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Articles from May 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020

Baseball and Softball Practice Graphic

In collaboration with the Central Iowa Metropolitan League (CIML), Ames High baseball and softball will begin practice on Monday, June 1. After three weeks of practice, competition for student-athletes will begin no earlier than June 20th. A schedule of games will be released at a later date. The 2020 season will only see competition from varsity and 10/JV squads via a CIML schedule with underclassmen being involved in practice/developmental scenarios and rounding out rosters on teams. Intersqaud games will take place at these lower levels after the third week of practice.  More Information 

We sent a Thought Exchange link to parents, staff, and secondary students, asking for feedback on how remote learning went this spring. Your thoughts will help us plan for the future. If you have not yet provided your thoughts, you have until next Tuesday, June 2nd at 4:00 p.m. to do so.
Check your email for the link. 

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Friday May 22, 2020


Class of 2020 logo

Follow this link for Graduation Ceramony information 


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 pictures, 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.

GrabandGoHere 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.


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Harrison and Brittany Barnes Donate for Upgrades to Ames High Gymnasium

Harrison Barnes Donation

Harrison Barnes’ legacy extends far beyond basketball as he continues to make an everlasting impact in the Ames community and youth through his Harrison and Brittany Barnes Community Fund. His most recent donation is giving back to the high school that began his basketball career. Harrison and his wife Brittany approached the Ames Community School District about donating funds for upgrades to the competition gymnasium in the new high school. The upgrades include adding student bleachers, adding a video board, upgrading the scoreboard to include player stats, lighting enhancements, and adding floor mounted “NBA” baskets. The school board approved the acceptance of the donation on May 18, 2020. 

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Ames High Pride in Haiti

Haiti Volunteering graphic

Senior Kerlande Mompremier is finishing her Ames High School career and fulfilling her continuous learning requirement from the island of Haiti. Over spring break, Mompremier traveled to Haiti to visit family and made the decision to remain there after schools in Iowa closed. She now works on her classes remotely and is giving back to the community through her volunteering and tutoring efforts. 

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Friday May 8, 2020

Support Our Students graphic

Last week, we set up a button on RevTrak to accept monetary donations that will be used to supplement the food boxes we are receiving from the Food Bank of Iowa to support students and families. We additionally have allowed families to transfer current lunch balance accounts toward this fund. Since April 28, we have received over $6,300 in our RevTrak account and over $5,000 in lunch balance transfers. 

A Special Thank You To All the Ames High Teachers ! 

“We Are Ames ” 

Sarah Terrones, Ames High School Literacy Lab Teacher 



Even though a decision on summer sports has not been made yet, we can continue to show our Ames High Pride. The softball apparel store is now open and will close on May 18th. They have some amazing options.






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Kristi Mixdorf named as new Director of Teaching and Learning

Kristi Mixdorf Graphic

The Ames Community School District is excited to announce Kristi Mixdorf as the new Director of Teaching and Learning. She is currently the principal of Edwards Elementary School, a position she has held since 2018. 

Mixdorf has 20 years of experience in education as both a leader and a teacher. Prior to her position at Edwards Elementary, Mixdorf served as the Director of Teaching and Learning for the North Polk Community School District. Her previous experience included being an Instructional Coach in Ankeny, and a classroom teacher in both the Ankeny and Des Moines School Districts. 

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Food Drive / Student Support Fund

Support Our Students graphic

Since school closure, it has been our goal to find numerous ways to help families with food insecurities alleviate that stress in their lives. The Grab & Go Meals through the summer food program have provided thousands of meals a week to students, and we have supplemented that by collaborating with the Food Bank of Iowa. 

As food supplies around the state and from the Food Bank of Iowa decline due to high demand, we are wanting to continue to ensure that food boxes are going to those families who are in need. We have received numerous requests from community members asking how they can contribute and support our students. As a result, the Ames Community School District is providing several ways to help in our drive to ensure that no family goes without food. 

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Ames High Commencement Save the Date(s)

Commencement Save the Dates

As a district, we are determined to find a way for the Class of 2020 to celebrate its graduation in person. While some districts are opting now to schedule virtual ceremonies, the feedback we have heard from students and families indicates that there continues to be a strong desire to have the celebration in person even if it is delayed.

While it will not be possible to have graduation on May 24 as scheduled, we are hopeful that as conditions evolve in the months ahead there may be some easing of restrictions on public gatherings that would allow us to hold a graduation ceremony. To assist families in planning, we have identified several dates that will serve as our target date, as well as back up dates in the event that conditions are not to the point where we can hold a large gathering. We ask that graduates and families please hold both of these dates in their calendar.

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Junior Yuer Zhu named a 2020 All-State Visual Arts Awardee

04 All State Art

Ames High junior Yuer Zhu was named a 2020 All-State Visual Arts Awardee by the Art Educators of Iowa and the All-State Visual Art Awards Committee. Zhu’s outstanding portfolio represents the top 20% of applicants across the state of Iowa and she was one of twelve class 4A students to receive this recognition. In a press release, the All-State Committee said,  “We appreciate the time and effort it takes to compile a portfolio and complete the submission process. Though we provide the opportunity to recognize students for outstanding work, it is the time, nurture, and support that individual teachers give students with potential that is most significant.”

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