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Articles from December 2018

Mental Health Conference

Mental Health Conference

On November 15, the Ames CSD hosted a mental health conference at Ames High that was free to families, students, and educators in the Ames community and surrounding areas. The conference served as a great way to help educate the community on a variety of issues and to connect them with available resources.

The conference was a partnership with District schools, Story County Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, and The Cameron Carico +10 Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to “Promote happy and healthy students and families in central Iowa through suicide prevention and mental health education.”

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Collaborative Proactive Solutions

Collaborative Proactive Solutions

If a student is having difficulties in the area of math, no teacher would ever attribute that to the student not wanting to understand the subject. They would simply need additional resources to help them learn the concepts and to practice it. Principal Steve Flynn and his staff at Meeker Elementary are applying that principle to behavior as well based on the book Lost and Found: Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students (and, While You’re At It, All the Others) by Ross W. Greene.

“It really is a paradigm shift to how we address behavior within our school. It goes away from the traditional notion that students will do well if they want to do well, and instead suggests that students will do well if they can,” says Flynn. Last year, Flynn saw that traditional discipline was having a limited impact on students because they were being punished without a gameplan on how to equip students to manage their behavior. “We often assume that behavior is a student choice, so we think we need to come up with a bigger punishment.” Without educating students, the behavior and frustration only continues.

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Establishing Board Priorities

Establishing Board Priorities

Work session: September 26, 2018

On September 26, District administrators partnered with the board of directors during a work session to establish board priorities. Superintendent Risner said, “One of my first goals in joining the Ames Community School District was to bring our leaders together and identify what our purpose truly is. In other words, what is the reason we do what we do. During our toughest times, our purpose should be our foundation or anchor. My second important task was to establish clear priorities to guide our work, decision making, and allocation of resources.”

After many conversations, planning, and research, our administrators and board of directors took an important step and joined together to define our purpose and district priorities which you will see below. The opportunity provided the two groups to share and align visions from a philosophical and practical standpoint. The groups worked in breakout sessions to develop goals around five priorities sections. What they created was a living document that will evolve over time and become embedded in operational and educational practices.

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Reading Portraits

Reading Portraits

Genya Coffey and her 1st grade colleagues at Sawyer Elementary are taking time to teach students how to read portraits. “Reading portraits is a great introduction to several important first grade skills such as making careful observations and drawing inferences based on evidence. Using visual literacy makes these skills accessible to every student regardless of their current reading level.”

After comparing and contrasting dozens of portraits with partners and reflecting as a whole group, students constructed a working definition of portrait, then began considering where portraits can be found. Students discovered that they can be found just about anywhere. Next, students dug into identifying common elements that can be observed in portraits to help describe them.  

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All-State Music

All State Music

On October 20, Iowa High School All State Music Festival Auditions were held across the state and Ames High had 32 students selected to participate in the prestigious event. The 2018 festival is celebrating its 72nd anniversary and will be held at Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa on November 16-17.

According to an all-state press release, only about 17% of students who audition are selected for all-state. Ames High has traditionally made a great showing at all-state, and last year qualified 28 students across all ensembles of band, orchestra, and choir.

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Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

Today and Tuesday, Achol Lual, and Rachel Bennett are holding a plus period on how to communicate with some of our peers here with special needs at Ames High!  You can sign up under Mr. Crall and it would be really awesome if you could come!

PSAT results are available in Student Services.  Please see Abby Evans to pick up your results.

SHEPH’s rice and bean lunch is tomorrow during both lunches in the multipurpose room. A bowl of rice and beans is $3, chai is $1, and a cookie is $1. All proceeds go to SHEPH’s annual year-end project. Come to support SHEPH and eat some good food!

Ames High Scratch Pad is currently accepting art and writing submissions for our 2019 publication. Do you have any art or writing projects you’ve worked on in class this semester, or on your own time, that you feel proud of? If so, please consider submitting your work to Scratch Pad! We accept all forms of art, poetry, prose, and photography. Email your submissions to AHS Scratchpad.

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Friday Dec. 14 , 2018

 

PSAT RESULTS

PSAT results are available in Student Services.  Please send your student to see Mrs. Evans to pick up their results.

HOLIDAY BAND CONCERT

The Ames High Bands will be presenting their Holiday Band Concert on Monday, December 17th, in the Ames High School Auditorium. The 6:30 concert will feature Percussion Techniques directed by Chris Ewan, the Freshman Band directed by Andrew Buttermore and the Symphonic Band directed by Andrew Buttermore. The 8:00 PM concert will feature the Concert Band directed by Peter Thompson and the Wind Symphony directed by Chris Ewan. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $10 for a family.

WINTER BREAK

There will be no classes December 21st through January 2nd, as students and staff enjoy winter break. Classes will resume Thursday, January 3rd.

 

SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY DECEMBER 20th

EARLY DISMISSAL AT 1:15

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

 

KLEENEX REQUEST

AHS would like to make a request for Kleenex donations. Cold and flu season has hit us at AHS and we have a great need for Kleenex in the classrooms. Kleenex donations can be dropped off in the main office. Thank you in advance for your Kleenex donation.

COLD AND FLU SEASON

Please keep your child home with fever, diarrhea or vomiting. They need to be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. If a student becomes ill while at school, the student MUST see the nurse. STUDENTS MUST NOT TEXT OR CALL PARENTS TO COME GET THEM WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE NURSE. The nurse will contact the student’s parent. Students absence may be unexcused if the student leaves ill without going through the nurse. For more student medical and nursing questions contact Monica Behning at 515-817-0614 or email monica.behning@ames.k12.ia.us

 

ART CALENDARS

Ames High School National Art Honor Society executive members are selling 2019-2020 calendars with images of their work for Art Club. Every month highlights a student and their artwork! Find them at the AHS Basketball game on December 18th and at the Octagon Art Center, or buy from one of the students featured.


Featured students:

Maxine Weldon

Alanna Schroeder

Amy Guan

Kennedy Olson

Taylor Schlagel

Marlys O’Neal

Abigail Tibben

Akshata Gandhe

Leah Wolter

Josh McCunn

Anna Laurito

Corinne Sailor

Caylee Fuqua

Anyang Yu

Yuer Zhu

Gretchen Webber

Alexa Strotman

Genevieve Helfer

 

ELEMENTARY BASKETBALL NIGHT

A special Elementary Basketball Night for Ames students will be on Friday, Jan 18. Sponsored by the Ames High Booster Club and Dance Marathon, the evening will provide low-cost entertainment for the entire family. 

Highlights include:

  • FREE admission for Ames elementary students wearing a school shirt (or orange or black).   
  • Reduced admission of just $3 for students’ parents/guardians.
  • FREE bag of popcorn for elementary students.
  • The opportunity for students to form a tunnel with the cheerleaders after halftime of each game.
  • Students can enter for the chance to win prize packages. Names will be drawn at halftimes of both games. Must be present to win.

 

Students MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the games and need to come between 5:30 to 8:00 pm that night. The girls’ varsity game usually starts at 6:15 pm and the boys’ varsity game will begin after the girls’ game (usually around 7:45 pm).

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, December 14

GBB-JV1/V/JV2 at Ankeny Centennial 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

BBB-10/9/V at Ankeny Centennial 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

Saturday, December 15

WR-JV at North Polk JV Invite 8 AM

WR V at Carroll Invite 10 AM

GBB- JV2 vs Ankeny 9 AM

BBB-9 vs Ankeny 10:30 AM

Monday, December 17

Holiday Band Concerts – 6:30 PM – AHS Auditorium

BBB-JV vs Ankeny 7 PM

Tuesday, December 18

BBB-10/V vs Ankeny 4:45/7:45 PM

GBB-JV1/V vs Ankeny 4:45/6:15 PM

WR-JV/V at Ankeny 6:30 PM

Thursday, December 20

1:15 PM Early Dismissal

Friday, December 21

Winter Break December 21, 2018-January 2, 2018

GBB-JV1/V/JV2 at Dowling 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

BBB-10/9/V at Dowling 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

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Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

It’s the last day of Winter Madness, we have Fantastical Friday and Coffeehouse! It’s been a great week. We hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to donate to the coin drive!

 Next week on Monday the 17th and Tuesday the 18th, Achol Lual, and Rachel Bennett are holding a plus period on how to communicate with some of our peers here with special needs at Ames High!  You can sign up under Mr. Crall and it would be really awesome if you could come!

PSAT results are available in Student Services.  Please see Abby Evans to pick up your results. 

The Ames High Bee Club will be selling honey for their annual fundraiser from now until the start of winter break. They cost $3 for one jar and $5 for 2 jars. Think to give one to a family member or friend! Contact Mrs. Edster, Grant Welk, or Josie Taylor to buy one and support the club.

SHEPH’s rice and bean lunch will be on Tuesday, December 18th during both lunches in the multipurpose room. A bowl of rice and beans is $3, chai is $1, and a cookie is $1. All proceeds go to SHEPH’s annual year-end project. Come to support SHEPH and eat some good food!

 Ames High Scratch Pad is currently accepting art and writing submissions for our 2019 publication. Do you have any art or writing projects you’ve worked on in class this semester, or on your own time, that you feel proud of? If so, please consider submitting your work to Scratch Pad! We accept all forms of art, poetry, prose, and photography. Email your submissions to AHS Scratchpad.

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Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

Today for Winter Madness we have Ugly Sweater Day, Lunch Buy-Out and Study night from 6-8pm in the multipurpose room. Tomorrow we’ll have Fantastical Day, dress up to the theme of Winter Madness, Enchanted Winter Wonderland, we’ll also have Coffeehouse during both lunches, free for everyone! Don’t forget to sign up for coffeehouse located on Mrs. Diblasi’s door, and don’t forget to donate to the coin drive!

PSAT results are available in Student Services.  Please see Abby Evans to pick up your results.

The Ames High Bee Club will be selling honey for their annual fundraiser from now until the start of winter break. They cost $3 for one jar and $5 for 2 jars. Think to give one to a family member or friend! Contact Mrs. Edster, Grant Welk, or Josie Taylor to buy one and support the club.

SHEPH’s rice and bean lunch will be on Tuesday, December 18th during both lunches in the multipurpose room. A bowl of rice and beans is $3, chai is $1, and a cookie is $1. All proceeds go to SHEPH’s annual year-end project. Come to support SHEPH and eat some good food!

Ames High Scratch Pad is currently accepting art and writing submissions for our 2019 publication. Do you have any art or writing projects you’ve worked on in class this semester, or on your own time, that you feel proud of? If so, please consider submitting your work to Scratch Pad! We accept all forms of art, poetry, prose, and photography. Email your submissions to AHS Scratchpad at Ames dot k12 dot IA dot US, or ask your teacher about how to submit it. We look forward to seeing your work!

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Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

PSAT results are available in Student Services.  Please see Abby Evans to pick up your results.

SHEPH’s rice and bean lunch will be on Tuesday, December 18th during both lunches in the multipurpose room. A bowl of rice and beans is $3, chai is $1, and a cookie is $1. All proceeds go to SHEPH’s annual year-end project. Come to support SHEPH and eat some good food!

Today for Winter Madness we have Pajama day and the dodgeball tournament at 7pm in the gym. Tomorrow we’ll have Ugly Sweater Day, Lunch Buy-Out, and Study Night located in the multi-purpose room from 6 to 8pm. Don’t forget to sign up for coffeehouse located on Mrs. Diblasi’s door, and don’t forget to donate to the coin drive! Freshman and Sophomores don’t forget to bring back forms for Lunch Buy-Out!

The Ames High Bee Club will be selling honey for their annual fundraiser from now until the start of winter break. They cost $3 for one jar and $5 for 2 jars. Think to give one to a family member or friend! Contact Mrs. Edster, Grant Welk, or Josie Taylor to buy one and support the club.

Ames High Scratch Pad is currently accepting art and writing submissions for our 2019 publication. Do you have any art or writing projects you’ve worked on in class this semester, or on your own time, that you feel proud of? If so, please consider submitting your work to Scratch Pad! We accept all forms of art, poetry, prose, and photography. Email your submissions to AHS Scratchpad at Ames dot k12 dot IA dot US, or ask your teacher about how to submit it. We look forward to seeing your work!

 

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