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Friday, June 26

Summer Food Service Program Update

Grab and Go Meals

The Ames Community School District is continuing to participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through August 7, 2020. This is the same “grab and go” meal program where we were able to provide breakfast and lunch to all children without charge.

Locations – Meals will continue to be provided at Meeker, Mitchell and Sawyer Elementary Schools, in addition to the Ames Public Library. (Note: we previously communicated that meals would end at Mitchell Elementary, but this is no longer the case.)

Time – breakfast and lunch will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting on June 22.


Panorama Survey Results

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In March of 2020, the Ames Community School District surveyed students, staff, and families using the Panorama Culture and Climate Survey. The survey included questions around social and emotional learning, school satisfaction, and staff and family engagement, among others. New to this year’s student 6-12 survey were questions related to equity and inclusion. The purpose of the survey is to gather perception data from key stakeholders as a way to set and continue the evaluation of specific goal areas around the District’s Purpose and Priorities. 

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Ames High Commencement Postponed

Commencement Date Confirmed

Dear Ames High seniors, staff, and commencement guests, 

We are writing to regretfully inform you that we will not be holding the Ames High commencement ceremony this Sunday, June 21. Please know that this communication comes with a great deal of disappointment and regret as we very much wanted to make graduation happen for you all this Sunday. As a senior class, you have been amazingly resilient, patient, and positive as we have navigated numerous challenges throughout your senior year. 

Most of you know, Story County, and specifically the City of Ames, is experiencing a sudden and significant increase in COVID-19 cases this week. Throughout COVID-19, our priority has been the safety of our students, staff, and families. We are unable to ensure that this event can be held in a manner that creates an environment that aligns with this ongoing priority. Again, the postponement of this ceremony comes with much regret. 

In April, we communicated three prospective dates for the commencement ceremony. We will revisit those options with our staff and school board, and will continue to collaborate with the Story County Health Department to align our ceremony with guidance for providing an environment that keeps the health and safety of everyone as our priority. 


Our intent in this commencement remains to honor the Class of 2020 with a celebration that they deserve while keeping the safety of our students, staff, and families as our top priority.  As a school district and school board, we apologize once again for this last-minute change. We appreciate the support and grace we have received from our community as we lead through this unprecedented and unforeseeable time and we look forward to our next opportunity to celebrate this senior class with you.

 

 

 

 
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Friday, June 19

We are excited to share with our community that the Ames School Board approved the naming of the competitive gymnasium and court at the new Ames High School the
Harrison Barnes Gymnasium and Court.”

Harrison’s legacy reaches far beyond his accomplishments on the basketball court. His ongoing philanthropy significantly impacts the communities where he lives and it sets a tremendous example for our Ames CSD students.

Commencement Date Confirmed

Dear Ames High seniors, staff, and commencement guests, 

We are writing to regretfully inform you that we will not be holding the Ames High commencement ceremony this Sunday, June 21. Please know that this communication comes with a great deal of disappointment and regret as we very much wanted to make graduation happen for you all this Sunday. As a senior class, you have been amazingly resilient, patient, and positive as we have navigated numerous challenges throughout your senior year. 

Most of you know, Story County, and specifically the City of Ames, is experiencing a sudden and significant increase in COVID-19 cases this week. Throughout COVID-19, our priority has been the safety of our students, staff, and families. We are unable to ensure that this event can be held in a manner that creates an environment that aligns with this ongoing priority. Again, the postponement of this ceremony comes with much regret. 

In April, we communicated three prospective dates for the commencement ceremony. We will revisit those options with our staff and school board, and will continue to collaborate with the Story County Health Department to align our ceremony with guidance for providing an environment that keeps the health and safety of everyone as our priority. 


Our intent in this commencement remains to honor the Class of 2020 with a celebration that they deserve while keeping the safety of our students, staff, and families as our top priority.  As a school district and school board, we apologize once again for this last-minute change. We appreciate the support and grace we have received from our community as we lead through this unprecedented and unforeseeable time and we look forward to our next opportunity to celebrate this senior class with you.

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Ames High Commencement Ceremony Update

 

Commencement Date ConfirmedWe are excited to announce that we will be hosting the Ames High Commencement Ceremony on June 21 at Hilton Coliseum at 1:00 p.m. 

Earlier this spring, the feedback we heard from students and families made it clear that there was a strong desire to have the celebration in person, even if it is delayed from the originally scheduled May 24th date. Based on that feedback, we established several potential dates, with June 21st being the first option. 

The most recent governor’s proclamation permits social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people if public health measures are implemented, including limiting attendance to 50% of the venue capacity and maintaining six feet of distance between those attending. Because Hilton Coliseum is such a large venue, we are able to accommodate this guidance and we are actively working with Hilton Coliseum staff on additional logistics. 

Providing an in-person commencement celebration for the Class of 2020 is an amazing opportunity and a wonderful conclusion to a very unusual year. There are a lot of considerations taking place for this event and we will communicate more information in the coming weeks. Some of those considerations include:

  • Seating and layout for seniors

  • Entrance to Hilton Coliseum and flow of people

  • Live-streaming capabilities for the event

  • Logistics on the ceremony

Thank you again to the senior class who has continually demonstrated their Ames High Pride during this very unusual year and we look forward to seeing you all on June 21. 

Brian Carico, Principal

Ames High School
Thoughtful, Safe, and Responsible
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Friday, May 29, 2020

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In collaboration with the Central Iowa Metropolitan League (CIML), Ames High baseball and softball will begin practice on Monday, June 1. After three weeks of practice, competition for student-athletes will begin no earlier than June 20th. A schedule of games will be released at a later date. The 2020 season will only see competition from varsity and 10/JV squads via a CIML schedule with underclassmen being involved in practice/developmental scenarios and rounding out rosters on teams. Intersqaud games will take place at these lower levels after the third week of practice.  More Information 

We sent a Thought Exchange link to parents, staff, and secondary students, asking for feedback on how remote learning went this spring. Your thoughts will help us plan for the future. If you have not yet provided your thoughts, you have until next Tuesday, June 2nd at 4:00 p.m. to do so.
Check your email for the link. 

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Friday May 22, 2020

 

Class of 2020 logo

Follow this link for Graduation Ceramony information 


 

Class of 2020

I want to begin by saying THANK YOU! You have been a fantastic group of students, and I am privileged to have been a small part of your last 13 years of education. The flexibility and perseverance you have shown the previous nine weeks have provided me with an even better opinion of how exceptional you are! 

There have been several requests for caps and gowns before our to be determined graduation ceremony. Many of you have requested them for your grad parties and pictures, and I want to make sure we can accommodate those requests. On Saturday, May 23rd, from 8 AM-11 AM, you may pick up your cap and gown at the high school.  

Due to construction, you will need to come to the north parking lot on 20th Street (teachers parking lot). There will be a staff that will greet you and asks for your name. They will radio ahead to other staff members located in the bus lane. You will follow the orange cones to where the staff members are located, and you will be handed your cap and gown.  

I know this is an inconvenience not to be able to turn in your computers or books, but we are requesting that you not bring those items at this time. You will receive directions on how and when to turn in those materials at a later date.
 
Again, CONGRATULATIONS and we are excited to see you on Saturday, May 23rd from 8 AM-11 AM at AHS.  
 
Brian Carico, Principal

Ames High School
Thoughtful, Safe, and Responsible


 

Some important information as we near the end of this school year regarding your school laptops.

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    • Seniors and students leaving the district will need to turn their devices in at the District Office between June 2-4 during the hours of 9 am – 3 pm.  

      • To follow guidelines in place to minimize exposure and keep everyone safe, this will be all done outside and you will be able to stay in your car while a member of the Technology Team comes to your car window to get the device, charger, and laptop bag (High School only).

      • June 2nd – Students with the last name that starts with A-H

      • June 3rd – Students with the last name that starts with I-R

      • June 4th – Students with the last name that starts with S-Z

      • Make sure you have backed up any files you need off of your device.  We will not be assisting with this at this time, it must be done before you bring the device in.  

      • You can also download or transfer all of your Google Apps files by using the directions on the AHS Senior Google Info document. You will have access to your school Google account for up to a year after you leave AHS.

      • Be sure to bring in your computer, charger, and bag. If your bag or charger is still in your locker at AHS, please let us know when you bring your device.

      • You can find an image showing the location for the computer drop off on June 2-4 on the Laptop Turn-in and Summer Plans document.

    • All other students (All non-Senior AHS students, AMS students, and any Elementary students who received a device from their school) will be able to keep their devices through the summer. This decision was made to help minimize exposure and this is something we have looked at in the past as a way to support student learning throughout summer months.

    • If you have any repair needs during the summer months, you will be able to schedule a time to bring in your device for repair to our District Office. Please use the Tech Support Form to get assistance with any repair needs or other tech support.


Biliteracy

This year, 17 graduating seniors earned the Seal of Biliteracy with five different world languages being represented based on the results of STAMP testing. To receive a seal, students must demonstrate proficiency in English and at least one other language through approved assessments. Students must be able to read, write, listen, and speak in the language they are testing

 

Summer Programming and Athletics Update

Yesterday, Thursday May 20th, the Governor announced that local districts may make decisions about participating in softball and baseball seasons as well as some very limited summer academic programming. Today, the Iowa Department of Education held an information sharing session on the guidance documents for summer sports, summer learning activities, and use of facilities. We recognize that this new guidance may present many questions or concerns for our community.
We are currently studying all the guidance and limitations that have been provided to us from the Department of Education, CDC, and Iowa Department of Public Health to determine how to best move forward. Below are some key points that may answer questions you may have.

This guidance is for June ONLY

The guidance relates to limited groups of students

Baseball and Softball JV and Varsity are the only sports allowed to play if all guidelines can be met. No other sports or clubs are permitted at this time.


GrabandGoHere are a few reminders and updates on the grab-and-go meals that are being provided at Meeker, Mitchell, and Sawyer Elementary Schools.

Weekend meals will begin this Friday, May 22 at each location. In addition to the Friday lunch, weekend meals and Monday meals will also be provided.

No meals will be provided on Monday, May 25 due to Memorial Day.

The meals in their current format will be continued through August 7 at Meeker and Sawyer Elementary Schools.

Meals provided at Mitchell Elementary will end on June 30 due to specific federal waivers not being extended.

 

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Friday May 8, 2020

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Last week, we set up a button on RevTrak to accept monetary donations that will be used to supplement the food boxes we are receiving from the Food Bank of Iowa to support students and families. We additionally have allowed families to transfer current lunch balance accounts toward this fund. Since April 28, we have received over $6,300 in our RevTrak account and over $5,000 in lunch balance transfers. 

A Special Thank You To All the Ames High Teachers ! 


“We Are Ames ” 

Sarah Terrones, Ames High School Literacy Lab Teacher 

 

 


Even though a decision on summer sports has not been made yet, we can continue to show our Ames High Pride. The softball apparel store is now open and will close on May 18th. They have some amazing options. https://www.siglershop.com/AmesHighSoftball/shop/home

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Friday May 1, 2020

   Food Drive  Monday May 4th and Tuesday May 5th 

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Summer School & Return to Learn Update 4.28.20

As a District, we have been working on the calendar portion of our Return to Learn Plan and will be expanding our team to include building administrators this week. Once we receive guidance from the Department of Education, we will combine our work with the template provided to us. The deadline to submit our Return to Learn Plan is July 1. 

In order to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and community volunteers, we will not be providing summer school (Enrich, Empower, Excel) this year. The situation is too unstable for us to plan effectively and we are not wanting to put any of our students or staff at risk. We are exploring various models to provide additional instruction time and intervention for when we return to school.


Congratulations to Junior Yuer Zhu on making All State Art this school year!

This is a great honor and well deserved. Read the Full Story  and check out some of her amazing work!

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Commencement Save the Dates

 As a district, we are determined to find a way for the Class of 2020 to celebrate its graduation in person. While some districts are opting now to schedule virtual ceremonies, the feedback we have heard from students and families indicates that there continues to be a strong desire to have the celebration in person even if it is delayed. 

While it will not be possible to have graduation on May 24 as scheduled, we are hopeful that as conditions evolve in the months ahead there may be some easing of restrictions on public gatherings that would allow us to hold a graduation ceremony. To assist families in planning, we have identified several dates that will serve as our target date, as well as back up dates in the event that conditions are not to the point where we can hold a large gathering. We ask that graduates and families please hold both of these dates in their calendar.

Commencement Date(s)

Option 1: In-person ceremony at Hilton Coliseum (1:00 p.m.)

  • Sunday, June 21st
  • Saturday, July 11th

Holding the commencement ceremony on one of these dates is our best option to hold a traditional commencement ceremony. Our intention is to plan for the first date while having the second date as a back up if conditions are not to the point where we can hold a large ceremony. These dates were selected based on the availability of Hilton Coliseum. 

Option 2: In-person, outdoor ceremony at Ames High Stadium 

  • Saturday, July 25th
  • Sunday, July 26th (rain date)

If the first two dates at Hilton Coliseum do not work, we will plan to hold commencement at Ames High football stadium. As an outdoor venue, the second date will serve as a weather contingency option. 

Option 3: Virtual Ceremony

If public gathering conditions do not allow us to celebrate our seniors through the first two options, we will move to a virtual ceremony. 

As a District, we will continue to develop and communicate the logistics around each plan, starting with Option 1 as our top priority. As we look to the months ahead, student and staff safety will continue to be at the forefront of our decision making. We remain hopeful that one of our selected graduation dates will be possible despite the constantly evolving coronavirus situation. At the same time, we will continue to monitor current data and projections. Should conditions significantly change or further prevent gatherings during our established dates, we will discuss alternate virtual options for graduation at that time. Thank you again to the senior class who has continually demonstrated their Ames High Pride during this unprecedented time. 

 

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Thursday April 23, 2020

 

Ames High 2020 Commencement Update

Dear Ames High seniors, 

We first want to thank you for giving us your feedback around commencement this year through Thoughtexchange. As we explore ways to celebrate your high school career and accomplishments, your voice is the most important perspective that we must consider. 

Based on the feedback that we received, it was clear to us that the preference is to postpone commencement to a date in late summer in hopes that we can have as traditional of a ceremony as possible. As a result, we will begin exploring what that looks like, while also acknowledging that the future is unknown at this point. 

In upcoming communications, we will share information around dates, locations, and other logistics that we need to consider to make this celebration of Ames High Pride a success. Thank you again for sharing your feedback around this incredible event. Go Little Cyclones!


During this time of COVID-19 Closure, we want to still provide timely tech support to students and staff as needed while following the guidelines set forth to minimize exposure and increase safety. 

 Spring 2020 Tech Support Guidelines for the following Issues : 

  • Damaged Devices
  • Student / School Google Accounts
  • Wi- Fi Options
  • Cleaning Computers 
  • Offline Chromebook use

Family Support Services:

As a reminder, we have set up a Google Form that students, families, or community members can fill out to help the Ames Community School District identify families in need. Building principals are working with school counselors and school Student and Family Advocates to identify families who would benefit from food and supplies. We will be coordinating with community partners in this effort to serve our families.

The Google form can be accessed through this link

 

 

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Wednesday April 15, 2020

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High School Required Options:

  • Ames High School will be providing Required Educational Services to students beginning Monday, April 20. The required option was chosen over the voluntary option because it provides the greatest flexibility for our students and families. The required option allows students to receive credit and progress toward meeting graduation requirements during this extended closure period. The voluntary option would not allow teachers to grade and award credit for work done during this time. Ames High teachers and staff have been preparing for what continuous learning looks like for their students and yesterday afternoon communicated the options available to students. In order to provide students with increased flexibility, several options are available to students. All options result in full credit awarded for passing grades.

    ● Option 1 – Continue learning and work for the remaining essential standards identified by teacher groups. The final grade will reflect this work combined with the grade prior to school closure.
    ● Option 2 – Work with a teacher to improve a grade in a class based on reassessment or completion of work assigned prior to school closure.
    ● Option 3 – Take the letter grade that was in place as of March 13th for a course.
    ● Option 4 – Choose a pass / fail option for the class.


Resources for Supplemental  Learning in the intrim have been listed here 
(non required)

Grab and Go Meals Information ( News Post ) 


For Further information on the District and AHS operating status please refer to this page for our latest updates 

Cornavirus District Information 

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