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Friday November 19, 2019

NO SCHOOL – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Staff Professional Development on Monday, November 18th. No school for AHS & AMS students.

POST PROM 2020 URGENTLY NEEDS PARENT VOLUNTEERS!!! 

Post Prom is a highly anticipated event but, is dependent on parent participation and coordination to be successful. This is a great after prom event that keeps our students occupied in a safe, substance-free environment. Post Prom cannot happen without parent help.

Please view our ‘Sign up Genius’ and consider volunteering so we can continue to have this important event for our students. Post prom will follow the AHS prom on April 18, 2020.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0544ACA72EAA8-post

Thank you, 

Karen Kiel Rosser, Post Prom Chair

MADRIGAL DINNER TICKETS

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!!  Madrigal Dinner tickets are now on sale for $30.  Tickets are available for Dec. 5th & 7th.  Please see Mrs. Dieter in the Choir Room to purchase your tickets.

WINTER SPORTS  KICK-OFF

The AHS Winter Kick-Off is November 21 at 6 p.m. in the Gym, where our Basketball, Boys Swim, Wrestling and Cheer teams and squads will be introduced. Fall Sports recognitions will also take place. Parent meetings will conclude the evening’s activities. Concessions and spirit wear will be available.

MADRIGAL DINNER

Tickets are now on sale now for the Madrigal Dinner presented by the AHS Music department. The dates for the dinners are December 5, 6 & 7 at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $30 each.  Please contact Peggy Dieter for tickets and more information: peggy.dieter@ames.k12.ia.us or 817-0600 Ext. 2238.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

A college representative from DMACC will be in Student Services on Thursday, November 21st during Plus period.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Nov. 15- Monday, Nov. 18

AHS Orchestra Tour in Minnesota

Saturday, Nov. 16

AHS Jazz Clinic w/Steve Shanley 9 AM

Monday, Nov. 18

No school AHS & AMS

Thursday, Nov. 21

AHS All State Music Festival at ISU

Winter Sports Kickoff 6:00 PM

Friday, Nov. 22

AHS All State Music Festival Hilton Coliseum

Saturday, Nov. 23

AHS All State Music Festival Hilton Coliseum

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Middle School yearbooks are here. If you are a 9th grader and purchased an AMS Yearbook last year, please pick yours up in the main office.

“Are you failing APUSH? We know you are. CAUSE is showing a documentary titled An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, about climate change in the modern era and the politics surrounding it. The documentary night will be tonight, Friday, November 15, in the Multipurpose Room at 7 PM. Extra credit will be offered by certain teachers. Be there or regret it forever.”

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!!  Madrigal Dinner tickets are now on sale for $30.  Tickets are available for Dec. 5th & 7th.  Please see Mrs. Dieter in the Choir Room to purchase your tickets.

Applications and instructions for The Salvation Army Toy and Food Giveaway can be picked up in Student Services.

ACSD Online Store : We’re happy to bring you the LC2 Little Cyclones Limited Collection
—offering exclusive one‑time‑only designs twice a year in the fall and spring. Each design will be unlike anything provided on our main store and thanks to our partnership with Sigler, this collection will be buy one, give one; for every item purchased on the LC2 Store, Sigler will print and donate another shirt to be given to an ACSD student.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

DAILY NOTES

Middle School yearbooks are here. If you are a 9th grader and purchased an AMS Yearbook last year, please pick yours up in the main office.

The Boys Swim Team is holding a fundraiser and Panera Bread on tonight, November 14, between 4 PM and 8 PM. Panera will donate up to 20 percent of purchases for anyone who brings in or shows an electronic copy of our flyer. Pick up a flyer in the principal’s office.

“Are you worried about climate change? Do you want to get involved in the fight for environmental justice, good jobs, and a livable future? Sunrise Movement is a youth led movement working to stop climate change here in Iowa and across the country. Join guest speakers and student leaders at Ames High School In Mr. Reichert’s PLUS PERIOD TODAY, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, for a brief presentation about the Green New Deal, the upcoming global climate strikes, and opportunities for you to join the movement!”

“Are you failing APUSH? We know you are. CAUSE is showing a documentary titled An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, about climate change in the modern era and the politics surrounding it. The documentary night will be on Friday, November 15th in the Multipurpose Room at 7 pm. Extra credit will be offered by certain teachers. Be there or regret it forever.”

Applications and instructions for The Salvation Army Toy and Food Giveaway can be picked up in Student Services.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 

DAILY NOTES

Middle School yearbooks are here. If you are a 9th grader and purchased an AMS Yearbook last year, please pick yours up in the main office.

The Boys Swim Team is holding a fundraiser and Panera Bread on Thursday, November 14, between 4 PM and 8 pm. Panera will donate up to 20 percent of purchases for anyone who brings in or shows an electronic copy of our flyer. Pick up a flyer in the principal’s office.

 “Are you worried about climate change? Do you want to get involved in the fight for environmental justice, good jobs, and a livable future? Sunrise Movement is a youth led movement working to stop climate change here in Iowa and across the country. Join guest speakers and student leaders at Ames High School In Mr. Reichert’s Thursday PLUS for a brief presentation about the Green New Deal, the upcoming global climate strikes, and opportunities for you to join the movement!”

“Are you failing APUSH? We know you are. CAUSE is showing a documentary titled An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, about climate change in the modern era and the politics surrounding it. The documentary night will be on Friday, November 15th in the Multipurpose Room at 7 pm. Extra credit will be offered by certain teachers. Be there or regret it forever.”

Applications and instructions for The Salvation Army Toy and Food Giveaway can be picked up in Student Services.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

DAILY NOTES

All players wanting to try out for the boy’s basketball team grades 9-12 will have a short informational meeting in the cafeteria today, Tuesday, November 12 at 3:10 PM. 

Auditions for AHS Musical “Music Man” will be held today, Nov. 12.  Students who are interested in auditioning should see Mrs. Dieter in the Choir Room for audition materials, audition details and to sign up for an audition time.

Middle School yearbooks are here. If you are a 9th grader and purchased an AMS Yearbook last year, please pick yours up in the main office.

The Boys Swim Team is holding a fundraiser and Panera Bread on Thursday, November 14, between 4 PM and 8 PM. Panera will donate up to 20 percent of purchases for anyone who brings in or shows an electronic copy of our flyer. Pick up a flyer in the principal’s office.

“Are you worried about climate change? Do you want to get involved in the fight for environmental justice, good jobs, and a livable future? Sunrise Movement is a youth led movement working to stop climate change here in Iowa and across the country. Join guest speakers and student leaders at Ames High School In Mr. Reichert’s Thursday PLUS for a brief presentation about the Green New Deal, the upcoming global climate strikes, and opportunities for you to join the movement!”

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Monday, November 11, 2019

DAILY NOTES 

Middle School yearbooks are here. If you are a 9th grader and purchased an AMS Yearbook last year please pick yours up in the main office.

FCA – fellowship of Christians at Ames – will hold its regular meeting MONDAY night starting at 5:30. We will have supper for you! Please join us for FCA tonight at 5:30 in room 34.

Is your name Sam or do you want your name to be Sam? If so, join us today for an informational meeting during Plus period in room 9 with Mr. Reichart.

Auditions for AHS Musical “Music Man” will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12.  Students who are interested in auditioning, should see Mrs. Dieter in the Choir Room for audition materials, audition details and to sign up for an audition time.

Attention students planning to take the ACT or SAT this fall:  Mr. Webb and Mrs. Engelkes are offering an ACT/SAT Prep Class starting today.  The cost of the class is $35.00 payable by check with Mrs. Monroe in Student Services.  Payment is due at the time of registration and the deadline is today.

Seniors interested in qualifying for the Seal of Biliteracy are reminded to sign up for the STAMP test with Ms. Monroe in Student Services today by 3:15 PM. Payment of $19.90 is required when you sign up. Checks or money orders can be made to “Ames High School.” Sorry, but we are not able to make change for a $20 bill.

There will be a short informational meeting for all students interested in going out for high school wrestling or helping as a manager this coming season on today right after school at 3:15 in the athletics video room.  If you have any questions see Coach Fecht.

The Boys Swim Team is holding a fundraiser and Panera Bread on Thursday, November 14. Between 4 pm and 8 pm, Panera will donate up to 20 percent of purchases for anyone who brings in or shows an electronic copy of our flyer. Pick up a flyer in the principal’s office.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

NO SCHOOL

There is no school district wide on Thursday, November 7th due to conferences & no school Friday, November 8th.

FALL PLAY

Fall Play – Radium Girls – In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage — until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease.  Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court.  

The shows are November 8th and 9th at 7 PM in the Ames High School Auditorium.  Tickets are $5.00 9th grade and up, and $4.00 8th grade and below.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

DAILY NOTES 

There will be no Chess Club today due to conferences. We will meet again next week.

Middle School yearbooks are here. If you are a 9th grader and purchased an AMS Yearbook last year please see Mrs. Packer in the principal’s office.

FCA – fellowship of Christians at Ames – will hold its regular meeting this coming MONDAY night starting at 5:30. We will have supper for you! Please join us for FCA on Monday at 5:30 in room 34.

Is your name Sam or do you want your name to be Sam? If so, join us on Monday, November 11th for an informational meeting during Plus period in room 9 with Mr. Reichart.

Auditions for AHS Musical “Music Man” will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12.  Students who are interested in auditioning, should see Mrs. Dieter in the Choir Room for audition materials, audition details and to sign up for an audition time.

Attention students planning to take the ACT or SAT this fall:  Mr. Webb and Mrs. Engelkes are offering an ACT/SAT Prep Class starting Monday, November 11th.  The cost of the class is $35.00 payable by check.  For more information and to sign up, please see Mrs. Monroe in Student Services.   

Seniors interested in qualifying for the Seal of Biliteracy are reminded to sign up for the STAMP test with Ms. Monroe in Student Services by Monday, Nov. 11. Payment of $19.90 is required when you sign up. Checks or money orders can be made to “Ames High School.” Sorry, but we are not able to make change for a $20 bill.

There will be a short informational meeting for all students interested in going out for high school wrestling or helping as a manager this coming season on Monday November 11th right after school at 3:15 in the athletics video room.  If you have any questions see Coach Fecht.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

 

Attention students planning to take the ACT or SAT this fall:  Mr. Webb and Mrs. Engelkes are offering an ACT/SAT Prep Class starting Monday, November 11th.  The cost of the class is $35.00 payable by check.  For more information and to sign up, please see Mrs. Monroe in Student Services.  

SASHA club meeting is today, November 4th in Mrs. Seibert’s room during Plus Period. SASHA stands for Students Against Harassment and Assault. We’re looking forward to seeing you Monday, and if you haven’t been to a meeting before, we’d love it if you’d come check us out! 

Seniors interested in qualifying for the Seal of Biliteracy are reminded to sign up for the STAMP test with Ms. Monroe in Student Services by Monday, Nov. 11. Payment of $19.90 is required when you sign up. Checks or money orders can be made to “Ames High School.” Sorry, but we are not able to make change for a $20 bill.

Auditions for AHS Musical “Music Man” will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12.  Students who are interested in auditioning, should see Mrs. Dieter in the Choir Room for audition materials and details.

There will be a short informational meeting for any men or women interested in going out for high school wrestling or helping as a manager this coming season on Monday November 11th right after school at 3:15 in the athletics video room.  If you have any questions see Coach Fecht.

Did you know in 2017 there were 218 calls from Iowa to the Human Trafficking Hotline? 74 cases were reported. Join Teens against Human Trafficking on Mondays during Plus period with Mr. Burke in the Audio video room by the gym to learn about the topic & to spread awareness. 

For the more happening at Ames High – Check Out AHS Shout : Nov. 1st Edition 

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Friday, November 1, 2019

AHS THURSDAY PARENT EMAIL 10-31-19

NO SCHOOL

There is no school district wide on Friday, Nov. 1st as teachers prepare for conferences. Thursday, November 7th due to conferences & no school Friday, November 8th.

2020 ALL STATE CHEER

Last weekend 200 cheerleaders from around the state auditioned for the 2020 Iowa Cheerleading Association’s All State Cheer Squad. Ames High is excited to announce that 5 girls from Ames High have made the team! Left to Right: Genesse Diggins-Kennedy (sophomore), Joscelyn Buss (senior), Alissa Hoover (junior), Kelsey Helton (senior) and Allie Carr (senior).  Senior, Joscelyn Buss also reached a milestone as being the first Ames High Cheerleader to make the team all 4 years. The record for making the team 3 years was previously held by Kelsie Vertanen, Macee Buss and Hannah Heindel. The All State Cheer Squad will practice all winter to perform this March at the Boys State Basketball FInals which will be televised and the team will receive medals from the Iowa High School Boys Athletic Union to recognize their All-State achievement.

ACT/SAT PREP CLASS

Attention students planning to take the ACT or SAT this fall:  Mr. Webb and Mrs. Engelkes are offering an ACT/SAT Prep Class starting Monday, November 11th.  The class will meet on three Mondays and one Tuesday for two hours each day (Monday, November 11, Tuesday, November 19, Monday, November 25, and Monday, December 2).  There will be a section that meets from 3:15-5:15 PM and another that meets from 6:30-8:30PM.  The cost is $35.00 (checks preferred), which is waived for students qualifying for the Federal Lunch Program.  Class size is limited to 25 students.  Enrollment is on a first-come with registration fee, first served basis.  Make your check out to Ames High School.  Registration forms are due in Student Services.

PEER TUTORING

The Peer Tutoring room is up and running.  We have available almost eery period.  It’s open periods 1,2,3,5th(2nd class time), 6th and 7th periods, as well as before and after school, if scheduled.  Contact Mrs. Fuqua or Mr. Gorman to schedule before and after school times.  We hope to get it open every period in the near future.  Whether your student(s) need help understanding an assignment, a concept or a skill, we will have a tutor that can help.  You can get your homework done and have a peer available when you have a question.  This is a safe space where thoughtful students will work together in a responsible manner.

COAT DRIVE

Winter is fast approaching and Ames Community School District wants to ensure that every child is WARM! We would like to give our families the opportunity to GIVE and RECEIVE during this time. 

TO GIVE: During fall conferences, November 4-7, we will have large donation boxes located at each school. Please consider donating gently used winter gear such as coats, hats, waterproof gloves, snow pants, and boots (all sizes welcome). 

TO RECEIVE: Please fill out the Google Form linked below by November 7, 2019, to ensure that the items you are requesting can be filled. Our goal is for items to be dispersed by November 18. If you have questions please reach out to your Student and Family Advocates, Anna Fagervik (515-715-5627), Amber Franzeen (515-715-5355), or Jean Muhammad (515-520-2520).

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6x9m9tSrSKtfYRFw4l65ebXEYixlMXPsT7ufA_HWJGR2pyA/viewform?usp=sf_link

ATHLETIC SIGNING CEREMONY

If your son or daughter is signing a National Letter of Intent with Athletic Scholarship dollars awarded to them, and would like to be a part of the Nov. 13th college signing ceremony. Please email Judge Johnston in the AHS athletic office to be included. judge.johnston@ames.k12.ia.us 

RADIUM GIRLS

Fall Play – Radium Girls – In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage — until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease.  Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court.  The shows are November 8th and 9th at 7 PM in the Ames High School Auditorium.  Tickets are $5.00 9th grade and up, and $4.00 8th grade and below.

AHS WRESTLING

There will be a short informational meeting for any men or women interested in going out for high school wrestling or helping as a manager this coming season on Monday November 11th right after school at 3:15 in the athletics video room.  If you have any questions see Coach Fecht.

PROGRAM FOR JUNIOR PARENTS 

Parents of Juniors – An evening program has been planned to outline the postsecondary planning process at Ames High. The program will be held on Monday, November 4th at 6pm in the high school cafeteria. The counselors will be outlining the processes and procedures to follow in order to successfully determine their student’s options for postsecondary schooling. Examples of the topics to be addressed are the following: 

ACT vs SAT….Which one should I take?

Researching colleges and making the most of your visit.

Applying to college & organizing the application process 

Applying for financial aid

Scholarships

Naviance Student will also be introduced to parents. Through Naviance Student, students can search for colleges that match their interests/needs, compare and match colleges, request transcripts, view scholarship information, and view when college representatives are scheduled to visit Ames High. Parents unable to attend the program may pick up the materials the following day in Student Services.

AHS MUSICAL AUDITIONS 

Auditions for AHS Musical “Music Man” will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12.  Students who are interested in auditioning,  should see Mrs. Dieter in the Choir Room for audition materials and details.

BOYS SWIM FUNDRAISER

Join us for dinner on November 14, 2019, at Panera Bread, 309 South Duff, in Ames, for a fundraiser for the Ames High Boys Swim Team!  Please bring a copy of the attached flyer or show the electronic version to your cashier, and proceeds from all sales will go to benefit the Boys Swim Team.  You may also enter the Code PRFUND for any online or Rapid Pickup orders.  Thanks much for your support; we are looking forward to seeing you on November 14th.

SENIOR PICTURES FOR YEARBOOK

Senior Pictures are due by January 20th. Senior pictures should be vertical, color, head and shoulder shots with no props. Pictures will be printed at 2.25″ X 3.25″  Please email your high resolution image (300 dpi or greater) to yearbook@ames.k12.ia.us .

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES

A college representative from Upper Iowa University will be in Student Services on Monday, November 4 during Plus period. Students can sign up on Flexi Sched.

SECOND QUARTER ATTENDANCE POLICY

Class is where we learn and students need to be present.  Ames cares about their students and their learning; therefore, attendance is a priority.

Tardies
1st – 3rd tardies – teacher keeps track
4th – 6th tardy – teacher talks to student and issues 15 minute detention
7th – teacher contacts parent and write referral
*Office intervention is 2 detentions, student conference, call to parent
*Back to teacher for 8th tardy documentation
*9th tardy referral to office parent conference
*Hall monitors in the cafeteria when they see students in area without permission (skipping class) will have the ability to give detentions with consistent violation.

Unexcused absence
1st – unexcused absence – teacher talks to student
2nd – unexcused absence – teacher talks to student AND contacts parent by email or phone call
3rd – unexcused absence – teacher talks to student AND detention
4th – unexcused absence – teacher writes referral
5th – unexcused absence – teacher documentation
6th – unexcused absence – parent conference and Saturday school
Note – due to the nature of PE, they will continue to require make-up for any unexcused absence.
Positive Incentives
Passes randomly given to students on time
Slips entered for t-shirt drawings
Every Monday, students with perfect attendance go into drawing for $10 gift card
End of quarter, all students with 1 or less unexcused tardy and 1 or less unexcused absence get access to a party (DJ, pizza, drink, inflatables, etc)

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Nov. 1

No School District Wide 

Saturday, Nov. 2

GSwim-V at Ft. Dodge 12 PM

B/G CC-V at Ft. Dodge 11 AM

Monday, Nov. 4- Thursday, Nov. 7 

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Nov. 7

No School District Wide

Friday, Nov. 8

No School District Wide

AHS Play-Radium Girls 7 PM Auditorium

Saturday, Nov. 9

AHS Play-Radium Girls 7 PM Auditorium

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