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Articles from September 2020

AP Exam Registration Begins Monday, October 12

Registration for AP exams will begin on Monday, October 12, and will run through Monday, October 26. The cost per exam is $95. Preferred payment for the exam is a check made out to Ames High School and is due at the time of registration. Registration will be handled differently this year as follows:

Preferred payment for the exam(s) is a check made out to Ames High School which should be placed in an envelope and dropped off in the Main Office. On the envelope please clearly write:

Student’s full name
Grade level
Name(s) of ALL exams that you are taking
Amount enclosed

Students who have the following second semester AP classes should register in October:
AP US Government
AP Psychology
AP Microeconomics
AP Macroeconomics

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Friday, September 18, 2020

TRANSITION INTO 50% HYBRID
Great news, the ACSD School Board voted 7-0 last night to begin a 50% in-person hybrid delivery model starting Monday, September 21.  AHS staff, teachers, and administrators are excited to welcome students back into the building.  

50% Hybrid: 1,2,3,4 represent the four cohorts of students

 

Monday

Block Odds

Tuesday

Block Evens

Wednesday

1-8

Thursday

Block Odds

Friday

Block Evens

Sept 21-25

1 & 2

A

1 & 2

A

1 & 2

A

3 & 4

B

3 & 4

B

Sept 28 – Oct 2

1 & 2

A

1 & 2

A

3 & 4

B

3 & 4

B

3 & 4

B

Oct 

5 – 9

1 & 2

A

1 & 2

A

1 & 2

A

3 & 4

B

3 & 4

B

Oct 

12 – 16

1 & 2

A

1 & 2

A

3 & 4

B

3 & 4

B

3 & 4

B

PLUS period throughout this first week of in-person instruction will be Homeroom.  There are a number of logistics, policies, procedures, and other materials that teachers will communicate with students throughout the week.  

LUNCH RELATED INFORMATION
To pay for al la carte items, students may pay with money, but all change will be deposited into their school meal service accounts.   This is in response to the national coin shortage and the concerns around sanitation and money handling.  As such, students are expected to bring a pen or stylus to punch in their student numbers.

Please remember, students will be required to select their seat the first day of their attendance.  That will remain their seat every in-person attendance day. 

When do departments eat lunch? (Subject to change based on numbers.)

Lunches

Lunch A

Lunch B

Lunch C

Departments 

Math             Art
ALP               ESL
ELP               Health
PE

English 
Social Studies 
Music
Study Hall 

Science 
CTE 
Special Education
World Languages 

GILBERT STUDENT DEATH
It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Gilbert student, Henry Owens. Our first priority is your student’s emotional and mental health. These are difficult times, but we encourage you to talk with your children about this event.  HERE is a resource for your reference. Please feel free to reach out to your student’s teachers, our counselors, or school administration if you’re struggling and need support.  

AHS ANNOUNCES NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS
Four Ames High students have been named Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Competition. These students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards worth over $31 million. Congratulations to the following National Merit Semifinalists: Daniel Lee, James Lin, Maxim Popov , Steven Tian

Congratulations to these four young men on this remarkable achievement.  We wish them well as they prepare to submit their applications for National Merit Scholar.

ICAN GOLDEN CIRCLE VIRTUAL COLLEGE & CAREER FAIR
Engaging with prospective colleges and learning about potential career opportunities is a vital part of the planning process. All high school students and parents are encouraged to attend to explore post-high school education and training opportunities. 

Sunday, September, 20 from 1pm – 3pm. Register here to attend.

SCHOOL PICTURES 
Lifetouch will be at AHS to take pictures of students on October 21st and 22nd. We encourage all 9th through 11th graders to have their picture taken regardless of whether a package is purchased. These pictures are used for next year’s IDs as well as yearbook pictures. More information will become available in the next few weeks. 

METHOD OF REPORTING YOUR STUDENT ABSENT
In an effort to provide additional ways to report student absences, the district has created a Student Absence Google Form to facilitate accurate reporting of student absences.  Parents may still choose to call student absences into the Main Office, but this is another option available to parents.

DROPPING A CLASS
The last day to drop an extra class Is Monday, Sept. 28th. Only upperclassmen will be permitted to drop classes at the beginning or end of the day to (a) to further mitigate exposures and transitions; (b) ensure that students don’t have unassigned time during the school day; (c)  as well as a further mitigation to alleviate the need for these students to spend non-instructional time in the building. 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Due to many changes during the week, please click on the link below for the schedule of athletic events. https://cimlcentral.org/public/genie/79/school/12/date/2020-09-04/view/week/

Full information can also be viewed at:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11oW8S_77Q0L0_bJei-ml-y3dVZ2T3Kx5PMzVamGDubI/edit?usp=sharing

Here is a link to a short video: 

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John Sletten (1931-2020) – Ames High Track Coach

John Sletten Ames High Track Coach

Former Ames High track & field head coach John Sletten is a legend. For 43 years, he built a championship tradition for the Little Cyclones that is unrivaled, and today, the track at Ames High Stadium is named in his honor. Mr. Sletten passed away the morning of  September 8 after battling a brain tumor. He was 88 years old. 

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Fall Meals Free for All Children at Ames Schools

Grab and Go Meals

The Ames Community School District is excited to share we will offer a free breakfast and lunch each school day to every child in our community. Beginning September 8, any child aged 1-18 is eligible to receive a school breakfast and lunch at Ames Middle School, Edwards Elementary, Fellows Elementary, Meeker Elementary, Mitchell Elementary, and Sawyer Elementary. Grab and Go meals will be available for students that are in virtual learning at the above sites. Free meals will be available to students when they return to on-site learning at each of these sites. Meals will be available for free at Ames High School and Northwood Preschool for students when they return to on-site learning.

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Ames High will Compete Against Urbandale with No Crowd on Friday, September 4

Football No Crowds

Given the current COVID-19 positivity rate across Story County, we have made the decision as a District to host Friday night’s football game against Urbandale with no crowd. This means no band, student section, or walk-up tickets. Leading into this decision, we planned for this night with a wide-range of mitigation steps that included vastly limiting crowd numbers. As we have progressed throughout this week, we know that those steps are not enough for our community and county. The only individuals that will be permitted to attend the game are key event staff and parents/guardians of senior cheer and football players to participate in the previously scheduled senior night recognition (masks required). 

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