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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

There is an NHS meeting today during 2nd lunch in Room 102! See you there!

Ignite CS will meet in the Media Center at 3:05 today. Friends are welcome and snacks/water will be provided.

Attention Senior Mentors! Tomorrow is a senior mentor homeroom day. Visit your ninth graders!

Any student interested in taking AP Microeconomics (fall 2017), AP Macroeconomics (fall 2017), AP Statistics (both semesters) or AP Computer Science (Java; both semesters) online beginning in the fall of 2017 please pick up an application in the ELP Alcove in the Media Center. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Kuhns or Mrs. Monroe. Applications are due April 11, 2017; there are no exceptions to the deadline.

Any current sophomore or junior with a GPA of 3.4 or higher is eligible to apply to National Honor Society for the 2017-2018 school year. Applications are available at the high school website or in the old main office. Deadline is Monday, April 3.

Submit to Scratch Pad, Ames High’s literary magazine! You can submit any and all kinds of original art to the white boxes in your English and Art classes, or email them to Mr. Schmidt.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

There will be a representative from the University of Nebraska in Student Services at 1:00 today. There will also be a representative from DMACC in Student Services at 1:00 tomorrow. Please schedule to meet with either of these representatives.

Any student interested in taking AP Microeconomics (fall 2017), AP Macroeconomics (fall 2017), AP Statistics (both semesters) or AP Computer Science (Java; both semesters) online beginning in the fall of 2017 please pick up an application in the ELP Alcove in the Media Center. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Kuhns or Mrs. Monroe. Applications are due April 11, 2017, there are no exceptions to the deadline.

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Friday March 10, 2017

NHS APPLICATION
Students currently in grades 10 and 11 who have a GPA of 3.40 or higher are eligible to apply to be a member of Ames High’s National Honor Society for 2017-2018. Applications are available online at the high school website or may be picked up from Mrs. Schmaltz in Room 102. Application deadline is Monday, April 3. If you have questions, email Mrs. Schmaltz @ rhonda.schmaltz@ames.k12.ia.us

AUDITIONS FOR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS
Senior Senate will be selecting three members of the class of 2017 to speak at commencement on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Two students will be chosen to read original speeches and one student will read the poem at the end of the ceremony. Auditions will be held the morning of Wednesday, April 12 from 7:50 AM to 8:50 AM. All auditions are limited to five minutes and the speaker will be expected to present a portion of his or her speech to members of Senior Senate. The poem can be picked up in room 26. Anyone who is a graduating member of the class of 2017, has a GPA of 2.5 or higher and has shown overall good conduct has the opportunity to audition by signing up with Mrs. Micalone in room 26 by April 10. Audition times will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Students are encouraged to work with the AHS English Department on their original speeches.

BACCALAUREATE NOMINATIONS
Seniors interested in being a student performer or nominating a speaker for baccalaureate can pick up an application in the main office. Due date is April 1st.

TRACK PARENT MEETING
Girl’s and Boy’s Track parent informational meeting night is Tuesday, March 21, at 7:00 PM in the AHS Cafeteria. All parents are encouraged to attend to receive information and help support the upcoming season.

SPRING SPORT PARENT MEETING
Please attend the Spring Sport Parent meeting Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 PM.

B Soccer — Cafeteria
G Soccer — Cafeteria
G Tennis — Room 110
B Tennis — Room 121
G Golf — Room 107

AMES HIGH DRILL TEAM SPRING SHOW AND CLINIC
The Ames High Drill Team will be having their 18th Annual Spring Show on Saturday, March 25th, at 7:00 PM in the Ames High Gym. Tickets for the Spring Show are $7 for adults, $5 for students 18 and under. Clinic Dancers ages PS-8 are invited to sign up to participate in a morning clinic and have the option to perform with the Ames High Drill Team. Cost is $30 and registration is due by March 17th. Email Coach Buss at sbluv2cheer@yahoo.com to register!

DEBATE NEWS
In debate news, the AHS Debate team attended the Iowa Forensics League State Tournament on Friday and Saturday at the University of Iowa. In Student Congressional Debate Bailey Sterk advanced to the Super Session. In Public Forum Emma Cai and Seamus O’Conner-Walker broke to the octafinal round and Helen Hu and Dakshina Paudyal made it all the way to the semifinal round. Seamus came in 7th in the state in Public Forum Speaker points.

AHS SOLO AND ENSEMBLE CONTEST
The Ames High School Band and Vocal Department participated in the Ames Solo Ensemble Contest on Saturday, March 4 at Ames High School. A special commendation to each student who prepared music for contest and who improved their own personal performance skills. The following students/groups received Division I (Superior), Division II (Excellent) and Division III (Good) ratings.  No Division IV or V ratings were earned.

Division I (Superior) Ratings
Piccolo Solo: Maya Chen
Flute Solo: Maya Chen, Emily Helmer, Caleb Kong, Eileen Murray, Maria Werner-Anderson, Tianxin Xu
Bb Clarinet Solo: Lauren Cassaidy, Andres Cordoba, Neta Friedberg, David Kim, Grace Lee, Benjamin Moats, Lillian Montabon, Kevin Park, Hayden Pritchard, Alyssa Romp
Alto Sax Solo: Oliver Chen, Julia White
Trumpet Solo: David Vigil
Horn Solo: Isak Werner-Anderson, David Tarte
Trombone Solo: Adam Eichhorn
Tuba Solo: Peter Jaynes
Snare Solo: Richard Yang
Tenor Solo: Nick Sulzberger
Vocal Solo: Elena Andrews, Hector Arbuckle, Reid Barker, Natalie Bretey, Andrew Bryant, Meghan Collett, Will Daniels, Christian Frankl, Alden Johnson, Lydia Linch, Aubree Litster, Melissa Liu, Julie-Michelle Manohar, Eily Mickelson, Caroline Paxton, Isabel Polashek, Sarah Shen, Jamarion Tatum, Brian Todey, Ean Warrick
Flute Duet: Eileen Murray & Tianxin Xu
Clarinet Duet: Benjamin Moats & Ana DiSpirito
Flute/Clarinet Duet: Caleb Kong & Neta Friedberg; Kevin Park & Maya Chen
Flute/Trombone Duet: Maya Chen & Adam Eichhorn
Clarinet Quartet: Ana DiSpirito, Grace Lee, Neta Friedberg & Benjamin Moats, Lillian Montabon, Alyssa Romp, Lauren Cassaidy & Ryan Carson
Saxophone Quartet: Oliver Chen, Neta Friedberg, Angela Schwartz & Sura Smadi
Trombone Quartet: Caleb Devick, Cole Thompson, Channing Che & Adam Eichhorn
Clarinet Choir: Lauren Cassaidy, Moriah Conner, Ana DiSpirito, Neta Friedberg, Grace Lee, Ben Moats, Lillian Montabon, Alyssa Romp, Arie Sirotiak, David Kim, Angela Schwartz, Ryan Carson, Kelli Kemp, Sira Smadi
Flute Choir:  Maya Chen, Maria Werner-Anderson, Emily Helmer, Laura Emery, Amber Mohmand, Kourtney Barr, Eileen Murray, Lyd Grawe, Caleb Kong, Brandon Crow, Hannah Crow
Vocal Duet: Christian Frankl & Lydia Linch, Caroline Paxton & Isabel Polashek, Reilly Coleman & Brianna Stott

Division II (Excellent) Ratings
Flute Solo: Laura Emery, Amber Mohmand
Bass Flute Solo: Lyd Grawe
Clarinet Solo: Carl Balvanz, Moriah Conner, Ana DiSpirito, Maggie Hoffman, Lara Murray, Elanna Neppel, Sarah Song, Anthony Tang
Alto Sax Solo: Lucas Johnson, Liv Lauber, Gabby Lorenz, Ananya Mitra, Sam Packard
Trumpet Solo: Nathan Paskach, Jasper Shogren-Knaack, Emma Todey
Horn Solo: Anna Cullinan
Trombone Solo: Channing Che
Tuba Solo: Nitzan Friedberg
Snare Solo: Petr Karpov
Marimba Solo: Aidan Diggins-Kennedy, Dominik McDonald
Vocal Solo: Aubrey Branch, Jocelyn Digby, Andrew Greene, Kathleen Pelzer, Stephanie Rodriguez, Tiffany Rong, Lindsey Widmer, Dana Woolery
Sax Duet: Roni LaPietra & Ananya Mitra
Tuba Duet: William VanVoorhis & Ben Breshears
Trombone Choir: Caleb Devick, Cole Thompson, Channing Che, Adam Eichhorn, Ryan Lin, William Brumm, Madeline Taylor
Vocal Duet: Laura Kerton & Aubree Litster

Division III (Good) Ratings
Vocal Duet: Sara Bergin & Sally Schrunk

AMES HIGH POST PROM HELP NEEDED
We are looking for volunteers to help make Ames High Post Prom a safe and successful night for AHS students. No matter your time or talents, we have an opportunity to match your needs. Please go to the following link and sign up for this fun night! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f49afa82b0-ames1

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES
The following college representatives will be in Student Services during Plus Period at 1:00 PM. Please schedule to visit with these college representatives.

Monday, March 20
    University of Nebraska
Tuesday, March 21
    DMACC

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Monday, March 13-Friday, March 17
    Spring Break

Monday, March 13
    Girls Track: V @ ISU Indoor 10:00 AM

Tuesday, March 14
    Boys Track: V @ ISU Indoor 10:00 AM

Friday, March 17
    Boys Track: 9/10/JV @ Central Iowa Indoor 9:00 AM

Tuesday, March 21
    Track parent meeting – AHS Cafeteria 7:00 PM

Thursday, March 23
    Spring sport parent meeting night 7:00 PM

Saturday, March 25
    Girls Track: V @ Cornell Invite 11:00 AM
    Boys Track: V @ Cornell Invite 11:00 AM
    Thespian Film Festival 7:00 PM
    Drill Team Spring Show 7:00 PM

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Students currently in grades 10 and 11 who have a GPA of 3.40 or higher are eligible to apply to be a member of Ames High’s National Honor Society chapter for 2017-2018. Applications are available online at the high school website or in the old main office. Completed applications are due Monday, April 3 to Mrs. Schmaltz in Room 102.

There will be a representative from the University of Nebraska in Student Services at 1:00 on Monday, March 20th. Please schedule to meet with this representative.

Friday, March 10, 2017 1:15 dismissal

Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM

Period 1 0:32 7:50 AM 8:22 AM

Period 2 0:34 8:27 AM 9:01 AM

Period 3 0:32 9:06 AM 9:38 AM

Period 4 0:32 9:43 AM 10:15 AM

Period 5/1st Lunch 0:38 10:15 AM 10:53 AM

Class 0:33 10:53 AM 11:26 AM

Class 0:33 10:20 AM 10:53 AM

Last Lunch 0:38 10:53 AM 11:31 AM

Period 6 0:32 11:31 AM 12:03 PM

Period 7 0:31 12:08 PM 12:39 PM

Period 8 0:31 12:44 PM 1:15 PM

 

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Students currently in grades 10 and 11 who have a GPA of 3.40 or higher are eligible to apply to be a member of Ames High’s National Honor Society chapter for 2017-2018. Applications are available online at the high school website or in the old main office. Completed applications are due Monday, April 3 to Mrs. Schmaltz in Room 102.

Submit to Scratch Pad, Ames High’s literary magazine! You can submit any and all kinds of original art to the white boxes in your English and Art classes, or email them to Mr. Schmidt.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

There will be a representative from Upper Iowa University in Student Services at 9:00 tomorrow. Please get a pass from Mrs. Ward in Student Services if you would like to visit with this representative.

Seniors interested in being a student performer or nominating a speaker for baccalaureate can pick up an application in the main office. Due date is April 1st.

4H serves youth in communities in every state across the nation. 4H’ers are tackling the nation’s top issues, from global food security, climate change and sustainable energy to childhood obesity and food safety. Come explore what 4H is and learn how to start a 4H chapter in your school during Mrs. Tibben’s Plus Periods Monday, March 20th and Thursday, March 23rd in room MC5. See Mrs. Tibben for any questions.

Attention movie makers: this is your final notice for Thespian Film Festival 2017. The festival will be held Saturday, March 25. Movies must be submitted on or before March 20. See Mr. Woolery for more information and guidelines.

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2017 The National Honor Society Application Information

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

NHS is open to 2016-17 sophomores and juniors whose GPA is 3.40 or higher.

Each spring applications are accepted for memberships that begin the following school year. Applications include competing a form and writing an essay.

Applications are available in the Main Office or online here.

Applications are due to Mrs. Schmaltz, Room 102, by Monday, April 3, 2017, with no exceptions.

The induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the high school Auditorium.

 

 

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ignite CS will meet in the media center after school today. Friends are welcome.

4H serves youth in communities in every state across the nation. 4H’ers are tackling the nation’s top issues, from global food security, climate change and sustainable energy to childhood obesity and food safety. Come explore what 4H is and learn how to start a 4H chapter in your school during Mrs. Tibben’s Plus Periods Monday, March 20th and Thursday, March 23rd in room MC5. See Mrs. Tibben for any questions.

Attention movie makers: this is your final notice for Thespian Film Festival 2017. The festival will be held Saturday, March 25. Movies must be submitted on or before March 20. See Mr. Woolery for more information and guidelines.

Submit to Scratch Pad, Ames High’s literary magazine! You can submit any and all kinds of original art to the white boxes in your English and Art classes, or email them to Mr. Schmidt.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Guess what today is…the last day to sign up for an AP exam!!! Sign up in Student Services. The doors close at 3:00 PM so make sure you sign up before 3:00.

Today is also the last day to sign up to take a class for a contract grade with a pass/fail option.

Attention movie makers: this is your final notice for Thespian Film Festival 2017. The festival will be held Saturday, March 25. Movies must be submitted on or before March 20. Start planning now because it is expected that all technical problems will be resolved before submission otherwise the movie will not be considered. See Mr. Woolery for more information and guidelines.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR AP EXAMS IS MONDAY

Registration for AP exams will end at 3:00 PM on Monday, March 6. The cost per exam is $93. Preferred payment for the exam is a check made out to Ames High School. Late registration will not be accepted. Once the tests are ordered from College Board, there will be no refunds.

CONTRACT FOR A GRADE WITH A PASS/FAIL OPTION DEADLINE IS MONDAY

Monday, March 6 is the last day to sign up to take a class for a contract grade with a pass/fail option.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION FOR AHS 2017 SENIORS

Local scholarships and Ames Education Foundation scholarships for full time AHS Senior Students are posted. A summary of Ames Education Foundation sponsored scholarships can be found at the Ames Education Foundation/scholarship section of their website. To apply students must log into their Family Connection website at http://connection.naviance.com/Ames . Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Student Services.

The due dates for Ames Education Foundation scholarships and most of the local scholarships will be Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 3:00 PM. Completed applications are to be turned in to Student Services in a sealed envelope. Be sure to verify the due date on all the application materials.

DANCE MARATHON

This past Saturday, the 3rd Annual Ames High School Dance Marathon took place. The event was the culmination of a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign to support the miracle children treated at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. At the beginning of the year, Dance Marathon co-Presidents, Sabrinna Hegelheimer and Charlotte Lenkaitis, set a goal to raise $15,000. Throughout the year, club members led countless fundraisers, such as coin drives and halftime competitions to help meet their goal. 

At the event, Ames High had the pleasure of hosting several miracle families whose lives have been impacted by the funds raised through Dance Marathon. These families were given the opportunity to speak about their personal experiences with Dance Marathon. Students, teachers and miracle families alike were invited to dance, eat sweets and participate in activities and games, such as a photo booth, ping pong and four square. 

At the end of the event, students revealed that they had met and exceeded their goal, raising a total of $15,576.28. This total continues to rise as more donations are collected. 

Thanks to all of the Ames High Staff for all of their support along the way and to all of the amazing club members whose hard work and determination made Ames High School Dance Marathon so successful! 

AHS STATE DECA

Congratulations to the AHS DECA state competitors for a great showing last weekend. Overall, 17 students placed in the top 3 of their events, qualifying to compete in the International Career Development Conference to be held in Anaheim in late April. DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders to be college and career ready. While the focus of competitive events is on business principles such as marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship, students who participate in the local DECA chapter also find themselves involved in service projects that help them further their commitment to community, as well as leadership activities that help them develop and enhance employability skills.

AMES HIGH STUDENTS EXCEL AT DISTRICT INDIVIDUAL SPEECH CONTEST

Ames students earned 16 Division I ratings at the District Individual Events Speech Contest held on February 25 at East High School in Des Moines. These students include Hannah Wigdahl in Solo Musical Theater and Storytelling, Kathleen Pelzer in Original Oration, Tiffany Rong in Storytelling, Teresa Pelzer in Storytelling, Tianxin Xu in Original Oration and Public Address, Jill Schoenrock in Acting and Improvisation, Philip Ma in Public Address, Josh Gartin in Solo Musical Theater, Elena Andrews in Interpretative Poetry, Kijune Kim in Literary Program, Rachel Junck in Public Address, Thomas Garrett in Acting, and Libby Grunenwald in Storytelling. These students will advance to the State Individual Events Contest to be held on March 11 at Johnston High School. Students who received II ratings were Ariana Engelman in Solo Musical Theater and Interpretative Poetry, Kendra Caulfield in Solo Musical Theater and Storytelling, Jacob Peters in Acting, Kijune Kim in Spontaneous Speaking, Tiffany Rong in Solo Musical Theater, Andrea Martinez in Solo Musical Theater, Nicole Kelly in Interpretative Prose, and Kathleen Pelzer in Expository Address. We want to thank all of the parents who drove students to the contest. Coaches for the speech program are Judy Anderson, Becky Riker, and Connie Ringlee.  

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

National Honor Society application information will be available online starting Wednesday, March 8th.

AMES HIGH DRILL TEAM SPRING SHOW

The Ames High Drill Team will be having their 18th Annual Spring Show on Saturday, March 25th, at 7:00 PM in the Ames High Gym. Clinic Dancers ages PS-8 are invited to sign up to participate in a morning clinic and have the option to perform with the Ames High Drill Team. Cost is $30 and registration is due by March 17th. Email Coach Buss at sbluv2cheer@yahoo.com to register!

AMERICAN LEGION BOYS STATE

The American Legion is seeking names of junior boys interested in attending their week-long government camp, Boys State, to be held this June 11-16 at Camp Dodge near Des Moines. Interested students should sign up in Student Services and contact Dave Rehbein at 515-232-9299 or at daverehbein@msn.com .

SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 10 – 1:15 DISMISSAL

Classes dismiss at 1:15 PM on Friday, March 10 for Spring Break

Warning Bell                     0:05                             7:45 AM

Period 1                             0:32       7:50 AM       8:22 AM

Period 2                             0:34       8:27 AM       9:01 AM

Period 3                             0:32       9:06 AM       9:38 AM

Period 4                             0:32       9:43 AM     10:15 AM

Period 5     1st Lunch      0:38     10:15 AM     10:53 AM

                        Class          0:33     10:53 AM     11:26 AM

                        Class          0:33     10:20 AM     10:53 AM

                    Last Lunch    0:38     10:53 AM     11:31 AM

Period 6                             0:32     11:31 AM     12:03 PM

Period 7                             0:31     12:08 PM     12:39 PM

Period 8                             0:31     12:44 PM       1:15 PM

TRACK PARENT MEETING

Girl’s and Boy’s Track parent informational meeting night is Tuesday, March 21, at 7:00 PM in the AHS Cafeteria. All parents are encouraged to attend to receive information and help support the upcoming season.

SPRING SPORT PARENT MEETING

Please attend the Spring Sport Parent meeting Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 PM.

B Soccer — Cafeteria

G Soccer — Cafeteria

G Tennis — Room 110

B Tennis — Room 121

G Golf — Room 107

AMES HIGH POST PROM HELP NEEDED

We are looking for volunteers to help make Ames High Post Prom a safe and successful night for AHS students. No matter your time or talents, we have an opportunity to match your needs. Please go to the following link and sign up for this fun night! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f49afa82b0-ames1

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST

ELPA21, the annual English language proficiency test for all ELLs, will be given March 27 – April 7. If you have any questions about the assessment, please contact Kendall Schuldt, ESL Teacher at Kendall.schuldt@ames.k12.ia.us or 515-817-0600 ext. 2334.

LITTLE CYCLONE HOCKEY

The Little Cyclone Hockey team made it to the Varsity Championship Tournament!! Ames plays the Des Moines Capitals tonight at 6:00 PM at the Ames/ISU Ice Arena. Admission is FREE. Come out to support Little Cyclone Hockey and help fill the stands with orange!

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

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

Monday, March 6

University of Iowa 1:00 PM

Thursday, March 9

Upper Iowa University 9:00 AM

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Saturday, March 4

Solo Ensemble Contest

Sunday, March 5

AHS Strings with Central Iowa Symphony – Ames City Auditorium 3:00 PM

Monday, March 6

Girls Track: V @ Dickinson Indoor – UNI 3:00 PM

Tuesday, March 7

Boys Track: V @ Dickinson Indoor – UNI 3:00 PM

Boys Track: 9/10 @ Warburg Invite 3:00 PM

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine – Stephens Auditorium 7:30 PM

Friday, March 10

Boys Track: JV @ Demon Indoor – Mount Vernon High School 10:00 AM

Early dismissal – 1:15 PM

Monday, March 13 – Friday, March 17

Spring Break

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