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March 23, 2020 Update

Weekly News Updated March 23, 2020



Governor Reynolds announced that she is recommending that Iowa school districts close for four weeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Effective Monday, March 16, all school buildings, events, practices, and activities are canceled until further notice.

 Ames Community School District  COVID-19  information page 


Grab and Go Meals Provided to Students Starting March 23

Summer Food Program Graphic
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Tanise Colvin named as new Sawyer Elementary Principal

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The Ames Community School District is excited to announce Tanise Colvin as the new principal of Sawyer Elementary School. Colvin is currently an Assistant Principal at two middle schools in the Muscatine Community School District, a position she has held since 2017. 

As an assistant principal in Muscatine, Colvin has experience in multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) and actively led a parent group to address the gaps in educational programming for students who receive special education services. She was responsible for the design and creation of a master schedule, coached teachers to improve instructional practices, and designed professional development for paraprofessionals that were specific to building needs. Colvin also has training in student-centered coaching, professional learning communities, English language proficiency modules, and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS), an initiative that was rolled out last year in the Ames Community School District.  

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Grab and Go Meals Provided to Students Starting March 23

Summer Food Program Graphic

The Ames Community School District received approval from the Iowa Department of Education through the USDA to provide Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meals. Starting Monday, March 23, the District will be able to provide grab-and-go meals to any child 1 – 18 years of age. Three locations have been selected that include Meeker, Mitchell, and Sawyer Elementary SchoolsOther school sites across the District do not qualify under the program, but ANY child, regardless of where they live, may access meals from these sites.

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will be distributing both breakfast and lunch grab-and-go meals and each student can receive two days of meals per pickup. Meals can be picked up Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and food service staff will deliver the bags to the cars to eliminate anybody in our buildings.

Bus Routes to Food Locations:

In an effort to assist Ames Community School District families obtain grab-and-go meals, Durham Bus Services will be providing shuttle routes starting Monday, March 23rd. We would like to reserve the buses for families who do not have access to transportation. If you have transportation available, we ask that you drive to one of these locations to receive meals. 

We ask families to use great care in who is sent to pick up the grab & go meals. Parents are welcome to ride the bus with younger children and older students may ride alone. There is no student supervision provided on these buses and parents are expected to provide supervision.

The bus stops and pick up times can be found at the URL below. The shuttle will run every 30 minutes beginning with the first time listed. Riders will be dropped off at the designated school. Once you receive meals, a return shuttle will take you to your point of origin. 

We will be following the State and National guidelines of social distancing and will transport no more than 10 individuals on each bus who will be seated 6 feet apart. Please be respectful of others and do not use the shuttle if you are feeling sick.

If you have any questions, Durham will have staff available to help beginning 3/23/20. They can be reached at 515-233-5424 between the hours of 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The bus route schedule can be accessed on our website at the URL below. 

https://www.ames.k12.ia.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/School-Lunch-Shuttles-Sheet1.pdf

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Governor Reynolds announced that she is recommending that Iowa school districts close for four weeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Effective Monday, March 16, all school buildings, events, practices, and activities are canceled until further notice.

For Further information on the District Status in relation to operating status please refer to this page for our latest updates 

Cornavirus District Information 

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Coronavirus Update (March 11, 2020)

Coronavirus Update (March 11, 2020)

With many universities in the state canceling in-person classes and moving toward online courses for two-weeks following spring break, the Story County school districts want to assure our families and communities, that as a group, we will continue normal operations for the foreseeable future. 

All districts are receiving regular updates and working closely with Story County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and will follow their guidelines and recommendations. As this is an evolving issue, their recommendations may change over time. In the event that Story County Public Health or the Iowa Department of Public Health determines that there is a need for closure, or other action, we will communicate additional information at that time.

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Thursday March 12, 2020

District-Wide – NO CLASSES
THURSDAY,  MARCH 12
or FRIDAY,  MARCH 13. 

Daily Notes will Following Spring Break 

 

March is Youth Art Month! There are going to be some dress up days to celebrate!

Tuesday, March 23rd- Dress up as your favorite Cartoon Character

Wednesday, March 24th- Dress up as your favorite Artist

Thursday, March 25th- Dress up as a Color Scheme

Friday, March 26th- Dress in a particular Fashion Style

Be creative and have fun with this! Partner up with friends or do it yourself!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

DAILY NOTES                                                                             

Contracting for a grade with pass/fail option is due today. See your counselor if interested. This option needs to be renewed each semester.

March is Youth Art Month! There are going to be some dress up days to celebrate!

Tuesday, March 23rd- Dress up as your favorite Cartoon Character

Wednesday, March 24th- Dress up as your favorite Artist

Thursday, March 25th- Dress up as a Color Scheme

Friday, March 26th- Dress in a particular Fashion Style

Be creative and have fun with this! Partner up with friends or do it yourself!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Senior one-act auditions will be held after school today in the auditorium. 

Contracting for a grade with pass/fail option is March 12. Get a form from your counselor if interested. This option needs to be renewed each semester.

Seniors, is there someone who has been influential in your spiritual life, and would make a great speaker at Baccalaureate? Would you like to audition as a solo or small group performer in vocal, instrumental, dance or dramatic reading?  Speaker nomination forms and audition applications are in the principal’s office and are due April 1. 

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Mitchell Elementary Construction Update / Informational Meeting

March 5, 2020

Mitchell Construction Update Meeting

Mitchell Elementary School was one of three elementary schools in Ames (Edwards and Meeker being the other two) that was part of the April 2018 successful bond referendum for elementary school building additions. After reviewing current enrollment, near-term predictable enrollment, projected future enrollment, and housing development, it was determined the most urgent need for additional space is at Mitchell Elementary.

In April 2019, the school board approved architectural services by Roseland Mackey Harris Architects (RMHA) for design and construction of addition(s) and renovation at Mitchell Elementary. The scope and goals of the project are to 1) add 6 classrooms to the building, 2) improve the HVAC system to control humidity in the building, and 3) address sound challenges in the music practice area. 

The design phase was completed in January 2020. Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2020 and will continue for a year into the spring of 2021, with minor renovations in the existing building during summer 2021. 

What can you expect:

As the construction begins, the neighborhoods surrounding Mitchell Elementary School can expect increased construction traffic in order to complete site work and underground utility relocations. The foundations will be installed this spring (2020) with concrete floor slabs, exterior walls, and roof installation this summer. 

Interior work, including wall framing, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical work, followed by finishing components will take place during the fall and winter of 2020/2021. During summer 2021, there will be some minor renovations in the existing building to finalize the project. 

This schedule, especially the activities this summer, will help mitigate and limit disruptions to the existing building and student learning. As with any construction project, there will be components of noise and dust, but we will continue to work with the construction crews to remind them that Mitchell Elementary is an active school. 

If you have additional questions, we will be holding an informational meeting about this construction project at Mitchell Elementary later this month. 

Community Informational Meeting:

When: Tuesday, March 24

Where: Mitchell Elementary School

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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