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Articles from December 2018

National Honor Society 2018

National Honor Society

The Ames Community School District would like to congratulate the 128 Ames High students who earned membership into the AHS chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS). This year, 61 seniors and 67 new members were recognized and celebrated at an April 22 event at Ames High.

Each chapter of the National Honor Society can have slightly different criteria for admission, but all assess academics, service, leadership, and character. New members were chosen by a selection committee based on how each student upholds the purpose of the Ames High School Chapter. Over 100 applications were considered this year for new membership, increasing the competitive nature of the process.

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Science Olympiad State Competition

Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad is a competition where students work in partnerships competing in different disciplines in science that include chemistry, physics, biology, engineering and general science knowledge events. High school and middle school students competed at the state competition on Saturday, April 7th at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Historically, to say that Ames has dominated the State Science Olympiad would be an understatement. The Science Olympiad is like a track meet for science where a team of 15 students compete in 23 events with usually 2-3 students in each event. The more 1st places finishes the better, and the team with the lowest score wins. This year, 16 teams competed at state in the high school level and 18 at the middle school level.

Ames Middle School has been competing for the past 26 years and has won state 23 years. Ames High has been competing for 25 years and has won 24 times. Their only loss came last year and this year’s team was hungry to reverse that outcome.

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Jazz Band Championships

Jazz Championships

The Ames High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Andrew Buttermore, participated in class 4A at the 43rd Annual Iowa Jazz Championships on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 in Ames, IA for the first time in school history!

Longtime Ames High Band Director Home Gartz (1962-2003), confirmed that no jazz band participated in any competitions under his tenure. “They were called ‘dance bands’ and ‘stage bands’ in the early years. It is quite an accomplishment to achieve this award.

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Ames High Culinary Students Compete in a “CHOPPED” Competition

CHOPPED competition

On Friday, April 6, four Story county schools gathered for a culinary arts expo held at the DMACC Hunziker Center in Ames. Participating schools included Ames High School, Colo-NESCO High School, Nevada High School, and Roland-Story High School. Students participated in a “CHOPPED” competition using the mystery ingredients of turkey tenderloins, strawberries, zucchini, mushrooms and strawberry patch kids candy. During this competition, students applied skills and knowledge learned in their Family and Consumer Sciences classes to create an entrée using the required “mystery” ingredients. 

Students had 40 minutes to prepare their entrée all while being evaluated on teamwork, safety and sanitation, food preparation skills, and presentation of food. The judges for this competition were Executive Chef Robert Bruno from the Iowa Stater restaurant at the Gateway Hotel, Chef/Owner Evie Peterson from Farmhouse Catering in Nevada, and Director of Member Services Sheila Larson from the Iowa Turkey Federation.

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Ames Community Gives Free Bike Helmets to Every Third Grader

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For the third year, members of the Healthiest Ames Board of Directors, in collaboration with other community partners, spent a morning at each Ames elementary school bringing a message of bike safety to third graders and providing bike helmets. The program ran from Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 6, and included visits to Meeker, Edwards, Sawyer, Mitchell and Fellows Elementary Schools. 

The project is a partnership between the Ames Police Department, Skunk River Cycles, Ames Bicycle Coalition, and Healthiest Ames. It is funded by the Mary Greeley Medical Foundation. Each program began at each school with a bike safety message from School Resource Office Nick Schieffer, followed by a bicycle helmet fitting for each third grader. Healthiest Ames volunteers checked each student’s helmet to ensure proper fit and optimal protection. 

In total, 450 helmets were purchased thanks to the $3,600 Mary Greeley grant and $800 contributed by the Healthiest Ames. 

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National History Day competitors moving on to state!

National History Day Graphic
 
Twenty-six Ames students competed at the Historic Highways Regional History Day competition today. The competition judges students based on original research they have conducted around the 2018 theme: Conflict and Compromise.
 
The students are ranked on their ability to find and creatively present primary source information; they may present their research as a film documentary, website, exhibit, research paper, or performance. Students who are ranked top 2 in each category progress to the state competition in Des Moines on Monday, April 30.

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Thursday – April 26, 2018

Come to this spring’s production of Mutually Assured Destruction by Don Zolidis – ten vignettes that reveal the hilarious and touching sides to sibling rivalry.   Shows are April 27 and 28 beginning at 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 for high school and older and $4.00 for 8th grade and younger.

Second semester PE with CPR students will be doing CPR training this coming Monday April 30 in the gym.  If you have Duea or Fecht for PE with CPR you will be in group 1 which will meet in the gym 2nd, 3rd, and 4th periods.  If you have Rial for PE with CPR you will be in group 2 which meets in the gym during 6th and 7th periods. This is mandatory for students in these classes and is a requirement for high school graduation.  If you have questions see your PE teacher.

All girls interested in playing softball for Ames High this summer, there will be a pre-season player/parent meeting tonight from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. If you plan to play, you and your parents must attend the meeting.

Ames High Baseball practice begins Monday, April 30, for current freshman through seniors. Practice is held at the Ames High Baseball/Softball Complex, Monday through Friday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Go Little Cyclones!

Applications are now available for ISU internships for the fall semester.  Come to the ELP alcove to pick up an application. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Skaar. Applications are due April 30.

Thought for the Day – Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.   -Lou Holtz

 
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2018

ATTENTION students needing ACT voucher registration assistance.

Come to the Media Center Wednesday after school and Annie Arbuckle will be available to help you.   


All girls interested in playing softball for Ames High this summer need to attend the pre-season player/parent meeting this Thursday, April 26th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. If you plan to play, you and your parents must attend the meeting.

Ames High Baseball practice begins Monday, April 30, for current freshman through seniors. Practice is held at the Ames High Baseball/Softball Complex, Monday through Friday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

There are Applications available for ISU internships next fall.   You can get those at the ELP alcove in the Media Center. Please see Mrs. Skaar for more information.

Thought For The Day – “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -MLK

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Tuesday – April 24, 2018

All girls interested in playing softball for Ames High this summer, there will be a pre-season player/parent meeting this Thursday, April 26th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. If you plan to play, you and your parents must attend the meeting.

Boy Tennis JV/V vs Centennial will now be played Thursday, April 26 at 4 pm (orig. scheduled 4/27).

Ames High Baseball practice begins Monday, April 30, for current freshman through seniors. Practice is held at the Ames High Baseball/Softball Complex, Monday through Friday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Go Little Cyclones!

Attention senior mentors. Tomorrow is a mentor HR day. Go visit your ninth graders! It is your last one!!!

Did you know 1 in 10 people worldwide live without clean water?  From April 23-27, SHEPH is hosting a coin drive to fund a well in rural Uganda. We would appreciate donations so we can reach our goal of $2100. You can turn them into your English Teacher this week.


Applications are now available for ISU internships for the fall semester.  Come to the ELP alcove to pick up an application. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Skaar. Applications are due April 30.


Thought for the Day – Nothing will work unless you do. —Maya Angelou

 
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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018

Attention senior mentors. Wednesday is a mentor HR day. Go visit your ninth graders! It is your last one!!!

All students taking AP tests who did not make it to the pre-administration meeting yesterday morning will now need to come to student services as soon as possible to get the information that they missed.

There are Applications available for ISU internships next fall.   You can get those at the ELP alcove in the Media Center. Please see Mrs. Skaar for more information.

Thought For The Day –  I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. —Mother Teresa

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