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Articles from December 2015

Wednesday, Dec. 9. 2015

Need CPR for graduation, but don’t plan to take it at AHS:
Megan Woodbeck will teach 2 classes of CPR
One on Sunday, December 27th at 1 pm
The other is Sunday, January 3rd at 1 pm
Cost is $56 per student. The class will last around 2 hours and will be held
at Ames Racquet and Fitness Center south location. She reserves the right to cancel the class based on low numbers. If enough interest, she will hold future classes. If interested, students can email her at woodbeck@mchsi.co

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

NHS members will meet today!

Need CPR for graduation, but don’t plan to take it at AHS:

Megan Woodbeck will teach 2 classes of CPR

One on Sunday, December 27th at 1 pm

The other is Sunday, January 3rd at 1 pm

Cost is $56 per student. The class will last around 2 hours and will be held

at Ames Racquet and Fitness Center south location. She reserves the right to cancel the class based on low numbers. If enough interest, she will hold future classes. If interested, students can email her at woodbeck@mchsi.com

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Need CPR for graduation, but don’t plan to take it at AHS:

Megan Woodbeck will teach 2 classes of CPR

One on Sunday, December 27th at 1 pm

The other is Sunday, January 3rd at 1 pm

Cost is $56 per student. The class will last around 2 hours and will be held

at Ames Racquet and Fitness Center south location. She reserves the right to cancel the class based on low numbers. If enough interest, she will hold future classes. If interested, students can email her at woodbeck@mchsi.com

NHS members will meet Tuesday, Dec. 8th.

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Friday Announcements , December 5th, 2015

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

On Wednesday, December 9, the counselors will host a Financial Aid Night at 7:00 p.m. in the AHS Cafeteria.  A representative from the College Planning Center, will be available to explain the procedure to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and the many steps involved in the financial aid process. This is a very informative evening for senior parents, (but all are welcome) with time allotted for a question and answer session.

18 AHS STUDENTS EARN POSITIONS IN SCIBA HONOR BAND

18 AHS band students successfully auditioned for positions in the 2015-16 South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association Honor Band. Auditions were held on Thursday December 3 at Des Moines Roosevelt.  The students selected will rehearse at Ankeny High School at Saturday January 9 with a festival concert that evening.  The guest directors for the honor band are Dr. Michael Golemo of Iowa State University and Travis Cross of UCLA. The following Ames High students were selected:

9-10 Band

Laura Emery – Flute – 7th Chair

Amber Mohmand – Flute – 10th Chair

Grace Lee – Clarinet – 3rd Chair

Alyssa Romp – Clarinet – 5th Chair

Lauren Cassaidy – Clarinet – 7th Chair

Liv Lauber – Alto Saxophone – 2nd Chair

Julia White – Alto Saxophone – 3rd Chair

Peter Jaynes – Tuba – 5th Chair

Dominick McDonald – Percussion – 3rd Chair

11-12 Band

Anthony Tang – Clarinet – 1st Chair

Angela Fei – Clarinet –  8th Chair

Joshua Zhao – Alto Saxophone – 3rd Chair

Ben Popken – Trumpet – 9th Chair

Caleb Devick – Trombone – 3rd Chair

Cole Thompson – Trombone – 7th Chair

William Buttermore – Tuba – 5th Chair

Miles Snyder – Percussion – 2nd Chair

Ryan Smith – Percussion – 3rd Chair

AHS JAZZ BAND

The Ames Jazz bands will be putting on a free concert, Monday, December 7 at 6 pm in the AHS Auditorium. Come listen to both the Ames HS Jazz bands perform.

CPR CERTIFICATION

Need CPR for graduation, but don’t plan to take it at AHS:

Megan Woodbeck will teach 2 classes of CPR

One on Sunday, December 27th at 1 pm

The other is Sunday, January 3rd at 1 pm

Cost is $56 per student. The class will last around 2 hours and will be held

at Ames Racquet and Fitness Center south location. She reserves the right to cancel the class based on low numbers.

If enough interest, she will hold future classes. If interested, students can email her at woodbeck@mchsi.com

REQUEST FOR 2nd SEMESTER SCHEDULE CHANGES

Students are reminded that if requesting a schedule change for 2nd semester, this needs to be done BEFORE winter break.

WINTER MADNESS 2015

December 7-11 is Winter Madness at Ames High School, sponsored by Student Council. This year’s theme is, “Giving is sweet!” Activities include sledding night, movie night, the annual dodgeball tournament, opportunity for students to record original music in our recording studio, coffeehouse, and a week of dress-up days, arcade games in the lobby, raffles, and daily hot chocolate giveaways. Students will have the opportunity to make daily monetary donations as Student Council uses them to buy holiday presents for needy families in Ames. Questions? Contact Allison DiBlasi at 817-0622. 

HOLIDAY BAND CONCERT

The Ames High Bands will be presenting a Holiday Band Concert on Monday Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ames High School Auditorium.  Percussion Techniques directed by Chris Ewan is performing Frosty the Snow Man arranged by Chris Crockarell and Rin Tin Tins by Chris Crockarell.  Freshman Band directed by Andrew Buttermore is performing Jackson Lake Overture by Mark Williams, Joy by Frank Ticheli and United Nations March by Karl King.  Concert Band directed by Andrew Buttermore is performing March of the Belgian Parachutists, Monterosi by Jacob de Haan and Selections from “Cats” arranged by John Edmondson .  Symphonic Band directed by Chris Ewan is performing First Suite in Eb by Gustav Holst, On a Hymnsong of Lowell Mason by David Holsinger and Pas Redouble by Camiell Sain-Saens. The bands are under the direction of Andrew Buttermore and Chris Ewan.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $10 for a family.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday-Saturday Dec. 5-6

Madrigal Dinner 6:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 5

BBB-10/9/V at Hoover 4:45/6/7:45 pm

GBB-9/JV/V at Hoover 4:45/6/7:45 pm

Saturday, Dec. 6

BSwim-V Wittmer Invite 11 am

WR-JV/V Ames Duals 9 am

Monday, Dec. 7

Jazz Band Concert 6 pm

BBB-JV at Ankeny 7 pm

Tuesday, Dec. 8

GBB-9/JV/V at Dowling 4:45/6/7:45 pm

BSwim-JV/V vs Waukee 5:30 pm

Thursday, Dec. 10

BBB-9 vs Ft. Dodge 7:30 pm

GBB- 9 vs Ft. Dodge 6 pm

BSwim- JV/V at SE Polk 5:30 pm

WR-JV/V at Waukee 5:30 pm

Friday, Dec.11

BBB-10/V vs Ft. Doge 4:45/7:45 pm

GBB-JV/V vs Ft.Dodge 4:45/6 pm

WR-V at CB Invite

Saturday, Dec. 12

BBB-V vs CR Kennedy 5 pm

GBB-V vs CR Kennedy 3:30 pm

WR-V at CB Invite

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Attention all I-Ball players – Sign-up sheets are due back by Dec. 7 in the athletic Please make sure to include all team members and shirt designs on the sign-up.

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Featured student, Ketty Nguyen

Navigating the middle school years can be a stretch for some students. Seventh grade student Ketty Nguyen, however, says that’s the whole point.  “Stretch” is the word she uses most often to describe her approach to learning.

“I’m always looking for ways to stretch what I’m learning,” Nguyen said.

During the middle school’s tutorial period, which is set aside help students meet needs for individualized instruction, she’s working with her literacy teacher to create a guide for annotating text, for example. She’s studying algebra at her own pace and is often working beyond her class in science.

Nguyen says she’s grounded by her friends, family and faith, which helped her develop well-rounded Nguyenstrategies for success at school.

Use a planner and set time limits. Describing herself as “social and self-motivated,” Nguyen said she balances those traits with tools that help her know when it’s OK to take a break and have fun, and when she should be on task with studies.

Connect with the people around you. Your friends can support you.“My friends help me keep on track with my work,” Nguyen said. “We check up on each other.”

Ask your teachers questions—it’s better to ask sooner than later. Nguyen said she’s discovered how learning depends on mastering concepts that build upon each other—and that asking questions can prevent the process from being stalled.

Get involved in extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities are more than social outlets for Nguyen. She’s learned to harness them for enrichment.

“Take science, for example,” she said. “In elementary school I didn’t like science. I thought it was too high-tech and complicated. Then, I participated in Science Bowl last year. I was  surrounded by friends, and it was a great learning environment with Mr. (Collin) Reichert.”

Outside of school, Nguyen is an accomplished pianist. She recently became the state winner in the Junior Piano section in the Iowa State Music Teachers National Association Competition. The next step for her is to compete at the Division level in January.

Try to be positive and find a high point every day. On the day she was interviewed for this story, for example, Nguyen said she found three high points before lunch.

“The Quiz Bowl competition, this interview, and the realization that it’s Friday and I have the weekend to look forward to,” she said. “If I can’t find a good thing, I’ll just enjoy all the little things, like someone being nice, or a good score on a test.”

Nguyen said she understands the value of  stretching herself in middle school.

“My parents say to try my best,” she said.  “Although grades may not count yet (on a transcript) the learning effort and foundation will count in high school and beyond.”

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Attention all I-Ball players – Sign-up sheets are due back by Dec. 7 in the athletic Please make sure to include all team members and shirt designs on the sign-up.

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Ames Middle School teams are Quiz Bowl State Champs

Ames Middle School seventh and eighth grade Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl Teams both placed first in the statewide contest, Friday, Nov. 20.

Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl is an online contest of information commonly covered in the middle school curriculum, along with trivia about sports, music, and current events. It is a timed group test, so students must be able to share information quickly and correctly.

The seventh grade team bested 26 other teams, earning a score of 1,191 to edge out the second place team, West Des Moines, by more than 60 points.

Representing the seventh grade: Rob Arbuckle. Ellie Barry, Ella Chopski, Ian Coffman, Caius Danley, Emma Dorhaut, Arunadee Fernando, Nao Furukawa, Kaleb Glover, Brandon Harold, David Jiang, Eliot Jurgensen, Ha Nguyen, Zeynep Oghan, Aria Pilcher, and Eddie Wei.

7th grade quizbowl

Seventh Grade Quiz Bowl team. Seated-L to R: Arunadee Fernando, Emma Dorhout, Ian Coffman, Kaleb Glover, David Jiang, Nao Furukawa, Eddie Wei. Back row-L to R: Aria Pilcher, Ella Chopskie, Caius Danley, Rob Arbuckle, , Zeynep Oghan, Eliot Jurgensen, Ha Nguyen, Brandon Harold, Ellie Barry

The eighth grade team competed among 42 teams from across the state to earn 1,284  out of 1,500 possible points, taking first place with 100 points more than the second place team.

Representing the eighth grade: Jinal Amin, Elizabeth Andrews, Silvia Ayndinyan, Lara Baker, Rianna Bloom, Kendra Caulfield, Jason Chen, Oliver Chen, Shria Chug, Andres Cordoba, Nathan Essner, Nitzan Friedberg, Hannah Huang, Bjorn Iverson, Justin Kenny, David Kim, Susanna Mkhitaryan, Mitchell Oh, Will Orth, Sayre Satterwhite, Simeon Steward and Joshua Webb.

eighth grade quiz bowl

Eighth grade team. Seated-L to R: Kendra Caulfield, Rianna Bloom, Hannah Huang, Susannah Mkhitaryan, Silvia Ayndinyan, Elizabeth Andrews, Lara Baker Standing L to R:Bjorn Iverson, Mitchell Oh, Oliver Chen, David Kim, Will Orth, Justin Kenny, Simeon Steward, Nathan Essner. Not Pictured: Jinal Amin, Shria CHug, Nitzan Friedberg, Sayre Satterwhite, Joshua Webb

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