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.
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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org). 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
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
Name(s) of ALL exams that you are taking
Students who have the following second semester AP classes should register in October:
AP US Government
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.
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.
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