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Friday October 19, 2019

FALL CHORAL CONCERT
The AHS Choirs will present the Fall Choral Concert on Monday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m in the
AHS Auditorium. The Freshmen Chorus, Concert Choir, and Concert Chorale will each
perform a set of pieces and the concert will conclude with all of the choirs singing, “America the
Beautiful”. Admission is $3 per student w/out activity sticker, $5 per adult, and $10 per family.

AP EXAM REGISTRATION SIGNUP
Registration for AP exams began on Monday, and will run through October 28. The cost per
exam is $94. Sign up for the exams in Student Services, preferred payment for the exam is a
check made out to Ames High School and is due at the time of registration. Late registration will
not be accepted. Once the tests are ordered from College Board, there will be no full refunds.

ON-LINE PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE SCHEDULER SIGN-UP Information
Starts at 9:00 AM on Monday, October 21, 2019

UGANDA SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT
Anyone interested in Participating in the Uganda Service learning Project, see Mr. Mooney in
room 107 for an application. Applications are due by October 31.
Informational meeting for parents is Saturday October 26, 9:00 AM in the Media Center at AHS.

PEER TUTORING
The Peer Tutoring room will be available for periods 1,2,3,6, and 7 in the Multipurpose room.
We are continuing to recruit tutors, and we hope to offer the space every period in the future.
Whether your student needs a quiet place to study or some help with their classes, there will be
an upperclassman available in the Multipurpose Room most periods. Please encourage your
student(s) to utilize this resource during their Flex time. This will be a safe space
where thoughtful students will work together in a responsible manner.

SEAL OF BILITERACY
Ames High School will again participate in the Seal of Biliteracy. The State of Iowa adopted
the Seal of Biliteracy in 2018-19 to officially recognize high school graduates who are literate in
more than one language. To receive the seal, students must demonstrate proficiency in English
and at least one other language through approved assessments. Students must be able to read,
write, listen, and speak in the language in which they test. Read more about
the biliteracy guidance, including proficiency levels and accepted assessments here.
At Ames High, the STAMP test will be offered during the school day on November 14th and
15th at a discounted cost of $19.90. Seniors should indicate their interest in qualifying for
the Seal of Biliteracy at http://bit.ly/AHSseal by Friday, Nov. 1. Details about sign up for the test
will be shared via email with those who complete the form.

AHS BLOOD DRIVE
LifeServe Blood Center is encouraging blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give a gift
straight from the heart! Premature babies, transplant patients, mothers after delivery, cancer
warriors, trauma victims, and more hospital patients receive blood transfusions from generous
LifeServe blood donors each and every day across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota! Spread
the love and donate blood! Schedule an appointment to donate at the upcoming blood drive at
Ames High School. Click below to sign up for the upcoming blood drive: Ames High
School 10/25/2019 (09:00 am – 02:00 pm) 1921 Ames High Drive Gym Balcony
New this year: LifeServe QuickPass! You can now fill out your donor history questionnaire
the day of your donation from the comfort of wherever you are! Use your mobile device, home
computer or whatever technology you like to get a head start on your donation.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES
The following college representatives will be in Student Services next week. Please see Mrs.
Monroe if you need a pass to visit with these college representatives.

Monday, Oct. 21 – Kirkwood College during both lunches.
Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Luther College, first lunch.
Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Valpariso University, first lunch.
– Waldorf Community College first lunch.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Friday, Oct. 18
FB-V vs WDM Valley 7 PM

Saturday, Oct. 19
VB-JV/V at Johnston 8:30 AM
GSwim-V at Marshalltown 10 AM

Monday, Oct. 21
Fall Choral Concert 7:30 PM
Tuesday, Oct 22
GSwim-V at Ankeny 5 PM

Wednesday, Oct. 23
All State Piano Auditions
Trunk or Treat 5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, Oct. 24
GSwim-V at Ankeny 5 PM
FB-9 at Urbandale 6 PM
FB-10 vs Urbandale 6 PM

Friday, Oct. 25
FB-V at Urbandale 7 PM

Saturday, Oct. 26
All-State Music Auditions at Indianola High School

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Friday, October 11, 2019

PSAT TEST OCTOBER 16

If your student is taking the PSAT test on Wednesday, October 16, please remind them to find their testing room assignments posted outside student services. Students will report to their testing room by 9:20AM as the test starts at 9:30AM. If a student arrives once the test has started, they will not be allowed to take the test per College Board. Cell phones, electronic devices, backpacks and snacks and drinks are not allowed. They may bring a calculator. Also bring sharpened no. 2 pencils but DO NOT bring mechanical pencils.

STUDENTS MUST BRING THEIR SCHOOL ID TO THEIR TESTING ROOM ON OCTOBER 16.

**Any student who is registered to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 16, can pick up a Student Guide which includes practice tests in student services.

AP EXAM REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY, OCT. 14TH

Registration for AP exams will begin on Monday, October 14 and will run through October 28.  The cost per exam is $94.  Sign up for the exams in Student Services, preferred payment for the exam is a check made out to Ames High School and is due at the time of registration. Late registration will not be accepted.  Once the tests are ordered from College Board, there will be no full refunds.

CONTRACT GRADE WITH A PASS/FAIL OPTION

Tuesday, October 15th is the last day to sign up to take a class for a contract grade with a pass/fail option.

PEER TUTORING WILL START MONDAY, OCTOBER 14

The Peer Tutoring room will be available for periods 1,2,3,6, and 7 in the Multipurpose room beginning Monday, October 14th.  We are continuing to recruit tutors, and we hope to offer the space every period in the future. Whether your student needs a quiet place to study or some help with their classes, there will be an upperclassman available in the Multipurpose Room most periods.  Please encourage your student(s) to utilize this resource during their Flex time.  This will be a safe space where thoughtful students will work together in a responsible manner.

WINTER CHEER TRYOUTS

Interested in becoming an Ames High Winter Cheerleader? The winter cheer season runs November-February and the winter cheerleaders cheer at girls/boys basketball games, wrestling meets, and even some hockey games. Tryouts are coming up soon.

TRYOUT SCHEDULE:

Practice Option #1 Sunday, Oct. 13th 1-3pm Spirit Room

Practice Option #2 Wednesday, Oct. 16th 7-9pm Spirit Room

Tryouts: Saturday, Oct. 19th 2-4pm Spirit Room

You only need to attend 1 practice to be eligible to tryout, but if you’re able to come to both that’s great too. The same material will be taught on both days.

Link to tryout packet: https://ameswintercheer.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/tryout-packet-2019-2020.pdf  Questions? Contact Coach Logan at dana.logan@ames.k12.ia.us

PROGRAM FOR JUNIOR PARENTS 

Parents of Juniors – An evening program has been planned to outline the postsecondary planning process at Ames High. The program will be held on Monday, November 4th at 6pm in the high school cafeteria. The counselors will be outlining the processes and procedures to follow in order to successfully determine their student’s options for postsecondary schooling. Examples of the topics to be addressed are the following: 

ACT vs SAT….Which one should I take?

Researching colleges and making the most of your visit.

Applying to college & organizing the application process 

Applying for financial aid

Scholarships

Naviance Student will also be introduced to parents. Through Naviance Student, students can search for colleges that match their interests/needs, compare and match colleges, request transcripts, view scholarship information, and view when college representatives are scheduled to visit Ames High. Parents unable to attend the program may pick up the materials the following day in Student Services.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

The following college representatives will be in Student Services next week. Please see Mrs. Monroe if you need a pass to visit with these college representatives.

Monday, Oct. 14 – Drake University during both lunches.

Friday, Oct. 18 – Iowa State University during both lunches.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Oct. 11

BGolf-V State Tournament 

FB-V at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 7 PM

Saturday, Oct. 12

BGolf-V State Tournament

FB-10 vs DSM Lincoln 9 AM

Sunday, Oct. 13

Winter Cheer Practice option #1 1:00 PM

Monday, Oct. 14

VB-9/10/JV vs Gilbert, Johnston, Roland Story 5 PM

Tuesday, Oct. 15

AHS Band All-State Mock Auditions 3:30 PM

AHS All-State Vocal Mock Auditions 3:30 PM

VB-9/10/JV/v at Dowling 4:45/5:45/7:30 PM

GSwim-JV/V at Dowling 5:30 PM

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Winter Cheer Practice option #2 7 PM

Thursday, Oct. 17

Future Ready AHS

B/GCC-JV/V at CIC 4 PM

VB-9/JV/V vs Nevada 5/6:30 PM

FB-9 vs WDM Valley 6 PM

FB-10 at WDM Valley 6 PM

Friday, Oct. 18

FB-V vs WDM Valley 7 PM

Saturday, Oct. 19

VB-JV/V at Johnston 8:30 AM

GSwim-V at Marshalltown 10 AM

 

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Friday, October 4, 2019

DISTRICT WIDE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY
There is no school on Monday, October 7, district wide.

MAP TESTING
AHS will be running 2 additional days of MAP testing. This test measures what students know
and informs what they’re ready to learn next. The test will level based on student answers and
creates a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance. The
computerized test allows for a quick return on data that teachers and the school will use to help
determine needs for individual students and the school. Attendance during these two days is
crucial and will help eliminate the difficulty of rescheduling of tests. We also like to remind
students to have their computers fully charged on those days. We will be asking students to not
have any personal devices on the wireless during the test to help with connectivity. If you have
any questions regarding the MAP test, please contact Brian Carico.

60 minute MAP testing Tuesday, Oct. 8

ODD
Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM
Period 1 0:76 7:50 AM 9:06 AM
Testing 0:60 9:16 AM 10:16 AM
Period 3 0:76 10:26 AM 11:42 AM
Period 5 / 1st Lunch

0:40 11:42 AM 12:22 PM
Class 0:76 12:22 PM 1:38 PM
Class 0:76 11:52 AM 1:08 PM
2nd Lunch
0:40 1:08 PM 1:48
PM Period 7 0:77
1:48 PM 3:05 PM

60 minute MAP testing Wednesday, Oct. 9
EVEN
Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM
Period 2 0:76 7:50 AM 9:06 AM
Testing 0:60 9:16 AM 10:16 AM
Period 4 0:76 10:26 AM 11:42 AM
Period 6 / 1st Lunch

0:40 11:42 AM 12:22 PM
Class 0:76 12:22 AM 1:38 PM
Class 0:76 11:52 AM 1:08 PM

2nd Lunch
0:40 1:08 PM 1:48 PM
Period 8 0:77 1:48 PM 3:05 PM

AP EXAM REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY, OCT. 14TH
Registration for AP exams will begin on Monday, October 14 and will run through October 28.
The cost per exam is $94. Sign up for the exams in Student Services, preferred payment for the
exam is a check made out to Ames High School and is due at the time of registration. Late
registration will not be accepted. Once the tests are ordered from College Board, there will be
no full refunds.

CONTRACT GRADE WITH A PASS/FAIL OPTION
Tuesday, October 15th is the last day to sign up to take a class for a contract grade with a
pass/fail option.

HOMECOMING DANCE REMINDERS
The dance begins at 8:30 PM and ends at 11 PM.
No admittance after 10 PM.
All students and guests must bring ID to the dance.
Once a person leaves the dance (goes outside the school building), s/he is not allowed to
return.
Parents picking up their students are asked to pick them up by 11:00 PM.

WINTER CHEER TRYOUTS
Interested in becoming an Ames High Winter Cheerleader? The winter cheer season runs
November-February and the winter cheerleaders cheer at girls/boys basketball games, wrestling
meets, and even some hockey games. Tryouts are coming up soon.
TRYOUT SCHEDULE:
Practice Option #1 Sunday, Oct. 13th 1-3pm Spirit Room
Practice Option #2 Wednesday, Oct. 16th 7-9pm Spirit Room
Tryouts: Saturday, Oct. 19th 2-4pm Spirit Room
You only need to attend 1 practice to be eligible to tryout, but if you’re able to come to both
that’s great too. The same material will be taught on both days.
Link to tryout packet: https://ameswintercheer.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/tryout-packet-2019-
2020.pdf Questions? Contact Coach Logan at dana.logan@ames.k12.ia.us

PROGRAM FOR JUNIOR PARENTS
Parents of Juniors – An evening program has been planned to outline the postsecondary
planning process at Ames High. The program will be held on Monday, November 4th at 6pm in
the high school cafeteria. The counselors will be outlining the processes and procedures to
follow in order to successfully determine their student’s options for postsecondary schooling.
Examples of the topics to be addressed are the following:
ACT vs SAT….Which one should I take?
Researching colleges and making the most of your visit.
Applying to college & organizing the application process
Applying for financial aid
Scholarships
Naviance Student will also be introduced to parents. Through Naviance Student, students can
search for colleges that match their interests/needs, compare and match colleges, request
transcripts, view scholarship information, and view when college representatives are scheduled
to visit Ames High. Parents unable to attend the program may pick up the materials the
following day in Student Services.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES
A college representatives from Marshalltown Community will be in Student Services on Friday,

Oct. 11 during both lunches. Please see Mrs. Monroe if you need a pass to visit with this college
representative.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Oct. 4
FB-V vs Abraham Lincoln (Homecoming)

Saturday, Oct. 5
VB- at Urbandale 8 AM
Homecoming Dance 8:30 PM-11 PM

Monday, Oct. 7
No School District wide

Tuesday, Oct. 8
BGolf- V at Districts Copper Creek in Ankeny 10 AM
VB-9/10/JV/V vs Johnston 5/6:30 PM
GSwim-JV/V at Ankeny 5:30 PM

Thursday, Oct. 10
B/GCC- JV/V at Fort Dodge 4:30 PM
VB-9/10 at Gilbert 5 PM
FB-9 at DSM Lincoln 6 PM
FB-10 vs DSM Lincoln 6 PM

Friday, Oct. 11
BGolf-V State Tournament TBA
FB-V at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 7 PM

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Friday September 23, 2019

SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKES OCTOBER 2ND

On Wednesday, October 2 from 8 AM-3:05 PM Lifetouch will be at AHS to take pictures of
students who DID NOT have their pictures taken on August 19, and also for those students who
had their pictures taken but are not happy with their picture package. If you are wanting a
retake, students need to bring their entire picture package back to the photographer when they
have their picture retaken. We encourage all 9th through 11th graders to have their picture
taken regardless of whether a package is purchased. These pictures are used for next year’s
IDs as well as yearbook pictures.
Order envelopes are available in the Principal’s office or order on mylifetouch.com using
picture day ID # BN109007Q1.

AP EXAM REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY, OCT. 14TH
Registration for AP exams will begin on Monday, October 14 and will run through October 28.
The cost per exam is $94. Sign up for the exams in Student Services, preferred payment for the
exam is a check made out to Ames High School and is due at the time of registration. Late
registration will not be accepted. Once the tests are ordered from College Board, there will be
no full refunds.

DRILL TEAM FUNDRAISER
The AHS Drill Team is selling PINK OUT shirts for the last home football game. The shirts
feature the new logo with- “Class of XXXX” on the back!
Here is the link: AHS Drill Team Fundraiser

HOMECOMING WEEK BEGINS ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Homecoming 2019 “Welcome to the Jungle” will kickoff with an Assembly on Monday, Sept. 30
during Plus Period in the gym. The weekly activities are as followed,

Monday: Class colors, Freshman-red, Sophomore-blue, Junior-yellow, Senior-purple, Teachers-
black) 6:30 Parade.

Tuesday: Tacky tourist day, Movie night with popcorn and bake sale.
Wednesday: Animal print day, Survival games.
Thursday: Theme shirts, Survival games cont.
Friday: Gameday shirts, football game
Saturday: Dance

HOMECOMING DANCE REMINDERS
Out of school dates must have a signed Guest Request form turned in and approved by
Wednesday, October 2nd at 3:00 PM.
NO 8th graders. Bring your school ID to the dance. The dance begins at 8:30 PM and ends at
11:00 PM. No admittance after 10:00 PM. Once a person leaves the dance (goes outside the
school building), s/he is not allowed to return. Parents picking up their students are asked to
pick them up by 11:00 PM.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES
The following college representatives will be in Student Services next week. Please see Mrs.
Monroe if you need a pass to visit with these college representatives.
Tuesday, Oct. 1 – Creighton University at 11:35 AM.

The follow representatives will be in Student Services during 2nd lunch at 12:45 PM
University of Kansas
Monmouth College
Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, IA).
Wednesday, Oct. 2 – Northwest Missouri State University &
Grinnell College during 2nd lunch at 12:45 PM.
Thursday, Oct. 3 – Central College during both lunches.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Sept. 27
FB-V at DSM North 7 PM

Saturday, Sept. 28
VB-V at Boone 9 AM

Monday, Sept. 30
Homecoming Parade 6:30 PM
BGolf-JV invite at Ankeny Centennial

Tuesday, Oct. 1
VB-9/10/JV/V at Ankeny 4:45/5:45/7:30 PM
GSwim-JV/V vs Johnston 5 PM

Wednesday, Oct. 2
BGolf-JV/V at Veenker 10AM

Thursday, Oct. 3
Senior All Class Photo 8:35 AM Gym
Sophomore Class Ring Presentation 1:03 PM (Plus period) Auditorium
Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet 6 PM
B/G CC-JV/V at SE Polk 4:30 PM

Friday, Oct. 4
FB-V vs Abraham Lincoln (Homecoming)
Saturday, Oct. 5
VB- at Urbandale 8 AM

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Friday September 20, 2019

AHS ANNOUNCES NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS
Fifteen Ames High students have been named Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit
Scholarship Competition. These students now have an opportunity to continue in the
competition for some 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards worth over $31 million.
Congratulations to the following National Merit Semifinalists:
Jinal Amin, Silvia Aydinyan, Lara Baker, Jason Chen, Oliver Chen, Hannah Huang, David
Kim, Yujin Kim, Victoria Kyveryga, Erik Nelson, Mitchell Oh, Connor Schroeder, Jasper
Shogren-Knaak, Sarah Song and Simeon Steward.

2020 NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS
Congratulations to the following four AHS students who were named Commended Students in
the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Shria Chug, Andres Cordoba, Nathan Essner and
Nitzan Friedberg.

SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKES
Students school pictures taken on August 19 were available for pick up on Wednesday, Sept.
18th during both lunches. If your student did not bring theirs home, please have them stop in the
principal’s office to receive them.

On Wednesday, October 2 from 8 AM-3:05 PM Lifetouch will be at AHS to take pictures of
students who DID NOT have their pictures taken on August 19, and also for those students who
had their pictures taken but are not happy with their picture package. If you are wanting a
retake, students need to bring their entire picture package back to the photographer when they
have their picture retaken. We encourage all 9th through 11th graders to have their picture
taken regardless of whether a package is purchased. These pictures are used for next year’s
IDs as well as yearbook pictures.

AHS HOMECOMING 2019
The AHS Homecoming committee is in need of parent volunteers for homecoming week!
Homecoming week begins September 30th with the parade. We are in need of at least 25
parents to volunteer from 5:30-7:30. Duties would include manning barricades and assisting in
the cleanup. For more details or to sign up please email Sam Johnson
at 885873joh@ames.k12.ia.us

Additionally, we are also in need of convertibles for the parade! If your family would like to let us
borrow yours that would be amazing!! We are looking for about 13. Please contact Sam
Johnson (See contact info above) if you would like to sign up or need any more information.
If you are unable to volunteer at the parade, we still need your help! We need 6-12 parents to
volunteer to help Joe Paulson with the Fireworks at Friday’s game (October 4th). Your duties
will include manning the perimeter and help Joe with whatever tasks he may need. For more
details or to sign up please contact Kirsti Robertson at 881346rob@ames.k12.ia.us

Lastly, we need about 12 chaperones (more would be better) for the actual dance on Saturday,
October 5th. We will need you from 8:10-11:00. Your duties will include manning exits, taking
tickets, and ensuring student safety. For more details or to sign up please contact Emily Matulac
at 881286Mat@ames.k12.ia.us

You can also sign up for any of the positions above by using this link!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F49A8AA2AA1FB6-ames

2018-2019 YEARBOOKS
The 2018-2019 yearbooks are here! If your student ordered one last year and did not pick itup last week, they need to see Mr. Webb in room 227. IF you did not purchase one yet,
there are still books available to purchase for $55. Cash or check is accepted.

PARENT AWARENESS
The vaping epidemic is something that all parents should be aware of, and Ames High School
parents are no exceptions. This new nicotine use is covering all groups of students in the Ames
community. The thought that vaping is a safer alternative to combustible smoking is being
proved to be false. According to John Hopkins University, vaping is still being studied for the
number of chemicals and the harmfulness of those chemicals. Recent studies show among
youth; e-cigarettes are more popular than any traditional tobacco product. In 2015, the U.S.
surgeon general reported that e-cigarette use among high school students had increased by
900 percent, and 40 percent of young e-cigarette users had never smoked regular tobacco. This
is most certainly higher in 2019. We are asking parents to speak with their students and help
explain the dangers and also that it is illegal. The school district does treat vaping the same as it
does combustible smoking, and there are both law enforcement penalties and school penalties
for use while at school. If you have concerns about your students’ use or if you would like more
information regarding substance use, please feel free to contact your school counselor or the
student and family advocate. An excellent article can be found at
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4154203/.

PEER TUTOR ROOM
AHS staff is in the process of developing a peer tutor room at Ames High School. If your child is
in need of a peer tutor at Ames High, please have them fill out this form.

MAP TESTING
AHS students in 9-11th grade will be taking the Measure of Academic Progress test on
September 24th and September 25th. This test measures what students know and informs what
they’re ready to learn next. The test will level based on student answers and creates a
personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance. The computerized
test allows for a quick return on data that teachers and the school will use to help determine
needs for individual students and the school. Attendance during these two days is crucial and
will help eliminate the difficulty of rescheduling of tests. We also like to remind students to have
their computers fully charged on those days. We will be asking students to not have any
personal devices on the wireless during the test to help with connectivity. If you have any
questions regarding the MAP test, please contact Brian Carico.
60 minute MAP testing Tuesday, Sept 24
ODD
Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM
Period 1 0:76 7:50 AM 9:06 AM
Testing 0:60 9:16 AM 10:16 AM
Period 3 0:76 10:26 AM 11:42 AM
Period 5 / 1st Lunch

0:40 11:42 AM 12:22 PM
Class 0:76 12:22 PM 1:38 PM

Class 0:76 11:52 AM 1:08 PM
2nd Lunch
0:40 1:08 PM 1:48
PM Period 7 0:77
1:48 PM 3:05 PM

60 minute MAP testing Wednesday, Sept. 25
EVEN
Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM
Period 2 0:76 7:50 AM 9:06 AM
Testing 0:60 9:16 AM 10:16 AM
Period 4 0:76 10:26 AM 11:42 AM
Period 6 / 1st Lunch

0:40 11:42 AM 12:22 PM
Class 0:76 12:22 AM 1:38 PM
Class 0:76 11:52 AM 1:08 PM
2nd Lunch
0:40 1:08 PM 1:48 PM
Period 8 0:77 1:48 PM 3:05 PM

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Sept. 20
BGolf-V at Marshalltown 10AM
FB-9/V at Marshalltown 4:40/7:30 PM

Saturday, Sept. 21
Volleyball-V at Waukee 8 AM
FB-10 vs Marshalltown 9 AM
GCC-V at Pella 11:15 AM

Monday, Sept. 23
BGolf-V at WDM Valley 10 AM
BGolf-JV at Urbandale 3:30 PM
VB-9/10 vs North Polk 6 PM

Tuesday, Sept. 24
AHS OPUS Honor Choir Auditions
BGolf-JV at Dowling 3:30 PM
GSwim-JV/V vs Perry 5 PM
VB-9/10/JV/V vs Ankeny Centennial 5/6:30 PM

Thursday, Sept. 26
1:15 PM AHS Dismissal
BGolf-JV at Dowling 9 AM
B/GCC-JV/V at Indianola 4:30 PM
FB-9 vs DSM North 6 PM
FB-10 at DSM Hoover 6 PM

Friday, Sept. 27
FB-V at DSM North 7 PM

Saturday, Sept. 28
VB-V at Boone 9 AM

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Friday, September 13 Announcements

AHS FRIDAY PARENT EMAIL 9-13-19

CROSS COUNTRY
Would you like some Girls Cross Country spirit wear for your wardrobe, here are some links to
buy the t-shirt, long sleeve t-shirt, and sweatshirt that we have this year.
Long Sleeve ($17.51): https://www.customink.com/g/pfa0-00by-qjn3
T-Shirt ($12.46): https://www.customink.com/g/pfa0-00bw-zrju
Sweatshirt ($28.16): https://www.customink.com/g/pfa0-00by-pw3n

PROCEDURES FOR DR. APPOINTMENTS
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 515-817-0601, 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.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES
The following college representatives will be in Student Services next week. Please see Mrs.
Monroe if you need a pass to visit with these college representatives.
Monday, Sept. 16 – Iowa Lakes Community College during Plus period.
Tuesday, Sept. 17 – Iowa Central College during first lunch.
Wednesday, Sept. 18 – Simpson College during first lunch.
Friday, Sept. 20 – University of Iowa during Plus period

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Friday, Sept. 13
FB-10/V vs Iowa City High 4:30/7 PM
Saturday, Sept 14
VB-9/JV at A-D-M 8 AM
GSwim-V at Linn-Mar 12:30 PM
Monday, Sept. 16
BGolf-JV/V at Johnston 1:30 PM
AHS Madrigal Singers Auditions 3:15 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 17
BGolf-V vs Ankeny Centennial 10 AM
VB-9/10/JV/V vs Urbandale 5/6:30 PM
BCC-JV/V at WDM Valley 4:30 PM
Wednesday, Sept. 18
BGolf-at Johnston 1:30 PM
Thursday, Sept. 19
BGolf-JV/V vs Johnston 3:30 PM
Friday, Sept. 20
BGolf-V at Marshalltown 10AM
FB-9/V at Marshalltown 4:40/7:30 PM
Saturday, Sept. 21
Volleyball-V at Waukee 8 AM
FB-10 vs Marshalltown 9 AM

GCC-V at Pella 11:15 AM

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Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

Online Apparel Store

We are excited to announce the launch of the official Ames Community School District online apparel store. Starting this week, you can order Little Cyclone apparel representing Ames High!
The store has a wide variety of options to choose from with the convenience of ordering online and having the items delivered directly to your door. 

Inventory will be updated throughout the year. https://acsdstore.com

PSAT/NMSQT TESTS
Sign-up for the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
test September 9th-13th with Mrs. Monroe in Student Services. Cost for the test is $17, checks
only please, made payable to Ames High School. Juniors are reminded that this is the qualifying
test for National Merit. The test will be given at Ames High on Wednesday, October 16th. Top
sophomores are encouraged to take the test as a practice for next year. Junior year is when the
test counts concerning National Merit.

AHS HOMECOMING 2019
The AHS Homecoming committee is in need of parent volunteers for homecoming week!
Homecoming week begins September 30th with the parade. We are in need of at least 25
parents to volunteer from 5:30-7:30. Duties would include manning barricades and assisting in
the cleanup. For more details or to sign up please email Sam Johnson
at 885873joh@ames.k12.ia.us

Additionally, we are also in need of convertibles for the parade! If your family would like to let us
borrow yours that would be amazing!! We are looking for about 13. Please contact Sam
Johnson (See contact info above) if you would like to sign up or need any more information.
If you are unable to volunteer at the parade, we still need your help! We need 6-12 parents to
volunteer to help Joe Paulson with the Fireworks at Friday’s game (October 4th). Your duties
will include manning the perimeter and help Joe with whatever tasks he may need. For more
details or to sign up please contact Kirsti Robertson at 881346rob@ames.k12.ia.us

Lastly, we need about 12 chaperones (more would be better) for the actual dance on Saturday,
October 5th. We will need you from 8:10-11:00. Your duties will include manning exits, taking
tickets, and ensuring student safety. For more details or to sign up please contact Emily Matulac
at 881286Mat@ames.k12.ia.us

You can also sign up for any of the positions above by using this link!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F49A8AA2AA1FB6-ames

2018-2019 YEARBOOKS
The 2018-2019 yearbooks are here! Yearbooks will be available to pick up every day next
week in the main lobby before school, during both lunches, and after school. If you did not
purchase one yet, there are still books available to purchase for $55. Cash or check is
accepted.

KLEENEX REQUEST
AHS would like to make a request for Kleenex donations. Cold and flu season will soon be upon
us and we will have a great need for Kleenex in the classrooms with over 1400 students.
Kleenex donations can be dropped off in the main office. Thank you in advance for your
Kleenex donation.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Sept. 6
FB-V vs Fort Dodge 7 PM

Saturday, Sept. 7
AHS Marching Band @ Pufferbilly Days Parade 8 AM

Monday, Sept. 9
VB-9/10/V at DSM Lincoln 5 PM
FB-10 vs Fort Dodge 6 PM

Tuesday, Sept. 10
VB-9/19/JV/V vs DSM East 5/6:30 PM

Wednesday, Sept. 11
BGolf-V at Ankeny High School 9 AM

Thursday, Sept. 12
AHS Early Dismissal 1:15 PM
B/GCC- at Marshalltown Community College 4:30 PM
FB-9 at Iowa City High 6 PM

Friday, Sept. 13
FB-10/V vs Iowa City High 4:30/7 PM

Saturday, Sept 14
VB-9/JV at A-D-M 8 AM
GSwim-V at Linn-Mar 12:30 PM

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Friday 30, 2019

CHANGES AT AMES HIGH THIS YEAR

This year is full of changes and we would like to make sure you are aware of some of those changes.  

The first is that AHS is going to try something different this year and hold an Electronic Open House.  Due to the extremely difficult demands of schedules at the beginning of the year, we have asked all teachers to email the parents describing their class, their grading policy, and something interesting about them. I think it is going to be a great way to introduce our staff and the classes. If parents do have questions or they are wanting to meet with the teachers please email that staff member and schedule a time to meet.  

The second change that was discussed last year with parents is the block schedule. AHS will have a modified block that will have 90 minute classes on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday students will have 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th periods and on Wednesday they will have 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th.  Monday, Thursday and Friday will be the traditional 8 period day.  

The other change that is occurring this year is that there are no scheduled study halls.  Students that do not have a class schedule during a period will be allowed to go to three areas.  They are to be in the cafeteria, the media center, or the multipurpose room.  The “flex” period is allowing students to choose which setting is best for their academic needs.  

If you have any questions regarding any of these changes for the 19-20 school year please feel free to call or email Brian Carico.

 

CYCLONE SENIOR OF THE MONTH

This year we will be recognizing a Cyclone Senior of the Month.  Staff will nominate senior students for their outstanding leadership and positive influence on our school and our community.  For September we had three students nominated.  Victoria Kyverga was nominated by Josh Gorman for her outstanding leadership in helping 9th grade students transition to AHS.  Victoria helped start the AMS MAT program that helps 8th graders with transitioning to AHS.  Simone Wesely was nominated by Jean Muhammad and Lindsay Wede for her outstanding support of the 9th grade students during the first days of school and for her inclusiveness of bringing people together.  Our third nominee is Cooper Downs.  Cooper was nominated by Eric Bappe and Ian Smith.  Both staff members praised Cooper for his positive leadership skills on the football field and in the classroom.  Congratulations Victoria, Simone, and Cooper.  An extra congratulations to Victoria for having her name drawn for the Senior Cyclone Parking Spot of the Month. 

DECA PARENT MEETING

The 2019-2020 DECA Parent meeting will be held next Thursday, September 5 from 5:30-6:00 pm in the high school cafeteria. Come get information about DECA, hear about opportunities within the club, and get your student registered for upcoming events he/she would like to participate in. For questions, contact Vicki Hales (vicki.hales@ames.k12.ia.us).

REPORTING ABSENCES

The two most efficient methods of notifying the school of an absence are by signed note or phone call. Please call the Attendance line at 515-817-0601 first thing in the morning if your child will be absent from school. If you know the night before an absence, you may call and leave a message. Messages may be left on the attendance line 24/7. These messages are checked regularly during school hours, and entered into Infinite Campus. Please do not email absences to the secretaries, as these notifications are not processed as efficiently an could result in an absence not being excused.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVE 

The following college representatives will be in Student Services this week. Please see Mrs. Monroe if you need a pass to visit with these college representatives.

Wednesday, Sept. 4 – Vanderbilt Univ. 12:45 pm 2nd lunch.

Friday, Sept. 6 – Washington Univ. in St. Louis  1:03 pm Plus period.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, August 30 

FB-V at Cedar Falls 7:15 PM

Saturday, August 31

VB-V at Bondurant-Farrar 8 AM

Monday, Sept. 2

Labor Day – No School

Tuesday, Sept. 3

AHS Band All-State Prelims 3:30 PM

BGolf-V at Fort Dodge 10 AM

VB-JV/V at Waukee 5 PM

GSwim-JV/V vs Fort Dodge 5 PM

Thursday, Sept. 5

DECA Parent Meeting AHS Cafeteria 5:30 PM

B/GCC-JV/V Home meet 4 PM

VB-9 at DSM Lincoln 5 PM

GSwim-JV/V at DSM Lincoln 5:30 PM

FB-9 at Fort Dodge 6 PM

Friday, Sept. 6

FB-V vs Fort Dodge 7 PM

Saturday, Sept. 7

AHS Marching Band @ Pufferbilly Days Parade 8 AM

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Friday August 23 , 2019

BOOSTER CLUB FALL KICKOFF
The Ames High Booster Club Fall Kickoff is TONIGHT Friday, August 23. Gates open at 5:30
pm. Come support your Little Cyclones, pick up your Booster membership packets and buy the
latest spirit apparel. Fall sports parent meetings following the varsity football introductions.

Football-Cafeteria
Volleyball-Media Center
Fall Cheer-Multi Purpose Room
Swimming- Athletic Video Room #123
Boys CC-Auditorium
Girls CC- Sat. August 24 Brookside Park Maple Shelter 9 AM

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS
Monday, August 26, 2019. Students will begin with a 15 minute homeroom at 7:50 AM to
receive computers, ID’s, parking hang tags, locker information, etc.

1st Day Schedule
Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM
Homeroom 0:15 7:50 AM 8:05 AM
Period 1 0:22 8:10 AM 8:32 AM
Period 2 0:44 8:37 AM 9:21 AM
Period 3 0:41 9:26 AM 10:07 AM
Period 4 0:41 10:12 AM 10:53 AM
Period 5/ 1st Lunch 0:38 10:53 AM 11:31 AM
Lunch Class 0:41 11:31 AM 12:12 PM
Class 0:41 10:58 AM 11:39 AM
Last Lunch 0:38 11:39 AM 12:17 PM
Period 6 0:41 12:17 PM 12:58 PM
PLUS 0:30 1:03 PM 1:33 PM
Period 7 0:41 1:38 PM 2:19 PM
Period 8 0:41 2:24 PM 3:05 PM

AMES HIGH CONSTRUCTION
Remember we have a large construction site here at Ames High and that may delay
drop off and pick up of your student. Please plan accordingly as we start this new school
year, as we want everyone to be cautious and safe.

CAFETERIA BREAKFAST HOURS
Breakfast doors will open at 7:15 AM and close at 8:00 AM. Students will have time to eat
breakfast before the 7:50 AM class start time.

REPORTING ABSENCES
The two most efficient methods of notifying the school of an absence are by signed note or
phone call. Please call the Attendance line at 515-817-0601 first thing in the morning if your
child will be absent from school. If you know the night before an absence, you may call and
leave a message. Messages may be left on the attendance line 24/7. These messages are
checked regularly during school hours, and entered into Infinite Campus. Please do not email
absences to the secretaries, as these notifications are not processed as efficiently an could
result in an absence not being excused.

BLOCK SCHEDULE
This year Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be a block schedule and classes will be 90 minutes in
length. It is important that students are attending the classes in their entirety. It is very difficult to control all appointments but we would like to encourage parents to try and avoid those daysto schedule appointments.

PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS BEFORE ABSENCES
If you know in advance of an upcoming extended absence due to a college visit, surgery, travel
plans or family events, your student will need to obtain a Prior Form from the Main Office. In
order to obtain a prior, your student will need to bring a signed note from a parent/guardian
indicating the dates and reason for the absence, the secretary will attach that note to the prior
form, the student will then have his/her teacher sign the form to alert them about the absence.
At that time the teacher will let the student know if there is work that needs to be turned in prior
to the absence or after the student returns from the absence. Once the Prior form is filled out
completely, the student will turn it into the Attendance secretary prior to the absence.

SICK AT SCHOOL
If a student feels ill at school, they need to stop through the nurses office before leaving the
building. If your student calls or texts you saying they feel sick and wants to come home, please
tell them to go to the nurse first. This is the process the district requires us to follow. The nurse
records attendance for those who leave the building for illness during the school day. If a
student does not go through the nurse, the absence will not be excused.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Friday, August 23
AHS Fall Sports Kickoff Gates open at 5:30 PM, parent meetings follow.
BGolf-V/JV vs Ankeny Centennial 9 AM

Saturday, August 24
Girls Cross Country Parent meeting, 9 AM Brookside Park

Monday, August 26
1st day of classes for all

Tuesday, August 27
B/G CC-V at Mount Vernon
VB-9/JV/V vs DSM North 5/6:30 PM

Thursday, August 29
AHS Choral All-State Prelims
VB-9/10 at Newton 4:30 PM
FB-9 vs Indianola 6 PM
FB-10 at Indianola 6 PM

Friday, August 30
FB-V at Cedar Falls 7:15 PM

Saturday, August 31
VB-V at Bondurant-Farrar 8 AM

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Thursday, August 1st : AHS Updates

August 1, 2019

While students finish enjoying summer break with family and friends, here at Ames High we are busy getting ready for the 2019-20 school year. Here is a look at what is coming up on the AHS calendar:

Monday August 12 – Fall Sports Practice begins

Monday August 19 – School Pictures 8 am – 4 pm (Spirit Room off of the gym balcony)

Friday, August 23 – Orientation for all 9th grade and 10th-12th grade students “New” to the district
– Fall Sports Kickoff 6:00 p.m.

Monday, August 26 – First Day of Classes

SCHOOL PICTURES

Lifetouch will be taking Ames High students school picture in the Spirit Room on Monday, August 19 from 8AM-4PM. Enter the building through the Activities Entrance. Pictures are taken on a walk in basis, no appointment is necessary. Picture packets forms may be picked up in all offices at AHS or parents can go online at www.mylifetouch.com enter code BN109007Q0 to order and pay for a picture package.. Extra picture packets can be picked up on picture day. All non-seniors students MUST have their picture taken, as these pictures are used in the Yearbook and for student ID’s. If for some reason your child is not able to attend, another date, yet to be decided, will be held after the start of the school year. We can’t stress enough the importance of these pictures being taken.

REGISTRATION PACKETS

Reminder to fill out your students registration packet if you haven’t already done so. It is very important to have work processed 2-3 weeks before school starts to make the transition run smoothly for our 1400+ students. Parking permit hang tags need to be assigned, activity stickers and open campus/open lunch stickers needs to be placed on ID’s, the nurse needs all updated medical history forms reviewed and filed. If you still have forms, please complete them now and mail them in or drop them off in the office at AHS. 

If your son/daughter is involved in a fall sport, practice begins on August 12th and all athletic forms and a current physical need to be on file before that August 12th deadline. Thank you for your understanding.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2019

 

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