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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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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

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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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Quinn’s Qloset Helps Ames Students

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When Ames Community School District parent, Cassie Bexten, saw a need in her community to provide clothing items for Ames’ littlest learners, she jumped into action. An action that would be no surprise to those who know her best. Bexten’s service-driven attitude is woven into the thread of everything she touches. She may not have expected that her little idea would excite students, create confidence, and inspire hope. Traits some might say mirror those of her daughter, Quinn. 

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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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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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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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