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Edwards Elementary Chess Club

Edwards Chess Club

Every Tuesday and Thursday, sometimes as early as 12:10, a line begins forming outside a room at Edwards Elementary. Anxious students duck in and out, checking the board for their name and if they are part of group one or two. Phrases like, “Did you sign up?” and “You’re in the second group,” echo through the hallway. Excitement is palpable as students weave in and out with lunch in hand. Excitement brought because of the opportunity to play chess.

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Healthiest Ames, Mary Greeley Foundation Provide Area Third and Fourth Graders with Helmets

After a pandemic-related interruption, Healthiest Ames has again partnered with Mary Greeley Medical Foundation and Skunk River Cycles to provide area third and fourth graders with free helmets to encourage safety while engaging in healthy activities like bicycling, scootering, and roller skating. Because bike helmets were unable to be distributed last year, third and fourth graders at all five Ames Community School District elementary schools and St. Cecilia’s School will receive free helmets this week. The distribution took place starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, beginning at Sawyer and Fellows schools, followed by Edwards, Mitchell, and Meeker.

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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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Money Unit at Edwards Elementary

Money Unit at Edwards

Edwards Elementary 2nd graders celebrated the end of their “Money Unit” by being able to apply some of the skills they learned. The four 2nd grade classrooms of Laura Clausen, Kelly Hansen, Terri Boeding-Lincoln and Jody Lickhart, were set up as a stores (toy, candy, book, and restaurant) that students rotated through and were able to spend their plastic money. 

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Edwards Elementary Teacher Patti Allen Receives Golden Apple Award

Golden Apple Award Patti Allen

Congratulations to Edwards Elementary teacher, Patti Allen, on receiving the Golden Apple Award. The Golden Apple Award is a special recognition given to one teacher each month during the school year by WHO13 television in Des Moines. According to WHO13, they get over 50 nominations each month. Allen is the first teacher in the history of the award to receive it twice. She was nominated by Brooks Cunningham, with the help of his mother Brandy. 

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Elementary Volunteer Tutors Needed

Elementary Tutoring

Ames CSD is seeking individuals willing to serve as volunteers to tutor reading or mathematics to elementary students. Volunteers will be trained by certified staff and work under supervision. Tutoring would be one hour per week on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm starting March 1 through May 15, 2022.

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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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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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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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