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Articles from October 2015

Ames High School student raises money for cancer research

To develop a simple and elegant marketing plan for a nonprofit fundraiser, Ames High School senior DeVaughn Stringfellow might say “it’s all in the wrist.”

Business teacher Vicki Hales gave Stringfellow’s class an assignment to create a fundraiser that could take advantage of all the themes October has to offer—from Halloween, to Breast Cancer Awareness, to football…

“I started thinking of black and orange and pink and fall,” Stringfellow said. “It just seemed like too much. Then I just blurted out an idea to raise money for cancer awareness. Not just breast cancer, because cancer touches more than that.”

Stringfellow said he got the idea to design a wristband as simple way to convey the clear, compelling message, “Ames High Cancer Awareness.”

“And choosing the colors orange and black will never to out of style at Ames High School,” he said.

Developing a business plan to produce and sell the wristbands taught Stringfellow how to face and overcome the inevitable obstacles.

“I didn’t have any money to fund the project, and I had a goal to get the wristbands in time for the next football game,” he said. “I asked (business teacher) Rhonda Schmaltz what to do, and she recommended talking to Alpha Copies.”

Stringfellow said Alpha Copies was willing to help, but couldn’t produce the wristbands within the timeframe they were needed.

“That’s when Mr. Evans stepped up,” Stringfellow said.

Principal Spence Evans approved using some DECA activity funds to front Stringfellow’s project so he could order 300 wristbands online.

“I didn’t know if they would actually arrive in time for October 16 football game, so I couldn’t promote them in advance,” he said. “They got here just in time for the game, so I sent some emails out and got some of my classmates lined up to sell them at the game.”

Stringfellow said he got more than 30 email responses within two hours.

Estimating he’s sold 250 wristbands so far, Stringfellow said he’s already covered his start-up costs and netted more than $100.

“I’m asking $1, but some people are giving more and treating it as a donation,” he said. “And I have more orders left to fill.”

Stringfellow said he was surprised that high school students would be so enthusiastic in their support of a cancer research fundraiser.

“This experience has me thinking about what it would be like to work for a nonprofit,” he said. “I’ve been involved in mission trips and helping people through my church, Christ Community Church, but this helps me see more of the business side of it.”

Stringfellow said he’s still researching cancer centers to receive the funds.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Speech Club kickoff Friday in the multi purpose room for all interested in large group and individual speech events.

The following college representatives will be in Student Services today.

Midland Univ. at 1:30, see Student Services if you need a pass to visit with this representatives.

The Dance Marathon coin drive ends today. Remember to donate to your English teacher. All of the winning teacher’s classes get cookies, donated from Cookies Etc. All of the money raised will go to the Iowa Children’s Hospitals to support children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Speech Club kickoff Friday, Oct. 23rd in the multi purpose room for all interested in large group and individual speech events.

The following college representatives will be in Student Services today.
Waldorf at 11:00
McCalister at 1:30

See Student Services if you need a pass to visit with these representatives.

There will be a Boys Swimming informational meeting today at the pool at 3:15.  It is very important that you attend this meeting.  The first day of Boys Swimming practice will be Monday, November 9 after school.

DEADLINE to sign up for the ACT/SAT Prep Class is TODAY. See Mrs. Ward in Student Services for more information.

Come to Art Club in Art E today from 3:05-4:05. If you are interested in joining the National Art Honor Society, this would be a great time to come!

Anyone interested in playing Girls Basketball needs to come to a meeting on Thursday October 22 in room 121 at 7:25 am. Please remember that you must have an active physical to play basketball. Bring your computer to room 121 at 7:25 am on Thurs. morning

The Dance Marathon coin drive ends this Friday, October 23. Remember to donate to your English teacher. All of the winning teacher’s classes get cookies, donated from Cookies Etc. All of the money raised will go to the Iowa Children’s Hospitals to support children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses.

 

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Monday, October 19, 2015

SENIORS!  Please turn in any late Class Picture order to the main office by 3:15 today.

DEADLINE to sign up for the ACT/SAT Prep Class is Wednesday Oct. 21 at 3PM. See Mrs. Ward in Student Services for more information.

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Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Look for a separate email today that explains how to sign up for conferences.

SOPHOMORE CLASS RING

SOPHOMORES received class ring packets on Wednesday. JOSTENS will be at AHS on Wednesday, Oct. 21 to collect orders and payments. They will be near the cafeteria Wednesday from 11:30-1:00.

PARENTS OF 2016 GRADUATES

Your senior should have brought home the senior announcement packet that they received this past Wednesday.  Information for paying the senior dues (which includes cap/gown/tassel)  is included in the announcement packet.  Senior Dues are paid by all seniors who wish to participate in the graduation ceremony.  If you wish to place an announcement order in person, rather than on-line, a representative from JOSTENS will be at AHS on Wednesday, Oct. 21 between 11:30-1:00 to collect orders/payments.

AMES HIGH SCHOOL 29TH ANNUAL ACADEMIC LETTERS PROGRAM

Ames High School’s 29th annual Academic Letters Program is Monday, October 19, in the high school cafeteria starting at 6 PM.

American Legion Post 37, the American Legion Auxiliary Post 37, and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 37 fund the program, which recognizes the academic achievement of juniors and seniors. Refreshments will be served before and after the awards ceremony in the Ames High School cafeteria.

In order to be eligible for an academic letter, a student must be a junior or senior with at least one semester of grades from Ames High and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

Letters are given to first-time award winners. Lamp of Knowledge pins are given to seniors who have maintained their cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and are being recognized for the second year. In addition, each honored student is given a certificate suitable for framing.

The evening’s schedule is such that families who wish to attend both this ceremony and the marching band spectacular will be able to do so.

AHS MARCHING BAND SPECTACULAR

The Ames High School Marching Band is holding its Annual Marching Band Spectacular at 7:30 pm Monday, October 19 at 7:30 pm in the Ames High School Gymnasium following the 29th annual Academic Letters Program. Cost for this event is $3 per student, $5 per adult and $10(maximum) for a family.  The band is under the direction of Chris Ewan and Andrew Buttermore.

AHS FALL ORCHESTRA CONCERT

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7:30 PM in the AHS Auditorium

Featuring the 9th grade string orchestra and the 10-12 grade string orchestra performing. Come and enjoy an evening of various musical styles performed by the AHS string players. Cost for this event is $3 per student, $5 per adult and $10 (maximum) for a family.

ACT/SAT PREP CLASS

DEADLINE to sign up for the  ACT/SAT Prep Class is Wednesday Oct. 21 at 3PM. See Mrs. Ward in Student Services for more information.

PLUS SCHEDULE FOR M,T,R,F NEXT WEEK

Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM

Period 1 0:42 7:50 AM 8:32 AM

Period 2 0:44 8:37 AM 9:21 AM

Period 3 0:41 9:26 AM 10:07 AM

Period 4 0:41 10:12 AM 10:53 AM

Period 5/ 1st lunch 0:38 10:53 AM 11:31 AM

Class0:4111:31 AM12:12 PM

Class0:4110:58 AM11:39 AM

last lunch0:3811:39 PM12:17 PM

Period 6 0:41 12:17 PM 12:58 PM

PLUS Pd 0:30 1:03 PM 1:33 PM

Period 7 0:41 1:38 PM 2:19 PM

Period 8 0:41 2:24 PM 3:05 PM

Wednesday schedule is the same as we have been using each week.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

The following college representatives will be in Student Services. Please see Student Services if you need a pass to visit with these college representatives.

Monday, Oct. 16

PCI during both lunches

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Drake at 10 am

Carleton, Northfield MN at 1:30 pm

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Waldorf at 11 am

Macalester College at 1:30 pm

Thursday, Oct. 22

Midland Univ. at 12:30 pm

Friday, Oct. 23

Iowa Central Comm. College at 1:30 pm

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Oct. 16

FB-V vs DSM East 7 pm

Saturday, Oct. 17

VB-10 at Indianola 8:30 am

VB-JV/V at Johnston 8:30 am

Monday, Oct. 19

GSwim-JV CIC Dive/Swim at Johnston 3/5 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 20

GSwim-V CIC Dive at Johnston 5 pm

VB-V CIC Invite at Valley 5 pm

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Turn in Graduation and Class ring orders 11:30-1pm

Thursday, Oct. 22

FB-10 at Johnston 6 pm

FB-9 vs Johnston 6 pm

CC Districts

GSwim-V CIC Swim

VB-V CIC finals at Valley 5 pm

Friday, Oct. 23

FB-V at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 7 pm

Saturday, Oct. 24

All State Music Auditions, Indianola

     

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Friday, October 16, 2015

SENIORS!  Please turn in any late Class Picture order to the main office by Monday.

FCA Huddle will meet Monday morning at 7 AM in room 34. Breakfast food, fellowship and a great start to your week.

Applications are due today for students interested in taking AP Microeconomics or AP Macroeconomics during the spring semester.

DEADLINE to sign up for the ACT/SAT Prep Class is Wednesday Oct. 21 at 3PM. See Mrs. Ward in Student Services for more information.

 

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Designers and Models interested in participation in this years fashion show have a meeting this Friday before school at 7:28 AM or after school at 3:08 PM.

Attention students planning to take the ACT or SAT this fall. Mr. Webb and Mrs. Engelkes are offering an ACT/SAT Prep Class starting October 26. The cost of the class is $35 payable by check. For more information and to sign up, see Mrs. Ward in Student Services. DEADLINE to sign up is OCTOBER 21 at 3PM.

Any student interested in taking AP Microeconomics or AP Macroeconomics during the spring semester should stop in the ELP alcove in the MC to pick up an application.  Applications will be due October 16.  If you have questions please see Mrs. Monroe.

FCA Huddle will meet this coming MONDAY MORNING  at 7 AM in room 34.

Breakfast food, fellowship and a great start to your week.

 

 

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fields of Faith will be at Gilbert HS field tonight at 7 PM.  Special speaker is Steve Prohm, the ISU Men’s basketball coach.  Please see Mrs. Dobernecker for details.

Come to Art Club in Art E today from 3:05-4:05. Come and make art projects with your friends.

Designers and Models interested in participation in this years fashion show have a meeting
this Friday before school at 7:28 AM or after school at 3:08 PM.

Attention students planning to take the ACT or SAT this fall. Mr. Webb and Mrs. Engelkes
are offering an ACT/SAT Prep Class starting October 26. The cost of the class is $35
payable by check. For more information and to sign up, see Mrs. Ward in Student Services.

DEADLINE to sign up is OCTOBER 21 at 3PM.
Any student interested in taking AP Microeconomics or AP Macroeconomics during the
spring semester should stop in the ELP alcove in the MC to pick up an application.

Applications will be due October 16.  If you have questions please see Mrs. Monroe.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

NHS meeting today during 2nd lunch in the MPR.

Students taking the PSAT are reminded that the test will begin at 8:30 Wednesday morning.  You will need to turn off your cell phone and hand it in when you enter the testing room.

Sophomores not taking the PSAT:  Your bus assignments for Wednesday are posted on the main lobby doors.  You are asked to get on your bus to the Hunziker Center at 9:10 AM on Wednesday — that’s when the 5-minutes to 1st period bell sounds.

Seniors are reminded that tomorrow you report to the gym 3rd period for your class picture and information about graduation announcements. If you want to order a photo, bring your order envelope with you with payment on Wednesday.

Sophomores:  6th period tomorrow, you will report to the auditorium instead of going to your 6th period class.

The following college reps will be in Student Services today, Purdue, Luther and Southern Illinois University. See Student Services if you need more information.

Fields of Faith will be at Gilbert HS field WEDNESDAY, October 14 starting at 7 PM.  Special speaker is Steve Prohm, the ISU Men’s basketball coach.  Please see Mrs. Dobernecker for details.

 

Come to Art Club in Art E on Wednesday, October 14th from 3:05-4:05. Come and make art projects with your friends.

 

Attention students planning to take the ACT or SAT this fall. Mr. Webb and Mrs. Engelkes are offering an ACT/SAT Prep Class starting October 26. The cost of the class is $35 payable by check. For more information and to sign up, see Mrs. Ward in Student Services. DEADLINE to sign up is OCTOBER 21 at 3PM.

 

Any student interested in taking AP Microeconomics or AP Macroeconomics during the spring semester should stop in the ELP alcove in the MC to pick up an application.  Applications will be due October 16.  If you have questions please see Mrs. Monroe.

 

 

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English teacher James Webb receives Distinguished Service Award

James Webb’s passion for giving back to his profession and his ability to teach students how to master words and ideas that can change the world have been noticed. Webb, an English teacher and Mentor Teacher at Ames High School, is the 2015 recipient of the Iowa Council of Teachers of English Distinguished Service Award.webb

Erin Miller, a Teacher on Special Assignment for Language Arts, Social Studies, Music, Counseling, said Webb has a vision for what good English teaching can and should look like.

“He is the master of teachable moments, using the world around him to elevate students to places they never know or never considered reaching,” she said.

Webb admits there was a time in his career when he was growing cynical and disillusioned.

“After a few years of teaching, I felt discouraged and isolated,” he said.

When a peer encouraged him to attend an Iowa Council of Teachers of English conference, Webb said he discovered he was part of a community.

“Teachers just like me were giving up their limited time and resources to gather and encourage one another and share what they had learned in their teaching journeys,” he said.

Webb said his involvement with ICTE has taught him that teachers have a responsibility, not just to students, but to each other.

“I have become passionate about raising up young teachers and spurring on the veterans like me who sometimes convince themselves that none of this matters,” he said. “It does matter. We matter. Teachers matter.”

Webb is a frequent presenter at ICTE, and served for several years on the executive board. He has moonlighted as a composition teacher at Des Moines Area Community College, and coordinated with Iowa State University professors in composition and the performing arts. At Ames High School, Webb’s work has focused on curriculum integration and alignment; on leadership roles in initiatives such as Response to Intervention and Multi-Tiered System of Support, and on identifying, developing and mentoring young teachers.

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