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Articles from March 2018

Fellows 4th Grade STEM Challenge

Right before spring break, the 4th grade teachers at Fellows Elementary created STEM challenges for their students with hands-on activities that presented students with a “problem” to solve and limited resources.

Christy Franco said, “We decided to do the STEM challenges for several reasons. We know students learn best with hands-on exploration. For these activities, they must collaboratively come up with a plan, try it out, revise as needed, and test it. The STEM challenges allow our students to integrate scientific inquiry, technology, engineering, and math.”

All four teachers combined the approximately 100 fourth graders and split them up. “We wanted to make this large group feel like a community and we want students to have the opportunity to work in groups with others they don’t normally get to work with during the school day,” said Franco.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2018

Teachers are reminded to show the SHOUT video following the afternoon announcements.

There will be a NHS meeting this Thursday, March 22nd during 2nd lunch in the Multipurpose Room.

If you are a senior and would like to audition to be a student performer at the baccalaureate ceremony, you can pick up an application in the main office. Applications are due April 1st.

Attention Job Seekers.  The new Story County Job Listings for March are in your document library in Family Connection.  There are also some job openings listed on the bulletin board next to student services. Check it out sometime.  

The Spring Sports Parent Meeting will be held at Ames High School on Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Parents of student-athletes in Soccer, Tennis and Girls Golf are encouraged to attend.

Thought For The Day – “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

And now for the SHOUT video.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018

Attention Seniors.  If you would like to audition to be a student performer at the baccalaureate ceremony, you can pick up an application in the main office. Applications are due April 1st.

For those applying for National Honor Society, if you haven’t already done so, please turn in your applications to Ms. C in room 229.  The Deadline is Monday, March 26th at 3:05. Applications are online at the high school website, or in the Associate Principal’s office.  Students will be notified of selection by Friday, April 13th.  Any questions can be sent to Ms. C. 

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

The following colleges will be sending a representative to visit with any interested students.   If you would like to meet them, see Abby Evans in Student Services for a pass.

Tuesday, March 20 – Central College @ 11AM

Wednesday, March 21 – Truman State University @ 1pm.

Thought For The Day – Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other guy to die.  – Unknown

 
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Kristi Mixdorf named as new Edwards Elementary Principal

 

The Ames Community School District is pleased to announce Kristi Mixdorf as the new principal of Edwards Elementary. She will replace Dave Peterson who announced his retirement earlier this year. Ms. Mixdorf will officially start her new position on July 1, 2018.

Mixdorf has 18 years of experience in education as both a leader and teacher. She is currently serving as Director of Teaching and Learning for the North Polk Community School District, and her previous experience included being an Instructional Coach in Ankeny, and a classroom teacher in both the Ankeny and Des Moines School Districts. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and her Masters in Education degree from Viterbo University, where she also served as an adjunct professor for five years. Mixdorf is a highly engaged professional who has participated in a variety of professional development opportunities including presentations at local and national conferences.

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MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018

If you are applying for National Honor Society, Please turn in all applications to Ms. C in room 229.  The Deadline is Monday, March 26th at 3:05. Applications are online at the high school website, or in the Associate Principal’s office.

Students will be notified of selection in April. Any questions can be sent to Ms. C.

Students will be notified of selection by Friday, April 13th. The induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

  

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

The following institution of higher learning will be sending a representative.  If you would like to meet them, see Abby Evans in Student Services for a pass.

Wednesday, March 21 – Truman State University – 1pm. 

Thought For The Day – Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill

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Friday March 9, 2018

 

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT FOR PARENTS OF JUNIORS – SAVE THE DATE

On Wednesday, April 4th, the counselors will host a Financial Aid Night at 7:00 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 to be (but all are welcome), with time allotted for a question and answer session.


NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY APPLICATION

If your student is a current sophomore or junior with a GPA of at least a 3.4, he/she can apply to become a member of Ames High National Honor Society for the 2018-2019 school year.    Applications are online at the high school website, or in the Associate Principal’s office. The Deadline is Monday, March 26th at 3:05. Please turn in all applications to Ms. C in room 229.  Students will be notified of selection by Friday, April 13th. The induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. in the high school auditorium.


AUDITIONS FOR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS

Senior Senate will be selecting two members of the class of 2018 to read original speeches at graduation on May 27, 2018.   Auditions will be held the morning of Wednesday, March 28 from 7:50 AM to 8:50 AM. All auditions are limited to five minutes and the speaker will be expected to present a portion of his or her speech to members of Senior Senate. Anyone who is a graduating member of the class of 2018, has a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and has shown overall good conduct has the opportunity to audition by signing up with Mrs. Micalone in room 26 by March 26.  Audition times will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Students are encouraged to work with the AHS English Department on their speeches. A copy of the final speeches of those who are picked to read will need to be turned in to Mr. Evans for final approval.

BACCALAUREATE NOMINATIONS

Seniors interested in being a student performer for baccalaureate can pick up an application in the main office. Due date is April 1st.


CONGRATULATIONS TO AMES HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ I

The band has been selected to participate in the Iowa Jazz Championships which will be held on April 5 at Iowa State Center in Ames.”


CONGRATS TO CHEER AND DRILL TEAM DANCERS

These Ames High Drill Team Dancers were selected to perform with the All-Iowa Honor Dance Team last Saturday at the Girls State Tournament 2A finals. Over 500 girls auditioned and 250 were selected to perform. They are Macee Buss (second year on the honor squad), Grace Arndt, Joscelyn Buss, Annie Peterson and Jewels Buss.

 

Congratulations also go to the 3 Ames High All State Cheerleaders who will be performing in the finals of the Boys State Tournaments Friday at the 12:154A consolation game and the 2pm 1A State Championship game. Over 200 girls auditioned to be All-State Cheerleaders and 30 were selected, they are senior Macee Buss this is her 3rd year as an All-State Cheerleader, senior Anna Napolitano this is her 1st year as an All-State Cheerleader and sophomore Joscelyn Buss who is a first year member after being named honorable mention her freshmen year.

DISTRICT  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS SPEECH CONTEST RESULTS

Eleven Ames High students participated in seventeen events at the District Individual Events Contest at Ames Middle School on Saturday, February 24.  Students earning I ratings were: Tianxin Xi and April Wigdahl, After Dinner Speaking; Elena Andrews and Natalie Bretey, Solo Musical Theater; Philip Ma, Review; Tiffany Rong, Storytelling; Ebisha Lawrance-Christopher, Public Address and Radio Announcing; Kijune Kim, Literary Program and Original Oration; Clae Riker, Acting; and Elena Andrews, Interpretative Poetry.  These students all advance to the State Contest at Nevada High School, Saturday, March 10. Students receiving II ratings included: Tianxin Xi and Amy Guan, Public Address; Hannah Wigdahl, Solo Musical Theater; and Amy Guan, Interpretative Prose. We want to thank all of the Ames High students and parents, Middle School students and Mary Ann Lundy and Dan Franklin, Kiwanis, who sponsor the Middle School Builders Club, Shari Hernandez, Jeremie Knutson, and all of the faculty members at the Middle School, who let us use their rooms for the contest.  Special thanks go to the custodians at the Middle School who were with us all day. 550 students from 36 schools participated in the competition. We could not have put on this contest without you.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

The following colleges and universities  will be sending representatives to visit with interested students.  

Monday, March 21 – Truman State University

Monday, April 9 – Marshalltown Community College

Wednesday, April 11 – Iowa Central Community College

Tuesday, April 12 – Indian Hills Community College


ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, March 9

AHS Band Tour – Orlando Florida – March 9 – 15

Monday, March 12 – 16

Spring Break – No Classes

Monday, March 12

Girls Track: V @ ISU Indoor – TBA – Iowa State

Tuesday, March 13

Boys Track: V @ ISU Indoor  – TBA – Iowa State

Friday, March 16

District Offices Closed

Monday, March 19

Classes Resume

Friday, March 23

Thespian Film Festival – 7:00 PM – Ames High School

Saturday, March 24

B/G TR JV/V @ Cornell Invite 11:00 AM – Cornell College

 


 

 
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Youth Diversity Inclusion Committee

Youth Diversity Inclusion Committee

The Youth Diversity Inclusion Committee (YDIC) is one of the newest groups this year at Ames High an is already increasing awareness about social justice. YDIC is composed of student leaders from a variety of different organizations that include student council members, SACRE (Students Advancing Civil Rights Education), Spectrum (LGBTQA), DECA (business), and SHEPH (Students Helping End Poverty and Hunger), among others.

The group got started in the fall when they attended the inaugural Youth Diversity and Inclusion Summit in Des Moines along with many other CIML-member schools. Junior Kijune Kim said, “A lot of us were really inspired at the Summit and presented a lot of ideas there and wanted to take them back to Ames High, but it didn’t happen that way.”

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Friday, March 9

(Day before Spring Break) 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

 

Thought For The Day – You’re not suppose to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.  – Malcolm X

Have a wonderful Spring break! See you again on Monday the 19th.

 
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Thursday March 8, 2018

“Congratulations to Ames High School Jazz I.  The band has been selected to participate in the Iowa Jazz Championships which will be held on April 5 at Iowa State Center in Ames.”

Sign up for Mrs. Wede’s figure drawing session today during plus period.  You can also strike a pose as a model. All are welcome.

Any student interested in taking AP online courses should See Mrs. Kuhns or Mrs. Monroe in the ELP alcove if you have questions.   Friday is the last day to turn in applications – no exceptions. 

Applications for National Honor Society are online at the high school website, or in the Associate Principal’s office.  The Deadline is Monday, March 26th at 3:05. Any questions can be sent to Ms. C.


Thought for the Day – I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya angelou

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018

The Art Club is looking for students who would like to be models for the figure drawing sessions that they’re hosting. There is no experience required, you simple come in and hold a few different poses during plus period. If you would like to do that, contact Mrs. Wede.

Ames High’s art club will be hosting a figure drawing session Thursday during plus period. Everyone is welcome, just sign up for Mrs. Wede’s plus period and come down to have fun drawing!

If you are applying for National Honor Society, Please turn in all applications to Ms. C in room 229.  The Deadline is Monday, March 26th at 3:05. Applications are online at the high school website, or in the Associate Principal’s office.

Students will be notified of selection in April. Any questions can be sent to Ms. C.

Any student interested in taking AP online courses should see Mrs. Kuhns or Mrs. Monroe in the ELP alcove.  The classes available are AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Statistics, and AP Computer Science (Java).  A student can only enroll in one class per semester and must have one open period every day in their schedule.

Friday is the last day to turn in applications, no exceptions.

 

Thought For The Day –  Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. – MLK

 
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