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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

Panorama Data Results Graphic

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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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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Friday, June 5, 2020



Thank you WHO 13 News for running this story and highlighting this incredible class. We are proud of Ames High to be able to offer this class and give our students a voice. Be the change!


Today marks the one year anniversary since the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Ames High School project. During this time, the project team has completed more than 1,200 activities and has met or exceeded every schedule milestone to date. The project is currently 31% through the construction period. A huge shout out to our Director of Facilities Planning and Management Gerry Peters and the team at Story Construction.



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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.


    • 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.


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

Support Our Students graphic

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.






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Friday May 1, 2020

   Food Drive  Monday May 4th and Tuesday May 5th 



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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Friday, April 10, 2020

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.

Gaurdians / Parents & Students 

Please Check your Email for the latest communications and more details regarding these options,

District Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates 



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March 23, 2020 Update

Weekly News Updated March 23, 2020

Governor Reynolds announced that she is recommending that Iowa school districts close for four weeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Effective Monday, March 16, all school buildings, events, practices, and activities are canceled until further notice.

 Ames Community School District  COVID-19  information page 

Grab and Go Meals Provided to Students Starting March 23

Summer Food Program Graphic
Read the Full Story (Includes Shuttle & Transportation Information) 

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Friday, February 28,2020


Contracting for a grade with pass/fail option is March 12. Get a form from your counselor if interested. This option needs to be renewed each semester.

AHS Presentation on the Film “Black N Black”  Join Zadi Zokou, for the screening and discussion of Black N Black. His 2018 documentary examines the relationships between African Americans and African Immigrants to the U.S. Black N Black is currently screening at festivals and universities in the United States and made its international debut in Paris, France, in September 2019.
Friday, Feb. 28 – 7:00 PM in the AHS Auditorium 
 2:00 PM Sat. at the Ames Public Library 


Reminder, the on-line parent/teacher conference scheduler opens on Monday, March 2 at 7 AM. 
A separate email with instructions was emailed out earlier. This link will take you to the login for scheduling.


  1. Copy the following address to your web browser. It will take you to a Parent/Student login for scheduling parent/teacher 

2. Enter your student’s formal first and last name. Your ACCESS CODE is your student’s date of birth. For example for Feb. 4, 1999 enter 2/4/99. 
Note the “month” and “day” should not contain a zero prior to the number. 

(If a student is from a split family and the parents are going to attend separate conferences, please call 817-0620 to have an account created for computer access for the second parent.) 

  1. The student’s schedule will appear. Enter your email address (bottom of the screen) and click SUBMIT EMAIL ADDRESS. This will enable you to receive an email reminder of the conferences you have scheduled.



Congratulations to the AHS DECA State Competitors for a great showing last weekend.
Overall, 28 students placed in the top 3 of their events, qualifying to compete in the
International Career Development Conferences to be held in Nashville in late April.
Additionally, two Ames DECA members were elected as State Officers for 2020-2021 –
Shrey Patel, VP of Career Development, and Mario Napolitano, VP of Leadership.

The qualifying students were:
Lauren Anderson
Ling Bai
Sarah Carlson
Samantha Carney
Angelina Chen
Kristin Eggert
Allie Enyart
Caleb Grawe
Katie Gu
Adrian Guan
Will Hanson
Olivia Heindel
Karlie Hill
Emma Hogan
Sam Keenan
Leslie Kim
Tatum Lillibridge
Sivani Manimaran
Ezra Manus
Emily Matulac
Jamey McCalley
Mariam Mkhitaryan
Mario Napolitano
Shrey Patel
Varun Prasanna
Rishabh Swamy
Prachi Upreti
Grace Wirth

DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders to be college and career ready.
While the focus of competitive events is on business principles such as marketing, finance,
hospitality, management, and entrepreneurship, students who participate in the local DECA
chapter also find themselves involved in service projects that help them further their
commitment to community, as well as leadership activities that help them develop and
enhance employability skills.


The next AHS Booster Club mtg. is Wednesday March 4th at 7pm in the Athletic Video Room.


The Ames High Bands will be presenting their Winter Band Concerts on Thursday, March 5 in the Ames High School Auditorium. The 6:30 PM concert will feature the Freshman Band directed by Andrew Buttermore and the Wind Symphony directed by Chris Ewan. The 8:00 PM concert will feature the Concert Band directed by Nick Gardner and the Symphonic Band directed by Andrew Buttermore.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $10 for a family.


Below are exciting links to support the Ames High Drill Team or Ames High Fall Cheer Squad!

  • CLICK HERE to sign up for the Ames High Drill Team Spring Show Clinic at Ames High on March 28th. The clinic is open to dancers PS-8th grade.

  • CLICK HERE to shop the Fall Cheer Spirit Shop there are great items to promote Ames as well as the popular “Class Of ” t-shirts

Thank you in advance for supporting the dance clinic or fall cheer spirit shop fundraiser and feel free to pass this on to your friends! 


Please be aware that the required statewide testing will be during the week of March 30-April 3.  During this time students are not allowed to have their phones or other devices that can record the test, other than their laptop, while they are testing.  This will require that students leave their phones outside of the classroom during the testing or be willing to turn their phones into the staff member monitoring the test.  We know that our students are reluctant to have someone else have their phones, but this is a state requirement.  All phones that staff may monitor during the test will be turned off and staff will not access any portion of a student’s phone.  Please understand that we do not want to have any conflict or concerns that may impact our students testing ability and the student/staff discussion on turning in a phone is one area that can cause a student to lose their focus.  With this advanced information students and parents can make the proper arrangements for the management of students cell phones.



Reminder, the on-line parent/teacher conference scheduler opens on Monday, March 2 at 7 AM.
A separate email with instructions was emailed out earlier. This link will take you to the login for scheduling.


The following college representatives will be in Student Services next week. Please see Mrs. Monroe if you need a pass to visit with these college representatives.

Tuesday, March 3 – The School of Art Institute of Chicago during first lunch.

Wednesday, March 4 – Grand View University at 9:30 AM.

Thursday, March 5 – University of Northern Iowa (UNI) during Plus period.



Friday, Feb. 28

BBB-V at Sioux City East 6 PM

Monday, March 2

AHS-No classes, Prof. Development

Tuesday, March 3

B&G TR- V at Wartburg Indoor 2 PM

Thursday, March 5

AHS Winter Band Concert 6:30 & 8 PM

Friday, March 6

No school District wide, Teacher conference prep day

Saturday, March 7

AHS Solo & Ensemble Music Contest


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