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Expanding Equity in the Ames CSD

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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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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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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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Summer School 2021

Summer School 2021

At the Ames Community School District, June 10 was officially the last day of the 2020-2021 school year. For some students, teachers, and staff, they headed back to classrooms on June 14 to engage in summer learning. However, this learning is not like what you might envision as summer school. It’s an environment rich with fun, hands-on, and engaging curriculum unlike any other. 

“It is important that summer school doesn’t feel like school,” said Anthony Jones, Director of Equity. “Yes, students will be learning and instruction should be targeted based on students’ academic goals in reading and math, however, the learning must be fun and engaging.” 

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Critical Consciousness: Building Implementation

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In August 2017, the Ames Community School District officially embarked on a critical consciousness path that has significantly steered professional development and decision-making in the District. Critical consciousness can be defined as “The willingness and ability to see how power and privilege are at work to systematically advantage some while simultaneously disadvantaging others.” In that year, District-led professional development opportunities began for administrators, and since then, opportunities have expanded to include hundreds of teachers and staff members. 

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Panorama School Climate Survey Results 2021

Panorama Culture and Climate Survey

In March of 2021, the Ames Community School District surveyed students, staff, and families using the Panorama Culture and Climate Survey. The survey included questions around social and emotional learning, school satisfaction, and staff and family engagement, among others. This was the third consecutive year that the District has utilized this survey.  

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