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Articles from September 2017

Storm of Kindness School Supply Campaign

Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma ravaged southern parts of the United States and Christy Franco’s 4th grade class at Fellows Elementary School followed the events closely as a part of their current events study.

The students began asking questions about what would happen with the schools in the area and were genuinely concerned about the welfare of the students and schools that were impacted by the storm and flooding.

Franco capitalized on their enthusiasm to help and began organizing the “Storm of Kindness” school supply campaign. She reached out to Principal Brandon Schrauth and Fellows PTO President Angie Weber to organize the drive.

Students made posters for the campaign and with the help of a local videography company and Fellows parent, Tom Haggas from Cheshire Moon Films, produced a video to highlight their efforts and to educate the community on how they can help.

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Thirteen Ames High Students named National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists

National Merit Semifinalists

On September 12, officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These individuals have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $32 million that will be offered next spring.

Ames High School had thirteen students achieve Semifinalists status this year. To become a Finalist according to the NMSC, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. The thirteen semifinalists from Ames mark some of the highest totals in the state. Congratulations to these students!

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ACT Report on the Ames High School Graduating Class of 2017

ACT Report 2017

The 2017 Graduating Class ACT Profile Report was recently released, after being embargoed from media publication until September 7. The report summarizes the preparation and performance of last year’s graduates and compares Ames students on the college entrance exam to the state and the nation.

Last year, 214 Ames students took the test with an average composite score of 25.2 (out of a perfect 36). This average is 3 points above the state average, and 4 points better than national average. Ames students performed higher across all the tests which include English, math, reading, and science.

ACT Composite       English        Math         Reading      Science

Nation     21.0                 20.3           20.7            21.4            21.0

Iowa        21.9                 21.2           21.3            22.6            22.1

AHS        25.2                 24.4           24.9            26.0            25.0

No students last year scored a perfect 36, but 5 graduates recorded a score of 35. Of the 214 total students, 48 of them marked a score of ≤ 30.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

 Dance Reminders:

Bring your school ID to the dance.

No admittance after 10:00 P.M.   Doors open at 9:00 PM and the dance ends at 11:00 PM.

No re-admittance to the dance once you leave.

 AHS Skeptics club meets on Mondays after school in Rm 35.   Come and discuss the afterlife.

“National ART Honor Society” applications are due this Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Email Mrs. Wede if you are interested. 

Are you looking for a job?   The September Story County Job Listing is now available in your document library in Family Connection.   Go check it out.

Attention senior mentors:  Make a note to yourself that next Wednesday, Sept 27 is your first senior mentor homeroom day. You will go visit your ninth graders.

 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dance Reminders:

Guest Request Forms must be turned in and approved today by 3:00 pm

Bring your school ID to the dance.

No admittance after 10:00 P.M.   Doors open at 9:00 PM and the dance ends at 11:00 PM.

No re-admittance to the dance once you leave.

If you are interested in learning sign language, there will be a class available every Tuesdaystarting this week.   To join, sign up under Ben Duea in Flexisched.   Again, it meets on Tuesdays during plus period.

AHS Skeptics club meets on Mondays after school in Rm 3J.   Come and discuss the afterlife.

 If you are interested in joining the AHS Quizbowl or Sciencebowl, come to a meeting in Mr. Lachen’s room after school today. There will be food.

 “National ART Honor Society” applications are due this Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Email Mrs. Wede if you are interested.

 Are you looking for a job?   The September Story County Job Listing is now available in your document library in Family Connection.   Go check it out. 

 This week college reps from the following schools will be here to meet with interested students.

Tuesday, Sept. 19th –  The University of Chicago – 1 pm.

Wednesday, Sept. 20th – Vassar College – 2 pm, and St. Olaf at 2:30.

Get a pass from Mrs. Evans in student services if you would like to meet with one of them.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

 

 All students were emailed information on how to vote online for the homecoming king and queen.   Voting closes at the end of 7th period today.

 Dance Reminders

Guest Request Forms must be turned in and approved by Wednesday at 3:00 pm.   If you need one, pick it up from Bridget in the Associate Principals’ office.

No 8th Graders

Bring your school ID to the dance.

No admittance after 10:00 P.M.   Doors open at 9:00 PM and the dance ends at 11:00 PM.

No re-admittance to the dance once you leave.

If you are interested in learning sign language, there will be a class available every Tuesday starting this week.   To join, sign up under Ben Duea in Flexisched.   Again, it meets onTuesdays during plus period. 

Chess Club is meeting tonight after school at 3:15.  All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to come to Ms. C’s room, room 229.   Hope to see you there.

AHS Skeptics club meets on Mondays after school in Rm 3J.   Come and discuss the afterlife.

If you are interested in joining the AHS Quizbowl or Sciencebowl, come to a meeting in Mr. Lachen’s room after school on Wednesday September 20th.   There will be food. 

National ART Honor Society” applications are due on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Email Mrs. Wede if you are interested.

Are you looking for a job?   The September Story County Job Listing is now available in your document library in Family Connection.  Go check it out. 

This week college reps from the following schools will be here to meet with interested students.

Tuesday, Sept. 19th –  The University of Chicago – 1 pm.

Wednesday, Sept. 20th – Vassar College – 2 pm, and St. Olaf at 2:30.

Get a pass from Mrs. Evans in student services if you would like to meet with one of them.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Chess Club is meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) after school at 3:15.  All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to come to Ms. C’s room, room 229.   Hope to see you there.

 If you are interested in joining the AHS Quizbowl or Sciencebowl, come to a meeting in Mr. Lachen’s room after school on Wednesday September 20th.   There will be food.

 Guest Request Forms for the homecoming dance may be picked up from Bridget in the Associate Principals’ office, and they must be returned to her by Wednesday, September 20th, at 3:00 pm

 “National ART Honor Society” applications are due on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Email Mrs. Wede if you are interested.

 AHS 4-H club meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month during plus period in MC15.  Be sure to sign up in FlexiSched for this extension!  Everyone welcome!  Contact Mrs. Tibben (room 11) with any questions.  

 Science Olympiad will have an meeting tonight right after school in Mr. Reichert’s room.   If you cannot make it, have a friend sign you up or email Mrs. Barbour at peg.barbour@gmail.com

This week college reps from the following schools will be here to meet with interested students.

Tuesday, Sept. 19th –  The University of Chicago – 1 pm.

Wednesday, Sept. 20th – Vassar College – 2 pm, and St. Olaf at 2:30.

Get a pass from Mrs. Evans in student services if you would like to meet with one of them.

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Friday September 15, 2017

HOMECOMING WEEK BEGINS ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Schedule for Monday, September 18 and Friday, September 22, Homecoming Assembly.

 

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

                    Class             0:41             11:31 AM       12:12 PM

 

                     Class             0:41            10:58 AM        11:39 AM

                   Last lunch       0:38            11:39 PM        12:17 PM

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

Assembly                            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

 

HOMECOMING 2017 “GET GROOVY” WEEK ACTIVITIES

Monday: Twin day, Assembly, Parade (6:30 PM)

Tuesday: Class colors – Freshmen (orange), Sophomores (yellow), Juniors (blue), Seniors (pink) Movie Night 7pm in the Auditorium

Wednesday: Pancake Breakfast at 8:00 AM in the cafeteria,Theme day (groovy glasses, tie dye, 70s theme)

Thursday: Theme shirt day, Home 10th grade football

Friday: Game day shirt plus groovy glasses, coronation assembly, football game

Saturday: Dance from 9:00-11:00 PM at the High School

 

HOMECOMING DANCE REMINDERS

  • Out of school dates must have a signed Guest Request form turned in and approved by Wednesday, September 20th at 3:00 PM. NO 8th graders.

  • Bring your school ID to the dance.

  • The dance begins at 9:00 PM and ends at 11:00 PM.

  • No admittance after 10:00 PM.

  • Once a person leaves the dance (goes outside the school building), s/he is not allowed to return.

  • Parents picking up their students are asked to pick them up by 11:00 PM.

 

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

There will be an organizational meeting for those interested in Science Olympiad on Monday, Sept. 18th after school in Mr. Reichert’s room. If you cannot be there, please have a friend sign you up or email Mrs. Barbour. peg.barbour@gmail.com

 

AHS 4-H CLUB

For over 100 years Iowa 4-H has been delivering research based educational programs for K-12 Youth in Iowa. Using its experiential model of “DO”, “REFLECT” and “APPLY” 4-H programs are designed to teach Healthy Living, STEM, Leadership/Civic Engagement and Communication and the Arts. Each year almost 100,000 youth in Iowa participate via one of our program delivery modes. Come be a part of this exciting opportunity!  AHS 4-H club meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month during plus period in MC15.  Be sure to sign up in FlexiSched for this extension!  Everyone welcome!  Contact Mrs. Tibben (room 11) with any questions.  

 

PICTURE RETAKE DAY

Mark your calendar.  Picture retake day will be here SOON!     Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 8-1 in the multi purpose room.

 

TASTE FOR EDUCATION

There is still time to get your tickets for the Taste for Education event being held on Sunday, September 24th, at 5pm.   This event, held at the Gateway Hotel, is a lovely night out for adults, with live music, excellent food, and an auction.  You can purchase your tickets for $50.00 online at ameseducationfoundation.org, Chocolaterie Stam, or at the Main Office at AHS.

 

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

The following college representatives will be in Student Services:

 

The University of Chicago – Tuesday September 19th at 1 pm.

Vassar College – Wednesday September 20th at 2 pm

St. Olaf College – Wednesday September 20th at 2:30 pm

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

 

MONDAY Sept. 18th

BG V @ Valley Invite Briarwood GC – September 18, 10:00 AM – Briarwood Golf Course AHS Homecoming Parade –  6:30 PM – Main Street Cultural District, 304 Main St, USA

TUESDAY Sept. 19th

BG JV vs Marshalltown, 3:30 PM – Veenker

VB 9/JV/V @ Waukee 4:45 -Waukee High School

GSW JV/V @ Valley – 5:30 PM – Valley High School

WEDNESDAY Sept. 20th

Pancake Breakfast – 8 am – AHS cafeteria.

THURSDAY Sept. 21st.      

BG JV @ Dowling Invite 9:00 AM – A.H. Blank Golf Course

CC @ Indianola B/G Invite – 4:30 PM –  Indianola Middle School

 FB 9 vs Urbandale – 6:00 PM – Ames High School

FB 10 @ Urbandale 6:00 PM – Urbandale High School

FRIDAY Sept. 22nd

FB V vs CB AL (Homecoming) 7:00 PM – Ames High School

SATURDAY Sept. 23rd

VB 9B @ Johnston Invite – 8:30 AM – Johnston High School Homecoming Dance – 9 PM – Ames High Gymnasium

SUNDAY Sept. 24th

Taste for Education – 5 PM at the Gateway Hotel.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Guest Request Forms for the homecoming dance may be picked up from Bridget in the Associate Principals’ office, and they must be returned to her by Wednesday, September 20th, at 3:00 pm

 “National ART Honor Society” applications are due on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Email Mrs. Wede if you are interested.

 This is the last day to sign up for PSAT/NMSQT SIGN UP .Talk to Mrs Evans in Student Services if you want to sign up to take the test.  The cost is $16.00, payable by check only.  Make checks payable to Ames High School.

 AHS 4-H club meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month during plus period in MC15.  Be sure to sign up in FlexiSched for this extension!  Everyone welcome!  Contact Mrs. Tibben (room 11) with any questions.  

 Science Olympiad will have an meeting on Monday, Sept. 18th right after school in Mr. Reichert’s room.   If you cannot make it, have a friend sign you up or email Mrs. Barbour atpeg.barbour@gmail.com.

 Next week college reps from the following schools will be here to meet with interested students.

Tuesday, Sept. 19th –  The University of Chicago – 1 pm.

Wednesday, Sept. 20th – Vassar College – 2 pm, and St. Olaf at 2:30.

Get a pass from Mrs. Evans in student services if you would like to meet with one of them.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Guest Request Forms for the homecoming dance may be picked up from Bridget in the Associate Principals’ office, and they must be returned to her by Wednesday, September 20th, at 3:00 pm.

 There are only two days left to sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT.   Talk to Mrs Evans in Student Services if you want to sign up to take the test.  The cost is $16.00, payable by check only.  Make those checks out to Ames High School.

National Honor Society will meet today in the multi purpose room during 2nd lunch.   Hope you can make it.   If you can’t, ask someone for the information you are going to miss.

For students interested in joining AHS quizbowl or sciencebowl, come to an informational meeting in Mr. Lachen’s room after school on Wednesday September 20th.   There will be food. 

And speaking of food, the Gourmet Cooking Club meets Friday after school, in Mrs. V’s room.   There will be cream puffs.

AHS 4-H club meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month during plus period in MC15.  Be sure to sign up in FlexiSched for this extension!  Everyone welcome!  Contact Mrs. Tibben (room 11) with any questions.  

Science Olympiad will have an organizational meeting on Monday, Sept. 18th right after school in Mr. Reichert’s room.   If you cannot make it, have a friend sign up for you, or email Mrs. Barbour at peg.barbour@gmail.com.

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