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Friday February 21, 2020

ACT/SAT PREP CLASS

All students who are planning on taking the ACT or SAT this spring: Mr. Webb and Mrs. Engelkes are offering an ACT/SAT Prep Class starting Monday, February 24. The cost of the class is $35.00 payable by check to Ames High School. For a registration form and to register, please see Mrs. Monroe in Student Services. The deadline for the ACT/SAT prep class has been extended to Monday, February 24, at 3:05 PM.

 

MATTRESS FUNDRAISER

Do you need to replace a bed in your home?  Now is the time!  The Ames High Band is hosting a one day Mattress Sale at Ames High School, on Saturday, February 22, from 10AM-5PM.  There will be over 30 name brand models on display for you to try. All beds are brand new, made to order, available in all sizes, and come with factory warranties!  There will also be pillows, sheets, mattress protectors, frames and even adjustable bases available as well! Delivery and haul away are available. Best of all, prices are less than retail stores!  Send Here’s a video that explains how it all works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_pQ6O8aVus
 We would greatly appreciate your support!

 

AHS BOOSTER CLUB MEETING

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

 

AHS WINTER BAND CONCERT

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

PARENT HELP IS ESSENTIAL TO MAKE POST PROM POSSIBLE

It’s hard to imagine that Prom is just around the corner! It takes a village to host an epic (free) party to keep our kids entertained (and safe!) after the big dance.  Please visit

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044bacae2cab9-ames  to find how you can help to make the event possible.

Post Prom starts at midnight on Sunday, April 19, and is held at Ames High School.  It is open to all Juniors/Seniors and their dates, whether they attend the dance itself or not.  All of the games, entertainment, food and prizes require the participation of lots (and lots!) of parents to help in various ways throughout the weekend.  You can also donate by Venmo @AmesHigh-PostProm or by check payable to Ames High Post Prom and mailed to Karen Rosser, 3109 Sycamore Road, Ames, IA 50014.

Thank you for clicking the link above to offer your support!

 

PARENTS & STUDENTS

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

 Reminder: The deadline for contracting for a grade-pass/fail is March 12. Get a form from your counselor if interested. This option needs to be renewed each semester.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

The following college representatives will be in Student Services on Monday, Feb. 24. Please see Mrs. Monroe if you need a pass to visit with these college representatives.

Upper Iowa University during 1st lunch.

Marshalltown Community College during 2nd lunch.

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Feb. 21

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

Saturday, Feb 22

GBB-V Regional 6 PM

Sunday, Feb. 23

DECA State Competition

Tuesday, Feb. 25

AHS Band Solo & Ensemble Prelim Contest

Monday, March 2

AHS-No classes, Prof. Development

Tuesday, March 3

B&G TR- V at Wartburg Indoor 2 PM

Thursday, March 5

AHS Winter Band Concert 6:30 & 8 PM

Friday, March 6

No school District wide, Teacher conference prep day

Saturday, March 7

AHS Solo & Ensemble Music Contest

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Friday February 14, 2020 

AMES HIGH COLLEGE SIGNING

Congratulations to the following students who signed with colleges on Wednesday, February 5th.

Bryan Cortes – Football, Grand View University

Karlie Hill – Softball, Simpson College

Camille Jackson – Cross Country, Colorado University

Abigail Jansen – Volleyball, Macalester College

Emilio Sandoval – Football, Ellsworth Community College

Ben Schwartz – Baseball, Grinnell College

Noah Stenberg – Golf, Wartburg College

 

WINTER CHORAL CONCERT

The Ames High Choirs will present the Winter Choral Concert on Monday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the AHS Auditorium.  The Choirs are under the direction of Peggy Dieter and Sonia Johnson.  Admission Fee is $5 for Adult, $3 for Student and $10 Max for Family.

JAZZ ENCOUNTERS

The Ames High School Jazz Bands will be presenting Jazz Encounters on Thursday February 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ames High School Auditorium. The two bands are under the direction of Nick Gardner and Chris Ewan.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $10 for a family.

NYC THEATRE TRIP

There will be an informational meeting hosted by Mr. Schmidt in the auditorium on Wednesday, February 19th at 6PM.  This meeting is to discuss a 6-day NYC theatre trip for Ames High students in June of 2021.   All students and their parents or guardians are invited to attend.  Stop by to see Mr. Schmidt if you have any questions.

MATTRESS FUNDRAISER

Do you need to replace a bed in your home?  Now is the time!  The Ames High Band is hosting a one day Mattress Sale at Ames High School, on Saturday, February 22, from 10AM-5PM.  There will be over 30 name brand models on display for you to try. All beds are brand new, made to order, available in all sizes, and come with factory warranties!  There will also be pillows, sheets, mattress protectors, frames and even adjustable bases available as well! Delivery and haul away are available. Best of all, prices are less than retail stores!  Send Here’s a video that explains how it all works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_pQ6O8aVus.  We would greatly appreciate your support!

 

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 February 27th and 28th 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 Monday, Feb. 17. Details about sign up for the test will be shared via email with those who complete the form.

 

AHS TENNIS MEETINGS

All girls interested in playing Tennis this spring needs to come to the pre-season tennis meeting on Tuesday, February 18th after school in the Athletic Video room. If you can’t make the tennis meeting please see Mr. Rhoads in the Athletic office.

 

All boys interested in playing Tennis this spring needs to come to the pre-season tennis meeting on Thursday, February 20th after school in the Athletic Video room. If you can’t make the tennis meeting please see Mr. Rhoads in the Athletic office.

 

BLOOD DRIVE WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19

Sign up to be a superhero and donate below!

https://donor.lifeservebloodcenter.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/165388

 

SENIOR PHOTO EXTENSION

Attention Senior Parents! In an effort to get better inclusion of senior photos in the yearbook, we are extending the deadline to March 2nd. Please send your photos to Yearbook@ames.k12.ia.us with these parameters: Vertical, Color, Tif or Jpg format, in high resolution (300 dpi).. If you have questions, please send them to the yearbook email above or to james.webb@ames.k12.ia.us 

 

YWCA  COLLEGEBOUND MENTORING PROGRAM

All high school female identifying students interested in creating long lasting bonds with fellow peers and college aged female identifying students should consider YWCA’s CollegeBound mentoring program. High school and college students are paired together and participate in one-on-one time and group sessions throughout the rest of the school year. Topics during group meetings include social media, diversity, healthy relationships, adulting and more. If interested in being apart of this wonderful program meetings are Wednesdays (biweekly) at 3:30pm at Ames High school. Rest of the school year meetings will be: Feb. 19th, March 4th, March 25, April 8 and April 22.

 

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

The following college representatives will be in Student Services on Monday, Feb. 24. Please see Mrs. Monroe if you need a pass to visit with these college representatives.

Upper Iowa University during 1st lunch.

Marshalltown Community College during 2nd lunch.

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Feb. 14

Elementary Basketball Night

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

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

Saturday, Feb. 15

AHS Jazz Band at SE Polk Jazz Festival

WR-V at DSM East District Meet 12 PM

BSwim-at IHSAA 12:30 PM

Monday, Feb. 17

Winter Choral Concert 7:30 PM

BBB-JV at Ankeny Centennial 7 PM

Tuesday, Feb. 18

BBB-9/10/V vs Waukee 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

Thursday, Feb. 20

AHS Choral Solo & Duet Prelims

AHS Jazz Encounters 7:30 PM

BBB-JV vs Marshalltown 7 PM

Friday, Feb. 21

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

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Friday February 7, 2020

WINTER MUSICAL: The Music Man

Don’t miss out on The Music Man, it is an American classic and fun for all ages.

Curtain is 7:30 PM February 7 and 8, and 2:00 PM Sunday, February 9.  Admission is $10.00 9th grade and older (AHS student activity ticket may be used for the Sunday afternoon performance only), $8.00 8th grade and below.  

MusicMan3

 

ACCELERATION FORMS

Acceleration Forms for next school year are available in the ELP alcove. Forms are due back in the ELP Alcove by February 14th.

SENIOR PHOTO EXTENSION

Attention Senior Parents! In an effort to get better inclusion of senior photos in the yearbook, we are extending the deadline to March 2nd. Please send your photos to Yearbook@ames.k12.ia.us with these parameters: Vertical, Color, Tif or Jpg format, in high resolution (300 dpi). If you want to make sure we have your photo, here is a link to our spreadsheet: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9KodEqT24TKOHRJd1F2QmtocnY2UkgxNVNCN3RqTURWSXp3/view?usp=sharing

If there is a Yes next to your student’s name, we have their picture; if it’s blank, we do not. We will keep updating this as more pictures roll in. If you have questions, please send them to the yearbook email above or to james.webb@ames.k12.ia.us 

 

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 February 27th and 28th 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 Monday, Feb. 17. Details about sign up for the test will be shared via email with those who complete the form.

 

BLOOD DRIVE FEBRUARY 19

We are excited to announce that the next AHS Blood Drive is scheduled for February 19th in the Ames High Gym balcony. 

Sign up to be a superhero and donate below!

https://donor.lifeservebloodcenter.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/165388

 

AHS TENNIS MEETINGS

All girls interested in playing Tennis this spring needs to come to the pre-season tennis meeting on Tuesday, February 18th after school in the Athletic Video room. If you can’t make the tennis meeting please see Mr. Rhoads in the Athletic office.

All boys interested in playing Tennis this spring needs to come to the pre-season tennis meeting on Thursday, February 20th after school in the Athletic Video room. If you can’t make the tennis meeting please see Mr. Rhoads in the Athletic office.

 

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. 

 

ELEMENTARY BASKETBALL NIGHT 

A special Elementary Basketball Night for Ames students will be on Friday, Feb 14. Sponsored by the Ames High Booster Club and Dance Marathon, the evening will provide low-cost entertainment for the entire family. 

Highlights include:

FREE admission for Ames elementary students wearing a school shirt (or orange or black).   

Reduced admission of just $3 for students’ parents/guardians.

FREE bag of popcorn for elementary students.

The opportunity for students to form a tunnel with the cheerleaders after halftime of each game. 

Students can enter for the chance to win prize packages. Names will be drawn at halftimes of both games. Must be present to win.

Students can donate a $1 to have their name put into a drawing to participate in an activity at the girl’s halftime. All profits will go to Dance Marathon.


Students MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the games and need to come between 5:30 to 8:00 pm that night. The girls’ varsity game usually starts at 6 pm and the boys’ varsity game will begin after the girls’ game (usually around 7:45 pm).

 

FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Kids across the state of Iowa are in the fight of their lives, a fight to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade. In fact, 64% of 4th-grade students in Iowa are not reading at the proficient level. Ames High basketball will host a #Fight4Literacy Game on February 14 to promote childhood reading and raise funds for the local literacy work of Raising Readers in Story County. For every $10 contributed by Iowa State Cyclones fans, Coaching for Literacy (CFL) will provide 2 books to local kids. To learn more text ‘CYCLONES4LIT’ to 71-777 or visit: http://igfn.us/vf/CYCLONES4LIT. Join us in the Fight for Literacy at 6:15p.m. on February 14! 

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Feb. 7

AHS Winter Musical 7:30 PM

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

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

Saturday, Feb.8

AHS Winter Musical 7:30 PM

WR-JV at Ankeny Centennial Dual Tournament

BSwim-V Districts 12 PM

GBB-JV1/JV2 at Dowling 11:15/12:30 AM

Sunday, Feb. 9

AHS Winter Musical 2 PM

Monday, Feb. 10

No classes at AHS

BBB-9B/JV at DCG 6/7:15 PM

Tuesday, Feb. 11

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

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

Thursday, Feb. 13

GBB-JV2 vs Dowling 6 PM

BBB-9 vs Dowling 7:30 PM

Friday, Feb. 14

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

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

Saturday, Feb. 15

AHS Jazz Band at SE Polk Jazz Festival

WR-V at DSM East District Meet 12 PM

BSwim-at IHSAA 12:30 PM

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Panorama Results 

Last week Friday, we included a summary of our Panorama Survey results in our weekly newsletter home. This survey includes topics such as school climate, safety, and family engagement, and it allows your voice to be heard. We have included full reports of the Student and Parent surveys this week and apologize for not including them in the original communication home. You can find the updated surveys at the URL below. 

Panorama Student Survey  

Panorama Family School Relationships Survey 


AMES HIGH ATHLETIC SPRING COLLEGE SIGNING DAY 

Ames High Athletics College Signing Ceremony is Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:30 am in the Athletic Video Room.  All senior athletes who have committed to a college to play a sport, and who are receiving athletic aid, are invited to participate. Please contact the Athletic Office asap if you would like to be recognized in our Spring Signing.


WINTER MUSICAL: The Music Man

Set in the fictional Iowa town of River City and written by Mason City’s own Meredith Willson, The Music Man is an American classic and fun for all ages.

Curtain is 7:30 PM February 7 and 8, and 2:00 PM Sunday, February 9.  Admission is $10.00 9th grade and older, $8.00 8th grade and below.  Tickets will be on sale in the Ames High main office.


BASEBALL

Baseball players – Sign up for Coach Steenhagen’s plus period for an offseason baseball meeting on Thursday, Jan. 30 in the gym balcony. You will receive an offseason workout schedule and discuss plans for the upcoming season. Spread the word!


AHS SPIRIT STORE

Show your school spirit this winter! The AHS Spirit Store will be open the following dates:

Tuesday, January 28       1:00-2:45 pm

Friday, January 31           5:30-7:30 pm

Friday, February 7           5:30-7:30 pm

Tuesday, February 11     1:00-2:45 pm


FLEX PERIOD

Parents, this year, AHS changed the study hall process and procedures.  For our teachers to have the needed time during the day to collaborate and to develop their teaching and assessment plans, we did not require staff to monitor study halls.  Our original policy was that 9th and 10th graders would be allowed to have flex spaces, and it was their responsibility to attend one of the two areas provided.  11th and 12th graders would have an open campus with parent permission.  After reviewing our plan and some of the obstacles we faced in trying to make sure students were following through with their responsibility, we have determined that some of our students require support in this area.  Starting on Monday, 9th and 10th-grade students will have to scan their IDs for attendance in flex period.  Any open period on their schedule will be filled with a class entitled FLEX.  The student will be on the class list, and if they do not scan in one of the two areas, they will be counted as absent, and parents will be notified.  The scanning device records the time and also takes a picture of the student using the ID.  This will help us assure that students are using a proper ID and will help us be able to better account for the students during the day.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Brian Carico.


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


AMES COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS PLEASED TO INTRODUCE A NEW COMMUNICATIONS TOOL CALLED ANONYMOUS ALERTS®.

The Ames Community School District has launched a new communication tool called Anonymous Alerts®, an anti-bullying and safety app reporting system. As a District, we believe that the best way to address problems that our students face in school is personal contact with a teacher, school administrator, psychologist or counselor and we strongly encourage and fully support that continued practice. However, we do know that sometimes there is a concern that a student or parent may want to communicate anonymously. 

 

Anonymous Alerts® allows students or parents to quickly, easily, and anonymously report information to school officials. The system encourages students, parents and staff to confidentially report bullying, cyber-bullying, and other sensitive topics through private messages to our administration. Starting in January 2020, the system is being supported at Ames High School and Ames Middle School.

Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome. The system allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.

 

Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome. The system allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.

 

How does it work?

Students, parents or other school personnel can submit a report through the URL below or through the Anonymous Alerts® mobile application. Informational posters explaining how to use the app will be displayed throughout schools and offices at Ames High and Ames Middle School. 

To send reports from the Web/Internet go to: https://report.anonymousalerts.com/amescsd/ 

To send a report from your phone: 

* Download the Anonymous Alerts app for free from the Apple Store, Google Play Store,

   or the Chrome store                    

* Start the App, enter activation code: amescsd

* Send important reports to school officials

* Add a screenshot, photo or video about the incident

 

Message topics for submission include bullying, cyber-bullying, family difficulties, self-harm/cutting, fighting, drug and alcohol abuse, student depression, and sexual harassment. All reports remain completely anonymous, although submitters have the option to reveal their identity if they prefer to have a person-to-person discussion. The program is monitored from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., and should only be used for serious and urgent matters. If something disturbing or life-threatening occurs at other times, it is imperative to call 911. In an emergency, always call 9-1-1!

As a District, we have a responsibility to offer this tool to our community in order to protect the safety of our students, providing avenues for confidential disclosure when there is something serious that is troubling them. At Ames Community School District, our goal is to enhance the student’s learning experience and limit any roadblocks to a student’s success, giving everyone the opportunity to succeed.


ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

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

Tuesday, Jan. 28

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

GBB-JV1/JV2/V at WDM Valley 4:45/6:15/6:15 PM

Thursday, Jan. 30

GBB-JV2 vs Ankeny High School 6 PM

BBB- 9 vs Ankeny High School 6 PM

Friday, Jan. 31

WR-V at CIML Invite SE Polk 4 PM

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

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

Saturday, Feb. 1

BBB-9B at Marshalltown 9 AM

GBB-JV2 vs Roosevelt 9 AM

BBB-9A vs DSM Roosevelt 10:15 AM

BBB-JV vs Fort Dodge 10:15 AM

WR-V at SE Polk 4 PM

Sunday, Feb. 2

WR JV at Fort Dodge 10 AM

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Friday, January 24, 2020

AMES HIGH ATHLETIC SPRING COLLEGE SIGNING DAY 

Ames High Athletics College Signing Ceremony is Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:30 am in the Athletic Video Room.  All senior athletes who have committed to a college to play a sport, and who are receiving athletic aid, are invited to participate. Please contact the Athletic Office asap if you would like to be recognized in our Spring Signing.

WINTER MUSICAL: The Music Man

Set in the fictional Iowa town of River City and written by Mason City’s own Meredith Willson, The Music Man is an American classic and fun for all ages.

Curtain is 7:30 PM February 7 and 8, and 2:00 PM Sunday, February 9.  Admission is $10.00 9th grade and older, $8.00 8th grade and below.  Tickets will be on sale in the Ames High main office.

BASEBALL

Baseball players – Sign up for Coach Steenhagen’s plus period for an offseason baseball meeting on Thursday, Jan. 30 in the gym balcony. You will receive an offseason workout schedule and discuss plans for the upcoming season. Spread the word!

AHS SPIRIT STORE

Show your school spirit this winter! The AHS Spirit Store will be open the following dates:

Tuesday, January 28       1:00-2:45 pm

Friday, January 31           5:30-7:30 pm

Friday, February 7           5:30-7:30 pm

Tuesday, February 11     1:00-2:45 pm

FLEX PERIOD

Parents, this year, AHS changed the study hall process and procedures.  For our teachers to have the needed time during the day to collaborate and to develop their teaching and assessment plans, we did not require staff to monitor study halls.  Our original policy was that 9th and 10th graders would be allowed to have flex spaces, and it was their responsibility to attend one of the two areas provided.  11th and 12th graders would have an open campus with parent permission.  After reviewing our plan and some of the obstacles we faced in trying to make sure students were following through with their responsibility, we have determined that some of our students require support in this area.  Starting on Monday, 9th and 10th-grade students will have to scan their IDs for attendance in flex period.  Any open period on their schedule will be filled with a class entitled FLEX.  The student will be on the class list, and if they do not scan in one of the two areas, they will be counted as absent, and parents will be notified.  The scanning device records the time and also takes a picture of the student using the ID.  This will help us assure that students are using a proper ID and will help us be able to better account for the students during the day.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Brian Carico.

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

 

AMES COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS PLEASED TO INTRODUCE A NEW COMMUNICATIONS TOOL CALLED ANONYMOUS ALERTS®.

The Ames Community School District has launched a new communication tool called Anonymous Alerts®, an anti-bullying and safety app reporting system. As a District, we believe that the best way to address problems that our students face in school is personal contact with a teacher, school administrator, psychologist or counselor and we strongly encourage and fully support that continued practice. However, we do know that sometimes there is a concern that a student or parent may want to communicate anonymously. 

Anonymous Alerts® allows students or parents to quickly, easily, and anonymously report information to school officials. The system encourages students, parents and staff to confidentially report bullying, cyber-bullying, and other sensitive topics through private messages to our administration. Starting in January 2020, the system is being supported at Ames High School and Ames Middle School.

Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome. The system allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.

Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome. The system allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.

 

How does it work?

Students, parents or other school personnel can submit a report through the URL below or through the Anonymous Alerts® mobile application. Informational posters explaining how to use the app will be displayed throughout schools and offices at Ames High and Ames Middle School. 

To send reports from the Web/Internet go to: https://report.anonymousalerts.com/amescsd/ 

To send a report from your phone: 

* Download the Anonymous Alerts app for free from the Apple Store, Google Play Store,

   or the Chrome store                    

* Start the App, enter activation code: amescsd

* Send important reports to school officials

* Add a screenshot, photo or video about the incident

Message topics for submission include bullying, cyber-bullying, family difficulties, self-harm/cutting, fighting, drug and alcohol abuse, student depression, and sexual harassment. All reports remain completely anonymous, although submitters have the option to reveal their identity if they prefer to have a person-to-person discussion. The program is monitored from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., and should only be used for serious and urgent matters. If something disturbing or life-threatening occurs at other times, it is imperative to call 911. In an emergency, always call 9-1-1!

As a District, we have a responsibility to offer this tool to our community in order to protect the safety of our students, providing avenues for confidential disclosure when there is something serious that is troubling them. At Ames Community School District, our goal is to enhance the student’s learning experience and limit any roadblocks to a student’s success, giving everyone the opportunity to succeed.

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

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

Tuesday, Jan. 28

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

GBB-JV1/JV2/V at WDM Valley 4:45/6:15/6:15 PM

Thursday, Jan. 30

GBB-JV2 vs Ankeny High School 6 PM

BBB- 9 vs Ankeny High School 6 PM

Friday, Jan. 31

WR-V at CIML Invite SE Polk 4 PM

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

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

Saturday, Feb. 1

BBB-9B at Marshalltown 9 AM

GBB-JV2 vs Roosevelt 9 AM

BBB-9A vs DSM Roosevelt 10:15 AM

BBB-JV vs Fort Dodge 10:15 AM

WR-V at SE Polk 4 PM

Sunday, Feb. 2

WR JV at Fort Dodge 10 AM

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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

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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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