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Articles from November 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Looking for a job? The Story County Job Listings is now available in your Family Connection document library.

Calling All Fashionistas!  Please sign-up for Fashion Show Club today!   The first meeting will be Friday during Plus Period in Mrs. V’s room. We will be designing “Ugly Sweaters” and handing out design templates for the spring show. It’s gonna be fun, so hope to see you there.

Hey All, Ames High Winter Cheer is having a Pizza Ranch fundraiser on Monday, Dec. 4th The Varsity Cheerleaders will be working as the servers and bussers for the evening, and any tips they get will go straight to the Winter Cheer team.    It starts at 5pmand goes to 9 pm, so don’t be late.   You get to enjoy your supper while you watch your friends toil away at work.   After you’ve eaten your fill,  please remember to leave a big tip which will go to a good cause.  

Also, if you take a picture of the donation card posted in the display case by the old office and show to the cashier. Pizza Ranch will donate an extra $2 to our account!  Bring your family, and thank you for supporting the winter cheerleaders!

AHS Drill Team will compete throughout the day on Dec. 1 at the State competition held at Wells Fargo Arena and Hy-Vee Hall.” 

Quote for the Day:
When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor. –  Elon Musk 

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Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

Looking for a job? The Story County Job Listings is now available in your Family Connection document library.

Calling All Fashionistas!  Please sign-up for Fashion Show Club today!   The first meeting will be Friday during Plus Period in Mrs. V’s room. We will be designing “Ugly Sweaters” and handing out design templates for the spring show. It’s gonna be fun, so hope to see you there.

Hey All, Ames High Winter Cheer is having a Pizza Ranch fundraiser on Monday, Dec. 4th The Varsity Cheerleaders will be working as the servers and bussers for the evening, and any tips they get will go straight to the Winter Cheer team.    It starts at 5pm and goes to 9 pm, so don’t be late.   You get to enjoy your supper while you watch your friends toil away at work.   After you’ve eaten your fill,  please remember to leave a big tip which will go to a good cause.  

Also, if you take a picture of the donation card posted in the display case by the old office and show to the cashier. Pizza Ranch will donate an extra $2 to our account!  Bring your family, and thank you for supporting the winter cheerleaders!

AHS Drill Team will compete throughout the day on Dec. 1 at the State competition held at Wells Fargo Arena and Hy-Vee Hall.” 

Thought For The Day – “Strong people are made by opposition like kites that go up against the wind.” – Frank Harris

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Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2017

Looking for a job? The Story County Job Listings is now available in your Family Connection document library.

Thought For The Day – “I am a strong woman with or without this other person, with or without this job, and with or without these tight pants.”

Queen Latifah

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#FOOD4FRIENDS AMS Food Pantry Drive

AMS Food Pantry Drive

The Ames Middle School Cyclone Leadership Council (CLC) organized a food drive where all of the donations went directly toward filling the middle school food pantry. Homeroom teachers collected food on two days, October 31 and November 7, and students were able to dress up during those days. Lisa Kirsch, a staff organizer of the event, said, “Our goal is to restock the AMS Food Pantry for students in need while allowing our students to contribute to this worthy cause and have fun dressing up with fellow students.”

The initial goal set by the CLC envisioned success if each homeroom could bring at least 10 items for the food pantry. At the end of the two day drive, 2,250 food items were collected among the homerooms in grades 6-8, far exceeding expectations. The initiative of students and generosity of the families at the middle school made storing the food the most challenging part of the drive.

Although coordinated by AMS student leaders, along with Lisa Kirsch and Sara Knutson who serve as CLC co-chairs, the drive was a schoolwide effort. Students brought this drive home, families supported it, and homeroom teachers coordinated with their students to collect the food items. The food goes home with students in need for their families each weekend, and this drive directly impacted middle school families.

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Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

Welcome back!    I trust you all had a nice break.   Here are the announcements for today.

Thought For The Day – “A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.”  Carly Simpson

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Wednesday , Nov.22, 2017 ( Thanksgiving break Edition)

AHS DISTRICT DECA
Congratulations to the AHS DECA competitors for a great showing last week at the District 3 Competitive Events. 68 students from Ames competed, with 52 placing in the top 10 of their events. Of those, 8 earned first place in their events! These students include: Kylene Harold (Food Marketing), Iluda Ko (Automotive Services Marketing), Luke Dirks (Restaurant and Food Services Marketing), John Swanson and Ryan Clem (Hospitality Team Event), Christabel Forney (Marketing Cluster Exam), Ayah Gleisner (Hospitality Cluster Exam), and Gabe Overstreet (Personal Finance Cluster Exam). Students will now work to prepare for the State Competitive Event, which occurs February 25-26 in Des Moines.
 
DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders to be college and career ready. While the focus of competitive events is on business principles such as marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship, students who participate in the local DECA chapter also find themselves involved in service projects that help them further their commitment to community, as well as leadership activities that help them develop and enhance employability skills.
 
POST PROM FUNDRAISING
Post Prom is a safe, alcohol free event for students that is parent sponsored, at no cost for students, and solely supported by donations.  Fundraising for Post Prom 2018 is under way, so with Black Friday and Cyber Monday quickly approaching, please consider following this link https://www.flipgive.com/f/525643 prior to making your online purchase.  You will still be making purchases through the online retailer website, but the retailers will be donating a portion of the sale to Ames High Post Prom.  There is also a link on the “Ames High Post Prom” Facebook page that will allow purchases on your mobile device easier.  The 2018 Post Prom Committee appreciates your support!
 
WARM THANKSGIVING WISHES FOR ALL AMES HIGH FAMILIES!
 
ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE 
Thursday – Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving Break

Friday
 – Nov. 24 – Thanksgiving Break

Saturday
 – Nov. 25 – Girls BB –  JV2/JV1/V vs Fort Dodge 2/3:30/5pm – At AHS

Tuesday
 – Nov. 28 – Girls BB JV1/JV2@ Roosevelt 4:45 – Callanan Middle School 
Boys BB 10/V @ Roosevelt 4:45/7:45 pm – Roosevelt High School
Girls BB V @ Roosevelt 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Roosevelt High School
Boys BB 9 @ Roosevelt 6pm – Callanan Middle School 

Wednesday
 – Nov. 29 – Madrigal Dinner Dress Rehearsal  3:15 PM – 5:15 PM – Northminster Presbyterian Church

Thursday
 – Nov. 30 – Band SCIBA Honor Band Auditions – 4:00 PM  – Roosevelt High School
 Wrestling JV/V @ North – 5:30 PM – North High School
 Boys SW JV/V @ Ottumwa 5:30 PM – Ottumwa High School 
 Girls BB JV2 vs Johnston – 6:00 PM – Ames High School 
 Madrigal Dinner – 6:30 PM – Northminster Presbyterian Church
 Boys BB 9 vs Johnston – 7:30 PM – Ames High School 

Friday
 
– Dec. 1  – Boys BB 9 vs Johnston  7:30 PM – Ames High School 
Girls BB JV1/V vs Johnston 4:45 PM – Ames High School  
Madrigal Dinner – 6:30 PM – Northminster Presbyterian Church

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Fellows 2nd Graders Engineer to the Story of the 3 Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs is fairy tale about three pigs who built three houses of different materials. A big bad wolf blows down the first two pigs‘ houses, made of straw and sticks respectively, but is unable to destroy the third pig’s house, which was made of bricks.

Fellows 2nd grade teachers Holly Shirbroun and Shena Crawford, and their classes, recently explored this story and added a STEM component to the unit. Students were asked to collaborate with each other and implement engineering strategies to create a house to surround a paper pig using only gumdrops and toothpicks. In teams of two, students collaborated with each other, and practiced engineering strategies that asked them to design a plan, implement that plan, and afterwards make decisions on how they could improve their structure. The project was also used as a way to introduce new math terms that students will be utilizing as the school year progresses.

The engagement of the students was high as they communicated with each other on how to build their structures. Students were given opportunities to share their “best practices” that they discovered with the rest of the class (hint: cut the gumdrops in half!). The highlight of the activity came when students were asked to test their building structure. Mrs. Shirbroun kept this component a secret from the students until it was time to unveil a hair dryer dressed as a big, bad wolf. Students were delighted by the wolf and held their toothpick structures up against the blowing wind. They were especially satisfied when their structure stood tall.

Although not all structures stood as a whole, the enthusiasm surrounding the project encouraged students to revisit their structure, design new, and build again so they can have a chance to test again the wolf.

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Wednesday November. 22nd

Thanksgiving Break – There will be no classes on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 due to the observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.   

NOTE    Wednesday will be an early dismissal, with no late start.   Please see the schedule below for details.

WEDNESDAY NOV. 22nd SCHEDULE – NO LATE START.

Wednesday 11.22.17 -Day before Thanksgiving

1:15 dismissal

Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM

Period 1 0:32 7:50 AM 8:22 AM

Period 2 0:34 8:27 AM 9:01 AM

Period 3 0:32 9:06 AM 9:38 AM

Period 4 0:32 9:43 AM 10:15 AM

Period 5 / 1st Lunch

0:38 10:15 AM 10:53 AM

Class 0:33 10:53 AM 11:26 AM

Class 0:33 10:20 AM 10:53 AM

Last Lunch

0:38 10:53 AM 11:31 AM

 

Period 6 0:32 11:31 AM 12:03 PM

Period 7 0:31 12:08 PM 12:39 PM

Period 8 0:31 12:44 PM 1:15 PM

MADRIGAL DINNER

Tickets are now on sale.  The dates for the dinners are Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $28 each.  Please contact Peggy Dieter for tickets and more information: peggy.dieter@ames.k12.ia.us or 817-0600 Ext. 2238.

 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 .

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Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Students, please be aware that tomorrow 1st period starts at 7:50 and school will dismiss at 1:15 for Thanksgiving vacation.

Please remember to get to school on time.   


Thought For The Day – Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.  Eleanor Roosevelt

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Chess Club is meeting Tuesday at 3:15 in Mrs. C’s room.    Hope you can make it.

Thought For The Day – “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”  Budda

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