This week, September 11th – 15th is the time to sign-up for the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)   The cost for the test is $16.00, checks only please, made payable to Ames High School. Have your student see Mrs Evans in Student Services to sign up.  Juniors are reminded that this is the qualifying test for National Merit. The test will be given at Ames High on Wednesday, October 11.  NOTE: THIS TEST WILL BEGIN AT 8:30 AM (45 MINUTES BEFORE WEDNESDAY’S 1ST PERIOD).

Top sophomores are encouraged to take the test as a practice for next year.  Junior year is when the test counts concerning National Merit.


The last day to drop a class without consequences is Wednesday, September 13th.


ACT recently provided Ames High a report which gives the average score earned by our 2017 graduates and the average score for Iowa and the nation. The results are:


ACT     Composite       English        Math         Reading  Science

Nation  21.0                  20.3           20.7            21.4               21.0

Iowa        21.9                  21.2           21.3            22.6               22.1

AHS        25.2                  24.4           24.9            26.0               25.0



The Ames Education Foundation hosts the 6th annual TASTE for Education, Sunday, Sept. 24th at 5:00 pm at the Gateway Hotel.  This is an adult only evening.  It is a TASTE event with reserved seating, an auction, and wonderful restaurants!  Your support is always appreciated.  The funds from this event support: PK – 12 education, mini-grants for our teachers in the PK-12 classrooms, and leveled readers.  Celebrate education and have a night out!

ENTERTAINMENT – ISU’s “Shy of a Dozen, and Jazz Pianist Michael Fralaide.

Purchase tickets for $50 online at, or purchase tickets at AHS main office, or at Chocolaterie Stam.


If you are planning to take your student to a doctor appointment during the school day, it is helpful to notify the attendance secretary, via note or phone call, the morning of the appointment.   If your student will need a pass to leave during a class, he/she can get a paper pass to show the teacher before class instruction begins.   This saves the secretaries from interrupting classes during instruction time.   Secretaries are not encouraged to call the teacher during class instruction to pull a child out of class.  The pass the student should have can be picked up in the main office the same school day of the appointment.  Once the student has that pass, he/she does not need to stop back in the office on the way out of the building.  If the student is coming back to school after an appointment, then he/she should “check in” at the office again.


Monday,  September 11

  • BG V Turk Bowman Invite Veenker  10 am  – Veenker Memorial Golf Course

  • Auditions for Madrigal Singers 3:15 pm – Ames High School

  • Auditions for fall play “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” 3:15, Rm 225

Tuesday, September 12

  • BG JV vs Johnston 3:30 pm –  Veenker Memorial Golf Course

  • CC @ Valley B/G Invite Southwoods, 4:30 pm

  • VB 9/JV/V @ Ankeny, 4:45 pm

  • GSW JV/V @ Fort Dodge, 5:30 pm – Fort Dodge Senior High School

  • Auditions for fall play “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” 3:15, Rm 225h

Thursday September 14

  • BG JV/V @ Centennial Briarwood, 3:30 pm – Briarwood Golf Course

  • FB10 vs Ft. Dodge, 6:00 pm – Ames High School

Friday September 15

  • BG V @ Joe August Elmwood GC, 10:00 am  

  • FB 9/V @ Fort Dodge 4:45 pm, Fort Dodge Senior High School

Saturday September 16

  • VB JV @ Urbandale Invite, 8 am – Urbandale High School

  • VB V @ Waukee Invite, 8 am – Waukee High School

  • CC Roosevelt B/G Invite @ ISU, 10 am – Cross Country Course