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Ames High School’s average ACT scores up from last year

AMES–Ames High School students’ average ACT scores typically outpace the state and nation. In 2015, however, the District’s composite score also moved past the previous year’s score by .6 percent.

Associate Superintendent Mandy Ross attributes Ames’ strong ACT scores to the District’s commitment to creating individualized learning plans for students that help them build academic success well before reaching high school.

The district has added additional instruction and academic time at all grade levels, and this year, Ames High School has added  a “plus period,” which gives students multiple opportunities to learn and master concepts.

The ACT is designed to gauge how well students are prepared for college-level work by measuring their knowledge in English Composition, College Algebra, College Social Science, College Reading, and College Biology, using a 36-point scale. The test results provide a composite score that predicts college success across all these areas.

According to ACT, a “benchmark score is the minimum score needed…to indicate a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher…in the corresponding…college courses.” Ames’ composite score went from 25 in 2014 to 25. 6 in 2015.

Associate Principal Mike Avise said Ames High School’s educational philosophy embeds a seamless approach to the ACT’s “action plan” for student success that staff is always seeking to improve.

“The rigor of our course work, the individual attention our teachers and counselors give our students and the frequent assessments our teachers use to make adjustments to instruction all help our students do well on the ACT,” he said.

For more information, visit the ACT Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015.

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August 31,2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

There will be a 30-minute extended homeroom between 6th and 7th periods today and tomorrow.  During this time all students will take a math and reading assessment.  Students scoring low on these assessments will be scheduled into additional instruction to bring up their skills.  Please note:  If a student has the skills but decides to fail the assessment anyway, that student will still be placed into the additional instruction class.

Juniors and seniors are reminded that upon returning from open lunch you are to wait in the cafeteria until the lunch period ends.

National Honor Society’s first meeting of the year will be Tuesday during 2nd lunch in the Multipurpose Room. Plans for the year will be announced, so be sure to be there. See Mrs. Schmaltz if you have any questions.

Auditions for the fall play, Hound of the Baskervilles and one-act pre-show will be after school in Mr. Woolery’s room beginning Tuesday through Thursday this week. Auditions will be from a prepared monologue or reading which does not have to be memorized. PLEASE BRING A PHOTO HEADSHOT IF YOU HAVE NEVER AUDITIONED BEFORE OR MR. WOOLERY IS UNFAMILIAR WITH YOU.

Do you have your AHS black and orange umbrella ready? Great for outdoor sports/activities and a great gift for graduation. The orchestra has them for sale for only $15. These full size umbrellas feature a push-Button automatic open and a comfort grip black rubber handle. Email and I will deliver. Show your AHS spirit.

 

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Aug. 28, 2015 Weekly Announcements

Ames High School ACT scores

Congratulations the report ACT recently provided that shows the average score earned by Ames HIgh School 2015 graduates is higher than state and national averages.

Act Composite English Math Reading Science
Ames High 25.6 25.3 25.1 26.3 25.3
Iowa 22.2 21.6 21.5 22.7 22.3
Nation 21 20.4 20.8 21.4 20.9

Extended Homeroom Schedule Monday 8/31 and Tuesday, 9/1

Duration Start End
Warning Bell 0:5 7:45 a.m. 7:50 .m.
Period 1 0:42 7:50 .a.m. 8:32 a.m.
Period 2 0;44 8:37 a.m. 9:21 .a.m.
Period 3 0;41 9:26 a.m. 10:07 a.m.
Period 4 0:41 10:12 a.m. 10:53.a.m.
Period 5
First lunch 0:38 10:53 a.m. 11:31 a.m.
Lunch/Class 0:41 11:31 a.m. 12:12 p.m.
Class 0:41 10:58 a.m. 11:39 a.m.
Last Lunch 0:38 11:39 a.m. 12:17 p.m.
Period 6 0:41 12:17 p.m. 12:58 p.m.
Extended Homeroom 0:30 1:03 p.m. 1:33 p.m.
Period 7 0:41 1:38 p.m. 2:19 p.m.
Period 8 0:41 2:24 p.m. 3:05 p.m.

We will notify students about Thursday’s schedule. It will depend on testing completion.

The schedule returns to the normal MTRF schedule on Friday, 9/4 for the next six weeks.

Duration Start End
Warning Bell 0:5 7:45 a.m. 7:50 .m.
Period 1 0:46 7:50 .a.m. 8:36 a.m.
Period 2 0;48 8:41 a.m. 9:29 .a.m.
Period 3 0;45 9:34 a.m. 10:19 a.m.
Period 4 0:45 10:24 a.m. 11:09.a.m.
Period 5
First lunch 0:38 11:09 a.m. 11:47 a.m.
Lunch/Class 0:45 11:47 a.m. 12:32 p.m..
Class 0:45 11:14 a.m. 11:59 a.m.
Last Lunch 0:38 11:59 a.m. 12:37 p.m.
Period 6 0:46 12:37 p.m. 1:23  p.m.
Period 7 0:46 1:28 p.m. 2:14 p.m.
Period 8 0:46 2:19 p.m. 3:05 p.m.

Wednesday’s schedule will be the same as this week and will remain that way for almost all year.

Grading Late Work

Definition:  Late work refers to any course work turned in after the date/time it is due from a particular student.

Late work from a particular quarter turned in by the last day of the quarter and done to an acceptable level will receive a grade of 50%. Work not turned in and late work that does not meet the grading deadline or is not done to an acceptable level will receive a grade of 0%.

A similar practice also applies to quizzes and tests whether the student earned a grade lower than 50% the first time or had an unexcused absence from the test or quiz.  If the student received a grade lower than 50% the first time on a test, quiz or assignment, the student’s teacher will decide what the student needs to do and by when in order to bring the grade up to a 50%.

Rationale:

A student turning in acceptable late work by the late work deadline will still receive a grade of “F”.  But this grading practice will result in the student’s grade being 10 percentage points lower than a D- rather than the 40-percentage point difference if a 0% had been recorded.  There is better hope mathematically for this student to be able to earn a passing semester grade if the student continues to try.

This grading practice will also not reward a student who does not do the work or doesn’t get it turned in to an acceptable level by the deadline. This student will receive a 0% for that assignment.

There will now be consistency with how each teacher deals with late work.

Attendance Procedure

The AHS attendance office would like to remind families of our attendance procedures. If a student has an appointment or needs to leave during the school day, the parent/guardians are to call absences into the attendance line(817-0601) first thing in the morning or write and sign a note, which details the reason for the absence. The student should take the note to the main office where the student will be issued a pass to give to his/her teacher to leave class early. When a student returns the same day, he/she should check back into the main office where the return time will be noted.

If a student gets sick during the school day, he/she should go to the nurse’s office.  Students should not leave the building due to illness without reporting to the nurse first.

Activities at a Glance

Friday, Aug. 28

FB-V at Ankeny Cent. 7 pm

Saturday, Aug. 29

VB-V Invite 9 am

Monday, Aug. 31

BGolf-JV vs Cent/M-Town 3:30 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 1

GSwim-JV/V at Dowling 5:30 pm

BGolf-V at Ft Dodge Invite 10 AM

VB-9/10/JV/V at Dowling 4:45/7:30 pm

Thursday, Sept. 3

FB-10 vs Cedar Falls 5:30 pm

FB-9 at Cedar Falls 5:30 pm

GSwim JV/V vs Waukee 5 pm

CC B/G-Little Cyclone at ISU 4 pm

BGolf-JV/V vs Mason City 3:30 pm

Friday, Sept. 4

FB-V vs Cedar Falls 7 pm

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August 28

Friday, August 28, 2015

National Honor Society’s first meeting of the year will be Tuesday, September 1 during 2nd lunch in the Multipurpose Room. Plans for the year will be announced, so be sure to be there. See Mrs. Schmaltz if you have any questions.

Juniors and seniors are reminded that upon returning from open lunch you are to wait in the cafeteria until the lunch period ends.

Students, if you are eating in the courtyard you need to stay there until the bell.  There shouldn’t be anyone walking around the building until lunch is over.

Students interested in auditioning for Jazz Guitar in AHS Jazz I should stop by the band office to pick up audition materials.

Auditions for the fall play, Hound of the Baskervilles and one-act pre-show will be after school in Mr. Woolery’s room beginning Tuesday, September 1 through Thursday, September 3. Auditions will be from a prepared monologue or reading which does not have to be memorized. PLEASE BRING A PHOTO HEADSHOT IF YOU HAVE NEVER AUDITIONED BEFORE OR MR. WOOLERY IS UNFAMILIAR WITH YOU.

Attention: Teen Driver Students, Because of a renewed interest in having a class this fall at Ames High. We will start next Monday, August 31st. thru Oct. 5. In room 12 from 6-9pm. For more information call Mr. Terrones.

 

 

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August 27

 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

National Honor Society’s first meeting of the year will be Tuesday, September 1 during 2nd lunch in the Multipurpose Room. Plans for the year will be announced, so be sure to be there. See Mrs. Schmaltz if you have any questions.

Students are reminded not to bring backpacks or computers to the cafeteria during the lunch periods.  Leave your backpacks and computers in your locker when you go to the cafeteria for lunch.

Students, if you are eating in the courtyard you need to stay there until the bell.  There shouldn’t be anyone walking around the building until lunch is over.

Students interested in auditioning for Jazz Guitar in AHS Jazz I should stop by the band office to pick up audition materials.

All students should have a student ID by Friday this week. If you do not, please see Mrs. McCarley in the OLD main office or Mrs. Reger or Mrs. Packer in the NEW main office.

Sign up to ride the pep bus to Ankeny Centennial on Friday. The cost at time of sign up is $5 and the bus will leave AHS at 5:45. See Bridget in the old main office.

Auditions for the fall play, Hound of the Baskervilles and one-act pre-show, Audience, will be after school in Mr. Woolery’s room beginning Tuesday, September 1 through Thursday, September 3. Auditions will be from a prepared monologue or reading which does not have to be memorized. PLEASE BRING A PHOTO HEADSHOT IF YOU HAVE NEVER AUDITIONED BEFORE OR MR. WOOLERY IS UNFAMILIAR WITH YOU.

 

Attention: Teen Driver Students, Because of a renewed interest in having a class this fall at Ames High. We will start next Monday, August 31st. thru Oct. 5. In room 12 from 6-9pm. For more information call Mr. Terrones.

 

 

 

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Ames Middle School Back-to-School Night is Sept. 1

We encourage parents and guardians to attend Back-to-School Night with their students at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1 for a chance to meet teachers, learn about extracurricular activities, and learn more about the school’s educational philosophy and the school community.

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First Day of Class: August 24, 2015

AHS FRIDAY PARENT EMAIL 8-21-15

COMPUTER FORMS

The district office sent an email with the forms that need to be signed so your student can have a laptop computer this year.  Please print the forms, sign them and have your student return the completed form to his/her homeroom teacher.  If you don’t have access to a printer, your student can pick up a form from the media center.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL SCHEDULE 8-24-15

Warning Bell         0:05   7:45 AM

HR 0:05 7:50 AM   7:55 AM

Rotation A 0:21 8:00 AM            8:21 AM

Rotation B 0:20 8:26 AM            8:46 AM

Rotation C 0:20 8:51 AM   9:11 AM

Rotation D 0:20 9:16 AM   9:36 AM

Period 1 0:32 9:41 AM   10:13 AM

Period 2 0:32   10:18 AM   10:50 AM

Period 3 0:32   10:55 AM   11:27 AM

Period 4 0:32   11:32 AM   12:04 PM

Period 5/ 1st Lunch     0:38 12:04 PM   12:42 PM

Lunch Class 0:32 12:42 PM    1:14 AM

Class 0:32 12:09 PM   12:41 PM

Last Lunch 0:38 12:41 PM    1:19  PM

Period 6 0:32  1:19 PM    1:51 PM

Period 7 0:32  1:56 PM    2:28 PM

Period 8 0:32  2:33 PM    3:05 PM

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Rotation A Aud HR CO HR

Rotation B HR Cafe HR CO

Rotation C CO HR Aud HR

Rotation D HR CO HR Cafe

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Week of August 24

AHS FRIDAY PARENT EMAIL 8-21-15

COMPUTER FORMS
The district office sent an email with the forms that need to be signed so your student can have a laptop computer this year.  Please print the forms, sign them and have your student return the completed form to his/her homeroom teacher.  If you don’t have access to a printer, your student can pick up a form from the media center.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL SCHEDULE 8-24-15
Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM

HR 0:05 7:50 AM 7:55 AM
Rotation A 0:21 8:00 AM 8:21 AM
Rotation B 0:20 8:26 AM 8:46 AM
Rotation C 0:20 8:51 AM 9:11 AM
Rotation D 0:20 9:16 AM 9:36 AM
Period 1 0:32 9:41 AM 10:13 AM
Period 2 0:32 10:18 AM 10:50 AM
Period 3 0:32 10:55 AM 11:27 AM
Period 4 0:32 11:32 AM 12:04 PM

Period 5/ 1st Lunch 0:38 12:04 PM 12:42 PM
Lunch Class 0:32 12:42 PM 1:14 AM

Class 0:32 12:09 PM 12:41 PM
Last Lunch 0:38 12:41 PM 1:19 PM

Period 6 0:32 1:19 PM 1:51 PM
Period 7 0:32 1:56 PM 2:28 PM
Period 8 0:32 2:33 PM 3:05 PM

12th 11th 10th 9th
Rotation A Aud HR CO HR
Rotation B HR Cafe HR CO
Rotation C CO HR Aud HR
Rotation D HR CO HR Cafe

1ST WEEK OF SCHOOL BELL SCHEDULES

Tuesday 8/25, Thursday 8/27, Friday 8/28 Bell Schedule

Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM

Period 1 0:42 7:50 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
Extended HR 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

Wednesday, August 26

Warning Bell 0:05 9:10 AM

Period 1 0:34 9:15 AM 9:49 AM
Period 2 0:34 9:54 AM 10:28 AM
Period 3 0:33 10:33 AM 11:06 AM
Period 4 0:33 11:11 AM 11:44 AM

Period 5/ 1st Lunch 0:38 11:44 AM 12:22 PM
Lunch Class 0:34 12:22 PM 12:56 PM

Class 0:34 11:49 AM 12:23 PM
Last Lunch 0:38 12:23 PM 1:01 PM

Period 6 0:33 1:01 PM 1:34 PM
Homeroom 0:10 1:39 PM 1:49 PM
Period 7 0:33 1:54 PM 2:27 PM
Period 8 0:33 2:32 PM 3:05 PM

KLEENEX REQUEST
AHS would also 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.

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURE
The AHS attendance office would like to remind families of our attendance procedures. If a student has an appointment or needs to leave during the school day, the parent/guardians are to call absences into the attendance line(817-0601) first thing in the morning or write and sign a note, which details the reason for the absence. The student should take the note to the main office where the student will be issued a pass to give to his/her teacher to leave class early. When a student returns the same day, he/she should check back into the main office where the return time will be noted.

If a student gets sick during the school day, he/she should go to the nurse’s office. Students should not leave the building due to illness without reporting to the nurse first.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE:
Friday, Aug. 21
Fall Sports Kick Off, gate opens at 5:30 pm
Monday, Aug. 24
Classes Begin
Tuesday, Aug. 25
GSwim vs Johnston 5 pm
Wednesday, Aug. 26
BGolf-V at Johnston Invite 9:30 am
Thursday, Aug. 27
BGolf-JV/V at Dowling 2 pm
FB-10 at Ankeny Cent. 6 pm
FB-9 vs Ankeny Cent. 6 pm
Friday, Aug. 28
FB-V at Ankeny Cent. 7 pm
Saturday, Aug. 29
VB-V Invite 9 am

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Important notice about parking and student drop-off

The Meeker parking lot is finally finished!

There are three lanes connected to 20th Street. One is the entrance lane; one is for exiting turning right onto 20th and one is for exiting turning left onto 20th. As you enter the parking lot, you will swing out to the right.

There are two lanes around the outside of the parking lot. The right one is for dropping students off. The left lane is for driving around other cars after you have dropped off your child.

If you are dropping students off, you may pull over to the curb anywhere for students to exit your vehicle on the right hand (curb) side. There is a sidewalk all the way around the parking lot, so you do not have to be right in front of the building; students can be dropped off anywhere along the sidewalk and walk to the building. This right lane is for drop off only; there is NO parking in the right lane. Please pull over close to the curb to drop off. After the student is out of your vehicle, please pull out carefully into the left lane, drive around other cars dropping off in the right lane, and exit the parking lot/drop off area.

If you wish to park in the lot and walk your student into the building, you may use any of the parking places in the middle of the lot (inside the drop off lane). Please do not let students walk through the parking lot without you. It is very dangerous to have children walking or running through the middle/parking area. There will be cars in every direction, so keep your student by your side if you choose to park and walk into the building.

To make sure the traffic flow is safe and orderly, please keep these thoughts in mind:

  • Students can be dropped off anywhere along the outside/right sidewalk. In fact, 20 cars could let students out at the same time, all along the sidewalk. Dropping off all along the sidewalk, rather than only right in front of the door, will make the line flow and get everyone on their way much faster.
  • Please have your student ready to exit when you pull up. When students are finishing breakfast in the car, stuffing things into their backpacks, or finishing getting dressed, it holds up the line for everybody. A hug and kiss goodbye at home, before you leave, will also save time.
    Please don’t ever let students out in the left lane. It is dangerous to have them dashing between cars. Use the right lane, closest to the curb, only.
  • The bus drive is restricted to BUS DROP OFF ONLY.
  • There will be adults out on the street and down by the building to help with traffic flow. We hope that our finished parking lot will help us more quickly and more safely than ever!
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