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Articles from October 2021

Translator Spotlight: Jingtao Wang

Jingtoa Wang Translation Spotlight

Over 20 dedicated translators and interpreters work with the Ames Community School District. Some work directly with written translations and others with interpreting in-person communication, such as parent-teacher conferences. One is taking on the challenging task of becoming a professional interpreter.

Jingtao Wang, a Chinese and Japanese translator/interpreter for Ames CSD since 2010, completed the first two of a three-level training through Heartland AEA. The training is conducted by EveryStep, a non-profit health care and human services organization, delivering Community Interpreter Training since 2018. 

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All-State Music 2021

All-State Music Graphic 2021

Congratulations to the 27 Ames High musicians who were selected to participate in the Iowa All-State Music Festival. Auditions for the 278-piece All-State Band, 214-piece All-State Orchestra, and 602-member All-State Chorus were held on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at Indianola. Approximately 17% of the students who audition are selected for membership in the All-State ensembles. The Festival Concert will be presented to the public at 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 20, 2021, in Hilton Coliseum. The 2021 Festival will celebrate the 75th anniversary of this prestigious event.

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Steven Johns named Interim Principal of Ames High School

Steven Johns Interim Ames High Principal

The Ames Community School District is excited to announce Steven Johns as the Interim Principal of Ames High School. This interim position will include the remainder of this school year as well as the 2022-2023 academic school year. Mr. Johns has been an educational leader for over 30 years and has extensive experience leading high schools in the state of Iowa.

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Data Days: A Look at How Data is used at Elementary Schools

Data Days

Data days at our elementary schools allow teachers to investigate areas of instructional need using data and respond with reading interventions to close gaps. Grades K-1 use FAST benchmark data, and grades 2-5 use MAP data as it relates to school and individual students. The purpose of these structured meetings is to assess data, analyze grade-level trends, and identify students for additional instruction.

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Warren H. Meeker: Longest-Serving School Board Member

Warren Meeker School Board Member

In March 1912, Warren H. Meeker was sworn in as an Ames School board member for the first time. For the next 33 years, he continuously served the Ames board, 16 of those as president, until his retirement in March 1945. He is the longest-serving member in the history of the Ames School Board. 

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H.O.P.E. Pantry

HOPE Pantry

The Ames H.O.P.E. pantry is located at Ames Middle School and is available to all families in the District in need of emergency food supply. It is supported by the work of District Homeless Liaison Candice Collins and the amazing Student and Family Advocates who support all of our buildings. 

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Winter Clothes Drive 2021-2022

Winter Clothes Drive 2021-2022

As the winter season approaches, the Ames Community School District wants to ensure that every child is WARM! We would like to give our families the opportunity to GIVE and RECEIVE during this time.

TO GIVE: Please consider donating gently used or new winter gear such as coats, hats, waterproof gloves, snow pants, and boots (all sizes welcome-please place in a tied grocery bag to keep boots together). Please wash/dry donations prior to dropping them off. 

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