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Articles from May 2022

Scratch Pad

Scratch Pad

Founded as a way to celebrate creative talent at Ames High School, Scratch Pad has been a part of AHS history since 1962. Previously a publication put out by the Creative Writing Club, Scratch Pad was created to give budding novelists and poets a publisher for their works. As an annual publication, it was designed to feature not only outstanding pieces written for English classes, but also poems, short stories, and sketches. 

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Free Summer Meals 2022

The Ames Community School District is pleased to offer a free breakfast and lunch each day to every child in our community through the summer recess. The USDA has issued nationwide waivers which allow school districts and community organizations to extend the operation of the Summer Food Service Program into the current school year through the summer of 2022.  All children ages 1 -18 are eligible to receive free meals.

The Ames School District has established the sites for the summer program.  FREE meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows: 

June 6, 2022 – June 30, 2022

  • Sawyer Elementary School – 4316 Ontario Ames, IA 50014
  • On-site – Breakfast Monday through Thursday 7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.  Lunch Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
  • Grab and Go – Lunch and Breakfast Monday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. (Three days of meals Monday.  Four days of meals on Thursday.)  On Monday June 27 Monday through Thursday meals with no service on Thursday, June 30.
  • Students and young children do not need to be present when parents and/or guardians pick up grab and go meals, and student IDs are not required. Families may pick up meals at Sawyer Elementary.  The Grab and Go Meal program ends June 30, 2022.

July 5, 2022 – July 21, 2022

  • Sawyer Elementary School – 4316 Ontario, Ames
  • On-Site – Breakfast Monday through Thursday 7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.  Lunch Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a. m

June 6, 2022 – August 12, 2022

  • Boys and Girls Club – 210 South 5th, Ames
  • On-Site – Breakfast Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Lunch Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

June 6, 2022 – August 19, 2022

  • Camp Canwita – 2807 Duff Avenue, Ames
  • On-Site – Breakfast Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.  Lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
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Edwards Elementary Chess Club

Edwards Chess Club

Every Tuesday and Thursday, sometimes as early as 12:10, a line begins forming outside a room at Edwards Elementary. Anxious students duck in and out, checking the board for their name and if they are part of group one or two. Phrases like, “Did you sign up?” and “You’re in the second group,” echo through the hallway. Excitement is palpable as students weave in and out with lunch in hand. Excitement brought because of the opportunity to play chess.

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Ames High Students Earn Octagon Center for the Arts Awards

Ames High School students participated in the Octagon Center for the Arts annual student show. This show highlights artwork by local elementary, middle, and high school students. In a reception held on Thursday, May 5, 2022, three of the six awards were given to student artists from AHS. Congratulations to:

  • Lorna Schuckert for winning the Jeffrey L. Brown Best of Show Award for her “Ancestry Nesting Dolls.”
  • Derek Peng for earning the Jeffrey L. Brown Memorial Photography Award for his photo “Cue.” 
  • Emma Brockman for earning a Juror Choice award sponsored by Ames Silversmithing for her photo “Beautiful Wonders.” 

The following AHS students participated in this event:

  • Brianna Ledvina
  • Carleigh Evans
  • Franny Burke-Vens
  • Paige Flory
  • Emily Kaminsky
  • Emma Tuttle
  • Julia Sillman
  • Niki Morningstar-Shaw
  • Lincoln Gartin
  • Tate Bernard
  • Dakota Lewin
  • Lucy Brekke
  • Kendra Goodwin
  • Katie Risselman
  • J.T. Matusiak
  • Trey Nesbitt
  • Rocky Dunkin
  • Marley Turk
  • Emileth Valdivia Barajas
  • Kent Sta Maria
  • Wenjun Liu 
  • Claire Galvin
  • Sydney Bray

The show is up thru May 14th, so hope you get a chance to check out these great pieces and lots of other wonderful work there yet from more Ames High Art Students and other students in the area! See the High School Show in the Octagon’s Community Gallery through May 14. The award presentation and comments can also be viewed on the Octagon Facebook page. 

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Panorama School Climate Survey Results 2022

In March of 2022, the Ames Community School District surveyed students, staff, and families using the Panorama Culture and Climate Survey. The survey included questions around social and emotional learning, school satisfaction, and staff and family engagement, among others. This was the fourth consecutive year that the District has utilized this survey. 

In April, building and District administrators had a first look at the results. On Monday, May 2nd, District results were presented to the school board. We are now sharing a direct link with our families and community to District level results to the following surveys:

  • Student Survey (Classroom Level) – grades 3-5
  • Student Supports and Environment (Equity) – grades 6-12
  • Teacher and Staff Feedback Survey
  • Teacher and Staff Adult Socio-Emotional Learning Survey 
  • Family-School Relationship Survey

The Panorama Survey results can be found at

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Healthiest Ames, Mary Greeley Foundation Provide Area Third and Fourth Graders with Helmets

After a pandemic-related interruption, Healthiest Ames has again partnered with Mary Greeley Medical Foundation and Skunk River Cycles to provide area third and fourth graders with free helmets to encourage safety while engaging in healthy activities like bicycling, scootering, and roller skating. Because bike helmets were unable to be distributed last year, third and fourth graders at all five Ames Community School District elementary schools and St. Cecilia’s School will receive free helmets this week. The distribution took place starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, beginning at Sawyer and Fellows schools, followed by Edwards, Mitchell, and Meeker.

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