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PK-5 Students to Return to 100% Face-to-Face

PK-5 Students to Return to 100% Face-to-Face

This morning, the school board voted for PK-5 students who desire a building-based delivery model to return to 100% face-to-face starting on January 4, 2021. Below, we have outlined what this means for our students in the various delivery models and buildings. 

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Friday, December 18, 2020

WINTER BREAK

There will be no classes December 19th through January 3rd, as students and staff enjoy winter break. Classes will resume Monday, January 4th.

DEAD WEEK JANUARY 25 – 29 AND END OF 1st SEMESTER 

We want to emphasize that AHS is dedicated to helping EVERY STUDENT earn credit and continue to make positive progress towards graduation.  Much like everything else, we will offer our end of semester finals and culminating projects differently this year.  The week of January 25 – 29 will be a dead week.  Students will not receive any new work or assignments.  We will continue our current bell schedule.  Individual teachers will communicate with their students whether or not they plan to proctor a final or have a culminating activity, project, or other approach.

ALTERNATIVE GRADING SCALE

AHS teachers and staff recognize that these are unusual times. In an effort to ease some degree of stress and anxiety, as well as provide a path for students to earn as many credits as possible, we are implementing the following alternative grades for the end of the first semester.

Grade

Description

W

(Withdrawal)  Used for students who haven’t made progress on coursework. Given in lieu of an F.

P

(Pass) Used for students who have either met essential course standards of performance and/or who have had uneven progress on coursework throughout the semester.  Generally students have demonstrated little course knowledge and/or skills, but agree and complete an essential course plan contract with the course teacher.

IN

(Incomplete) Reserved for students who may need a short amount of additional time (1 – 2 weeks) to complete coursework.  May result in a traditional A-D grade or a P (Pass) based on the student/teacher contract.  Generally students have already demonstrated some acquisition of course knowledge and/or skills.

Important Considerations:

  • 9th and 10th graders have to earn grades in six (6) classes in order to be considered full-time students.  Depending on the student’s schedule, more than 1-2 Ws may result in the student losing their full-time student status.

  • 11th and 12th graders have to earn grades in five (5) classes in order to be considered full-time students.  Depending on the student’s schedule, more than 2-3 Ws may result in the student losing their full-time student status.

  • These alternative grades are intended to provide relief and flexibility to students and families who are experiencing academic difficulties.  

  • The classroom teacher does have the discretion when helping students/families determine the best course of action.

Athletic Eligibility

  • Student athletes who receive a P may continue to participate in all athletic activities and competitions.

  • Student athletes who receive an IN are required to sit out of athletic competitions because the IN is interpreted as an F until a final grade is entered.

  • As indicated above, a student athlete who receives a W AND falls below the full time student status will jeopardize their ability to participate in athletic activities and competitions.

We want to encourage students to persist and continue to work with their teachers to improve their academic performance, regardless of current grades/performance.It’s not too late for students to engage in academic work and still earn credit.

DELIVERY MODEL CHANGE REQUEST

Our ACSD Learning Delivery Model Change Request form for the start of the new year and second semester is currently open. The form continues to be active for families who would like to select the 100% online Remote Campus option. The key dates below are for families who wish to return to building-based on-site instruction, whether that be Hybrid or 100% face-to-face.    

Key Dates:

January 17, 2021  Final deadline for students PK-12 to request building-based on-site instruction for the rest of the school year. The transition date will be February 1, 2021, which is the start of the second semester.

WINTER BREAK SCHOOL MEALS

The Ames CSD will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch through winter break. Any child aged 1-18 is eligible to receive free school meals.  If your family has dietary restrictions and/or food allergies, please note that Chartwells, in many cases, they can make accommodations. Here is the winter break school meals schedule: 

  • Monday, December 21, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 pm. (Monday – Sunday meals)

  • Monday, December 28, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 pm. (Monday – Sunday meals)

Winter pickup locations will be at Ames Middle School, Fellows, Meeker, Mitchell, and Sawyer Elementary Schools – no service at Edwards.

AHS BOOSTER STORE

The AHS Booster Club Clothing store will be open on Tuesday, Dec. 22nd from 5pm-8pm. A great way to shop for  AHS gift giving ideas. Enter through the Activities entrance. 

AHS AMERICAN LEGION 34th ACADEMIC LETTERS CONVOCATION

Thursday we held our first virtual all-school assembly to celebrate juniors and seniors who earned their first or second Academic Letters by earning and maintaining a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) over the course of their first two and three years of high school.  LINK to the video.

SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKES

Picture Day Retakes has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 20th for the A cohort group and Thursday, January 21st for the B cohort group from 8 AM – 1 PM on both days. Remote only students can stop either day that is convenient for them. If you had your picture taken in October and are not happy with the picture package and are wanting a retake, you will need to bring their entire picture package back to the photographer when you have your picture retaken.

AHS STUDENTS IN ATHLETICS

Starting the second semester of this school year, all athletes will be required to have an updated physical on file with the athletics office. Physicals are valid for 13 months. Previously, the state of Iowa waived the physical requirement for fall sports but that waiver expires on December 31st. Athletes use the following link to register for your winter sport and fill out all the required forms.  In addition to the physical requirements, first semester grades will now count toward academic eligibility. If an athlete fails a first semester class, they will have to sit out from competition for 30 days. Let’s do a good job and finish the first semester strong. 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Please click on the link for the schedule of athletic events.

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Delivery Model After Winter Break

Delivery Model After Winter Break

Throughout winter break, Ames CSD staff will be monitoring our local conditions. If our conditions continue to improve, we could make a recommendation to return PK-5 face-to-face on January 4, 2021. While it is too early to make that decision, we wanted you to know that all options will be considered.

Our secondary students (6-12) will continue in Hybrid through the end of the semester with the hope of returning fully face-to-face at the start of the second semester. Regardless of the learning model that students are in, our 100% remote campus will continue to be an option for families. 

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Friday, December 18, 2020

EVEN Block Day

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS:  Though many of you have already taken time to complete the Panorama Survey, right now, we are sitting at about a 50% response rate across the district. If possible, we would love to increase this number so we are extending the Panorama survey window until the end of the school day on Friday December 18th. Take time TODAY to complete the survey.

As a reminder, the Panorama rostering system added a decimal and a zero to the end of some students’ 6-digit ID numbers, making the Panorama access codes for many students their ACSD numbers + .0, (for example, 888888.0). Now that the survey is live, there is no way to change this. If students are having trouble accessing the surveys, please have them try adding a “.0” to the end of their ID number.

A final reminder, the survey link is: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/amescsd

Show Your AHS Spirit:  Post a picture of yourself in your ugly sweater today to the AHS Instagram: ameshighschool, #AHSUglySweater2020.  Please post your pics by noon.  We plan to announce the winner of the contest at 2:20 pm the same day.  The winner will get a T-Shirt made by The Storm Shelter declaring him/her/they as the “Ugly Sweater Champion.”

Attention 9th graders, if you purchased a Middle school yearbook last year see Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary office to receive it. 

Ames High will present the Musical “Grease” on March 26, 27, & 28.  Auditions are scheduled for early January.  Any student interested in auditioning should either sign up for a PLUS period with Mrs. Dieter or email her for more information.

Attention 2021 graduating seniors, please check Naviance for scholarship information, especially the Payer Family Scholarship due on March 1, 2021.

Today is the last day for the DECA’s Food Drive. Students should drop off their Canned/Non-Perishable Goods to their science teacher classrooms. Those wishing to donate cash may donate funds to your science teacher. All cash donations will go directly to Ames Food Bank.  Students in the Remote Campus and community members may participate in our drive thru drop off at the main entrance by 2:30 on Friday, December 18.  Make sure you know your students’ science teacher name.  Please turn in cash in an envelope marked with the enclosed amount.

Students, as we enter this two week break, please remember to take care of yourself!  Please know that we are here to help and support you and will look forward to your return in the new year!  This time is a perfect time to organize and prioritize yourself and your work so you can finish the first semester strong.  Just 14 school days before dead week, which is January 25 – 29.

Today’s lunch is Cheese Stuffed Breadsticks with marinara sauce and roasted green beans.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

ODD Block Day

ACADEMIC LETTERS ASSEMBLY, TODAY  9:30 – 10:30
TODAY AHS will hold its first virtual all-school assembly.  This is a way for all students and staff to virtually celebrate juniors and seniors receiving their Academic Letters.  This event is offered in conjunction with the American Legion. 

Students will remain in their 3rd period class for the entire assembly.  Students in Cohort B who are being honored will receive their certificate and materials in class, while students in Cohort A may pick their materials up from the Auxiliary Office.

Assembly Zoom Link: https://ames-k12-ia-us.zoom.us/j/84655413698

Today’s Schedule 

Block

Time Period

Minutes

1

7:50 – 9:02

72

3

9:08 – 9:30

22

Assembly

9:30 – 10:30

60

3

10:30 – 11:20

50

5

&

Lunch

11:20 – 11:50 (LUNCH A)

11:56 -1:08  (Class)

11:26 – 12:00 (Class)

12:00 – 12:30 (LUNCH B)

12:36 – 1:08 (Class)

11:26 – 12:38 (Class)

12:38 – 1:08 (LUNCH C)

30

72

34

30

32

72

30

7

1:14 – 2:30

76

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS:  Though many of you have already taken time to complete the Panorama Survey, right now, we are sitting at about a 50% response rate across the district. If possible, we would love to increase this number so we are extending the Panorama survey window until the end of the school day on Friday December 18th. As such, I’m asking ALL students to take time after the assembly TODAY to complete the survey.

As a reminder, the Panorama rostering system added a decimal and a zero to the end of some students’ 6-digit ID numbers, making the Panorama access codes for many students their ACSD numbers + .0, (for example, 888888.0). Now that the survey is live, there is no way to change this. If students are having trouble accessing the surveys, please have them try adding a “.0” to the end of their ID number.

A final reminder, the survey link is: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/amescsd

Attention 9th graders, if you purchased a Middle school yearbook last year see Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary office to receive it. 

The Ames High Madrigal Singers will perform outside at Reiman Gardens on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 5:00-7:00 p.m..  Please come and enjoy the Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show and the beautiful music by the Madrigal Singers.

Ames High will present the Musical “Grease” on March 26, 27, & 28.  Auditions are scheduled for early January.  Any student interested in auditioning should either sign up for a PLUS period with Mrs. Dieter or email her for more information.

Students need to check Naviance for scholarship information, especially the Payer Family Scholarship due on March 1, 2021.

Attention 2021 graduating seniors, please check Naviance for scholarship information, especially the Payer Family Scholarship due on March 1, 2021.

Show Your AHS Spirit:  Students and Staff, Friday, December 18 we’re holding an ugly sweater contest!  Students in Remote Campus, you can join too!  Wear your ugliest winter sweater on those days and post a picture of yourself to the AHS Instagram: ameshighschool, #AHSUglySweater2020.  Please post your pics by noon.  We plan to announce the winner of the contest at 2:20 pm the same day.  The winner will get a T-Shirt made by The Storm Shelter declaring him/her/they as the “Ugly Sweater Champion.”

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Regular Schedule 1-8 Periods

Attention 9th graders, if you purchased a Middle school yearbook last year see Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary office to receive it. 

The Ames High Madrigal Singers will perform outside at Reiman Gardens on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 5:00-7:00 p.m..  Please come and enjoy the Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show and the beautiful music by the Madrigal Singers.

Ames High will present the Musical “Grease” on March 26, 27, & 28.  Auditions are scheduled for early January.  Any student interested in auditioning should either sign up for a PLUS period with Mrs. Dieter or email her for more information.

Students need to check Naviance for scholarship information, especially the Payer Family Scholarship due on March 1, 2021.

Attention 2021 graduating seniors, please check Naviance for scholarship information, especially the Payer Family Scholarship due on March 1, 2021.

Show Your AHS Spirit:  Students and Staff, Friday, December 18 we’re holding an ugly sweater contest!  Wear your ugliest winter sweater and post a picture of yourself to the AHS Instagram: ameshighschool, #AHSUglySweater2020.  Please post your pics by noon.  We plan to announce the winner of the contest at 2:20 pm the same day.  The winner will get a T-Shirt made by The Storm Shelter declaring him/her/they as the “Ugly Sweater Champion.”

ACADEMIC LETTERS ASSEMBLY, DECEMBER 17, 9:30 – 10:30
On Thursday, December 17, AHS will hold its first virtual all-school assembly.  This is a way for all students and staff to virtually celebrate juniors and seniors receiving their Academic Letters.  This event is offered in conjunction with the American Legion. 

Students will remain in their 3rd period class for the entire assembly.  Students in Cohort B who are being honored will receive their certificate and materials in class, while students in Cohort A may pick their materials up from the Auxiliary Office at the end of the day on Tuesday, December 15.

Assembly Zoom Link: https://ames-k12-ia-us.zoom.us/j/84655413698

Updated Schedule 

Block

Time Period

Minutes

1

7:50 – 9:02

72

3

9:08 – 9:30

22

Assembly

9:30 – 10:30

60

3

10:30 – 11:20

50

5

&

Lunch

11:20 – 11:50 (LUNCH A)

11:56 -1:08  (Class)

11:26 – 12:00 (Class)

12:00 – 12:30 (LUNCH B)

12:36 – 1:08 (Class)

11:26 – 12:38 (Class)

12:38 – 1:08 (LUNCH C)

30

72

34

30

32

72

30

7

1:14 – 2:30

76

Students in Cohort B who are being honored will receive their certificate and materials in class, while students in Cohort A students may pick their materials up from the Auxiliary Office while students in Remote Campus can pick their materials up from the Main Office at the end of the day on Tuesday, December 15.  

Scholarship opportunity, If you are a volunteer-minded student planning to pursue a major in business, science, technology, or math at a school in Iowa or Wisconsin, consider applying for the Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarship. Multiple scholarships of $1,000 each will be used to recognize outstanding community leadership. Certain qualifications apply. Learn more and apply at learnmore.scholarsapply.org/alliantenergyinnovation. Applications are due by February 17, 2021.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2020

EVEN Block Day

Attention 9th graders, if you purchased a middle school yearbook last year see Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary office to receive it. 

Ames High will present the Musical “Grease” on March 26, 27, & 28.  Auditions are scheduled for early January.  Any student interested in auditioning should either sign up for a PLUS period with Mrs. Dieter or email her for more information.

Students need to check Naviance for scholarship information, especially the Payer Family Scholarship due on March 1, 2021

Attention 2021 graduating seniors, please check Naviance for scholarship information, especially the Payer Family Scholarship due on March 1, 2021.

Show Your AHS Spirit:  Students and Staff, Today and Friday, December 18 we’re holding an ugly sweater contest!  Students in Remote Campus have TWO chances to participate.  Wear your ugliest winter sweater on those days and post a picture of yourself to the AHS Instagram: ameshighschool, #AHSUglySweater2020.  Please post your pics by noon.  We plan to announce the winner of the contest at 2:20 pm the same day.  The winner will get a T-Shirt made by The Storm Shelter declaring him/her/they as the “Ugly Sweater Champion.”

ACADEMIC LETTERS ASSEMBLY, DECEMBER 17, 9:30 – 10:30

On Thursday, December 17, AHS will hold its first virtual all-school assembly.  This is a way for all students and staff to virtually celebrate juniors and seniors receiving their Academic Letters.  This event is offered in conjunction with the American Legion. 

Students will remain in their 3rd period class for the entire assembly.  Students in Cohort B who are being honored will receive their certificate and materials in class, while students in Cohort A may pick their materials up from the Auxiliary Office at the end of the day on Tuesday, December 15.

Assembly Zoom Link: https://ames-k12-ia-us.zoom.us/j/84655413698

Proposed Schedule 

Block

Time Period

Mins

1

7:50 – 9:02

72

3

9:08 – 9:30

22

Assembly

9:30 – 10:30

60

3

10:30 – 11:20

50

5

&

Lunch

11:20 – 11:50 (LUNCH A)

12:56 -1:08  (Class)

11:26 – 12:00 (Class)

12:00 – 12:30 (LUNCH B)

12:36 – 1:08 (Class)

11:26 – 12:38 (Class)

12:38 – 1:08 (LUNCH C)

30

72

34

30

32

72

30

7

1:14 – 2:30

76

Scholarship opportunity, If you are a volunteer-minded student planning to pursue a major in business, science, technology, or math at a school in Iowa or Wisconsin, consider applying for the Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarship. Multiple scholarships of $1,000 each will be used to recognize outstanding community leadership. Certain qualifications apply. Learn more and apply at learnmore.scholarsapply.org/alliantenergyinnovation. Applications are due by February 17, 2021.

Ames High DECA will be hosting the Annual Food Drive for the Ames Food Bank through Friday December 18th. Students should drop off their Canned/Non-Perishable Goods to their science teacher classrooms throughout the week.  Those wishing to donate cash may donate funds to your science teacher.   All cash donations will go directly to Ames Food Bank.  Students in the Remote Campus and community members may participate in our drive thru drop off at the main entrance from 3-4 on Wednesday, December 16 and Friday, December 18.  Make sure you know your students’ science teacher name.  Please turn in cash in an envelope marked with the enclosed amount.

Ames High is holding a toy drive in correlation with the first home basketball game on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 5-8 p.m. All toys must be brand new and unwrapped. The toys will benefit the Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines. Since fans will be limited at the basketball games, we encourage people to drive up to the gym entrance and drop off their toys. Thank you!

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Monday, December 14, 2020

ODD Block Day

Panorama Survey

Students in the hybrid learning model will be asked to take the survey TODAY during Plus Period.  We need all students to complete this survey.

Ames High will present the Musical “Grease” on March 26, 27, & 28.  Auditions are scheduled for early January.  Any student interested in auditioning should either sign up for a PLUS period with Mrs. Dieter or email her for more information.

Students need to check Naviance for scholarship information, especially the Payer Family Scholarship due on March 1, 2021.

Attention 2021 graduating seniors, please check Naviance for scholarship information, especially the Payer Family Scholarship due on March 1, 2021.

Show Your AHS Spirit:  Students and Staff, on Tuesday, December 15 and Friday, December 18 we’re holding an ugly sweater contest!  Students in Remote Campus have TWO chances to participate.  Wear your ugliest winter sweater on those days and post a picture of yourself to the AHS Instagram: ameshighschool, #AHSUglySweater2020.  Please post your pics by noon.  We plan to announce the winner of the contest at 2:20 pm the same day.  The winner will get a T-Shirt made by The Storm Shelter declaring him/her/they as the “Ugly Sweater Champion.”

ACADEMIC LETTERS ASSEMBLY, DECEMBER 17, 9:30 – 10:30

On Thursday, December 17, AHS will hold its first virtual all-school assembly.  This is a way for all students and staff to virtually celebrate juniors and seniors receiving their Academic Letters.  This event is offered in conjunction with the American Legion. 

Students will remain in their 3rd period class for the entire assembly.  Students in Cohort B who are being honored will receive their certificate and materials in class, while students in Cohort A may pick their materials up from the Auxiliary Office at the end of the day on Tuesday, December 15.

Assembly Zoom Link: https://ames-k12-ia-us.zoom.us/j/84655413698

Proposed Schedule 

Block

Time Period

Minutes

1

7:50 – 9:02

72

3

9:08 – 9:30

22

Assembly

9:30 – 10:30

60

3

10:30 – 11:20

50

5

&

Lunch

11:20 – 11:50 (LUNCH A)

12:56 -1:08  (Class)

11:26 – 12:00 (Class)

12:00 – 12:30 (LUNCH B)

12:36 – 1:08 (Class)

11:26 – 12:38 (Class)

12:38 – 1:08 (LUNCH C)

30

72

34

30

32

72

30

7

1:14 – 2:30

76

Scholarship opportunity, If you are a volunteer-minded student planning to pursue a major in business, science, technology, or math at a school in Iowa or Wisconsin, consider applying for the Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarship. Multiple scholarships of $1,000 each will be used to recognize outstanding community leadership. Certain qualifications apply. Learn more and apply at learnmore.scholarsapply.org/alliantenergyinnovation. Applications are due by February 17, 2021.

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Friday, December 11, 2020

AHS FRIDAY PARENT EMAIL 12-11-20

DEBATE NEWS

Johnston H.S. held its annual Dragon Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament virtually on Saturday, Dec. 6. In a field of 28 teams, Sophomores Allie Enyart and Leslie Kim were tournament champions in Varsity Public Forum, winning the final round on a 3-0 decision. In speaker points rankings, Leslie placed 6th and Allie 7th.

STATE DRILL TEAM 2021 AWARDS

Congratulations to the AHS Drill Team members on their performance and accomplishments in the following categories.

  • 1st in Large School Show Production
  • 2nd in Class 3 Novelty
  • 2nd in Large School Light
  • 3rd in Class 12 Pom
  • Sophomore,Michelle Osanya placed 4th  in her solo in Class 9. 
  • Solo dancers, Alissa Hoover, Gennesee Diggens Kennedy and Lilly Rettig received division ones for their solo’s in Class 9
  • The team received a Distinguished Academic award for a team average GPA between a 3.5-4.0

PANORAMA SURVEY

The Ames Community School District IS surveying our students and parents, grades 3-12, regarding offsite learning using surveys from Panorama Education.  You should have already received a unique email invitation to take the survey.  Please consider giving us your feedback to better inform our practice.  

The student survey window will be open Monday, December 7, to Wednesday, December 16.  Students in the hybrid learning model will be asked to take the survey when they return to school.  We need all students to complete this surveyOur goal at AHS is to have maximum student and staff participation and we need your help.  The survey includes questions around social and emotional learning, and academic needs, among others.   Remote-only students may take it any time within the provided window. Below is the link to the Student Offsite Learning Survey. Again, they will receive an email with this link, https://surveys.panoramaed.com/amescsd

ACADEMIC LETTERS ASSEMBLY, DECEMBER 17, 9:30 – 10:30

On Thursday, December 17, AHS will hold its first virtual all-school assembly.  This is a way for all students and staff to virtually celebrate juniors and seniors receiving their Academic Letters.  This event is offered in conjunction with the American Legion. 

Students will remain in their 3rd period class for the entire assembly.  Students in Cohort B who are being honored will receive their certificate and materials in class, while students in Cohort A may pick their materials up from the Auxiliary Office at the end of the day on Tuesday, December 15.

Assembly Zoom Link: https://ames-k12-ia-us.zoom.us/j/84655413698

Proposed Schedule 

Block

Time Period

Minutes

1

7:50 – 9:02

72

3

9:08 – 9:30

22

Assembly

9:30 – 10:30

60

3

10:30 – 11:20

50

5

&

Lunch

11:20 – 11:50 (LUNCH A)

12:56 -1:08  (Class)

11:26 – 12:00 (Class)

12:00 – 12:30 (LUNCH B)

12:36 – 1:08 (Class)

11:26 – 12:38 (Class)

12:38 – 1:08 (LUNCH C)

30

72

34

30

32

72

30

7

1:14 – 2:30

76

LUNCH SEATING

Starting Monday, December 14, we will ask students in Cohorts A and B to select new seats.  We are engaging in this process to ensure that students are all seated 6 ft apart, in all directions.  With the spikes in Covid-19 cases and cold and flu season, we want to mitigate as much risk as possible.  Therefore, we will add the upper balcony as an additional lunch location and all tables in the upper balcony and cafeteria will be labeled “A” and “B” and students will only be allowed to sit one per table unless the table is 6 feet or longer, in which case, they may sit only at the opposite ends of the table.  Therefore, the upper balcony and media center are designated for junior and senior seating.  The cafeteria remains the lunch seating option for freshmen and sophomores.  We understand that this is not ideal, but is a short term solution to ensure that students social distance fully during lunch.

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Friday, December 11, 2020

EVEN Block Day

Scholarship opportunity, If you are a volunteer-minded student planning to pursue a major in business, science, technology, or math at a school in Iowa or Wisconsin, consider applying for the Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarship. Multiple scholarships of $1,000 each will be used to recognize outstanding community leadership. Certain qualifications apply. Learn more and apply at learnmore.scholarsapply.org/alliantenergyinnovation. Applications are due by February 17, 2021.

Attention 2021 graduating seniors, please check Naviance for scholarship information, especially the Payer Family Scholarship due on March 1, 2021.

Students, please be aware that we are closing in on the last weeks of the first semester.  We know that it’s been a tumultuous time, especially with the shifts from all-remote to hybrid, and back, but we want to impress upon ALL students it’s not too late to improve your performance.  If you are currently struggling or do not feel their current grade reflects what you know and are able to do, please encourage work with their teachers.  Over the last two weeks, teachers have worked with a number of students through one-on-one and small group meetings to help students to identify and prioritize their work and begin to get work completed.  It’s not too late to improve your 1st semester grades!!!

Students should expect to have final culminating projects and/or course exams during the week of January 25 – 29.  Specific details will be forthcoming.

Panorama Survey, students should have received an email with a link to the Panorama Survey.  This survey is about our school and your experience and perceptions about remote learning.  The results of this survey will help administrators identify strengths and areas of growth.  As such, students in Cohort B will have time during Plus Period to take the survey on Friday.  Students in Cohort A will have a Plus Period on Monday to take the survey.  Remote campus students will need to complete the survey as well. If students are having trouble accessing the surveys, please have them try adding a “.0” to the end of their ID number.

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