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Friday, January 29, 2021

EVEN Block Day

Proper Mask Wearing includes wearing your mask fully above your nose at all times.  Students, as we prepare to return to 100% face-to-face instruction it is imperative that you abide by this necessary mitigation strategy.

PARKING UPDATES:

  • Permits:  Do you have a parking permit? Have you purchased one and not picked it up? Does yours have an FA (Furman Aquatic) sticker on it?  If your parking permit has an FA sticker that means you must park in the Furman Aquatic parking lot and walk. Please account for the extra time this will take so that you aren’t late to your classes. Any student with a Furman Aquatic permit OR without a parking permit at all who chooses to park in the main lot will be fined and also at risk of being towed. If you have yet to purchase a parking permit please see Ms. Asklof in the Main Office. Just a reminder that Municipal Pool designated spaces are for Municipal Pool swimmers only, students found parking in those spots will be fined and potentially towed. 
  • Community Swimming Spots: A number of community members come to AHS throughout the day in order to swim.  Be kind and courteous to our patrons by not parking in the designated swim spots. We will ticket students for parking in these spots.
  • Student Parking & Shuttle Busses:  With our return to 100% face-to-face instruction, it will be important for students to park in their designated lots.  Starting Monday, February 1, there will be two shuttle bus rounds that depart Furman at 7:40 am and 7:53 am (roughly).  Every day after school the Furman Shuttle busses will be in the back of the bus line and will take students back to Furman immediately after school.  

The Project STOMP team at the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University is offering a Lights…Camera…Prevention! public service announcement (PSA) contest. Today is the last day to register. For more information and to register, visit the website. The purpose of this contest is to get youth involved in helping to prevent substance misuse by creating a PSA addressing topics such as binge drinking, marijuana, or vaping. Students can win prizes and have fun while learning how to produce a PSA to educate other students and the broader community.  

MSOCYWC:  It’s time to sign up for the Many Shades of Colour Young Women’s Conference! Last year we had almost thirty young women attend this amazing empowerment conference. We are hoping to beat that number this year! Please use this link to register and let Mrs. Muhammad know that you have signed up so that you can be included in the Ames High School viewing party and any other events around the Conference. 

Career Discovery Events at DMACC, gives you a taste of various career pathways before you enter college. Their event calendar also includes Business Spotlights and Ask a Professional sessions to help you learn about future educational and employment opportunities. All events are VIRTUAL and geared toward 9-12th grade students. Check the DMACC Career Discovery website often as more events are added.

Today’s lunch is Macaroni & Cheese and seasoned peas.

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IWCOA Girls State Wrestling 2021

Girls State Wrestling

Ames High athletics and the Ames Community School District would like to congratulate seven members of the Ames High wrestling team on a historic weekend at the 2021 Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) Girls State Championships. The seven students who competed were the first athletes to ever wrestle at the girl’s state championships. The tournament took place on January 22 and 23 at the new Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

ODD Block Day

Proper Mask Wearing includes wearing your mask fully above your nose at all times.  Students, as we prepare to return to 100% face-to-face instruction it is imperative that you abide by this necessary mitigation strategy.

Important parking info for students! Do you have a parking permit? Have you purchased one and not picked it up? Does yours have an FA (furman aquatic) sticker on it?  If your parking permit has an FA sticker that means you must park in the Furman Aquatic parking lot and walk. Please account for the extra time this will take so that you aren’t late to your classes. Any student with a furman aquatic permit OR without a parking permit at all who chooses to park in the main lot will be fined and also at risk of being towed. If you have yet to purchase a parking permit please see Ms. Asklof in the Main Office. Just a reminder that Municipal Pool designated spaces are for Municipal Pool swimmers only, students found parking in those spots will be fined and potentially towed. 

MSOCYWC:  It’s time to sign up for the Many Shades of Colour Young Women’s Conference! Last year we had almost thirty young women attend this amazing empowerment conference. We are hoping to beat that number this year! Please use this link to register and let Mrs. Muhammad know that you have signed up so that you can be included in the Ames High School viewing party and any other events around the Conference. 

IHSAA Scholarship rule change, Based on Governor Reynold’s last proclamation, the Iowa Department of Education provided schools with an updated interpretation of player eligibility earlier.  Schools were encouraged to provide student athletes a fresh start offering immediate playing eligibility.  While we understand that for many students the first semester has been difficult, AHS teachers and coaches are here to help!  As a result, AHS will continue to emphasize that student athletes are students first.  In order to remain in good standing, student athletes MUST attend school, make good effort to participate and make progress in their coursework.  Failure to do so may result in additional sanctions (such as sitting out from practices and/or games) through the Athletic Department.

The Project STOMP team at the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University is offering a Lights…Camera…Prevention! public service announcement (PSA) contest. The purpose of this contest is to get youth involved in helping to prevent substance misuse by creating a PSA addressing topics such as binge drinking, marijuana, or vaping. Students can win prizes and have fun while learning how to produce a PSA to educate other students and the broader community. Registration is open now through Friday, January 29th. For more information and to register, visit the website.

Today’s lunch is Turkey, Cheese & Bacon Panini and seasoned mixed vegetables.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

1-8 Period Day

Proper Mask Wearing includes wearing your mask fully above your nose at all times.  Students, as we prepare to return to 100% face-to-face instruction it is imperative that you abide by this necessary mitigation strategy.

Girls Soccer Preseason Informational Meeting for all girls interested in playing soccer this spring are welcome to attend a short preseason informational meeting on Wednesday, January 27th at 7:15am in the AHS Gym. If you have any questions, reach out to head coach Bobby Myers at bobby.myers@ames.k12.ia.us 

Important parking info for students! Do you have a parking permit? Have you purchased one and not picked it up? Does yours have an FA (furman aquatic) sticker on it?  If your parking permit has an FA sticker that means you must park in the Furman Aquatic parking lot and walk. Please account for the extra time this will take so that you aren’t late to your classes. Any student with a furman aquatic permit OR without a parking permit at all who chooses to park in the main lot will be fined and also at risk of being towed. If you have yet to purchase a parking permit please see Ms. Asklof in the Main Office. Just a reminder that Municipal Pool designated spaces are for Municipal Pool swimmers only, students found parking in those spots will be fined and potentially towed. 

MSOCYWC:  It’s time to sign up for the Many Shades of Colour Young Women’s Conference! Last year we had almost thirty young women attend this amazing empowerment conference. We are hoping to beat that number this year! Please use this link to register and let Mrs. Muhammad know that you have signed up so that you can be included in the Ames High School viewing party and any other events around the Conference. 

IHSAA Scholarship rule change, Based on Governor Reynold’s last proclamation, this week the Iowa Department of Education provided schools with an updated interpretation of player eligibility earlier.  Schools were encouraged to provide student athletes a fresh start offering immediate playing eligibility.  While we understand that for many students the first semester has been difficult, AHS teachers and coaches are here to help!  As a result, AHS will continue to emphasize that student athletes are students first.  In order to remain in good standing, student athletes MUST attend school, make good effort to participate and make progress in their coursework.  Failure to do so may result in additional sanctions (such as sitting out from practices and/or games) through the Athletic Department.

The Project STOMP team at the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University is offering a Lights…Camera…Prevention! public service announcement (PSA) contest. The purpose of this contest is to get youth involved in helping to prevent substance misuse by creating a PSA addressing topics such as binge drinking, marijuana, or vaping. Students can win prizes and have fun while learning how to produce a PSA to educate other students and the broader community. Registration is open now through Friday, January 29th. For more information and to register, visit the website.

Today’s lunch is Cheese Stuffed Breadsticks with marinara sauce and glazed carrots.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

EVEN Block Day

Girls Soccer Preseason Informational Meeting for all girls interested in playing soccer this spring are welcome to attend a short preseason informational meeting on Wednesday, January 27th at 7:15am in the AHS Gym.

If you have any questions, reach out to head coach Bobby Myers at bobby.myers@ames.k12.ia.us 

IHSAA Scholarship rule change, Based on Governor Reynold’s last proclamation, this week the Iowa Department of Education provided schools with an updated interpretation of player eligibility earlier.  Schools were encouraged to provide student athletes a fresh start offering immediate playing eligibility.  While we understand that for many students the first semester has been difficult, AHS teachers and coaches are here to help!  As a result, AHS will continue to emphasize that student athletes are students first.  In order to remain in good standing, student athletes MUST attend school, make good effort to participate and make progress in their coursework.  Failure to do so may result in additional sanctions (such as sitting out from practices and/or games) through the Athletic Department.

The Project STOMP team at the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University is offering a Lights…Camera…Prevention! public service announcement (PSA) contest. The purpose of this contest is to get youth involved in helping to prevent substance misuse by creating a PSA addressing topics such as binge drinking, marijuana, or vaping. Students can win prizes and have fun while learning how to produce a PSA to educate other students and the broader community. Registration is open now through Friday, January 29th. For more information and to register, visit the website.

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Panorama Offsite Learning Survey Results 2021

Panorama Offsite Learning Survey

In December of 2020, the Ames Community School District surveyed students, staff, and families regarding distance education and how to meet the needs of our community with our learning models, academics, and support strategies using Panorama Education. The surveys included questions around social and emotional learning, academic needs, and staff and family engagement, among others. The purpose of the survey is to gather perception data from key stakeholders as a way to set a baseline for evaluation. This was a different Panorama survey than the Culture and Climate Survey conducted in March 2020. We are still planning to do that survey again this upcoming spring. 

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Monday, January 25, 2021

ODD Block Day

Girls Soccer Preseason Informational Meeting for all girls interested in playing soccer this spring are welcome to attend a short preseason informational meeting on Wednesday, January 27th at 7:15am in the AHS Gym. If you have any questions, reach out to head coach Bobby Myers at bobby.myers@ames.k12.ia.us 

MSOCYWC:  It’s time to sign up for the Many Shades of Colour Young Women’s Conference! Last year we had almost thirty young women attend this amazing empowerment conference. We are hoping to beat that number this year! Please use this link to register and let Mrs. Muhammad know that you have signed up so that you can be included in the Ames High School viewing party and any other events around the Conference. 

IHSAA Scholarship rule change, Based on Governor Reynold’s last proclamation, this week the Iowa Department of Education provided schools with an updated interpretation of player eligibility earlier.  Schools were encouraged to provide student athletes a fresh start offering immediate playing eligibility.  While we understand that for many students the first semester has been difficult, AHS teachers and coaches are here to help!  As a result, AHS will continue to emphasize that student athletes are students first.  In order to remain in good standing, student athletes MUST attend school, make good effort to participate and make progress in their coursework.  Failure to do so may result in additional sanctions (such as sitting out from practices and/or games) through the Athletic Department.

The Project STOMP team at the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University is offering a Lights…Camera…Prevention! public service announcement (PSA) contest. The purpose of this contest is to get youth involved in helping to prevent substance misuse by creating a PSA addressing topics such as binge drinking, marijuana, or vaping. Students can win prizes and have fun while learning how to produce a PSA to educate other students and the broader community. Registration is open now through Friday, January 29th. For more information and to register, visit the website.

Today’s lunch is Mashed Potato & Chicken Bowl and seasoned corn.

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Friday, January 22, 2021

SECOND SEMESTER PLANNING UPDATE

In preparation for next semester, AHS is instituting the following changes:

  1. For multi-section core classes, we are creating in-person and all-remote sections in order to better meet student needs and to provide more consistent instructional time.  For students who continue to be all-remote (remote campus), teachers will continue to be discouraged from using all of the period time for direct instruction, but will be encouraged to use micro/mini-lessons, student work time, then reconvene to students to check work progress, complete formative assessments, and similar activities.
  2. This means that students’ second semester schedules will fluctuate some over the next week.
  3. We will continue to use Edgenuity for the same courses we have for the first semester.  This includes:
  • English/Language Arts
    • English 9 Workshop (Edgenuity course title — English 9)
    • American Literature (Edgenuity course title — English 11)
    • Basic Composition (Edgenuity course title — English 10)
    • Creative Writing (Edgenuity course title — English 10)
    • Myth, Fantasy, Folklore (Edgenuity course title — English 10)
    • Speech (Edgenuity course title — Speech) This is a new addition for the 2nd semester
    • Survey of Literature (Edgenuity course title — grade level English 9 – 12)
  • Science
    • Foundations of Earth and Space Science (Edgenuity course title — Earth Science)
    • Science of Earth Systems (Edgenuity course title — Earth Science)
    • Pre-AP Earth and Space Science  (Edgenuity course: Earth Science)
    • Foundations of Biology  (Edgenuity course title — Biology)
    • Science of Life Systems  (Edgenuity course title — Biology)
    • Pre-AP 3 Physics  (Edgenuity course title — Conceptual Physics)
    • Pre-AP 4 Chemistry (Edgenuity course title — Chemistry)
    • Foundations of Chemistry  (Edgenuity course title — Chemistry)
    • Foundations of Physics  (Edgenuity course title — Conceptual Physics)
    • Systems of Physical Science (Edgenuity course title — Physical Science)
    • Advanced Chemistry  (Edgenuity course title — Chemistry)
    • Advanced Physics  (Edgenuity course title — Conceptual Physics)
  • CTE
    • Web Design (Edgenuity course title — Web Developing in the 21st Century)
    • Microsoft Office (Edgenuity course title — Microsoft Office Specialist)
    • Intro to Human Health Services (Edgenuity course title Intro to Human Health Services)

World Language

    • Spanish 4 (This is a new addition for the 2nd semester)
  1. In preparation to return to 100% face-to-face instruction, AHS
    • Will prepare to move forward to shifting to a 4-day week, with Fridays as no student contact/intervention time/teaching planning time.
    • Superintendent Risner will recommend to the Board again on Monday, January 25, that we return to 100% instruction by February 1.  
    • After many conversations and checking with transportation, our new school day hours will be 7:50 – 2:35.  
    • With only a five minute addition to our school day, we will stay in the odd/even block schedule for the remainder of the year so we can provide daily intervention time for students.  At this time, the five additional minutes will be added to Plus Period.
  2. Covid Mitigation PracticesWe will continue to implement our COVID-19 mitigation plan with one major exception: we will no longer be able to guarantee six feet of distance between students in classrooms. We will keep as much distance as possible between students in classrooms; however, many classrooms will have students 1-2 feet apart. Additionally, teachers will keep detailed seating charts in order to facilitate contact tracing. Please remind your student to wear their mask properly at all times while they are in the building.  This is also true during lunch service.  We continue to hold three lunch periods and two-to-three locations (weather permitting).  However, we will have to return to allowing two students to sit at a single table, using plexiglass as a mitigation factor.  We will also continue to require students to sit in the same place each day to facilitate contract tracing.  For this same reason, we maintain a closed campus to limit exposure and community spread.

AHS FINALS WEEK (January 25 – 29) View the announcements document for finals week schedule. 

Wednesday, January 27 will be a 1 – 8 period day where students will have the opportunity to retake assessments and demonstrate mastery on coursework standards. Teachers will reach out to students with whom they feel this opportunity is needed in order to complete work or show mastery of a standard. Students and parents can also request this opportunity by contacting their teacher. Teachers will be asked to create seating charts for attending students and take hard copy attendance for contact tracing purposes.

Students in the Remote Campus (all remote) will continue to follow their same schedule.  Students engaged in coursework through Edgenuity, already have content mastery assessments within that platform.

GIRLS SOCCER PRESEASON INFORMATIONAL MEETING

All girls interested in playing soccer this spring are welcome to attend a short preseason informational meeting on Wednesday, January 27th at 7:15am in the AHS Gym.  If you have any questions, reach out to head coach Bobby Myers at bobby.myers@ames.k12.ia.us 

AHS DEBATE NEWS

The Iowa High School Speech Association State Debate Tournament was held virtually on January 8-9. All three competing AHS Public Forum teams broke to the competitive rounds. The two teams of sophomores Angelina Chen and Katie Gu and Allie Enyart and Leslie Kim advanced to the octofinals round; juniors Jacob Stevens and Jerry Han were semifinalists. Jacob received the top Public Forum speaker award, and Jerry placed second. For the first time in a few years, AHS debaters also competed in Student Congressional Debate. Senior Ella Chopskie qualified for the top of the three final chambers, while first-time debaters Junior Mario Napolitano and Freshman Anleah Walker made it into the middle chamber. Mario finished in first place in his session. Earlier that week several novice teams competed in the third Iowa Novice Night event. Freshmen Jiwen Li and Meiya Weeks won all three of their rounds! A great week for AHS Debate!

MEMORY PROJECT

The Memory Project invites young artists around the world to create portraits as special gifts for children. This year, several Ames High students volunteered to create portraits for children in Cameroon. The display of some of their work will be up at the Ames Public Library throughout the months of January and February. The portraits can currently be viewed from the windows of the library’s entryway. Later they will be delivered to the children in Cameroon. These heartfelt gifts were created with a message of kindness, respect, and encouragement. Students with their

work currently displayed at the public library are, Olivia Knutson, Eddie Gong, Naomi Pena, Clara Fields, Yuer Zhu, Thomas Lehmkuhl, Yujie Chen, Krisha Sta Maria, Clara Fields, Eliza Loecke, Lindy Green, Yujie Chen, Lucy Bennett, Clara Fields, Lorna Schuckert,  Andrew Debner, Alexis Davis, Olivia Wright, Alaina Sassman and Caroline Orr.

IHSAA SCHOLARSHIP RULE CHANGE

Based on Governor Reynold’s last proclamation, this week the Iowa Department of Education provided schools with an updated interpretation of player eligibility earlier.  Schools were encouraged to provide student athletes a fresh start offering immediate playing eligibility.  While we understand that for many students the first semester has been difficult, AHS teachers and coaches are here to help!  As a result, AHS will continue to emphasize that student athletes are students first.  In order to remain in good standing, student athletes MUST attend school, make good effort to participate and make progress in their coursework.  Failure to do so may result in additional sanctions (such as sitting out from practices and/or games) through the Athletic Department.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITY

The Project STOMP team at the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University is offering a Lights…Camera…Prevention! public service announcement (PSA) contest. The purpose of this contest is to get youth involved in helping to prevent substance misuse by creating a PSA addressing topics such as binge drinking, marijuana, or vaping. Students can win prizes and have fun while learning how to produce a PSA to educate other students and the broader community. Registration is open now through Friday, January 29th. For more information and to register, visit the website.

TEENS WITH COVID

With the rising number of COVID cases nationwide, Jessie Schaffer, a freshman at Jefferson Academy in Broomfield, Colorado knows there are teens in isolation and quarantine right now that would benefit from the support of other teens who know what they’re going through.  She is an ambassador for a group called Teens With COVID and is working to spread the word about our support groups for teens know there are teens in isolation and quarantine right now that would benefit from the support of other teens who know what they’re going through. Any teens who are in isolation, quarantine, or want to support other teens who are stuck at home are welcome to sign up at https://www.teenswithcovid.comYou can also check out:

BLACK LIVES MATTER AT SCHOOL WEEK OF ACTION (FEBRUARY 1-5)

During the week of February 1-5, classrooms across the District will engage in the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action, a 5-day guide to expand student understanding of the Black Lives Matter at School Principles. AHS teachers are expected to include relevant lessons within their coursework during this week.  The ACSD has provided more information, including why we are participating in this important week of action, as well as the thirteen guiding principles, on our website.

VIRTUAL COLLEGE VISITS

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

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Please click on the link of athletic events.

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Friday, January 22, 2021

EVEN Block Day

Girls Soccer Preseason Informational Meeting for all girls interested in playing soccer this spring are welcome to attend a short preseason informational meeting on Wednesday, January 27th at 7:15am in the AHS Gym.  If you have any questions, reach out to head coach Bobby Myers at bobby.myers@ames.k12.ia.us 

IHSAA Scholarship rule change, Based on Governor Reynold’s last proclamation, this week the Iowa Department of Education provided schools with an updated interpretation of player eligibility earlier.  Schools were encouraged to provide student athletes a fresh start offering immediate playing eligibility.  While we understand that for many students the first semester has been difficult, AHS teachers and coaches are here to help!  As a result, AHS will continue to emphasize that student athletes are students first.  In order to remain in good standing, student athletes MUST attend school, make good effort to participate and make progress in their coursework.  Failure to do so may result in additional sanctions (such as sitting out from practices and/or games) through the Athletic Department.

The Project STOMP team at the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University is offering a Lights…Camera…Prevention! public service announcement (PSA) contest. The purpose of this contest is to get youth involved in helping to prevent substance misuse by creating a PSA addressing topics such as binge drinking, marijuana, or vaping. Students can win prizes and have fun while learning how to produce a PSA to educate other students and the broader community. Registration is open now through Friday, January 29th. For more information and to register, visit the website.

Unauthorized locations.  Students, please remember that the only authorized places to eat lunch are the cafe and media center.  You should not be in the hallways in and around the auditorium.  Officer Johnsen and the building administration will conduct more hallway checks of these areas during lunch and throughout the day to ensure that students are where they are supposed to be.  Please note, even if you’re going to the bathroom, you should have a pass, visible in your hand, as you walk in the hallways during classes.

With the rising number of COVID cases nationwide, Jessie Schaffer, a freshman at Jefferson Academy in Broomfield, Colorado knows there are teens in isolation and quarantine right now that would benefit from the support of other teens who know what they’re going through.  She is an ambassador for a group called Teens With COVID and is working to spread the word about our support groups for teens know there are teens in isolation and quarantine right now that would benefit from the support of other teens who know what they’re going through. Any teens who are in isolation, quarantine, or want to support other teens who are stuck at home are welcome to sign up at https://www.teenswithcovid.com.  You can also check out:

Today’s lunch is Baked Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, marinara sauce and seasoned peas.

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Abbie Sawyer: Kindergarten Teacher and Principal (1894-1972)

Abbie Sawyer Graphic

“The greatest personal satisfaction I’ve had is watching these children grow up and develop,” said Abbie Sawyer, a long time teacher and later principal who devoted her career to children in the Ames School District. Sawyer is most remembered for starting the first kindergarten class in Ames in the old Central school in 1917, her first year in Ames. In 1952, she retired after 35 years in the Ames school system, and in 1962, an elementary school building was named in her honor.

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