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Friday, March 15, 2019

NO SCHOOL 

Spring Break Begins 
Daily Notes will Resume on March 25, 2019 

No Classes / School District Wide 
Monday March 18 – Friday March 22nd 

Classes Resume March 25, 2019 

If you assistance please contact the District Offices 

March 25 – School Board Meeting @ District Offices – 6:30 pm 

March 27 – End of 3rd Quarter 

March 27 – Spring Sports Parent Meeting @ AHS , 7:00 PM 

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Friday March 15, 2019

AHS STATE DECA

Congratulations to the AHS DECA State Competitors for a great showing last week. Overall, 38 students placed in the top 3 of their events, qualifying to compete in the International Career Development Conferences to be held in Orlando in late April. Additionally, two Ames DECA members were elected as State Officers for 2019-2010 – Samantha Carney, President and Emily Matulac, VP of Career Development.

The qualifying students were:

Abbas Kusow, Achol Lual, Avery Suza, Ayah Gleisner, Ella Slade, Emily Matulac, Emily Poag, Ezra Manus, Grant Welk, Iluda Ko, Jackson Fox, Jacob Peters, Jake Schmit, Jayna Misra, Kai Johnson, Karlie Hill, Katherine Klein, Kijune Kim, Ling Bai, Madison Ollila, Madison Wiertzema, Mariam Mkhitaryan, Mario Napolitano, Olivia Heindel, Olivia Sassman, Preksha Sarda, Rishabh Swamy, Ryan Smith, Scott Junck, Shrey Patel, Silvia Aydinyan, Sivani Manimaran, Sophia Cordoba, Sivani Manimaran, Sophia Cordoba, Susanna Mkhitaryan, Varun Prasanna, Vinita Medithi, Will Copley and William Zheng.

MATH TUTORING

The ISU Math Tutoring during plus period and 7th period study hall has been suspended until further notice.

KEY CLUB NEWS

At the recent Nebraska-Iowa Key Club District Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska, Ames High School was represented by Hannah Huang, Gabe LaFleur, and Connor Schroeder. Key Club is the largest student-led service organization in the world and the District Convention is an opportunity for members to improve their service and leadership skills.

At the District Convention, Connor Schroeder was awarded the Outstanding Club Member Award, Hannah Huang was awarded the Outstanding Vice President Award, and Aspen Holm was awarded a $1000 Kiwanis scholarship. 

Ames High School Key Club was also awarded the Amy Hoger Membership Award for increasing club membership by over 25% and the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Badge.

In the elections for the 2019-2020 District Board, Connor Schroeder was elected the Lieutenant Governor of Area 6 and Hannah Huang was elected the Governor of Nebraska-Iowa Key Club. 

Congratulations to all of our members on their achievements.

AHS SPRING SPORTS PARENT MEETING

Parent meetings will be held on Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00 PM. Please meet in the following rooms:

Boys & Girls Track: Cafeteria

Boys & Girls Tennis: Athletic Video Room

Girls Golf: Room 121(across from the Athletics Office)

Boys Soccer: Media Center

Girls Soccer: Multi Purpose Room

UPCOMING CAREER DISCOVERY DAYS AT KREG TOOL

Kreg Tool in Huxley, Iowa, is hosting two Career Discovery Days this spring on March 14th and April 30th.  The day will begin at 8:45am and conclude at noon, and is open to any high school junior or senior.  If students are needing a job shadow opportunity, this day will give them an overview of the company and also a chance for them to see jobs in action.  To learn more about Kreg Tool: visit the KREG TOOL WEBSITE.

NEWS FROM THE NURSE OFFICE

The Iowa Department of Public Health added a requirement to the Iowa Immunization law. This law requires that all students entering 12th grade have the meningococcal vaccine series before school starts in August 2019. Meningococcal disease is a life threatening illness that is caused by bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord. It easily spreads in crowded settings. The vaccine will be required prior to both the 7th and 12th grades. All students entering 12th grade must have proof of having the meningococcal vaccine before school starts in August. Some students may already have the requirement completed. The child’s age at time of administration will determine if they need one or two doses. If you are unsure what your child needs contact your physician/clinic or the nurse’s office. Your son/daughter will NOT be allowed to start the school year on August 23, 2019, without the documentation of the meningococcal vaccination.

The vaccine can be completed at most clinics. Contact your physician, Mary Greeley Home Health Services 515-239-6730, or Primary Health Care Clinic 515-232-0628 to have this completed. Bring in documentation to the nurse’s office. Please call the nurse’s office at 515-817-0614 or email (monica.behning@ames.k12.ia.us)  if you have questions. Thank you for your time and attention to this requirement.

AUDITIONS FOR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS

Senior Senate will be selecting two members of the class of 2019 to speak at graduation on May 26, 2019.  Two students will be chosen to read original speeches. Auditions will be held the morning of Wednesday, April 10 from 7:45AM to 8:55AM.  All auditions are limited to five minutes and the speaker will be expected to present a portion of his or her speech to members of Senior Senate. Anyone who is a graduating member of the Ames High School class of 2019, has a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and has shown overall good conduct has the opportunity to audition by signing up with Mrs. Micalone in room 26 by April 8.  Audition times will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  Students are encouraged to work with the AHS English Department on their speeches.  A copy of the final speeches of those who are picked to read will need to be turned in to Mr. Evans for final approval.

AP ONLINE CLASS OPPORTUNITIES FOR AHS STUDENTS

Acceleration Applications are now available in the ELP Alcove in the Media Center, as well as, on the ACSD’s Website – Ames High School – Extended Learning Page. ALL ACCELERATION APPLICATIONS ARE DUE TODAY, APRIL 1, 2019 BY 3:30 PM. If you have any questions regarding the Acceleration Application, please see Mrs. Kuhns, Mr. Josh Gorman, or Catherine Monroe.

Any student interested in taking the following AP Online Courses should stop in the ELP Alcove in the Media Center to pick up an application:

AP Microeconomics – fall OR spring semester

AP Macroeconomics  – fall OR spring semester

AP Statistics – full year course

AP Computer Science A (Java) – full year course

A student can only enroll in one class per semester and must have one open period every day in their schedule. All applications will be due, MARCH 27, 2019.  If you have questions please see Mr. Josh Gorman or Mrs. Monroe. Students will be notified the first week of April if they have been approved for any of the online courses.

ACCELERATION APPLICATIONS

Acceleration Applications are now available in the ELP Alcove in the Media Center, as well as, on the ACSD’s Website – Ames High School – Extended Learning Page. ALL ACCELERATION APPLICATIONS ARE DUE, APRIL 1, 2019 BY 3:30 PM. If you have any questions regarding the Acceleration Application, please see Mrs. Kuhns, Mr. Josh Gorman, or Catherine Monroe.


AMES HIGH POST PROM

Plans are underway for the 2019 Ames High School post prom party! The volunteer committee is working to ensure the students have a fun, safe, and memorable evening following prom.   This event is provided at no cost to the students. We need your help to make this happen!

Post Prom will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 12:00 am to 4:30 am at Ames High School.  It is open to all juniors / seniors, and their dates, whether or not they attend the Prom itself. Games, entertainment, food, and prizes will provide a terrific night at NO COST to the students. 

 Post prom can’t happen without parents and volunteers, so we really need your help!  Please look over the list of volunteer opportunities & sign up for a spot to help make Ames Post Prom 2019 a safe & successful night for our kids!  Click here to sign up: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084fa9ac238-ames

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Thursday, March 14

No School District Wide

AHS Course Schedule Orientation 8:00-11:45 AM

Friday, March 15

No School District Wide

BTR-JV/10/9 at Central College 12 PM

Monday-Friday, March 18-22

Spring Break

Monday, March 18

GTR-V at ISU 12:00 PM

Tuesday, March 19

BTR-V at ISU 12:00 PM

Friday, March 22

GTR-JV at Central College 12:00 PM

Saturday, March 23

B/GTR-V at South Dakota State Univ. 12:00 PM

Monday, March 25

Classes resume

Tuesday March 26 

Track: Girls JV vs. Waukee (Away)
March 26, 4:30 PM

Wednesday March 27 

End of 3rd Quarter
AHS Spring Sports Parent Meeting
March 27, 7:00 PM – Ames High School

Thurday March 28 

Track: Girls Varsity vs. Boone (Away)
March 28, 4:30 PM

Track: Girls JV vs. Boone (Away)
March 28, 4:30 PM

Friday March 29 

AHS Wind Symphony / Jazz I
March 29, 2:30 PM – Ames Middle School,

AHS Thespian Film Festival
March 29, 7:30 PM – Ames High School

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Industrial Technology Projects (Winter 2018-2019)

Industrial Technology Projects

The Ames High industrial technology department offers a variety of classes that consistently produce outstanding projects. The department as a whole provides courses in Woodworking, Metals, Robotics, and CAD. Under the guidance of teachers Michael Scaramellino and Kent Jahn, students have access to a range of materials and equipment, with tool safety being a primary focus for both teachers. Many of the classes are guided through projects, but as students progress in proficiency, they have the ability to self-guide on projects they pick. With CAD software, a laser engraver, plasma cutter, and an arsenal of woodworking equipment, students are consistently churning out amazing projects from wood boxes, cutting boards, coasters, and a variety of amazing scrap metal projects.

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Academic Calendar Updates 2019-2020

Calendar Updates 2019-2020 school year

Updates to the 2019-2020 school year calendar were approved by the Ames school board on Monday, February 25, 2019. A couple of the key updates include the start date and how professional development is organized at Ames Middle School and Ames High School.

Start date – School will officially begin on Friday, August 23, 2019 for most grades across the District. This includes 1st – 5th grade, as well as 6th and 9th graders, and all other students at the middle and high school who are new to the District. This start date aligns with other Districts across the state and is the first day that school can officially start according to state law. This is a change from the originally scheduled Monday, August 26 start date.

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Seal of Biliteracy: A New Recognition to Celebrate Language Proficiency

Seal of Biliteracy

In October 2018, Iowa Department of Education announced that a state Seal of Biliteracy would be available for participating schools to recognize students who demonstrate proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. Ames Community School District is pleased to announce that students will have an opportunity to earn this seal.

To receive a seal, students in participating schools must demonstrate proficiency in English and at least one other language through approved assessments. Students must be able to read, write, listen, speak in the language they are testing. Read more about the biliteracy guidance, including proficiency levels and accepted assessments here. At Ames High, assessments will be available in French, German, and Spanish. Additional languages are available to students off-site.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Auditions for the spring play will be held after school Today in Mr. Schmidt’s room (225).  Come with a prepared humorous monologue.

The ISU Math Tutoring during plus period and 7th period study hall has been suspended until further notice. 

Intramural bowling will start on Tuesday- April 2nd at Perfect Games.  See Mrs. Hassebrock in Art C to sign up a team of 3.

If you are interested in participating in The Senior Art Show, but are not in an art class this semester, make sure to contact one of the art teachers,

Mrs. Hassebrock, Mrs. Renze, or Mrs. Wede. This is an awesome opportunity to showcase your artwork!

Any student interested in taking the following AP Online Courses should stop in the ELP Alcove in the Media Center to pick up an application:

AP Microeconomics – fall OR spring semester

AP Macroeconomics  – fall OR spring semester

AP Statistics – full year course

AP Computer Science A (Java) – full year course

A student can only enroll in one class per semester and must have one open period every day in their schedule. All applications will be due, MARCH 27, 2019.  If you have questions please see Mr. Josh Gorman or Mrs. Monroe. Students will be notified the first week of April if they have been approved for any of the online courses.

 

Acceleration Applications are now available in the ELP Alcove in the Media Center, as well as, on the ACSD’s Website – Ames High School – Extended Learning Page. ALL ACCELERATION APPLICATIONS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019. If you have any questions regarding the Acceleration Application, please see Mrs. Kuhns, Mr. Josh Gorman or Catherine Monroe.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

DAILY NOTES 

Auditions for the spring play will be held after school Today and Wednesday in Mr. Schmidt’s room (225).  Come with a prepared humorous monologue.

Intramural bowling will start on Tuesday- April 2nd at Perfect Games.  See Mrs. Hassebrock in Art C to sign up a team of 3.

If you are a senior and are currently in an art class or have taken any art classes at Ames High, make sure you come to the Senior Art Show information meeting on Tuesday, March 12th, during Plus Period in Art C. This is an awesome opportunity to showcase your artwork!

Kreg Tool in Huxley, Iowa, is hosting 2 Career Discovery Days this spring on March 14th and April 30th.  The day will begin at 8:45am and conclude at noon, and is open to any high school junior or senior.  If students are needing a job shadow opportunity, this day will give them an overview of the company and also a chance for them to see jobs in action.  To learn more about Kreg Tool: visit the KREG TOOL WEBSITE.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Auditions for the spring play will be held after school Tuesday and Wednesday (12th and 13th) in Mr. Schmidt’s room (225).  Come with a prepared humorous monologue.

A College Representative from Truman State will be in Student Services today at 1:30 pm.

If you are a senior and are currently in an art class or have taken any art classes at Ames High, make sure you come to the Senior Art Show information meeting on Tuesday, March 12th, during Plus Period in Art C. This is an awesome opportunity to showcase your artwork!

Kreg Tool in Huxley, Iowa, is hosting 2 Career Discovery Days this spring on March 14th and April 30th.  The day will begin at 8:45am and conclude at noon, and is open to any high school junior or senior.  If students are needing a job shadow opportunity, this day will give them an overview of the company and also a chance for them to see jobs in action.  To learn more about Kreg Tool: visit the KREG TOOL WEBSITE

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Friday March 8, 2019

COURSE SCHEDULE ORIENTATION

A separate email wast sent out this morning regarding the course orientation. 
*That nformation is also listed at the bottem of this post 

AUDITIONS FOR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS

Senior Senate will be selecting four members of the class of 2019 to speak at graduation on May 26, 2019.  Two students will be chosen to read original speeches. Auditions will be held the morning of Wednesday, April 10 from 7:45AM to 8:55AM.  All auditions are limited to five minutes and the speaker will be expected to present a portion of his or her speech to members of Senior Senate. Anyone who is a graduating member of the Ames High School class of 2019, has a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and has shown overall good conduct has the opportunity to audition by signing up with Mrs. Micalone in room 26 by April 8.  Audition times will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  Students are encouraged to work with the AHS English Department on their speeches.  A copy of the final speeches of those who are picked to read will need to be turned in to Mr. Evans for final approval.

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT FOR PARENTS OF JUNIORS – SAVE THE DATE

On Wednesday, April 3rd, the counselors will host a Financial Aid Night at 7:00 PM in the AHS Cafeteria. A representative from the College Planning Center will be available to explain the procedure to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the many steps involved in the financial aid process. This is a very informative evening for junior parents (but all are welcome), with time allotted for a question and answer session.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

A College Representative from Truman State will be in Student Services on Monday, March 11th at 1:30 pm.

DANCE with the AMES HIGH DRILL TEAM at the Annual Spring Show held on March 30th at 6:30 pm 

WHO: Any Pre-School through 8th Grader

WHERE: Ames High Gym (1921 Ames High Drive)

WHAT: A clinic on Friday March 29th  6:30pm-7:30pm

ENTRY FEE: $30

WHAT YOUR FEE PROVIDES:  

  • Admission to perform at the Annual Ames High Drill Team Spring Show on Saturday, March 30th.  Entry into the dance clinic on Friday night 6:30-7:30. An opportunity to perform the routine you learned at the clinic at the AHS Drill Team Spring Show that night at 6:30pm in the AHS gym. A snack during the clinic and a souvenir t-shirt for your performance.

 REGISTER by March 22nd. Walk ins are welcome,  but t-shirts will be limited. Please e-mail Coach Buss ASAP if you are turning your registration in late.(sarah.buss@ames.k12.ia.us).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, March 8

No classes-Teacher work day

Saturday, March 9

AHS Music Solo & Ensemble Contest 8 AM

Monday, March 11

AHS Course Schedule Orientation 3:45-7:50 PM

Tuesday, March 12

AHS Wind Symphony @ UNI

BTR- V at Wartburg College 3:00 PM

AHS Course Schedule Orientation 3:45-7:50 PM

Wednesday, March 13

AHS Course Schedule Orientation 3:45-7:50 PM

Thursday, March 14

No School District Wide

AHS Course Schedule Orientation 8:00-11:45 AM

Friday, March 15

No School District Wide

BTR-JV/10/9 at Central College 12 PM

Monday-Friday, March 18-22

Spring Break

Monday, March 18

GTR-V at ISU 12:00 PM

Tuesday, March 19

BTR-V at ISU 12:00 PM

Friday, March 22

GTR-JV at Central College 12:00 PM

Saturday, March 23

B/GTR-V at South Dakota State Univ. 12:00 PM

 

 Guide to Course Orientation for 2019-2020 for parents, guardians and students

You are invited to join Ames High Staff in a buffet style course orientation. Every 15 minutes a session of information will be presented in each department and each of these sessions will have the same information. You can pick and choose which sessions to visit – as many or as few as you like.  You can start your course orientation experience on any of the days at any time, specifics are listed below.

For example, room 46 will feature information on 9th and 10th grade science courses. Every 15 minutes, the same information will be shared, so you can choose any session and find the same information.

The 15 minute sessions on Monday 3/11, Tuesday 3/12, and Wednesday 3/13 will be as follows:

3:45 pm    5:00 pm    6:15 pm   7:30 pm

4:00 pm    5:15 pm    6:30 pm    7:45 pm

4:15 pm   5:30 pm     6:45 pm

4:30 pm   5:45 pm    7:00 pm

4:45 pm   6:00 pm    7:15 pm

 

The 15 minute sessions on Thursday 3/14 are:

 

8:00 am     9:00 am     10:00 am     11:00 am

8:15 am     9:15 am     10:15 am     11:15 am

8:30 am     9:30 am     10:30 am     11:30 am

8:45 am     9:45 am     10:45 am     11:45 am

 

Counselors Room 123 (Athletic video room)

 

Science Department

Overview of 3 science paths Room 31

Science courses for 9th/10th graders Room 46

Science courses for 11th/12th graders Room 47

 

English Department

English courses 9th graders Room 229

English courses for 10th graders Room 228

English courses for 11th/12th/graders Room 201

 

Music Department

Choir with Mrs. Dieter & Mrs. Johnson Choir Room

Orchestra with Mrs. Polashek Orchestra Room

Band with Mr. Ewan & Mr. Buttermore Band Room A

 

ART Department

All Art courses & grade levels ART Room C

 

PE & Health

Mr. Rial, Mr. Fecht. Mr. Duea Weight Room

and Mr. Steffen

 

Social Studies

Options for required courses Room 121

9th Honors World Studies or World Studies

10th AP US History or US History

12th AP Gov’t or Gov’t

 

Electives for Junior & Senior Year Room 103

Non-Western World

Economics

AP Psychology

AP European History

Sociology

World Issues

Western Civilization

 

World Language Room 7

Overview

Sequence

Reasoning for all 4 levels (Life-skills vs. Getting requirements out of the way.)

Hosting and Traveling Opportunities

Parent Choice vs. Student Choice

Sequential years of a common language

Seal of Biliteracy and AP possibilities

Heritage speakers and choices

Acceleration requests require:  credentialed prerequisite credit, or family background, no testing out of level 4.

 

Mathematics

Algebra 1, Algebra AB Room 208

Algebra 2, Advanced Algebra 2 Room 209

Financial Algebra Room 209

Pre-Calculus, Calculus Room 210

Statistics, Acceleration Room 210

Geometry, Geometry AB Room 211

 

Career and Technical Education

Industrial Technology Room 12

Business

Human Services (Early Child Development)

Information Technology

Agriculture

Career Academy programs (Health Occupations, Criminal Justice, Teacher Academy, Automotive, Culinary, Building Trades, and Welding).

 

ELP will be in the Media Center 

 

Special Needs

Level 1 Special Ed Room 15

Level 2 Special Ed Room 26

Integrated Services Room B-3

ALP Room 18

ESL

All 9th-12th grade course offerings Room 16

 

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Friday, March 8, 2019

TEACHER WORKSHOP DAY – NO CLASSES 

Auditions for the spring play will be held after school next Tuesday and Wednesday (12th and 13th) in Mr. Schmidt’s room (225).  Come with a prepared humorous monologue.

A College Representative from Truman State will be in Student Services on Monday, March 11th 
at 1:30 pm.

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