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Articles from December 2018

Friday December 21, 2018


There will be no classes December 21st through January 2nd, as students and staff enjoy winter break. All offices will be closed during this time.

Classes will resume Thursday, January 3rd, 2019.

Friday, Dec. 21
Winter Break December 21, 2018-January 2, 2018

Girls Basketball  JV1/V/JV2 at Dowling 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

Boys Basketball   10/9/V at Dowling 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

Daily Notes will return on January 2nd, 2019 

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Thursday December 20, 2018

There will be no classes December 21st through January 2nd, as students and staff enjoy winter break. All offices will be closed during this time. Classes will resume Thursday, January 3rd.

A special Elementary Basketball Night for Ames students will be on Friday, Jan. 18. Sponsored by the Ames High Booster Club and Dance Marathon, the evening will provide low-cost entertainment for the entire family.

Highlights include:

  •  FREE admission for Ames elementary students wearing a school shirt (or orange
    or black).
  •  Reduced admission of just $3 for students’ parents/guardians.
  • FREE bag of popcorn for elementary students.
  •  The opportunity for students to form a tunnel with the cheerleaders after halftime
    of each game.
  •  Students can enter for the chance to win prize packages. Names will be drawn at
    halftimes of both games. Must be present to win.

Students MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the games and need tocome between 5:30 to 8:00 pm that night. The girls’ varsity game usually starts at 6:15 pm and the boys’ varsity game will begin after the girls’ game (usually around 7:45 pm).


Friday, Dec. 21
Winter Break December 21, 2018-January 2, 2018
GBB-JV1/V/JV2 at Dowling 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM
BBB-10/9/V at Dowling 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

Thursday, Jan. 3
GBB-JV1/V/JV2 at Urbandale 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM
BBB-10/9/V at Urbandale 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM
Swim-JV/V vs Dowling 5 PM
WR-JV/V vs Johnston 6:30 PM

Saturday, Jan. 5
AHS SCIBA Honor Band at Ankeny all Day
WR-V at Mendenhall Invite 10 AM

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Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018


The winner to the Winter Madness Coin Drive is Mr. Schmidt’s second-period class. They raised a total of $199 and will receive candy and a visit from Mrs. DiBlasi’s dogs, two golden retrievers! In total we raised $770 for families in need these holidays. Thank you everyone for the great week, have a wonderful holiday!

Have a Great Winter Break Ames High !! 


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App Smash: Descriptive Papers w/ Green Screen Video

App Smash

Ames Middle School 6th grade literacy teacher Drew DeJong is using the idea of “app smashing” to increase student engagement. App smashing is the process of using multiple apps to create projects or complete tasks. It is a great way to provide students with creative and inspired ways to showcase their learning, and it allows teachers a great way to assess their understanding and skills.

A recent project in DeJong’s class had students write descriptive papers about their favorite place in the world. The quick 300-400 word piece was looking for sensory writing from the students. “I wanted them to really describe their favorite place,” said DeJong. “What does it look like? Smell like? My goal was that the students would show us where they were at.”

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Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 


Come join Ames High’s first Step Team. Tryouts are today and Thursday after school in the Multi Purpose room from 4:15-6:00. It is a diverse team and every and anyone is welcome.

PSAT results are available in Student Services.  Please see Abby Evans to pick up your results.


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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Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018


Hi Ames High! Today, Achol Lual (pronounced ‘a – ch- ol lu-wall), and Rachel Bennett are holding a plus period on how to communicate with some of our peers here with special needs at Ames High!  You can sign up under Mr. Crall and it would be really awesome if you could come! There will be pizza and donuts!

PSAT results are available in Student Services.  Please see Abby Evans to pick up your results.

SHEPH’s rice and bean lunch is today during both lunches in the multipurpose room. A bowl of rice and beans is $3, chai is $1, and a cookie is $1. All proceeds go to SHEPH’s annual year-end project. 

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Multicultural Day at Fellows Elementary

Fellows Elementary Multicultural Day

Fellows Elementary held a Multicultural Day for students on September 28 when they collaborated with CultureALL, a Des Moines area company. CultureALL reaches out into the community to identify real people and resources, and connect them to the needs of schools, communities, and businesses. CultureALL programs are about “more than discovering other cultures’ arts, clothes and language. They are about shifting perspective, discovering new concepts, and experiencing differences. We create cultural experiences that spark a desire to know more about the people and cultures around us,” according to their website. Ambassadors from Mexico, Scotland, Senegal in West Africa, Kenya, and Japan helped Fellows students gain new perspectives on the rich cultures that exist within Iowa and beyond.

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Advocate. Listener. Social Worker. Life Saver. Jean Muhammad

Jean Muhammad

The City of Ames is an affluent community full of Iowa State University professors and staff. The city boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state: 1.8% in March 2018 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and is continually ranked as one of the best places to live. The Ames Chamber of Commerce website links to 102 lists that date back to 2009 that include “Best College Towns,” “Smartest Cities in America,” Most Livable Cities in America,” and “Best-Performing Small Cities” type lists.

The Ames Community School District also has lists that point to academic excellence. For the past 6 years, the District has ranked as the #1 District in the State of Iowa by Niche. Ames High has ranked as the #1 High School for the past 4 years. All these lists point to Ames’ favorable economy, business climate, cost of living, and sense of community, and they are all true. Ames is a great community, with a great university, and has an amazing school district.

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Fall Sports Recap 2018

Fall Sports Recap

Girls Swimming and Diving

The Ames High Girls Swimming & Diving team entered the 2018 Iowa Girls State Championships as the only team to understand what it felt like to be team state champions. Ames High had won 3 straight state titles, and 7 of the last 8 years, heading into the competition this year. Needless to say, this year’s squad not only had the pressure of the competition weighing on their minds, but the pressure of continuing Ames High’s dynasty in girls swimming.

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) state meet was held on November 2-3 in Marshalltown. For the first time in head coach Dan Flannery’s storied career, he qualified every entrant, 30 for 30, for the state meet.

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Critical Consciousness: Year Two

Critical Consciousness

Understanding and developing tools to address oppression, implicit bias, and deficit thinking are at the heart of what Drs. Daniel Spikes and Katy Swalwell are hoping to accomplish as they enter their second of three years of critical consciousness training with Ames CSD staff. This year, the work is expanding beyond principals and including instructional coaches and other staff in each building. Next year, administrators, under the guidance of Spikes and Swalwell, will roll out the training to all staff.

In the training, Spikes and Swalwell define a critically conscious person as one who is able to reflect on and take action in the world in order to make it more equitable and just. To make that academic definition more applicable to everyday life, it’s being able to recognize when inequity exists and knowing what steps to take that help address the issue.

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