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Mon., Nov. 23, 2020

ODD Block Day

There will be no classes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 25-27 due to the observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  

Students, please remember to go into infinite Campus and check the “I am here” button in order to not be counted as No Virtual Attendance (NVA). This needs to be done once a day, every day.  However, students, teachers will continue to monitor your participation in synchronous meetings, so please be sure to log in when your class meets.

Iowa State University’s Multicultural Vision Program Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition award for 100 multicultural Iowa high school students. Applications are due on December 1, 2020. For more information and to see if you meet the eligibility criteria, please visit the following link: https://www.multicultural.dso.iastate.edu/programs/mvp/apply

Writers Needed:  The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union is now accepting guest submissions for their blog. These can be stories written by student-athletes, coaches, and/or administrators that focus on the lessons learned through athletics, what it means to be an Iowa Girl, examples of good sportsmanship and leadership, or anything in between. Please send stories to contact@ighsau.org for review. Select stories will be published to our blog throughout the year.

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

2014 AHS ALUMNUS REGARDING THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CARVER COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
If you would like to have a Zoom meeting with Olivia Snyder, a 2014 alumnus of Ames High, regarding the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, the Zoom meeting is on November 23 at 3:00 p.m. She will answer questions about premed/medical school/admission process for current seniors. 

Zoom Link: Olivia Snyder is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: AHS Goes to Medical School
Time: Nov 23, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/9297818383, Meeting ID: 929 781 8383

Students who plan to attend need to submit this Google Survey before the meeting.

SENIOR PICTURES FOR YEARBOOK
Senior Pictures are due by January 22nd. Senior pictures should be vertical, color, head and shoulder shots with no props. Pictures will be printed at 2.25″ X 3.25″  Please email your high resolution image (300 dpi or greater) to yearbook@ames.k12.ia.us.

YEARBOOK NEEDS YOU
There’s the opportunity for AHS students to really put their mark on this year’s yearbook by becoming unofficial members of the yearbook staff.  Help us fill this year’s yearbook with your personal photos and stories by filling out this form on your experiences with COVID.  Looking for some other ways you could help us? Consider:

  • Follow us on Instagram @ameshigh_yearbook.

  • Send us pictures (and questions) to yearbook@ames.k12.ia.us.

  • When you see an email in regards to the yearbook, open it! Complete the form requesting information and pictures! Easy.

  • Capture CANDID moments and send them to us. By candid we mean non-posed. 

  • Student organizations definitely deserve some love: help us gather memories of meetings, practices or virtual events.

  • Calling all athletes: we are talking about school sports or extracurricular sports. Share your stories and photos!

  • Dressing up like Romeo and Juliet to perform a play via Zoom? We need to hear about it! Participating in a team building experience involving a phone app? Tell us!

  • PARENTS, you can participate too!  If you take pictures at student events, please email us.

  • Take photos of ANYTHING that happens in your home that connects back to our school, whether virtually or in-person.

  • We want to feature any students who are doing something awesome. Shondra is getting her pilot’s license? Santiago was accepted to a really cool program for Latin? Email us!

This yearbook is unique in that it will be created by the whole school. Thank you in advance for being a part of this historic year.  Don’t forget to reserve your copy at www.jostensyearbooks.com or call  1.877.767.5217.

AMES ACCOLADES
Help us acknowledge the amazing work our AHS teachers are doing by making sure they know how amazing they are.  Ames Accolades is an opportunity to spread joy and celebrate amazing. Through an online form, simply type in the individual’s name, email address, and reason for being recognized. When you submit it, a PDF will be sent to their email inbox.  But why stop with just one submission? You can celebrate amazing by filling out the form multiple times. Who doesn’t love a positive email? Recipients will also receive a direct link back to the Ames Accolades form to submit one of their own. Be amazing. Spread joy. The Ames Accolades form can be accessed at the following URL: http://bit.ly/AmesAccolades

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Friday, November 20, 2020

THANKSGIVING BREAK

There will be no classes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 25-27 due to the observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

LEARNING MODEL AFTER BREAK

Based on the average case count, (reported on the dashboard the ACSD Board will vote on Monday, November 23) Superintendent Risner anticipates requesting for ACSD school to remain in an all-remote learning model through December 11th.  If the numbers don’t dramatically trend downwards, she expects to communicate this to the ACSD Board on Monday.  If we remain remote, AHS plans to implement additional interventions, supports, and bell-schedule changes to further support students during this difficult time.

STUDENTS ABSENCE

Parents, please remember to call your students in on the attendance line, 515-817-0601, or fill out the online form when they will be offline for any appointments they may have or if they are sick. We are still keeping record of those absences and the reasons they are gone. The online link is below for those who may have forgotten to bookmark it. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSen2YYXOI-3JpJyozeJb7hs1iKq9uuZNGRFaqmlXtAi7wv-BA/viewform

URGENT! SENIORS & PARENTS

CAP & GOWN SENIOR DUES and GRADUATION INVITATION ORDER DEADLINE–DECEMBER 1st

  • GUARANTEE you will receive your school’s beautiful custom graduation invitations! 

  • GUARANTEE no late fees on your cap & gown/senior dues! (save money – order now)

  • GUARANTEE any senior apparel will ship prior to Christmas! 

ORDER TODAY!  And for sure by December 1st 

If you already ordered just your cap & gown, Thank You!  Take advantage of this reminder to order your graduation invitations/grad party cards and other items you might have missed!

Click the link to place your order before the December 1st deadline.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

MULTICULTURAL VISION PROGRAM (MVP) SCHOLARSHIP – IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

The MVP Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition award for 100 multicultural Iowa high school students. Applications are due on December 1, 2020. For more information and to see if you meet the eligibility criteria, please visit the following link: https://www.multicultural.dso.iastate.edu/programs/mvp/apply

VIRTUAL CODE DAY

CodeDay, is a nonprofit dedicated to providing underrepresented students with coding and computer science opportunities. There is an upcoming event called “Virtual CodeDay” that is happening on December 4-6th. Virtual CodeDay is a coding event providing high school and college students the opportunity to create fun projects such as apps, games, and websites. Want to know more about this and see what students made at previous CodeDays? Visit: https://virtual.codeday.org/   Please fill out the registration form here and join us!

WRITERS NEEDED 

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union is now accepting guest submissions for their blog. These can be stories written by student-athletes, coaches, and/or administrators that focus on the lessons learned through athletics, what it means to be an Iowa Girl, examples of good sportsmanship and leadership, or anything in between. Please send stories to contact@ighsau.org for review. Select stories will be published to our blog throughout the year.

VIRTUAL COLLEGE VISITS

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

2014 AHS ALUMNUS REGARDING THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CARVER COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

If you would like to have a Zoom meeting with Olivia Snyder, a 2014 alumnus of Ames High, regarding the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, the Zoom meeting is on November 23 at 3:00 p.m. She will answer questions about premed/medical school/admission process for current seniors. 

Zoom Link: Olivia Snyder is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: AHS Goes to Medical School
Time: Nov 23, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/9297818383, Meeting ID: 929 781 8383

Students who plan to attend need to submit this Google Survey before the meeting.

SENIOR PICTURES FOR YEARBOOK

Senior Pictures are due by January 22nd. Senior pictures should be vertical, color, head and shoulder shots with no props. Pictures will be printed at 2.25″ X 3.25″  Please email your high resolution image (300 dpi or greater) to  yearbook@ames.k12.ia.us .

AMES ACCOLADES

Help us acknowledge the amazing work our AHS teachers are doing by making sure they know how amazing they are.  Ames Accolades is an opportunity to spread joy and celebrate amazing. Through an online form, simply type in the individual’s name, email address, and reason for being recognized. When you submit it, a PDF will be sent to their email inbox.  But why stop with just one submission? You can celebrate amazing by filling out the form multiple times. Who doesn’t love a positive email? Recipients will also receive a direct link back to the Ames Accolades form to submit one of their own. Be amazing. Spread joy. The Ames Accolades form can be accessed at the following URL:  http://bit.ly/AmesAccolades

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

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

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Fri., Nov. 20, 2020

EVEN Block Day

Students, please remember to go into infinite Campus and check the “I am here” button in order to not be counted as No Virtual Attendance (NVA). This needs to be done once a day, every day.  However, students, teachers will continue to monitor your participation in synchronous meetings, so please be sure to log in when your class meets.

Iowa State University’s Multicultural Vision Program Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition award for 100 multicultural Iowa high school students. Applications are due on December 1, 2020. For more information and to see if you meet the eligibility criteria, please visit the following link: https://www.multicultural.dso.iastate.edu/programs/mvp/apply

Writers Needed:  The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union is now accepting guest submissions for their blog. These can be stories written by student-athletes, coaches, and/or administrators that focus on the lessons learned through athletics, what it means to be an Iowa Girl, examples of good sportsmanship and leadership, or anything in between. Please send stories to contact@ighsau.org for review. Select stories will be published to our blog throughout the year.

The Iowa Junior Academy of Science Student Research Grant Programs are calling for proposals.  STARR and LORAL Trust Student Research Grant Proposals for Iowa middle and high school students award grants ranging from $20 – $2000.   First round proposal submission deadline is Monday, November 30, 2020. (Proposals after November 30th will be considered for funding if funds are available.) All projects will receive feedback comments from Iowa scientists.  Questions?  See Mrs. Tibben or call the IAS Executive Director, Craig Johnson, at 319-273-2581

Change The World  2021 It’s a great time to start thinking about your Virtual State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa (SSTFI) research projects! Senior High paperwork deadline: 2/22/21 (register by February 1, 2021 and receive a FREE SSTFI T-SHIRT & PIN!)  Round #1 judging begins March 8th, round #2 judging begins March 22nd, followed by the awards show on March 26th.  Over $50,000 in awards (scholarships/cash/internships/opportunities). 

For more information about the 2021 Virtual State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa contact Mrs. Tibben and/or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/sstfi

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The Making of An All-Stater

Student singing for all-state audition

Acceptance into the Iowa All-State Music Festival is one of the most challenging goals for high school musicians to achieve. Each year, many Ames High students rise to the challenge as they embark on the journey to earn All-Stater status. The end goal is to make it to the Festival, a compilation of Iowa’s top high school band, orchestra, and chorus musicians. Yet, few make it. According to the Iowa High School Music Association, in 2019, 4,586 students auditioned, representing 286 of the state’s high schools. Out of that, 601 students were accepted into the All-State Chorus, 278 into the All-State Band, and 226 into the All-State Orchestra. At AHS, approximately 12 percent of the students in band, orchestra or chorus audition, and even fewer make it to the Festival.  

A tedious preparation process requires all musicians to practice both in and out of school, starting as early as summer. Optional clinics, workshops, and camps help musicians effectively learn their music for the late-October audition. On top of their rigorous rehearsal schedule, students are challenged to keep up with academic, athletic, and personal obligations. Why do they do it? The consistent answer is a passion for music.  

“Music has always been a big part of my life,” said senior clarinet player, Sofiya Palasyuk. 

This same sentiment was echoed by other AHS students auditioning, including Yunjae (Daniel) Lee, violin; Sofiya Palasyuk, clarinet; Cassidy Peterson, alto; Madelyn Timmermans, trumpet; and Adam Wolf, tenor. Together, they have a combined eight years of experience performing at the Festival. Performing in the Festival each year of high school, also known as a four-time All-Stater, is one of the highest honors. Lee hopes to make 2020 his fourth appearance in the All-State Orchestra.  

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Thurs., Nov. 19, 2020

ODD Block

Players who are interested in playing baseball next season should attend a short informational meeting today at 2:45pm.  The meeting link can be accessed through the baseball Google Classroom page (code: jt3zsgd) or here.

Iowa State University’s Multicultural Vision Program Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition award for 100 multicultural Iowa high school students. Applications are due on December 1, 2020. For more information and to see if you meet the eligibility criteria, please visit the following link: https://www.multicultural.dso.iastate.edu/programs/mvp/apply

CodeDay, is a nonprofit dedicated to providing underrepresented students with coding and computer science opportunities. There is an upcoming event called “Virtual CodeDay” that is happening on December 4-6th. Virtual CodeDay is a coding event providing high school and college students the opportunity to create fun projects such as apps, games, and websites. Want to know more about us and see what students made at our CodeDays? Visit: https://virtual.codeday.org/  Please fill out the registration form here and join us!

CHANGE THE WORLD  2021 
It’s a great time to start thinking about your Virtual State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa (SSTFI) research projects! Senior High paperwork deadline: 2/22/21  (register by February 1, 2021 and receive a FREE SSTFI T-SHIRT & PIN!)  Round #1 judging begins March 8th, round #2 judging begins March 22nd, followed by the awards show on March 26th.  Over $50,000 in awards (scholarships/cash/internships/opportunities). 

For more information about the 2021 Virtual State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa contact Mrs. Tibben and/or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/sstfi

The Iowa Junior Academy of Science Student Research Grant Programs are calling for proposals.  STARR and LORAL Trust Student Research Grant Proposals for Iowa middle and high school students award grants ranging from  $20 – $2000.   First round proposal submission deadline is Monday, November 30, 2020. (Proposals after November 30th will be considered for funding if funds are available.) All projects will receive feedback comments from Iowa scientists.  Questions?  See Mrs. Tibben or call the IAS Executive Director, Craig Johnson, at 319-273-2581

Writers Needed:  The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union is now accepting guest submissions for their blog. These can be stories written by student-athletes, coaches, and/or administrators that focus on the lessons learned through athletics, what it means to be an Iowa Girl, examples of good sportsmanship and leadership, or anything in between. Please send stories to contact@ighsau.org for review. Select stories will be published to our blog throughout the year.

Ames High 2014 alumnus Olivia Snyder, is holding a Zoom meeting regarding the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, the Zoom meeting is on November 23 at 3:00 p.m. She will answer questions about premed/medical school/admission process for current seniors. 

Zoom Link: Olivia Snyder is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: AHS Goes to Medical School
Time: Nov 23, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/9297818383, Meeting ID: 929 781 8383

Students who plan to attend need to submit this Google Survey before the meeting.

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Masked Hero: Suzy Nordhus

Masked Hero: Suzy Nordhus

Superpower: Shapeshifting teaching style

For much of the school year, Suzy Nordhus has taught preschool students both in the classroom and remotely. She knows the challenges of engaging up to 20 preschool students at a time through the computer. “I am quite the three-ring circus, sideshow act when I teach. I do nothing short of tap dance on the tables to keep students (or maybe just myself) engaged during remote learning. But I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these little people.” This is why they love her!

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Wed., Nov. 18, 2020

Regular Schedule 1-8 Periods

Players who are interested in playing baseball next season should attend a short informational meeting this Thursday, November 19th at 2:45pm.  The meeting link can be accessed through the baseball Google Classroom page (code: jt3zsgd) or here.

Join us for our next virtual DECA meeting today from 3:00-3:30. Use the Google Meet link from our Classroom page. The Classroom code is: jrybbrh. Hope to see you there!

Iowa State University’s Multicultural Vision Program Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition award for 100 multicultural Iowa high school students. Applications are due on December 1, 2020. For more information and to see if you meet the eligibility criteria, please visit the following link: https://www.multicultural.dso.iastate.edu/programs/mvp/apply

CodeDay, is a nonprofit dedicated to providing underrepresented students with coding and computer science opportunities. There is an upcoming event called “Virtual CodeDay” that is happening on December 4-6th. Virtual CodeDay is a coding event providing high school and college students the opportunity to create fun projects such as apps, games, and websites. Want to know more about us and see what students made at our CodeDays? Visit: https://virtual.codeday.org/  Please fill out the registration form here and join us!

The Iowa Junior Academy of Science Student Research Grant Programs are calling for proposals.  STARR and LORAL Trust Student Research Grant Proposals for Iowa middle and high school students award grants ranging from  $20 – $2000.   First round proposal submission deadline is Monday, November 30, 2020. (Proposals after November 30th will be considered for funding if funds are available.) All projects will receive feedback comments from Iowa scientists.  Questions?  See Mrs. Tibben or call the IAS Executive Director, Craig Johnson, at 319-273-2581

CHANGE THE WORLD  2021 Virtual State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa
It’s a great time to start thinking about your State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa (SSTFI) research projects! Senior High paperwork deadline: 2/22/21  (register by February 1, 2021 and receive a FREE SSTFI T-SHIRT & PIN!)  Round #1 judging begins March 8th, round #2 judging begins March 22nd, followed by the awards show on March 26th.  Over $50,000 in awards (scholarships/cash/internships/opportunities). 

For more information about the 2021 Virtual State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa contact Mrs. Tibben and/or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/sstfi

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

Ames High 2014 alumnus Olivia Snyder, is holding a Zoom meeting regarding the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, the Zoom meeting is on November 23 at 3:00 p.m. She will answer questions about premed/medical school/admission process for current seniors. 

Zoom Link: Olivia Snyder is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: AHS Goes to Medical School
Time: Nov 23, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/9297818383, Meeting ID: 929 781 8383

Students who plan to attend need to submit this Google Survey before the meeting.

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Ames High Girls Swimming Win Their Ninth State Title

Girls State Swimming

The Ames High girls swim team approached the state championship this year with the passing of their long-time coach, Dan Flannery, on their mind. Flannery passed away in July 2020, just before the season kicked off. A legendary figure in the swimming community, he led the girls’ program to 8 state titles and the boys to one in 2018. The loss of Flannery continues to weigh heavily not only on the school community, but the Ames community at large. 

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Tues., Nov. 17, 2020

EVEN Block Day

Players who are interested in playing baseball next season should attend a short informational meeting this Thursday, November 19th at 2:45pm.  The meeting link can be accessed through the baseball Google Classroom page (code: jt3zsgd) or here.

Join us for our next virtual DECA meeting Wednesday, November 18 from 3:00-3:30. Use the Google Meet link from our Classroom page. The Classroom code is: jrybbrh. Hope to see you there!

Iowa State University’s Multicultural Vision Program Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition award for 100 multicultural Iowa high school students. Applications are due on December 1, 2020. For more information and to see if you meet the eligibility criteria, please visit the following link: https://www.multicultural.dso.iastate.edu/programs/mvp/apply

CodeDay, is a nonprofit dedicated to providing underrepresented students with coding and computer science opportunities. There is an upcoming event called “Virtual CodeDay” that is happening on December 4-6th. Virtual CodeDay is a coding event providing high school and college students the opportunity to create fun projects such as apps, games, and websites. Want to know more about us and see what students made at our CodeDays? Visit: https://virtual.codeday.org/

Please fill out the registration form here and join us!

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

Ames High 2014 alumnus Olivia Snyder, is holding a Zoom meeting regarding the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, the Zoom meeting is on November 23 at 3:00 p.m. She will answer questions about premed/medical school/admission process for current seniors. 

Zoom Link: Olivia Snyder is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: AHS Goes to Medical School
Time: Nov 23, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/9297818383, Meeting ID: 929 781 8383

Students who plan on attending need to submit this Google Survey before the meeting.

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Mon., Nov. 16, 2020

ODD Block Day 

Join us for our next virtual DECA meeting Wednesday, November 18 from 3:00-3:30. Use the Google Meet link from our Classroom page. The Classroom code is: jrybbrh. Hope to see you there! 

Multicultural Vision Program (MVP) Scholarship – Iowa State University The MVP Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition award for 100 multicultural Iowa high school students. Applications are due on December 1, 2020. For more information and to see if you meet the eligibility criteria, please visit the following link: https://www.multicultural.dso.iastate.edu/programs/mvp/apply 

Ames FFA’s fruit sales need your help. Fundraising is more important than ever this year! Four Seasons allows you to purchase 200+ award-winning American made products while providing financial benefit to Ames FFA. Thank you in advance for supporting our chapter! Contact Miss Lair or an FFA member to order. Fruit sales end today, November 16th. 

CodeDay, is a nonprofit dedicated to providing underrepresented students with coding and computer science opportunities. There is an upcoming event called “Virtual CodeDay” that is happening on December 4-6th. Virtual CodeDay is a coding event providing high school and college students the opportunity to create fun projects such as apps, games, and websites. 

Want to know more about us and see what students made at our CodeDays? Visit: https://virtual.codeday.org/  Please fill out the registration form and join us! 

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

Ames High 2014 alumnus Olivia Snyder, is holding a Zoom meeting regarding the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, the Zoom meeting is on November 23 at 3:00 p.m. She will answer questions about premed/medical school/admission process for current seniors. Zoom Link: Olivia Snyder is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 

Topic: AHS Goes to Medical School 
Time: Nov 23, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 
https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/9297818383 
Meeting ID: 929 781 8383 
Students who plan on attending need to submit this form before the meeting — Google Survey https://forms.gle/Ld5EU54UYKkKnGyGA

As we start fully remote learning, students please keep in mind the Demi Lovato song, “It’s OK Not to be OK.” AHS staff is here for you. Please reach out to staff or other students if you’re struggling and need support.

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