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Articles from April 2022

Ames High Named “Best” High School in 2022 National Report

US News 2022 Best High School

The 2022 U.S. News and World Report Best High School rankings have been released and Ames High School has been named fourth in the state and 1,210th in the nation. Ames High earned a “Best” ranking, a commendation reserved for the top 40% of schools in this ranking program. U.S. News “Best” badges are widely recognized as symbols of excellence in U.S. education.

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Ames High senior Gage Myers Placed 1st in the Automotive Service Technology SkillsUSA Contest

Gage Myers SkillsUSA Contest

Ames High senior Gage Myers recently won 1st place in the Automotive Service Technology SkillsUSA contest at the Iowa state-level competition. This competition earned Myers personal tools that he will be able to use to further his learning and career. He will also compete in the National SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta Georgia, from June 20-24. 

Leland Staton, Automotive Instructor at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), said, “This opens up some big doors for him. Gage has a good possibility of receiving additional scholarships and he will be recognized on a national level.” 

The purpose of the SkillsUSA competition is “to evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment and to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of automotive service technology.” The contest is open to any active SkillsUSA member who is enrolled in a career and technical program. 

The contest includes a written knowledge test given by National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and covers all eight automobile areas identified in the ASE Education Foundation Automobile Program Standards and the Official ASE Study Guide. The test for these high school and college/postsecondary contests is comprised of diagnostic and repair content from the following skill areas: engine repair, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drivetrain and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic steering, heating and air conditioning and engine performance.

Qualifying for the SkillsUSA National competition is incredibly competitive and opens the opportunity for Myers to be recruited by one of the major auto manufacturers in the nation. “These opportunities are not ones that very many people get a chance to receive,” said Stanton.   

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Ames High School: Open House(s), Memorabilia, Community Sale

Ames High Gymnasium Memorabilia

The construction of the new Ames High School is nearing completion and the current high school is scheduled to be decommissioned this fall. The current high school has served Ames since 1960 and has a storied history and innumerable memories. As we approach the end of the school year and the final months of occupying our current high school, plans are continuing to evolve in a number of key areas.

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Adjusted Start and Stop Times Approved for the 2022-2023 School Year

New Start and Stop Times

On Monday, April 18, the Ames School Board approved adjusted start and stop times for the 2022-2023 school year that will go into effect at the beginning of the next academic school year. The new start and stop times are as follows:

  • Ames High School – 8:30 AM – 3:35 PM (early release 1:35 PM)
  • Ames Middle School – 8:40 AM – 3:45 PM (early release 1:45 PM)
  • Elementary Schools – 7:40 AM – 2:45 PM (early release 12:45 PM)
  • Northwood Preschool Center – 8:15 AM – 11:15 AM and 12:15 PM – 3:15 PM (No school on Wednesday for both preschool and early kindergarten)

The new times essentially flip the start and stop time order of our elementary and secondary schools. Currently, our secondary buildings start the day with Ames High beginning at 7:50 AM and Ames Middle School starting at 8:00 AM. Elementary schools follow that with an 8:30 AM start time.

When identifying prospective start and stop times, District leaders and the school board identified two fixed points from which to begin. First, the District wanted to maintain 6 hours and 35 minutes of instructional time per day of instruction. This impacts the length of the day and any changes in instructional time could impact the 2022-2023 approved academic calendar for next year. The second fixed point was to establish a 50-minute gap between elementary and secondary school start times. This gap allows Ames CSD to gain efficiencies and cost savings in transportation costs. 

Other considerations included an examination of research related to start times. There are a number of research articles that note benefits of delaying secondary school start times based on student sleep patterns. More detailed information on these points were shared publicly in our proposal in late March

In that initial proposal, the District asked stakeholders if they could support the proposal and provided an opportunity for feedback. A summary of that survey response was included as part of the school board agenda packet and is available on our website. If you’re interested in hearing the conversation at the board table, you can view the meeting on our YouTube channel with the start and stop time conversation beginning at approximately the 47:45 mark. 

The new start and stop times will go into effect in August 2022 at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year. 

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ISPRA Communication Awards 2022

ISPRA Awards

The Iowa School Public Relations Association (ISPRA) held its annual communication awards ceremony on Thursday, April 14 in conjunction with its virtual spring conference. The Ames Community School District submitted seven projects in 5 of the 22 competition categories that included two Excellence in Writing pieces, Magazine, Podcasting, two Special Purpose projects, and a Video category. 

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Online Registration Verification for 2022-2023 Is Now Open

RegistrationVerification2022 NowOpen

Online Registration Verification is now open for the 2022-2023 school year for returning students. To verify your information, follow these important steps:

Step 1 – Begin Online Registration Verification through Infinite Campus

  • Log into your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account.
  • Complete the annual information update by navigating to “More” at the bottom of the left side index. 
  • Click on the Online Registration button to start the 2022-2023 annual information update. You will see all the students in your household who will be attending school in Ames for the upcoming academic year. 
  • New preschool or kindergarten student for the upcoming school year? Click Add A New Student to enter their information before you click submit.
  • If you need username/password assistance use the Parent/Guardian Infinite Campus Request Form

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Online Registration Verification for 2022-2023 School Year Opens Soon

Online registration verification for the 2022-2023 school year for both returning and new students will open Monday, April 18, 2022. The online registration verification process allows parents and guardians to let us know their student(s) will be attending school in the Ames District, fill out medical forms, request busing, and update any necessary information on behalf of their students. To prepare for the registration verification process, here is what parents and guardians can do:

  • Get current immunization records. Updated immunization records are needed if not already received for those entering kindergarten, 7th grade (Meningococcal and Tdap), 12th grade (Meningococcal), and for all students new to the district.
  • If you do not have an active Infinite Campus Parent Portal account, request one be created through the Parent/Guardian Infinite Campus Request Form. Infinite Campus is how parents get information about their student, make absence requests, and coming for the 2022-2023 school year, pay school fees. Each parent/guardian in the household must have their own Infinite Campus account. 
  • If you have moved within Ames and will still be attending Ames CSD, please contact the District Office to provide your new address and proof of residence. 
  • Not attending Ames Schools for the 2022-2023 school year? Please complete our Moving Form

Parents/Guardians will receive an email on the day Online Registration Verification opens with detailed instructions. 

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Quinn’s Qloset Helps Ames Students

Quinn's Qloset 2

When Ames Community School District parent, Cassie Bexten, saw a need in her community to provide clothing items for Ames’ littlest learners, she jumped into action. An action that would be no surprise to those who know her best. Bexten’s service-driven attitude is woven into the thread of everything she touches. She may not have expected that her little idea would excite students, create confidence, and inspire hope. Traits some might say mirror those of her daughter, Quinn. 

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Paying it Forward with Project Jack

Holly Ann Carter - 4th grade teacher Fellows Elementary

Fellows Elementary 4th-grade students in Holly Ann Carter’s class paid it forward in March as part of their participation in Project Jack. 

The Iowa Association of Realtors (IAR) launched Project Jack a few years ago in honor of a first-grade student who passed away from a rare disease. After his death, Jack’s parents gave $100 to each of Jack’s classmates to do whatever they wished, as long as it was offered in the act of kindness. When Iowa Realtors heard of this, they picked it up and started offering $250 to classrooms to “pay it forward” in helping spread kindness to other people.

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