On Wednesday, April 4th, the counselors will host a Financial Aid Night at 7:00 PM in the AHS Cafeteria. A representative from the College Planning Center will be available to explain the procedure to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

and the many steps involved in the financial aid process. This is a very informative evening for senior parents to be (but all are welcome), with time allotted for a question and answer session.


Juniors and seniors who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch, may take the ACT test for free.  The Ames Education Foundation has established a College Ready program for students who qualify for assistance to be able to take the ACT test.

The test will be on Saturday, June 9.  Students that are interested need to sign up for this in Student Services by April 4.

SENIORS WHO PLAN TO GO TO DMACC NEXT YEAR.   Staff from DMACC will be here next Thursday, April 5, to help you complete the online registration.  Sign up for Dr. Avise’s Plus Pd for Thursday.

AP TEST TAKERS          

All students taking AP tests this spring will need to attend a mandatory pre-administration meeting at 8:00 am on Wednesday, April 18 in the AHS cafeteria.  The meeting will hopefully be over by 8:45. Anyone who absolutely cannot attend needs to contact Mr. Burke in Student Services.


The following Ames High Students received the Nation Medal in 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.   National Medalist represent less than 1% of the submissions to the 2018 Scholastic Awards. Congratulations to:  Lucas Bleyle – Silver Medal in Journalism.  Amy Guan – Gold Medal in Poetry,  Tiffany Mayberry – Silver Medal in Ceramics and Glass, and Jamie Zhang – Gold Medal  in Comic Art.


Ames High School Jazz I has been invited to perform at the Iowa Jazz Championships.  This is the first time that an Ames High Jazz band has been invited to perform at this state event.  The Iowa Jazz Championships are held in Ames at Iowa State Center on Thursday, April 5. Admission to the daytime performances is $10 cash.  Admission to the evening finals performances is free.

AHS Jazz I performs at 8:00 AM in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium.  Parking is available in the lots South of C.Y. Stephens auditorium.


On Thursday, March 22nd, Ames High students participated in the 2018 State Science & Technology Fair of Iowa (SSTFI) EVENT AT ISU.  Students participating in SSTFI learn a variety of skills through the creating, investigating and presenting phases of their projects, including planning, implementation, problem solving, inquiry and communication.  Congratulations to the following AHS students for their successes!

Sarah Arbuckle and Amy Cyr – Learning in the Digital Era

* 1st place in Behavioral Social Science division

*Grand Award High School Scholarship ($500)

*Intel- International Science & Engineering Fair finalist (will compete in Pittsburg May 16th)

Arunadee Fernando – Can you go green if you “meat” the bacteria?

*Honorable Mention Microbiology Category

*Best Food Science and Human Nutrition Project

Helen Hu – Catalytic Co-pyrolysis of Waste Streams for Hydrocarbon Fuels

*IowaBio/SSTFI College Scholarship ($2,000)

Pooja Kasiviswanathan – Farming on Mars

*Award for Geoscience Excellence from the Association for Women Geoscientists

*Scientific Achievement Award for Best Project Related to Agriculture from Huitt Farms Inc.  (cash prize of $25)

*Award for 2nd Place Category Winner (Plant Science)

David Kim – Determining Decision Making Capabilities in Polycephalum Physarum

*Honorable Mention Human & Behavior Science Category

Kijune Kim – Exploration on the Achievement Gap

*Honorable Mention Human & Behavior Science Category

Merrina Lan – The Function of aquaporin1at1 in Zebrafish Vascular Development

*2nd Place in Cellular and Molecular Biology

(Student will compete in Pittsburg May 16th as WISEF finalist)

Chiara Travesset – Using Greywater to Increase Power Output of a Photovoltaic Panel

*NASA Earth System Science Award


This past weekend, Team Neutrino, Story County’s FIRST Robotics Competition team, competed at the Iowa Regional in Cedar Falls, where they finished ranked 2nd out of 61 teams. They were alliance captains of the 2nd seed alliance, and competed till finalist standing, losing in a close tie-breaker in the final round. They were also awarded Engineering Inspiration, which celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community. They qualified for the World Championships in Detroit, and NASA will sponsor their $5k registration fee. Congratulations to Team Neutrino!



This years Dance Marathon will be held on Friday, April 6th from 8:00-10:45. Last year we raised over $15,000 for the kids! This year we are hoping to raise $16,000. Please consider donating. All proceeds go to Iowa Children’s Miracle Network Hospital which supports children who are battling life threatening illnesses. To donate, click on the link below, click “support me,” then click on the amount you would like to donate. Thank You! Click here to donate. #ForTheKids

If the link doesn’t work, the full URL is:


Please encourage graduating seniors to nominate someone who has been important to them in their spiritual growth to serve as a guest speaker for the baccalaureate service on Wednesday, May 23rd.     Speakers traditionally have been ordained clergy. This could include a parent who is involved in ministry, a pastor, priest, rabbi, imam or other spiritual teacher/leader. Nomination forms are available in the AHS front office or online.   They are due Saturday, April 14th.


We need YOU to volunteer to help with post prom!! Prom is just around the corner & we have many volunteer spots still open. Whatever your time or talent allows, we need your help.  It’s a fun evening for kids and volunteers alike! Please look over the list of volunteer opportunities & sign up for a spot to help make Ames Post Prom 2018 a safe & successful night for the kids! Click the link below to sign up as a volunteer!

Don’t have time to volunteer?   Another way to help is through your monetary support.  It cost approximately $11,000 to host Post Prom. All donations are appreciated, but if every parent of a junior/senior student could make a donation of $40.00 we cover all our cost.  Our goal to collect all donations by April 3, 2018. Checks can be made out to Ames High Post Prom and mailed to Todd and Julie Schumer at 839 Poe Ave, Ames, Iowa 50014.

POST PROM will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 12:00 am to 4:30 am at Ames High School.  It is open to all juniors / seniors, and their dates, whether or not they attend the Prom itself. Games, entertainment, food, and prizes will provide a terrific night at NO COST to the students.

You can also help raise funds by shopping online at your favorite retailers through FlipGive.  Connecting to your favorite retailers through this website gives a kick-back to the post prom account.  You can use this link:


The following colleges and universities  will be sending representatives to visit with interested students.

Monday, April 9 – Marshalltown Community College

Tuesday, April 10 – Kirkwood Community College

Wednesday, April 11 – Iowa Central Community College

Tuesday, April 12 – Indian Hills Community College


Friday, March 30

Boys Track JV/V @ Waukee Early Bird  4PM Waukee High School

Saturday, March 31

Girls Soccer V @ DCG (Scrimmage) 11:00 AM Boys Soccer vs Ames Invite 10:00 AM – Ames High School

Monday, April 2

Boys Tennis JV/V vs Cedar Falls – 4:00 PM – Ames High School

Boys/Girls Track 9/10 v Ames 9/10 Co-Ed 4:30 PM – Ames High School

Girls Soccer JV2 @ Valley – 5:30 PM – Valley Stadium

Boys Soccer JV2 @ Valley – 7:00 PM – Valley Stadium Tuesday, April 3

Girls Golf JV/V @ Valley – 3:30 PM – Willow Creek Golf Course

Girls Tennis V vs Hoover – 4:00 PM – Ames High School

Boys Tennis V vs Hoover –  4:00 PM– Ames High School

Girls Track JV/V @ Waukee Invite #2 – 4:00 PM – Waukee High School

Boys Soccer JV1/V @ Ft. Dodge 6:00 PM – Dodger Stadium

Thursday, April 5

Girls Tennis JV/V @ Ankeny 4 PM – Prairie Ridge Sports Complex BTR JV/V @ Kenny Dean Invite 5 PM – Marshalltown High School

Friday, April 6

Girls Tennis JV/V vs SEP 4:00 PM – Ames High School

Boys Soccer JV2/JV1/V vs Roosevelt 4:45/6/7:30 PM – Ames High School

Saturday, April 7

Girls Soccer V @ Bettendorf Invite – TBA – Bettendorf, IowaBoys Soccer JV2 @ Newton Invite 10:00 AM – Newton High School

           Boys Soccer JV1/V @ Valley 12/2 PM – Valley Stadium