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Articles from August 2019

Friday 30, 2019

CHANGES AT AMES HIGH THIS YEAR

This year is full of changes and we would like to make sure you are aware of some of those changes.  

The first is that AHS is going to try something different this year and hold an Electronic Open House.  Due to the extremely difficult demands of schedules at the beginning of the year, we have asked all teachers to email the parents describing their class, their grading policy, and something interesting about them. I think it is going to be a great way to introduce our staff and the classes. If parents do have questions or they are wanting to meet with the teachers please email that staff member and schedule a time to meet.  

The second change that was discussed last year with parents is the block schedule. AHS will have a modified block that will have 90 minute classes on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday students will have 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th periods and on Wednesday they will have 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th.  Monday, Thursday and Friday will be the traditional 8 period day.  

The other change that is occurring this year is that there are no scheduled study halls.  Students that do not have a class schedule during a period will be allowed to go to three areas.  They are to be in the cafeteria, the media center, or the multipurpose room.  The “flex” period is allowing students to choose which setting is best for their academic needs.  

If you have any questions regarding any of these changes for the 19-20 school year please feel free to call or email Brian Carico.

 

CYCLONE SENIOR OF THE MONTH

This year we will be recognizing a Cyclone Senior of the Month.  Staff will nominate senior students for their outstanding leadership and positive influence on our school and our community.  For September we had three students nominated.  Victoria Kyverga was nominated by Josh Gorman for her outstanding leadership in helping 9th grade students transition to AHS.  Victoria helped start the AMS MAT program that helps 8th graders with transitioning to AHS.  Simone Wesely was nominated by Jean Muhammad and Lindsay Wede for her outstanding support of the 9th grade students during the first days of school and for her inclusiveness of bringing people together.  Our third nominee is Cooper Downs.  Cooper was nominated by Eric Bappe and Ian Smith.  Both staff members praised Cooper for his positive leadership skills on the football field and in the classroom.  Congratulations Victoria, Simone, and Cooper.  An extra congratulations to Victoria for having her name drawn for the Senior Cyclone Parking Spot of the Month. 

DECA PARENT MEETING

The 2019-2020 DECA Parent meeting will be held next Thursday, September 5 from 5:30-6:00 pm in the high school cafeteria. Come get information about DECA, hear about opportunities within the club, and get your student registered for upcoming events he/she would like to participate in. For questions, contact Vicki Hales (vicki.hales@ames.k12.ia.us).

REPORTING ABSENCES

The two most efficient methods of notifying the school of an absence are by signed note or phone call. Please call the Attendance line at 515-817-0601 first thing in the morning if your child will be absent from school. If you know the night before an absence, you may call and leave a message. Messages may be left on the attendance line 24/7. These messages are checked regularly during school hours, and entered into Infinite Campus. Please do not email absences to the secretaries, as these notifications are not processed as efficiently an could result in an absence not being excused.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVE 

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

Wednesday, Sept. 4 – Vanderbilt Univ. 12:45 pm 2nd lunch.

Friday, Sept. 6 – Washington Univ. in St. Louis  1:03 pm Plus period.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, August 30 

FB-V at Cedar Falls 7:15 PM

Saturday, August 31

VB-V at Bondurant-Farrar 8 AM

Monday, Sept. 2

Labor Day – No School

Tuesday, Sept. 3

AHS Band All-State Prelims 3:30 PM

BGolf-V at Fort Dodge 10 AM

VB-JV/V at Waukee 5 PM

GSwim-JV/V vs Fort Dodge 5 PM

Thursday, Sept. 5

DECA Parent Meeting AHS Cafeteria 5:30 PM

B/GCC-JV/V Home meet 4 PM

VB-9 at DSM Lincoln 5 PM

GSwim-JV/V at DSM Lincoln 5:30 PM

FB-9 at Fort Dodge 6 PM

Friday, Sept. 6

FB-V vs Fort Dodge 7 PM

Saturday, Sept. 7

AHS Marching Band @ Pufferbilly Days Parade 8 AM

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Auditions for the fall play, Radium Girls, will be held next Thursday and Friday, September 5th and 6th, after school in Mr. Schmidt’s room 225.  These will be cold read auditions from the script.

The Ames High School Jazz Band is having auditions for any 10-12 grade student that plays drumset, bass, guitar or piano. If you are interested in auditioning for jazz band please email Mr. Gardner or stop by the band office for more information.

A college representative from Vanderbilt University will be in Student Services on Wednesday, September 4, during second lunch (12:45 to 1:25 PM). Please see Mrs. Monroe if you need a pass to visit with this college representative.

This year we will be recognizing a Cyclone Senior of the Month.  Staff will nominate senior students for their outstanding leadership and positive influence on our school and our community.  For September we had three students nominated.  Victoria Kyverga was nominated by Josh Gorman for her outstanding leadership in helping 9th grade students transition to AHS.  Victoria helped start the AMS MAT program that helps 8th graders with transitioning to AHS.  Simone Wesely was nominated by Jean Muhammad and Lindsay Wede for her outstanding support of the 9th grade students during the first days of school and for her inclusiveness of bringing people together.  Our third nominee is Cooper Downs.  Cooper was nominated by Eric Bappe and Ian Smith.  Both staff members praised Cooper for his positive leadership skills on the football field and in the classroom.  Congratulations Victoria, Simone, and Cooper.  An extra congratulations to Victoria for having her name drawn for the Senior Cyclone Parking Spot of the Month.  

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

DAILY NOTES

The Ames High School Jazz Band is having auditions for any 10-12 grade student that plays drumset, bass, guitar or piano. If you are interested in auditioning for jazz band please email Mr. Gardner or stop by the band office for more information.

All mopeds must park at the bike racks, not in the parking lot.

All students should have a student ID. Please see Mrs. Ficek in the media center if you did not receive one and she will instruct you with the process of receiving yours.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

DAILY NOTES

All students should have a student ID. Please see Mrs. Ficek in the media center if you did not receive one and she will instruct you with the process of receiving yours.

If you feel you should have a parking hangtag or an open lunch, open campus sticker or Activity sticker on your ID and you do not, please check with Mrs. McCarley in the main office during your free time. 

All mopeds must park at the bike racks, not in the parking lot.

 
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Monday, August 26, 2019

DAILY NOTES

All students should have a student ID. Please see Mrs. Ficek in the media center if you did not receive one and she will instruct you with the process of receiving yours.

If you feel you should have a parking hang tag or an open lunch, open campus sticker or Activity sticker on your ID and you do not, please check with Mrs. McCarley in the main office during your free time.

All mopeds must park at the bike racks, not in the parking lot.

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Friday August 23 , 2019

BOOSTER CLUB FALL KICKOFF
The Ames High Booster Club Fall Kickoff is TONIGHT Friday, August 23. Gates open at 5:30
pm. Come support your Little Cyclones, pick up your Booster membership packets and buy the
latest spirit apparel. Fall sports parent meetings following the varsity football introductions.

Football-Cafeteria
Volleyball-Media Center
Fall Cheer-Multi Purpose Room
Swimming- Athletic Video Room #123
Boys CC-Auditorium
Girls CC- Sat. August 24 Brookside Park Maple Shelter 9 AM

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS
Monday, August 26, 2019. Students will begin with a 15 minute homeroom at 7:50 AM to
receive computers, ID’s, parking hang tags, locker information, etc.

1st Day Schedule
Warning Bell 0:05 7:45 AM
Homeroom 0:15 7:50 AM 8:05 AM
Period 1 0:22 8:10 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
Lunch Class 0:41 11:31 AM 12:12 PM
Class 0:41 10:58 AM 11:39 AM
Last Lunch 0:38 11:39 AM 12:17 PM
Period 6 0:41 12:17 PM 12:58 PM
PLUS 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

AMES HIGH CONSTRUCTION
Remember we have a large construction site here at Ames High and that may delay
drop off and pick up of your student. Please plan accordingly as we start this new school
year, as we want everyone to be cautious and safe.

CAFETERIA BREAKFAST HOURS
Breakfast doors will open at 7:15 AM and close at 8:00 AM. Students will have time to eat
breakfast before the 7:50 AM class start time.

REPORTING ABSENCES
The two most efficient methods of notifying the school of an absence are by signed note or
phone call. Please call the Attendance line at 515-817-0601 first thing in the morning if your
child will be absent from school. If you know the night before an absence, you may call and
leave a message. Messages may be left on the attendance line 24/7. These messages are
checked regularly during school hours, and entered into Infinite Campus. Please do not email
absences to the secretaries, as these notifications are not processed as efficiently an could
result in an absence not being excused.

BLOCK SCHEDULE
This year Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be a block schedule and classes will be 90 minutes in
length. It is important that students are attending the classes in their entirety. It is very difficult to control all appointments but we would like to encourage parents to try and avoid those daysto schedule appointments.

PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS BEFORE ABSENCES
If you know in advance of an upcoming extended absence due to a college visit, surgery, travel
plans or family events, your student will need to obtain a Prior Form from the Main Office. In
order to obtain a prior, your student will need to bring a signed note from a parent/guardian
indicating the dates and reason for the absence, the secretary will attach that note to the prior
form, the student will then have his/her teacher sign the form to alert them about the absence.
At that time the teacher will let the student know if there is work that needs to be turned in prior
to the absence or after the student returns from the absence. Once the Prior form is filled out
completely, the student will turn it into the Attendance secretary prior to the absence.

SICK AT SCHOOL
If a student feels ill at school, they need to stop through the nurses office before leaving the
building. If your student calls or texts you saying they feel sick and wants to come home, please
tell them to go to the nurse first. This is the process the district requires us to follow. The nurse
records attendance for those who leave the building for illness during the school day. If a
student does not go through the nurse, the absence will not be excused.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Friday, August 23
AHS Fall Sports Kickoff Gates open at 5:30 PM, parent meetings follow.
BGolf-V/JV vs Ankeny Centennial 9 AM

Saturday, August 24
Girls Cross Country Parent meeting, 9 AM Brookside Park

Monday, August 26
1st day of classes for all

Tuesday, August 27
B/G CC-V at Mount Vernon
VB-9/JV/V vs DSM North 5/6:30 PM

Thursday, August 29
AHS Choral All-State Prelims
VB-9/10 at Newton 4:30 PM
FB-9 vs Indianola 6 PM
FB-10 at Indianola 6 PM

Friday, August 30
FB-V at Cedar Falls 7:15 PM

Saturday, August 31
VB-V at Bondurant-Farrar 8 AM

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Friday Aug. 23, 2019


AHS Orientation Day for All 9th grade and
10th-12th grade students “new” to the district . 

PrintWelcome to Ames High 

At 7:50 am 9th Graders will meet in the Auditorium 

9th Grade School will dismiss at 1:15 pm 

*10th -12th Grade New Student Orientation
begins at 1 pm * 

 

*Fall Sports Kickoff 6:00 p.m at AHS Stadium *

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Frday, August 16, 2019

AMES HIGH CONSTRUCTION

As we start a new school year, we have also started our new building construction. Please be mindful as you drop off and pick up students during the day. There is a lot of construction truck traffic and we want everyone to be cautious and safe.

SCHOOL PICTURES

Lifetouch will be taking Ames High students school picture in the Spirit Room on Monday, August 19 from 8AM-4PM for all 9th-11th grade students. Enter the building through the Activities Entrance. Pictures are taken on a walk in basis, no appointment is necessary. Picture packets forms may be picked up in all offices at AHS or parents can go online at www.mylifetouch.com enter code BN109007Q0 to order and pay for a picture package.. Extra picture packets can be picked up on picture day. All non-seniors students MUST have their picture taken, as these pictures are used in the Yearbook and for student ID’s. If for some reason your child is not able to attend, another date, yet to be decided, will be held after the start of the school year. We can’t stress enough the importance of these pictures being taken.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL/FRESHMAN ORIENTATION

Friday, August 23 freshmen students only will begin school from 7:50 AM – 1:15 PM.

Students will tour the school, follow their class schedule and meet teachers and administrators. School lunch will be available or bring your own. 

Bus Routes Will Run.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

All 10th-12th grade students new to Ames High will have Orientation on Friday, August 23 from 1:00-2:00 PM. Please report to the cafeteria at 1:00 PM where AHS student ambassadors will be there to greet our new students.

BOOSTER CLUB FALL KICKOFF

The Ames High Booster Club Fall Kickoff is FRIDAY, AUGUST 23. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Come support your Little Cyclones, pick up your Booster membership packets and buy the latest spirit apparel. Fall sports parent meetings following the varsity football introductions.

Football-Cafeteria

Volleyball-Media Center

Fall Cheer-Multi Purpose Room

Swimming- Athletic Video Room #123

Boys CC-Auditorium

Girls CC- Sat. August 24 Brookside Park Maple Shelter 9 AM

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS

Monday, August 26, 2019. Students will begin with a 15 minute homeroom at 7:50 AM to receive computers, ID’s, parking hang tags, locker information, etc. The first day of school schedule will be in next weeks Friday email.

REGULAR SCHOOL SCHEDULE

The regular schedule that we follow on Monday, Thursday and Friday.  

M, R, F  Schedule

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

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

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

Last Lunch 0:38         11:39 AM   12:17 PM

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

PLUS    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

 

BLOCK SCHEDULE (New this year)

The block schedule we will follow on Tuesday and Wednesday

Tuesday ODD

Warning Bell 0:05   7:45 AM

Period 1 0:90 7:50 AM     9:20 AM

Period 3 0:90 9:30 AM   11:00 AM

Period 5/1st lunch 0:40 11:10 AM   11:50 AM

Class 0:90 11:55 AM     1:25 PM

Class 0:90 11:10 AM   12:40 PM

           2nd lunch 0:40 12:45 PM     1:25 PM

Period 7 0:90   1:35 PM     3:05 PM

Wednesday EVEN

Warning Bell 0:05            7:45 AM

Period 2 0:90                  7:50 AM     9:20 AM

Period 4 0:90                  9:30 AM   11:00 AM

Period 6/1st lunch 0:40   11:10 AM   11:50 AM

Class 0:90                       11:55 AM     1:25 PM

Class 0:90                       11:10 AM   12:40 PM

           2nd lunch 0:40      12:45 PM     1:25 PM

Period 8 0:90                   1:35 PM     3:05 PM

 

CAFETERIA BREAKFAST HOURS

Breakfast doors will open at 7:15 AM and close at 8:00 AM. Students will have time to eat breakfast before the 7:50 AM class start time. 

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Monday, August 19

AHS School pictures 8AM-4PM

Marching Band Workshop 1 PM

BGolf- V/JV vs Ankeny 9 AM

Tuesday, August 20

Marching Band Workshop 1 PM

Wednesday, August 21

Marching Band Workshop 1 PM

BGolf- V/JV vs Urbandale 9 AM

Friday, August 23

Freshman 1st day of school/Orientation 7:50 AM

10th-12th grade New Student Orientation 1 PM-2 PM Cafeteria

AHS Fall Sports Kickoff Gates open at 5:30 PM, parent meetings follow.

BGolf-V/JV vs Ankeny Centennial 9 AM

Saturday, August 24

Girls Cross Country Parent meeting, 9 AM Brookside Park

Monday, August 26

1st day of classes for all

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New Logo and Brand Standards

New Logos

In April 2018, the Ames community overwhelming approved a bond referendum for a new high school. With the design of the new Ames High School underway, now was a prime opportunity to assess the “Ames High” brand. 

Through our evaluation of the brand, we quickly realized that Ames High brand had no brand standards or proper file formats associated with it. Brand standards are a set of guidelines for the colors, graphic elements, logo specifications, and fonts that comprise a brand. In essence, they are the glue that holds a brand together. Without those, it is difficult to regulate how our brand is used and we often see the inconsistent application and an overall diminished brand. For example, a walk-through of Ames High showed three different secondary mascot logos being used in a variety of ways. Through our evaluation, we also quickly realized that our elementary schools, as well as Ames Middle School, would benefit from a solid identity. 

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Girl Up : United Nations Teen Advisor

Ganna Omar United Nations

This summer, Ames High senior Ganna Omar attended the 2019 Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. as a United Nations Foundation, Girl Up Teen Advisor. The annual conference hosts “passionate youth advocates from around the world,” in an “enriching, cross-cultural experience that aims to empower, educate, and activate the potential of young changemakers.”

Girl Up was founded by the United Nations Foundation in 2010, and continues to work across a global community of partners to achieve gender equality worldwide. Omar has led the Ames High Girl Up chapter for the past year where their work has focused on raising awareness, lobbying elected officials, and fundraising. 

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