A separate email wast sent out this morning regarding the course orientation. 
*That nformation is also listed at the bottem of this post 


Senior Senate will be selecting four members of the class of 2019 to speak at graduation on May 26, 2019.  Two students will be chosen to read original speeches. Auditions will be held the morning of Wednesday, April 10 from 7:45AM to 8:55AM.  All auditions are limited to five minutes and the speaker will be expected to present a portion of his or her speech to members of Senior Senate. Anyone who is a graduating member of the Ames High School class of 2019, has a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and has shown overall good conduct has the opportunity to audition by signing up with Mrs. Micalone in room 26 by April 8.  Audition times will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  Students are encouraged to work with the AHS English Department on their speeches.  A copy of the final speeches of those who are picked to read will need to be turned in to Mr. Evans for final approval.


On Wednesday, April 3rd, 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 junior parents (but all are welcome), with time allotted for a question and answer session.


A College Representative from Truman State will be in Student Services on Monday, March 11th at 1:30 pm.

DANCE with the AMES HIGH DRILL TEAM at the Annual Spring Show held on March 30th at 6:30 pm 

WHO: Any Pre-School through 8th Grader

WHERE: Ames High Gym (1921 Ames High Drive)

WHAT: A clinic on Friday March 29th  6:30pm-7:30pm



  • Admission to perform at the Annual Ames High Drill Team Spring Show on Saturday, March 30th.  Entry into the dance clinic on Friday night 6:30-7:30. An opportunity to perform the routine you learned at the clinic at the AHS Drill Team Spring Show that night at 6:30pm in the AHS gym. A snack during the clinic and a souvenir t-shirt for your performance.

 REGISTER by March 22nd. Walk ins are welcome,  but t-shirts will be limited. Please e-mail Coach Buss ASAP if you are turning your registration in late.(



Friday, March 8

No classes-Teacher work day

Saturday, March 9

AHS Music Solo & Ensemble Contest 8 AM

Monday, March 11

AHS Course Schedule Orientation 3:45-7:50 PM

Tuesday, March 12

AHS Wind Symphony @ UNI

BTR- V at Wartburg College 3:00 PM

AHS Course Schedule Orientation 3:45-7:50 PM

Wednesday, March 13

AHS Course Schedule Orientation 3:45-7:50 PM

Thursday, March 14

No School District Wide

AHS Course Schedule Orientation 8:00-11:45 AM

Friday, March 15

No School District Wide

BTR-JV/10/9 at Central College 12 PM

Monday-Friday, March 18-22

Spring Break

Monday, March 18

GTR-V at ISU 12:00 PM

Tuesday, March 19

BTR-V at ISU 12:00 PM

Friday, March 22

GTR-JV at Central College 12:00 PM

Saturday, March 23

B/GTR-V at South Dakota State Univ. 12:00 PM


 Guide to Course Orientation for 2019-2020 for parents, guardians and students

You are invited to join Ames High Staff in a buffet style course orientation. Every 15 minutes a session of information will be presented in each department and each of these sessions will have the same information. You can pick and choose which sessions to visit – as many or as few as you like.  You can start your course orientation experience on any of the days at any time, specifics are listed below.

For example, room 46 will feature information on 9th and 10th grade science courses. Every 15 minutes, the same information will be shared, so you can choose any session and find the same information.

The 15 minute sessions on Monday 3/11, Tuesday 3/12, and Wednesday 3/13 will be as follows:

3:45 pm    5:00 pm    6:15 pm   7:30 pm

4:00 pm    5:15 pm    6:30 pm    7:45 pm

4:15 pm   5:30 pm     6:45 pm

4:30 pm   5:45 pm    7:00 pm

4:45 pm   6:00 pm    7:15 pm


The 15 minute sessions on Thursday 3/14 are:


8:00 am     9:00 am     10:00 am     11:00 am

8:15 am     9:15 am     10:15 am     11:15 am

8:30 am     9:30 am     10:30 am     11:30 am

8:45 am     9:45 am     10:45 am     11:45 am


Counselors Room 123 (Athletic video room)


Science Department

Overview of 3 science paths Room 31

Science courses for 9th/10th graders Room 46

Science courses for 11th/12th graders Room 47


English Department

English courses 9th graders Room 229

English courses for 10th graders Room 228

English courses for 11th/12th/graders Room 201


Music Department

Choir with Mrs. Dieter & Mrs. Johnson Choir Room

Orchestra with Mrs. Polashek Orchestra Room

Band with Mr. Ewan & Mr. Buttermore Band Room A


ART Department

All Art courses & grade levels ART Room C


PE & Health

Mr. Rial, Mr. Fecht. Mr. Duea Weight Room

and Mr. Steffen


Social Studies

Options for required courses Room 121

9th Honors World Studies or World Studies

10th AP US History or US History

12th AP Gov’t or Gov’t


Electives for Junior & Senior Year Room 103

Non-Western World


AP Psychology

AP European History


World Issues

Western Civilization


World Language Room 7



Reasoning for all 4 levels (Life-skills vs. Getting requirements out of the way.)

Hosting and Traveling Opportunities

Parent Choice vs. Student Choice

Sequential years of a common language

Seal of Biliteracy and AP possibilities

Heritage speakers and choices

Acceleration requests require:  credentialed prerequisite credit, or family background, no testing out of level 4.



Algebra 1, Algebra AB Room 208

Algebra 2, Advanced Algebra 2 Room 209

Financial Algebra Room 209

Pre-Calculus, Calculus Room 210

Statistics, Acceleration Room 210

Geometry, Geometry AB Room 211


Career and Technical Education

Industrial Technology Room 12


Human Services (Early Child Development)

Information Technology


Career Academy programs (Health Occupations, Criminal Justice, Teacher Academy, Automotive, Culinary, Building Trades, and Welding).


ELP will be in the Media Center 


Special Needs

Level 1 Special Ed Room 15

Level 2 Special Ed Room 26

Integrated Services Room B-3

ALP Room 18


All 9th-12th grade course offerings Room 16