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Friday November 19, 2019

NO SCHOOL – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Staff Professional Development on Monday, November 18th. No school for AHS & AMS students.

POST PROM 2020 URGENTLY NEEDS PARENT VOLUNTEERS!!! 

Post Prom is a highly anticipated event but, is dependent on parent participation and coordination to be successful. This is a great after prom event that keeps our students occupied in a safe, substance-free environment. Post Prom cannot happen without parent help.

Please view our ‘Sign up Genius’ and consider volunteering so we can continue to have this important event for our students. Post prom will follow the AHS prom on April 18, 2020.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0544ACA72EAA8-post

Thank you, 

Karen Kiel Rosser, Post Prom Chair

MADRIGAL DINNER TICKETS

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!!  Madrigal Dinner tickets are now on sale for $30.  Tickets are available for Dec. 5th & 7th.  Please see Mrs. Dieter in the Choir Room to purchase your tickets.

WINTER SPORTS  KICK-OFF

The AHS Winter Kick-Off is November 21 at 6 p.m. in the Gym, where our Basketball, Boys Swim, Wrestling and Cheer teams and squads will be introduced. Fall Sports recognitions will also take place. Parent meetings will conclude the evening’s activities. Concessions and spirit wear will be available.

MADRIGAL DINNER

Tickets are now on sale now for the Madrigal Dinner presented by the AHS Music department. The dates for the dinners are December 5, 6 & 7 at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $30 each.  Please contact Peggy Dieter for tickets and more information: peggy.dieter@ames.k12.ia.us or 817-0600 Ext. 2238.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

A college representative from DMACC will be in Student Services on Thursday, November 21st during Plus period.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Nov. 15- Monday, Nov. 18

AHS Orchestra Tour in Minnesota

Saturday, Nov. 16

AHS Jazz Clinic w/Steve Shanley 9 AM

Monday, Nov. 18

No school AHS & AMS

Thursday, Nov. 21

AHS All State Music Festival at ISU

Winter Sports Kickoff 6:00 PM

Friday, Nov. 22

AHS All State Music Festival Hilton Coliseum

Saturday, Nov. 23

AHS All State Music Festival Hilton Coliseum

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Friday, November 1, 2019

AHS THURSDAY PARENT EMAIL 10-31-19

NO SCHOOL

There is no school district wide on Friday, Nov. 1st as teachers prepare for conferences. Thursday, November 7th due to conferences & no school Friday, November 8th.

2020 ALL STATE CHEER

Last weekend 200 cheerleaders from around the state auditioned for the 2020 Iowa Cheerleading Association’s All State Cheer Squad. Ames High is excited to announce that 5 girls from Ames High have made the team! Left to Right: Genesse Diggins-Kennedy (sophomore), Joscelyn Buss (senior), Alissa Hoover (junior), Kelsey Helton (senior) and Allie Carr (senior).  Senior, Joscelyn Buss also reached a milestone as being the first Ames High Cheerleader to make the team all 4 years. The record for making the team 3 years was previously held by Kelsie Vertanen, Macee Buss and Hannah Heindel. The All State Cheer Squad will practice all winter to perform this March at the Boys State Basketball FInals which will be televised and the team will receive medals from the Iowa High School Boys Athletic Union to recognize their All-State achievement.

ACT/SAT PREP CLASS

Attention students planning to take the ACT or SAT this fall:  Mr. Webb and Mrs. Engelkes are offering an ACT/SAT Prep Class starting Monday, November 11th.  The class will meet on three Mondays and one Tuesday for two hours each day (Monday, November 11, Tuesday, November 19, Monday, November 25, and Monday, December 2).  There will be a section that meets from 3:15-5:15 PM and another that meets from 6:30-8:30PM.  The cost is $35.00 (checks preferred), which is waived for students qualifying for the Federal Lunch Program.  Class size is limited to 25 students.  Enrollment is on a first-come with registration fee, first served basis.  Make your check out to Ames High School.  Registration forms are due in Student Services.

PEER TUTORING

The Peer Tutoring room is up and running.  We have available almost eery period.  It’s open periods 1,2,3,5th(2nd class time), 6th and 7th periods, as well as before and after school, if scheduled.  Contact Mrs. Fuqua or Mr. Gorman to schedule before and after school times.  We hope to get it open every period in the near future.  Whether your student(s) need help understanding an assignment, a concept or a skill, we will have a tutor that can help.  You can get your homework done and have a peer available when you have a question.  This is a safe space where thoughtful students will work together in a responsible manner.

COAT DRIVE

Winter is fast approaching and Ames Community School District wants to ensure that every child is WARM! We would like to give our families the opportunity to GIVE and RECEIVE during this time. 

TO GIVE: During fall conferences, November 4-7, we will have large donation boxes located at each school. Please consider donating gently used winter gear such as coats, hats, waterproof gloves, snow pants, and boots (all sizes welcome). 

TO RECEIVE: Please fill out the Google Form linked below by November 7, 2019, to ensure that the items you are requesting can be filled. Our goal is for items to be dispersed by November 18. If you have questions please reach out to your Student and Family Advocates, Anna Fagervik (515-715-5627), Amber Franzeen (515-715-5355), or Jean Muhammad (515-520-2520).

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6x9m9tSrSKtfYRFw4l65ebXEYixlMXPsT7ufA_HWJGR2pyA/viewform?usp=sf_link

ATHLETIC SIGNING CEREMONY

If your son or daughter is signing a National Letter of Intent with Athletic Scholarship dollars awarded to them, and would like to be a part of the Nov. 13th college signing ceremony. Please email Judge Johnston in the AHS athletic office to be included. judge.johnston@ames.k12.ia.us 

RADIUM GIRLS

Fall Play – Radium Girls – In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage — until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease.  Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court.  The shows are November 8th and 9th at 7 PM in the Ames High School Auditorium.  Tickets are $5.00 9th grade and up, and $4.00 8th grade and below.

AHS WRESTLING

There will be a short informational meeting for any men or women interested in going out for high school wrestling or helping as a manager this coming season on Monday November 11th right after school at 3:15 in the athletics video room.  If you have any questions see Coach Fecht.

PROGRAM FOR JUNIOR PARENTS 

Parents of Juniors – An evening program has been planned to outline the postsecondary planning process at Ames High. The program will be held on Monday, November 4th at 6pm in the high school cafeteria. The counselors will be outlining the processes and procedures to follow in order to successfully determine their student’s options for postsecondary schooling. Examples of the topics to be addressed are the following: 

ACT vs SAT….Which one should I take?

Researching colleges and making the most of your visit.

Applying to college & organizing the application process 

Applying for financial aid

Scholarships

Naviance Student will also be introduced to parents. Through Naviance Student, students can search for colleges that match their interests/needs, compare and match colleges, request transcripts, view scholarship information, and view when college representatives are scheduled to visit Ames High. Parents unable to attend the program may pick up the materials the following day in Student Services.

AHS MUSICAL AUDITIONS 

Auditions for AHS Musical “Music Man” will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12.  Students who are interested in auditioning,  should see Mrs. Dieter in the Choir Room for audition materials and details.

BOYS SWIM FUNDRAISER

Join us for dinner on November 14, 2019, at Panera Bread, 309 South Duff, in Ames, for a fundraiser for the Ames High Boys Swim Team!  Please bring a copy of the attached flyer or show the electronic version to your cashier, and proceeds from all sales will go to benefit the Boys Swim Team.  You may also enter the Code PRFUND for any online or Rapid Pickup orders.  Thanks much for your support; we are looking forward to seeing you on November 14th.

SENIOR PICTURES FOR YEARBOOK

Senior Pictures are due by January 20th. 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 .

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

A college representative from Upper Iowa University will be in Student Services on Monday, November 4 during Plus period. Students can sign up on Flexi Sched.

SECOND QUARTER ATTENDANCE POLICY

Class is where we learn and students need to be present.  Ames cares about their students and their learning; therefore, attendance is a priority.

Tardies
1st – 3rd tardies – teacher keeps track
4th – 6th tardy – teacher talks to student and issues 15 minute detention
7th – teacher contacts parent and write referral
*Office intervention is 2 detentions, student conference, call to parent
*Back to teacher for 8th tardy documentation
*9th tardy referral to office parent conference
*Hall monitors in the cafeteria when they see students in area without permission (skipping class) will have the ability to give detentions with consistent violation.

Unexcused absence
1st – unexcused absence – teacher talks to student
2nd – unexcused absence – teacher talks to student AND contacts parent by email or phone call
3rd – unexcused absence – teacher talks to student AND detention
4th – unexcused absence – teacher writes referral
5th – unexcused absence – teacher documentation
6th – unexcused absence – parent conference and Saturday school
Note – due to the nature of PE, they will continue to require make-up for any unexcused absence.
Positive Incentives
Passes randomly given to students on time
Slips entered for t-shirt drawings
Every Monday, students with perfect attendance go into drawing for $10 gift card
End of quarter, all students with 1 or less unexcused tardy and 1 or less unexcused absence get access to a party (DJ, pizza, drink, inflatables, etc)

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Nov. 1

No School District Wide 

Saturday, Nov. 2

GSwim-V at Ft. Dodge 12 PM

B/G CC-V at Ft. Dodge 11 AM

Monday, Nov. 4- Thursday, Nov. 7 

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Nov. 7

No School District Wide

Friday, Nov. 8

No School District Wide

AHS Play-Radium Girls 7 PM Auditorium

Saturday, Nov. 9

AHS Play-Radium Girls 7 PM Auditorium

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Friday October 25, 2019

AP EXAM REGISTRATION SIGNUP

Registration for AP exams will run through Monday, October 28.  The cost per exam is $94.  Sign up for the exams in Student Services, preferred payment for the exam is a check made out to Ames High School and is due at the time of registration. Late registration will not be accepted.  Once the tests are ordered from College Board, there will be no full refunds.

AP CLASSES FOR SPRING SEMESTER

Any student interested in taking AP Macroeconomics OR AP Microeconomics on line for the spring 2020 semester should stop in the ELP alcove to pick up an application. There are limited seats available. Applications are due November 1st.

IMPORTANT DATE INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

There is no school for students on Friday, November 1st as teacher work to prep for fall conferences.
 No school on Thursday, November 7 due to conferences & no school Friday, November 8.

ATHLETIC SIGNING CEREMONY

If your son or daughter is signing a National Letter of Intent with Athletic Scholarship dollars awarded to them, and would like to be a part of the Nov. 13th college signing ceremony. Please email Judge Johnston in the AHS athletic office to be included. judge.johnston@ames.k12.ia.us 

UGANDA SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT

Informational meeting for parents is Saturday October 26, 9:00 AM in the Media Center at AHS.
Anyone interested in Participating in the Uganda Service learning Project, see Mr. Mooney in room
107 for an application. Applications are due by Thursday, October 31.

AHS MARCHING BAND SPECTACULAR

The Ames High School Marching Band is holding its Annual Marching Band Spectacular at 7:30 PM Monday, October 28th in the Ames High School Gymnasium following the 33rd Annual Academic Letters Program. Cost for the Marching Band Spectacular is $3 per student, $5 per adult and $10 (maximum) for a family. The band is under the direction of Chris Ewan, Andrew Buttermore, and Nick Gardner.

FALL ORCHESTRA CONCERT

The Fall Orchestra Concert is Tuesday, October 29th at 7:30 pm in the AHS auditorium. Come and hear the 9th grade strings play Brook Green Suite and Galena-Milwaukee Breakdown. The 10-12 string orchestra will feature their November Tour repertoire: All American pieces. Please join us for a wonderful evening of delightful string music. Tickets are: $3.00 for students, $5.00 for adults and $10.00 for a family.

PROGRAM FOR JUNIOR PARENTS 

Parents of Juniors – An evening program has been planned to outline the postsecondary planning process at Ames High. The program will be held on Monday, November 4th at 6pm in the high school cafeteria. The counselors will be outlining the processes and procedures to follow in order to successfully determine their student’s options for postsecondary schooling. Examples of the topics to be addressed are the following: 

ACT vs SAT….Which one should I take?

Researching colleges and making the most of your visit.

Applying to college & organizing the application process 

Applying for financial aid

Scholarships

Naviance Student will also be introduced to parents. Through Naviance Student, students can search for colleges that match their interests/needs, compare and match colleges, request transcripts, view scholarship information, and view when college representatives are scheduled to visit Ames High. Parents unable to attend the program may pick up the materials the following day in Student Services.

SEAL OF BILITERACY

Ames High School will again participate in the Seal of Biliteracy. The State of Iowa adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2018-19 to officially recognize high school graduates who are literate in more than one language. To receive the 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 in which they test. Read more about the biliteracy guidance, including proficiency levels and accepted assessments here. 

At Ames High, the STAMP test will be offered during the school day on November 14th and 15th at a discounted cost of $19.90. Seniors should indicate their interest in qualifying for the Seal of Biliteracy at http://bit.ly/AHSseal by Friday, Nov. 1. Details about sign up for the test will be shared via email with those who complete the form.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

A college representative from St. Olaf College will be in Student Services on Tuesday, October 29 during second lunch. Please see Mrs. Monroe if you need a pass to visit with this college representative.

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Oct. 25

FB-V at Urbandale 7 PM

Saturday, Oct. 26

All-State Music Auditions at Indianola High School

Monday, Oct. 28

AHS Academic Awards 6 PM Cafeteria

AHS Marching Band Spectacular 7:30 PM Gym

Tuesday, Oct. 29

End of 1st Quarter

AHS Fall Orchestra Concert 7:30 PM Auditorium

VB-V at Cedar Rapids Kennedy 7 PM

Thursday, Oct. 31

  GSwim/Diving only-V at Johnston 5 PM

Friday, Nov. 1

No School District Wide 

Saturday, Nov. 2

GSwim-V at Ft. Dodge 12 PM

B/G CC-V at Ft. Dodge 11 AM

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Friday October 19, 2019

FALL CHORAL CONCERT
The AHS Choirs will present the Fall Choral Concert on Monday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m in the
AHS Auditorium. The Freshmen Chorus, Concert Choir, and Concert Chorale will each
perform a set of pieces and the concert will conclude with all of the choirs singing, “America the
Beautiful”. Admission is $3 per student w/out activity sticker, $5 per adult, and $10 per family.

AP EXAM REGISTRATION SIGNUP
Registration for AP exams began on Monday, and will run through October 28. The cost per
exam is $94. Sign up for the exams in Student Services, preferred payment for the exam is a
check made out to Ames High School and is due at the time of registration. Late registration will
not be accepted. Once the tests are ordered from College Board, there will be no full refunds.

ON-LINE PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE SCHEDULER SIGN-UP Information
Starts at 9:00 AM on Monday, October 21, 2019

UGANDA SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT
Anyone interested in Participating in the Uganda Service learning Project, see Mr. Mooney in
room 107 for an application. Applications are due by October 31.
Informational meeting for parents is Saturday October 26, 9:00 AM in the Media Center at AHS.

PEER TUTORING
The Peer Tutoring room will be available for periods 1,2,3,6, and 7 in the Multipurpose room.
We are continuing to recruit tutors, and we hope to offer the space every period in the future.
Whether your student needs a quiet place to study or some help with their classes, there will be
an upperclassman available in the Multipurpose Room most periods. Please encourage your
student(s) to utilize this resource during their Flex time. This will be a safe space
where thoughtful students will work together in a responsible manner.

SEAL OF BILITERACY
Ames High School will again participate in the Seal of Biliteracy. The State of Iowa adopted
the Seal of Biliteracy in 2018-19 to officially recognize high school graduates who are literate in
more than one language. To receive the 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 in which they test. Read more about
the biliteracy guidance, including proficiency levels and accepted assessments here.
At Ames High, the STAMP test will be offered during the school day on November 14th and
15th at a discounted cost of $19.90. Seniors should indicate their interest in qualifying for
the Seal of Biliteracy at http://bit.ly/AHSseal by Friday, Nov. 1. Details about sign up for the test
will be shared via email with those who complete the form.

AHS BLOOD DRIVE
LifeServe Blood Center is encouraging blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give a gift
straight from the heart! Premature babies, transplant patients, mothers after delivery, cancer
warriors, trauma victims, and more hospital patients receive blood transfusions from generous
LifeServe blood donors each and every day across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota! Spread
the love and donate blood! Schedule an appointment to donate at the upcoming blood drive at
Ames High School. Click below to sign up for the upcoming blood drive: Ames High
School 10/25/2019 (09:00 am – 02:00 pm) 1921 Ames High Drive Gym Balcony
New this year: LifeServe QuickPass! You can now fill out your donor history questionnaire
the day of your donation from the comfort of wherever you are! Use your mobile device, home
computer or whatever technology you like to get a head start on your donation.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES
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.

Monday, Oct. 21 – Kirkwood College during both lunches.
Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Luther College, first lunch.
Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Valpariso University, first lunch.
– Waldorf Community College first lunch.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Friday, Oct. 18
FB-V vs WDM Valley 7 PM

Saturday, Oct. 19
VB-JV/V at Johnston 8:30 AM
GSwim-V at Marshalltown 10 AM

Monday, Oct. 21
Fall Choral Concert 7:30 PM
Tuesday, Oct 22
GSwim-V at Ankeny 5 PM

Wednesday, Oct. 23
All State Piano Auditions
Trunk or Treat 5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, Oct. 24
GSwim-V at Ankeny 5 PM
FB-9 at Urbandale 6 PM
FB-10 vs Urbandale 6 PM

Friday, Oct. 25
FB-V at Urbandale 7 PM

Saturday, Oct. 26
All-State Music Auditions at Indianola High School

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Friday, October 11, 2019

PSAT TEST OCTOBER 16

If your student is taking the PSAT test on Wednesday, October 16, please remind them to find their testing room assignments posted outside student services. Students will report to their testing room by 9:20AM as the test starts at 9:30AM. If a student arrives once the test has started, they will not be allowed to take the test per College Board. Cell phones, electronic devices, backpacks and snacks and drinks are not allowed. They may bring a calculator. Also bring sharpened no. 2 pencils but DO NOT bring mechanical pencils.

STUDENTS MUST BRING THEIR SCHOOL ID TO THEIR TESTING ROOM ON OCTOBER 16.

**Any student who is registered to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 16, can pick up a Student Guide which includes practice tests in student services.

AP EXAM REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY, OCT. 14TH

Registration for AP exams will begin on Monday, October 14 and will run through October 28.  The cost per exam is $94.  Sign up for the exams in Student Services, preferred payment for the exam is a check made out to Ames High School and is due at the time of registration. Late registration will not be accepted.  Once the tests are ordered from College Board, there will be no full refunds.

CONTRACT GRADE WITH A PASS/FAIL OPTION

Tuesday, October 15th is the last day to sign up to take a class for a contract grade with a pass/fail option.

PEER TUTORING WILL START MONDAY, OCTOBER 14

The Peer Tutoring room will be available for periods 1,2,3,6, and 7 in the Multipurpose room beginning Monday, October 14th.  We are continuing to recruit tutors, and we hope to offer the space every period in the future. Whether your student needs a quiet place to study or some help with their classes, there will be an upperclassman available in the Multipurpose Room most periods.  Please encourage your student(s) to utilize this resource during their Flex time.  This will be a safe space where thoughtful students will work together in a responsible manner.

WINTER CHEER TRYOUTS

Interested in becoming an Ames High Winter Cheerleader? The winter cheer season runs November-February and the winter cheerleaders cheer at girls/boys basketball games, wrestling meets, and even some hockey games. Tryouts are coming up soon.

TRYOUT SCHEDULE:

Practice Option #1 Sunday, Oct. 13th 1-3pm Spirit Room

Practice Option #2 Wednesday, Oct. 16th 7-9pm Spirit Room

Tryouts: Saturday, Oct. 19th 2-4pm Spirit Room

You only need to attend 1 practice to be eligible to tryout, but if you’re able to come to both that’s great too. The same material will be taught on both days.

Link to tryout packet: https://ameswintercheer.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/tryout-packet-2019-2020.pdf  Questions? Contact Coach Logan at dana.logan@ames.k12.ia.us

PROGRAM FOR JUNIOR PARENTS 

Parents of Juniors – An evening program has been planned to outline the postsecondary planning process at Ames High. The program will be held on Monday, November 4th at 6pm in the high school cafeteria. The counselors will be outlining the processes and procedures to follow in order to successfully determine their student’s options for postsecondary schooling. Examples of the topics to be addressed are the following: 

ACT vs SAT….Which one should I take?

Researching colleges and making the most of your visit.

Applying to college & organizing the application process 

Applying for financial aid

Scholarships

Naviance Student will also be introduced to parents. Through Naviance Student, students can search for colleges that match their interests/needs, compare and match colleges, request transcripts, view scholarship information, and view when college representatives are scheduled to visit Ames High. Parents unable to attend the program may pick up the materials the following day in Student Services.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

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.

Monday, Oct. 14 – Drake University during both lunches.

Friday, Oct. 18 – Iowa State University during both lunches.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Oct. 11

BGolf-V State Tournament 

FB-V at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 7 PM

Saturday, Oct. 12

BGolf-V State Tournament

FB-10 vs DSM Lincoln 9 AM

Sunday, Oct. 13

Winter Cheer Practice option #1 1:00 PM

Monday, Oct. 14

VB-9/10/JV vs Gilbert, Johnston, Roland Story 5 PM

Tuesday, Oct. 15

AHS Band All-State Mock Auditions 3:30 PM

AHS All-State Vocal Mock Auditions 3:30 PM

VB-9/10/JV/v at Dowling 4:45/5:45/7:30 PM

GSwim-JV/V at Dowling 5:30 PM

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Winter Cheer Practice option #2 7 PM

Thursday, Oct. 17

Future Ready AHS

B/GCC-JV/V at CIC 4 PM

VB-9/JV/V vs Nevada 5/6:30 PM

FB-9 vs WDM Valley 6 PM

FB-10 at WDM Valley 6 PM

Friday, Oct. 18

FB-V vs WDM Valley 7 PM

Saturday, Oct. 19

VB-JV/V at Johnston 8:30 AM

GSwim-V at Marshalltown 10 AM

 

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Friday, October 4, 2019

DISTRICT WIDE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY
There is no school on Monday, October 7, district wide.

MAP TESTING
AHS will be running 2 additional days of MAP testing. This test measures what students know
and informs what they’re ready to learn next. The test will level based on student answers and
creates a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance. The
computerized test allows for a quick return on data that teachers and the school will use to help
determine needs for individual students and the school. Attendance during these two days is
crucial and will help eliminate the difficulty of rescheduling of tests. We also like to remind
students to have their computers fully charged on those days. We will be asking students to not
have any personal devices on the wireless during the test to help with connectivity. If you have
any questions regarding the MAP test, please contact Brian Carico.

60 minute MAP testing Tuesday, Oct. 8

ODD
Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM
Period 1 0:76 7:50 AM 9:06 AM
Testing 0:60 9:16 AM 10:16 AM
Period 3 0:76 10:26 AM 11:42 AM
Period 5 / 1st Lunch

0:40 11:42 AM 12:22 PM
Class 0:76 12:22 PM 1:38 PM
Class 0:76 11:52 AM 1:08 PM
2nd Lunch
0:40 1:08 PM 1:48
PM Period 7 0:77
1:48 PM 3:05 PM

60 minute MAP testing Wednesday, Oct. 9
EVEN
Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM
Period 2 0:76 7:50 AM 9:06 AM
Testing 0:60 9:16 AM 10:16 AM
Period 4 0:76 10:26 AM 11:42 AM
Period 6 / 1st Lunch

0:40 11:42 AM 12:22 PM
Class 0:76 12:22 AM 1:38 PM
Class 0:76 11:52 AM 1:08 PM

2nd Lunch
0:40 1:08 PM 1:48 PM
Period 8 0:77 1:48 PM 3:05 PM

AP EXAM REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY, OCT. 14TH
Registration for AP exams will begin on Monday, October 14 and will run through October 28.
The cost per exam is $94. Sign up for the exams in Student Services, preferred payment for the
exam is a check made out to Ames High School and is due at the time of registration. Late
registration will not be accepted. Once the tests are ordered from College Board, there will be
no full refunds.

CONTRACT GRADE WITH A PASS/FAIL OPTION
Tuesday, October 15th is the last day to sign up to take a class for a contract grade with a
pass/fail option.

HOMECOMING DANCE REMINDERS
The dance begins at 8:30 PM and ends at 11 PM.
No admittance after 10 PM.
All students and guests must bring ID to the dance.
Once a person leaves the dance (goes outside the school building), s/he is not allowed to
return.
Parents picking up their students are asked to pick them up by 11:00 PM.

WINTER CHEER TRYOUTS
Interested in becoming an Ames High Winter Cheerleader? The winter cheer season runs
November-February and the winter cheerleaders cheer at girls/boys basketball games, wrestling
meets, and even some hockey games. Tryouts are coming up soon.
TRYOUT SCHEDULE:
Practice Option #1 Sunday, Oct. 13th 1-3pm Spirit Room
Practice Option #2 Wednesday, Oct. 16th 7-9pm Spirit Room
Tryouts: Saturday, Oct. 19th 2-4pm Spirit Room
You only need to attend 1 practice to be eligible to tryout, but if you’re able to come to both
that’s great too. The same material will be taught on both days.
Link to tryout packet: https://ameswintercheer.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/tryout-packet-2019-
2020.pdf Questions? Contact Coach Logan at dana.logan@ames.k12.ia.us

PROGRAM FOR JUNIOR PARENTS
Parents of Juniors – An evening program has been planned to outline the postsecondary
planning process at Ames High. The program will be held on Monday, November 4th at 6pm in
the high school cafeteria. The counselors will be outlining the processes and procedures to
follow in order to successfully determine their student’s options for postsecondary schooling.
Examples of the topics to be addressed are the following:
ACT vs SAT….Which one should I take?
Researching colleges and making the most of your visit.
Applying to college & organizing the application process
Applying for financial aid
Scholarships
Naviance Student will also be introduced to parents. Through Naviance Student, students can
search for colleges that match their interests/needs, compare and match colleges, request
transcripts, view scholarship information, and view when college representatives are scheduled
to visit Ames High. Parents unable to attend the program may pick up the materials the
following day in Student Services.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES
A college representatives from Marshalltown Community will be in Student Services on Friday,

Oct. 11 during both lunches. Please see Mrs. Monroe if you need a pass to visit with this college
representative.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Oct. 4
FB-V vs Abraham Lincoln (Homecoming)

Saturday, Oct. 5
VB- at Urbandale 8 AM
Homecoming Dance 8:30 PM-11 PM

Monday, Oct. 7
No School District wide

Tuesday, Oct. 8
BGolf- V at Districts Copper Creek in Ankeny 10 AM
VB-9/10/JV/V vs Johnston 5/6:30 PM
GSwim-JV/V at Ankeny 5:30 PM

Thursday, Oct. 10
B/GCC- JV/V at Fort Dodge 4:30 PM
VB-9/10 at Gilbert 5 PM
FB-9 at DSM Lincoln 6 PM
FB-10 vs DSM Lincoln 6 PM

Friday, Oct. 11
BGolf-V State Tournament TBA
FB-V at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 7 PM

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Friday September 23, 2019

SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKES OCTOBER 2ND

On Wednesday, October 2 from 8 AM-3:05 PM Lifetouch will be at AHS to take pictures of
students who DID NOT have their pictures taken on August 19, and also for those students who
had their pictures taken but are not happy with their picture package. If you are wanting a
retake, students need to bring their entire picture package back to the photographer when they
have their picture retaken. We encourage all 9th through 11th graders to have their picture
taken regardless of whether a package is purchased. These pictures are used for next year’s
IDs as well as yearbook pictures.
Order envelopes are available in the Principal’s office or order on mylifetouch.com using
picture day ID # BN109007Q1.

AP EXAM REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY, OCT. 14TH
Registration for AP exams will begin on Monday, October 14 and will run through October 28.
The cost per exam is $94. Sign up for the exams in Student Services, preferred payment for the
exam is a check made out to Ames High School and is due at the time of registration. Late
registration will not be accepted. Once the tests are ordered from College Board, there will be
no full refunds.

DRILL TEAM FUNDRAISER
The AHS Drill Team is selling PINK OUT shirts for the last home football game. The shirts
feature the new logo with- “Class of XXXX” on the back!
Here is the link: AHS Drill Team Fundraiser

HOMECOMING WEEK BEGINS ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Homecoming 2019 “Welcome to the Jungle” will kickoff with an Assembly on Monday, Sept. 30
during Plus Period in the gym. The weekly activities are as followed,

Monday: Class colors, Freshman-red, Sophomore-blue, Junior-yellow, Senior-purple, Teachers-
black) 6:30 Parade.

Tuesday: Tacky tourist day, Movie night with popcorn and bake sale.
Wednesday: Animal print day, Survival games.
Thursday: Theme shirts, Survival games cont.
Friday: Gameday shirts, football game
Saturday: Dance

HOMECOMING DANCE REMINDERS
Out of school dates must have a signed Guest Request form turned in and approved by
Wednesday, October 2nd at 3:00 PM.
NO 8th graders. Bring your school ID to the dance. The dance begins at 8:30 PM and ends at
11:00 PM. No admittance after 10:00 PM. Once a person leaves the dance (goes outside the
school building), s/he is not allowed to return. Parents picking up their students are asked to
pick them up by 11:00 PM.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES
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, Oct. 1 – Creighton University at 11:35 AM.

The follow representatives will be in Student Services during 2nd lunch at 12:45 PM
University of Kansas
Monmouth College
Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, IA).
Wednesday, Oct. 2 – Northwest Missouri State University &
Grinnell College during 2nd lunch at 12:45 PM.
Thursday, Oct. 3 – Central College during both lunches.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Sept. 27
FB-V at DSM North 7 PM

Saturday, Sept. 28
VB-V at Boone 9 AM

Monday, Sept. 30
Homecoming Parade 6:30 PM
BGolf-JV invite at Ankeny Centennial

Tuesday, Oct. 1
VB-9/10/JV/V at Ankeny 4:45/5:45/7:30 PM
GSwim-JV/V vs Johnston 5 PM

Wednesday, Oct. 2
BGolf-JV/V at Veenker 10AM

Thursday, Oct. 3
Senior All Class Photo 8:35 AM Gym
Sophomore Class Ring Presentation 1:03 PM (Plus period) Auditorium
Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet 6 PM
B/G CC-JV/V at SE Polk 4:30 PM

Friday, Oct. 4
FB-V vs Abraham Lincoln (Homecoming)
Saturday, Oct. 5
VB- at Urbandale 8 AM

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Friday September 20, 2019

AHS ANNOUNCES NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS
Fifteen Ames High students have been named Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit
Scholarship Competition. These students now have an opportunity to continue in the
competition for some 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards worth over $31 million.
Congratulations to the following National Merit Semifinalists:
Jinal Amin, Silvia Aydinyan, Lara Baker, Jason Chen, Oliver Chen, Hannah Huang, David
Kim, Yujin Kim, Victoria Kyveryga, Erik Nelson, Mitchell Oh, Connor Schroeder, Jasper
Shogren-Knaak, Sarah Song and Simeon Steward.

2020 NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS
Congratulations to the following four AHS students who were named Commended Students in
the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Shria Chug, Andres Cordoba, Nathan Essner and
Nitzan Friedberg.

SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKES
Students school pictures taken on August 19 were available for pick up on Wednesday, Sept.
18th during both lunches. If your student did not bring theirs home, please have them stop in the
principal’s office to receive them.

On Wednesday, October 2 from 8 AM-3:05 PM Lifetouch will be at AHS to take pictures of
students who DID NOT have their pictures taken on August 19, and also for those students who
had their pictures taken but are not happy with their picture package. If you are wanting a
retake, students need to bring their entire picture package back to the photographer when they
have their picture retaken. We encourage all 9th through 11th graders to have their picture
taken regardless of whether a package is purchased. These pictures are used for next year’s
IDs as well as yearbook pictures.

AHS HOMECOMING 2019
The AHS Homecoming committee is in need of parent volunteers for homecoming week!
Homecoming week begins September 30th with the parade. We are in need of at least 25
parents to volunteer from 5:30-7:30. Duties would include manning barricades and assisting in
the cleanup. For more details or to sign up please email Sam Johnson
at 885873joh@ames.k12.ia.us

Additionally, we are also in need of convertibles for the parade! If your family would like to let us
borrow yours that would be amazing!! We are looking for about 13. Please contact Sam
Johnson (See contact info above) if you would like to sign up or need any more information.
If you are unable to volunteer at the parade, we still need your help! We need 6-12 parents to
volunteer to help Joe Paulson with the Fireworks at Friday’s game (October 4th). Your duties
will include manning the perimeter and help Joe with whatever tasks he may need. For more
details or to sign up please contact Kirsti Robertson at 881346rob@ames.k12.ia.us

Lastly, we need about 12 chaperones (more would be better) for the actual dance on Saturday,
October 5th. We will need you from 8:10-11:00. Your duties will include manning exits, taking
tickets, and ensuring student safety. For more details or to sign up please contact Emily Matulac
at 881286Mat@ames.k12.ia.us

You can also sign up for any of the positions above by using this link!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F49A8AA2AA1FB6-ames

2018-2019 YEARBOOKS
The 2018-2019 yearbooks are here! If your student ordered one last year and did not pick itup last week, they need to see Mr. Webb in room 227. IF you did not purchase one yet,
there are still books available to purchase for $55. Cash or check is accepted.

PARENT AWARENESS
The vaping epidemic is something that all parents should be aware of, and Ames High School
parents are no exceptions. This new nicotine use is covering all groups of students in the Ames
community. The thought that vaping is a safer alternative to combustible smoking is being
proved to be false. According to John Hopkins University, vaping is still being studied for the
number of chemicals and the harmfulness of those chemicals. Recent studies show among
youth; e-cigarettes are more popular than any traditional tobacco product. In 2015, the U.S.
surgeon general reported that e-cigarette use among high school students had increased by
900 percent, and 40 percent of young e-cigarette users had never smoked regular tobacco. This
is most certainly higher in 2019. We are asking parents to speak with their students and help
explain the dangers and also that it is illegal. The school district does treat vaping the same as it
does combustible smoking, and there are both law enforcement penalties and school penalties
for use while at school. If you have concerns about your students’ use or if you would like more
information regarding substance use, please feel free to contact your school counselor or the
student and family advocate. An excellent article can be found at
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4154203/.

PEER TUTOR ROOM
AHS staff is in the process of developing a peer tutor room at Ames High School. If your child is
in need of a peer tutor at Ames High, please have them fill out this form.

MAP TESTING
AHS students in 9-11th grade will be taking the Measure of Academic Progress test on
September 24th and September 25th. This test measures what students know and informs what
they’re ready to learn next. The test will level based on student answers and creates a
personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance. The computerized
test allows for a quick return on data that teachers and the school will use to help determine
needs for individual students and the school. Attendance during these two days is crucial and
will help eliminate the difficulty of rescheduling of tests. We also like to remind students to have
their computers fully charged on those days. We will be asking students to not have any
personal devices on the wireless during the test to help with connectivity. If you have any
questions regarding the MAP test, please contact Brian Carico.
60 minute MAP testing Tuesday, Sept 24
ODD
Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM
Period 1 0:76 7:50 AM 9:06 AM
Testing 0:60 9:16 AM 10:16 AM
Period 3 0:76 10:26 AM 11:42 AM
Period 5 / 1st Lunch

0:40 11:42 AM 12:22 PM
Class 0:76 12:22 PM 1:38 PM

Class 0:76 11:52 AM 1:08 PM
2nd Lunch
0:40 1:08 PM 1:48
PM Period 7 0:77
1:48 PM 3:05 PM

60 minute MAP testing Wednesday, Sept. 25
EVEN
Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM
Period 2 0:76 7:50 AM 9:06 AM
Testing 0:60 9:16 AM 10:16 AM
Period 4 0:76 10:26 AM 11:42 AM
Period 6 / 1st Lunch

0:40 11:42 AM 12:22 PM
Class 0:76 12:22 AM 1:38 PM
Class 0:76 11:52 AM 1:08 PM
2nd Lunch
0:40 1:08 PM 1:48 PM
Period 8 0:77 1:48 PM 3:05 PM

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Sept. 20
BGolf-V at Marshalltown 10AM
FB-9/V at Marshalltown 4:40/7:30 PM

Saturday, Sept. 21
Volleyball-V at Waukee 8 AM
FB-10 vs Marshalltown 9 AM
GCC-V at Pella 11:15 AM

Monday, Sept. 23
BGolf-V at WDM Valley 10 AM
BGolf-JV at Urbandale 3:30 PM
VB-9/10 vs North Polk 6 PM

Tuesday, Sept. 24
AHS OPUS Honor Choir Auditions
BGolf-JV at Dowling 3:30 PM
GSwim-JV/V vs Perry 5 PM
VB-9/10/JV/V vs Ankeny Centennial 5/6:30 PM

Thursday, Sept. 26
1:15 PM AHS Dismissal
BGolf-JV at Dowling 9 AM
B/GCC-JV/V at Indianola 4:30 PM
FB-9 vs DSM North 6 PM
FB-10 at DSM Hoover 6 PM

Friday, Sept. 27
FB-V at DSM North 7 PM

Saturday, Sept. 28
VB-V at Boone 9 AM

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Friday, September 13 Announcements

AHS FRIDAY PARENT EMAIL 9-13-19

CROSS COUNTRY
Would you like some Girls Cross Country spirit wear for your wardrobe, here are some links to
buy the t-shirt, long sleeve t-shirt, and sweatshirt that we have this year.
Long Sleeve ($17.51): https://www.customink.com/g/pfa0-00by-qjn3
T-Shirt ($12.46): https://www.customink.com/g/pfa0-00bw-zrju
Sweatshirt ($28.16): https://www.customink.com/g/pfa0-00by-pw3n

PROCEDURES FOR DR. APPOINTMENTS
If you are planning to take your student to a doctor appointment during the school day, it is
helpful to notify the attendance secretary, via note or phone call 515-817-0601, the morning of
the appointment. If your student will need a pass to leave during a class, he/she can get a
paper pass to show the teacher before class instruction begins. This saves the secretaries
from interrupting classes during instruction time. Secretaries are not encouraged to call the
teacher during class instruction to pull a child out of class. The pass the student should have
can be picked up in the main office the same school day of the appointment. Once the student
has that pass, he/she does not need to stop back in the office on the way out of the building. If
the student is coming back to school after an appointment, then he/she should “check in” at the
office again.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES
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.
Monday, Sept. 16 – Iowa Lakes Community College during Plus period.
Tuesday, Sept. 17 – Iowa Central College during first lunch.
Wednesday, Sept. 18 – Simpson College during first lunch.
Friday, Sept. 20 – University of Iowa during Plus period

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Friday, Sept. 13
FB-10/V vs Iowa City High 4:30/7 PM
Saturday, Sept 14
VB-9/JV at A-D-M 8 AM
GSwim-V at Linn-Mar 12:30 PM
Monday, Sept. 16
BGolf-JV/V at Johnston 1:30 PM
AHS Madrigal Singers Auditions 3:15 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 17
BGolf-V vs Ankeny Centennial 10 AM
VB-9/10/JV/V vs Urbandale 5/6:30 PM
BCC-JV/V at WDM Valley 4:30 PM
Wednesday, Sept. 18
BGolf-at Johnston 1:30 PM
Thursday, Sept. 19
BGolf-JV/V vs Johnston 3:30 PM
Friday, Sept. 20
BGolf-V at Marshalltown 10AM
FB-9/V at Marshalltown 4:40/7:30 PM
Saturday, Sept. 21
Volleyball-V at Waukee 8 AM
FB-10 vs Marshalltown 9 AM

GCC-V at Pella 11:15 AM

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Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

Online Apparel Store

We are excited to announce the launch of the official Ames Community School District online apparel store. Starting this week, you can order Little Cyclone apparel representing Ames High!
The store has a wide variety of options to choose from with the convenience of ordering online and having the items delivered directly to your door. 

Inventory will be updated throughout the year. https://acsdstore.com

PSAT/NMSQT TESTS
Sign-up for the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
test September 9th-13th with Mrs. Monroe in Student Services. Cost for the test is $17, checks
only please, made payable to Ames High School. Juniors are reminded that this is the qualifying
test for National Merit. The test will be given at Ames High on Wednesday, October 16th. Top
sophomores are encouraged to take the test as a practice for next year. Junior year is when the
test counts concerning National Merit.

AHS HOMECOMING 2019
The AHS Homecoming committee is in need of parent volunteers for homecoming week!
Homecoming week begins September 30th with the parade. We are in need of at least 25
parents to volunteer from 5:30-7:30. Duties would include manning barricades and assisting in
the cleanup. For more details or to sign up please email Sam Johnson
at 885873joh@ames.k12.ia.us

Additionally, we are also in need of convertibles for the parade! If your family would like to let us
borrow yours that would be amazing!! We are looking for about 13. Please contact Sam
Johnson (See contact info above) if you would like to sign up or need any more information.
If you are unable to volunteer at the parade, we still need your help! We need 6-12 parents to
volunteer to help Joe Paulson with the Fireworks at Friday’s game (October 4th). Your duties
will include manning the perimeter and help Joe with whatever tasks he may need. For more
details or to sign up please contact Kirsti Robertson at 881346rob@ames.k12.ia.us

Lastly, we need about 12 chaperones (more would be better) for the actual dance on Saturday,
October 5th. We will need you from 8:10-11:00. Your duties will include manning exits, taking
tickets, and ensuring student safety. For more details or to sign up please contact Emily Matulac
at 881286Mat@ames.k12.ia.us

You can also sign up for any of the positions above by using this link!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F49A8AA2AA1FB6-ames

2018-2019 YEARBOOKS
The 2018-2019 yearbooks are here! Yearbooks will be available to pick up every day next
week in the main lobby before school, during both lunches, and after school. If you did not
purchase one yet, there are still books available to purchase for $55. Cash or check is
accepted.

KLEENEX REQUEST
AHS would like to make a request for Kleenex donations. Cold and flu season will soon be upon
us and we will have a great need for Kleenex in the classrooms with over 1400 students.
Kleenex donations can be dropped off in the main office. Thank you in advance for your
Kleenex donation.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Sept. 6
FB-V vs Fort Dodge 7 PM

Saturday, Sept. 7
AHS Marching Band @ Pufferbilly Days Parade 8 AM

Monday, Sept. 9
VB-9/10/V at DSM Lincoln 5 PM
FB-10 vs Fort Dodge 6 PM

Tuesday, Sept. 10
VB-9/19/JV/V vs DSM East 5/6:30 PM

Wednesday, Sept. 11
BGolf-V at Ankeny High School 9 AM

Thursday, Sept. 12
AHS Early Dismissal 1:15 PM
B/GCC- at Marshalltown Community College 4:30 PM
FB-9 at Iowa City High 6 PM

Friday, Sept. 13
FB-10/V vs Iowa City High 4:30/7 PM

Saturday, Sept 14
VB-9/JV at A-D-M 8 AM
GSwim-V at Linn-Mar 12:30 PM

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