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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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Translation Services

Translation Services

This was the feature article in Volume 17 of the Ames Community School District’s Amazing Magazine. 

Arabic: Translations Services Article
Chinese: Translations Services Article
Spanish: Translations Services Article

As the Ames Community School District is becoming increasingly diverse, a unique team of staff from Communications, Equity, and English Learner Curriculum and Instruction are bringing important messages to families in languages other than English. With approximately 58 different languages and dialects spoken in the District, which accounts for hundreds of students and families, communication that reaches all is the goal. 

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Superintendent Search Update

Superintendent Search

With the new year upon us, we are approaching the final stages in the search for the next Superintendent of Ames Public Schools. As a recap, the Ames School Board began the superintendent search earlier this year and contracted with Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) to assist with the search process. 

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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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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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Northwood Preschool Receives 2021-2022 STEM Scale-Up Award

Northwood STEM Award

The North Central Iowa Regional STEM Advisory Board of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council recently awarded a STEM Scale-Up Program application for Storytime STEM-packs to Northwood Preschool Center. The application was for $6,000 and was submitted by Northwood teachers Annie Boldt, Jill Spencer, and Lindsey Wirth. 

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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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