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Articles from September 2016

Nine students named National Merit Semi-finalists

Nine Ames High School students have been named National Merit Semi-finalists as a result of their scores on the Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). These students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition from some 8000 Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $32 million. Semi-finalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state and represent less than one percent of the state’s seniors.

Congratulations to: Marlene Dorneich-Hayes, Morgen Feeley, Neta Friedberg, Jana Kim, Divyesh Kumar, Elanna Neppel, Bailey Sterk, Eric Steyer, and Maria Werner Anderson.

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Students earn perfect scores on college readiness subtests

Congratulate these students who earned perfect scores on one or more college readiness tests.

Fifteen students earned a perfect score of 36 on one or more ACT subtests during the 2015-16 school year. Congratulations to Morgen Feeley, Neta Friedberg, Cameron Madson, Evangeline Scheibe, Samuel Weninger, Eric Steyer, Tifany Chu, Jana Kim, Nathan Chen, Angela Fei, Caroline Paxton, Laurel Tiedeman, Joanna Held, Isabel Mcleod, and Anthony Tang.

Twelve students earned an 800 on one or more SAT subject area tests or SAT subtests during the 2015-16 school year. Congratulations to the following who earned SAT scores of 800.  Tifany Chu, Woo-Young Joo, Jana Kim, Nathan Chen, Hannah Hartmann, Xinyuan Hu, Mattie Kupfer, Aaron Mann, Emily Rehmann, Shaochong Wei, Farouq Ghandour, and Isabel Mcleod.

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“Walk This Way” Campaign to relieve traffic congestion

The City of Ames and students at Ames High School are working to relieve traffic congestion near the high school while 13th Street between the Furman Aquatic Center and Northwestern Avenue is closed for construction.

With no through traffic in the construction zone from September 6th to 27th, with Crescent Street and Ridgewood Avenue closed at 13th Street for both vehicle and pedestrian safety, and with parking and pick-up and drop off lanes at nearby Fellows Elementary School not scheduled to be complete until later in September, the City of Ames offered to open the parking lot at Furman Aquatic Center for remote parking.

Ames High School Student Council leaders launched the “Walk This Way” campaign to encourage students and parents to use the remote parking option. Students will use the shared-use path to walk to the high school from the Furman parking lot. City of Ames staff will turn out for the first week of the “Walk This Way” campaign to cheer students on and provide healthy breakfast snacks like granola bars and fresh fruit.

Use these social media hashtags to help us spread the word #walkthiswayAHS #BringYourAGame #YouthEnergyStrength

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L-R, City of Ames Public Relations Officer Susan Gwiasda, Assistant City Manager Bob Kindred and Civil Engineer Rudy Koester set up healthy breakfast treats on the shared use path leading from Furman Aquatic Center to Ames High School for the “Walk This Way” campaign.

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Meeker C.A.R.E.S. ties social-emotional skills to learning

“We believe that children learn academics most easily when they have strong social skills that let them take a positive role in classroom life.” From Meeker Elementary School letter to parents.

This acronym Meeker C.A.R.E.S is prominent on signs and posters all around Meeker Elementary School. It’s designed to reinforce social skills the school is fostering so students learn to build them into every aspect of their school day—from academics, recess and lunch, to entering and leaving the building and classrooms. It stands for:

Cooperation: working smoothly with others

Assertion: standing up for yourself and asking for help when you need it

Responsibility: being dependable and doing the things you need to do

Empathy: caring about how your words and actions affect other people

Self-control: thinking before acting

School and Family Counselor Kari Deal said Meeker C.A.R.E.S. blends Responsive Classroom and the school’s approach to Multi-tiered Systems of Support.

“Both practices speak to the importance of fostering social and emotional skills in individuals, thus aiding in the development of a safe classroom community,” Deal said.

Classroom teacher Ondrea Dellman said Meeker C.A.R.E.S has given the community of students, families and staff a common language for behavior standards.

“As a result, students have consistent guidelines about appropriate choices in their classroom, fine arts, and common areas—setting a foundation for their future in the world,” she said.

“Powerful opportunities occur when social and emotional learning is brought to the forefront,” Deal and Dellman said.

Meeker secretary Jessi Neilson said the behavior standards are already setting a positive tone for the new school year.

“It’s making e a big difference in our school community to have these expectations ingrained in a positive way.”

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