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Articles from December 2020

PK-5 Students to Return to 100% Face-to-Face

PK-5 Students to Return to 100% Face-to-Face

This morning, the school board voted for PK-5 students who desire a building-based delivery model to return to 100% face-to-face starting on January 4, 2021. Below, we have outlined what this means for our students in the various delivery models and buildings. 

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Delivery Model After Winter Break

Delivery Model After Winter Break

Throughout winter break, Ames CSD staff will be monitoring our local conditions. If our conditions continue to improve, we could make a recommendation to return PK-5 face-to-face on January 4, 2021. While it is too early to make that decision, we wanted you to know that all options will be considered.

Our secondary students (6-12) will continue in Hybrid through the end of the semester with the hope of returning fully face-to-face at the start of the second semester. Regardless of the learning model that students are in, our 100% remote campus will continue to be an option for families. 

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Masked Hero: Tabitha Wu

Masked Hero: Tabitha Wu

Superpower: Stay calm and kind for my students in situations of stress

“I believe that EVERY child deserves the best we can give them. As they come through the doors or log on each day, students need to feel like they are our #1 priority.” There is no doubt that Tabitha Wu loves students and is passionate about teaching in the Ames Community School District. As a second-generation Ames High graduate, Wu is in her fourth year in the District and 7th overall teaching. 

When schools closed in the spring, Wu quickly realized that being able to interact with her students is what motivates her on a daily basis, often serving as a bucket-filler in ways when the work gets challenging. “I have really learned how much I rely on student relationships and interactions in my work.” With school back in session both in-person and remotely, Wu can now focus on each student to find the best ways to support them. 

During this challenging year, she has remained positive and focused her energy on getting to know each student. During the Hybrid delivery model, Wu has been able to give more 1-on-1 attention to each of her students when they are at school than has previously been possible. “This opportunity has allowed me to see how much these students need responsive and personalized instruction and interactions and how they thrive when they are given these things.” 

Wu loves watching students enter the building each day ready for a new challenge. “The students have really risen to the occasion and have blown me away with their ability to be flexible during this unpredictable time. They have had a positive attitude and it spreads to everyone around them, including myself.” But we know that the year has challenges for students, which is when Wu kicks in her superpower of being able to stay calm and kind for her students in situations of stress. “Students, especially right now, need the consistency and routines from their educators.  I do my very best each day to provide them with patience and understanding that they need to be successful.”

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Return to Hybrid / Calendar

Return to Hybrid Delivery Model on Wednesday, December 9

Today, the school board voted to transition to the Hybrid learning model for grades PK-12 starting on Wednesday, December 9. The Wednesday return allows teachers 3 full days to prepare to return to Hybrid instruction. 

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Free Meals for All Children at Ames Schools Through the 20-21 School Year

Free Meals

The Ames Community School District is pleased to offer a free breakfast and lunch each day to every child in our community through the end of the current school year.

Any child aged 1-18 is eligible to receive a school breakfast and lunch at Ames Middle School, Edwards Elementary, Fellows Elementary, Meeker Elementary, Mitchell Elementary, and Sawyer Elementary.  Grab and Go meals will be available for students that are in virtual learning and younger children at the above sites.  Free meals are available to students when they are on site each of these sites.   Breakfast and lunch are available for free for onsite learners at Ames High School, free snacks are available for onsite learners at Northwood Preschool, free breakfast and lunch is available for enrolled children at the Boys and Girls Club.

  • On Monday, December 7, Monday and Tuesday Meals will be available between 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Edwards, Fellows, Meeker, Mitchell, and Sawyer Elementary Schools and between 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Ames Middle School.
  • Starting Wednesday, December 9th, Ames families with students and young children can pick up free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at between 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at Edwards, Fellows, Meeker, Mitchell, and Sawyer Elementary Schools. 
  • Pickup for free meals is available at Ames Middle School Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
  • Students and young children do not need to be present when parents and guardians pick up meals, and student IDs are not required. Families may pick up meals at the school closest to them.

We will also continue to serve weekend meals on Fridays. 

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DE Approval / Panorama Survey

DE Approved Application to Continue Online (w/ Updated Information)

This morning, the Iowa Department of Education (DE) officially approved our application to continue 100% online remote learning temporarily for all buildings in the District. You can read the letter here. Per the letter, we are approved for online remote learning from November 30, 2020, to December 14, 2020. 

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