We are well into the construction of our new high school. As you may know, over the late spring and summer we lost a substantial amount of parking in front of our building. To compensate, we will have students park at Furman. Students will still need to get a parking permit and display it appropriately in order to park on campus and at Furman.

As the school year gets underway, please be mindful as you drop off and pick up your students during the day. There is a considerable amount of construction truck traffic. We want to ensure everyone is safe.

Lifetouch will take Ames High students’ pictures in the Spirit Room on Thursday, September 3 from 8AM – 4PM for ALL 9th – 11th graders. In order to maintain appropriate social distancing and to facilitate contact tracing, students are required to sign up ahead of time. WALK INs will not be accommodated. Please SIGN UP HERE Picture packet forms may be picked up from the Central Axillary Office (Old Principal’s Office) or parents can go online at 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, as these pictures are used in the Yearbook and for student ID’s. This year, due to the requirement to wear face coverings, ALL students will be required to wear their IDs where they’r e visible. An initial lanyard will be provided to each student for this purpose.

If for some reason your child is not able to attend, another date, yet to be determined, will be held after the start of the school year. We can’t stress enough how important it is for your student to take their picture.

Student schedules are being finalized and will be available the week of August 31 – September 4. If your student has a ISU or DMACC class please contact their counselor directly.

This year’s Freshman Orientation is planned for the week of August 31 – September 4. With the need to social distance and ensure contact tracing, we are still putting these details together. Parents of an incoming freshman can expect to have an updated date, time, and plan by Wednesday, August 26. Minimally, students will tour the school, follow their schedules and meet some teachers. Bus routes will help facilitate student transportation to this event.

All 10th – 12th grade students new to Ames High will have an orientation during the week of August 31 – September 4. Minimally, students will tour the school, make their schedules, and meet some teachers. Parents of new incoming students can expect to have an updated date, time, and plan by Wednesday, August 24.

As stated earlier, we have limited parking due to the ongoing construction. Parking permits in the school based lot will be awarded accordingly:
• Juniors and Seniors with a 3.5 GPA or higher
• Seniors
• Other upperclassman

We will also provide parking passes for Furman Aquatic Center. Parking in that lot will follow the same policies and procedures as the school-based parking lot.

All school vehicles parked at AHS or Furman Aquatic Center during the school day must be registered with the school. Students are required to purchase a hang tag that must be displayed on the rearview mirror. The cost of a parking tag is $5. Lost or replacement tags are $8. Students that violate the hang tag requirement or park in restricted areas or illegally may receive a fine of $5 per infraction, not to exceed $20. Students who accrue up to 2 parking tickets will be subject to towing and/or may lose their on-campus parking privileges. Parking tickets will be issued for both directly on campus parking as well as at Furman. Students should NOT park anywhere else beside the two official parking lots, especially not Northminster Presbyterian.

We have a two step process at Ames High for school permits. Students need to be in an activity before or after school outside the normal school hours at least 3 times a week. There is a form in the Central Auxiliary Office (OLD Principal’s Office) for students to fill out and have their coach or sponsor sign to verify they are in that activity warranting the need for a school permit. Once that has been completed and turned back in, the school will fill out the DOT form with our school principals signature. Students should bring their learners permit with them when obtaining the DOT form in the school office.

Students who have a school permit are not automatically granted a parking space. Parking will still be awarded based on the process stated above.

Due to COVID-19, Ames High athletics will not hold its traditional fall sports kickoff. The following are the dates, times and locations for the player introductions and parent meetings for each sport. All athletes and parents should park in the new parking lot east of the stadium and enter behind the video board.

Football: August 21
9th grade football scrimmage – 6:30 p.m.
Varsity football scrimmage – 7 p.m.
A brief parent meeting will follow at 7:45 p.m. with information on clothing sales, ticket allotment for varsity games and information from Coach Ferguson.

Fall Cheer: August 25
Fall cheer athletes will be introduced at 6:30 p.m. with a brief parent meeting to follow. Information will be given on ticket allotment for varsity games.

Volleyball: August 25
The volleyball team will be introduced at 7:30 p.m. with a brief meeting to follow.

Cross Country: August 27
The boys cross country team will be introduced at 6:30 p.m. with a brief parent meeting to follow. The girls cross country team will be introduced at 7:30 p.m. with a brief parent meeting to follow.

Swimming: Sept. 1
The girls swimming team will be introduced at 6:30 p.m. with a brief parent meeting to follow.

As you know, this year will be like none other. The first day of school for each household will be determined by their group assignment. Families will be assigned to a group randomly, but if there are problems with the assignment, you may contact AHS to be reassigned to a different group. PLEASE NOTE: Assignments are based on the household, so all children within the household will be assigned to the same rotation group.

In order to acclimate students to this new school year, and to ensure that they have their schedules, September 8 – 14 will have an alternate schedule to allow for homeroom on each student’s first day of school.

As instructed by the Ames Community School District Board, we are implementing a phased-in hybrid. This is intended to provide additional safeguards to staff and students, while still serving students’ academic and social-emotional needs. As a result, on any given day of in-person instruction, only 25% of those students who have opted into the Hybrid 1 option will be in physical classes. The numbers in the Hybrid schedule refers to the block schedule not the class periods.
See below for schedules.

Initial Phased Hybrid Schedules

Breakfast doors will open at 7:15 AM and close at 8 AM. Students will have time to eat breakfast before the 7:50 AM class start time. Students will have the opportunity to select their seat on the first day, and will be assigned that seat each day going forward. Tables will be marked with a color coded system to identify which student is at each table during both breakfast and lunch.

In lieu of the current health crisis and our ongoing construction, AHS is moving to a closed campus. Students may not leave for lunch or snacks. Students attending off-campus programs such as DMACC, ISU, internships, and work-based learning, may continue to participate in these programs. We are working hard to ensure that these opportunities are at the beginning or end of the school day to limit the exposure and spread of Covid-19 that may occur with traveling students.

Due to many changes during the week please click on the link below for the schedule of athletic events.