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Masked Hero: Katrina Williams

Masked Hero Katrina Williams

Superpower: The ability to take every learning on an educational journey.

When in the classroom, Katrina Williams often moves into her alter ego to take students on an educational journey to places where they may not have gone before. “The journey each day is to convince a student learner that I have something worthwhile to teach them.” With 27+ years in education and her second in Ames, Williams is navigating a complicated year by focusing on her powers while developing others along the way. 

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Thursday, Oct 22 Announcements

ODD Block Day

School pictures will be on the gym concession balcony today and Friday, Oct. 23 for cohort group B. from 8 AM – 2:30 PM. Students will get their pictures taken with their English/Language Arts class.  Remote students are asked to have their picture taken from 2:30 PM – 4 PM on any of the next 2 days and should enter through the Activities entrance. ALL non-senior students are asked to have their picture taken regardless if you purchase a picture package or not, as these pictures are used in the 2020/2021 yearbook and for next year’s student ID’s. 

Starting the second semester of this school year, all athletes will be required to have an updated physical on file with the athletics office. Physicals are valid for 13 months. Previously, the state of Iowa waived the physical requirement for fall sports but that waiver expires on December 31st. Athletes use the athletic website to register for your winter sport and fill out all the required forms.

In addition to the physical requirements, first semester grades will now count toward academic eligibility. If an athlete fails a first semester class, they will have to sit out from competition for 30 days. Let’s do a good job and finish the first semester strong. 

FCCLA will be holding their first virtual meeting of the year, next Tuesday October 27th from 2:45 to 3:15 pm.  FCCLA is a great opportunity for those working to improve their lives, their family lives and their community.  There are community service projects, competitive events, and even scholarships that students can receive. If you enjoy FCS courses and want to make the lives of yourselves and others the best they can be, FCCLA is a great fit!  Please email Mrs. Havens to get the google meet invite or any additional information. 

Anyone interested in playing girls basketball this year, there is a GBB Signup meeting in Room 121 today at 2:40 pm. It will be over by 3:00. If, for some reason, you cannot make it, please stop by and see Mr. Sullivan, or contact him.

The SACRE (Students Advocating for Civil Rights Education) Kick Off Event will be this Friday at Lockwood Cafe at 4625 Reliable St. The theme is Neon (cause we want to see you there!) There will be games, music, and kick off speakers. The event will be held from 7-9 pm.

The Boys swimming season is right around the corner. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Coach Joe Fisher. His email is ahscoachjoe@gmail.com.

Monday, October 26th is the last day to sign up to take a class for a contract grade with a pass/fail option. The pass/fail option is not available for every class, please check with your counselor to see if the class you’d like to receive a pass/fail is eligible.

FCA will meet next Monday, October 26, at 7 PM via Google Meet. Please email Mrs. Dobernecker to be put on the Google Classroom.

Hello Ames High! Interested in teaching, getting volunteer hours, and having a good time? You’re invited to become a Science in the City mentor. Have a blast helping to guide a team of middle schoolers to create, learn, and explore. Mentors get free teaching professional development and up to 38 volunteer hours. If interested, there is an online informational meeting on November 4th. Please email Mrs. Carlson or Davis Verhoeven for more details.

AP Exam Registration started on October 12 and will run through Monday, October 26. There is a NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS THIS YEAR. Please see the New Registration Process which is posted on the Bulletin Boards located by the Auxiliary Office, Student Services, and the Back Lobby.

Face covering update, in accordance with new CDC guidelines, as of October 5, Gaiters and Bandanas are no longer acceptable.  Students will be asked to change their masks. AHS has disposable and cloth masks available to students wearing these items. Please be sure to wear your mask properly.  According to the CDC, be sure you:

  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin

  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face

  • Make sure you can breathe easily

  • CDC does not recommend use of masks or cloth masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent

Ames High Athletics will host a college signing ceremony on November 11 at 7 p.m. in the Ames High gym. Families are allowed to attend to watch the athletes sign their national letters of intent.  Due to COVID-19, there will be extra safety precautions in place. Masks are required for all attendees and no food will be allowed. More details forthcoming as we get closer to the event.  If an athlete is interested in participating, please email Ian Smith.

Attention Key Club Members:  Please consider paying $6 to be an official Key Club member!  There are many benefits, including scholarship opportunities and eligibility to vote in club/district elections! If you would like to pay dues, there will be a box in the Auxiliary Office labeled “Key Club” Please place exact change or a check made out to Ames High School Key Club in an envelope marked with your first and last name.  We have extended the deadline.  The box will be available until Friday, October 23rd.

Students, please be aware that there are 8 Pool designated spots along the construction fence line closest to the school.  These spots are for patrons to use during the school day to come in and swim.  Many of these individuals are seniors, so please be courteous and make sure to leave these spots open.  Currently this area is designated by two signs on either side of the beginning and end of the area, pointing towards each other.  Also, please be sure to pick up your parking pass.  We have begun ticketing students who are parked illegally, parked in the pool designated spots, and/or who haven’t correctly displayed their parking pass or have no parking pass.

TeenHacks LI, the largest semi-annual high school hackathon in the Northeast. If you were wondering, a hackathon is an event, virtually this year, where individuals interested in STEM create projects and win many prizes. TeenHacks LI’s mission is to create a collaborative and rich environment for high school students with similar interests. This year, our three-part event will be held on November 7th, 14th, and 21st. During our event, we facilitate many panel discussions, workshops, and many enjoyable activities. Students can sign up here. For more information please visit our website at teenhacksli.com.

Iowa State offers a number of opportunities for students and their families whose primary language is Spanish to experience the university. Virtual events to register for include, Latino Family Visit, Spanish Virtual Visits and Spanish Tour Guide Live. Click on the links below for more information.

Spanish Language Visit Options

Spanish Visit Information

Daily Announcements: My apologies for causing more confusion than I intended. The announcements should be played in the second period of the school day, not counting PLUS period. For ODD block days, that’s 3rd period. For EVEN block days, that’s 4th period. On Wednesday, that’s 2nd period. Again, sorry for the confusion. You can also find the text of the daily announcements on the AHS Website. 

Cafeteria reminder, students are able to receive free breakfast and lunch each school day through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.  Lunch today is, BBQ Chicken, vegetarian baked beans and dinner roll.
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Wednesday Oct. 21 Announcements

School pictures will be on the gym concession balcony today for cohort group A and Thursday, October 22 & Friday, Oct. 23 for cohort group B. from 8 AM – 2:30 PM. Students will get their pictures taken with their English/Language Arts class.  Remote students are asked to have their picture taken from 2:30 PM – 4 PM on any of the 3 days and should enter through the Activities entrance. ALL non-senior students are asked to have their picture taken regardless if you purchase a picture package or not, as these pictures are used in the 2020/2021 yearbook and for next year’s student ID’s. 

Students who haven’t finished their MAP testing, we need you to complete this assessment.  There are ways you can complete the exam!  If you’re remote or during your virtual days, please complete the Remote Student MAP form so we can assist you to complete this assessment even though you’re not in the building.  

Cohort A students, if you haven’t completed the assessment by Tuesday, we will pull you from your ELA and/or math classes to complete it on Wednesday. 

Cohort B, if you haven’t completed the assessment by Wednesday, we will pull you from your ELA and/or math classes to complete it Thursday or Friday.

FCCLA will be holding their first virtual meeting of the year, next Tuesday October 27th from 2:45 to 3:15 pm.  FCCLA is a great opportunity for those working to improve their lives, their family lives and their community.  There are community service projects, competitive events, and even scholarships that students can receive. If you enjoy FCS courses and want to make the lives of yourselves and others the best they can be, FCCLA is a great fit!  Please email Mrs. Havens to get the google meet invite or any additional information. 

Anyone interested in playing girls basketball this year, there is a GBB Signup meeting in Room 121 on Thursday Oct. 22nd at 2:40 pm. It will be over by 3:00. If, for some reason, you cannot make it, please stop by and see Mr. Sullivan, or contact him.

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Winter Clothes Drive 2020-2021

Winter Clothes Drive

As the winter season approaches, the Ames Community School District is partnering with the Volunteer Center of Story County for a winter clothes drive as part of their WINTER WRAP UP event. As a District, we are excited to have their support with gathering donated items! 

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

EVEN Block Day

School pictures will be on the gym concession balcony on Wednesday, October 21st for cohort group A and Thursday, October 22 & Friday, Oct. 23 for cohort group B. from 8 AM – 2:30 PM. Students will get their pictures taken with their English/Language Arts class.  Remote students are asked to have their picture taken from 2:30 PM – 4 PM and should enter through the Activities entrance. Picture packet forms may be picked up from the Main Office and the Auxiliary Office. ALL non-senior students are asked to have their picture taken regardless if you purchase a picture package or not, as these pictures are used in the yearbook and for student ID’s.  If you’ve already paid for your pictures, you will not need to do anything.

Students who haven’t finished their MAP testing, we need you to complete this assessment.  There are ways you can complete the exam!  If you’re remote or during your virtual days, please complete the Remote Student MAP form so we can assist you to complete this assessment even though you’re not in the building.  

Cohort A students, if you haven’t completed the assessment by Tuesday, we will pull you from your ELA and/or math classes to complete it on Wednesday. 

Cohort B, if you haven’t completed the assessment by Wednesday, we will pull you from your ELA and/or math classes to complete it Thursday or Friday.

Anyone interested in playing girls basketball this year, there is a GBB Signup meeting in Room 121 on Thursday Oct. 22nd at 2:40 pm. It will be over by 3:00. If, for some reason, you cannot make it, please stop by and see Mr. Sullivan, or contact him.

Fiber Club will meet via Google Meet on Wednesday starting at 2:45 PM. Please email Mrs. Dobernecker to get into our Google Classroom.

The Boys swimming season is right around the corner. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Coach Joe Fisher. His email is ahscoachjoe@gmail.com.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Students who haven’t finished their MAP testing, we need you to complete this assessment.  There are ways you can complete the exam!  If you’re remote or during your virtual days, please complete the  Remote Student MAP form so we can assist you to complete this assessment even though you’re not in the building.  

Cohort A students, if you haven’t completed the assessment by Tuesday, we will pull you from your ELA and/or math classes to complete it on Wednesday. 

Cohort B, if you haven’t completed the assessment by Wednesday, we will pull you from your ELA and/or math classes to complete it Thursday or Friday.

Attention Key Club Members:  Please consider paying $6 to be an official Key Club member!  There are many benefits, including scholarship opportunities and eligibility to vote in club/district elections! If you would like to pay dues, there will be a box in the Auxiliary Office labeled “Key Club” Please place exact change or a check made out to Ames High School Key Club in an envelope marked with your first and last name.  We have extended the deadline.  The box will be available until Friday, October 23rd.

AP Exam Registration started on October 12 and will run through October 26. There is a NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS THIS YEAR. Please see the New Registration Process which is posted on the Bulletin Boards located by the Auxiliary Office, Student Services, and the Back Lobby.

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Friday, October 16, 2020

AHS DEBATE NEWS

The AHS Debate Team opened its season virtually at the Simpson Storm Tournament on Saturday, October 10, with two Public Forum Teams competing. The team of senior Yujie Chen and sophomore David Lee advanced to the quarterfinal round, while sophomores Allie Enyart and Leslie Kim were semifinalists. In speaker rankings, Leslie placed sixth and Allie fifth in a field of 44 debaters. Great start to the season!


MAP TESTING

Students who haven’t finished their MAP testing, we need you to complete this assessment.  There are ways you can complete the exam!  If you’re remote or during your virtual days, please complete the Remote Student MAP form so we can assist you to complete this assessment even though you’re not in the building.  

Cohort A students, if you haven’t completed the assessment by Tuesday, we will pull you from your ELA and/or math classes to complete it on Wednesday. 

Cohort B, if you haven’t completed the assessment by Wednesday, we will pull you from your ELA and/or math classes to complete it Thursday or Friday.


2019-2020 YEARBOOKS

The 2019-2020 yearbooks are here! If your student has not picked theirs up please have them do so. For Hybrid students, distribution is outside of room 227 (Mr. Webb’s room) in Stanford Hallway before and after school and during passing periods. For Remote Campus students, distribution through the Main Office, Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-3:30 PM. 

If you did not purchase one, but would like one, we DO have some extras. They are $55, cash or checks made out to Ames High School.


CONTRACT GRADE WITH A PASS/FAIL OPTION

Monday, October 26th is the last day to sign up to take a class for a contract grade with a pass/fail option. The pass/fail option is not available for every class, please check with your counselor to see if the class you’d like to receive a pass/fail is eligible.


AP EXAM REGISTRATION

Registration for AP exams started on Monday, October 12th and will run through Monday, October 26th. The cost per exam is $95. To register, please bring the following to the MAIN OFFICE:

A check made out to Ames High School in an envelope. On the envelope please clearly write:

Student’s Full Name
Grade Level
Name(s) of ALL exams that the student is taking – please be specific
Amount Enclosed 

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Free Meals for All Children at Ames Schools Through the 20-21 School Year

Free Meals

The Ames Community School District is excited to share that we will be able to offer free breakfast and lunch each school day to every child in our community through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. The U. S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it would grant the flexibility for school districts to offer no-cost meals to all children through the end of the school year.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Students may access the Daily Announcements in the following ways:

  • In-period: 2nd or 3rd period teacher plays the video announcement and/or posts them on their Google Classroom
  • An earlier draft is posted to the AHS website (in the column to the right under Daily Notes)

YWCA is looking for Female Identifying Students who are interested in participating in the College Bound mentoring program. Please Digital Backpack about how to participate and be matched with a mentor or email srruhler@iastate.edu for more information.

Students, if you have purchased an Activity ticket and the sticker is not on your ID, please see the secretary in the Main office or Auxiliary office.

If you have not picked up your 2019/2020 yearbooks, see Mr. Webb outside of room 227 in Stanford Hallway before and after school and during passing periods.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Amazing AHS Parents!

HERE is the link to this week’s principal video.

A HUGE THANK YOU
Local organization Healthiest Ames has graciously donated masks to every student at AHS.  Your student will have the opportunity to choose an additional mask provided to them by Healthiest Ames.

RETURN OF PLUS PERIOD
Next week we will begin to offer PLUS period.  Monday and Thursday students will meet in their homerooms.  In that time, they will learn how to sign up for PLUS using FlexiSched.  Tuesday and Friday, students will be able to sign up to seek additional assistance for courses they are currently experiencing some degree of struggle.  Likewise, teachers will have the opportunity to call students in for additional assistance.

SCHOOL PICTURES
Lifetouch will take Ames High students’ pictures on the gym concession balcony on Wednesday, October 21st for cohort group A and Thursday, October 22 for cohort group B. from 8 AM – 2:30 PM. Remote students are asked to have their picture taken from 2:30 PM – 4 PM and should enter through the Activities entrance. Picture packet forms may be picked up from the Main Office and the Auxiliary Office or parents can go online at www.mylifetouch.com enter code EVTZDWK2P to order and pay for a picture package.  Extra picture packets can be picked up on picture day.  ALL non-senior students MUST have their picture taken regardless if you purchase a picture package or not, as these pictures are used in the yearbook and for student ID’s.  

CONTRACT GRADE WITH A PASS/FAIL OPTION
Monday, October 26th is the last day to sign up to take a class for a contract grade with a pass/fail option.  The PASS/FAIL option is not available for every class, please check with your counselor to see if the class you’d like to receive a pass/fail is eligible.  

2019/2020 AHS YEARBOOKS
Yearbooks are (finally) in! Distribution will look a little bit different this year, but you can pick up or purchase your 2019-2020 yearbook next week:

  • Monday, October 12th (Group A) and Thursday, October 15th (Group B) – distribution in Front Lobby from 2:30-3:15

  • Ongoing – For Hybrid students, distribution outside of room 227 (Mr. Webb’s room) in Stanford Hallway before and after school and during passing periods

  • Ongoing – For Remote Campus students and graduated seniors, distribution through the Main Office 

  • If you didn’t purchase one, we DO have some extras. They are $55, cash or checks made out to Ames High School

COLLEGE SIGNING CEREMONY
Ames High Athletics will host a college signing ceremony on November 11 at 7 p.m. in the Ames High gym. Families are allowed to attend to watch the athletes sign their national letters of intent.  Due to COVID-19, there will be extra safety precautions in place. Masks are required for all attendees and no food will be allowed. More details forthcoming as we get closer to the event.  If an athlete is interested in participating, please email Ian Smith ( ian.smith@ames.k12.ia.us).  Thank you and go Little Cyclones!

PSAT TESTING AT CHURCHES ADJACENT TO AMES HIGH SCHOOL
This year the PSAT test will be given over two different dates and at off-site locations.  All 9th and 10th graders already registered for the test will report to Northminster Presbyterian Church at 1416 20th Street. 

All 11th/12th grade students already registered will report to Bethesada Lutheran Church at  1517 Northwestern Ave. 

Both of these locations are within easy walking distance from the new high school parking lot. Drop off will be possible and limited parking at the locations may also be possible.  

Students should be at the location by 8:00 am on their designated date.  The date assignments, either Wed. Oct. 14 or Thurs. Oct. 29, and specific room assignments are listed below.  Due to the tight logistics to keep social distancing, there will not be an option to change the assigned date for testing. Students taking the PSAT may check out their building and room assignments outside Student Services.  Please remember to bring sharpened pencils (not mechanical), a calculator and a mask.  

PSAT DATE ASSIGNMENTS
Wednesday, October 14 
All 9th graders & all 10th graders with last names beginning with A through Ke please report to the Gathering Space just inside the main door (opposite side from 20th street) to Northminster Presbyterian Church by 8:00 am.

All 11th graders & all 12th graders with last names beginning with A through Lo please report to Bethesda Lutheran Church, using the back entrance by the parking lot, by 8:00 am.  Room assignments are as follows:

Students with last names beginning

A through Br       Room 212
Bu through Div   Room 211
Dr through Ho    Room 210
J through Lo       Room 209
and seniors

Thursday, October 29
All 10th graders with last names beginning with Ki through Z please report to the Gathering Space just inside the main door (opposite side from 20th street) to Northminster Presbyterian Church by 8:00 am.

All 11th graders with last names beginning with Lu through Y please report to Bethesda Lutheran Church, using the back entrance by the parking lot, by 8:00 am.  Room assignments are as follows:

Students with last names beginning

Lu through Ne    Room 212
Ni through Pr      Room 211
Q through St       Room 210
Su through Y       Room 209

If you are not sure if registration has been made or not, please contact Catherine Monroe at 515 817 0620

Cell phones, electronic devices, backpacks, snacks and drinks are not allowed.  Students may bring a calculator and should bring sharpened #2 pencils (not mechanical pencils).  Students will be required to wear a mask and bring their school ID.

A Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT may be picked up in Student Services at the high school.

AP EXAM REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 12TH
Registration for AP exams will begin on Monday, October 12, and will run through Monday, October 26. The cost per exam is $95. Preferred payment for the exam is a check made out to Ames High School and is due at the time of registration. Registration will be handled differently this year as follows:

Preferred payment for the exam(s) is a check made out to Ames High School which should be placed in an envelope and dropped off in the Main Office. On the envelope please clearly write:

Student’s full name
Grade level
Name(s) of ALL exams that you are taking
Amount enclosed

Students who have the following second semester AP classes should register in October:

AP US Government
AP Psychology
AP Microeconomics (October 16)
AP Macroeconomics (October 16)
AP MICROECONOMICS OR AP MACROECONOMICS

Students interested in taking online AP Microeconomics or AP Macroeconomics in the Spring need to fill out  this form  by October 16. Any questions, please contact Josh Gorman in the Media Center.

CLUBS MEETINGS AND DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Clubs and non-athletic activities are beginning to meet.  Students should listen to the Daily Announcements for information about upcoming meetings.  Currently, club meetings are outside of school hours.  Given the pandemic, these continue to be virtual meetings, so students have been asked to reach out to club advisors for join and meet codes.  

VIRTUAL COLLEGE VISITS
Students need to check Naviance for the links and passwords for the Virtual College Visits.

College Representative Date/ Time:

University of Kansas Amy Nelson Tue. Oct. 13 3:00 PM 

Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln Courtney Johnson Thurs. Oct. 15 2:30 PM

Southern Illinois Univ. Carbondale Admissions Mon. Oct. 19 

Hofstra University Theresa Button Tue. Oct. 20

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
Saturday, October 10 is World Mental Health Day.  With the uncertainty and ever changing dynamics this year, it’s important for parents, students, and education professionals to take care of your mental health.  Please reach out if you need help.  The number to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-272-8255.  HERE  is a tip sheet from the Child Mind Institute.  

PARKING PASSES
Students who need a parking pass, please see Mrs. Asklof in the main office this week.  We will start checking cars for passes and issuing tickets the week of October 19.

KLEENEX REQUEST
Thank you very much to those of you that have graciously donated kleenex. With the cold and flu season coming up we will have a great need for more kleenex in the classrooms. Please consider donating. Kleenex donations can be dropped off in the main office. 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Schedule of Athletic Events

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