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Monday, February 3, 2020

National Read Aloud Week starts today and runs through the 6th.  If you’d be interested in reading with a student at Northwood Preschool, please email 

Mrs. Fuqua with your name and what periods you are interested in volunteering.  You can also call Northwood Preschool at (515) 268-2470 to sign up.

“The Community Care Project will be hosting a clothing drive to supply the new Ames Community Clothing Bank, Limitless Threads with clean clothes. A donation bin will be set up this week.”

We are excited to announce that the next AHS Blood Drive is scheduled for Feb 19th in the Ames High balcony. Sign up to be a superhero and donate to save a life today at https://donor.lifeservebloodcenter.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/165388  

2020 Prom Committee — don’t forget to sign up for Plus Period with Mrs. Zeiss today, Monday, February 3rd. 

 

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Panorama Results 

Last week Friday, we included a summary of our Panorama Survey results in our weekly newsletter home. This survey includes topics such as school climate, safety, and family engagement, and it allows your voice to be heard. We have included full reports of the Student and Parent surveys this week and apologize for not including them in the original communication home. You can find the updated surveys at the URL below. 

Panorama Student Survey  

Panorama Family School Relationships Survey 


AMES HIGH ATHLETIC SPRING COLLEGE SIGNING DAY 

Ames High Athletics College Signing Ceremony is Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:30 am in the Athletic Video Room.  All senior athletes who have committed to a college to play a sport, and who are receiving athletic aid, are invited to participate. Please contact the Athletic Office asap if you would like to be recognized in our Spring Signing.


WINTER MUSICAL: The Music Man

Set in the fictional Iowa town of River City and written by Mason City’s own Meredith Willson, The Music Man is an American classic and fun for all ages.

Curtain is 7:30 PM February 7 and 8, and 2:00 PM Sunday, February 9.  Admission is $10.00 9th grade and older, $8.00 8th grade and below.  Tickets will be on sale in the Ames High main office.


BASEBALL

Baseball players – Sign up for Coach Steenhagen’s plus period for an offseason baseball meeting on Thursday, Jan. 30 in the gym balcony. You will receive an offseason workout schedule and discuss plans for the upcoming season. Spread the word!


AHS SPIRIT STORE

Show your school spirit this winter! The AHS Spirit Store will be open the following dates:

Tuesday, January 28       1:00-2:45 pm

Friday, January 31           5:30-7:30 pm

Friday, February 7           5:30-7:30 pm

Tuesday, February 11     1:00-2:45 pm


FLEX PERIOD

Parents, this year, AHS changed the study hall process and procedures.  For our teachers to have the needed time during the day to collaborate and to develop their teaching and assessment plans, we did not require staff to monitor study halls.  Our original policy was that 9th and 10th graders would be allowed to have flex spaces, and it was their responsibility to attend one of the two areas provided.  11th and 12th graders would have an open campus with parent permission.  After reviewing our plan and some of the obstacles we faced in trying to make sure students were following through with their responsibility, we have determined that some of our students require support in this area.  Starting on Monday, 9th and 10th-grade students will have to scan their IDs for attendance in flex period.  Any open period on their schedule will be filled with a class entitled FLEX.  The student will be on the class list, and if they do not scan in one of the two areas, they will be counted as absent, and parents will be notified.  The scanning device records the time and also takes a picture of the student using the ID.  This will help us assure that students are using a proper ID and will help us be able to better account for the students during the day.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Brian Carico.


AHS WINTER CHEER CLINIC

On Friday, February 7th from 3:45-7pm the Ames High Winter Cheerleaders are hosting their annual cheerleading clinic for Ames students (preschool-6th grade).

This year we are testing out an online registration process! Use the following link to sign up for the clinic: Registration 

Event Details

WHO: Children – Preschool-6th Grade (must be at least 4 years old)

WHEN: Friday, February 7th from 3:45pm-7:00pm. (Check-in goes 3:45-4:15pm)

WHERE: Check-in @ the concessions balcony overlooking the gym.

PERFORMANCE: Halftime of the Varsity Girls’ Basketball game, approximately 6:30pm. Come early, the game starts at 6:00pm.

COST: $30.00, make checks payable to: AHS Winter Cheer Boosters. Bring payment of cash or check to the clinic.

INCLUDES: Instruction of a cheer, school song, child’s admission to both Girls & Boys Varsity bball games, pizza, bottled water, cookie, t-shirt, & cheek tattoo! RSVP by: February 3rd


AMES COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS PLEASED TO INTRODUCE A NEW COMMUNICATIONS TOOL CALLED ANONYMOUS ALERTS®.

The Ames Community School District has launched a new communication tool called Anonymous Alerts®, an anti-bullying and safety app reporting system. As a District, we believe that the best way to address problems that our students face in school is personal contact with a teacher, school administrator, psychologist or counselor and we strongly encourage and fully support that continued practice. However, we do know that sometimes there is a concern that a student or parent may want to communicate anonymously. 

 

Anonymous Alerts® allows students or parents to quickly, easily, and anonymously report information to school officials. The system encourages students, parents and staff to confidentially report bullying, cyber-bullying, and other sensitive topics through private messages to our administration. Starting in January 2020, the system is being supported at Ames High School and Ames Middle School.

Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome. The system allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.

 

Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome. The system allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.

 

How does it work?

Students, parents or other school personnel can submit a report through the URL below or through the Anonymous Alerts® mobile application. Informational posters explaining how to use the app will be displayed throughout schools and offices at Ames High and Ames Middle School. 

To send reports from the Web/Internet go to: https://report.anonymousalerts.com/amescsd/ 

To send a report from your phone: 

* Download the Anonymous Alerts app for free from the Apple Store, Google Play Store,

   or the Chrome store                    

* Start the App, enter activation code: amescsd

* Send important reports to school officials

* Add a screenshot, photo or video about the incident

 

Message topics for submission include bullying, cyber-bullying, family difficulties, self-harm/cutting, fighting, drug and alcohol abuse, student depression, and sexual harassment. All reports remain completely anonymous, although submitters have the option to reveal their identity if they prefer to have a person-to-person discussion. The program is monitored from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., and should only be used for serious and urgent matters. If something disturbing or life-threatening occurs at other times, it is imperative to call 911. In an emergency, always call 9-1-1!

As a District, we have a responsibility to offer this tool to our community in order to protect the safety of our students, providing avenues for confidential disclosure when there is something serious that is troubling them. At Ames Community School District, our goal is to enhance the student’s learning experience and limit any roadblocks to a student’s success, giving everyone the opportunity to succeed.


ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Jan. 24

AHS Young People’s Concert 1:15 PM

GBB-JV1/V/JV2 at Ankeny 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

BBB-10/9/V at Ankeny 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

Saturday, Jan. 25

WR-JV at Dowling 9 AM

WR-V at Urbandale 9 AM

BSwim-V at Johnston 12 PM

Tuesday, Jan. 28

BBB-10/9/V at WDM Valley 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

GBB-JV1/JV2/V at WDM Valley 4:45/6:15/6:15 PM

Thursday, Jan. 30

GBB-JV2 vs Ankeny High School 6 PM

BBB- 9 vs Ankeny High School 6 PM

Friday, Jan. 31

WR-V at CIML Invite SE Polk 4 PM

BBB-10/V vs Ankeny High School 4:45/7:45 PM

GBB-JV1/V vs Ankeny High School 4:45/6 PM

Saturday, Feb. 1

BBB-9B at Marshalltown 9 AM

GBB-JV2 vs Roosevelt 9 AM

BBB-9A vs DSM Roosevelt 10:15 AM

BBB-JV vs Fort Dodge 10:15 AM

WR-V at SE Polk 4 PM

Sunday, Feb. 2

WR JV at Fort Dodge 10 AM

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Friday, January 31, 2020

National Read Aloud Week is February 3-6th.  If you’d be interested in reading with a student at Northwood Preschool, please email Mrs. Fuqua with your name and what periods you are interested in volunteering.  You can also call Northwood Preschool at (515) 268-2470 to sign up.

“The Community Care Project will be hosting a clothing drive to supply the new Ames Community Clothing Bank, Limitless Threads with clean clothes. A donation bin will be set up next week.”

We are excited to announce that the next AHS Blood Drive is scheduled for Feb 19th in the Ames High balcony. Sign up to be a superhero and donate to save a life today at https://donor.lifeservebloodcenter.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/165388 

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Iowa Department of Education releases Iowa School Performance Profile

Iowa School Performance Profiles

On January 29, 2020, the Iowa Department of Education released updates to its online school accountability reporting system called the Iowa School Performance Profiles. The website shows how schools are performing on multiple measures and meets federal and state requirements for publishing report cards. 

The Iowa School Performance Profiles include scores and ratings on a set of accountability measures, such as student growth and graduation rate, and additional data that are required by law but do not count toward school accountability scores. New to the 2020 profiles are updated school scores and ratings, post-secondary readiness is now factored in accountability, and the scores include performance on the new state test, the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). The website also specifies schools that have been identified for additional support and improvement based on their performance.

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An Eye on the Sky: Ames High Senior Pooja Kasiviswanathan Named a Top Science Scholar

Top Science Scholar Graphic

“Ever since I looked up into the night sky, I have always wondered if there is another planet like Earth out there.” This is the inquisitive thinking that has driving Ames High senior Pooja Kasiviswanathan to be named a top 300 scholar in the 79th Regeneron Science Talent Search—the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. 

Throughout her high school career, Kasiviswanathan has been encouraged by teachers and her parents to push the boundaries of what she can accomplish. She has gained multiple recognitions from the state, national, and international levels, and last year she presented at the symposium of the American Junior Academy of Science/American Association for the Advancement of Science/National Association for the Academies of Science in Washington D.C. and was inducted as a Fellow. That same year, at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, she won two Special Awards and scholarships, including one from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). These moments made Kasiviswanathan realize how innovative her research is and to apply for the talent search. 

Kasiviswanathan attended an Astrobiology residential program at the University of Iowa several years ago and afterward started collecting information on what the future might hold in Astrobiology. “I was excited to know about NASA’s current research regarding its future missions. My inspiration from NASA’s Astrobiology research and current challenges on Earth motivated me to find answers to my questions in my project.” Kasiviswanathan’s project was titled Farming on Mars: Potential Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture.

With over 2,000 applicants from American and international schools, she knew the competition would be tough. “Being named a Scholar is truly an honor for me as I now join the program’s alumni which include recipients of the world’s most coveted science and math honors (National Medals of Science, MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, and Nobel Prizes).” 

Reacting to the recognition, Ames High Science Teacher DeAnna Tibben points to Kasiviswanathan’s meticulous methods, detailed observations and data analysis as keys to her success. “Pooja is the type of student (and future scientist) who will move our society forward in our scientific thinking. I’m appreciative that I was able to be a part of her journey. I look forward to hearing about her successes after high school!” Next year, Kasiviswanathan plans to major in chemical or biosystems engineering.

 

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Thursday, January 30

DAILY NOTES

National Read Aloud Week is February 3-6th.  If you’d be interested in reading with a student at Northwood Preschool, please email Mrs. Fuqua with your name and what periods you are interested in volunteering.  You can also call Northwood Preschool at (515) 268-2470 to sign up.

Baseball players – Sign up for Coach Steenhagen’s plus period for an offseason baseball meeting today in the gym balcony. You will receive an offseason workout schedule and discuss plans for the upcoming season. Spread the word!

“The Community Care Project will be hosting a clothing drive to supply the new Ames Community Clothing Bank, Limitless Threads with clean clothes. A donation bin will be set up next week.”

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

DAILY NOTES

10 Ames High seniors were named as candidates for the U.S. Pres Scholars Program. Congrats to Silvia Aydinyan, Jason Chen, Andres Cordoba, Nathan Essner, Hannah Huang, Pooja Kasiviswanathan, David Kim, Jasper Shogren-Knaak, Sarah Song and Peijing Li.

National Read Aloud Week is February 3-6th.  If you’d be interested in reading with a student at Northwood Preschool, please email Mrs. Fuqua with your name and what periods you are interested in volunteering.  You can also call Northwood Preschool at (515) 268-2470 to sign up.

Baseball players – Sign up for Coach Steenhagen’s plus period for an offseason baseball meeting on Thursday, Jan. 30 in the gym balcony. You will receive an offseason workout schedule and discuss plans for the upcoming season. Spread the word!

 

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

01 Ames High Principal Public Forum

National Read Aloud Week is February 3-6th.  If you’d be interested in reading with a student at Northwood Preschool, please sign up in student services or email 

Mrs. Fuqua with your name and what periods you are interested in volunteering.  You can also call Northwood Preschool at (515) 268-2470 to sign up.

2020 AHS Girls Soccer Informational Meeting on Wednesday, January 29 at 7:15 AM in AHS Multipurpose Room.  

Baseball players – Sign up for Coach Steenhagen’s plus period for an offseason baseball meeting on Thursday, Jan. 30 in the gym balcony. You will receive an offseason workout schedule and discuss plans for the upcoming season. Spread the word!

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Ames High FCA – Fellowship of Christians at Ames – will meet tonight, January 27, at 5:30 PM in Mrs. Dobernecker’s room 34. Supper will be provided. 

National Read Aloud Week is February 3-6th.  If you’d be interested in reading with a student at Northwood PreSchool, please sign up in the student services or email Mrs. Fuqua with your Name and what periods you are interested in volunteering.  You can also call Northwood Preschool at (515) 268-2470 to sign up.

2020 AHS Girls Soccer Informational Meeting on Wednesday, January 29 at 7:15am in AHS Multipurpose Room. 

Baseball players – Sign up for Coach Steenhagen’s plus period for an offseason baseball meeting on Thursday, Jan. 30 in the gym balcony. You will receive an offseason workout schedule and discuss plans for the upcoming season. Spread the word!

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Friday, January 24, 2020

AMES HIGH ATHLETIC SPRING COLLEGE SIGNING DAY 

Ames High Athletics College Signing Ceremony is Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:30 am in the Athletic Video Room.  All senior athletes who have committed to a college to play a sport, and who are receiving athletic aid, are invited to participate. Please contact the Athletic Office asap if you would like to be recognized in our Spring Signing.

WINTER MUSICAL: The Music Man

Set in the fictional Iowa town of River City and written by Mason City’s own Meredith Willson, The Music Man is an American classic and fun for all ages.

Curtain is 7:30 PM February 7 and 8, and 2:00 PM Sunday, February 9.  Admission is $10.00 9th grade and older, $8.00 8th grade and below.  Tickets will be on sale in the Ames High main office.

BASEBALL

Baseball players – Sign up for Coach Steenhagen’s plus period for an offseason baseball meeting on Thursday, Jan. 30 in the gym balcony. You will receive an offseason workout schedule and discuss plans for the upcoming season. Spread the word!

AHS SPIRIT STORE

Show your school spirit this winter! The AHS Spirit Store will be open the following dates:

Tuesday, January 28       1:00-2:45 pm

Friday, January 31           5:30-7:30 pm

Friday, February 7           5:30-7:30 pm

Tuesday, February 11     1:00-2:45 pm

FLEX PERIOD

Parents, this year, AHS changed the study hall process and procedures.  For our teachers to have the needed time during the day to collaborate and to develop their teaching and assessment plans, we did not require staff to monitor study halls.  Our original policy was that 9th and 10th graders would be allowed to have flex spaces, and it was their responsibility to attend one of the two areas provided.  11th and 12th graders would have an open campus with parent permission.  After reviewing our plan and some of the obstacles we faced in trying to make sure students were following through with their responsibility, we have determined that some of our students require support in this area.  Starting on Monday, 9th and 10th-grade students will have to scan their IDs for attendance in flex period.  Any open period on their schedule will be filled with a class entitled FLEX.  The student will be on the class list, and if they do not scan in one of the two areas, they will be counted as absent, and parents will be notified.  The scanning device records the time and also takes a picture of the student using the ID.  This will help us assure that students are using a proper ID and will help us be able to better account for the students during the day.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Brian Carico.

AHS WINTER CHEER CLINIC

On Friday, February 7th from 3:45-7pm the Ames High Winter Cheerleaders are hosting their annual cheerleading clinic for Ames students (preschool-6th grade).

This year we are testing out an online registration process! Use the following link to sign up for the clinic: Registration 

Event Details

WHO: Children – Preschool-6th Grade (must be at least 4 years old)

WHEN: Friday, February 7th from 3:45pm-7:00pm. (Check-in goes 3:45-4:15pm)

WHERE: Check-in @ the concessions balcony overlooking the gym.

PERFORMANCE: Halftime of the Varsity Girls’ Basketball game, approximately 6:30pm. Come early, the game starts at 6:00pm.

COST: $30.00, make checks payable to: AHS Winter Cheer Boosters. Bring payment of cash or check to the clinic.

INCLUDES: Instruction of a cheer, school song, child’s admission to both Girls & Boys Varsity bball games, pizza, bottled water, cookie, t-shirt, & cheek tattoo! RSVP by: February 3rd

 

AMES COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS PLEASED TO INTRODUCE A NEW COMMUNICATIONS TOOL CALLED ANONYMOUS ALERTS®.

The Ames Community School District has launched a new communication tool called Anonymous Alerts®, an anti-bullying and safety app reporting system. As a District, we believe that the best way to address problems that our students face in school is personal contact with a teacher, school administrator, psychologist or counselor and we strongly encourage and fully support that continued practice. However, we do know that sometimes there is a concern that a student or parent may want to communicate anonymously. 

Anonymous Alerts® allows students or parents to quickly, easily, and anonymously report information to school officials. The system encourages students, parents and staff to confidentially report bullying, cyber-bullying, and other sensitive topics through private messages to our administration. Starting in January 2020, the system is being supported at Ames High School and Ames Middle School.

Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome. The system allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.

Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome. The system allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.

 

How does it work?

Students, parents or other school personnel can submit a report through the URL below or through the Anonymous Alerts® mobile application. Informational posters explaining how to use the app will be displayed throughout schools and offices at Ames High and Ames Middle School. 

To send reports from the Web/Internet go to: https://report.anonymousalerts.com/amescsd/ 

To send a report from your phone: 

* Download the Anonymous Alerts app for free from the Apple Store, Google Play Store,

   or the Chrome store                    

* Start the App, enter activation code: amescsd

* Send important reports to school officials

* Add a screenshot, photo or video about the incident

Message topics for submission include bullying, cyber-bullying, family difficulties, self-harm/cutting, fighting, drug and alcohol abuse, student depression, and sexual harassment. All reports remain completely anonymous, although submitters have the option to reveal their identity if they prefer to have a person-to-person discussion. The program is monitored from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., and should only be used for serious and urgent matters. If something disturbing or life-threatening occurs at other times, it is imperative to call 911. In an emergency, always call 9-1-1!

As a District, we have a responsibility to offer this tool to our community in order to protect the safety of our students, providing avenues for confidential disclosure when there is something serious that is troubling them. At Ames Community School District, our goal is to enhance the student’s learning experience and limit any roadblocks to a student’s success, giving everyone the opportunity to succeed.

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Friday, Jan. 24

AHS Young People’s Concert 1:15 PM

GBB-JV1/V/JV2 at Ankeny 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

BBB-10/9/V at Ankeny 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

Saturday, Jan. 25

WR-JV at Dowling 9 AM

WR-V at Urbandale 9 AM

BSwim-V at Johnston 12 PM

Tuesday, Jan. 28

BBB-10/9/V at WDM Valley 4:45/6:15/7:45 PM

GBB-JV1/JV2/V at WDM Valley 4:45/6:15/6:15 PM

Thursday, Jan. 30

GBB-JV2 vs Ankeny High School 6 PM

BBB- 9 vs Ankeny High School 6 PM

Friday, Jan. 31

WR-V at CIML Invite SE Polk 4 PM

BBB-10/V vs Ankeny High School 4:45/7:45 PM

GBB-JV1/V vs Ankeny High School 4:45/6 PM

Saturday, Feb. 1

BBB-9B at Marshalltown 9 AM

GBB-JV2 vs Roosevelt 9 AM

BBB-9A vs DSM Roosevelt 10:15 AM

BBB-JV vs Fort Dodge 10:15 AM

WR-V at SE Polk 4 PM

Sunday, Feb. 2

WR JV at Fort Dodge 10 AM

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