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 25 — Grades 6 – 12 deadline to request transition from remote to on-site learning.
- November 9 — Grades 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Name(s) of ALL exams that the student is taking – please be specific (ex. AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based and AP Calculus AB)
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 email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.