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Articles from September 2015

You’re invited to Mitchell’s Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 6 offers an open house and guided tours for the public to celebrate the building’s renovation.

AMES–Mitchell Elementary School will celebrate the official opening of its fully renovated building with a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6. Mitchell’s celebration marks the completion of the first of two elementary school buildings targeted for remodeling as part of a facilities plan funded by a $55 million bond referendum in 2012.

Mitchell Principal Justin Jeffs said the ribbon cutting will give students, families and community members a sense of the accomplishment the new building represents.

“This updated building  is a tangible representation of the community’s commitment to education, ” Jeffs said. “It provides the space and features we need for learning to thrive.”

Following the ribbon cutting, Parent Teacher Association members and Family Ambassadors will provide guided tours for families and community members. Staff and district administrators will explain how the building’s features support education strategies and enhance safety and security.

Mitchell Elementary School is located at 3521 Jewell Dr.  in Ames.More about the elementary school facilities plan:

  • Sawyer Elementary School, also undergoing renovation, is slated to open August 2016.
  • Fellows Elementary School, which is being rebuilt on its current campus, is also slated to open August 2016.
  • Edwards Elementary School, rebuilt at 820 Miller Avenue, opened August 2014.
  • Meeker Elementary School, rebuilt at 300 20th St., opened August 2015 and will hold a ribbon cutting Tuesday, Oct. 20.


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National Merit Commended Students named

Please congratulate these Ames High School students who’ve received Letters of Commendation from the National Merit® Scholarship Program in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements. Out of 1.5 million U.S. entrants, about 34,000 Commended Students were named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

  • Jay Amin
  • Daniel Andreotti
  • Jonah DeGeest
  • Joanna Held
  • Alexander Palensky
  • Dagney Paskach
  • Emily Rehmann
  • Kaleb Stevens
  • Jack Wannarka
  • Shaochong Wei
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National Merit Semifinalists announced

Fourteen Ames High School students have been named National Merit Semifinalists based on their scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. These students now have an opportunity to continue in the 2016 competition for Merit Scholarship awards. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state and represent less than 1 percent of the state’s seniors.

Ames High School National Merit Semifinalists:

  • Nathan Chen
  • Karin Halverson
  • Hannah Hartmann
  • Xin Yuan Hu
  • Mattie Kupfer
  • Nicholas Leung
  • Caleb Litster
  • Aaron Mann
  • Isabel McCleod
  • Truman Meyer
  • Ben Popken
  • Benjamin Sulzberger
  • Alvin Tan
  • Robert White
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Leadership Ames Class presents Buddy Bench to Edwards School

Edwards Elementary School students have a new Buddy Bench on their playground, thanks to a community project completed by Leadership Ames- Class XXVIII and presented in a ribbon cutting Thursday, Aug. 27.


Class member Justin Moorman he got the idea for the Buddy Bench from Sawyer Elementary School, which rolled out Benches during the 2013-14 school year.

The Edwards Buddy Bench, made of green metal, faces east at the edge of the playground.

Edwards Principal David Peterson says the Buddy Bench contributes to the school’s goals for students to plan, think critically and develop social-emotional skills.

“The Buddy Bench allows students to think and plan what to play at recess and to invite each other to play,” Peterson said. “That’s what leadership is about. Including others.”

Peterson outlined the steps for using the Buddy Bench.

  • Use your words first to find a playmate before using the Buddy Bench.
  • Look around and decide what to do at recess.
  • See if you can join in a group or activity. If you find something, move from the buddy bench.
  • If you see a friend you’d like to invite to play, get off the bench and invite them.
  • If you see someone on the buddy bench, invite them to play.

The Leadership Ames – Class XXVIII members who contributed to the Buddy Bench project are Nick Hoffman, Justin Moorman, Seana Perkins, and Angie Strotman.


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