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Articles from September 2017

Friday Spetember 29, 2017

 

CONTRACT GRADE WITH A PASS/FAIL OPTION

Thursday, October 12th is the last day to sign up to take a class for a contract grade with a pass/fail option.

AHS SPIRIT WEAR

The Booster Webstore orders are ready! If you elected to have your order shipped to the High School, your apparel will be available for pick-up at the Ames High Spirit Store on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. or by appointment by contacting J.D. in the the Athletics Office at 817-0611 or joshua.mitchell@ames.k12.ia.us.   

The new Webstore will re-open in the coming weeks and the Spirit Store will be restocked as we prepare to launch the Little Cyclone Winter Season. Stay tuned!

AHS ATHLETICS HALL-OF-FAME BANQUET

Ames High Athletics’ 26th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on October 12 at 6 p.m.

in the Ames High Cafeteria. Tickets are available for $10. Please RSVP by calling Ames High Athletics at 817-0611. This year’s inductees are Coach Kenny Graham; Erica Lynn (Douglas), Class of 2001; Mat Clark, Class of 2005; James Teas, Class of 2005; and Jeff Fisher, Class of 1996. Mark Ritland, Class of 1965, will be honored for his Distinguished Service to Athletics, and the Ames High Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Connie Jo Israel, Class of 1972.

DISTRICT WIDE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY

There is no school on Monday, October 9, district wide.

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, October 2

Hawkeye Community College – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, October 3

Kirkwood Community College – 1:00

Iowa Lakes Community College – 2:25

Wednesday, October 4

Briar Cliff College – 10:00

Grinnell College – 11:15

Thursday, October 5

Knox College – 2:25 PM

Friday, October 6

University of Iowa  – 1:00 PM

Yale University – 1:00 PM

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Saturday, Sept. 30

Volleyball: V @ Urbandale Invite 8:00 AM

FB 10 @ Ankeny  10 AM

Tuesday, October 3

Boys Golf: V District 10:00 AM  Veenker

Girls Swimming & Diving: JV/V @. Waukee YMCA 5PM

Volleyball: 9/JV/V @. Centennial 4:45 PM (9B @6:30 p)

Thursday, October 5

Boys & Girls Cross Country: 9/JV/V @ Fort Dodge Lakeside 4:30 PM

Football: 10 @. Ankeny Centennial  NView 6:00 PM – Northview Middle School

Football: 9 vs Ankeny Centennial 6:00 PM AHS Football Field.

Friday, October 6

Boys Golf: V @ State TBA

Football: V @. Ankeny Centennial NView 7:00 PM – Northview Middle School

Saturday, October 7

Volleyball: 9 @ Ankeny Invite 8:30 AM

Boys Golf: V @ State 9:00 AM

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Youth Diversity and Inclusion Summit

Youth Diversity and Inclusion Summit

On Friday, September 29, Ames High students participated in the inaugural Youth Diversity and Inclusion Summit, hosted by the Des Moines Public Schools and sponsored by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

The catalyst for the event arose out of a few incidents where a racial slur was used on the football field between a DMPS football team and a metro suburb. This incidents were not in isolation, but the Des Moines Public Schools wanted to use them as a way instigate productive change within the school systems.   

According to a DMPS press release, Roosevelt High School Principal Kevin Biggs was “instrumental in taking the lead in understanding something needed to be done on a larger scale to bring all groups together for the good of the cause.”

Ames High jumped on the opportunity to get students involved and sent 13 students to the summit. Throughout the day, student listened to keynote speakers and engage in discussions with students from other schools. Several Ames students spoke at the summit and talked about their personal experiences with bias as well as the consequences of not speaking out for what is right.

Ames High School Counselor Amy DeBlasi said “the first annual Youth Diversity and Inclusion Summit addresses challenging stereotypes and creating an environment where youth feel safe to speak up for what’s right.” Each attending school developed an action plan as a takeaway from the event, presented it to the group of 200 total students, and the implementation of this plan will be led by Ames High student leaders.

In addition to the Des Moines schools of East, Hoover, Lincoln, North, and Roosevelt High, other CIML-members schools who participated in the event included Ames, Ankeny Centennial, Marshalltown, Southeast Polk, Urbandale, Waukee, and West Des Moines Valley.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

 

Hey student musicians. are you interested in playing bass, guitar, or piano in the Ames High Jazz Band II this year? Then please stop by the band office for details. You will be glad you did.`

AHS Spirit Wear is here.   The Booster Webstore orders are ready! If you elected to have your order shipped to the High School, your apparel will be available for pick-up at the Ames High Spirit Store on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. or by appointment by contacting J.D. in the the Athletics Office at 817-0611 or joshua.mitchell@ames.k12.ia.us.   

The new Webstore will re-open in the coming weeks and the Spirit Store will be restocked as we prepare to launch the Little Cyclone Winter Season. Stay tuned!

The following colleges will have representatives visiting next week.

Talk to Abby in Student Services if you need a pass to visit with one of them.

Monday – Hawkeye Community College – 1pm

Tuesday – Kirkwood Community College – 1pm & Iowa Lakes Community College at 2:25 pm.   

More will be announced as the week progresses.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

 

If any students are interested in playing bass, guitar, or piano in the Ames High Jazz Band II this year, please stop by the band office for details.   It could be the beginning of something fabulous, so don’t let the opportunity slip away.

AHS Spirit Wear is here.   The Booster Webstore orders are ready! If you elected to have your order shipped to the High School, your apparel will be available for pick-up at the Ames High Spirit Store on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. or by appointment by contacting J.D. in the the Athletics Office at 817-0611 or joshua.mitchell@ames.k12.ia.us.   

The new Webstore will re-open in the coming weeks and the Spirit Store will be restocked as we prepare to launch the Little Cyclone Winter Season. Stay tuned!

If you are thinking about signing up to take a class for a contract grade with a pass/fail option, you need to start moving on it because in 2 weeks, it will be the last day to do this.   That’s right, Thursday Oct. 12th is the last day to sign up to take a class for a contract grade with a pass/fail option.  You can get the info you need from Student Services.     

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Daily Notes  

 

If any students are interested in playing bass, guitar, or piano in the Ames High Jazz Band II this year, please stop by the band office for details.   It could be the beginning of something good, so don’t let the opportunity pass you by.

Please come out and support the Ames High Volleyball Team as they have a fundraising event at Panda Express tonight from 6-8 pm. Please be sure to let the staff at check out know that your sale will be contributed to the team. 

 AHS Spirit Wear is here.   The Booster Webstore orders are ready! If you elected to have your order shipped to the High School, your apparel will be available for pick-up at the Ames High Spirit Store on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. or by appointment by contacting J.D. in the the Athletics Office at 817-0611 or joshua.mitchell@ames.k12.ia.us.   

The new Webstore will re-open in the coming weeks and the Spirit Store will be restocked as we prepare to launch the Little Cyclone Winter Season. Stay tuned!

Key Club is meeting tomorrow during plus period.  Sign up for Mrs. Gillette in the multipurpose room.

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Daily Notes  Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tomorrow from 8 am to 1:00 is picture retake day in the Multi Purpose room. If you would like a retake, you need to bring the entire picture package back to the photographer to have your picture retaken. All 9th through 11th graders should have their picture taken regardless of whether a package is purchased. These pictures are used for next year ID’s as well as yearbook pictures.

Attention Senior Mentors:  This Wednesday is your first senior mentor homeroom day.   Go visit your ninth grader.

Chess Club is meeting after school today at 3:15 in Mrs C’s room.   That’s room 229.     Please join us.   All skill levels are welcome.

“Are you interested in community service and getting volunteer hours? Join Key Club! We meet during plus period on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Sign up for Mrs. Gillette in the multipurpose room. Our next meeting is Thursday, September 28, and we will be discussing our upcoming service projects for this year. New members are welcome anytime!”

AHS Volleyball Team Fundraiser @ Panda Express

 Please come out and support the Ames High Volleyball Team as they have a fundraising event on Wednesday evening September 27th from 6-8 pm. This is a great event to help support the Volleyball team and get to know a newly opened restaurant in Ames. Please help the team take advantage of the 20%, yes I said 20%, that Panda Express will contribute to the team. Please be sure to bring in the attached flyer or message either by paper or on an electronic device and show the staff at check out to make sure that your sale will be contributed to the team.

 Hope to see a lot of families on Wednesday September 27th from 6-8 pm!!

 

College Visits

Today –     Truman State – 9:30

                  Coe College – 1pm

                  Cornell College – 1pm.

See Mrs Evans for a pass if you would like to speak with any of these representatives.

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Meeker Elementary Buddy Bench

Last year, a group of 5th graders at Meeker Elementary worked with the middle school builders club on a project to make their building better. They saw the need for a Buddy Bench on the playground “as a place for kids to go to indicate that they would like someone to play with at recess,” according to Meeker Elementary School Counselor Kari Deal.

On Friday, August 25, the new Buddy Bench was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Meeker PTO. If you’re not familiar with the concept of a Buddy Bench, it is a place for a child to sit if they’re feeling lonely while indicating interest in joining an individual or group during recess. The bench also provides a visual cue for children playing that another child desires to be included.

The Buddy Bench is a great addition to the playground, but also a wonderful way to continue the Meeker C.A.R.E.S. initiative, which is an acronym for Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control. Melissa Stone, a School Counselor at Meeker, said “we’re definitely trying to instill compassion, but also assertion. It’s hard to go sit down and let people know that I want someone to play with.” Kari Deal said “It’s really cool to hear them use the term as they are talking to other kids and adults, and they realize when they are making a positive choice, which ties in really well with the Buddy Bench.”

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Daily Notes  Monday, September 25, 2017

Chess Club is meeting Tuesday, Sept. 26, after school at 3:15  All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to come to Mrs. C’s in room 229 after school.   Hope to see you there. 

“Are you interested in community service and getting volunteer hours? Join Key Club! We meet during plus period on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Sign up for Mrs. Gillette in the multipurpose room. Our next meeting is Thursday, September 28, and we will be discussing our upcoming service projects for this year. New members are welcome anytime!”

This Wednesday, Sept. 27th from 8 AM – 1 PM is picture retake day in the Multi Purpose room. If you would like a retake, you need to bring the entire picture package back to the photographer to have your picture retaken. All 9th through 11th graders should have their picture taken regardless of whether a package is purchased. These pictures are used for next year ID’s as well as yearbook pictures.

AHS Volleyball Team Fundraiser @ Panda Express

 Please come out and support the Ames High Volleyball Team as they have a fundraising event on Wednesday evening September 27th from 6-8 pm. This is a great event to help support the Volleyball team and get to know a newly opened restaurant in Ames. Please help the team take advantage of the 20%, yes I said 20%, that Panda Express will contribute to the team. Please be sure to bring in the attached flyer or message either by paper or on an electronic device and show the staff at check out to make sure that your sale will be contributed to the team.

 Hope to see a lot of families on Wednesday September 27th from 6-8 pm!!

 College Visits

Monday –  Illinois Wesleyan – 1pm.

Tuesday – Truman State – 9:30

                  Coe College – 1pm

                  Cornell College – 1pm.

See Mrs Evans for a pass if you would like to speak with any of these representatives.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

AHS FRIDAY PARENT EMAIL 9-22-17

Homecoming Dance Reminders

The deadline for signing up out of school dates has passed.

There will be no admittance after 10:00 P.M.  
The doors open at 9:00 PM and the dance ends at 11:00 PM.

Students, please remember to bring your school ID to the dance.

There will be no re-admittance to the dance once you leave.

NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS – 2018

Congratulations to six AHS students who were named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Program. The AHS National Merit Commended Students are: Calvin Evans, Michael Holm, Olivia Jenks, John Kim, Srishti Mathur, and Isak Werner-Anderson.   These students represent the top 5% of all students who entered the competition. Commended students are named on the basis of a nationally applied selection index score that may vary from year to year and is below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for Merit Scholarship® awards, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.  Congratulations to our National Merit Commended Students!

SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKES 

On Wednesday, September 27 from 8:00 AM-1:00 PM Lifetouch will be at AHS to take pictures of students who DID NOT have their pictures taken on August 14, and also for those students who had their pictures taken but are not happy with their picture package. If you desire a retake, students need to bring their entire picture package back to the photographer when they have their picture retaken. We encourage all 9th through 11th graders to have their picture taken regardless of whether a package is purchased. These pictures are used for next year’s IDs as well as yearbook pictures.

Parents can go to mylifetouch.com to place orders and the code is GM457016Q1.  I have attached the link. https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/pictureDayId/GM457014Q1

AHS Volleyball Team Fundraiser @ Panda Express

 Please come out and support the Ames High Volleyball Team as they have a fundraising event on Wednesday evening September 27th from 6-8 pm. This is a great event to help support the Volleyball team and get to know a newly opened restaurant in Ames. Please help the team take advantage of the 20%, yes I said 20%, that Panda Express will contribute to the team. Please be sure to bring in the attached flyer or message either by paper or on an electronic device and show the staff at check out to make sure that your sale will be contributed to the team.

Hope to see a lot of families on Wednesday September 27th from 6-8 pm!!!

AHS HOMECOMING COURT 2017

Nicole Aroche

Natalie DeRadcliffe

Kelly Friedrich

Trinity Jones

Olivia Lauber

Julia White

Channing Che

Thomas DeLay

Tyler Doyle

Nathan Espeset

Joe Evans

Griffin Meyer

Congratulations to AHS Homecoming Queen Trinity Jones and King Channing Che, Princess Nicole Aroche and Prince Griffin Meyer, who were crowned during the coronation assembly Friday afternoon.

HOMECOMING THANK YOU

Thank you to AHS Homecoming Co-Chairs Ella Glenn and Kelli Friedrich for all the long hours they worked and the leadership they demonstrated to make Homecoming 2017 a big success. Thank you also to the executive committee students who were in charge of the various activities throughout the week. Finally, a huge thank you to the parents who volunteered to help with the parade, fireworks, and the dance.

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, September 26

Illinois Wesleyan University 1:00 PM

Tuesday, September 27

Truman State 9:30

Coe College 1:00 PM

Cornell College 1:00 PM

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday Sept. 22

  FB V vs CB AL (Homecoming) 7:00 PM – Ames High School 

Saturday Sept. 23

  VB 9B @ Johnston Invite – 8:30 AM – Johnston High School Homecoming Dance – 9 PM – Ames High Gymnasium

Sunday Sept. 24

  Taste for Education – 5 PM at the Gateway Hotel. 

Monday – Sept. 25 

VB 9V/JVB @ North Polk  6 PM – North Polk High School 

Tuesday – Sept. 26

BG V CIC Invite B Creek – 10 AM  Beaver Creek Golf Course

CC @ Waukee B/G Invite  4:30 PM  Legacy Pointe Park/Robert Brownell

VB 9/JV/V vs Valley 5 PM at Ames High School

GSW JV/V vs SE Polk – 5 PM

Wednesday – Sept 27

Picture Retake Day 8 AM – 1 PM

Thursday – Sept 28, 

VB 9 @ Boone Invite – 5 PM.  Boone High School

FB 9 vs Hoover. 6PM  Ames High Football Field

FB V @ SC West Morningside College – Morningside College 7:30 PM

Friday – Sept 29

 Yom Kippur begins at sundown

Saturday – Sept 30

VB V @ Urbandale Invite 8 AM  Urbandale High School

FB 10 @ Anken    10 AM. Ankeny High School

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Friday, September 22, 2017

 

Dance Reminders

Bring your school ID to the dance.

No admittance after 10:00 P.M.   Doors open at 9:00 PM and the dance ends at 11:00 PM.

No re-admittance to the dance once you leave.

On Wednesday, Sept. 27th from 8 AM – 1 PM is picture retake day in the Multi Purpose room. If you would like a retake, you need to bring the entire picture package back to the photographer to have your picture retaken. All 9th through 11th graders should have their picture taken regardless of whether a package is purchased. These pictures are used for next year ID’s as well as yearbook pictures. 

Next Weeks College Visits

Monday –  Illinois Wesleyan – 1pm.

Tuesday – Truman State – 9:30

                  Coe College – 1pm

                  Cornell College – 1pm.

See Mrs Evans for a pass if you would like to speak with any of these representatives.

 

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