Good Evening Amazing AHS Parents!
Iowa City West Debate held a one-day novice tournament on Saturday, October 24th. AHS Novices Freshmen Meiya Weeks and Jiwen Li, in their first-ever tournament, were quarterfinalists in Public Forum. Jiwen also placed 5th in speaker points for PF.
Congratulations to AHS QuizBowl! On Saturday, October 24th, AHS Quiz Bowl had a very successful competition and finished 2nd place at the IQBL Kickoff Tournament. This was a 100% virtual event where we also got a chance to practice our patience with how the experience was different than what we are used to. Our team was undefeated until the final round where they fell just short to a strong Waukee team. We are looking forward to a great season!
ALL-STATE MUSIC 2020
Congratulations to the 32 Ames High musicians who were selected for the 2020 Iowa All-State Music Festival.
Band All-State Accepted & Alternates
Ling Bai, Horn 2
Alex Buttermore, Bass Trombone (Orchestra)
Ava Chopskie, Percussion
Jerry Han, Clarinet 1
Kayley Helmer, Clarinet (Orchestra)
Kai Johnson, Clarinet 1
Lillie Kennedy, Bassoon (Orchestra)
Mario Napolitano, Trombone 1
Sofiya Palasyuk, Clarinet 1
Avery Suza, Trumpet (Orchestra)
Kailyn Thompson, Horn 3
Madelyn Timmermans, Cornet 3
Anleah Walker, Horn (Orchestra 4)
Jacob Xing, Clarinet 3
Sawyer Chopskie, Alternate Percussion
David Hauber, Alternate Euphonium
Hannah Song, Alternate Clarinet
Orchestra All-State Accepted & Alternates
Ellie Barry, Cello
Meiya Weeks, Cello
Arianna Williams-Suarez, Cello
Sarah Park, Viola
Isabel Andreotti, Violin 2
Angelina Chen, Violin 2
Katie Gu, Violin 1
Daniel Lee, Violin 1 – 4 Year All Stater
David Lee, Violin 2
Mengze Li, Violin 1
Adrian Guan, Alternate Cello 1
Carter Peterson, Alternate Cello 2
AHS Choir All-State Accepted
Keilah Brewer, Alto
Jackson Bryant, Bass – 4 Year All Stater
Libby Gens, Soprano
Cassidy Peterson, Alto
Olivia Reed, Alto
Nicholas Tehan, Tenor
Adam Wolf, Tenor
Ana Yam, Piano – 4 Year All Stater
CLARIFICATION ON VIRTUAL/REMOTE DAILY ATTENDANCE AND NVA CODE
Parents and students, please bear with us as we navigate this brand new capacity in Infinite Campus. As a school, we strive to maintain the best data we can. Similarly, we want to ensure that we’re providing the most accurate feedback to students and parents. We recognize how important daily attendance is to student success and connectedness. You can expect to receive more information as we do. For now, here is some clarification about the NVA code:
Students who are virtual or all remote need to check into the IC portal once per day to mark, “Yes, I’m here.”
If a student does not check in AND a teacher does not check the student for “Participation” then the student is marked NVA.
If the student does not check in, but participates, the teacher has up to 5 days to go back and mark the student present. However, absences are officially “posted” at 5:00 PM each day, so:
On Monday, Student A does not mark themselves present by 2:30 (that’s the time we have set), they will be counted absent (NVA) at 5:00 PM on Monday.
Nothing happens on Tuesday. Student stays marked absent.
On Wednesday at 5:01 PM, teacher marks their participation. The student is no longer considered absent…
BUT that correction won’t post until Thursday at 5:00 PM because the daily deadline has already passed.
Yesterday, October 29th, the CDC changed its guidance regarding neck gaiters. Previously neck gaiters were not approved as a face covering by CDC (and ACSD) because their effectiveness was considered “unknown”. As of yesterday, CDC guidance states that neck gaiters that are two layers (or folded over as two layers) are an acceptable face covering. Our face-covering guidance on the district website has been updated with this current change.
END 1ST QUARTER
With the late start of the school year, our first quarter will now end on Friday November 6. All teachers will need to have updated grades since many students will have changes in their schedules due to PE and Health course changes. The first day of the Second Quarter is November 9.
SCIENCE IN THE CITY INFORMATIONAL MEETING
This year, Ames Community School District received a STEM Best Award from the Iowa Governor’s STEM Council to fund a new program called Science in the City. Your student has the opportunity to be a mentor for this program. As a Science in the City mentor, they will learn to teach and mentor, collaborate with local businesses, and have opportunities to be a leader in our community. Students do not need to be strong in STEM to apply. We are looking for leaders who are willing to learn and take action. More information about the program is available here . There is a mandatory online informational meeting on Wednesday, November 4th. If you feel that your student might be a good fit for this opportunity, please have them contact Mrs. Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org
IOWA HIGH SCHOOL TECH SUMMIT
Students interested in IT, the Technology Association of Iowa will be hosting their annual Iowa High School Tech Summit virtually this fall. The Summit is free of charge scheduled for Tuesday, November 17 from 9:00am – 12:00pm and is open to all Iowa high school students. The event will include a panel of IT professions and opportunity for virtual networking with current college students and employers. This is an outstanding opportunity for any student interested in the IT field and allows local employers to capture their attention early on. Learn more at https://www.technologyiowa.
SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKE DATE
Lifetouch will be back at AHS on Friday, December 4th from 8 AM-3:30 PM to take pictures of students who DID NOT have their pictures taken on October 21, 22, or 23. Updated details will follow at a later date.
AHS WINTER CHEER SEASON
Winter cheer season is about to begin! Tryout practices are Mon, Nov. 2nd from 3-5pm (gym) and Wed, Nov. 4th from 7-9pm (gym). You must attend one of the two practices to learn the tryout material. Tryouts will be held Thurs, Nov. 5th at 7pm in the Spirit Room. If you’re interested, please see the online application and tryout packet: Questions? Email email@example.com
SENIOR PICTURES FOR YEARBOOK
Senior Pictures are due by January 22nd. Senior pictures should be vertical, color, head and shoulder shots with no props. Pictures will be printed at 2.25″ X 3.25″ Please email your high resolution image (300 dpi or greater) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting January 1st, all athletes will be required to have an updated physical on file with the athletics office. Physicals are valid for 13 months. Previously, the state of Iowa waived the physical requirement for fall sports but that waiver expires on December 31st. Athletes may register for your winter sport and fill out all the required forms HERE . In addition to the physical requirements, first semester grades will now count toward academic eligibility. If an athlete fails a first semester class, they will have to sit out from competition for 30 days. Let’s do a good job and finish the first semester strong.
VIRTUAL COLLEGE VISITS
Students need to check Naviance for the links and passwords for the Virtual College Visits.
College Representative Date/Time
University of Northern Iowa, Madison Wagner, Thur. Nov. 5 1 PM
DMACC, Matt Schneiderin, Mon. Nov. 9
ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Please click on the link for the schedule of athletic events.