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Articles from August 2019

Temporary Relocation of Shot Put and Discus Field to Fellows Elementary

Relocation of Shot Put and Discus to Fellows

With construction now underway for the new Ames High School, and in preparation for next year’s track & field season, a temporary shot put and discus field will be constructed at Fellows Elementary School. 

Phase 1 of construction for the new building is taking place south of Ames High Drive over top of what was the Ames High practice fields. With limited space on the Ames High campus due to the construction, Fellows was chosen as the location of the temporary shot put and discus field based on proximity to the high school and its available flat space. This last variable limits the cost of the project knowing that a permanent shot put and discus field will be located at Ames High once the current building is decommissioned and demolished during Phase 5 of construction. 

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What Does School Refusal Look Like? A Mental Health Story

Becca Almquist Story

Becca is from all accounts a very normal elementary school student who loves school. She is not what comes to mind when you think of mental health. In fact, she comes from a stable, middle-class family that has avoided many of the risk factors that are often associated with mental health. Her mom, Annie, has a specialist in education degree and her dad Andy works at the university in IT security. They have open lines of communication, promote Becca’s self-esteem, and are cognizant to help equip all three of their children for their future. 

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School Resource Officers

School Resource Officers

Thanks to our fantastic partnership with the Ames Police Department, we are excited to announce the addition of Officer Don Johnsen as a second school resource officer (SRO) within the District. Officer Johnsen will join Officer Nick Schieffer who has served as the only SRO for the past 5 years. Both officers will collaborate with District and building administrators throughout the year with the primary goal of school safety. 

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Ames High Construction Update and Safety (August 2019)

Ames High Construction and Safety Update

Construction Safety

As the school year rapidly approaches, we want to remind everyone that we are entering this school year with different conditions than in past years with an active construction site on school grounds and in close proximity to the current high school. Ames High is always active with students, parents, and the community attending numerous events throughout the week. Safety is a primary focus of ours and we want to remind everyone to be cautious around the adjacent construction site. Here are a few key reminders:

  1. Be aware of increased traffic along Ridgewood Avenue associated with construction activities including cross traffic at the two construction entrances.
  2. Obey all construction warning signs, including pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle.  There will be time periods where detours will be necessary to perform the required work.
  3. Respect the limits of construction – no students, faculty, athletes, parents, and visitors should enter the construction site without authorization from Story Construction and the Ames Community School District. Anyone authorized to be in the construction site will be escorted by Story Construction.

We will continue to work to minimize any disruption to school activities and to communicate any known issues ahead of time to keep the parents and the community informed. 

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New Director of Equity and Director of Technology

Directors Tech and Equity

The Ames Community School District is excited to announce Dr. Anthony Jones as the new Director of Equity, a position new to the District, and Patrick Donovan as Director of Technology. Both are new to their respected positions but have had successful careers within the Ames District.

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