowa Region’s recipient of the 2018 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award. The award is established through the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and sponsored by Kemin Industries. It recognizes “exceptional dedication toward increasing student interest and achievement in STEM fields and careers in innovation.”

Green is a 30 year veteran teacher (25 in the Ames CSD) who started as an elementary music teacher. She got her Masters of Curriculum and Instructional Technology degree from Iowa State University, and today is a the K-5 Technology Teacher at Edwards Elementary.

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Northwood Preschool Registration

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2018-2019 Preschool Registration Information

Children who are four-years-old on or before September 15, 2018 are eligible for the Ames Community School District Preschool Program and can complete the check-in process on Wednesday, February 7th at Northwood Preschool Center 9:00 -12:00 & 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

Timeline for Preschool:

February 7 – Preschool Registration Opens at Northwood Preschool Center

Please Bring:

  • Most Recent Physical Exam
  • Immunization Record
  • Proof of Birth

Week of March 19 – Parents will be notified if their child has an AM or PM spot in the program.

July 9 Complete Ames Community School District Online Registration

August 13 and 14 – Packet Pickup – Receive information about the upcoming school year including your child’s teacher assignment.

August 22 – Parent Orientation at Northwood

**Three Year Olds: There are a limited number of scholarships for children who will be three on or before September 15, 2018. If interested, please visit Northwood on February 7th or contact Northwood after for an application and financial assistance guidelines at 515-268-2470 or email northwoodregistration@ames.k12.ia.us

For more information about the preschool program, email northwoodregistration@ames.k12.ia.us or visit http://www.ames.k12.ia.us/schools/northwood-preschool-center/

Sincerely,

Kristin Barber

Northwood Preschool Principal

kristin.barber@ames.k12.ia.us

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Iowa School Report Card 2017

Iowa School Report Card

The Iowa Department of Education released the annual Iowa School Report Card, the state’s web-based school ratings system, on December 13, 2017. The Iowa School Report Card, which was launched in 2015 as part of a state legislative requirement, rates individual public schools on measures of student achievement, as well as other factors. They include student proficiency rates in math and reading combined, student academic growth, narrowing achievement gaps among students, college and career readiness, student attendance, graduation rates, parent involvement, and staff retention. Based on each school’s performance over a two-year period, the report card assigns one of six ratings: Exceptional, High-Performing, Commendable, Acceptable, Needs Improvement, and Priority.

Celebrations:

The Iowa School Report Card bases the majority of its measures on the Iowa Assessment results. As a result, it showed an overall decline in proficiency rates across the state. In Ames, however, all 7 schools (high school, middle school, 5 elementary schools) show student proficiency rates above the state average. The overall rankings for 6 schools in Ames are within the “Commendable,” while Fellows Elementary garnered a “High-Performing” ranking.

A point of pride for Ames High School is the College and Career Readiness mark of 70.2%. The state average in that category is 39.5%, clearly showing Ames High students preparedness toward the next step in their lives.

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Bond Referendum Polling Locations and More

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Polling Hours and Locations:

7 A.M. to 8 P.M. at all Ames locations

There will be eight (8) vote centers available. Any registered voter within the Ames Community School District who is eligible to vote at the regular school election may vote at one of the following locations:

(1) Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave.

(2) Grand Avenue Baptist Church, 612 24th St.

(3) Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave.

(4) Ascension Lutheran Church, 2400 Bloomington Road

(5) Green Hills Retirement Community, 2205 Green Hills Dr.

(6) Ames Middle School, Rm B111A, 3915 Mortensen Rd.

(7) Collegiate United Methodist Church, 2622 Lincoln Way

(8) Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 3626 Ontario Street

Why are we voting on a new high school?

On April 3, 2018, the Ames community will vote on a bond referendum for a new high school that will have the learning space and security features that our current building lacks, as well as additions to three elementary schools: Meeker, Mitchell, and Edwards. The amount will not exceed $110 million and requires a 60% approval from voters.

What is the status of the current high school?

Initially built in 1960, our current building has 13 additions, 11 elevation changes, and 83 exterior doors on the building. When Haila Architecture did their Phase 1 study, they cited the circulation of students within the building, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility, along with a lack of security features as major concerns.

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Kindergarten Registration

 

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WHEN: Thursday, January 25 – 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday, January 26 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ames CSD District Office 2005 24th St. Ames, IA 50010

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Parents and guardians may enroll children in kindergarten who will be 5 years old by Sept. 15, 2018.
  • Parents and guardians will complete an information form online and a Home Language Survey.
  • Provide the child’s original birth certificate, or duplicate with raised seal; proof of residency (lease, mortgage, house title, or utility bill with current address); and adoption or guardianship papers, if applicable.
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Little Inventors at Edwards Elementary

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If you have not heard of “The Real Video Game,” a “Work-o-Tron,” the “Desk Fluffinator,” or an “Allergy Protector,” you will someday. These are some of the many inventions that third graders at Edwards Elementary have come up with as a part of a Little Inventors project.

It is another collaboration between 3rd grade Edwards teachers, and Sara Nelson, an Iowa State University College of Education professor. Nelson has collaborated with Edwards Elementary teachers a lot in the past, most recently with 3rd grade teacher Patti Allen, whose relationship goes back nearly a decade.

The catalyst for the idea came when Patti and Sara were looking for STEM education ideas, and they encountered an article about Little Inventors (www.littleinventors.org), a group based out of the United Kingdom that showcases student ideas. Sara contacted the group via Skype and they have been in contact ever since.

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Elementary ESL Pilot Update (December 2017)

For the past two years, Ames Community School District elementary English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers have been learning about the newly-adopted ESL Standards from the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA 21) consortium (more details about ELPA 21 available at http://www.elpa21.org/learn-more/parents-and-guardians).

As teachers studied the standards and talked about how to instruct students to meet them, it became clear that the instructional materials that teachers had in their classrooms to teach students were not consistent or aligned with the standards.

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Fundations Professional Development, November 29, 2017

On Wednesday, November 29th, the K-2 teachers met with Wendy Robinson, Heartland Area Education Agency’s literacy consultant, to continue Fundations training at the District Office Boardroom from 2:30pm – 4:00pm. The work began with a quick check across the entire grade level team to share where teachers were in the sequence of lessons, things that were going well, and areas they needed more support to improve their implementation. After this initial sharing, teachers engaged in learning around accurate letter sound pronunciation, improving fidelity in the dictation routines, and sharing effective strategies for using the parent support pack provided in the teacher’s kits. Teachers shared that they appreciated time to share ideas and see a model of the dictation routine in action.

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