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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

DAILY NOTES

 

Students – this is a reminder that IBALL Signup sheets are due back by Thursday, Dec. 12th at 3 p.m. Remember, winter sport athletes are not eligible to participate.

Come join us at Blaze Pizza in support of the Ames High Science Olympiad team! The fundraiser is tonight, Wednesday December 11th, from 4:30 to 7:30. Make sure to present the flyer on your phone and don’t forget to bring your friends!

 

Bee Club is having their annual honey fundraiser. Buy 1 jar for $3 and 2 jars for $5. All proceeds will go towards funding the club’s environmental projects. Email AHS Bee club or contact Ellie Nusbaum or Preksha Sarda with orders! 

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

 

Do you like anime or manga? Join the Anime Club. We will have an informational meeting on Thursday, December 19, during plus period in room 25. We will have Kahoot and a lot of fun! See you there! Go beyond Ames High! Plus Ultra!

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Friday, December 6, 2019

THIN a high littlecyclones

AHS JAZZ BAND CONCERT

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

WINTER ORCHESTRA CONCERT

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

HOLIDAY BAND CONCERT

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

 

SENIOR PICTURES FOR YEARBOOK

Senior Pictures are due by January 20th. Senior pictures should be vertical, color, head and shoulder shots with no props. Pictures will be printed at 2.25″ X 3.25″  Please email your high resolution image (300 dpi or greater) to yearbook@ames.k12.ia.us .

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

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

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

PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS BEFORE ABSENCES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Dec. 6

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

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

AHS Madrigal at Northminster Presbyterian Church 6:30 PM

Saturday, Dec. 7

WR-JV Invite at DSM North 9 AM 

WR-V at Bondurant-Farrar 10 AM

BSwim-V Wittmer Invite 11 AM

AHS Madrigal at Northminster Presbyterian Church 6:30 PM

Monday, Dec. 9

AHS Jazz Band Concert 6:30 PM

Tuesday, Dec.10

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

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

Thursday, Dec 12

AHS Early Dismissal at 1:15 PM

BSwim-JV/V vs Johnston 5 PM

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

Friday, Dec. 13

WR- V Invite at Council Bluffs

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

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

Saturday, Dec. 14

AHS at SCIBA Jazz Festival at Waukee All Day

WR-V at Abraham Lincoln 12 PM

WR-JV at DSM East 9 AM

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Monday, December 9, 2019

 All 9-12 baseball players need to meet TODAY during PLUS in the balcony of the gym to get sized for hats and receive other uniform information.  This will be the only opportunity to size and order hats so if you plan to play baseball you need to attend.  This has to be done before break so if you can’t come Monday, you need to  see coach Steenhagen  in room 8. asap.

Come listen to both of the AHS Jazz Bands perform tonight at 6:30 in the auditorium. The concert is free. 

Bee Club is having their annual honey fundraiser. Buy 1 jar for $3 and 2 jars for $5. All proceeds will go towards funding the club’s environmental projects. Email AHS Bee club or contact Ellie Nusbaum or Preksha Sarda with orders!

HONEY

 

Last Friday the Ames High Drill Team competed at the Iowa State Drill Team competition. They are State Champions in Novelty, runners up in Co-Ed, and placed 3rd in Show Pro. They also received Divison 1 ratings in Pom and Kick.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday December 5, 2019

Are you 16 or 17? Are you concerned about high school students using vapes? Would you be available over winter break? See officer Schieffer if you are interested in helping with Tobacco Compliance Checks.

Bee Club is having their annual honey fundraiser. Buy 1 jar for $3 and 2 jars for $5. All proceeds will go towards funding the club’s environmental projects. Email AHS Bee club or contact Ellie Nusbaum or Preksha Sarda with orders!

Varsity Basketball Home Tip off Tonight vs. Ottumwa 

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

NHS will meet today during Plus period in the Multi-Purpose room.

Are you 16 or 17? Are you concerned about high school students using vapes? Would you be available over winter break? See officer Schieffer if you are interested in helping with Tobacco Compliance Checks.

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Equity Audit: Ames High School and Ames Middle School (2018-2019)

Equity Audit: Ames High School and Ames Middle School (2018-2019)

Equity Audit

Why this report now?

In the fall of 2016, Dr. Daniel Spikes, then a professor at Iowa State University, was asked to collaborate with the Ames Community School District (ACSD) to address racial disparities in educational outcomes. More specifically, district leadership wanted to provide professional development to its educational staff to equip them with tools to mitigate racism and racial disparities at the school. As a result, Dr. Spikes partnered with ISU professor Dr. Katy Swalwell, who also has expertise in equity-focused educator preparation. Together, they developed and implemented a three-year equity-focused professional development initiative. At the time of this equity audit, the partnership is beginning its third year. 

In the second year of the PD initiative, as part of the learning process, attendees were asked to complete a building-level equity audit for their respective schools. During this learning process, district leadership believed this would be a valuable tool and a natural progression in helping to identify and address some of the racial and other disparities that existed within the district’s schools. Thus, the district asked Katy and Daniel if they would be willing to work with them to conduct equity audits for their schools. They agreed to begin with the middle school and high school and work together with the district on plans for the other schools. Katy and Daniel asked Erin Meek to join them in conducting the audit and writing up the report. This report details our findings from the equity audit conducted at Ames High School.

What can this report tell us?

Equity audits are tools that can be utilized to evaluate the level of equity or inequity that exists within a school building. This tool allows one to audit schooling practices (e.g., school disciplinary practices, teacher placement, student placement); student programming (e.g., gifted and talented programs, special education,extracurricular activities); school demographics (e.g., diversity of staff); and student achievement and attainment (student performance on standardized tests and AP exams; student matriculation and dropout data).

As mentioned, professional development participants were asked to conduct an equity audit of their respective schools as part of the learning process during the second year of the PD initiative. They were asked to collect data in each of the areas described in the paragraph above, utilizing the equity audit template recommended by Elise M. Frattura and Colleen A. Capper in their book Leading for Social Justice: Transforming Schools for All Learners (Corwin Press, 2007). We then used their audits as a starting point to begin our own audit of the school.

From there, Erin Meek met with the current Ames principal and the district’s Data Assessment Coordinator to verify the existing data and to gain access to relevant data systems to pull the additional data needed to complete the report. Throughout this data verification and collection process, Erin frequently communicated with district personnel to ask clarifying questions and to validate the data retrieved. Once all available data were collected, we met one final time with relevant district personnel to ask any remaining questions to ensure that: 1) we had access to all available data, 2) we had properly navigated district data systems to retrieve information used to populate the equity audit template, and 3) the data were accurate.

Therefore, the data in this report are a combination of self-reported data and data retrieved from district data systems and can tell us at a foundational level, whether equity or inequity exists in terms of numbers. In other words, equity is only measured on the data made available and is mostly evaluated in terms of adequate and proportionate representation. For example, if Black students represent 10% of the student population but only 5% of those who are in gifted and talented programs, then this would be considered inequitable. Conversely, if students who are on free or reduced-price lunch represent 20% of the student population and 20% of those who are suspended from school, then that is considered equitable. This evaluation process is explained in further detail in the actual report. Of note, there are a couple of instances where we measure equity beyond proportionate representation. We clarify when that is the case.

Finally, we utilized our experiences and understanding of the research literature to interpret our findings and provide recommendations for further action. In other words, based on the findings, we offer likely causes of the inequities and possible solutions to redressing them, based on our experiences working with other schools and school districts and based on our knowledge of the published empirical evidence. These causes and solutions are written from an asset-based perspective because the literature supports that the disparities evident in many of our findings can often be attributable to inequitable structures and practices within schools and are not necessarily a result of student background, ability, or behaviors i.e., a deficit-based view. Also, an educator who holds an asset-based view does not place blame on students and families when disparities exist but instead, assumes responsibility for these inequities and explores the ways in which schools create and perpetuate inequity in an attempt to disrupt it.

What can this report not tell us?

While this report provides some valuable numeric data, as stated, the equity audit team were only able to provide data that were available. In some instances, some of the needed data were not available (i.e., not collected by school or district-level personnel and/or not captured by available systems). We highlight some of those instances in our report and provide recommendations for further action.

Additionally, this report measures equity at a fairly foundational level. Although these numbers provide a useful starting point, they do not always tell the entire story. Other qualitative data like interview or focus group data from students, staff and community members, along with observational data, could yield additional insight into the degree of inequity that exists within the school.

Ames High School Equity Audit (2018-2019 School Year)

Ames Middle School Equity Audit (2018-2019 School Year)

 
 
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

DAILY NOTES 

NHS will meet this Thursday during Plus period in the multi purpose room.


FIBER CLUB invites you to a special event on Wednesday, December 4, after school.  We will be doing needle felting with a local artist.  All supplies will be provided and refreshments too.  Join us for Needle Felting on WEDNESDAY, December 4 in Mrs. Dobernecker’s room.

Attention all I-Ball players – it’s time to get your squad ready and sign up the 2020 season. Sign-up sheets are located in the athletic office and are due back by Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.. Please make sure to include all team members and shirt designs on the sign-up. Reminder if you are out for a winter sport you can not participate in IBALL – this includes cheer and drill teams.

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Monday, December 12, 2019

DAILY NOTES

FIBER CLUB invites you to a special event on Wednesday, December 4, after school.  We will be doing needle felting with a local artist.  All supplies will be provided and refreshments too.  Join us for Needle Felting on WEDNESDAY, December 4 in Mrs. Dobernecker’s room.

 

Attention all I-Ball players – it’s time to get your squad ready and sign up the 2020 season. Sign-up sheets are located in the athletic office and are due back by Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.. Please make sure to include all team members and shirt designs on the sign-up. Reminder if you are out for a winter sport you can not participate in IBALL – this includes cheer and drill teams.

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Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019

THANKSGIVING BREAK

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

 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

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

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

 

PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS BEFORE ABSENCES

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

processed efficiently.

 

SENIOR PICTURES FOR YEARBOOK

Senior Pictures are due by January 20th. Senior pictures should be vertical, color, head and shoulder shots with no props. Pictures will be printed at 2.25″ X 3.25″  Please email your high resolution image (300 dpi or greater) to yearbook@ames.k12.ia.us .

 

AHS JAZZ BAND CONCERT

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

 

POST PROM 2020 URGENTLY NEEDS PARENT VOLUNTEERS!!!

Post Prom is a highly anticipated event but, is dependent on parent participation and

coordination to be successful. This is a great after prom event that keeps our students occupied

in a safe, substance-free environment. Post Prom cannot happen without parent help.

Please view our ‘Sign up Genius’ and consider volunteering so we can continue to have this

important event for our students. Post prom will follow the AHS prom on April 18, 2020.

 

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

 

AHS DRILL TEAM FUNDRAISER

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

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

 Noodles on December 2 from 4pm-8pm.

Chipotle on December 4 from 4pm-8pm.

Thank you for your support! 

 

WINTER CHEER FUNDRAISER

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

 

DECEMBER SENIOR OF THE MONTH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Thursday, Nov. 28

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, Nov. 29

No school, Thanksgiving break

Saturday, Nov. 30

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

Tuesday, Dec. 3

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

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

Thursday, Dec. 5

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

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

GBB-JV2 vs Ottumwa 6 PM

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

BBB-9 vs Ottumwa 7:30 PM

AHS Madrigal at Northminster Presbyterian Church 6:30 PM

Friday, Dec. 6

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

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

AHS Madrigal at Northminster Presbyterian Church 6:30 PM

Saturday, Dec. 7

WR-JV Invite at DSM North 9 AM 

WR-V at Bondurant-Farrar 10 AM

BSwim-V Wittmer Invite 11 AM

AHS Madrigal at Northminster Presbyterian Church 6:30 PM

 

 

 

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

FIBER CLUB invites you to a special event on Wednesday, December 4, after school.  We will be doing needle felting with a local artist.  All supplies will be provided and refreshments too.  Join us for Needle Felting on WEDNESDAY, December 4 in Mrs. Dobernecker’s room.

Attention all I-Ball players – it’s time to get your squad ready and sign up the 2020 season. Sign-up sheets are located in the athletic office and are due back by Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.. Please make sure to include all team members and shirt designs on the sign-up. Reminder if you are out for a winter sport you can not participate in IBALL – this includes cheer and drill teams.

Tucheze dance tonight from 8:30 -11 PM in the AHS cafeteria $10 at the door, slumber party theme! Come help out SHEPH club.

Day before Thanksgiving  1:15 dismissal 

Warning Bell 0:05           7:45 AM

Period 1 0:32 7:50 AM 8:22 AM 

Period 2 0:34 8:27 AM 9:01 AM 

Period 3 0:32 9:06 AM 9:38 AM 

Period 4 0:32 9:43 AM 10:15 AM

 

Period 5 / 1st Lunch 

0:38 10:15 AM 10:53 AM 

Class 0:33 10:53 AM 11:26 AM 

 

Class 0:33 10:20 AM 10:53 AM 

Last Lunch 

0:38 10:53 AM 11:31 AM 

 

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

Period 7 0:31 12:08 PM 12:39 PM 

Period 8 0:31 12:44 PM 1:15 PM

 

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