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Free Meals for All Children at Ames Schools During 100% Online Learning

Free Meals

The Ames Community School District is pleased to offer 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 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. Breakfast and lunch are available for free for enrolled children at the Boys & Girls Club. The following schedule will be in effect while the District remains in 100% virtual learning.

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Masked Hero: Andrea Lowe

Masked Hero: Andrea Lowe

Superpower: Generate weird and random teaching examples.

Understanding the how and why concepts work together, rather than just presenting facts and numbers, can create long-lasting learning for students. This is how Ames High Earth and Space Science teacher Andrea Lowe approaches the classroom. “I’m spending more time teaching the hows – how to use technology wisely and beneficially, how to complete certain actions or functions, how to find information when you don’t have immediate access to the teacher.”

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The Making of An All-Stater

Student singing for all-state audition

Acceptance into the Iowa All-State Music Festival is one of the most challenging goals for high school musicians to achieve. Each year, many Ames High students rise to the challenge as they embark on the journey to earn All-Stater status. The end goal is to make it to the Festival, a compilation of Iowa’s top high school band, orchestra, and chorus musicians. Yet, few make it. According to the Iowa High School Music Association, in 2019, 4,586 students auditioned, representing 286 of the state’s high schools. Out of that, 601 students were accepted into the All-State Chorus, 278 into the All-State Band, and 226 into the All-State Orchestra. At AHS, approximately 12 percent of the students in band, orchestra or chorus audition, and even fewer make it to the Festival.  

A tedious preparation process requires all musicians to practice both in and out of school, starting as early as summer. Optional clinics, workshops, and camps help musicians effectively learn their music for the late-October audition. On top of their rigorous rehearsal schedule, students are challenged to keep up with academic, athletic, and personal obligations. Why do they do it? The consistent answer is a passion for music.  

“Music has always been a big part of my life,” said senior clarinet player, Sofiya Palasyuk. 

This same sentiment was echoed by other AHS students auditioning, including Yunjae (Daniel) Lee, violin; Sofiya Palasyuk, clarinet; Cassidy Peterson, alto; Madelyn Timmermans, trumpet; and Adam Wolf, tenor. Together, they have a combined eight years of experience performing at the Festival. Performing in the Festival each year of high school, also known as a four-time All-Stater, is one of the highest honors. Lee hopes to make 2020 his fourth appearance in the All-State Orchestra.  

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Ames High Girls Swimming Win Their Ninth State Title

Girls State Swimming

The Ames High girls swim team approached the state championship this year with the passing of their long-time coach, Dan Flannery, on their mind. Flannery passed away in July 2020, just before the season kicked off. A legendary figure in the swimming community, he led the girls’ program to 8 state titles and the boys to one in 2018. The loss of Flannery continues to weigh heavily not only on the school community, but the Ames community at large. 

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Harrison Barnes Signing Day: An Oral History

Harrison Barnes Signing Day

During his senior year, Harrison Barnes was the #1 high school basketball recruit in the nation. On November 13, 2009, he announced where he would play his collegiate ball live from Ames High, broadcast on ESPNU for the nation to watch. The schools under consideration included North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, and Iowa State University. This is an oral history of that day from Ames High Athletic Director Judge Johnston and Ames High Head Basketball Coach Vance Downs. 

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Ames High Senior Eddie Wei Elected to the Key Club International Board

Eddie Wei KEY Club
Ames High Senior Eddie Wei was recently elected to the Key Club International Board during a July special meeting held in lieu of the 2020 Key Club International Convention. This year’s convention, planned for San Francisco, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a trustee, Wei will represent the Nebraska-Iowa Key Club District. 

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LC2: Little Cyclone Limited Collection

LC203 Graphic

We are excited to announce that the next design in our LC2: Little Cyclone Limited Collection is available on our online apparel store. The LC2 collection is a partnership with Sigler where this specific design is a buy one, give one opportunity for our community. For every LC203 piece that is purchased online, Sigler will print and donate another t-shirt that will be given to a student in the District. Between the previous two campaigns, LC201 and LC202, we were able to give over 130 Ames branded shirts to students. 

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All-State Music 2020










Congratulations to the 32 Ames High musicians who were selected for the 2020 Iowa All-State Music Festival. Auditions, which normally would have been held on Saturday, October 24, were instead conducted via video submission due to COVID-19. Over 4,000 musicians from high schools across the state of Iowa audition, of which approximately 17%  will be selected for membership to one of three ensembles: band, orchestra or chorus. The prestigious concert event, which normally takes place in Hilton Coliseum, has been canceled for safety reasons. This year marks the 74th anniversary of the Festival. 

AHS Band All-State Accepted & Alternates:

Ling Bai, Horn 2
Alex Buttermore, Bass Trombone (Orchestra)
Ava Chopskie, Percussion
Jerry Han, Clarinet 1
Kayley Helmer, Clarinet (Orchestra)
Kai Johnson, Clarinet 1
Lillie Kennedy, Bassoon (Orchestra)
Mario Napolitano, Trombone 1
Sofiya Palasyuk, Clarinet 1
Avery Suza, Trumpet (Orchestra)
Kailyn Thompson, Horn 3
Madelyn Timmermans, Cornet 3
Anleah Walker, Horn (Orchestra 4)
Jacob Xing, Clarinet 3

Sawyer Chopskie, Alternate Percussion
David Hauber, Alternate Euphonium
Hannah Song, Alternate Clarinet 

AHS Orchestra All-State Accepted & Alternates:

Ellie Barry – Cello
Meiya Weeks – Cello 
Arianna Williams-Suarez – Cello
Sarah Park – Viola
Isabel Andreotti – Violin 2
Angelina Chen – Violin 2
Katie Gu – Violin 1
Daniel Lee – Violin 1– 4 Year All Stater
David Lee – Violin 2
Mengze Li – Violin 1 

Adrian Guan – Alternate Cello 1
Carter Peterson – Alternate Cello 2

AHS Choir All-State Accepted 

Keilah Brewer – Alto
Jackson Bryant – Bass – 4 Year All Stater
Libby Gens – Soprano
Cassidy Peterson – Alto
Olivia Reed – Alto
Nicholas Tehan – Tenor
Adam Wolf – Tenor
Ana Yam – Piano – 4 Year All Stater


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Winter Clothes Drive 2020-2021

Winter Clothes Drive

As the winter season approaches, the Ames Community School District is partnering with the Volunteer Center of Story County for a winter clothes drive as part of their WINTER WRAP UP event. As a District, we are excited to have their support with gathering donated items! 

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