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Articles from October 2020

Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

Good Evening Amazing AHS Parents!

HERE is the video for this week.  I forgot to mention that starting this last week, students started doing the daily announcements.  We have a lot of talented students.  You can find them HERE .

DEBATE NEWS

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.

AHS QUIZBOWL

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.

NECK GAITERS

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 melissa.carlson@ames.k12.ia.us. If you have any questions, please contact Davis Verhoeven at 889257ver@ames.k12.ia.us. Thank you!

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.org/

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 dana.logan@ames.k12.ia.us

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 yearbook@ames.k12.ia.us

ATHLETIC UPDATES

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.

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Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

EVEN Block Day

Students, study hall is taking attendance, so please make sure you are in the correct place listed in Infinite Campus. If you are going to be with a specific teacher during your study hall period you need to obtain a blue staff pass from your teacher to be taken to your study hall staff to be excused.

Join us for our next virtual DECA meeting this Sunday, November 1 from 6:00-6:30 or next Wednesday, November 4 from 3:00-3:30. These two meetings are the same, so choose which one fits your schedule best. Use the Google Meet link from our Classroom page. The Classroom code is: jrybbrh. Hope to see you there!

The Storm Shelter is now serving Iced Coffee! Stop by and grab yours today! We are open during Plus Period and 4th Period.

Interested in teaching, getting volunteer hours, and making a difference? You’re invited to become a Science in the City mentor. You do NOT have to be good at science to be an awesome mentor in this program. Have a blast helping to guide a team of middle schoolers to create, learn, and explore. Mentors get free teaching professional development and up to 38 volunteer hours.

If you are interested, please fill out  this form by Tuesday, November 3rd. We have a mandatory informational meeting on November 4th. It will be hosted online and you can get access by joining the Science in the City Google Classroom. The join code is uvnyqaq. More information about the program is available  here. If you have any questions, please reach out to Davis Verhoeven at 889257ver@ames.k12.ia.us or Mrs. Carlson at melissa.carlson@ames.k12.ia.us. Thanks and hope to see you soon!

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Masked Hero: Mark Royer

Masked Hero: Mark Royer

Superpower: The ability to see the world with childlike wonder.

The ability to see the world with childlike wonder is a superpower that transcends time and allows Mark Royer to connect with students on a unique level. “I’m just a big kid disguised as an adult.” Royer has been with the Ames district since 2001 and as a full-time Extended Learning Program (ELP) elementary teacher since 2013. 

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LC2: Little Cyclone Limited Collection

LC203 Graphic

We are excited to announce that the next design in our LC2: Little Cyclone Limited Collection is available on our online apparel store. The LC2 collection is a partnership with Sigler where this specific design is a buy one, give one opportunity for our community. For every LC203 piece that is purchased online, Sigler will print and donate another t-shirt that will be given to a student in the District. Between the previous two campaigns, LC201 and LC202, we were able to give over 130 Ames branded shirts to students. 

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Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020

Regular Schedule 1-8 periods

Students, as we work together to clarify expectations and work as a staff to be more consistent in our practice, the AHS staff created and sent the following  AHS Hybrid Learning Standards and ConventionsThis matters to you, because teachers and staff need to:

  • check your email daily
  • log into your Google Classroom to check the stream for synchronous meeting times and Classwork for instruction videos and materials
  • Turn off your notifications to help decrease your email
  • Check-in each day when you’re learning virtually and/or remote (failing to do so may result in an unexcused absence)

Virtual Attendance Update: As of Monday we have implemented a slight change in the Infinite Campus Virtual Attendance portal.  Teachers are now expected to mark students’ participation.  If the teacher does not mark a student as participating AND the student does not check in, then the student will be marked NVA (No Virtual Attendance) which will record as an unexcused absence.  

There will be a meeting for anyone interested in participating in High School wrestling this year on Thursday November 5th at 3pm in the High School auditorium.  If you have any questions please see Coach Fecht.

The Young Democrats will be having their first virtual meeting today after school about the upcoming election! Be sure to join their google classroom for more information by emailing Steven at 882256tia@ames.k12.ia.us or by signing up outside room 109! And of course, be sure to VOTE!

The 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 following website for the online application and tryout packet: https://ameswintercheer.wordpress.com/tryouts/tryouts-october-2017/

Questions? Email dana.logan@ames.k12.ia.us

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 use the following website to register for your winter sport and fill out all the required forms.

https://ameshs-ar.rschooltoday.com/

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. 

Students taking the PSAT on Thursday may check out their building and room assignments outside Student Services.  Please remember to bring sharpened pencils (not mechanical), a calculator and a mask.  

The Boys swimming season is right around the corner. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Coach Joe Fisher. His email is ahscoachjoe@gmail.com.

Students, are you interested in teaching, getting volunteer hours, and having a good time? You’re invited to become a Science in the City mentor. Have a blast helping to guide a team of middle schoolers to create, learn, and explore. Mentors get free teaching professional development and up to 38 volunteer hours. If interested, there is an online informational meeting on November 4th. Please email Mrs. Carlson or Davis Verhoeven for more details.

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.org/ 

Lunch today is, Hamburger steak gravy, seasoned broccoli florets and dinner roll.

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Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020

EVEN Block Day

Congratulations to all of our AHS musicians!  We are honored to have 32 music students successfully auctioned for the 2020 All-State Music Festival.  If you see these students, please congratulate them personally!!!

AHS 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 

AHS 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

Congratulations to AHS QuizBowl!  On Saturday, October 24, AHS Quiz Boal 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 and I am glad to be working with them again this year!

Saturday’s QB Competitors

Ne Dassanayake
Jerry Han
Jixiang Li
Aneesh Shrotriya
Jacob Stevens
Lane Sullivan

Iowa City West Debate held a one-day novice tournament on October 24. AHS Novices Freshmen Meiya (May-uh) Weeks and Jiwen Li, in their first-ever tournament, were quarterfinalists in Public Forum. Jiwen also placed 5th in speaker points for PF. Way to go, Novices!

Students, as we work together to clarify expectations and work as a staff to be more consistent in our practice, the AHS staff created and sent the following  AHS Hybrid Learning Standards and ConventionsThis matters to you, because teachers and staff need to:

  • check your email daily
  • log into your Google Classroom to check the stream for synchronous meeting times and Classwork for instruction videos and materials
  • Turn off your notifications to help decrease your email
  • Check-in each day when you’re learning virtually and/or remote (failing to do so may result in an unexcused absence)

Virtual Attendance Update: As of Monday we will implement a slight change in the Infinite Campus Virtual Attendance portal.  Teachers are now expected to mark students’ participation.  If the teacher does not mark a student as participating AND the student does not check in, then the student will be marked NVA (No Virtual Attendance) which will record as an unexcused absence.  

The Young Democrats will be having their first virtual meeting on Wednesday after school about the upcoming election! Be sure to join their google classroom for more information by emailing Steven at 882256tia@ames.k12.ia.us or by signing up outside room 109! And of course, be sure to VOTE!

The 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 following website for the online application and tryout packet: https://ameswintercheer.wordpress.com/tryouts/tryouts-october-2017/

Questions? Email dana.logan@ames.k12.ia.us

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 use the following website to register for your winter sport and fill out all the required forms.

https://ameshs-ar.rschooltoday.com/

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. 

Students taking the PSAT on Thursday may check out their building and room assignments outside Student Services.  Please remember to bring sharpened pencils (not mechanical), a calculator and a mask.  

FCCLA will be holding their first virtual meeting of the year, today from 2:45 to 3:15 pm.  FCCLA is a great opportunity for those working to improve their lives, their family lives and their community.  There are community service projects, competitive events, and even scholarships that students can receive. If you enjoy FCS courses and want to make the lives of yourselves and others the best they can be, FCCLA is a great fit!  Please email Mrs. Havens to get the google meet invite or any additional information. 

The Boys swimming season is right around the corner. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Coach Joe Fisher. His email is ahscoachjoe@gmail.com.

Hello Ames High! Interested in teaching, getting volunteer hours, and having a good time? You’re invited to become a Science in the City mentor. Have a blast helping to guide a team of middle schoolers to create, learn, and explore. Mentors get free teaching professional development and up to 38 volunteer hours. If interested, there is an online informational meeting on November 4th. Please email Mrs. Carlson or Davis Verhoeven for more details.

TeenHacks LI, the largest semi-annual high school hackathon in the Northeast. If you were wondering, a hackathon is an event, virtually this year, where individuals interested in STEM create projects and win many prizes. TeenHacks LI’s mission is to create a collaborative and rich environment for high school students with similar interests. This year, our three-part event will be held on November 7th, 14th, and 21st. During our event, we facilitate many panel discussions, workshops, and many enjoyable activities. Students can sign up  here

For more information please visit our website at  teenhacksli.com.

Iowa State offers a number of opportunities for students and their families whose primary language is Spanish to experience the university. Virtual events to register for include, Latino Family Visit, Spanish Virtual Visits and Spanish Tour Guide Live. Click on the links for more information in  English and  Spanish.

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.org/ 

Lunch today is, Cheese stuffed breadsticks, marinara sauce and seasoned peas.

 

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All-State Music 2020

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Congratulations to the 32 Ames High musicians who were selected for the 2020 Iowa All-State Music Festival. Auditions, which normally would have been held on Saturday, October 24, were instead conducted via video submission due to COVID-19. Over 4,000 musicians from high schools across the state of Iowa audition, of which approximately 17%  will be selected for membership to one of three ensembles: band, orchestra or chorus. The prestigious concert event, which normally takes place in Hilton Coliseum, has been canceled for safety reasons. This year marks the 74th anniversary of the Festival. 

AHS 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 

AHS 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

 

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Friday, October 23, 2020

PARENT SURVEY RESULTS

Thank you to the parents and guardians for providing AHS administration and staff with feedback regarding how things are going.  We heard how many of you wish and want your students to return to school 100%.  As you may have heard, last night the ACSD School Board voted to bring back PK-5 students 100% as of …  We anticipate that AHS may begin plans to make a similar shift for the second semester.  Included are the survey results as well as a Hybrid Learning Standards and Conventions guide for students, parents, and teachers.  You can find both HERE.

POSSIBLE SNOW DAY

As impossible as it sounds, we may have a snow day sooner rather than later.  In preparation for that occurrence, please prepare to learn remotely.  We will maintain our same bell schedule and hybrid cohort rotation.

SECONDARY REMOTE TO HYBRID TRANSITION TIMELINE 

  • October 25Grades 6 – 12 deadline to request transition from remote to on-site learning.
  • November 9Grades 3 – 12 students requested a change will transition to Hybrid learning.

VIRTUAL ATTENDANCE UPDATE

On Monday, October 26, we will implement a slight change in the Infinite Campus Virtual Attendance portal.  Teachers are now expected to mark students’ participation.  If the teacher does not AND the student does not check in, then the student will be marked NVA (No Virtual Attendance) which will record as an absence.  Teachers will have up to 5 days to go back and mark a virtual student for participation.

ATHLETIC UPDATES

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 use the following to register for your winter sport and fill out all the required forms.  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. 

AHS BOYS SWIM

The Boys swimming season is right around the corner. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Coach Joe Fisher

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 following online application and tryout packet.

Questions? Email dana.logan@ames.k12.ia.us

CONTRACT GRADE WITH A PASS/FAIL OPTION

Monday, October 26th is the last day to sign up to take a class for a contract grade with a pass/fail option. The pass/fail option is not available for every class, please check with your counselor to see if the class you’d like to receive a pass/fail is eligible.

AP EXAM REGISTRATION

Registration for AP exams started on Monday, October 12th and will run through Monday, October 26th. The cost per exam is $95 (please make checks out to Ames High School). To register, please bring an envelope to the MAIN OFFICE with the following written clearly:

Student’s Full Name
Grade Level
Name(s) of ALL exams that the student is taking – please be specific  (ex. AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based and AP Calculus AB)
Amount Enclosed 

If your student is taking a one-semester AP course that starts the second semester, then your student will have the opportunity during the second semester to register to take the AP exam.

PSAT TESTING AT CHURCHES ADJACENT TO AMES HIGH SCHOOL

This year the PSAT test will be given at two off-site locations.  All 10th graders already registered for the test will report to Northminster Presbyterian Church at 1416 20th Street.  All 10th graders with last names beginning with Ki through Z please report to the Gathering Space just inside the main door (opposite side from 20th street) to Northminster Presbyterian Church by 8:00 am.

All 11th/12th grade students already registered will report to Bethesda Lutheran Church at 1517 Northwestern Ave. Both of these locations are within easy walking distance from the new high school parking lot.  All 11th/12th graders with last names beginning with Lu through Y please report to Bethesda Lutheran Church, using the back entrance by the parking lot, by 8:00 am.  Specific room assignments are as follows:

Lu through Ne    Room 212
Ni through Pr      Room 211
Q through St       Room 210
Su through Y       Room 209

Drop off will be possible and limited parking at the locations may also be possible.  

Students should be at the location by 8:00 am. If you are not sure of the location you should report to, please email Catherine Monroe at catherine.monroe@ames.k12.ia.us or call her at (515) 817-0620.

Cell phones, electronic devices, backpacks, snacks, and drinks are not allowed.  Students may bring a calculator, sharpened #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils). Students will be required to bring their school ID and a mask.

A Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT may be picked up in Student Services at the high school. The PSAT Exam that is scheduled for October 29, 2020 is full so no new registrations will be accepted.

COLLEGE SIGNING CEREMONY

Ames High Athletics will host a college signing ceremony on November 11 at 7 p.m. in the Ames High gym. Families are allowed to attend to watch the athletes sign their national letters of intent.  Due to COVID-19, there will be extra safety precautions in place. Masks are required for all attendees and no food will be allowed. More details forthcoming as we get closer to the event.  If an athlete is interested in participating, please email Ian Smith (ian.smith@ames.k12.ia.us).  

FACE COVERING UPDATE

In accordance with new CDC guidelines, as of October 5, Gaiters and Bandanas are no longer acceptable.  Students will be asked to change their masks. AHS has disposable and cloth masks available to students wearing these items. Please be sure to wear your mask properly.  According to the CDC, be sure you:

  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
  • CDC does not recommend use of masks or cloth masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent

IOWA STATE SPANISH LANGUAGE VISIT OPTIONS

Iowa State offers a number of opportunities for students and their families whose primary language is Spanish to experience the university. Virtual events to register for include, Latino Family Visit, Spanish Virtual Visits and Spanish Tour Guide Live. Click on the link for more information in English and Spanish.

VIRTUAL COLLEGE VISITS

Students need to check Naviance for the links and passwords for the Virtual College Visits.

College Representative Date/Time

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Admissions Sun, Oct. 25  2 PM

Central College Mon, Oct. 26

Graceland University-Lamoni Jansen Heiert Wed, Oct. 28 2:30 PM

University of Iowa Marissa Wetrich Thur, Oct. 29  10 AM

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Please click on the link for the schedule of athletic events. 

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Masked Hero: Katrina Williams

Masked Hero Katrina Williams

Superpower: The ability to take every learning on an educational journey.

When in the classroom, Katrina Williams often moves into her alter ego to take students on an educational journey to places where they may not have gone before. “The journey each day is to convince a student learner that I have something worthwhile to teach them.” With 27+ years in education and her second in Ames, Williams is navigating a complicated year by focusing on her powers while developing others along the way. 

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