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Articles from March 2016

Edwards students promote art club with video

Edwards Elementary School’s fifth grade Art Club produced and starred in this video with the help of their teacher Michelle Mathias. Listen to the wisdom of students’ reasons for participating, from “Art makes you think,” to “Art is the connection between culture and people.”

Email  Ms. Mathias at  for information about joining art club next year.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Prom will be held at Scheman on Saturday, April 9th. Tickets are $25 and will go on sale Monday. No tickets will be sold at the door. All students and guests must have their ID to get into the dance. Out of school dance forms are available in the old main office and must be turned in no later than Wednesday, April 6th.

Sports fans – make sure that you use your SAT’s for entry into spring sporting events. But remember, no noisemakers of any kind are allowed at soccer matches and other outdoor events.

Six AP online classes will be offered by application only and are limited to six students per class. Applications are in the ELP Alcove in the media center. See Mrs. Kuhns if you have any questions.

 

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Ames Middle School Team earns highest honors at Wordmasters Challenge

AMES– A team representing Ames Middle School achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students each year. The seventh grade team scored 183 points out of a possible 200 in the second of three meets this year. Placing fifth in the nation in the Blue Division, the team matched the ranking it achieved in the first meet of the year in November, in which it scored 188 points out of 200.

Seventh graders Roni Ben-Schlomo and Caius Danley each earned a perfect score of 20 on the difficult Blue Division WordMasters Challenge™, an achievement attained  by only 13 seventh graders in the nation. CJ Grawe and Ketty Nguyen achieved outstanding results in the Blue Division.

Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, eighth grader Hannah Huang was one of only 23 students in her division to earn a perfect score.   Eighth graders Emma Grause, Kelsey Helton, Justin Kenny, David Kim, Molly Putz and Sarah Song achieved outstanding results in the Gold Division.

The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by Jayne Staniforth.

The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words considered beyond their grade level, and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing logical relationships.  Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.  Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight.  They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.

The WordMasters Challenge™ program is administered by a company based in Indianapolis, Indiana dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools.  Further information is available at the company’s website.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Prom will be held at Scheman on Saturday, April 9th from 8:00-11:30PM.
Tickets are $25 and will be sold April 4th – 8th before school, during lunch, and after school. No tickets will be sold at the door. All students and guests must have their ID to get into the dance. Out of school dance forms are available in the old main office and must be turned in no later than Wednesday, April 6th.

Sports fans – make sure that you use your SAT’s for entry into spring sporting events. But remember, no noisemakers of any kind are allowed at soccer matches and other outdoor events.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Auditions for seniors interested in speaking at the graduation ceremony in May will be held Wednesday morning. Sign up with Mrs. Micalone in room 26.

“Classic Cinema” Prom 2016 will be held at Scheman on Saturday, April 9th from 8:00-11:30PM, with doors closing at 10:00PM. Tickets are $25 and will be sold April 4th – 8th before school, during lunch, and after school. No tickets will be sold at the door. All students and guests must have their ID to get into the dance. Out of School dance forms are available in the old main office and must be turned in no later than Wednesday, April 6th.

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Friday Announcements March 25, 2016

AHS SPEECH STUDENTS EXCEL AT STATE INDIVIDUAL EVENTS CONTEST

Thirteen students participated in the State Individual Events Speech Contest at North High School in Des Moines, Saturday, March 12.  Students who earned I ratings are: Caleb Litster and Elena Andrews in Interpretative Poetry; Libby Grunenwald, Justin Wigdahl and Phillip Ma in Storytelling; Isaiah Riker in Improvisation; Hannah Wigdahl, Lena Menefee-Cook and Isaiah Riker in Acting; Nicole Kelly in Interpretative Prose; and Hannah Wigdahl, Josh Gartin, Natalie Bretey and Justin Wigdahl in Solo Musical Theater.

Carly Watson and Rachel Junck received II ratings in After Dinner Speaking.  Teresa Pelzer qualified for the state contest but did not compete.


SIX AMES HIGH STUDENTS ARE CHOSEN FOR ALL-STATE

Six students from Ames High School were chosen to perform at the Individual All State Festival at the University of Northern Iowa on Monday, April 4.  They are Caleb Litster and Elena Andrews in Interpretative Poetry, Libby Grunenwald and Justin Wigdahl in Storytellling, Isaiah Riker in Improvisation, and Hannah Wigdahl in Acting.  Justin Wigdahl has earned All State honors all four years in Storytelling.

The speech coaches are Becky Riker, Judy Anderson, and Connie Ringlee.

AP TEST TAKERS SAVE THE DATE            

All students taking AP tests this spring will need to attend a mandatory pre-registration meeting at 8:00 am on Wednesday, April 13 in the AHS cafeteria. The meeting will hopefully be over by 8:45.

SPRING SPORT PARENT MEETING

Please attend the Spring Sport Parent meeting Thursday March 31, 2016 at  7PM.

B Soccer – Cafeteria

G Soccer – Media Center

G Tennis – Athletic Video Room 123

B Tennis – Room 121

G Golf – Room 103

UPDATED SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Seniors, please check the Naviance website for updated scholarship information. See Mrs. Ward if you have any questions. All local scholarships are due Monday by 3:00 PM.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, March 25

Thespian Film Festival 7:00 PM

Saturday, March 26

BTR: V Cornell Invite 11:00 AM

GTR: V Cornell Invite 11:00 AM

Tuesday, March 29

BTR: 9/JV/V SEP 4:30 PM

GTR: JV/V Waukee Invite #1 4:00 PM

Thursday, March 31

BTR: JV/V Waukee Early Bird 4:30 PM

Friday, April 1

AHS Fashion Show 7:00 PM

Saturday, April 2

BSC: V Ames Invite TBA

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Super Summer registration opens March 28

Registration for the Ames Community School District’s Super Summer enrichment program opens Monday, March 28. Coordinator Charlyn Mason said the classes offered this year will give students a variety of opportunities beyond the school curriculum.

“The depth and variety of classes this program offers for students reflects the high caliber of instructors from the community who share their expertise in their chosen field,” Mason said.

The 2016 program will be held June 6-17 at Ames Middle School.

Super Summer offers two sessions each day, Monday through Friday:

  • Period I from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Period II from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.

A snack is available from 10 to 10:15 a.m. for students enrolled in either session.

Students entering first through eighth grade may attend Super Summer. Tuition is $80 for one class and $160 for two classes. A 50% tuition reduction is available for students who have applied for and been approved for the Ames Community School District Fee Waiver.

A link for choosing classes online will be posted on the Super Summer webpage Monday, March 28, along with links to a printable class choice form and the registration form.

Since classes fill up quickly, Super Summer Secretary Catherine Monroe recommends parents and guardians choose their classes online to improve their chances of getting into the classes they want.

How to register:

  • Select classes online or print and complete the class selection form
  • Print and complete the PDF registration form
  • Mail the completed form(s) with a check to
    Ames High School
    Attention: Catherine Monroe
    1921 Ames High Dr.
    Ames, IA 50010
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Friday, March 25, 2016

Today is the last day to sign up for the iQuiz trivia competition. See Mr. Lachen in room 48 for more information.

Auditions for seniors interested in giving one of the two original speeches or the closing poem at the graduation ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 30th. Sign up in room 26 and see Mrs. Micalone with questions or to pick up a copy of the poem.

Seniors, please check the naviance website for updated scholarship information. See Mrs. Ward if you have any questions.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

A representative from Simpson College will be in Student Services today at 1PM. Please schedule in Flex Schedule if you would like to visit with this college representative.

Bartholomew Chiropractic is offering athletic physicals for $20 tonight from 6-8PM in the athletic training room and again on Saturday, at their office, by appointment only. Make sure to bring the physical form to be filled out. See Coach Schmaltz with any questions.

Sign ups for the iQuiz trivia competition end tomorrow. Sign up with Mr. Lachen in room 48!

The deadline for student papers for the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute is Monday, March 28th. See Mrs. Tibben, room 45, for details!

Auditions for seniors interested in giving one of the two original speeches or the closing poem at the graduation ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 30th. Sign up in room 26 and see Mrs. Micalone with questions or to pick up a copy of the poem.

Seniors, please check the naviance website for updated scholarship information. See Mrs. Ward if you have any questions.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Need to update your physical? This Thursday, March 24th, there will be athletic physicals offered from 6PM – 8PM in the athletic training room. Bartholomew Chiropractic will also be offering physicals by appointment only on Saturday, March 26th at their office. Bring $20 along with the physical form to be filled out if you choose to utilize this service. Questions? See Coach Schmaltz.

Sign up for this year’s iQuiz competition with Mr. Lachen in room 48. iQuiz is an intramural trivia competition where your team competes against other teams about pop culture, history, and science. Find Mr. Lachen by this Friday, March 25th!

Earn a Scholarship, End Hunger, Be a Hero! World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute is calling for student papers now. See Mrs. Tibben, room 45, as soon as possible for details! Deadline is Monday, March 28th.

ATTENTION SENIORS: Are you interested in speaking at the graduation ceremony in May? Auditions for two original speeches and the closing poem will be held on Wednesday, March 30th, from 7:50 – 9:00AM. Sign up in room 26 and see Mrs. Micalone with questions or to pick up a copy of the poem.

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