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Articles from December 2021

BSAC Toy Drive Success

BSAC Toy Drive

Giving back to the community is on the minds of many, especially during the holiday season. One Ames High club is not only placing this on their to-do list, but also making the time and commitment to accomplish the task.

Geniya Collins and Kenaiya James, are both seniors and founders of the Black Students Alliance Club (BSAC) at Ames High. BSAC advocates for black students at AHS and works to engage with the community as a whole. James and Collins started the club after organizing a conference last winter with community members and ISU professors leading sessions surrounding topics that embraced and taught black history. Creating a club to help plan future events allowed more input and help in order for future endeavors to be successful. 

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

1-8 Early Out Schedule Day

Senior Pictures: Reminder, the deadline for senior pictures is Friday, Jan 14th. It has to be a vertical image, and it must be submitted as a high resolution .jpg (300 dpi). We will use a 5X7 aspect ratio, though the actual print size will be smaller. Please submit photos to the Yearbook email address: yearbook@ames.k12.ia.us. We will send out responses roughly once a week to confirm that we received them. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Webb.

Winter break is the perfect time to create. Take some time to write a poem, a short story, create some art, or take some beautiful pictures. And then don’t forget to submit your creative work to Scratch Pad for our 2021-2022 publication. Submit to ahsscratchpad@ames.k12.ia.us

Today’s lunch is Grab and Go Sack Lunch.

Happy Holidays and enjoy Winter Break! Classes resume on January 3rd, 2022.

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Jars of Hope: Ames Middle Schooler Receives Philanthropy Award

Jars of Hope

In November 2021, the Story County Alliance for Philanthropy showed appreciation to many local residents during their 16th annual Philanthropy Day awards. Ames Middle schooler, Sia Agnihotri, received the award of Rising Star Philanthropist for her Jars of Hope. 

When Agnihotri heard that COVID cases were rising dramatically in India, she wanted to find a way to help. With many family members impacted, she turned her worry into hope with a fundraiser called Jars of Hope. 

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

EVEN Block Day

Winter Madness CHANGE DRIVE was a success. The total amount raised was $1519.39!

Congratulations to Ginny Seibert’s second period class for raising $1232.22 of it!!!! Yes, that is correct! Her second period class of 23 kids raised over $1200 for Winter Madness. That’s absolutely incredible! Good for them and bless their hearts for getting into the giving spirit (and hunting many of you down to get into it too)! This Wednesday Mrs. Seibert’s class will have a small celebration during second period. 

Thanks again to all of you for being awesome. Happy Holidays! 

Winter break is the perfect time to create. Take some time to write a poem, a short story, create some art, or take some beautiful pictures. And then don’t forget to submit your creative work to Scratch Pad for our 2021-2022 publication. Submit to ahsscratchpad@ames.k12.ia.us

The Air Force will have a table in the main lobby during all lunch periods today, Dec. 21.

Today’s lunch is Swedish Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes and Seasoned Broccoli Florets.

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Monday, December 20, 2021

ODD Block Day

Congratulations to our Ames High Quiz Bowl individuals who competed in the solo challenge this past weekend. Ne Dassanayake took 2nd place and Aneesh Shrotriya was 3rd. Earning two of the top three spots is a fantastic finish for our team.

Holiday Band Concert tonight in the auditorium. Adults $5; Students $3; Family $10

6:30 pm – Freshman Band and Symphonic Band

8:00 pm – Concert Band and Wind Symphony

Winter break is the perfect time to create. Take some time to write a poem, a short story, create some art, or take some beautiful pictures. And then don’t forget to submit your creative work to Scratch Pad for our 2021-2022 publication. Submit to ahsscratchpad@ames.k12.ia.us

Interested in playing lacrosse? There will be a 3 day camp offered at Sports Iowa during winter break: Tues through Thursday Dec. 28 – 30 from 3-4 pm. Cost is $30 per person plus a $10 Sports Iowa membership. Equipment can be provided if you need it. For more information go to the Sports Iowa website.

Masks are required in the building. Masks need to be worn when walking through the Administrative Office Area and Student Services. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Students, If you have posters to post on bulletin boards, please have them approved and stamped by Mrs. Monroe in Student Services prior to hanging them. Also, students can only have seven posters stamped to hang up.

The Air Force will have a table in the main lobby during all lunch periods on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

Today’s lunch is Cheese Stuffed Breadsticks, Marinara Sauce and Seasoned Peas.

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Friday, December 17, 2021

INFORMATION:

Winter Break: there will be no classes December 23rd through January 2nd, as students and staff enjoy winter break. All offices will be closed during this time. Classes will resume Monday, January 3rd, 2022.

Next week’s schedule for Ames High School.
Monday – ODD Block Day (We made this odd to accommodate the band and the concert)
Tuesday – EVEN Block Day
Wednesday – Early Out schedule. Sack lunch will be served.

Bell Schedule – December 22nd, 2021

1st Period    7:50am – 8:22am         32 minutes

2nd Period   8:27am – 8:59am         32 minutes

3rd Period    9:04am – 9:36am         32 minutes

4th Period   9:41am – 10:13am        32 minutes

5th Period   10:18am – 10:50am      32 minutes

6th Period   10:55am – 11:27am      32 minutes

7th Period    11:32am – 12:04pm     32 minutes

8th Period    12:09pm – 12:41pm    32 minutes

Lunch           12:41pm – 1:15pm      34 minutes
(Everyone)

Starting the second semester (January 18, 2022), the Ames Community School District is adjusting the daily dismissal time at each of our levels. The action was board-approved on Thursday, December 16, 2021.Each building will dismiss 25 minutes earlier than the normal current dismissal time. The High school will dismiss at 2:40 PM.

OPPORTUNITIES:Ames High bands will host their Holiday Band Concert on Monday, December 20 in the Ames High auditorium. Freshman band and symphonic band, both under the direction of Andrew Buttermore, will play at 6:30 pm. Concert band, under the direction of Nick Gardner, and wind symphony, directed by Chris Ewan, will play at 8 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, or $10 per family. Come celebrate our AHS band students.

Interested in playing lacrosse? There will be a 3 day camp offered at Sports Iowa during winter break : Tues through Thursday Dec. 28 – 30 from 3-4 pm. Cost is $30 per person plus a $10 Sports Iowa membership. Equipment can be provided if you need it. For more information go to the Sports Iowa website (https://www.sportsiowa.us/holiday-break-lacrosse-camp/).

The Air Force will have a table in the main lobby during all lunch periods on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Please remind your senior students to check Naviance for scholarship opportunities.

DONATIONS NEEDED:

Thank you to those that have made kleenex donations. With the number of students we have in our building we still have a great need for Kleenex in the classrooms. Kleenex donations can be dropped off in the main office. Thank you very much.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:

Check out this week’s activities in the at-a-glance calendar.

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Friday, December 17, 2021

Regular 1-8 Period Day

Hey Students! Please grab your lunch and head to the auditorium to watch your classmates perform spoken word, dance, singing, instruments, comedy! Student Council will be hosting Coffeehouse during lunches A and C. Please come and enjoy the entertainment!

SHEPH is holding their annual Rice and Beans fundraiser today! Come grab rice, beans, chai, and homemade cookies from the multipurpose room during A or C lunch so that you have a snack for coffeehouse. Rice and beans will be $3, rice alone will be $1, chai will be $1, and cookies will be $1. All proceeds go towards overseas educational sponsorships and SHEPH community garden costs. 

Holiday Band Concert is Monday, December 20th. Adults $5; Students $3; Family $10

  • 6:30 pm – Freshman Band and Symphonic Band
  • 8:00 pm – Concert Band and Wind Symphony

Winter break is the perfect time to create. Take some time to write a poem, a short story, create some art, or take some beautiful pictures. And then don’t forget to submit your creative work to Scratch Pad for our 2021-2022 publication.

Interested in playing lacrosse? There will be a 3 day camp offered at Sports Iowa during winter break: Tues through Thursday Dec. 28 – 30 from 3-4 pm. Cost is $30 per person plus a $10 Sports Iowa membership. Equipment can be provided if you need it. For more information go to the Sports Iowa website.

Masks are required in the building. Masks need to be worn when walking through the Administrative Office Area and Student Services. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Students, If you have posters to post on bulletin boards, please have them approved and stamped by Mrs. Monroe in Student Services prior to hanging them. Also, students can only have seven posters stamped to hang up.

Air Force will have a table in the main lobby during all lunch periods on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

Today’s lunch is Breaded BBQ Chicken Drumstick, Mexican Street Corn and Cornbread.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Regular 1-8 Period Day

Coffeehouse is tomorrow during lunches A and C, Student Council will be hosting Coffeehouse in the auditorium. This is a chance to showcase your talents. If you are interested in performing song, dance, spoken word, magic, or instrumental music, please sign up on Ms. DiBlasi’s office door in Student Services. Lyrics must be approved. Four minute limit. Stop by for questions!

SHEPH is holding their annual Rice and Beans fundraiser on Friday, December 17! Come grab rice, beans, chai, and homemade cookies from the multipurpose room during A or C lunch so that you have a snack for coffeehouse. Rice and beans will be $3, rice alone will be $1, chai will be $1, and cookies will be $1. All proceeds go towards overseas educational sponsorships and SHEPH community garden costs. 

Interested in playing lacrosse? There will be a 3 day camp offered at Sports Iowa during winter break: Tues through Thursday Dec. 28 – 30 from 3-4 pm. Cost is $30 per person plus a $10 Sports Iowa membership. Equipment can be provided if you need it. For more information go to the Sports Iowa website.

Masks are required in the building. Masks need to be worn when walking through the Administrative Office Area and Student Services. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

The AHS attendance procedure will change Friday, December 17th. All students will need to have a current school ID on them to enter a classroom when tardy. If you do not have an ID badge, see Mrs. Ficek in the Media Center. 

Students, If you have posters to post on bulletin boards, please have them approved and stamped by Mrs. Monroe in Student Services prior to hanging them. Also, students can only have seven posters stamped to hang up.

Today’s lunch is Orange Chicken, Brown Rice and Sliced Carrots.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

EVEN Block Day

Coffeehouse is back! On Friday, December 17, during lunches A and C, Student Council will be hosting Coffeehouse in the auditorium. This is a chance to showcase your talents. If you are interested in performing song, dance, spoken word, magic, or instrumental music, please sign up on Ms. DiBlasi’s office door in Student Services. Lyrics must be approved. Four minute limit. Stop by for questions!

SHEPH is holding their annual Rice and Beans fundraiser on Friday, December 17! Come grab rice, beans, chai, and homemade cookies from the multipurpose room during A or C lunch so that you have a snack for coffeehouse. Rice and beans will be $3, rice alone will be $1, chai will be $1, and cookies will be $1. All proceeds go towards overseas educational sponsorships and SHEPH community garden costs. 

Interested in playing lacrosse? There will be a 3 day camp offered at Sports Iowa during winter break: Tues through Thursday Dec. 28 – 30 from 3-4 pm. Cost is $30 per person plus a $10 Sports Iowa membership. Equipment can be provided if you need it. For more information go to the Sports Iowa website.

Masks are required in the building. Masks need to be worn when walking through the Administrative Office Area and Student Services. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

The AHS attendance procedure will change this Friday, December 17th. All students will need to have a current school ID on them to enter a classroom when tardy. If you do not have an ID badge, see Mrs. Ficek in the Media Center. 

Students, If you have posters to post on bulletin boards, please have them approved and stamped by Mrs. Monroe in Student Services prior to hanging them. Also, students can only have seven posters stamped to hang up.

Luther College is offering a Sustainability Scholarship Informational Session on Wednesday, December 15th, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Register online. Please note that the only way you can attend the session is by having the link above.

The Air Force will have a table in the main lobby during all lunch periods today, Dec. 15th.

Today’s lunch is Cinnamon French Toast Sticks, Cheesy Scrambled Eggs and Tater Tots.

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