Class of 2020
I want to begin by saying THANK YOU! You have been a fantastic group of students, and I am privileged to have been a small part of your last 13 years of education. The flexibility and perseverance you have shown the previous nine weeks have provided me with an even better opinion of how exceptional you are!
There have been several requests for caps and gowns
before our to be determined graduation ceremony. Many of you have requested them for your grad parties and
I want to make sure we can accommodate those requests. On Saturday, May 23rd, from 8 AM-11 AM, you may pick up your cap and gown
at the high school.
Due to construction, you will need to come to the north parking lot on 20th Street (teachers parking lot). There will be a staff that will greet you and asks for your name. They will radio ahead to other staff members located in the bus lane. You will follow the orange cones to where the staff members are located, and you will be handed your cap and gown.
I know this is an inconvenience not to be able to turn in your computers or books, but we are requesting that you not bring those items at this time. You will receive directions on how and when to turn in those materials at a later date.
Again, CONGRATULATIONS and we are excited to see you on Saturday, May 23rd from 8 AM-11 AM at AHS.
Brian Carico, Principal
Ames High School
Thoughtful, Safe, and Responsible
Some important information as we near the end of this school year regarding your school laptops.
Seniors and students leaving the district will need to turn their devices in at the District Office between June 2-4 during the hours of 9 am – 3 pm.
To follow guidelines in place to minimize exposure and keep everyone safe, this will be all done outside and you will be able to stay in your car while a member of the Technology Team comes to your car window to get the device, charger, and laptop bag (High School only).
June 2nd – Students with the last name that starts with A-H
June 3rd – Students with the last name that starts with I-R
June 4th – Students with the last name that starts with S-Z
Make sure you have backed up any files you need off of your device. We will not be assisting with this at this time, it must be done before you bring the device in.
You can also download or transfer all of your Google Apps files by using the directions on the AHS Senior Google Info document. You will have access to your school Google account for up to a year after you leave AHS.
Be sure to bring in your computer, charger, and bag. If your bag or charger is still in your locker at AHS, please let us know when you bring your device.
You can find an image showing the location for the computer drop off on June 2-4 on the Laptop Turn-in and Summer Plans document.
All other students (All non-Senior AHS students, AMS students, and any Elementary students who received a device from their school) will be able to keep their devices through the summer. This decision was made to help minimize exposure and this is something we have looked at in the past as a way to support student learning throughout summer months.
If you have any repair needs during the summer months, you will be able to schedule a time to bring in your device for repair to our District Office. Please use the Tech Support Form to get assistance with any repair needs or other tech support.
This year, 17 graduating seniors earned the Seal of Biliteracy with five different world languages being represented based on the results of STAMP testing. To receive a seal, students must demonstrate proficiency in English and at least one other language through approved assessments. Students must be able to read, write, listen, and speak in the language they are testing
Summer Programming and Athletics Update
Yesterday, Thursday May 20th, the Governor announced that local districts may make decisions about participating in softball and baseball seasons as well as some very limited summer academic programming. Today, the Iowa Department of Education held an information sharing session on the guidance documents for summer sports, summer learning activities, and use of facilities. We recognize that this new guidance may present many questions or concerns for our community.
We are currently studying all the guidance and limitations that have been provided to us from the Department of Education, CDC, and Iowa Department of Public Health to determine how to best move forward. Below are some key points that may answer questions you may have.
This guidance is for June ONLY
The guidance relates to limited groups of students
Baseball and Softball JV and Varsity are the only sports allowed to play if all guidelines can be met. No other sports or clubs are permitted at this time.
Here are a few reminders and updates on the grab-and-go meals that are being provided at Meeker, Mitchell, and Sawyer Elementary Schools.
Weekend meals will begin this Friday, May 22 at each location. In addition to the Friday lunch, weekend meals and Monday meals will also be provided.
No meals will be provided on Monday, May 25 due to Memorial Day.
The meals in their current format will be continued through August 7 at Meeker and Sawyer Elementary Schools.
Meals provided at Mitchell Elementary will end on June 30 due to specific federal waivers not being extended.