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Articles from April 2018

TUESDAY,  MAY 1, 2018

The Bill Horine Family and Story County Conservation are pleased to announce winners of the 2018 Bill Horine Outdoor Writing Contest for Youth.  

Madeline Taylor won first place and $250 for “My Hidden Trail.”

Gretchen Webber won second place and $150 for “Lulu’s Purpose.”

Samantha Parsons won Third Place and $50 for “Mystery in the Water.”

Bill Horine was an avid outdoor writer and journalist in Story County.   He was devoted to educating the public, especially youth, about the importance of the outdoors, conservation, and the environment.

Would you like to make Homecoming 2018 the best student run event in the history of Ames High? If you are a current Junior and want to be a 2018 Homecoming co-chair, pick up an application in the Associate Principals office today. Deadline to return completed applications is Friday, May 5th.

Thought For The Day – Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. – Maya Angelou

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Monday – April 30, 2018

Ames High Baseball practice begins today, 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!

Would you like to make Homecoming 2018 the best student run event in the history of Ames High? If you are a current Junior and want to be a 2018 Homecoming co-chair, pick up an application in the Associate Principals office today. Deadline to return completed applications is Friday, May 5th.

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   “A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.” -Veronica Roth

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Friday Announcements April 27, 2018

AHS SPRING PLAY

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 tonight, April 27 and Saturday beginning at 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 for high school and older and $4.00 for 8th grade and younger.

CPR TRAINING DURING PE – MONDAY, APRIL 30th.

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.

SPRING CHORAL CONCERT

The Ames High School Vocal Music Department will present the Spring Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30, in the Ames High Auditorium. The Freshmen Concert Choir, Treble Choir, Treble Chorale, Bass Choir and Concert Chorale will perform under the direction Peggy Dieter and Sonia Johnson.  Tickets are available at the door: $3 for students; $5 for Adults with $10 maximum per family.

AHS SPRING BAND CONCERT

The Ames High School Bands will be presenting a Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 1 at 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM in the Ames High School Auditorium. The 6:30 PM concert features Jazz I, the Ninth Grade Band and the Concert Band. The 8:00 PM concert features the Symphonic Band and the Wind Symphony. The bands are under the direction of Andrew Buttermore and Chris Ewan. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $10 for a family.

AMES HIGH BASEBALL PRACTICE

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!

CELL PHONES AND AP TESTING

Students taking AP tests are prohibited from having cell phones while testing. According to AP policy, AP exam grades will be cancelled for any student who uses a cell phone during an exam or on break. Students should check test locations posted outside of Student Services. Students also need to bring pencils and a black or blue pen.

ATTENTION PARENTS OF SENIORS

This is the time of year for senior Baby Ads. This is your opportunity to add a personalized message to your child along with a picture or two to celebrate (or embarrass) your graduating senior. You may use this link or the attached pdf to access the information you need. The deadline is Monday, May 14th. If you have questions you may direct them to yearbook sponsor Mr. Webb at james.webb@ames.k12.ia.us

AJAS – AMERICAN JUNIOR ACADEMY OF SCIENCE DELEGATES

Congratulations to AHS students Pooja Kasiviswanathan and Arunadee Fernando for being selected as the 2019 Iowa Delegates for the AAAS Annual Meeting “Science Transcending Boundaries” to be held in Washington, DC, February 2019.    

AJAS is America’s only honor research society for high school scientists. Each Affiliated state’s Academy of Science selects the premier middle and high school researchers from their state to be lifetime fellows in AJAS.  Ms. Kasiviswanathan & Ms. Fernando each completed a year long research project and shared their findings at the 2018 Iowa Academy of Science Annual Meeting at Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, on Friday, April 20th. Thanks to the funding provided IJAS by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium,  Ms. Kasiviswanathan & Ms. Fernando are awarded an all expense paid trip to Washington, DC to participate in the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual meeting programs February 2019.   At the meeting,  Ms. Kasiviswanathan and Ms. Fernando will be honored and inducted as fellows into AJAS.  Congratulations to these outstanding Ames High students!

AHS DECA INTERNATIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

Congratulations to the 26 AHS DECA competitors and leadership academy attendees at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Over 21,000 students from all 50 states and 10 countries attend to compete for a place on the grand awards stage. Juniors Scott Junck and Kijune Kim qualified to compete in the final round at ICDC, placing in the top 18 of their event.

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, hospitality, management 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.

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, April 27

Boys/Girls Track V @ Drake Relays

Girls Soccer V @ Burlington Invite – TBA April 27–28

Boys Tennis JV/V vs Centennial, 4PM – Ames High School

Boys Soccer JV2/JV1/V vs Waukee 4:45 PM – Ames High

Spring Play 7PM – Ames High School, 1921 Ames High Dr,

Saturday, April 28

Spring Play – 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM – Ames High School

boys/Girls Track V @ Drake Relays

Girls Soccer V @ Burlington Invite – TBA

Monday, April 30

Girls Tennis  JV/V @ FD 1 PM1930 Elmhurst Ave

Boys Tennis  JV/V @ Ft. Dodge 4 PM -1930 Elmhurst Ave

 

AHS Choral Spring Concert – 7:30 PM – Ames High School

Tuesday, May 1

AHS Band Spring Concert – 6:30 PM – Ames High School

Boys Tennis JV/V vs SEP – 1 PM

Girls Tennis JV/V vs SEP – 4 PM

Boys Soccer V/JV vs Lincoln 4:45

Thursday, May 3

Boys Tennis  JV/V vs North – 4:00 PM – Ames High School

Girls Track  JV/V @ Conference Meet – 4 PM

Boys Track  JV/V vs Conference Meet 4 PM

Friday, May 4

Girls Tennis –  JV/V @ Centennial  – 4 PM – Prairie Ridge Sports Complex

Girls Soccer –  JV2/JV1/V vs Johnston –4:45 PM – Ames High

Boys Soccer –  JV2/JV1/V @ Johnston – 4:45 PM – Johnston High School

Saturday, May 5

Boys Soccer JV/V vs Iowa City West @ Newton 10 AM

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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018

Would you like to make Homecoming 2018 the best student run event in the history of Ames High? If you are a current Junior and want to be a 2018 Homecoming co-chair, pick up an application in the Associate Principals office today. Deadline to return completed applications is Friday, May 5th.

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.

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.


Thought For The Day – Just imagine a world where we fought harder to love each other, than we do to judge each other…”  – Trent Shelton

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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

Bike Helmets Graphic

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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