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Monday, October 31, 2016

Seniors, remind your parents that Wednesday night is Financial Aid Night, where they can find out more about how to fill out the FAFSA. This meeting will begin after conferences at 7:30 in the cafeteria.

Shout will meet during Plus Period on Mondays beginning November 7th. If you are a member of Shout, please sign up for the Shout Plus Period with Mrs. Kuhns on Mondays.

Any student interested in taking AP Microeconomics or Macroeconomics for the spring semester should stop in the ELP alcove to pick up an application. Applications will be due November 15th. If you have any questions please see Mrs. Kuhns or Mrs. Monroe.

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Friday Announcements : Friday Oct.28, 2016

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT FOR PARENTS OF SENIORS
On Wednesday, November 2nd, the counselors will host a Financial Aid Night at 7:30 PM 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.

NO SCHOOL DUE TO PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES

There will be no school on Thursday, November 3rd, due to morning conferences, or Friday, November 4th.

Ames High will dismiss at 2:00 PM October 31st, November 1st, and November 2nd due to parent/teacher conferences.

Wednesday, November 2nd will not be a late start.

Conference Schedule 10/31, 11/1, 11/2
Warning Bell                    0:05                                  7:45 AM
Period 1                           0:38             7:50 AM        8:28 AM
Period 2                           0:39             8:33 AM        9:12 AM
Period 3                           0:37             9:17 AM        9:54 AM
Period 4                           0:37             9:59 AM      10:36 AM
Period 5    1st lunch        0:38            10:36 AM      11:14 AM
                    Class           0:38            11:14 AM      11:52 PM

                    Class          0:38             10:41 AM      11:19 AM
                 Last lunch      0:38             11:19 AM      11:57 AM
Period 6                          0:37             11:57 AM      12:34 PM
Period 7                          0:38             12:39 PM       1:17 PM
Period 8                          0:38               1:22 PM       2:00 PM

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
Conferences are Monday (October 31), Tuesday (November 1), and Wednesday (November 2) from 4:00-7:30 PM; and Thursday (November 3) from 8:00-11:30 AM.

1.  Directions for signing up online for conferences have been emailed to parents and the online sign up is open. Any parent / guardian without internet access may call Abby Evans (817-0620) and she will help them schedule their conferences.

2.  Parents with Internet access will print off a copy of their conference schedule to bring to school. Parents without Internet access may stop by Student Services if they need a copy of their schedule of conferences.

3.  If you do not get signed-up for conferences online, you may go around to a teacher’s room after school on the day of conferences. Teachers will have their conference schedule for that night posted. Parents may write their name in if there is an open time slot.

ALL-STATE MUSIC
Congratulations to all of our AHS musicians! We are honored to have 23 band students, 6 orchestra students, and 5 vocalists representing the hard work of our AHS students at the All-State Music Festival on November 17th-19th.

AHS Band All-State Accepted & Alternates:

Eileen Murray – Flute (orchestra)
Maya Chen – 1st Flute
Maria Werner Anderson – 2nd Flute
Caleb Kong – 2nd Flute
Tianxin Xu – 2nd Flute
Kevin Park  – Clarinet (orchestra)
Benjamin Moats – 1st Clarinet
Grace Lee – 1st Clarinet
Ana DiSpirito – 1st Clarinet
Hayden Pritchard – 1st Clarinet
Lauren Cassaidy – 2nd Clarinet
Lillian Montabon – 2nd Clarinet
Neta Friedberg – 2nd Clarinet
David Kim – 3rd Clarinet
Joshua Zhao – 2nd Alto Saxophone
David Vigil – 1st Trumpet
Nathan Paskach – 1st Cornet
David Tarte – 1st Horn
Isak Anderson – 3rd Horn (orchestra)
Adam Eichhorn – 2nd Trombone
Channing Che – 3rd Trombone
Peter Jaynes – Tuba
Dominick McDonald – Percussion

Alyssa Romp – Clarinet – 1st Alternate
Julia White – Alto Saxophone – 2nd Alternate
Sam Packard – Tenor Saxophone – 1st Alternate

AHS Orchestra All-State Accepted:
Ryan Jeong – Violin I
Jana Kim – Violin 1
Maddie Tuggle – Violin I
Olivia Wong – Violin I
Kira Davis – Violin II
Grace Kim – Cello

AHS Choir All-State Accepted:
Julie Michelle Manohar – Soprano
Eily Mickelson – Soprano
Natalie Bretey – Alto
Josh Gartin – Bass
Andrew Bryant – Bass

FALL PLAY – THE TROUBLE WITH CATS
When a conservative middle-aged couple and a pair of young, millennial vegans are double booked to house sit a Minnesota home for a month a generational clash ensues in Gary Ray Stapp’s comedy The Trouble With Cats. Further adding to the already tense atmosphere are their intrusive married neighbors and an all women construction crew remodeling the master suite for the duration of the four house sitter’s stay. All the while, everyone is on the lookout for PJ. See this very funny situation comedy November 11th & 12th at 7:30 PM in the Ames High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 9th grade and up, and $4.00 8th grade and below. The show runs a little over two hours and is rated PG for mature humor.

SENIOR PICTURES FOR YEARBOOK
Senior Pictures are due by January 16th. 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 .

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, October 28
    No classes – Teacher Workday

Saturday, October 29
    Boys & Girls Cross Country: V @ State – Fort Dodge 11:00 AM
    Girls Swimming: V @ Regional Swim – SE Polk 12:00 PM

Monday, October 31
    2:00 PM Dismissal

Tuesday, November 1
    2:00 PM Dismissal

Wednesday, November 2
    No late start – 2:00 PM Dismissal
    Financial Aid Night – AHS Cafeteria 7:30 PM

Thursday, November 3
    No classes – morning conferences

Friday, November 4
    No classes
    Girls Diving: V @ State Meet – Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA 5:00 PM

Saturday, November 5
    Girls Swimming: V @ State Meet – Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA 12:00 PM

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The first meeting of the Asian Alliance Club will be after school today in Mrs. C’s room. We will talk about people of color in the media and educate about people of other cultures. Snacks will be provided.

There will be a short meeting for all high school students interested in going out for wrestling or being a wrestling manager after school at 3:20 in the athletics video conference room. If you have any questions see Coach Fecht.

Seniors, remind your parents that Wednesday, November 2nd, is Financial Aid Night, where they can find out more about how to fill out the FAFSA. This meeting will begin after conferences at 7:30 in the cafeteria.

Juniors: if you are interested in designing your 2017 Junior/Senior Prom, please join Prom Committee. See Haley Losoff, the prom advisor, for more information.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Students should not be in the gym without permission before school. We cannot supervise the activities and this area is off limits at that time, without permission to be there.

Girls interested in playing basketball this season should come to an informational meeting tomorrow morning at 7:25 AM in room 121 (Mr. Sullivan’s room). Please be sure to bring your computer.

The first meeting of the Asian Alliance Club will be tomorrow after school in Mrs. C’s room. We will talk about people of color in the media and educate about people of other cultures. Snacks will be provided.

There will be a short meeting for all high school students interested in going out for wrestling or being a wrestling managertomorrow, after school at 3:20 in the athletics video conference room. If you have any questions see Coach Fecht.

Seniors, remind your parents that Wednesday, November 2nd, is Financial Aid Night, where they can find out more about how to fill out the FAFSA. This meeting will begin after conferences at 7:30 in the cafeteria.

Juniors: if you are interested in designing your 2017 Junior/Senior Prom, please join Prom Committee. See Haley Losoff, the prom advisor, for more information.

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Congratulations to student musicians accepted to All-State

Hours of practice, lessons, support from parents and instructors, and a love of music have put 34 Ames High School students in the spotlight for next month’s All-State Music Festival. Chris Ewan, director of bands at Ames High School, said the results of All State auditions held this month represent an “extremely high number for any 4A high school in Iowa to achieve.”

“We are honored to have 23 band students, six orchestra students and five vocalists representing the hard work of our students,” Ewan said.

Ewan said about 17 students are selected for every 100 students who audition for the All-State Music Festival, under the auspices of the Iowa High School Music Association and the Iowa Music Educators Association.

The 70th Annual Iowa All-State Festival Concert is 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 in Hilton Coliseum.

Band All-State Accepted & Alternates:

  • Eileen Murray – Flute (orchestra)
  • Maya Chen – 1st Flute
  • Maria Werner Anderson – 2nd  Flute
  • Caleb Kong – 2nd Flute
  • Tianxin Xu – 2nd Flute
  • Kevin Park  – Clarinet (orchestra)
  • Benjamin Moats – 1st Clarinet
  • Grace Lee – 1st Clarinet
  • Ana DiSpirito – 1st  Clarinet
  • Hayden Pritchard – 1st Clarinet
  • Lauren Cassaidy – 2nd Clarinet
  • Lillian Montabon – 2nd Clarinet
  • Neta Friedberg – 2nd Clarinet
  • David Kim – 3rd Clarinet
  • Joshua Zhao –  2st Alto Saxophone
  • David Vigil – 1st Trumpet
  • Nathan Paskach – 1st Cornet
  • David Tarte – 1st Horn
  • Isak Anderson –3rd Horn (orchestra)
  • Adam Eichhorn – 2nd Trombone
  • Channing Che – 3rd Trombone
  • Peter Jaynes – Tuba
  • Dominick McDonald – Percussion
  • Alyssa Romp – Clarinet –1st Alternate
  • Julia White – Alto Saxophone – 2nd Alternate
  • Sam Packard –Tenor Saxophone – 1st Alternate

Orchestra All-State Accepted:

  • Ryan Jeong – Violin I
  • Jana Kim – Violin 1
  • Maddie Tuggle – Violin I
  • Olivia Wong – Violin I
  • Kira Davis – Violin II
  • Grace Kim – Cello

Choir All-State Accepted:

  • Julie Michelle Manohar – Soprano
  • Eily Mickelson – Soprano
  • Natalie Bretey – Alto 
  • Josh Gartin – Bass
  • Andrew Bryant – Bass
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

There will be a boys swimming team meeting after school today in the pool hallway. If you cannot attend please see Coach Flannery in Room 18. The meeting will take 10 minutes.

Tonight, Tuesday, October 25th, there will be an Ignite CS Meeting in MC-5 in the Media Center at 3:10 PM. Feel free to bring a friend. Snacks and water will be provided.

Attention senior mentors! Tomorrow is a senior mentor homeroom day. Go visit your ninth graders.

Any girl in grades 9-12 who is interested in playing basketball this season should come to an informational meeting on Thursday, October 27th, at 7:25 AM in room 121 (Mr. Sullivan’s room). Please be sure to bring your computer. You will need a current physical and athletic registration before you can start practice on November 7th.

There will be a short meeting for all high school students interested in going out for wrestling or being a wrestling manager this Thursday, the 27th, after school at3:20 in the athletics video conference room. If you have any questions see Coach Fecht.

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Friday Announcements : Friday, October 21

NO SCHOOL DUE TO PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES

There is no school on Friday, October 28th, as teachers prepare for conferences.

The following week there will be no school on Thursday, November 3rd, due to morning conferences, or Friday, November 4th.

ACT / SAT PREP CLASS

DEADLINE to sign up for the  ACT/SAT Prep Class is Thursday, October 27th at 3:00 PM. See Mrs. Evans in Student Services for more information. It is first come with the payment, first served until each section is full.

UGANDA SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT INFORMATIONAL MEETING TOMORROW (10-22-16)

Anyone juniors or seniors interested in participating in the Uganda Service Learning Project next summer, applications are available from Mr. Mooney in Room 107. There will be an informational meeting for parents on Saturday October 22, 9:00 AM at Ames High School (Room 107). Contact Mr. Mooney if interested.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Conferences are Monday (October 31), Tuesday (November 1), and Wednesday (November 2) from 4:00-7:30 PM; and Thursday (November 3) from 8:00-11:30 AM.

1.  Directions for signing up on-line for conferences were emailed to parents last Tuesday. You may start signing up for conferences Monday, October 24th, at 7:00 AM. Any parent / guardian without internet access may call Abby Evans (817-0620) and she will help them schedule their conferences.

2.  Parents with Internet access will print off a copy of their conference schedule to bring to school. Parents without Internet access may stop by Student Services if they need a copy of their schedule of conferences.

3.  If you do not get signed-up for conferences online, you may go around to a teacher’s room after school on the day of conferences. Teachers will have their conference schedule for that night posted. Parents may write their name in if there is an open time slot.

Ames High will dismiss at 2:00 PM October 31st, November 1st, and November 2nd due to parent/teacher conferences.

Wednesday, November 2nd will not be a late start.

AMES HIGH SCHOOL 30TH ANNUAL ACADEMIC LETTERS PROGRAM

Ames High School’s 30th annual Academic Letters Program is Monday, October 24th, in the high school cafeteria starting at 6:00 PM.

AHS MARCHING BAND SPECTACULAR

The Ames High School Marching Band is holding its Annual Marching Band Spectacular at 7:30 PM Monday, October 24th in the Ames High School Gymnasium following the 30th annual Academic Letters Program. Cost for the Marching Band Spectacular is $3 per student, $5 per adult and $10 (maximum) for a family. The band is under the direction of Chris Ewan, Andrew Buttermore, and Peter Thompson.

SOPHOMORE CLASS RING

Sophomores received class ring packets on Thursday. The Jostens rep will be back at AHS from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM to collect orders and payments on Tuesday, October 25th.

PARENTS OF 2017 GRADUATES

Your senior should have brought home the senior announcement packet that was handed out this past Wednesday. Information for paying the senior dues (which includes cap, gown, tassel, stole, diploma cover, and graduation flower) is included in the announcement packet. Senior dues are paid by all seniors who wish to participate in the graduation ceremony. If you wish to place an announcement order in person, rather than on-line, a representative from Jostens will be at AHS on Tuesday, October 25th, between 11:00 AM-1:00 PM to collect orders and payments.

AHS FALL ORCHESTRA CONCERT

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, 7:30 PM in the AHS Auditorium. Featuring the 9th grade string orchestra performing City of Steel and Castor Et Pollux and the 10-12 grade string orchestra performing songs from around the world: Point Lookout (Civil War Songs), Irish Legend, Russian Rhapsody No 1, Make Our Garden Grow and Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 Aria. The concert will conclude with the 9 – 12 strings playing Andante Festivo. Come and enjoy an evening of various musical styles performed by the AHS string players. Cost for this event is $3 per student, $5 per adult and $10 (maximum) for a family.

PROM COMMITTEE SIGN UP

Juniors: If you are interested in designing your 2017 Junior/Senior Prom, please join Prom Committee. Complete the following google form before October 28th, 2016: https://goo.gl/forms/vb3JC9DPH8Ipq81D2 

Prom Advisor: Haley Losoff, haley.losoff@ames.k12.ia.us 

FALL PLAY – THE TROUBLE WITH CATS

Save the date. See this very funny situation comedy November 11th & 12th at 7:30 PM in the Ames High School Auditorium. The show runs a little over two hours and is rated PG for mature humor.

DEBATE OPENER

Ames High Debaters had an excellent opening to their season on Saturday at Roosevelt High School’s “Tournavelt” in Des Moines. In Varsity Public Forum Debate the three teams of Helen Hu and Hana Lee, Ben Moats and Seamus O’Conner-Walker, and Anushree Lamsal and Dakshina Paudyal made it to the quarter-final round. In their very first competition debaters Silvia Aydinyan and Susana Mkhitaryan advanced to the semi-final round of the Novice Public Forum division. Noelle Flugrad placed fourth and Paulina Lavrova placed fifth in Student Congressional Debate.

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.

Monday, October 24

Grinnell College 9:20 AM

Tuesday, October 25

Drake University 10:15 AM

Thursday, October 27

Waldorf University 1:45 PM

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, October 21

Football: V vs. Dowling 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 22

All-State Auditions – Indianola High School all day

Uganda Service Learning Project Information Meeting – AHS Room 107 9:00 AM

Monday, October 24

AHS Academic Awards Night – AHS Cafeteria 6:00 PM

AHS Marching Band Spectacular – AHS Gym 7:30 PM

Tuesday, October 25

Volleyball: V @ Ankeny (Regional Semifinals) – Ankeny High School 7:00 PM

AHS Fall Orchestra Concert – AHS Auditorium 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 27

End of 1st Quarter

Girls Diving: V @ Regional Dive Meet – Grinnell College Pool TBA

Friday, October 28

No Classes – Professional Day

Saturday, October 29

Boys & Girls Cross Country: V @ State – Fort Dodge Senior High School 11:00 AM

Girls Swimming: V @ Regional Swim Meet – SE Polk High School TBA

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Monday, October 24, 2016

There will be a boys swimming team meeting tomorrow, after school, in the pool hallway. If you cannot attend please see Coach Flannery in Room 18. The meeting will take 10 minutes.

Attention senior mentors! Wednesday, October 26th is a senior mentor homeroom day. Go visit your ninth graders.

Any girl in grades 9-12 who is interested in playing basketball this season should come to an informational meeting on Thursday, October 27th, at 7:25 AM in room 121 (Mr. Sullivan’s room). Please be sure to bring your computer. You will need a current physical and athletic registration before you can start practice on November 7th.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

There will be a boys swimming team meeting Tuesday, October 25th, after school in the pool hallway. If you cannot attend please see Coach Flannery in Room 18. The meeting will take 10 minutes.

Attention senior mentors! Wednesday, October 26th is a senior mentor homeroom day. Go visit your ninth graders.

Any girl in grades 9-12 who is interested in playing basketball this season should come to an informational meeting on Thursday, October 27th, at 7:25 AM in room 121 (Mr. Sullivan’s room). Please be sure to bring your computer. You will need a current physical and athletic registration before you can start practice on November 7th.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sophomores: A representative from Jostens will hand out information regarding class ring ordering today during Plus Period. All sophomores will report to the Auditorium at that time.

There will be a boys swimming team meeting Tuesday, October 25th, after school in the pool hallway. If you cannot attend please see Coach Flannery in Room 18. The meeting will take 10 minutes.

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