EVEN Block Day
Congratulations to all of our AHS musicians! We are honored to have 32 music students successfully auctioned for the 2020 All-State Music Festival. If you see these students, please congratulate them personally!!!
AHS Band All-State Accepted & Alternates:
Ling Bai, Horn 2
Alex Buttermore, Bass Trombone (Orchestra)
Ava Chopskie, Percussion
Jerry Han, Clarinet 1
Kayley Helmer, Clarinet (Orchestra)
Kai Johnson, Clarinet 1
Lillie Kennedy, Bassoon (Orchestra)
Mario Napolitano, Trombone 1
Sofiya Palasyuk, Clarinet 1
Avery Suza, Trumpet (Orchestra)
Kailyn Thompson, Horn 3
Madelyn Timmermans, Cornet 3
Anleah Walker, Horn (Orchestra 4)
Jacob Xing, Clarinet 3
Sawyer Chopskie, Alternate Percussion
David Hauber, Alternate Euphonium
Hannah Song, Alternate Clarinet
AHS Orchestra All-State Accepted & Alternates:
Ellie Barry – Cello
Meiya Weeks – Cello
Arianna Williams-Suarez – Cello
Sarah Park – Viola
Isabel Andreotti – Violin 2
Angelina Chen – Violin 2
Katie Gu – Violin 1
Daniel Lee – Violin 1– 4 Year All Stater
David Lee – Violin 2
Mengze Li – Violin 1
Adrian Guan – Alternate Cello 1
Carter Peterson – Alternate Cello 2
AHS Choir All-State Accepted
Keilah Brewer – Alto
Jackson Bryant – Bass – 4 Year All Stater
Libby Gens – Soprano
Cassidy Peterson – Alto
Olivia Reed – Alto
Nicholas Tehan – Tenor
Adam Wolf – Tenor
Ana Yam – Piano – 4 Year All Stater
Congratulations to AHS QuizBowl! On Saturday, October 24, AHS Quiz Boal had a very successful competition and finished 2nd place at the IQBL Kickoff Tournament. This was a 100% virtual event where we also got a chance to practice our patience with how the experience was different than what we are used to. Our team was undefeated until the final round where they fell just short to a strong Waukee team. We are looking forward to a great season and I am glad to be working with them again this year!
Saturday’s QB Competitors
Iowa City West Debate held a one-day novice tournament on October 24. AHS Novices Freshmen Meiya (May-uh) Weeks and Jiwen Li, in their first-ever tournament, were quarterfinalists in Public Forum. Jiwen also placed 5th in speaker points for PF. Way to go, Novices!
Students, as we work together to clarify expectations and work as a staff to be more consistent in our practice, the AHS staff created and sent the following AHS Hybrid Learning Standards and Conventions. This matters to you, because teachers and staff need to:
- check your email daily
- log into your Google Classroom to check the stream for synchronous meeting times and Classwork for instruction videos and materials
- Turn off your notifications to help decrease your email
- Check-in each day when you’re learning virtually and/or remote (failing to do so may result in an unexcused absence)
Virtual Attendance Update: As of Monday 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 mark a student as participating AND the student does not check in, then the student will be marked NVA (No Virtual Attendance) which will record as an unexcused absence.
The Young Democrats will be having their first virtual meeting on Wednesday after school about the upcoming election! Be sure to join their google classroom for more information by emailing Steven at email@example.com or by signing up outside room 109! And of course, be sure to VOTE!
The 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 website for the online application and tryout packet: https://ameswintercheer.wordpress.com/tryouts/tryouts-october-2017/
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 website 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.
Students taking the PSAT on Thursday may check out their building and room assignments outside Student Services. Please remember to bring sharpened pencils (not mechanical), a calculator and a mask.
FCCLA will be holding their first virtual meeting of the year, today from 2:45 to 3:15 pm. FCCLA is a great opportunity for those working to improve their lives, their family lives and their community. There are community service projects, competitive events, and even scholarships that students can receive. If you enjoy FCS courses and want to make the lives of yourselves and others the best they can be, FCCLA is a great fit! Please email Mrs. Havens to get the google meet invite or any additional information.
The Boys swimming season is right around the corner. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Coach Joe Fisher. His email is email@example.com.
Hello Ames High! Interested in teaching, getting volunteer hours, and having a good time? You’re invited to become a Science in the City mentor. Have a blast helping to guide a team of middle schoolers to create, learn, and explore. Mentors get free teaching professional development and up to 38 volunteer hours. If interested, there is an online informational meeting on November 4th. Please email Mrs. Carlson or Davis Verhoeven for more details.
TeenHacks LI, the largest semi-annual high school hackathon in the Northeast. If you were wondering, a hackathon is an event, virtually this year, where individuals interested in STEM create projects and win many prizes. TeenHacks LI’s mission is to create a collaborative and rich environment for high school students with similar interests. This year, our three-part event will be held on November 7th, 14th, and 21st. During our event, we facilitate many panel discussions, workshops, and many enjoyable activities. Students can sign up here.
For more information please visit our website at teenhacksli.com.
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 links for more information in English and Spanish.
Students interested in IT, the Technology Association of Iowa will be hosting their annual Iowa High School Tech Summit virtually this fall. The Summit is free of charge scheduled for Tuesday, November 17 from 9:00am – 12:00pm and is open to all Iowa high school students. The event will include a panel of IT professions and opportunity for virtual networking with current college students and employers. This is an outstanding opportunity for any student interested in the IT field and allows local employers to capture their attention early on. Learn more at https://www.technologyiowa.org/
Lunch today is, Cheese stuffed breadsticks, marinara sauce and seasoned peas.