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Friday, October 23, 2020

PARENT SURVEY RESULTS

Thank you to the parents and guardians for providing AHS administration and staff with feedback regarding how things are going.  We heard how many of you wish and want your students to return to school 100%.  As you may have heard, last night the ACSD School Board voted to bring back PK-5 students 100% as of …  We anticipate that AHS may begin plans to make a similar shift for the second semester.  Included are the survey results as well as a Hybrid Learning Standards and Conventions guide for students, parents, and teachers.  You can find both HERE.

POSSIBLE SNOW DAY

As impossible as it sounds, we may have a snow day sooner rather than later.  In preparation for that occurrence, please prepare to learn remotely.  We will maintain our same bell schedule and hybrid cohort rotation.

SECONDARY REMOTE TO HYBRID TRANSITION TIMELINE 

  • October 25Grades 6 – 12 deadline to request transition from remote to on-site learning.
  • November 9Grades 3 – 12 students requested a change will transition to Hybrid learning.

VIRTUAL ATTENDANCE UPDATE

On Monday, October 26, we will implement a slight change in the Infinite Campus Virtual Attendance portal.  Teachers are now expected to mark students’ participation.  If the teacher does not AND the student does not check in, then the student will be marked NVA (No Virtual Attendance) which will record as an absence.  Teachers will have up to 5 days to go back and mark a virtual student for participation.

ATHLETIC UPDATES

Starting January 1st, all athletes will be required to have an updated physical on file with the athletics office. Physicals are valid for 13 months. Previously, the state of Iowa waived the physical requirement for fall sports but that waiver expires on December 31st. Athletes use the following to register for your winter sport and fill out all the required forms.  In addition to the physical requirements, first semester grades will now count toward academic eligibility. If an athlete fails a first semester class, they will have to sit out from competition for 30 days. Let’s do a good job and finish the first semester strong. 

AHS BOYS SWIM

The Boys swimming season is right around the corner. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Coach Joe Fisher

AHS WINTER CHEER SEASON

Winter cheer season is about to begin! Tryout practices are Mon, Nov. 2nd from 3-5pm (gym) and Wed, Nov. 4th from 7-9pm (gym). You must attend one of the two practices to learn the tryout material. Tryouts will be held Thurs, Nov. 5th at 7pm in the Spirit Room. If you’re interested, please see the following online application and tryout packet.

Questions? Email dana.logan@ames.k12.ia.us

CONTRACT GRADE WITH A PASS/FAIL OPTION

Monday, October 26th is the last day to sign up to take a class for a contract grade with a pass/fail option. The pass/fail option is not available for every class, please check with your counselor to see if the class you’d like to receive a pass/fail is eligible.

AP EXAM REGISTRATION

Registration for AP exams started on Monday, October 12th and will run through Monday, October 26th. The cost per exam is $95 (please make checks out to Ames High School). To register, please bring an envelope to the MAIN OFFICE with the following written clearly:

Student’s Full Name
Grade Level
Name(s) of ALL exams that the student is taking – please be specific  (ex. AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based and AP Calculus AB)
Amount Enclosed 

If your student is taking a one-semester AP course that starts the second semester, then your student will have the opportunity during the second semester to register to take the AP exam.

PSAT TESTING AT CHURCHES ADJACENT TO AMES HIGH SCHOOL

This year the PSAT test will be given at two off-site locations.  All 10th graders already registered for the test will report to Northminster Presbyterian Church at 1416 20th Street.  All 10th graders with last names beginning with Ki through Z please report to the Gathering Space just inside the main door (opposite side from 20th street) to Northminster Presbyterian Church by 8:00 am.

All 11th/12th grade students already registered will report to Bethesda Lutheran Church at 1517 Northwestern Ave. Both of these locations are within easy walking distance from the new high school parking lot.  All 11th/12th graders with last names beginning with Lu through Y please report to Bethesda Lutheran Church, using the back entrance by the parking lot, by 8:00 am.  Specific room assignments are as follows:

Lu through Ne    Room 212
Ni through Pr      Room 211
Q through St       Room 210
Su through Y       Room 209

Drop off will be possible and limited parking at the locations may also be possible.  

Students should be at the location by 8:00 am. If you are not sure of the location you should report to, please email Catherine Monroe at catherine.monroe@ames.k12.ia.us or call her at (515) 817-0620.

Cell phones, electronic devices, backpacks, snacks, and drinks are not allowed.  Students may bring a calculator, sharpened #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils). Students will be required to bring their school ID and a mask.

A Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT may be picked up in Student Services at the high school. The PSAT Exam that is scheduled for October 29, 2020 is full so no new registrations will be accepted.

COLLEGE SIGNING CEREMONY

Ames High Athletics will host a college signing ceremony on November 11 at 7 p.m. in the Ames High gym. Families are allowed to attend to watch the athletes sign their national letters of intent.  Due to COVID-19, there will be extra safety precautions in place. Masks are required for all attendees and no food will be allowed. More details forthcoming as we get closer to the event.  If an athlete is interested in participating, please email Ian Smith (ian.smith@ames.k12.ia.us).  

FACE COVERING UPDATE

In accordance with new CDC guidelines, as of October 5, Gaiters and Bandanas are no longer acceptable.  Students will be asked to change their masks. AHS has disposable and cloth masks available to students wearing these items. Please be sure to wear your mask properly.  According to the CDC, be sure you:

  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
  • CDC does not recommend use of masks or cloth masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent

IOWA STATE SPANISH LANGUAGE VISIT OPTIONS

Iowa State offers a number of opportunities for students and their families whose primary language is Spanish to experience the university. Virtual events to register for include, Latino Family Visit, Spanish Virtual Visits and Spanish Tour Guide Live. Click on the link for more information in English and Spanish.

VIRTUAL COLLEGE VISITS

Students need to check Naviance for the links and passwords for the Virtual College Visits.

College Representative Date/Time

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Admissions Sun, Oct. 25  2 PM

Central College Mon, Oct. 26

Graceland University-Lamoni Jansen Heiert Wed, Oct. 28 2:30 PM

University of Iowa Marissa Wetrich Thur, Oct. 29  10 AM

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Please click on the link for the schedule of athletic events. 

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Friday, October 16, 2020

AHS DEBATE NEWS

The AHS Debate Team opened its season virtually at the Simpson Storm Tournament on Saturday, October 10, with two Public Forum Teams competing. The team of senior Yujie Chen and sophomore David Lee advanced to the quarterfinal round, while sophomores Allie Enyart and Leslie Kim were semifinalists. In speaker rankings, Leslie placed sixth and Allie fifth in a field of 44 debaters. Great start to the season!


MAP TESTING

Students who haven’t finished their MAP testing, we need you to complete this assessment.  There are ways you can complete the exam!  If you’re remote or during your virtual days, please complete the Remote Student MAP form so we can assist you to complete this assessment even though you’re not in the building.  

Cohort A students, if you haven’t completed the assessment by Tuesday, we will pull you from your ELA and/or math classes to complete it on Wednesday. 

Cohort B, if you haven’t completed the assessment by Wednesday, we will pull you from your ELA and/or math classes to complete it Thursday or Friday.


2019-2020 YEARBOOKS

The 2019-2020 yearbooks are here! If your student has not picked theirs up please have them do so. For Hybrid students, distribution is outside of room 227 (Mr. Webb’s room) in Stanford Hallway before and after school and during passing periods. For Remote Campus students, distribution through the Main Office, Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-3:30 PM. 

If you did not purchase one, but would like one, we DO have some extras. They are $55, cash or checks made out to Ames High School.


CONTRACT GRADE WITH A PASS/FAIL OPTION

Monday, October 26th is the last day to sign up to take a class for a contract grade with a pass/fail option. The pass/fail option is not available for every class, please check with your counselor to see if the class you’d like to receive a pass/fail is eligible.


AP EXAM REGISTRATION

Registration for AP exams started on Monday, October 12th and will run through Monday, October 26th. The cost per exam is $95. To register, please bring the following to the MAIN OFFICE:

A check made out to Ames High School in an envelope. On the envelope please clearly write:

Student’s Full Name
Grade Level
Name(s) of ALL exams that the student is taking – please be specific
Amount Enclosed 

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Amazing AHS Parents!

HERE is the link to this week’s principal video.

A HUGE THANK YOU
Local organization Healthiest Ames has graciously donated masks to every student at AHS.  Your student will have the opportunity to choose an additional mask provided to them by Healthiest Ames.

RETURN OF PLUS PERIOD
Next week we will begin to offer PLUS period.  Monday and Thursday students will meet in their homerooms.  In that time, they will learn how to sign up for PLUS using FlexiSched.  Tuesday and Friday, students will be able to sign up to seek additional assistance for courses they are currently experiencing some degree of struggle.  Likewise, teachers will have the opportunity to call students in for additional assistance.

SCHOOL PICTURES
Lifetouch will take Ames High students’ pictures on the gym concession balcony on Wednesday, October 21st for cohort group A and Thursday, October 22 for cohort group B. from 8 AM – 2:30 PM. Remote students are asked to have their picture taken from 2:30 PM – 4 PM and should enter through the Activities entrance. Picture packet forms may be picked up from the Main Office and the Auxiliary Office or parents can go online at www.mylifetouch.com enter code EVTZDWK2P to order and pay for a picture package.  Extra picture packets can be picked up on picture day.  ALL non-senior students MUST have their picture taken regardless if you purchase a picture package or not, as these pictures are used in the yearbook and for student ID’s.  

CONTRACT GRADE WITH A PASS/FAIL OPTION
Monday, October 26th is the last day to sign up to take a class for a contract grade with a pass/fail option.  The PASS/FAIL option is not available for every class, please check with your counselor to see if the class you’d like to receive a pass/fail is eligible.  

2019/2020 AHS YEARBOOKS
Yearbooks are (finally) in! Distribution will look a little bit different this year, but you can pick up or purchase your 2019-2020 yearbook next week:

  • Monday, October 12th (Group A) and Thursday, October 15th (Group B) – distribution in Front Lobby from 2:30-3:15

  • Ongoing – For Hybrid students, distribution outside of room 227 (Mr. Webb’s room) in Stanford Hallway before and after school and during passing periods

  • Ongoing – For Remote Campus students and graduated seniors, distribution through the Main Office 

  • If you didn’t purchase one, we DO have some extras. They are $55, cash or checks made out to Ames High School

COLLEGE SIGNING CEREMONY
Ames High Athletics will host a college signing ceremony on November 11 at 7 p.m. in the Ames High gym. Families are allowed to attend to watch the athletes sign their national letters of intent.  Due to COVID-19, there will be extra safety precautions in place. Masks are required for all attendees and no food will be allowed. More details forthcoming as we get closer to the event.  If an athlete is interested in participating, please email Ian Smith ( ian.smith@ames.k12.ia.us).  Thank you and go Little Cyclones!

PSAT TESTING AT CHURCHES ADJACENT TO AMES HIGH SCHOOL
This year the PSAT test will be given over two different dates and at off-site locations.  All 9th and 10th graders already registered for the test will report to Northminster Presbyterian Church at 1416 20th Street. 

All 11th/12th grade students already registered will report to Bethesada Lutheran Church at  1517 Northwestern Ave. 

Both of these locations are within easy walking distance from the new high school parking lot. Drop off will be possible and limited parking at the locations may also be possible.  

Students should be at the location by 8:00 am on their designated date.  The date assignments, either Wed. Oct. 14 or Thurs. Oct. 29, and specific room assignments are listed below.  Due to the tight logistics to keep social distancing, there will not be an option to change the assigned date for testing. Students taking the PSAT may check out their building and room assignments outside Student Services.  Please remember to bring sharpened pencils (not mechanical), a calculator and a mask.  

PSAT DATE ASSIGNMENTS
Wednesday, October 14 
All 9th graders & all 10th graders with last names beginning with A through Ke please report to the Gathering Space just inside the main door (opposite side from 20th street) to Northminster Presbyterian Church by 8:00 am.

All 11th graders & all 12th graders with last names beginning with A through Lo please report to Bethesda Lutheran Church, using the back entrance by the parking lot, by 8:00 am.  Room assignments are as follows:

Students with last names beginning

A through Br       Room 212
Bu through Div   Room 211
Dr through Ho    Room 210
J through Lo       Room 209
and seniors

Thursday, October 29
All 10th graders with last names beginning with Ki through Z please report to the Gathering Space just inside the main door (opposite side from 20th street) to Northminster Presbyterian Church by 8:00 am.

All 11th graders with last names beginning with Lu through Y please report to Bethesda Lutheran Church, using the back entrance by the parking lot, by 8:00 am.  Room assignments are as follows:

Students with last names beginning

Lu through Ne    Room 212
Ni through Pr      Room 211
Q through St       Room 210
Su through Y       Room 209

If you are not sure if registration has been made or not, please contact Catherine Monroe at 515 817 0620

Cell phones, electronic devices, backpacks, snacks and drinks are not allowed.  Students may bring a calculator and should bring sharpened #2 pencils (not mechanical pencils).  Students will be required to wear a mask and bring their school ID.

A Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT may be picked up in Student Services at the high school.

AP EXAM REGISTRATION BEGINS ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 12TH
Registration for AP exams will begin on Monday, October 12, and will run through Monday, October 26. The cost per exam is $95. Preferred payment for the exam is a check made out to Ames High School and is due at the time of registration. Registration will be handled differently this year as follows:

Preferred payment for the exam(s) is a check made out to Ames High School which should be placed in an envelope and dropped off in the Main Office. On the envelope please clearly write:

Student’s full name
Grade level
Name(s) of ALL exams that you are taking
Amount enclosed

Students who have the following second semester AP classes should register in October:

AP US Government
AP Psychology
AP Microeconomics (October 16)
AP Macroeconomics (October 16)
AP MICROECONOMICS OR AP MACROECONOMICS

Students interested in taking online AP Microeconomics or AP Macroeconomics in the Spring need to fill out  this form  by October 16. Any questions, please contact Josh Gorman in the Media Center.

CLUBS MEETINGS AND DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Clubs and non-athletic activities are beginning to meet.  Students should listen to the Daily Announcements for information about upcoming meetings.  Currently, club meetings are outside of school hours.  Given the pandemic, these continue to be virtual meetings, so students have been asked to reach out to club advisors for join and meet codes.  

VIRTUAL COLLEGE VISITS
Students need to check Naviance for the links and passwords for the Virtual College Visits.

College Representative Date/ Time:

University of Kansas Amy Nelson Tue. Oct. 13 3:00 PM 

Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln Courtney Johnson Thurs. Oct. 15 2:30 PM

Southern Illinois Univ. Carbondale Admissions Mon. Oct. 19 

Hofstra University Theresa Button Tue. Oct. 20

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
Saturday, October 10 is World Mental Health Day.  With the uncertainty and ever changing dynamics this year, it’s important for parents, students, and education professionals to take care of your mental health.  Please reach out if you need help.  The number to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-272-8255.  HERE  is a tip sheet from the Child Mind Institute.  

PARKING PASSES
Students who need a parking pass, please see Mrs. Asklof in the main office this week.  We will start checking cars for passes and issuing tickets the week of October 19.

KLEENEX REQUEST
Thank you very much to those of you that have graciously donated kleenex. With the cold and flu season coming up we will have a great need for more kleenex in the classrooms. Please consider donating. Kleenex donations can be dropped off in the main office. 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Schedule of Athletic Events

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Friday, September 18, 2020

TRANSITION INTO 50% HYBRID
Great news, the ACSD School Board voted 7-0 last night to begin a 50% in-person hybrid delivery model starting Monday, September 21.  AHS staff, teachers, and administrators are excited to welcome students back into the building.  

50% Hybrid: 1,2,3,4 represent the four cohorts of students

 

Monday

Block Odds

Tuesday

Block Evens

Wednesday

1-8

Thursday

Block Odds

Friday

Block Evens

Sept 21-25

1 & 2

A

1 & 2

A

1 & 2

A

3 & 4

B

3 & 4

B

Sept 28 – Oct 2

1 & 2

A

1 & 2

A

3 & 4

B

3 & 4

B

3 & 4

B

Oct 

5 – 9

1 & 2

A

1 & 2

A

1 & 2

A

3 & 4

B

3 & 4

B

Oct 

12 – 16

1 & 2

A

1 & 2

A

3 & 4

B

3 & 4

B

3 & 4

B

PLUS period throughout this first week of in-person instruction will be Homeroom.  There are a number of logistics, policies, procedures, and other materials that teachers will communicate with students throughout the week.  

LUNCH RELATED INFORMATION
To pay for al la carte items, students may pay with money, but all change will be deposited into their school meal service accounts.   This is in response to the national coin shortage and the concerns around sanitation and money handling.  As such, students are expected to bring a pen or stylus to punch in their student numbers.

Please remember, students will be required to select their seat the first day of their attendance.  That will remain their seat every in-person attendance day. 

When do departments eat lunch? (Subject to change based on numbers.)

Lunches

Lunch A

Lunch B

Lunch C

Departments 

Math             Art
ALP               ESL
ELP               Health
PE

English 
Social Studies 
Music
Study Hall 

Science 
CTE 
Special Education
World Languages 

GILBERT STUDENT DEATH
It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Gilbert student, Henry Owens. Our first priority is your student’s emotional and mental health. These are difficult times, but we encourage you to talk with your children about this event.  HERE is a resource for your reference. Please feel free to reach out to your student’s teachers, our counselors, or school administration if you’re struggling and need support.  

AHS ANNOUNCES NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS
Four Ames High students have been named Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Competition. These students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards worth over $31 million. Congratulations to the following National Merit Semifinalists: Daniel Lee, James Lin, Maxim Popov , Steven Tian

Congratulations to these four young men on this remarkable achievement.  We wish them well as they prepare to submit their applications for National Merit Scholar.

ICAN GOLDEN CIRCLE VIRTUAL COLLEGE & CAREER FAIR
Engaging with prospective colleges and learning about potential career opportunities is a vital part of the planning process. All high school students and parents are encouraged to attend to explore post-high school education and training opportunities. 

Sunday, September, 20 from 1pm – 3pm. Register here to attend.

SCHOOL PICTURES 
Lifetouch will be at AHS to take pictures of students on October 21st and 22nd. We encourage all 9th through 11th graders to have their picture taken regardless of whether a package is purchased. These pictures are used for next year’s IDs as well as yearbook pictures. More information will become available in the next few weeks. 

METHOD OF REPORTING YOUR STUDENT ABSENT
In an effort to provide additional ways to report student absences, the district has created a Student Absence Google Form to facilitate accurate reporting of student absences.  Parents may still choose to call student absences into the Main Office, but this is another option available to parents.

DROPPING A CLASS
The last day to drop an extra class Is Monday, Sept. 28th. Only upperclassmen will be permitted to drop classes at the beginning or end of the day to (a) to further mitigate exposures and transitions; (b) ensure that students don’t have unassigned time during the school day; (c)  as well as a further mitigation to alleviate the need for these students to spend non-instructional time in the building. 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Due to many changes during the week, please click on the link below for the schedule of athletic events. https://cimlcentral.org/public/genie/79/school/12/date/2020-09-04/view/week/

Full information can also be viewed at:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11oW8S_77Q0L0_bJei-ml-y3dVZ2T3Kx5PMzVamGDubI/edit?usp=sharing

Here is a link to a short video: 

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Friday, August 28, 2020

This will be a year like none other.  Please know that we are dedicated to supporting the start of the school year.  We know that there are still many hurdles and bumps in the road, but we will work together to get them resolved.

STUDENT SCHEDULES
Along with communication regarding your student(s) rotation number, parents and students will have access to student schedules today.  The counselors have worked diligently to eliminate open periods and to ensure that students have the courses they need.  With that said, we also recognize that there is still much more work to do.   Please be patient with counselors as they work to resolve individual student schedule issues.  Here are the things that counselors will be able to address:

    •    Ensure that students have all their required courses
    •    Fix incorrect courses (i.e. Honors World studies instead of World Studies)
    •    Accommodate dual enrollment/PSEO class schedules
    •    Change elective courses (if available)
    •    Eliminate open periods/assign study halls (9-12)

At this point, we can’t make changes due to teacher/period preferences.  We will focus primarily on first semester courses only.

Please note: To ensure that students are assigned to a classroom throughout the school day, counselors have filled some schedules with available courses.  Please don’t be alarmed by the changes.  If a student wants to switch elective classes, we will make every effort to accommodate.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
Homeroom teachers and Special Education teachers will contact students on their rosters to ensure that students and parents are aware of the educational delivery models available to them this year, as well as to assess student and family needs (housing, food, technology, etc.).  Some families may receive more than one call if you have multiple students at the high school.  Please review your Infinite Campus contact information to make sure it’s up to date.  Dates and times allocated for Parent/Teacher conferences are as follows:

    Monday, August 31:            8 – 4
    Tuesday, September 1:        10 – 6
    Wednesday, September 2:     8 – 4
    Thursday, September 3:        11 – 7
    Friday, September 4:        8 – 4

These conferences will be via phone and virtually, depending on parent preference and availability.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES
The AHS staff have taken time over the summer in order to put together a comprehensive school supply list.  You can find it HERE https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wEdA4cOEB5HGe0O5wHfm697x9RG0w5X4KqILQ2_OlUY/edit

STUDENT ORIENTATION (9th Grade and New Students) CANCELLED
Due to the rising Covid-19 rates in Story County, we will cancel our Ninth Grade orientation (scheduled for Wednesday, September 2) and New Students (scheduled for Friday, September 4) orientation.  The district is planning a centralized device distribution and will contact families with more specifics.

REGISTRATION PACKETS
Reminder to fill out your students registration packet if you haven’t already done so. It is very important to have work processed before school starts to make the transition run smoothly. Parking permit hang tags need to be assigned, activity stickers need to be placed on ID’s, the nurse needs all updated medical history forms reviewed and filed. If you still have forms, please complete them now and mail them in or drop them off in the office at AHS.

SCHOOL PICTURES CANCELLED
Due to the rising Covid-19 rates in Story County, we will cancel our Picture Day, scheduled for Thursday, September 3.  We will notify families when this is rescheduled.

PSAT ANNOUNCEMENT
All sophomores and juniors are highly encouraged to take the PSAT test given at the high school on October 14th and 29th. This test is a good practice test for the SAT or ACT college admissions test and is a mandatory qualifying test for juniors seeking National Merit Scholarships.  It also will prompt colleges to contact your student with admission invitations.

Registration for the PSAT will be taken throughout the first week of school (Sept. 8th-11th). The cost of the test is $17. Please submit exact cash or a check made out to Ames High School in an envelope to the Main Office. On the envelope please clearly write:

PSAT test
Your student’s name
Your student’s grade level

You will be emailed confirmation that your registration was received.

REPORTING ABSENCES
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 absent from 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 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.

PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS BEFORE EXTENDED ABSENCES

If you know in advance of an upcoming extended absence due to a college visit, surgery, travel plans or family events, your student will need to obtain a Prior Form from the Main Office. In order to obtain a prior, your student will need to bring a signed note from a parent/guardian indicating the dates and reason for the absence, the secretary will attach that note to the prior form, the student will then have his/her teacher sign the form to alert them about the absence. At that time the teacher will let the student know if there is work that needs to be turned in prior to the absence or after the student returns from the absence. Once the Prior form is filled out completely, the student will turn it into the Attendance secretary prior to the absence.

SICK AT SCHOOL

We recognize that students may come to school feeling fine, but exhibit symptoms at some point during the day. In addition, we know that many students seek the nurse for non-illness related reasons. We want to ensure that these two groups of students have little to no interaction, yet are able to obtain the school-base nursing assistance they need. As such, we have implemented the following protocols:

1.  Students exhibiting symptoms of illness will need a pass from the classroom teacher indicating sick (COVID-suspected illness) vs. well pass (S vs.W)

2.  Students with an S pass will enter the nurse’s office through the door closest to the Activities main door. The sign above the door indicates that is the nurse’s office. The building has established a designated waiting and treatment area for students with COVID-related or COVID-suspected symptoms.

3.  Students with a W pass will enter the Auxiliary Main Office (typically referred to as the Principal’s Office) to check in with Mrs. Kathy Packer who will contact the nurse via radio.

4.  Students seeking non-COVID-related treatment will go to the existing treatment room.

The nurse records attendance for those who leave the building for illness during the school day. If a student does not go through the nurse, the absence will not be excused.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Due to many changes during the week please click on the link below for the schedule of athletic events.
https://cimlcentral.org/public/genie/79/school/12/date/2020-09-04/view/week/

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Friday, August 21, 2020

AMES HIGH CONSTRUCTION
We are well into the construction of our new high school. As you may know, over the late spring and summer we lost a substantial amount of parking in front of our building. To compensate, we will have students park at Furman. Students will still need to get a parking permit and display it appropriately in order to park on campus and at Furman.

As the school year gets underway, please be mindful as you drop off and pick up your students during the day. There is a considerable amount of construction truck traffic. We want to ensure everyone is safe.

SCHOOL PICTURES
Lifetouch will take Ames High students’ pictures in the Spirit Room on Thursday, September 3 from 8AM – 4PM for ALL 9th – 11th graders. In order to maintain appropriate social distancing and to facilitate contact tracing, students are required to sign up ahead of time. WALK INs will not be accommodated. Please SIGN UP HERE

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca4a829a4fdc43-picture. Picture packet forms may be picked up from the Central Axillary Office (Old Principal’s Office) or parents can go online at www.mylifetouch.com enter code EVTZDWK2P to order and pay for a picture package. Extra picture packets can be picked up on picture day. ALL non-senior students MUST have their picture taken, as these pictures are used in the Yearbook and for student ID’s. This year, due to the requirement to wear face coverings, ALL students will be required to wear their IDs where they’r e visible. An initial lanyard will be provided to each student for this purpose.

If for some reason your child is not able to attend, another date, yet to be determined, will be held after the start of the school year. We can’t stress enough how important it is for your student to take their picture.

STUDENT SCHEDULES
Student schedules are being finalized and will be available the week of August 31 – September 4. If your student has a ISU or DMACC class please contact their counselor directly.

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION
This year’s Freshman Orientation is planned for the week of August 31 – September 4. With the need to social distance and ensure contact tracing, we are still putting these details together. Parents of an incoming freshman can expect to have an updated date, time, and plan by Wednesday, August 26. Minimally, students will tour the school, follow their schedules and meet some teachers. Bus routes will help facilitate student transportation to this event.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
All 10th – 12th grade students new to Ames High will have an orientation during the week of August 31 – September 4. Minimally, students will tour the school, make their schedules, and meet some teachers. Parents of new incoming students can expect to have an updated date, time, and plan by Wednesday, August 24.

PARKING AND SCHOOL PERMITS
As stated earlier, we have limited parking due to the ongoing construction. Parking permits in the school based lot will be awarded accordingly:
• Juniors and Seniors with a 3.5 GPA or higher
• Seniors
• Other upperclassman

We will also provide parking passes for Furman Aquatic Center. Parking in that lot will follow the same policies and procedures as the school-based parking lot.

All school vehicles parked at AHS or Furman Aquatic Center during the school day must be registered with the school. Students are required to purchase a hang tag that must be displayed on the rearview mirror. The cost of a parking tag is $5. Lost or replacement tags are $8. Students that violate the hang tag requirement or park in restricted areas or illegally may receive a fine of $5 per infraction, not to exceed $20. Students who accrue up to 2 parking tickets will be subject to towing and/or may lose their on-campus parking privileges. Parking tickets will be issued for both directly on campus parking as well as at Furman. Students should NOT park anywhere else beside the two official parking lots, especially not Northminster Presbyterian.

We have a two step process at Ames High for school permits. Students need to be in an activity before or after school outside the normal school hours at least 3 times a week. There is a form in the Central Auxiliary Office (OLD Principal’s Office) for students to fill out and have their coach or sponsor sign to verify they are in that activity warranting the need for a school permit. Once that has been completed and turned back in, the school will fill out the DOT form with our school principals signature. Students should bring their learners permit with them when obtaining the DOT form in the school office.

Students who have a school permit are not automatically granted a parking space. Parking will still be awarded based on the process stated above.

BOOSTER CLUB FALL KICKOFF
Due to COVID-19, Ames High athletics will not hold its traditional fall sports kickoff. The following are the dates, times and locations for the player introductions and parent meetings for each sport. All athletes and parents should park in the new parking lot east of the stadium and enter behind the video board.

Football: August 21
9th grade football scrimmage – 6:30 p.m.
Varsity football scrimmage – 7 p.m.
A brief parent meeting will follow at 7:45 p.m. with information on clothing sales, ticket allotment for varsity games and information from Coach Ferguson.

Fall Cheer: August 25
Fall cheer athletes will be introduced at 6:30 p.m. with a brief parent meeting to follow. Information will be given on ticket allotment for varsity games.

Volleyball: August 25
The volleyball team will be introduced at 7:30 p.m. with a brief meeting to follow.

Cross Country: August 27
The boys cross country team will be introduced at 6:30 p.m. with a brief parent meeting to follow. The girls cross country team will be introduced at 7:30 p.m. with a brief parent meeting to follow.

Swimming: Sept. 1
The girls swimming team will be introduced at 6:30 p.m. with a brief parent meeting to follow.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
As you know, this year will be like none other. The first day of school for each household will be determined by their group assignment. Families will be assigned to a group randomly, but if there are problems with the assignment, you may contact AHS to be reassigned to a different group. PLEASE NOTE: Assignments are based on the household, so all children within the household will be assigned to the same rotation group.

In order to acclimate students to this new school year, and to ensure that they have their schedules, September 8 – 14 will have an alternate schedule to allow for homeroom on each student’s first day of school.

HYBRID SCHEDULES
As instructed by the Ames Community School District Board, we are implementing a phased-in hybrid. This is intended to provide additional safeguards to staff and students, while still serving students’ academic and social-emotional needs. As a result, on any given day of in-person instruction, only 25% of those students who have opted into the Hybrid 1 option will be in physical classes. The numbers in the Hybrid schedule refers to the block schedule not the class periods.
See below for schedules.

Initial Phased Hybrid Schedules

CAFETERIA BREAKFAST HOURS
Breakfast doors will open at 7:15 AM and close at 8 AM. Students will have time to eat breakfast before the 7:50 AM class start time. Students will have the opportunity to select their seat on the first day, and will be assigned that seat each day going forward. Tables will be marked with a color coded system to identify which student is at each table during both breakfast and lunch.

CLOSED CAMPUS
In lieu of the current health crisis and our ongoing construction, AHS is moving to a closed campus. Students may not leave for lunch or snacks. Students attending off-campus programs such as DMACC, ISU, internships, and work-based learning, may continue to participate in these programs. We are working hard to ensure that these opportunities are at the beginning or end of the school day to limit the exposure and spread of Covid-19 that may occur with traveling students.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Due to many changes during the week please click on the link below for the schedule of athletic events.
https://cimlcentral.org/public/genie/79/school/12/date/2020-09-04/view/week/

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Friday, June 26

Summer Food Service Program Update

Grab and Go Meals

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

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

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


Panorama Survey Results

Panorama Data Results Graphic

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

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Friday, June 19

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

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

Commencement Date Confirmed

Dear Ames High seniors, staff, and commencement guests, 

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

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

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


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

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Friday, June 5, 2020

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Friday May 22, 2020

 

Class of 2020 logo

Follow this link for Graduation Ceramony information 


 

Class of 2020

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

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

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

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

Ames High School
Thoughtful, Safe, and Responsible


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Biliteracy

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

 

Summer Programming and Athletics Update

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

This guidance is for June ONLY

The guidance relates to limited groups of students

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

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