There is no school Monday, January 15th, as it is a district wide professional development day.  This includes the Driver Ed classes offered through Street Smarts.


There is no school for High School only on Tuesday, January 16th as it is a teacher workday between semesters.


Wednesday, January 17th is the first day of 2nd semester with a normal Wednesday schedule. 1st period begins at 9:15 am.


Each student has a computer and can access her/his 2nd semester schedule on the portal. We do not hand out a printed schedule to begin the 2nd semester.


9th, 10th, and 11th graders will begin taking the Iowa Assessments on Thursday (January 18) and Friday (January 19), and finish the following week with testing on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. It is important that students give their best effort on these assessments. Parents can help by seeing the students are well rested and have breakfast before coming to school on the test days.  When we receive the results, we will be able to show each student the growth s/he has made since taking the tests last year.

Seniors won’t be testing so they do not have to be in the building during the test period. If seniors are in the building, they need to be either in the media center or cafeteria.


58 min.  For First Test Day ONLY

Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM

Period 1 0:39 7:50 AM 8:29 AM

Period 2 0:41 8:34 AM 9:15 AM

TEST PERIOD 0:58 9:20 AM 10:18 AM

Period 3 0:37 10:23 AM 11:00 AM

Period 4 0:37 11:05 AM 11:42 AM

Period 5/ 1st Lunch 0:38 11:42 AM 12:20 PM

Class 0:39 12:20 PM 12:59 PM

Class 0:39 11:47 AM 12:26 PM

Last Lunch 0:38 12:26 PM 1:04 PM

Period 6 0:37 1:04 PM 1:41 PM

Period 7 0:37 1:46 PM 2:23 PM

Period 8 0:37 2:28 PM 3:05 PM


48 min.  Used for all testing except the first test day

Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM

Period 1 0:39 7:50 AM 8:29 AM

Period 2 0:41 8:34 AM 9:15 AM

TEST PERIOD 0:48 9:20 AM 10:08 AM

Period 3 0:39 10:13 AM 10:52 AM

Period 4 0:39 10:57 AM 11:36 AM

Period 5/ 1st Lunch 0:38 11:36 AM 12:14 PM

Class 0:39 2:14 PM 12:53 PM

Class 0:39 11:41 AM 12:20 PM

Last Lunch 0:38 12:20 PM 12:58 PM

Period 6 0:39 12:58 PM 1:37 PM

Period 7 0:39 1:42 PM 2:21 PM

Period 8 0:39 2:26 PM 3:05 PM


Acceleration forms for students entering grades 9-12 interested in pursuing acceleration in the 2018-19 school year are now available. These forms can be accessed online via the Ames High School ELP Page or in the ELP Alcove at AHS. Forms are due to the ELP office located in MC-3 by February 9. Late applications will not be accepted.


The Ames American Legion Family is seeking students from the 2017-2018 Junior Class interested in attending American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State. These programs are week-long camps devoted to teaching government at the state, county and municipal level in Iowa as well as developing leadership skills and patriotism. They are “hands-on” experiences in the operation of government. All attendees will be elected or appointed to an office in government and learn the operation of that office as well as the interaction between various offices. Both programs are highly regarded by the college and university admissions offices around the country. The military academies in particular, award extra points for having been a delegate in one of these programs. Scholarship funds are available for the top performing students in each program. American Legion Auxiliary Girls State will take place June 17-22, 2018 at Drake University and American Legion Boys State will take place on June 10-15, 2018 at Camp Dodge. All tuition costs will be paid by The American Legion family. Elena Andrews attended the 2017 Girls State session as a delegate from Ames High. She was selected from the delegates at Girls State to receive a $1,250 Samsung scholarship. A second 2017 Girls State delegate attends Gilbert High School as do the four 2017 Boys State delegates. Any junior girl interested in applying can contact Elena for first-hand information on the program. Selections will be accomplished by personal interview. The selection committees are chaired by David and Ann Rehbein. David can be reached at or 515-231-3685 and Ann can be reached at or 515-231-6198. They can answer any initial questions and direct applicants to more information. Interviews will be held in January with selections known by February 1.


Thursday, January 18, 2018 7:30 PM AHS Auditorium

This concert will feature the 7th and 8th grade orchestras under the direction of Mr. Weihrauch and Mrs. Dieter. Mrs. Polashek will direct the 9th grade string orchestra performing: Telemann Concerto for 4 violins, In the Company of Angels and Sleigh Ride. The 10-12 Symphonic Orchestra will perform: Spanish from the Nutcracker, Spanish from Swan Lake, A Pirate’s Legend, Romeo & Juliet Overture and Procession of the Nobles. Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Students and Seniors, $10 Family.


Fri. Jan. 12

Boys BB 10/V vs SE Polk – 4:45 PM – 9:45 PM – Ames High School

Girls BB JV1/V vs SE Polk – 4:45 PM – 7:15 PM – Ames High School

Sat. Jan. 13

WR V @ ADM Invite10:00 AM – 4:30 PM – Adel DeSoto Minburn High School

Boys BB 9/10/V vs Valley – 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Ames High School 

Girls BB JV2/JV1/V vs Valley – 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Ames High School

Mon. Jan. 15

District-wide workshop day, NO CLASSES

No Driver Ed class

BoysBB 9 vs Marshalltown 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 

Tues. Jan. 16

No classes, AHS only teacher workday

Boys BB 10/V vs Marshalltown – 4:45 PM – 9:45 PM – Ames High School

Girls BB JV1/V vs Marshalltown – 4:45 PM – 7:30 PM – Ames High School

Boys SW JV/V @ Indianola – 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Indianola YMCA

Thurs. Jan. 18

Iowa Assessments

Girls BB JV2 vs Waukee-  4:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Ames High School 

Boys BB 9 vs Waukee –  5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Ames High School

WR JV/V @ SE Polk – 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM – High School – Southeast Polk

Orchestra Winter Concert (7th-12th Grades) 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM – Ames High School.

Fri. Jan. 19

Iowa Assessments

Young People’s Concert 1:15 PM

Boys BB 10/V vs Waukee – 4:45 PM – 9:45 PM – Ames High School 

Girls BB JV1/V vs Waukee – 4:45 PM – 7:30 PM – Ames High School

Sat. Jan 20

WR JV @ Dowling Invite – 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Dowling Catholic High School

WR V @ Urbandale Invite – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Urbandale High School

Boys SW JV/V CIC Conf @ SEP – 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM – High School – Southeast Polk