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Articles from April 2016

Camp Sawyer fifth grade student wins Best in Iowa art award

Hunter Zenger, in fifth grade at Camp Sawyer Elementary School, has been selected by Sargent Art for his self portrait as the winner of the Best of Iowa. In January, Hunter received an award as the top elementary piece in the Iowa Youth Art Month show. The Iowa Youth Art Month Show selected one piece by an elementary student, one piece by a middle school student, and two pieces by high school students. Sargent Art then announces one of the four student works as the Best of Iowa piece. Hunter’s piece has been selected as that piece. This honor entitles Hunter to an an all expense-paid trip to New York in July with a parent and his art teacher, Laurie Olk.

While in New York City, Hunter will be recognized at an awards banquet along with 28 other young artists from across the United States. Their trip includes tours of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the World Trade Center Memorial, Rockefeller Center along with attending a Broadway Show and having a Harbor Ferry Tour around the Statue of Liberty. .

Bhakti Oza, who announced Hunter’s award on behalf of Sargent Art, said each time she sees the artwork that the students of America produce she is more humbled than before.

“To be able to give one’s imagination a tangible appearance is a unique gift as well as exceptional skill—and the guidance of an involved educator takes (Hunter and Ms. Olk)  to a distinctive level,” she said.

In an interview with the Ames Tribune, Hunter said his winning artwork was a self portrait inspired by the art style of Amedeo Modigliani, made in layers of cardboard pieces, all painted with oil pastels. His favorite part, he said was “how one eye was bigger than the other.”Hunter Zenger

Olk said Modigliani’s work often featured slanted or crooked faces, and Zenger said he liked using the style on his own face.

Olk said many of her students have received state and national awards and she credits them for their inner vision and work ethic.

“It is the highest honor and privilege to work with our students, families and especially the Sawyer Team,” she said. “This village knows how to raise kids!”

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Farewell to old Fellows Building Open House set for May 1

AMES– The Fellows Elementary School community is saying farewell by paying homage to its building and the learning opportunities and memories it housed for almost 50 years. Staff and parents have planned an open house farewell event from 1 – 3 p.m., Sunday, May 1.

Principal Carol Page said students are preparing displays of time capsules, which were buried  24 years ago and unearthed when sitework began for the new building students will occupy in August.

“Our fifth graders are interviewing past students and staff, and staff and students are creating bulletin boards depicting the school’s history and their favorite memories,” she said.fellowsfeature

Page said honoring Dale Brentnall, the principal who opened the building, is a major focus of the event.

“Mr. Brentnall had a timeless vision for this building and its students and we all have benefited from his legacy,” she said. “We’ll be looping a video interview that we hope conveys what a remarkable man he is.”

Page said the public is invited to walk through the building and enjoy refreshments. Students will provide musical performances in the gymnasium at 1:30 and 2:30 pm.

“We’re excited to move into our new building, but it’s hard to think about this building being demolished,” Page said.

“There are a few things that deserve to be preserved. One of our families has offered to dig up the perennial bulbs in front of the building and give them away as mementos.”

In August, the school community will move into a new building built on the current site. The old building is scheduled for demolition in late June.

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Fellows and Meeker students take first and second place at Quiz Bowl

AMES–District fourth-and fifth-grade students showcased their knowledge at the Fourth Annual Elementary Quiz Bowl Final Competition, Thursday, April 7. Fellows and Meeker teams took first and second place.

The Quiz Bowl final is the culmination of months of planning and collaboration. Ames High School students Kaleb Stevens and Jay Amin, as part of their participation in the Ames Community School District’s Extended Learning Program, worked with Extended Learning Program teachers Vicki Taylor, Nicole Kuhns, Mark Royer, and Ariane Schmidt, and other high school volunteers to write questions, organize meeting dates, and administer Quiz Bowl competitions at all  five Ames elementary schools.

Meeting monthly before school, district-wide teams participated in elimination rounds at each school. Based on those standings, each building’s top-scoring team earned a slot in the final competition. The next three highest-scoring teams were selected at large to complete the field of finalists.

ELP Director Nicole Kuhns said the competition continues to gain popularity and participants each year.

“The Quiz Bowl gets students excited about learning and gives them a chance to have some fun showcasing their knowledge,” she said.

Fellows Team – Winners:

  • Leo White
  • Aneesh Shrotriya
  • Noam Ben-Shlomo
  • Isabella Corierri
  • Alina Markutsya
  • Jacques Attinger

Meeker Team – Runners Up:

  • Maddy Cook
  • Michael Huang
  • David Lee
  • Dishant Sharma
  • Avery Opperman
  • Haley Prakashan
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Ames High Senior Art Show is up in the multi-purpose room through Friday! Stop in and vote for your favorite artwork

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Mitchell students enjoy “walking school bus”

Mitchell Elementary School students walked to school with seniors in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at Iowa State University for two weeks in April. The ROTC Corps initiated the walking school bus program to encourage the students to walk together and exercise.

“We have a couple different routes laid out, and we walk any kids that want to come out to school,” said ROTC senior Dani Hadaway. “It’s to start a mentor program for them and get them outside and actually walking.”

On the final day of the program, the ROTC Corps led students in outdoor activities.


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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Current juniors interested in being a 2016 Homecoming co-chair can pick up an application from Mrs. McCarley in the old main office. The deadline to return a completed application is this Friday

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Anyone interested in learning more about coding or extending computer science skills is invited to a meeting of Ignite CS, an outreach sponsored by Google and Iowa State University, today at 3:15 pm in the Media Center. Everyone is welcome!

Current juniors interested in being a 2016 Homecoming co-chair can pick up an application from Mrs. McCarley in the old main office. The deadline to return a completed application in April 22nd.

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Meeker School hosts 500 Project public art show

Meeker art teacher Susan Norris challenged students to create representations of the number 500. The idea for the project originated from both the “growth mindset,” which encourages students to develop ideas that could keep them moving forward and lead into other ideas, and the sheer number of students in the school. – Norris received a Finn-Milliman grant in February to purchase a digital video camera to record students working on projects.

The public is invited, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 22 at Meeker Elementary School, 300 20th St.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Are you looking for a summer job? Monsanto is hiring students for corn pollinating. Applications are available in Student Services.

Would you like to make Homecoming 2016 the best student run event in the
history of Ames High School? If you are a current Junior and want to be a 2016
Homecoming co-chair, pick up an application from Mrs. McCarley in the old main
office. The deadline to return a completed application is April 22nd.

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Announcements Friday April 15, 2016


The Ames High School Science Olympiad team traveled to Coe College in Cedar Rapids last Saturday to compete in the Iowa Science Olympiad competition. The Ames High School team finished 1st in the competition and qualified to represent Iowa at the National Science Olympiad Competition to be held in Wisconsin in May. This is the 23rd straight year Ames High has won the Iowa Science Olympiad Competition.

Earning 1st place medals were the following students:

Seamus O’Connor-Walker and Merrina Lan for Disease Detective
Seamus O’Connor-Walker, Nathan Chen and Sarah Shen for Experimental Design
Merrina Lan and Seamus O’Connor-Walker for Cell Biology
Nathan Chen and Nicholas Leung for Geologic Mapping
Merrina Lan, Nicholas Leung and Dana Gustafson for Protein Modeling
John Kim and Philip Ma for Wright Stuff
Philip Ma and Lucas Bleyle for Green Generation
Lucas Bleyle and Philip Ma for Electric Vehicle

2nd place medals went to:

Eddie Wei and Tifany Chu for Robot Arm
Nicholas Leung and Jinal Amin for Hydrogeology
Sarah Shen and Nicholas Leung for Game On
Nathan Chen and Sarah Shen for Dynamic Planet
Katie Fukushima and Eddie Wei for Invasive Species
Nathan Chen and Nicholas Leung for Chemistry lab
Tifany Chu and Jinal Amin for Forensics

3rd  place medals went to:

Ben Moats and Seamus O’Connor-Walker for Astronomy
Henry Tang and Eddie Wei for Bridge Building
Eddie Wei and Henry Tang for Air Trajectory
Katie Fukushima and Eddie Wei for Fossils
The team is coached by Peg Barbour, Mary Glenn and Kerri Marsh.


AHS had 120 students who packaged meals on Monday, April 11 for Meals from the Heartland. They finished the day by packaging over 35,000 meals in about four hours! Way to go Ames High!


CyberWise is a great resource for parents about digital tools, social media apps, and digital citizenship. It has plenty of resources to help you better understand how students are using technology and how to help students protect themselves online. Check it out at .

A college representative from Capri Beauty College will be in Student Services on Tuesday, April 19, from 1:00-1:30PM. Please see Student Services if you need a pass to visit with this representative.


The AHS senior art show will be up from April 18th – April 24nd in the multi-purpose room at Ames High School. The awards ceremony is Sunday, April 24th from 1:00-2:30PM.


The Ames High School Vocal Music Department will present their annual Spring Concert at 7:30PM on Tuesday, April 26th in the high school auditorium. The following choirs will be performing: Freshmen/Concert Choir, Treble Choir, Treble Chorale, Bass Choir and Concert Chorale. The choirs are under the direction of Steven Linn and Peggy Dieter.


Saturday, April 16

BTR: V @ Jim Duncan Relays Drake 8:00 AM

GTR: V @ Jim Duncan Relays Drake 8:00 AM

BSC: 9 @ Perry Invite 9:00 AM

BTN: V @ Marshalltown Invite CANCELLED

Monday, April 18

GG: V @ Valley Classic 10:00 AM

BTR: 9/10 @ Waukee Invite 5:00 PM

BTN: JV vs. Valley Reserves 5:00 PM

GTN: JV @ Valley Swoods 5:00 PM

Tuesday, April 19

GG: JV/V vs. Mason City 3:30 PM

BTR: JV/V @ Yuska Relays 4:00 PM

BTN: JV/V vs. Mason City 4:00 PM

GTN: JV/V @ Mason City 4:00 PM

GTR: JV/V Jim Duea Invite 4:30 PM

BSC: JV/V @ Indianola 5:30/7:00 PM

GSC: JV/V @ Nevada 5:30/7:00 PM

AHS 9 & AMS 6/7/8 SATB Chorus Concert 7:00PM

Wednesday, April 20

Athletic Booster Club 7:00 PM

Thursday, April 21

BTN: JV/V @ SE Polk 4:00 PM

GTN: JV/V vs. SE Polk 4:00 PM

BTR: V @ Newton Invite 4:30 PM

GTR: JV/V @ Urbandale Invite 4:30 PM

BSC: 9/JV @ SE Polk 6:00/7:30 PM

Friday, April 22

BSC: 9/JV/V @ Centennial 4:45/6:00/7:30 PM

GSC: JV/V vs. Centennial 5:30/7:00 PM

Saturday, April 23

BSC: JV/V @ CR Prairie 12:00/1:30 PM

Sunday, April 24

Art Show Reception 1:00-2:30 PM

National Honor Society Induction 2:00 PM

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