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February 10, 2017

ACT/SAT PREP CLASS
Students planning to take the ACT or SAT this spring: Mr. Webb and Mrs. Engelkes are offering an ACT/SAT Prep Class starting February 20th. The class will meet four Mondays for two hours each day (Monday, February 20th, February 27th, March 20th, and March 27th). There will be a section that meets from 3:15-5:15 PM and another that meets from 6:30-8:30 PM. The cost is $35 (checks preferred), which is waived for students qualifying for the Federal Lunch Program. Class size is limited to 25 students. Enrollment is on a first-come with the registration fee, first-served basis. Registration forms are available in Student Services. Registration deadline is TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 at NOON. Please make checks payable to Ames High School.

WINTER MUSICAL: GUYS AND DOLLS
Guys and Dolls, curtain is 7:30 PM February 10 and 11, and 2:00 PM Sunday, February 12. Admission is $10.00 9th grade and older, $8.00 8th grade and below. Student activity tickets can be used for the Sunday performance ONLY.

BOYS SWIM
Good luck to the 8 boys state swimming qualifiers. The meet will be at the Marshalltown YMCA pool and will begin at 12:30 PM on Saturday.

SIX AHS U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS CANDIDATES
Congratulations to the following Ames High seniors for being named candidates in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program: Aaron Bendickson, Morgen Feeley, Neta Friedberg, Jana Kim, Takeshi Suzuki, and Maria Werner-Anderson.

WINTER CHORAL CONCERT
The Ames High School Choral Music Department will present their annual Winter Concert at 7:30 PM Monday, February 20th, in the high school auditorium. The concert will feature the Freshmen Chorus, Concert Choir and Concert Chorale. The choirs are under the direction of Steven Linn and Peggy Dieter. Admission is $3.00 for students, $5.00 for adults and $10.00 maximum for family. There will be a short reception in the cafeteria following the concert.

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD
The Ames High School Science Olympiad team traveled to Warrensburg, MO last weekend to compete in a Science Olympiad Invitational competition against 27 other high school teams from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. The Ames High School team finished 6th in the competition.

Earning 3rd place medals were:
Katie Fukushima for Robot Arm
Jasper Shogren-Knaak and Hannah Huang for Hovercraft

4th place ribbons went to:
Hannah Huang and Shria Chug for Disease Detectives
Jason Chen and Sarah Song for Dynamic Planet
Sarah Song and Amy Guan for Remote Sensing

The following students received 5th place ribbons:
Hannah Huang and Shria Chug for Anatomy
Jason Chen and Andres Cordoba for Electric Vehicle
Jasper Shogren-Knaak for Hovercraft

Receiving 6th place ribbons were:
Katie Fukushima and Amy Guan for Ecology

The next competition will be the Iowa State competition on March 25th at Coe College.

JAZZ ENCOUNTERS
Several jazz groups will perform varying styles of music including swing charts, ballads and more. Jazz Encounters 7:30 PM, Thursday, February 16 in the Ames High School auditorium.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and are available at the door.

AHS BLOOD DRIVE
The Ames High Senior Senate will hold its semi-annual blood drive on Friday, February 24 from 8:00-2:00.  Pre-registration will be Thursday, February 16 through Thursday, February 23 in the front lobby of the school.  Parents and community members are welcome to donate by signing up online at bloodcenterofiowa.org. Did you know that one-pint of blood can save up to three lives? Just think how many lives we can save!!

DANCE MARATHON
Dance Marathon is February 25th at 8:00 PM. Last year we raised almost $12,000 for the kids! This year we are hoping to raise $15,000. Please consider donating. All proceeds go to Iowa Children’s Miracle Network Hospital which supports children who are battling life threatening illnesses. To donate, click on the link below, click “donate to this event”, then click on the blue strip under the search bar that says “Click here to support Ames High Dance Marathon”. Thank You! #ForTheKids http://events.dancemarathon.com/event/ahsdm

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

Tuesday, February 14
    Iowa Central Community College 9:30 AM

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Friday, February 10
    Girls Basketball: JV/V vs SE Polk 4:45/6:00 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/V vs SE Polk 4:45/7:45 PM
    Winter Musical – AHS Auditorium 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 11
    Boys Swimming: V @ State – Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA 12:00 PM
    Wrestling: Districts TBA
    Winter Musical – AHS Auditorium 7:30 PM

Sunday, February 12
    Winter Musical – AHS Auditorium 2:00 PM

Tuesday, February 14
    Boys Basketball: 9/10/V vs East 6:00/6:00/7:45 PM

Thursday, February 16
    Wrestling: V @ State – Wells Fargo Event Center TBA
    Jazz Encounters – AHS Auditorium 7:30 PM

Friday, February 17
    Boys Basketball: 9/10/V @ Fort Dodge 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM

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Friday, February 3, 2017

WINTER ASSEMBLY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Schedule for Friday, February 10

Warning Bell                         0:05                                 7:45 AM
Period 1                                0:39          7:50 AM          8:29 AM
Period 2                                0:39          8:34 AM          9:13 AM
Period 3                                0:39          9:18 AM          9:57 AM
Period 4                                0:39        10:02 AM        10:41 AM
Period 5      1st Lunch           0:38        10:41 AM        11:19 AM
                        Class             0:39        11:19 AM        11:58 AM

                        Class             0:39        10:46 AM        11:25 AM
                   Last Lunch          0:38        11:25 AM       12:03 PM
Period 6                                 0:39        12:03 PM       12:42 PM
HR                                         0:05        12:47 PM       12:52 PM
Assembly                               0:40        12:57 PM         1:37 PM
Period 7                                 0:39          1:42 PM         2:21 PM
Period 8                                 0:39          2:26 PM         3:05 PM

DROPPING A CLASS

The last day to drop a class without consequences is Monday, February 6.

ACCELERATION INFORMATION
Acceleration/Test Out Forms for students entering 9th through 12th grade for the 2017-2018 school year are available in the ELP Alcove in the Media Center at AHS and also online at:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B42t5L6oncbSZTN6RFUtOXNlN00/view?ts=588a224b .

Each acceleration/test out request requires a separate form.

The forms require student, teacher and parent signatures and are due by the end of the school day on Friday, February 10.  No exceptions to the deadline will be granted.

2017-18 COURSE REQUEST SIGN-UP
9th, 10th and 11th grade students are reminded that Friday, February 10th, is the deadline to request courses for next year. Also, any students applying for acceleration, the acceleration application is due the same Friday, February 10. Students currently enrolled it AHS who don’t get their requests in on time will be the last ones scheduled into electives.

ACT/SAT PREP CLASS

Students planning to take the ACT or SAT this spring: Mr. Webb and Mrs. Engelkes are offering an ACT/SAT Prep Class starting February 20th. The class will meet four Mondays for two hours each day (Monday, February 20th, February 27th, March 20th, and March 27th). There will be a section that meets from 3:15PM-5:15PM and another that meets from 6:30PM-8:30 PM. The cost is $35 (checks preferred), which is waived for students qualifying for the Federal Lunch Program. Class size is limited to 25 students. Enrollment is on a first-come with the registration fee, first-served basis. Registration forms are available in Student Services. Registration deadline is TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 at NOON. Please make checks payable to Ames High School.

REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL RESULTS

William Crow, Tifany Chu, Ben Moats, Andres Cordoba, and Divyesh Kumar placed third in this year’s regional science bowl competition out of 40 teams.

AHS BLOOD DRIVE
The Ames High Senior Senate will hold its semi-annual blood drive on Friday, February 24 from 8:00-2:00. Pre-registration will be Thursday, February 16 through Thursday, February 23 in the front lobby of the school. Parents and community members are welcome to donate by signing up online at bloodcenterofiowa.org. Did you know that one-pint of blood can save up to three lives? Just think how many lives we can save!!

WINTER MUSICAL: GUYS AND DOLLS
Guys and Dolls, curtain is 7:30 PM February 10 and 11, and 2:00 PM Sunday, February 12. Admission is  $10.00 9th grade and older, $8.00 8th grade and below. Student activity tickets can be used for the Sunday performance ONLY.

LITTLE CYCLONE HOCKEY
Upcoming games at the Ames/ISU Ice Arena, 1507 Gateway Hills Park Drive:
Friday, February 3 vs Waterloo 6:45 PM Varsity, 8:45 PM JV
    this game will be televised on MediaCom22!
    Orange Out – wear orange and get in for free
Saturday, February 4 vs Waterloo 6:30 PM Varsity, 8:30 PM JV

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Friday, February 3
    Girls Basketball: JV/V/9 @ Centennial 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/9/V @ Centennial 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM

Saturday, February 4
    Urbandale Jazz Colloquium – Urbandale High School (all day)
    Boys Swimming: V @ Districts – Johnston 12:00 PM

Monday, February 6
    Boys Basketball: JV @ Fort Dodge (all day)
    Girls Basketball: 9 vs North 6:00 PM
    Boys Basketball: 9 vs North 7:45 PM

Tuesday, February 7
    Girls Basketball: JV/V vs North 4:45/6:00 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/V vs North 4:45/7:45 PM

Thursday, February 9
    Wrestling: JV @ Boone JV Invite 5:30 PM
    Girls Basketball: 9 vs SE Polk 6:00 PM
    Boys Basketball: 9 vs SE Polk 7:45 PM

Friday, February 10
    Girls Basketball: JV/V vs SE Polk 4:45/6:00 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/V vs SE Polk 4:45/7:45 PM
    Winter Musical 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 11
    Boys Swimming: V @ State – Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA TBA
    Wrestling: V @ Districts TBA
    Winter Musical 7:30 PM

Sunday, February 12
    Winter Musical 2:00 PM

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Friday , January 27, 2017

DROPPING A CLASS
The last day to drop a class without consequences is Monday, February 6.

ACCELERATION INFORMATION
Acceleration/Test Out Forms for students entering 9th through 12th grade for the 2017-2018 school year are available in the ELP Alcove in the Media Center at AHS and also online at:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B42t5L6oncbSZTN6RFUtOXNlN00/view?ts=588a224b .

Each acceleration/test out request requires a separate form.

The forms require student, teacher and parent signatures and are due by the end of the school day on Friday, February 10.  No exceptions to the deadline will be granted.

2017-18 CLASS SIGN UP
Next week students will be signing up online for their 2017-18 Ames High Classes. Grades 9, 10 and 11 will receive information in homeroom Wednesday, February 1, concerning signing up for classes.  Course selection is due the following week on Friday, February 10. You can go to the AHS homepage – enter www.ames.k12.ia.us and then click on Ames High School. There you will find a link to the 2017-18 Registration Book. On Tuesday, January 31, there will also be a link for online course registration instructions.

WINTER MUSICAL: GUYS AND DOLLS
It is the streets of Broadway when fedoras, showgirls, and a few colorful shady characters ruled the streets. This is the setting for Ames High School’s production of Guys and Dolls, a musical fable of Broadway based on characters by Damon Runyon. Nathan Detroit is trying to find a location for his “floating crap game”, while attempting to keep the game a secret from his lovelorn, beleaguered fiancée, Adelaide. Meanwhile, Sarah Brown’s earnest efforts to keep her mission open are distracted by a handsome, smooth-talking gambler, Sky Masterson. Curtain is 7:30 PM February 10 and 11, and 2:00 PM Sunday, February 12. Admission is $10.00 9th grade and older, $8.00 8th grade and below.

LARGE GROUP SPEECH CONTEST

Six groups from Ames High School earned I ratings at the District Large Group Speech Contest on Saturday, January 21 at Centennial High School in Ankeny. They will advance to the state contest at Valley High School in West Des Moines on Saturday, February 4. Students in these groups include: Rachel Junck, Carly Watson, Katie Fukushima, and Nicole Kelly in Television News; Jill Schoenrock and Spencer Campbell in Ensemble Acting; Scott Junck, Grant Welk, and Kijune Kim in Radio Broadcasting; Natalie Bretey, Lauryn Berger, Joshua Gartin, Jacob Peters, Isabel Polashek, Hannah Wigdahl, and Gerritt VanDyke in Musical Theater; and Jill Schoenrock, Natalie Bretey, and Spencer Campbell in Group Improvisation; and Gerritt VanDyke, Jacob Peters, and Joshua Gartin in Group Improvisation. Groups that received II ratings were:  Clae Riker, Hannah Wigdahl, Lauryn Berger, and Libby Grunenwald in Group Improvisation; Sarah Shen in Solo Mime; Clae Riker, Dakshina Paudyal, Libby Grunenwald, and Helen Hu in Group Mime; Grant Welk, Kijune Kim, and Bianca Sorrentino in Short Film; Kathleen Pelzer and Kimberly Rong in Musical Theater. We want to thank all of the volunteers who helped prepare our students including Melanie Bretey, Isaiah Riker, Sarah Lydia Anderson, Justin Wigdahl, and Chuck Ripley. The students are coached by Judy Anderson, Becky Riker, and Connie Ringlee.

DANCE MARATHON
Dance Marathon is February 25th at 8:00 PM. Last year we raised almost $12,000 for the kids! This year we are hoping to raise $15,000. Please consider donating. All proceeds go to Iowa Children’s Miracle Network Hospital which supports children who are battling life threatening illnesses. To donate, click on the link below, click “donate to this event”, then click on the blue strip under the search bar that says “Click here to support Ames High Dance Marathon”. Thank You! #ForTheKids http://events.dancemarathon.com/event/ahsdm

AMES HIGH ATHLETIC SPRING COLLEGE SIGNING DAY
Ames High Athletic Spring College Signing Day is Wednesday, February 1, 8:30 AM.
All senior athletes who have committed to a college to participate in athletics and who are receiving athletic aid are invited to participate. Please contact the Athletic Office asap by email or call 817-0611 if you would like to be recognized in our Spring Signing.
sally.matters@ames.k12.ia.us
judge.johnston@ames.k12.ia.us

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, January 27
    Wrestling: V @ CIML Conference Meet – SE Polk 4:00 PM
    Girls Basketball: JV/V vs Valley 4:45/6:00 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/V vs Valley 4:45/7:45 PM

Saturday, January 28
    Boys Basketball: JV vs Marshalltown / Ft. Dodge 9:00/10:30 AM / 12:00 PM

Monday, January 30
    Boys Basketball: JV @ Marshalltown 6:00 PM

Tuesday, January 31
    Girls Basketball: JV/V/9 @ Urbandale 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/9/V @ Urbandale 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM

Wednesday, February 1
    Spring College Signing Day  8:30 AM

Thursday, February 2
    Wrestling: JV/V vs Lincoln / Newton 5:30 PM

Friday, February 3
    Girls Basketball: JV/V/9 @ Centennial 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/9/V @ Centennial 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM

Saturday, February 4
    Urbandale Jazz Colloquium – Urbandale High School (all day)
    Boys Swimming: V @ District – Johnston (Summit Middle School) 12:00 PM

 
 
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Friday January 20, 2017

IOWA ASSESSMENT TESTING CONTINUES FOR GRADES 9, 10, 11
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday have a 48 minute test schedule
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.

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.

IA Assessment TEST SCHEDULE 2016-17 – 48 min
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     12:14 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

AMES HIGH ATHLETIC SPRING COLLEGE SIGNING DAY
Ames High Athletic Spring College Signing Day is Wednesday, February 1, 8:30 AM.
All senior athletes that have committed to a college to participate in Athletics that are receiving athletic aid and would like to participate in our Spring Signing, please contact the Athletic Office asap by email or call 817-0611.
sally.matters@ames.k12.ia.us
judge.johnston@ames.k12.ia.us

WINTER ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Thursday, January 26, 2017 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 and the 10-12 Symphonic Orchestra. Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Students and Seniors, $10 Family.

DECA DISTRICT RESULTS
Ames High students did well at the district DECA competition.

Placing in the top 5 (received plaques):
Philip Ma – 1st in Retail Merchandising
Iluda Ko – 2nd in Automotive Services
Aravind Narayana Bhatla – 3rd in Automotive Services
Lydia Spurgeon – 3rd in Accounting Applications
Susanna Mkhitaryan – 5th in Apparels and Accessories Marketing
Kijune Kim – 5th in Principles of Business Management and Administration
Scott Junck and Jackson Fox – 5th in Hospitality Team Event

Placing in the top 10 (received certificates):
Ben Facio – Accounting Applications
Andrew Grandgenett – Accounting Applications
Elizabeth Andrews – Apparels and Accessories Marketing
Max White – Automotive Services
Tyler Postma – Food Services
Sam Stuve – Food Services
Alex Haislip – Retail Merchandising
Misho Mahrous – Principles of Marketing

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Friday, January 20
    Boys Basketball: 10/9/V @ Waukee 4:45/4:45/7:45 PM
    Girls Basketball: JV/V/9 @ Waukee 4:45/6:00/6:00 PM

Saturday, January 21
    Wrestling: V @ Urbandale Invite 9:00 AM
    Wrestling: JV @ Dowling Invite 9:00 AM
    Boys Swimming: JV/V @ CIML Conference Meet – Valley 11:00 AM

Monday, January 23
    Girls Basketball: 9/JV/V @ Fort Dodge 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM

Wednesday, January 25
    8th grade parent night 6:00 PM

Thursday, January 26
    Boys Swimming: JV/V @ CIC Conference Meet TBA
    Boys Basketball: 10/V @ Mason City 4:45/6:00 PM
    Girls Basketball: 9 vs Valley 6:00 PM
    Winter Orchestra Concert – AHS Auditorium 7:30 PM
    Boys Basketball: 9 vs Valley 7:45 PM

Friday, January 27
    Young People’s Concert – AHS Auditorium 1:15 PM
    Wrestling: V @ CIML – SE Polk 4:00 PM
    Girls Basketball: JV/V vs Valley 4:45/6:00 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/V vs Valley 4:45/7:45 PM

Saturday, January 28
    Boys Basketball: JV vs Marshalltown/Fort Dodge 9:00/10:30 AM / 12:00 PM

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Friday January 13, 2017

NO SCHOOL MONDAY, JANUARY 16
There is no school Monday, January 16th, as it is a district wide professional development day.

STUDENTS WILL GET THEIR 2ND SEMESTER SCHEDULE FROM THE PORTAL

Tuesday, January 17th, the first day of 2nd semester, we will have a normal schedule with the PLUS period.  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.

IOWA ASSESSMENTS START THIS WEEK
9th, 10th, and 11th graders will BEGIN taking the Iowa Assessments on Thursday (1/19) and Friday (1/20), 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.

IA Assessment TEST SCHEDULE 2016-17 – 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

IA Assessment TEST SCHEDULE 2016-17 – 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     12:14 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

Ames Education Foundation Read ON Fundraiser
9:00 AM, Tuesday, February 14 at Ames Golf and Country Club.
Ames Education Foundation invites you attend its breakfast fundraiser on February 14th. Read ON supports Elementary Literacy – specifically Leveled Readers and Mentor Texts in the K-5 classrooms. Funds raised are then disbursed evenly to all our elementary schools, having immediate impact on nearly 2,000 students. Tickets are $25. This is a one hour breakfast and program that features speaker Ginny Seibert, a Language Arts teacher at Ames High School. Mrs. Seibert will share about the necessity of supporting elementary literacy, with interesting and entertaining facts of how developed literacy skills should be by the time students reach high school. Order tickets.

WINTER ORCHESTRA CONCERT

Thursday, January 26, 2017 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.

DEBATE
Ames High Debaters competed in the Iowa High School Speech Association’s State Tournament at DMACC in Ankeny on January 6 and 7 with outstanding results. In a field of more than forty teams, all four Ames High Public Forum teams were among the sixteen teams that advanced to the octafinal round, including the novice team of freshman Hannah Huang and Silvia Aydinyan. The two varsity teams of juniors Ben Moats and Seamus O’Connor-Walker and sophomores Anu Lamsal and Hana Lee advanced to the quarter-final round. The team of sophomores Dakshina Paudyal and Helen Hu made it all the way to the semi-final round. Public Forum had more than 80 competitors, and Hana Lee placed third in the overall speaker rankings. The team’s two seniors competed in their final IHSSA State Student Congressional Debate event. Bailey Sterk received an excellent senator award in the A House and Nicole Flugrad won the B House. Kudos, AHS Debate Team!

DRIVER’S ED
A new session of Driver’s Ed begins January 30th and runs through March 1st. Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. Cost is $325. Anyone interested may pick up the registration form in the associate principals’ office.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Friday, January 13
    No classes – teacher workday (AHS only)
    Girls Basketball: JV/V/9 @ SE Polk 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/9/V @ SE Polk 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM

Saturday, January 14
    Girls Basketball: 9 vs Ankeny Centennial 9:00 AM
    Wrestling: V @ Adel Invite – Adel Desoto High School 10:00 AM
    Wrestling: JV @ Jefferson Invite 10:00 AM
    Boys Basketball: 9 vs Ankeny Centennial 10:30 AM

Monday, January 16
    No classes – professional development (district wide)

Tuesday, January 17
    Girls Basketball: 9/V @ Marshalltown 4:45(Lenihan)/6:00(RH) PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/9/V @ Marshalltown 4:45(Lenihan)/6:00(RH)/7:45(RH) PM
    Boys Swimming: JV/V vs Indianola 5:00 PM

Thursday, January 19
    Wrestling: JV/V vs SE Polk 6:30 PM

Friday, January 20
    Girls Basketball: JV/V/9 @ Waukee 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/9/V @ Waukee 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM

Saturday, January 21
    Wrestling: V @ Urbandale Invite 9:00 AM
    Wrestling: JV @ Dowling Invite 9:00 AM
    Boys Swimming: JV/V @ CIML Conference Meet – WDM Valley 11:00 AM

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Friday, January 6, 2017

SEMESTER EXAMS
Next week semester exams will be given over three days, Tuesday, January 10th, Wednesday, January 11th, and Thursday, January 12th. Busses will run their normal times in the morning and pick students up at 1:45 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday, and at 11:30 AM on Thursday. Students on Thursday can get a quick lunch before getting on the bus.

DURING THE TESTING PERIODS:
Study halls, PE (except for make-ups), AI reading, AI math, Writing Lab, Math Lab and Study Skills will not meet. Students do not need to be on campus for any of the classes listed above. If students stay on campus, there will be a quiet study area in the media center. Otherwise, those students can be in the cafeteria – but not in the hallways.

Exam schedule:
Tuesday, January 10
Period 1       8:00 AM         9:30 AM
Period 2       9:45 AM         11:15 AM
Lunch           11:15 AM       12:15 PM
Period 3       12:15 PM       1:45 PM

Wednesday, January 11
Period 4       8:00 AM         9:30 AM
Period 5       9:45 AM         11:15 AM
Lunch           11:15 AM       12:15 PM
Period 6       12:15 PM       1:45 PM

Thursday, January 12
Period 7       8:00 AM         9:30 AM
Period 8       9:45 AM         11:15 AM
Lunch          11:15 AM       12:15 PM
Make-up      12:15 PM       1:45 PM
period

NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, JAN 13, OR MONDAY, JAN 16
There is no school for the HIGH SCHOOL ONLY on Friday, January 13th — a teacher workday between semesters. There is no school Monday, January 16, as it is a district wide professional development day.

POLLINATOR GARDEN SIGN-UP
Ames High Biology students are participating in a year long community impact project titled Ames Students Aiding Pollinators. Next semester, the students will be collaborating with Ames residents to design and plant pollinator gardens throughout Ames. If you are interested in having a small pollinator garden at your home/business or would like more information, please go to our website:  www.ahspollination.weebly.com

DRIVER’S ED
A new session of Driver’s Ed begins January 30th and runs through March 1st. Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. Cost is $325. Anyone interested may pick up the registration form in the associate principals’ office.

KLEENEX REQUEST
AHS would like to make a request for Kleenex donations. Cold and flu season has hit us hard at AHS and we have a great need for Kleenex in the classrooms. Kleenex donations can be dropped off in the main office. Thank you in advance for your Kleenex donation.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, January 6
    Girls Basketball: JV/V/9 @ Ankeny 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/9/V @ Ankeny 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM

Saturday, January 7
    SCIBA Honor Band – Ankeny High School (all day)
    Wrestling: V Mendenhall Invite 10:00 AM

Monday, January 9
    Girls Basketball: 9 vs Hoover 6:00 PM
    Boys Basketball: 9 vs Hoover 7:45 PM

Tuesday, January 10
    Semester Finals
    Girls Basketball: JV/V vs Hoover 4:45/6:00 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/V vs Hoover 4:45/7:45 PM

Wednesday, January 11
    Semester Finals

Thursday, January 12
    Semester Finals
    Girls Basketball: JV/V @ Mason City 4:45/6:00 PM
    Boys Swimming: JV/V vs SE Polk 5:00 PM
    Wrestling: JV/V @ Waukee – Prairie View Middle School 6:30 PM

Friday, January 13
    No classes – Teacher workday (AHS only)
    Girls Basketball: JV/V/9 @ SE Polk 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/9/V @ SE Polk 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM

Saturday, January 14
    Girls Basketball: 9 vs Ankeny Centennial 9:00 AM
    Wrestling: V @ Adel – Adel Desoto High School 10:00 AM
    Wrestling: JV @ Jefferson Invite – Greene County High School 10:00 AM
    Boys Basketball: 9 vs Ankeny Centennial 10:30 AM

Monday, January 16
    No classes – Teacher workday (district wide)

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Friday, December 30 , 2016

WINTER BREAK
There will be no classes December 22nd, through January 3rd, as students and staff enjoy winter break. Classes will resume Wednesday, January 4th, with our regular late start at 9:15.

AMES HIGH STAFF WISHES YOU THE BEST THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

CHANGE DRIVE FOR WINTER MADNESS
Congratulations to the top three classes for collecting the most for the Winter Madness coin drive: Mrs. Seibert at $216, Mr. Schmidt at $209, and Mrs. Micalone at $196. Winter Madness activities raised over $1000 for families in need!

LITTLE CYCLONE HOCKEY
Upcoming home dates at ISU Ice Arena:
December 30 vs Omaha 6:45 PM Varsity, 8:45 PM JV
December 31 vs Omaha 8:00 AM Varsity, 10:00 AM JV

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Thursday, December 22 – Tuesday, January 3
    Winter Break

Tuesday, January 3
    Girls Basketball: JV/V vs Centennial 4:45/6:00 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/V vs Centennial 4:45/7:45 PM

Wednesday, January 4
    Back to school – regular late start

Thursday, January 5
    Boys Swimming: JV/V @ Valley 5:30 PM
    Wrestling: JV/V vs Centennial 6:30 PM

Friday, January 6
    Girls Basketball: JV/V/9 @ Ankeny 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/9/JV @ Ankeny 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM

Saturday, January 7
    Wrestling: V Mendenhall Invite 10:00 AM
    SCIBA Honor Band – Ankeny High School all day

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Friday, December 16, 2016

NO LATE START – EARLY DISMISSAL ON DECEMBER 21ST
There will not be a late start on Wednesday, December 21st. Classes will begin at 7:50 AM and dismiss at 1:15 PM. See the schedule below.

SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 21
NO LATE START – NO HOMEROOM
Warning Bell                      0:05                           7:45 AM
Period 1                             0:32       7:50 AM       8:22 AM
Period 2                             0:34       8:27 AM       9:01 AM
Period 3                             0:32       9:06 AM       9:38 AM
Period 4                             0:32       9:43 AM     10:15 AM
Period 5       1st Lunch      0:38     10:15 AM     10:53 AM
                        Class         0:33     10:53 AM     11:26 AM

                        Class         0:33     10:20 AM     10:53 AM
                    Last Lunch    0:38     10:53 AM     11:31 AM
Period 6                             0:32     11:31 AM     12:03 PM
Period 7                             0:31     12:08 PM     12:39 PM
Period 8                             0:31     12:44 PM       1:15 PM

DANCE MARATHON HALFTIME CHALLENGE
Tonight during halftime of the girls basketball game there will be a halftime challenge for elementary school students; the high school halftime challenge will be during halftime of the boys basketball game. There will be tables set up where you can purchase tickets to get the chance to participate, $1 for one ticket or $5 for six tickets. The winner of this challenge will receive a gift card. All proceeds will go to Dance Marathon (Iowa Children’s Hospital)!

POLLINATOR PROJECT EXHIBITION
On Monday, December 19th, the biology students of Ames High will be having a Pollinator Project Exhibition at the Ames Public Library from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. Students will be showcasing their work on the Biology Community Impact Project regarding pollinators.

AHS DEBATE
At the Dowling Paradigm Debate Tournament on December 9th and 10th, in a field of 23 teams, two AHS teams broke to outrounds in Novice Public Forum. Silvia Aydinyan and Andres Cordoba won their quarterfinal round, but closed out to the other advancing Ames team in the semi-final round. The team of Hannah Huang and Sara Song were the campions of the novice division with a perfect record of 8 wins and no losses. The novices also did well in the Speaker Points Awards in Public Forum. Sarah placed 5th, Silvia 3rd, and Hannah took first place.

WINTER BREAK
There will be no classes December 22nd through January 3rd, as students and staff enjoy winter break. Classes will resume Wednesday, January 4th, with a regular Wednesday late start.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, December 16
    Girls Basketball: JV/V vs Waukee 4:45/6:00 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/V vs Waukee 4:45/7:45 PM

Saturday, December 17
    Wrestling: 9/10 @ North Polk CANCELLED
    Wrestling: V @ Fort Dodge Invite CANCELLED

Monday, December 19
    Pollinator Project Exhibition – Ames Public Library 5:30 PM

Tuesday, December 20
    Girls Basketball: JV/V/9 @ Valley 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/9/V @ Valley 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM
    Boys Swimming: JV/V @ Mason City 5:30 PM
    Wrestling: JV/V @ Ankeny 6:30 PM

Wednesday, December 21
    No late start
    Early dismissal
Thursday, December 22Tuesday, January 3
    Winter Break

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Friday , December 9, 2016

REQUEST FOR 2nd SEMESTER SCHEDULE CHANGES
Students are reminded that if requesting a schedule change for 2nd semester, this should be done BEFORE winter break.

HOLIDAY BAND CONCERT
The Ames High Bands will be presenting their Holiday Band Concerts on Monday, December 12th, in the Ames High School Auditorium. The 6:30 concert will feature Percussion Techniques directed by Chris Ewan, the Freshman Band directed by Andrew Buttermore and the Symphonic Band directed by Andrew Buttermore. The 8:00 PM concert will feature the Concert Band directed by Peter Thompson and the Wind Symphony directed by Chris Ewan. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $10 for a family.

WINTER MADNESS 2016
December 12-16 is Winter Madness at Ames High School, sponsored by Student Council. This year’s theme is “Let it dough! Let it dough! Let it dough!” Activities include sledding night, movie night, the opportunity for students to perform original music in our recording studio, 9th and 10th grade lunch buy out, coffeehouse, and a week of dress-up days, and arcade games in the lobby. Students will have the opportunity to make daily dough-nations as Student Council uses them to buy holiday presents for needy families in Ames.

AMES HIGH DRILL TEAM
Congratulations to the Ames High Drill Team! They competed at the STATE Drill Team Competition at Wells Fargo Arena on December 2nd and took home a record number of trophies including placing state runner-up in 4 divisions – Novelty, Hoop, Show Production, and All Male. Pom took 4th Place. Iowa has the largest Drill Team Competition in the Nation, with over 590 routines performed in two days.
 
Participants: Amanda Watters, Amy Cyr, Annie Peterson, Ella Schmitt, Emily Wengert, Grace Arndt, Jewels Buss, Joscelyn Buss, Julia Hansen, Macee Buss, Maddie Shelton, Madison Baughman, Rachel Junck, Rebekah Wilson, Sara Joerger, Shria Chug, Taylor Junck, Tessa Huff, Anna Napolitano, Brayden Bergum, Max Ramirez, Carter Robinson, Cammeron Campbell, Colin Imhoff & Solomon Farner.

They are Coached by Sarah Buss.

GIRLS TENNIS FUNDRAISER
The Ames girls tennis team will be holding a team benefit on Wednesday, December 21st from 11:00 AM-9:00 PM at Noodles and Company at 414 S. Duff Ave in Ames. All proceeds from any food purchases made during this time will go towards the purchase of new team warm ups for the girls. Please mention the tennis team at check out.

15-WEEK GRADES
15-week grades will be posted on Infinite Campus by Wednesday, December 14th.

LITTLE CYCLONE HOCKEY    
Up coming Home Dates at ISU Ice Arena:
December 16 vs DSM Capitals 6:45 PM Varsity, 8:45 PM JV
December 17 vs Mason City – Quinn’s Quest game 6:30 PM Varsity, 8:30 PM JV

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, December 9
    Wrestling: V @ CB Invite – Mid America Center TBA
    Girls Basketball: JV/V vs Ankeny 4:45/6:00 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/V vs Ankeny 4:45/7:45 PM

Saturday, December 10
    Wrestling: V @ CB Invite – Mid America Center TBA
    SCIBA Jazz Festival – Waukee High School
    Girls Basketball: JV/V @ Mason City CANCELLED due to weather forecast
    Boys Basketball: 10/V @ Mason City CANCELLED due to weather forecast

Monday, December 12
    Boys Basketball: JV vs Fort Dodge 6:00 PM
    Holiday Band Concert – AHS Auditorium 6:30 PM

Tuesday, December 13
    Girls Basketball: JV/V/9 @ Dowling 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/9/V @ Dowling 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM

Thursday, December 15
    Girls Basketball: 9 vs Waukee 4:00 PM
    Boys Swimming: JV/V vs Waukee 5:00 PM
    Boys Basketball: 9 vs Waukee 5:15 PM
    Wrestling: JV/V vs Valley 6:30 PM

Friday, December 16
    Girls Basketball: JV/V vs Waukee 4:45/6:00 PM
    Boys Basketball: 10/V vs Waukee 4:45/7:45 PM
    Hockey: V/JV vs DSM Capitals – ISU Ice Arena 6:45/8:45 PM

Saturday, December 17
    Wrestling: 9/10 @ North Polk Alleman 8:00 AM
    Wrestling: V @ Fort Dodge Invite 10:00 AM
    Hockey: V/JV vs Mason City – ISU Ice Arena 6:30/8:30 PM

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Friday December 2, 2016

 

AHS JAZZ BAND
The Ames Jazz Bands will be putting on a free concert, Monday, December 5th at 7:00 PM in the AHS Auditorium. Come listen to both the Ames HS Jazz Bands perform.

SENIOR PICTURES
Seniors wanting to have their picture in the yearbook need to get one’s senior picture to us. Senior pictures should be vertical, color, head and shoulder shots with no props. Pictures will be printed at 2″ X 2.5″ Please email your high resolution image (300 dpi or greater) to yearbook@ames.k12.ia.us .

SEMESTER EXAMS
Due to state mandated school start date requirements, we are unable to complete the semester before break. Semester exams will be given AFTER winter break, the last three days of the semester: Tuesday, January 10th, Wednesday, January 11th, and Thursday, January 12th.

14 AHS STUDENTS EARN POSITIONS IN SCIBA HONOR BAND
14 AHS band students successfully auditioned for positions in the 2016-17 South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association Honor Band. Auditions were held on Thursday, December 1st, at Des Moines Roosevelt. The students selected will rehearse at Ankeny High School at Saturday, January 7th, with a festival concert that evening. The guest directors for the honor band are Dr. Myron Welch of University of Iowa (retired) and Steve Shanley of Coe College. The following Ames High students were selected:

9-10 Band
Andres Cordoba – Clarinet – 7th Chair
Moriah Conner – Clarinet – 11th Chair
Lara Murray – Clarinet – 14th Chair
Sarah Song – Clarinet – 15th Chair
Kira Davis – Horn – 3rd Chair
Anna Cullinan – Horn – 7th Chair
Nizan Friedberg – Tuba – 3rd Chair
Nick Sulzberger – Percussion – 8th Chair

11-12 Band
Emily Helmer – Flute – 2nd Chair
Laura Emery – Flute – 5th Chair
Alyssa Romp – Clarinet – 2nd Chair
Anthony Tang – Clarinet – 10th Chair
Julia White – Alto Saxophone – 1st Chair
Caleb Devick – Trombone – 7th Chair

HOLIDAY BAND CONCERT
The Ames High Bands will be presenting their Holiday Band Concerts on Monday, December 12th, in the Ames High School Auditorium. The 6:30 concert will feature Percussion Techniques directed by Chris Ewan, the Freshman Band directed by Andrew Buttermore and the Symphonic Band directed by Andrew Buttermore. The 8:00 PM concert will feature the Concert Band directed by Peter Thompson and the Wind Symphony directed by Chris Ewan. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $10 for a family.

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

Monday, December 5
Southwest Minnesota State University 1:00 PM

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, December 2
Boys Basketball: 10/9/V @ Johnston 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM
Girls Basketball: JV/V/9 @ Johnston 4:45/6:00/7:45 PM
Madrigal Dinner – Northminster Presbyterian Church 6:30 PM

Saturday, December 3
Wrestling: JV/V Ames Duals 9:00 AM
Boys Swimming: V Wittmer Invite 11:00
Madrigal Dinner – Northminster Presbyterian Church 6:30 PM

Monday, December 5
Girls Basketball: 9 vs Lincoln 6:00 PM
Boys Basketball: JV vs Marshalltown 6:00 PM
Jazz Band Concert – AHS Auditorium 7:00 PM
Boys Basketball: 9 vs Lincoln 7:45 PM

Tuesday, December 6
Girls Basketball: JV/V vs Lincoln 4:45/6:00 PM
Boys Basketball: 10/V vs Lincoln 4:45/7:45 PM

Thursday, December 8
Boys Swimming: JV/V @ Ankeny – YMCA 5:30 PM
Girls Basketball: 9 vs Ankeny 6:00 PM
Wrestling: JV/V @ Johnston 6:30 PM
Boys Basketball: 9 vs Ankeny 7:45 PM

Friday, December 9
Wrestling: V @ CB Invite – Mid America TBA
Girls Basketball: JV/V vs Ankeny 4:45/6:00 PM
Boys Basketball: 10/V vs Ankeny 4:45/7:45 PM

Saturday, December 10
Wrestling: V @ CB Invite – Mid America TBA
SCIBA Jazz Festival – Waukee High School
Girls Basketball: JV/V @ Mason City 4:45/6:00 PM
Boys Basketball: 10/V @ Mason City 4:45/7:45 PM

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