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Articles from June 2020

Friday, June 26

Summer Food Service Program Update

Grab and Go Meals

The Ames Community School District is continuing to participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through August 7, 2020. This is the same “grab and go” meal program where we were able to provide breakfast and lunch to all children without charge.

Locations – Meals will continue to be provided at Meeker, Mitchell and Sawyer Elementary Schools, in addition to the Ames Public Library. (Note: we previously communicated that meals would end at Mitchell Elementary, but this is no longer the case.)

Time – breakfast and lunch will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting on June 22.


Panorama Survey Results

Panorama Data Results Graphic

In March of 2020, the Ames Community School District surveyed students, staff, and families using the Panorama Culture and Climate Survey. The survey included questions around social and emotional learning, school satisfaction, and staff and family engagement, among others. New to this year’s student 6-12 survey were questions related to equity and inclusion. The purpose of the survey is to gather perception data from key stakeholders as a way to set and continue the evaluation of specific goal areas around the District’s Purpose and Priorities. 

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Panorama School Climate Survey Results 2020

Panorama Data Results Graphic

In March of 2020, the Ames Community School District surveyed students, staff, and families using the Panorama Culture and Climate Survey. The survey included questions around social and emotional learning, school satisfaction, and staff and family engagement, among others. New to this year’s student 6-12 survey were questions related to equity and inclusion. The purpose of the survey is to gather perception data from key stakeholders as a way to set and continue the evaluation of specific goal areas around the District’s Purpose and Priorities. 

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Summer Food Service Program Update

Grab and Go Meals

Summer Food Service Program Update

The Ames Community School District is continuing to participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through August 7, 2020. This is the same “grab and go” meal program where we were able to provide breakfast and lunch to all children without charge.

Locations – Meals will continue to be provided at Meeker, Mitchell and Sawyer Elementary Schools, in addition to the Ames Public Library. (Note: we previously communicated that meals would end at Mitchell Elementary, but this is no longer the case.)

Time – breakfast and lunch will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting on June 22.

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Ames High Commencement Postponed

Commencement Date Confirmed

Dear Ames High seniors, staff, and commencement guests, 

We are writing to regretfully inform you that we will not be holding the Ames High commencement ceremony this Sunday, June 21. Please know that this communication comes with a great deal of disappointment and regret as we very much wanted to make graduation happen for you all this Sunday. As a senior class, you have been amazingly resilient, patient, and positive as we have navigated numerous challenges throughout your senior year. 

Most of you know, Story County, and specifically the City of Ames, is experiencing a sudden and significant increase in COVID-19 cases this week. Throughout COVID-19, our priority has been the safety of our students, staff, and families. We are unable to ensure that this event can be held in a manner that creates an environment that aligns with this ongoing priority. Again, the postponement of this ceremony comes with much regret. 

In April, we communicated three prospective dates for the commencement ceremony. We will revisit those options with our staff and school board, and will continue to collaborate with the Story County Health Department to align our ceremony with guidance for providing an environment that keeps the health and safety of everyone as our priority. 


Our intent in this commencement remains to honor the Class of 2020 with a celebration that they deserve while keeping the safety of our students, staff, and families as our top priority.  As a school district and school board, we apologize once again for this last-minute change. We appreciate the support and grace we have received from our community as we lead through this unprecedented and unforeseeable time and we look forward to our next opportunity to celebrate this senior class with you.

 

 

 

 
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Friday, June 19

We are excited to share with our community that the Ames School Board approved the naming of the competitive gymnasium and court at the new Ames High School the
Harrison Barnes Gymnasium and Court.”

Harrison’s legacy reaches far beyond his accomplishments on the basketball court. His ongoing philanthropy significantly impacts the communities where he lives and it sets a tremendous example for our Ames CSD students.

Commencement Date Confirmed

Dear Ames High seniors, staff, and commencement guests, 

We are writing to regretfully inform you that we will not be holding the Ames High commencement ceremony this Sunday, June 21. Please know that this communication comes with a great deal of disappointment and regret as we very much wanted to make graduation happen for you all this Sunday. As a senior class, you have been amazingly resilient, patient, and positive as we have navigated numerous challenges throughout your senior year. 

Most of you know, Story County, and specifically the City of Ames, is experiencing a sudden and significant increase in COVID-19 cases this week. Throughout COVID-19, our priority has been the safety of our students, staff, and families. We are unable to ensure that this event can be held in a manner that creates an environment that aligns with this ongoing priority. Again, the postponement of this ceremony comes with much regret. 

In April, we communicated three prospective dates for the commencement ceremony. We will revisit those options with our staff and school board, and will continue to collaborate with the Story County Health Department to align our ceremony with guidance for providing an environment that keeps the health and safety of everyone as our priority. 


Our intent in this commencement remains to honor the Class of 2020 with a celebration that they deserve while keeping the safety of our students, staff, and families as our top priority.  As a school district and school board, we apologize once again for this last-minute change. We appreciate the support and grace we have received from our community as we lead through this unprecedented and unforeseeable time and we look forward to our next opportunity to celebrate this senior class with you.

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Jessica Sharp named as new Edwards Elementary Principal

Jessica Sharpe named as new Edwards Elementary Principal

The Ames Community School District is excited to announce Jessica Sharp as the new principal of Edwards Elementary School. Sharp is currently a Behavior Strategist in the Ames Community School District, a position she has held since 2019. In this position, she provided support across the District in the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support and oversaw the District’s Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS). 

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Friday, June 5, 2020

 

 

Thank you WHO 13 News for running this story and highlighting this incredible class. We are proud of Ames High to be able to offer this class and give our students a voice. Be the change!

 

Today marks the one year anniversary since the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Ames High School project. During this time, the project team has completed more than 1,200 activities and has met or exceeded every schedule milestone to date. The project is currently 31% through the construction period. A huge shout out to our Director of Facilities Planning and Management Gerry Peters and the team at Story Construction.

 

 

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Ames High Commencement Ceremony Update

 

Commencement Date ConfirmedWe are excited to announce that we will be hosting the Ames High Commencement Ceremony on June 21 at Hilton Coliseum at 1:00 p.m. 

Earlier this spring, the feedback we heard from students and families made it clear that there was a strong desire to have the celebration in person, even if it is delayed from the originally scheduled May 24th date. Based on that feedback, we established several potential dates, with June 21st being the first option. 

The most recent governor’s proclamation permits social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people if public health measures are implemented, including limiting attendance to 50% of the venue capacity and maintaining six feet of distance between those attending. Because Hilton Coliseum is such a large venue, we are able to accommodate this guidance and we are actively working with Hilton Coliseum staff on additional logistics. 

Providing an in-person commencement celebration for the Class of 2020 is an amazing opportunity and a wonderful conclusion to a very unusual year. There are a lot of considerations taking place for this event and we will communicate more information in the coming weeks. Some of those considerations include:

  • Seating and layout for seniors

  • Entrance to Hilton Coliseum and flow of people

  • Live-streaming capabilities for the event

  • Logistics on the ceremony

Thank you again to the senior class who has continually demonstrated their Ames High Pride during this very unusual year and we look forward to seeing you all on June 21. 

Brian Carico, Principal

Ames High School
Thoughtful, Safe, and Responsible
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Revised 2020-2021 School Year Calendar Approved

Calendar Approved Graphic

As a result of school closure due to the coronavirus, we have made slight changes to next year’s calendar. In April, the Governor’s Office along with the Iowa Department of Education waived the requirement that schools could start no earlier than August 23 for the 2020-21 school year. This allowed for local decision making and flexibility for school districts on how to enter the next academic school year. We were exploring the concept of beginning school earlier in August when we found out that the decision to waive the start date was reversed with a recent proclamation from the governor

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Book Giveaway Initiatives With Community Partners

Book Giveaways Graphic

The ability for Ames Community School District students to have high-quality reading materials in their homes was an early concern in the COVID-19 school closure period. To meet student’s needs for reading materials, critical for continued learning, elementary staff in each building set to work. Two separate book giveaway initiatives helped students and families get books into their home. 

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