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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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Ames Middle School Teacher Named Trailblazing STEM Educator

Katrina Williams Trailblazer Award

Katrina Williams, an Ames Middle School Alternative Learning Program (ALP) math teacher, has been named a Trailblazing STEM Educator. This award, put forth by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Challenger Center, celebrates five K-12 educators who go above and beyond to inspire the next generation of explorers and innovators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Williams was nominated by Iowa State University associate professor of aerospace engineering Dr. Kristin-Yvonne Rozier, who has collaborated with her on STEM outreach. 

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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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Jars of Hope: Ames Middle Schooler Receives Philanthropy Award

Jars of Hope

In November 2021, the Story County Alliance for Philanthropy showed appreciation to many local residents during their 16th annual Philanthropy Day awards. Ames Middle schooler, Sia Agnihotri, received the award of Rising Star Philanthropist for her Jars of Hope. 

When Agnihotri heard that COVID cases were rising dramatically in India, she wanted to find a way to help. With many family members impacted, she turned her worry into hope with a fundraiser called Jars of Hope. 

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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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Translator Spotlight: Jingtao Wang

Jingtoa Wang Translation Spotlight

Over 20 dedicated translators and interpreters work with the Ames Community School District. Some work directly with written translations and others with interpreting in-person communication, such as parent-teacher conferences. One is taking on the challenging task of becoming a professional interpreter.

Jingtao Wang, a Chinese and Japanese translator/interpreter for Ames CSD since 2010, completed the first two of a three-level training through Heartland AEA. The training is conducted by EveryStep, a non-profit health care and human services organization, delivering Community Interpreter Training since 2018. 

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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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Winter Clothes Drive 2021-2022

Winter Clothes Drive 2021-2022

As the winter season approaches, the Ames Community School District wants to ensure that every child is WARM! We would like to give our families the opportunity to GIVE and RECEIVE during this time.

TO GIVE: Please consider donating gently used or new winter gear such as coats, hats, waterproof gloves, snow pants, and boots (all sizes welcome-please place in a tied grocery bag to keep boots together). Please wash/dry donations prior to dropping them off. 

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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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