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Friday, January 16, 2020

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NO SCHOOL 

There is no school for the High School Only on Friday, Jan. 17, it is the end of 1st semester and a teacher workday.

There is no school District-Wide on Monday, Jan. 20 for teacher Professional Development.

 

2nd SEMESTER MEDIA CENTER EXPECTATIONS

The expectation of a media center is to provide an academic atmosphere where students can work independently in a quiet area. Students that are not looking for that type of environment are encouraged to go to the cafeteria during their Flex time. The media center will have the following expectations for ALL students. Please do not think that this a punishment for students but expectations. You have the choice of attending the cafeteria or the media center. If you choose to go to the media center you are choosing to follow these guidelines.

  1. You must be on time to use the library. If you are late and do not have a pass you must go to the cafeteria.
  2. 4 people to a table (please do not move chairs).
  3. Please, no food. You may have water bottles with lids.
  4. There are no ongoing or continued conversations. We understand an occasional need to speak with someone around you, but that is very limited and will only be asked once before being required to continue your conversation in the cafeteria.

 

Again, please know that we are not trying to make students feel unwelcome in the media center, but we want you to correctly choose which environment is best for you and your peers. When these expectations are not followed it is a distraction to those that have made the choice to study and be responsible and thoughtful to others.

Thank you and if you have any questions please feel free to see Mr. Carico.

 

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Attention current Sophomores and Juniors: if you are interested in being part of the Ames Chapter of the National Honor Society next year, you can pick up an application in the Principal’s office or access online at bit.ly/nhs2020. Current NHS members do not need to reapply. Applications are due Thursday, February 20th at 3:05 PM in Room 229. 

 

POST-PROM 2020 URGENTLY NEEDS PARENT VOLUNTEERS!!!

Attention parents, prom is just around the corner and the 2020 Post Prom Committee NEEDS YOUR HELP to make post-prom happen this year! Please sign up to help lead a committee, it’s fun, easy and you’ll help ensure your kids have a safe place to go after prom. Freshman and sophomore parents are welcome to sign up as well to get the experience.

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

 

DANCE MARATHON

Dance Marathon is having a fundraiser at Panchero’s on Wednesday, January 22nd from 5:00-8:00! Show the flyer or mention Ames High Dance Marathon when you order, and make a difference for the kids! All proceeds from extra queso, extra guac, extra meat, chips and queso, and chips and guac will go to the Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Enjoy Panchero’s and make a difference Wednesday night! Thank you for your support!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5UIEmSTuGpBb2R2dTNWdmxrWkFYQk1lcVFSX081X0pvSTdn/view?usp=sharing

 

KLEENEX REQUEST

AHS would like to make a request for Kleenex donations. Cold and flu season has hit us at AHS and we have a great need for kleenex in the classrooms. Kleenex donations can be dropped off in the main office. Thank you in advance for your kleenex donations.

 

AHS WINTER CHEER CLINIC

On Friday, February 7th from 3:45-7 pm the Ames High Winter Cheerleaders are hosting their annual cheerleading clinic for Ames students (preschool-6th grade).

This year we are testing out an online registration process! Use the following link to sign up for the clinic: Registration 

Event Details

WHO: Children – Preschool-6th Grade (must be at least 4 years old)

WHEN: Friday, February 7th from 3:45 pm-7:00 pm. (Check-in goes 3:45-4:15pm)

WHERE: Check-in @ the concessions balcony overlooking the gym.

PERFORMANCE: Halftime of the Varsity Girls’ Basketball game, approximately 6:30 pm. Come early, the game starts at 6:00 pm.

COST: $30.00, make checks payable to: AHS Winter Cheer Boosters. Bring payment of cash or check to the clinic.

INCLUDES: Instruction of a cheer, school song, child’s admission to both Girls & Boys Varsity bball games, pizza, bottled water, cookie, t-shirt, & cheek tattoo!

RSVP by: February 3rd

 

BATHROOM VANDALISM

AHS has many great strengths and traditions. One of which is pride in the school and our community. Our students are the best in the State of Iowa for many reasons, and we have a lot to be proud of. One area that we are not so proud of is the amount of vandalism that we have had to our restrooms. So far this year we have spent a considerable amount of money on repairs to restrooms. This waste of money is not sound financial use, but more than that, this is not a good representation of the real character of our community and students.  

As we continue into the second semester, we will have only a select number of restrooms available. Those are the restrooms that we have the best supervision and monitoring availability. Ames High School administration apologize to the students for this inconvenience, but we are not able to afford the continued costs. I want to encourage anyone with information regarding the vandalism to let someone know.

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Thursday, Jan. 16

BSwim-JV/V vs Ft. Dodge 5 PM

WR-JV/V vs Ankeny Centennial 6:30 PM

Friday, Jan. 17

No classes, AHS only – End of 1st semester

GBB-JV1/V/JV2 at Dowling 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

BBB-10/9/V at Dowling 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

Saturday, Jan. 18

GBB-JV vs Boone 10 AM

WR-JV/V at A-D-M 10 AM

Monday, Jan. 20

No School District-Wide

BBB-9 vs DSM Hoover 6 PM

BBB-JV at Marshalltown 7 PM

Tuesday, Jan. 21

GBB-JV1/V vs DSM Hoover 4:45/6 PM

BBB-10/V vs DSM Hoover 4:45/7:45 PM

BSwim-JV/V at Indianola 5:30 PM

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Incoming Freshman Parent Meeting 6:30 PM 

Thursday, Jan. 23

BSwim-V/JV vs Ankeny 5 PM

WR-V at Urbandale 6:30 PM

Friday, Jan. 24

AHS Young People’s Concert 1:15 PM

GBB-JV1/V/JV2 at Ankeny 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

BBB-10/9/V at Ankeny 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

Saturday, Jan. 25

WR-JV at Dowling 9 AM

WR-V at Urbandale 9 AM

BSwim-V at Johnston 12 PM

 

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Friday, January 10, 2020

DUE TO THE INCOMING WEATHER, THERE WILL BE NO EVENING ACTIVITIES TONIGHT.

SEMESTER EXAMS

Semester exams will be given over three days, Tuesday, January 14th, Wednesday, January 15th and Thursday, January 16th. Busses will run their normal times in the morning and pick up students at 1:45PM on Tuesday and Wednesday, and at 11:30AM on Thursday. Students on Thursday can get a quick lunch before getting on the bus. Students only need to be in attendance when they have a scheduled test.

Semester Exam Schedule 2019-20 

First day: Jan.14, 2020 

Period 1 8:00 AM 9:30 AM 

Period 2 9:45 AM 11:15 AM 

Lunch 11:15 AM 12:15 PM 

Periods 3 12:15 PM 1:45 PM 

Second day: Jan. 15, 2020 

Period 4 8:00 AM 9:30 AM 

Period 5 9:45 AM 11:15 AM 

Lunch 11:15 AM 12:15 PM 

Periods 6 12:15 PM 1:45 PM 

Third day: Jan. 16, 2020 

Period 7 8:00 AM 9:30 AM 

Period 8 9:45 AM 11:15 AM 

Lunch 11:15 AM 11:45 AM 

Make-up period 11:45 PM 1:15 PM

Students will need to communicate with their course teacher regarding testing during the make-up period.

 

NO SCHOOL 

There is no school for the High School Only on Friday, Jan. 17, it is the end of 1st semester and a teacher work day. There is no school District Wide on Monday, Jan. 20 for teacher Professional Development.

 

MEDIA CENTER EXPECTATIONS

The expectation of a media center is to provide an academic atmosphere where students can work independently in a quite area. Students that are not looking for that type of environment are encouraged to go to the cafeteria during their Flex time. Beginning 2nd semester the media center will have the following expectations for ALL students. Please do not think that this a punishment for students but expectations. You have the choice of attending the cafeteria or the media center. If you choose to go to the media center you are choosing to follow these guidelines.

 

  1. You must be on time to use the library. If you are late and do not have a pass you must go to the cafeteria.
  2. 4 people to a table (please do not move chairs).
  3. Please, no food. You may have water bottles with lids.
  4. There are no ongoing or continued conversations. We understand an occasional need to speak with someone around you, but that is very limited and will only be asked once before being required to continue your conversation in the cafeteria.

 

Again, please know that we are not trying to make students feel unwelcome in the media center, but we want you to correctly choose which environment is best for you and your peers. When these expectations are not followed it is a distraction to those that have made the choice to study and be responsible and thoughtful to others.

Thank you and if you have any questions please feel free to see Mr. Carico.

 

PSAT TEST RESULTS

Students who took the PSAT in October can pick up their test scores in student services. Please see Mrs. Monroe.

 

KLEENEX REQUEST

AHS would like to make a request for Kleenex donations. Cold and flu season has hit us at AHS and we have a great need for kleenex in the classrooms. Kleenex donations can be dropped off in the main office. Thank you in advance for your kleenex donations.

 

SENIOR PICTURES FOR YEARBOOK

Senior Pictures are due by January 17th. 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 .

 

AHS WINTER CHEER CLINIC

On Friday, February 7th from 3:45-7pm the Ames High Winter Cheerleaders are hosting their annual cheerleading clinic for Ames students (preschool-6th grade).

This year we are testing out an online registration process! Use the following link to sign up for the clinic: Registration 

Event Details

WHO: Children – Preschool-6th Grade (must be at least 4 years old)

WHEN: Friday, February 7th from 3:45pm-7:00pm. (Check-in goes 3:45-4:15pm)

WHERE: Check-in @ the concessions balcony overlooking the gym.

PERFORMANCE: Halftime of the Varsity Girls’ Basketball game, approximately 6:30pm. Come early, the game starts at 6:00pm.

COST: $30.00, make checks payable to: AHS Winter Cheer Boosters. Bring payment of cash or check to the clinic.

INCLUDES: Instruction of a cheer, school song, child’s admission to both Girls & Boys Varsity bball games, pizza, bottled water, cookie, t-shirt, & cheek tattoo!

 

RSVP by: February 3rd

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Jan. 10

POSTPONED DUE TO INCOMING WEATHER

Saturday, Jan 11

AHS at SCIBA High School Honor Band-All Day

WR-V Invitational 10 AM

Monday, Jan 13

GBB-JV2 vs Urbandale 6 PM

BBB-9 vs Urbandale 7:30 PM

Tuesday, Jan. 14

BBB-10/V vs Urbandale 4:45/7:45 PM

GBB-JV1/V vs Urbandale 4:45/6:15 PM

Thursday, Jan. 16

BSwim-JV/V vs Ft. Dodge 5 PM

WR-JV/V vs Ankeny Centennial 6:30 PM

Friday, Jan. 17

No classes, AHS only – End of 1st semester

GBB-JV1/V/JV2 at Dowling 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

BBB-10/9/V at Dowling 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

Saturday, Jan. 18

GBB-JV vs Boone 10 AM

WR-JV/V at A-D-M 10 AM

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Friday Dec. 20 , 2019

WINTER BREAK

There will be no classes December 21st through January 5th, as students and staff enjoy winter break. Classes will resume Monday, January 6th.
School & District Offices will be closed 

AHS SPIRIT STORE

Looking for a great holiday gift?  Ames High Spirit Wear makes the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for the AHS student, parent, grandparent or alum on your list and you have one more chance to shop!

Friday, Dec. 20 from 5:30-7:30 pm  (before & during the boys & girls JV & Varsity basketball games)

 

QUINN’S QUEST 

Quinn’s Quest is tomorrow night, Saturday, December 21st, at 7:00pm! Please come out to the arena to support the Ames High Hockey team for a home game while honoring Quinn Boylston’s memory. All entrance fees will be donated to ISU and Ames High Dance Marathons in honor of Quinn and to support Miracle Kids in the hockey program. Thank you for your support!

 

SEMESTER EXAMS

Semester exams will be given over three days, Tuesday, January 14th, Wednesday, January 15th and Thursday, January 16th. Busses will run  their normal times in the morning and pick up students at 1:45PM on Tuesday and Wednesday, and at 11:30AM on Thursday. Students on Thursday can get a quick lunch before getting on the bus. Students only need to be in attendance when they have a scheduled test.

 

Semester Exam Schedule 2019-20 

First day: Jan.14, 2020 

Period 1 8:00 AM 9:30 AM 

Period 2 9:45 AM 11:15 AM 

Lunch 11:15 AM 12:15 PM 

Periods 3 12:15 PM 1:45 PM 

Second day: Jan. 15, 2020 

Period 4 8:00 AM 9:30 AM 

Period 5 9:45 AM 11:15 AM 

Lunch 11:15 AM 12:15 PM 

Periods 6 12:15 PM 1:45 PM 

Third day: Jan. 16, 2020 

Period 7 8:00 AM 9:30 AM 

Period 8 9:45 AM 11:15 AM 

Lunch 11:15 AM 11:45 AM 

Make-up period 11:45 PM 1:15 PM

 

NO SCHOOL 

There is no school for the High School Only on Friday, Jan. 17, it is the end of 1st semester and a teacher work day. There is no school District Wide on Monday, Jan. 20 for teacher Professional Development.

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Dec. 20

AHS Early Dismissal 1:15 PM

BBB-10/V vs Ankeny Centennial 4:45/7:45 PM

GBB-JV1/V vs Ankeny Centennial 4:45/6 PM

Saturday, Dec. 21

WR-JV at North Polk 8 AM

WR-V at Carroll Community 10 AM

Saturday, Dec. 21-Jan. 5  Winter Break

Friday, Jan. 3

BBB-10/9/V at Ankeny High School 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

GBB-JV1/V/JV2 at Ankeny High School 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

WR-V/JV vs Ankeny High School 6:30 PM

Monday, Jan. 6

Classes Resume

BBB-JV vs Ankeny High School 7 PM

Tuesday, Jan. 7

BBB-10/9/V at SE Polk 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

GBB-JV1/V/JV2 at SE Polk 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

Thursday, Jan. 9

BSwim-V/JV at Dowling Catholic 5:30 PM

WR-V/JV at Johnston 6:30 PM

Friday, Jan. 10

GBB-JV1/V/JV2 at Johnston 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

BBB-10/9/V at Johnston 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

Saturday, Jan 11

AHS at SCIBA High School Honor Band-All Day

WR-V Invitational 10 AM

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Friday Dec. 13, 2019

AHS FRIDAY PARENT EMAIL 

PSAT RESULTS

Students who took the PSAT in October can pick up their test scores in student services. Please see Mrs. Monroe.

WINTER BREAK

There will be no classes December 21st through January 5th, as students and staff enjoy winter break. Classes will resume Monday, January 6th.

SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY DECEMBER 20th

EARLY DISMISSAL AT 1:15

Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM

Period 1 0:32 7:50 AM 8:22 AM

Period 2 0:34 8:27 AM 9:01 AM

Period 3 0:32 9:06 AM 9:38 AM

Period 4 0:32 9:43 AM 10:15 AM

Period 5 

     1st lunch     0:38 10:15 AM 10:53 AM

        Class      0:33 10:53 AM 11:26 AM

 

        Class        0:33 10:20 AM 10:53 AM

   Last Lunch    0:38 10:53 AM 11:31 AM

Period 6           0:32 11:31 AM 12:03 PM

Period 7 0:31 12:08 PM 12:39 PM

Period 8 0:31 12:44 PM 1:15 PM

 

HOLIDAY BAND CONCERT

The Ames High Bands will be presenting their Holiday Band Concert on Monday, December 16th, in the Ames High School Auditorium. The 6:30 concert will feature Percussion Techniques directed by Chris Ewan, the Freshman Band directed by Andrew Buttermore and the Symphonic Band directed by Andrew Buttermore.  The 8:00 PM concert will feature the Concert Band directed by Nick Gardner and the Wind Symphony directed by Chris Ewan. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $10 for a family.

 

WINTER MADNESS

December 16-20 is Winter Madness at Ames High School, sponsored by Student Council. This year’s theme is “Cozy Cabin” Spread the warmth and give! 

Monday: Pajama day. 

Tuesday: Sledding.

Wednesday: Wilderness Wednesday dress up, Dodgeball tournament. 

Thursday: lunch buy out, possible fundraiser at Blaze Pizza.

Friday: Flannel Friday, coffeehouse and pie raffle. 

All week arcade games in front lobby. Proceeds go to holiday presents for local families. (Wish lists for families provided by district homeless liaison)

 

AHS TOY DRIVE

Next week, Monday, December 16 through Friday, December 20, National Honor Society will be hosting a Toy Drive at AHS There will be collection containers and/or students at a table in the front lobby to take your donations. Please consider donating one or more new toy(s) for a child from 0-18 years old. Please make sure they are new with tags or in the package, but toys can be for all ages. Half of your donations will go to local families here in Ames, and we’ll also share half of what we collect with the Blank Children’s Hospital toy drive. Please consider donating! The kids and their families will be incredibly appreciative!

 

AHS SPIRIT STORE

Looking for a great holiday gift?  Ames High Spirit Wear makes the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for the AHS student, parent, grandparent or alum on your list!

The store will be open the following dates.  Make holiday shopping easy by visiting the Spirit Store this month!

Monday, December 16           1:00-3:00 pm    (stop by during the day if evenings don’t work)

Tuesday, December 17          5:30-7:30 pm    (before & during the girls JV & Varsity basketball games)

Friday, December 20             5:30-7:30 pm   (before & during the boys & girls JV & Varsity basketball games)

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Dec. 13

WR- V Invite at Council Bluffs

BBB-10/9/V at Urbandale 4:456:15/7:45 PM

GBB-JV1/V/JV2 at Urbandale 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

Saturday, Dec. 14

AHS at SCIBA Jazz Festival at Waukee All Day

WR-V at Abraham Lincoln 12 PM

WR-JV at DSM East 9 AM

Monday, Dec. 16

AHS Holiday Band Concert 6:30/8PM

Tuesday, Dec. 17

BBB-10/9/V vs DSM Lincoln 4:45/6/7:45 PM

GBB-JV2/V vs DSM Lincoln 4:45/6 PM

Thursday, Dec. 19

GBB-JV2 vs Ankeny Centennial 4:30 PM

BBB-9 vs Ankeny Centennial 6 PM

WR-JV/V vs Dowling 6:30 PM

BSwim-V/JV vs Newton at Grinnell College Natatorium 7 PM

Friday, Dec. 20

AHS Early Dismissal 1:15 PM

Saturday, Dec. 12-Jan. 5 Winter Break

Monday, Jan. 6

Classes Resume

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Friday, December 6, 2019

THIN a high littlecyclones

AHS JAZZ BAND CONCERT

The Ames Jazz Bands will be putting on a free concert, Monday, December 9 at 6:30 PM in the AHS Auditorium. Come listen to both of the Ames HS Jazz Bands perform.

WINTER ORCHESTRA CONCERT

The AHS orchestra will present a Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 10th beginning at 7:30 pm. The 9th grader strings will perform Inverno (Vivaldi’s Winter) and a Corelli Concerto featuring soloists David Lee, Angelina Chen and Adrian Guan. The 10 – 12 string orchestra will perform Shostakovich Waltz No. 2. The 10 – 12 Full Orchestra will perform Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Carillon and Farandole, Danse russe Trepak, Tintinabulations and Pirates of the Caribbean. Admission is $3.00 students, $5.00 adults, $10 Family. Come enjoy some fun music and hear what the students have been working on to share with you.

HOLIDAY BAND CONCERT

The Ames High Bands will be presenting their Holiday Band Concert on Monday, December 16th, in the Ames High School Auditorium. The 6:30 concert will feature Percussion Techniques directed by Chris Ewan, the Freshman Band directed by Andrew Buttermore and the Symphonic Band directed by Andrew Buttermore.  The 8:00 PM concert will feature the Concert Band directed by Nick Gardner and the Wind Symphony directed by Chris Ewan. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $10 for a family.

 

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 .

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

Parent/guardian, in reporting your students absence please call the Attendance line at 515-817-0601 first thing in the morning if your child will be missing school. If you know the night before an absence you may call and leave a message. Messages may be left on the attendance line 24/7 if you call outside the normal school hours. 

Please call the AHS Main telephone line at 515-817-0600 for all other inquires.

PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS BEFORE ABSENCES

If you know in advance of an upcoming extended absence due to a college visit, surgery, travel plans, family events, your student will need to obtain a Prior form from the attendance office. In order to obtain a prior your student will bring a signed note from a parent/guardian with the date/s and reason for the absence to the attendance secretary who will then attach it to the Prior form. Once the prior form is filled out completely and signed by the students teachers, the student will turn it into the attendance secretary 24 hours prior to the absence so the attendance will be processed efficiently.

Looking for a great holiday gift?  Ames High Spirit Wear makes the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for the AHS student, parent, grandparent or alum on your list!

The store will be open the following dates
Make holiday shopping easy by visiting the Spirit Store this month!

Friday, December 6                5:30-7:30 pm  (before & during the girls JV & Varsity basketball games)

Tuesday, December 10          6:00-7:15 pm    (before the Winter Orchestra concert)

Monday, December 16           1:00-3:00 pm    (stop by during the day if evenings don’t work)

Tuesday, December 17          5:30-7:30 pm    (before & during the girls JV & Varsity basketball games)

Friday, December 20             5:30-7:30 pm   (before & during the boys & girls JV & Varsity basketball games)

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Dec. 6

BBB-10/V vs Ottumwa 4:45/7:45 PM

GBB-JV1/V vs Ottumwa 4:45/6 PM

AHS Madrigal at Northminster Presbyterian Church 6:30 PM

Saturday, Dec. 7

WR-JV Invite at DSM North 9 AM 

WR-V at Bondurant-Farrar 10 AM

BSwim-V Wittmer Invite 11 AM

AHS Madrigal at Northminster Presbyterian Church 6:30 PM

Monday, Dec. 9

AHS Jazz Band Concert 6:30 PM

Tuesday, Dec.10

BBB-10/9/V at Ft. Dodge 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

GBB-JV1/V/JV2 at Ft. Dodge 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

Thursday, Dec 12

AHS Early Dismissal at 1:15 PM

BSwim-JV/V vs Johnston 5 PM

WR-JV/V vs DSM East 6:30 PM

Friday, Dec. 13

WR- V Invite at Council Bluffs

BBB-10/9/V at Urbandale 4:456:15/7:45 PM

GBB-JV1/V/JV2 at Urbandale 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

Saturday, Dec. 14

AHS at SCIBA Jazz Festival at Waukee All Day

WR-V at Abraham Lincoln 12 PM

WR-JV at DSM East 9 AM

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Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019

THANKSGIVING BREAK

There will be no classes on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 due to the observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  

 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

Parent/guardian, in reporting your students absence please call the Attendance line at 515-817-0601 first thing in the morning if your child will be missing school. If you know the night before an absence you may call and leave a message. Messages may be left on the attendance line 24/7 if you call outside the normal school hours. 

Please call the AHS Main telephone line at 515-817-0600 for all other inquires.

 

PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS BEFORE ABSENCES

If you know in advance of an upcoming extended absence due to a college visit, surgery, travel plans, family events, your student will need to obtain a Prior form from the attendance office. In order to obtain a prior your student will bring a signed note from a parent/guardian with the date/s and reason for the absence to the attendance secretary who will then attach it to the Prior form. Once the prior form is filled out completely and signed by the students teachers, the student will turn it into the attendance secretary 24 hours prior to the absence so the attendance will be

processed efficiently.

 

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 .

 

AHS JAZZ BAND CONCERT

The Ames Jazz Bands will be putting on a free concert, Monday, December 9 at 6:30 PM in the AHS Auditorium. Come listen to both of the Ames HS Jazz Bands perform.

 

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

 

AHS DRILL TEAM FUNDRAISER

Ames High Drill Team is performing in the Outback Bowl on January 1 in Tampa, Florida!  

They are hosting restaurant fundraisers to cover transportation costs. There are two opportunities to support these dancers.

 Noodles on December 2 from 4pm-8pm.

Chipotle on December 4 from 4pm-8pm.

Thank you for your support! 

 

WINTER CHEER FUNDRAISER

Join us for dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 4th, at Pizza Ranch, 1404 Boston Ave, in Ames, for a fundraiser for the Ames High Winter Cheer Squad! Please bring a copy of the flyer (you can get 1 from any winter cheerleader) or show the electronic version (can be found on Instagram @ameswintercheer or Facebook under Ames High Winter Cheer) to the cashier, and $2 from each adult buffet (plus any tips left at the tables) will go to benefit the Winter Cheer Squad! Thanks so much for your support; we are looking forward to seeing you on December 4th!

 

DECEMBER SENIOR OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to the following Seniors for their outstanding leadership and positive modeling of being a safe, responsible, and thoughtful Little Cyclone.

Joscelyn Buss is a great positive role model for Ames High students.  Her hard work in the classroom and in the pool has provided her school with a responsible role model.

Brinley Horras She is an inspiration and is always lifting those up around her.  Brinley not only excels in her leadership skills but also in the classroom.

Cici Stokes Cici has demonstrated amazing leadership in how to be a positive influence in our school community on multiple occasions. Ames High is a better place with her around.

Camile Jackson Camille is a great representative of our school as she is active in athletics and in the classroom. She has been a great role model for our girls on how to work hard and be humble through all of her success. She is always striving to be better than she was yesterday.

Kyle Harms works hard in art class and helps his classmates with their work. He has a strong work ethic and is easy to work with.

Emily Noyes has been a true leader and has taken charge of the Set Crew for drama. 

Amber Best has also been a great leader and has proven to be responsible as she helped take charge of the sets and crew for the fall play.

 

Frank Miller is just such a positive force at Ames High.  He is friendly to everyone, greeting them with a great smile and a high five or a hug.  He is compassionate and kind to others and goes out of his way to make others feel good. He leads in his own way; by avoiding conflict, and choosing to be involved in his school.  His contributions to yearbook and the photos in the halls help to make Ames High a great place to be!  

 

And our final senior and winner of December’s parking space is Teagan Lipsey.  Teagan is doing a great job managing her classwork with her extensive extracurricular activities. She is always cheerful, willing to learn and participate and is a valued member of any group she is in.  I appreciate her self-advocacy for help when needed and being ready to help others.

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Thursday, Nov. 28

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, Nov. 29

No school, Thanksgiving break

Saturday, Nov. 30

GBB-JV/V vs DSM East 2:30/4 PM

Tuesday, Dec. 3

GBB-JV1/V at Mason City 4:45/6:15 PM

BBB-10/V at Mason City 4:45/7:45 PM

Thursday, Dec. 5

AHS at SCIBA HS Honor Band Auditions, Roosevelt HS 4 PM

BSwim-JV/V at DSM East 5:50 PM

GBB-JV2 vs Ottumwa 6 PM

WR-JV/V at SE Polk 6:30 PM

BBB-9 vs Ottumwa 7:30 PM

AHS Madrigal at Northminster Presbyterian Church 6:30 PM

Friday, Dec. 6

BBB-10/V vs Ottumwa 4:45/7:45 PM

GBB-JV1/V vs Ottumwa 4:45/6 PM

AHS Madrigal at Northminster Presbyterian Church 6:30 PM

Saturday, Dec. 7

WR-JV Invite at DSM North 9 AM 

WR-V at Bondurant-Farrar 10 AM

BSwim-V Wittmer Invite 11 AM

AHS Madrigal at Northminster Presbyterian Church 6:30 PM

 

 

 

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Friday, November 22, 2019

THANKSGIVING BREAK

There will be no classes on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 due to the observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.   

Wednesday will be an early dismissal. Please see the schedule below for details.

MONDAY, NOV. 25th -Even Block Day

TUESDAY, NOV. 26th -Odd Block Day

 

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27th

Day before Thanksgiving  1:15 dismissal 

Warning Bell 0:05           7:45 AM

Period 1 0:32 7:50 AM 8:22 AM 

Period 2 0:34 8:27 AM 9:01 AM 

Period 3 0:32 9:06 AM 9:38 AM 

Period 4 0:32 9:43 AM 10:15 AM

 

Period 5 / 1st Lunch 

0:38 10:15 AM 10:53 AM 

Class 0:33 10:53 AM 11:26 AM 

 

Class 0:33 10:20 AM 10:53 AM 

Last Lunch 

0:38 10:53 AM 11:31 AM 

 

Period 6 0:32         11:31 AM 12:03 PM 

Period 7 0:31 12:08 PM 12:39 PM 

Period 8 0:31 12:44 PM 1:15 PM

 

MADRIGAL DINNER

Tickets for Thursday, Dec. 5th at 6:30 PM only are on sale now for the Madrigal Dinner presented by the AHS Music department. Tickets are $30 each.  Please contact Peggy Dieter for tickets and more information: peggy.dieter@ames.k12.ia.us or 817-0600 Ext. 2238.

 

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

 

REPORTING ABSENCES

AHS has a new Attendance secretary, her name is Melissa Asklof and we are glad she has joined our AHS team. The two most efficient methods of notifying the school of an absence are by signed note or phone call. Please call the Attendance line at 515-817-0601 first thing in the morning if your child will be missing school. If you know the night before an absence you may call and leave a message. Messages may be left on the attendance line 24/7. These messages are checked regularly during school hours and are entered into Infinite Campus. Please do not email absences to the secretaries as these notifications are not processed as efficiently and could result in an absence not being excused.

Confused by the constant notifications

When a student is missing school because of an appointment, the students must check in with the attendance secretaries in the main office for the absence to be excused. This means parents will receive unexcused absence notifications until we know your child is in the building. While these notifications can be frustrating it is to ensure the safety of your child. If you’d like to opt out of notifications please change the notification settings on your Infinite Campus parent portal. 

WINTER CHEER FUNDRAISER

Join us for dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 4th, at Pizza Ranch, 1404 Boston Ave, in Ames, for a fundraiser for the Ames High Winter Cheer Squad! Please bring a copy of the flyer (you can get 1 from any winter cheerleader) or show the electronic version (can be found on Instagram @ameswintercheer or Facebook under Ames High Winter Cheer) to the cashier, and $2 from each adult buffet (plus any tips left at the tables) will go to benefit the Winter Cheer Squad! Thanks so much for your support; we are looking forward to seeing you on December 4th!

AHS DRILL TEAM FUNDRAISER

Ames High Drill Team is performing in the Outback Bowl on January 1 in Tampa, Florida!  

They are hosting restaurant fundraisers to cover transportation costs. There are two opportunities to support these dancers.

 Noodles on December 2 from 4pm-8pm.

Chipotle on December 4 from 4pm-8pm.

Thank you for your support! 


 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Monday, Nov. 19

Swim-JV/V at Mason City 5:30 PM

Tuesday, Nov.20

GBB-JV2/JV1/V vs Waukee 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

Wednesday, Nov. 21

NO late start. Classes begin at 7:50 AM

Early Dismissal at 1:15 PM

Thursday, Nov. 22

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, Nov. 23

No school, Thanksgiving break

Saturday, Nov. 24

GBB-JV1/JV2/V at DSM East 11:30 AM/1:00 PM

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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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