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New Ames High Pool to be Named after Ames High Swim Coach Dan Flannery

Dan Flannery Pool at Ames High School Graphic

On June 20, the Ames School Board voted to name the new pool at Ames High School the Dan Flannery Pool in honor of the longtime Ames High Swimming and Diving Coach who passed away in July 2020.

Flannery, one of the most accomplished high school swimming coaches in state history, had been the Ames High head girls swimming and diving coach since 2002 and had been leading the boys’ program since 1998. He has a resume that is unrivaled in the state of Iowa that includes nine total state championships in boys’ and girls’ swimming. 

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Senior Choir Blocks: Leaving Their Mark at Ames High

Choir Blocks Image

Students graduating from Ames High School do so hoping to leave their mark. For senior choir students, they literally have been on the walls of the choir room.  

Since 2006, it has been AHS tradition for senior singers to paint one of the blocks which form the walls of the choir room. With over 200 blocks covered with names, icons, and images that identify with each individual student, it’s a room full of history that resonates happiness and hope. 

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Our Stories: An EK and AHS Graphic Design Collaboration Project

Our Stories

Our Stories is a collaboration project where Early Kindergarten (EK) classes at Northwood Preschool Center provided drawings and writing prompts for graphic design students at Ames High School to illustrate. 

“One of our graphic design projects this year is to make a children’s book page,” said Ames High art teacher Lindsey Wede. Early Kindergarten students in Lindsey Wirth’s Northwood classes, bursting with imagination, would come up with the concept. They would often design a page, verbalize a story, or draw a picture of their idea. From there, the high school students would take the idea and create a digital version of it. 

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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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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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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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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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