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Expanding Equity in the Ames CSD

Expanding Equity Graphic

The Ames Community School District commits to equity and access that empowers every individual to reach their full personal and educational potential. But what does that mean? As a District, we invite you to learn more about what equity looks like in our District. Our desire as a District is to create a more equitable educational school system. Over the next several months, including February 2022 (Black History Month), we will be sharing information about what equity looks like in Ames. We have provided an outline of what to expect below. 

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BSAC Toy Drive Success

BSAC Toy Drive

Giving back to the community is on the minds of many, especially during the holiday season. One Ames High club is not only placing this on their to-do list, but also making the time and commitment to accomplish the task.

Geniya Collins and Kenaiya James, are both seniors and founders of the Black Students Alliance Club (BSAC) at Ames High. BSAC advocates for black students at AHS and works to engage with the community as a whole. James and Collins started the club after organizing a conference last winter with community members and ISU professors leading sessions surrounding topics that embraced and taught black history. Creating a club to help plan future events allowed more input and help in order for future endeavors to be successful. 

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Calendar Adjustments for Second Semester 2021-2022

Calendar Adjustments for Second Semester

Starting the second semester (January 18, 2022), the Ames Community School District is adjusting the daily dismissal time at each of our levels. The action was board-approved on Thursday, December 16, 2021.

Each building will dismiss 25 minutes earlier than the normal current dismissal time. The elementary schools will remove the Wednesday early dismissal at 2:05 PM and adopt the secondary professional development schedule.

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Ames CSD Announces Membership in New League: The Iowa Alliance Conference

Iowa Alliance Conference Announcement

11 High Schools to Begin Competition in 2022-23 School Year

Ames CSD is today announcing its membership in a new high school athletic league: the Iowa Alliance Conference. Eleven of Iowa’s largest high schools will begin competing in the new conference, developed to enhance competition and participation among schools with long-time rivalries, with the start of the 2022-23 school year.

The Iowa Alliance Conference will be divided into two divisions and consist of the following high schools:

  • North – Ames, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Mason City, and Waterloo East
  • South – Des Moines East, Hoover, Lincoln, North, Ottumwa, and Roosevelt

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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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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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Mask Requirement Reinstated in the Ames CSD

Mask Requirements in Ames CSD

At tonight’s Special School Board Meeting, the Ames Board of Directors voted to reinstate a mask requirement at all of our school buildings. The mask requirement will go into effect this Friday, September 17, and applies to all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to our school buildings. 

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Maintenance, Custodial, and Educational Assistant Incentive Program (2021-2022)

 

Maintenance, Custodial, and Educational Assistant Incentive Program
The Ames CSD is excited to announce an expansion to our temporary staff Incentive Program. The program now also applies to our maintenance and custodial staff in addition to our Educational Assistants (EA) for the 2021-2022 school year. The program consists of three parts:

  1. Hiring Incentive – $100 for newly hired maintenance, custodial, and Educational Assistant employee after one month of employment.
  2. Referral Incentive – $100 for any Ames CSD employee who refers a maintenance, custodial, or Educational Assistant employee that is hired.

Retention Incentive – $750 paid to any maintenance, custodial, or Educational Assistant (newly hired or currently employed) who starts before October 1, 2021, and works through the end of the 2021-2022 school year. The retention incentive is prorated for newly hired staff after October 1, 2021. 

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