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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

ODD Block Schedule

It’s spring and it’s time to bowl!!! Intramural bowling starts next week at Perfect Games.  See Mrs. Hassebrock for more information!!

Do you want to help present and explain science activities to elementary students? The AHS group Society of Women Engineers is collaborating with Fellows Elementary for a virtual science and technology evening on Friday, April 16th. Contact Mrs. Brenneman as soon as possible if you would like more information.

2021 graduating seniors are invited to sign up to audition to be one of two speakers at the 2021 Ames High Commencement. Auditions for this speaking role will take place in front of a panel of faculty and students on April 9th from 10am-Noon in the Ames High School Gym. Criteria to speak: you must be a 2021 graduation AHS senior in good standing, have a 2.0 cumulative GPA, deliver your 3-4 minute speech that you propose giving at the 2021 commencement at auditions on April 9th and you must sign-up to audition.  CLICK HERE to sign up if you are interested and feel you can meet the above stated criteria. Or contact Sarah Buss directly at: sarah.buss@ames.k12.ia.us to book an audition time.

We must properly wear masks: Please remember to wear your mask fully above your nose and mouth at all times in classrooms and hallways.  The only time you’re allowed to remove your mask is when you’re eating lunch in your designated area.  Please help us to keep school-based cases down by properly wearing your mask and maintaining social distancing when possible.

Seniors who have not completed their CPR requirement are asked to sign up for one of the sessions below.  Remote students may participate in these sessions, if they wish.  The sessions on April 2 will be in the gym, where participants will be spread out and will be working one to a CPR mannequin (no rescue breathing is required).  Please contact your counselor if you do not know if you have already completed this requirement.

CPR Training with National Guard in Gym

Friday April 2, Session 3, 8:30 — 11:00- https://bit.ly/3cfVMiM

Friday April 2, Session 4, 12:00 — 2:30- https://bit.ly/3ckbIAU

Seniors in Remote Campus who can not attend in-person CPR training will have the opportunity to take an online CPR training.  We will share information about sign-ups later this week.

Important Parking Update:  ALL STUDENTS with current parking passes may park in the upper lot.  That lot is the only authorized parking area for students for the remainder of the year.  We discontinued using Furman as of Monday.  Students MAY NOT park on 20th Street.  Please display your parking pass on your rearview mirror and be sure to park in the appropriate lot.  We are canvassing the lot to see if we can allow more students to park in the upper lot, so please adhere to these expectations.  Failure to do so will result in a parking ticket.

Financial Aid night for parents of juniors – Monday, April 5, 2021 at 6 pm. A representative from the Iowa College Access Network will be giving a webinar to explain the procedure to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the many steps involved in the financial aid process. This is a very informative evening for junior parents (but all are welcome). The registration link for the financial aid night on Monday, April 5th at 6:00pm is below.  It will be recorded so parents who miss the live zoom webinar can view later.  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8BzRKgJHRFmvzvjNDL78lA

The Technology Association of Iowa will be hosting their 2021 High School Tech Summit on Tuesday, April 20 from 9:00am – 12:15pm. The summit is free and will be held virtually for all students and educators. Please share this opportunity with your students who may be interested! This is a great way to introduce students to STEM career opportunities and post-secondary education.

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March.  As the last day of Women’s History Month, you’re encouraged to find a woman in your everyday life (a teacher, EA, counselor, parent, co-worker, etc.) and recognize her positive everyday contributions to the betterment of your life and others.  You can write a note, say a kind word, and/or otherwise make that person know how much they matter to you and others.

Lunch today is Cinnamon French Toast Sticks with Syrup, Cheesy Scrambled Eggs and Tater Tots.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

EVEN Block Schedule

It’s spring and it’s time to bowl!!! Intramural bowling starts next week at Perfect Games.  See Mrs. Hassebrock for more information!!

Do you want to help present and explain science activities to elementary students? The AHS group Society of Women Engineers is collaborating with Fellows Elementary for a virtual science and technology evening on Friday, April 16th. Contact Mrs. Brenneman as soon as possible if you would like more information.

2021/2022 Fall Cheer & Drill Team Tryouts will be held on Wednesday, March 31st! Tryouts for both teams consist of: A Toe Touch, A-H-S Chant (cheer only), The School Song, Optional Tumbling (cheer only) and open turns (drill team only). OPTIONAL Open Gyms will be held in the Spirit Room on Monday the 29th and Tuesday the 30th from 7:45pm-8:45pm. You can work on tryout material, stunt, turn, practice and meet the coaches. You can still try out if you do not attend an open gym. Contact Coach Buss (sarah.buss@ames.k12.ia.us) to get the sign-up link and to pick your tryout time from 5:30-7:30 on the 31st. Please reach out to Coach Buss if you have any questions or a conflict with the time. 

2021 graduating seniors are invited to sign up to audition to be one of two speakers at the 2021 Ames High Commencement. Auditions for this speaking role will take place in front of a panel of faculty and students on April 9th from 10am-Noon in the Ames High School Gym. Criteria to speak: you must be a 2021 graduation AHS senior in good standing, have a 2.0 cumulative GPA, deliver your 3-4 minute speech that you propose giving at the 2021 commencement at auditions on April 9th and you must sign-up to audition.  CLICK HERE to sign up if you are interested and feel you can meet the above stated criteria. Or contact Sarah Buss directly at: sarah.buss@ames.k12.ia.us to book an audition time.

We must properly wear masks: Please remember to wear your mask fully above your nose and mouth at all times in classrooms and hallways.  The only time you’re allowed to remove your mask is when you’re eating lunch in your designated area.  Please help us to keep school-based cases down by properly wearing your mask and maintaining social distancing when possible.

Seniors who have not completed their CPR requirement are asked to sign up for one of the sessions below.  Remote students may participate in these sessions, if they wish.  The sessions on April 2 will be in the gym, where participants will be spread out and will be working one to a CPR mannequin (no rescue breathing is required).  Please contact your counselor if you do not know if you have already completed this requirement.

CPR Training with National Guard in Gym

Friday April 2, Session 3, 8:30 — 11:00- https://bit.ly/3cfVMiM

Friday April 2, Session 4, 12:00 — 2:30- https://bit.ly/3ckbIAU

Seniors in Remote Campus who can not attend in-person CPR training will have the opportunity to take an online CPR training.  We will share information about sign-ups later this week.

Important Parking Update:  ALL STUDENTS with current parking passes may park in the upper lot.  That lot is the only authorized parking area for students for the remainder of the year.  We discontinued using Furman as of Monday.  Students MAY NOT park on 20th Street.  Please display your parking pass on your rearview mirror and be sure to park in the appropriate lot.  We are canvassing the lot to see if we can allow more students to park in the upper lot, so please adhere to these expectations.  Failure to do so will result in a parking ticket.

Financial Aid night for parents of juniors – Monday, April 5, 2021 at 6 pm. A representative from the Iowa College Access Network will be giving a webinar to explain the procedure to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the many steps involved in the financial aid process. This is a very informative evening for junior parents (but all are welcome). The registration link for the financial aid night on Monday, April 5th at 6:00pm is below.  It will be recorded so parents who miss the live zoom webinar can view later.  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8BzRKgJHRFmvzvjNDL78lA

The Technology Association of Iowa will be hosting their 2021 High School Tech Summit on Tuesday, April 20 from 9:00am – 12:15pm. The summit is free and will be held virtually for all students and educators. Please share this opportunity with your students who may be interested! This is a great way to introduce students to STEM career opportunities and post-secondary education.

Are you interested in a Roller Coaster competition? The Iowa Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Iowa State University is planning the competition, and they hope there may be some students interested in participating. Check out he following link to the Roller Coaster website: https://iowaalpha.tbp.org/roller-coaster-competition/.   In conformity with COVID-19 precautions, this year’s Roller Coaster Competition will be held virtually! Additionally, high school seniors pursuing engineering at Iowa State are eligible for a scholarship through Tau Beta Pi by entering this competition. Submission of entries will officially open April 1, 2021, and close on April 15, 2021 for our students to judge the entries.

Harvard is hosting for the very first time, Harvard International Relations Scholars Program. The top program for high school students around the world interested in international relations. Admitted students will learn from workshops led by Harvard professors and experienced policymakers, government officials, and regional experts. Confirmed experts already include the President of Brookings, U.S. Ambassadors, and senior White House officials. More information and the application can be found on their website: harvardforeignpolicy.org/harvardirscholarsprogram. Early application deadline is April 1st; final deadline is May 1st. Full or half financial aid will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March.  The month of March celebrates the contributions women have made throughout history in science, politics, law, sports, the arts, entertainment, and many other fields. Here are some interesting women’s history facts:

  • Martha Cowan, former World War II pilot in the US Army Air Corp, where she served for 13 years.  She also worked as an engineer building barges on the west coast and flight trained with future astronauts.  Last week, she turned 100 years old.  In honor of Cowan’s remarkable career, she received an American flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol along with a commendation from the Pentagon for her role in making the sky the limit on what women of her era could achieve (source).

  • Polish-born Marie Curie was a pioneering physicist and scientist, who coined the term radioactivity, discovered two new elements (radium and polonium) and developed a portable x-ray machine.  Currie was the first person (not woman) who has won two separate Noble Prizes, one for physics and another for chemistry, and to this day Curie is the only person, regardless of gender, to receive Noble prizes for two different sciences. Currie faced near constant adversity and discrimination throughout her career, as science and physics was such a male-dominated field, but despite this, her research remains relevant and has influenced the world of science to this day.

  • Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and the world’s first computer programmer. Lovelace was born into privilege as the daughter of a famously unstable romantic poet, Lord Byron (who left her family when Ada was just 2 months old) and Lady Wentworth. Ada was a charming woman of society who was friends with people such as Charles Dickens, but she is most famous for being the first person ever to publish an algorithm intended for a computer, her genius being years ahead of her time.  Lovelace died of cancer at 36, and it took nearly a century after her death for people to appreciate her notes on Babbage’s Analytical Engine, which became recognised as the first description for computer and software, ever.

  • Elizabeth called herself ‘The Virgin Queen’ because she chose to marry her country instead of a man. It might seem like ancient history now, but Queen Elizabeth I is one of the most successful monarchs in British history, and under her, England became a major European power in politics, commerce and the arts.  Elizabeth had a rocky road to the throne and technically should never have been allowed to reign, both because she was a woman and because her mother was Anne Boleyn, the much-hated ex-wife of Henry VIII.  However, Elizabeth I proved all the naysayers wrong and has become one of the greatest female leaders. Known for her intelligence, cunning and hot-temper, ‘The Virgin Queen’ was one truly one of the great women in history (source for the last three biographies).

Lunch today is Orange Glazed Chicken, Brown Rice and Seasoned Broccoli Florets.

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Monday, March 29, 2021

ODD Block Schedule

The Quiz Bowl State Tournament was held on Saturday, March 27.  After 7 rounds, we were in a tie for 1st place. In the championship match, Waukee came out on top, but we did give them a run for most of the match.  Congratulations to our State Runner-Up team of: Ne Dassanayake, Jerry Han, Derek Peng, Aneesh Shrotriya, Jacob Stevens, and Rishabh Swamy. They showed true Ames High pride in this completely virtual 2020-21 Quiz Bowl season.

We must properly wear masks: Now that we’re hopefully getting back into the flow of school, please remember to wear your mask fully above your nose and mouth at all times in classrooms and hallways.  The only time you’re allowed to remove your mask is when you’re eating lunch in your designated area.  Please help us to keep school-based cases down by properly wearing your mask and maintaining social distancing when possible.

Seniors who have not completed their CPR requirement are asked to sign up for one of the  sessions below.  Remote students may participate in these sessions, if they wish.  The sessions on April 2 will be in the gym, where participants will be spread out and will be working one to a CPR mannequin (no rescue breathing is required).  Please contact your counselor if you do not know if you have already completed this requirement.

CPR Training with National Guard in Gym – Friday April 2

Seniors in Remote Campus who can not attend in-person CPR training will have the opportunity to take an online CPR training.  We will share information about sign-ups later this week.

Important Parking Update:  Starting today, Monday, March 29 ALL STUDENTS with current parking passes may park in the upper lot.  That lot is the only authorized parking area for students for the remainder of the year.  We will discontinue using Furman as of Monday.  Students MAY NOT park on 20th Street.  Please display your parking pass on your rearview mirror and be sure to park in the appropriate lot.  We are canvassing the lot to see if we can allow more students to park in the upper lot, so please adhere to these expectations.  Failure to do so will result in a parking ticket.

The Ames High National Honor Society students are hosting a College Preparation Series for anyone getting ready for or are simply curious about the college application process. NHS senior students will share their experience in their college preparation process in this four-part series, which will be held throughout March and April. It will cover everything from navigating the application process in times of COVID-19, resources for first-generation/low-income students, and include a presentation and Q&A from an ISU Advisor. The first of the series, titled “College Search and Organization Strategies,” will be on March 29th @ 7:00 p.m. over Zoom. To sign-up to attend the speaker series through Zoom, please go to this link (tinyurl.com/NHSCollegePrep), and if you have any questions, please feel free to email nhsameshigh@gmail.com. All are welcome!

Financial Aid night for parents of juniors – Monday, April 5, 2021 at 6 pm. A representative from the Iowa College Access Network will be giving a webinar to explain the procedure to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the many steps involved in the financial aid process. This is a very informative evening for junior parents (but all are welcome). The registration link for the financial aid night on Monday, April 5th at 6:00pm is below.  It will be recorded so parents who miss the live zoom webinar can view later.  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8BzRKgJHRFmvzvjNDL78lA

High School AI Summer Program by MIT Graduates invite students in all grades to participate in live online video sessions where they work in small groups (4:1 student-instructor ratio) with mentors from MIT and Stanford to learn the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, participate in critical discussions about ethical implications, and develop a socially impactful project in domains such as healthcare, media, art and more. Students can apply their diverse interests to trace different strains of COVID-19, identify exoplanets using NASA datasets, prevent the spread of fake news online, conduct algorithmic stock trading, and more. Apply here by March 31st for the spring or summer sessions.

Are you interested in a Roller Coaster competition? The Iowa Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Iowa State University is planning the competition, and they hope there may be some students interested in participating. Check out he following link to the Roller Coaster website: https://iowaalpha.tbp.org/roller-coaster-competition/.   In conformity with COVID-19 precautions, this year’s Roller Coaster Competition will be held virtually! Additionally, high school seniors pursuing engineering at Iowa State are eligible for a scholarship through Tau Beta Pi by entering this competition. Submission of entries will officially open April 1, 2021, and close on April 15, 2021 for our students to judge the entries.

Harvard is hosting for the very first time, Harvard International Relations Scholars Program. The top program for high school students around the world interested in international relations. Admitted students will learn from workshops led by Harvard professors and experienced policymakers, government officials, and regional experts. Confirmed experts already include the President of Brookings, U.S. Ambassadors, and senior White House officials. More information and the application can be found on their website: harvardforeignpolicy.org/harvardirscholarsprogram. Early application deadline is April 1st; final deadline is May 1st. Full or half financial aid will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

It’s spring and it’s time to bowl!!! Intramural  bowling starts next week at Perfect Games.  See Mrs. Hassebrock for more information!!

2021/2022 Fall Cheer  & Drill Team Tryouts will be held on Wednesday, March 31st! Tryouts for both teams consist of: A Toe Touch, A-H-S Chant (cheer only), The School Song, Optional Tumbling (cheer only) and open turns (drill team only). OPTIONAL Open Gyms will be held in the Spirit Room on Monday the 29th and Tuesday the 30th from 7:45pm-8:45pm. You can work on tryout material, stunt, turn, practice and meet the coaches. You can still try out if you do not attend an open gym. Contact Coach Buss (sarah.buss@ames.k12.ia.us) to get the sign up link and to pick your tryout time from 5:30-7:30 on the 31st. Also please reach out to Coach Buss if you have any questions or would like to try out but have a conflict with the time. We look forward to seeing you next week!

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March.  The month of March celebrates the contributions women have made throughout history in science, politics, law, sports, the arts, entertainment, and many other fields. While figures such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher, Rosie the Riveter and Betty Friedan are often associated with Women’s History Month, there are countless extraordinary women who have earned their place at the table. Consider inventor/actress Hedy Lamarr, scientist Dian Fossey and mathematician Katherine Johnson, astronauts Sally Ride and Mae C. Jemison, authors Maya Angelou and Amy Tan, and contemporary directors Kathryn Bigelow and Ava Duvernay. Explore biographies, videos and articles that celebrate all of these women’s historic achievements.  Biography.com features a number of biographies about important women and their contributions.  

Lunch today is Roasted Turkey and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Green Beans and a Dinner Roll.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Dear Amazing AHS Parents/Guardians:

I hope you and your students have had a great first week back from spring break.  

CONGRATULATIONS:

Western Iowa Science & Engineering Fair — Congratulations to 10th grader David Lee for his accomplishments at the Western Iowa Science & Engineering Fair (WISEF).  David presented his research project, The Mental Health Paradox Entertainment from Technology Amidst the Pandemic, at the virtual WISEF fair, and was awarded the following: 

  • American Psychological Award

  • High School Biological Category 3rd Place

  • the Larry Schwinger Presentation Award ($50)

WISEF’s mission is to develop the innovative skills of Iowa’s students and teachers in science, technology, engineering, and math through partnerships with schools,  local businesses, and organizations.  By providing a competitive environment in which students can showcase their research, WISEF staff, leaders, and members strive to recognize the accomplishment and efforts of Iowa students, and promote students advancing their knowledge through collegiate studies in the STEM fields.  For more information please visit  https://www.westerniowasef.org/

AHS Speech Nominated to All-State — Congratulations to all of this year’s IHSSA Individual Speech participants. It was an excellent season with 13 students from Ames receiving top Division 1 ratings and 5 All-State nominations. Students receiving the top honor of being nominated to All-State were:

  • Julia Divine for Acting

  • Libby Gens for Poetry

  • Olivia Reed for Poetry

  • Jason Vernon for Acting

  • Carter White for Radio Broadcast

Way to go Ames High Speechies!

INFORMATION: 

Mask Wearing  We have noticed an increase in students not properly wearing their masks while in the building.  Please share this AHS Mask Wearing PSA created by AHS students!

Student Parking Update — Starting Monday, March 29 ALL STUDENTS with current parking passes may park in the upper lot.  That lot is the only authorized parking area for students for the remainder of the year.  We will discontinue using Furman as of Monday.  Students MAY NOT park on 20th Street.  Please display your parking pass on your rearview mirror and be sure to park in an appropriate parking spot.  Failure to do so will result in a parking ticket.

Conditions of Learning Survey  Our school is getting ready to administer an annual school climate and culture survey called Conditions for Learning to students in grades 9-12. This survey administration is required by the state’s plan to meet a federal law called the Every Student Succeeds Act. Our school will conduct the survey on April 8, 2021 during Homeroom (Plus Period).   All Iowa public school districts will use the Conditions for Learning Survey (Survey) to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment so that all Iowa students have optimum conditions for learning. Parents received an email earlier this week with more specific details and a link to a Written Refusal.  

Parents of Seniors in Remote Campus — CPR qualification is a requirement for graduation.  Seniors who are in the Remote Campus and are not able to come to campus may take an online CPR course.  More details are forthcoming.  For other seniors, students still have the opportunity to participate in a live session at AHS, facilitated by the Army National Guard on Friday April 2 in the Gym.  

Delivery Model Change Request Form — Our ACSD Learning Delivery Model Change Request form is currently open allowing Remote Campus students PK-12 to request in-person on-site instruction. The deadline for this window will run through Sunday, April 4. The transition date will be Friday, April 9, 2021, which is the start of the fourth quarter. The form continues to remain open for parents to request a transition to the Remote Campus delivery model at any time. 

Home – Prom and Graduation Updates — AHS continues to move forward with making plans to hold Home-Prom events May 13 – 15.  To help make the overall experience more festive, May 13 and 14 will include more Homecoming-based activities like a community parade, but the Prom on May 15 will be restricted to seniors (juniors will be included if we can find an appropriate outdoor location).  More specific details regarding who may participate, ticket prices/information, and location will be shared as we solidify plans.  Similarly, we continue to move forward with Graduation planning for June 13.  Seniors will be expected to attend a mandatory graduation rehearsal on Wednesday, June 9.  Time TBD.

AHS National Honor Society Students Hosting a College Preparation Series — The Ames High National Honor Society students are hosting a College Preparation Series for anyone getting ready for or are simply curious about the college application process. NHS senior students will share their experience in their college preparation process in this four-part series, which will be held throughout March and April. It will cover everything from navigating the application process in times of COVID-19, resources for first-generation/low-income students, and include a presentation and Q&A from an ISU Advisor. The first of the series, titled “College Search and Organization Strategies,” will be on March 29th @ 7:00 p.m. over Zoom. To sign-up to attend the speaker series through Zoom, please go to this link ( tinyurl.com/NHSCollegePrep), and if you have any questions, please feel free to email  nhsameshigh@gmail.com. All are welcome!

Financial Aid Night For Parents of Juniors — Monday, April 5, 2021 At 6 PM — A representative from the Iowa College Access Network will be giving a webinar to explain the procedure to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the many steps involved in the financial aid process. This is a very informative evening for junior parents (but all are welcome).  The registration link for the financial aid night on Monday, April 5th at 6:00pm is below.  It will be recorded so parents who miss the live zoom webinar can view later.  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8BzRKgJHRFmvzvjNDL78lA

Statement Regarding Recent Violence Against AAPI Communities in Atlanta and California    2020 – 2021 has seen a dramatic increase in violence against members of the Asian American/Pacific Islander community.  Ames High, as well as the Ames Community School District, stands with members of the AAPI community as you console one another and stand up against hate and violence.  AHS Students and Families, I hope and pray that you feel like a member of the extended Ames High community both inside and outside of the building.  AHS staff will continue in our work of critical consciousness and equity to dismantle all forms of racism and bias that exist in our schools and the surrounding community.

OPPORTUNITIES:

DECA Fundraiser — Ames High DECA will be hosting the Annual “Egg My House” Fundraiser!  Students will hide candy-filled eggs in your yard for your kids to scavenge for just in time for the bunny to arrive next weekend! Pricing is 30 eggs for $25, 50 eggs for $35, or 100 eggs for $60. If you are interested and want to place an order, text 515-509-7443 to set up a fun egg hunt for your kids. Ordering deadline is Tuesday, March 30th.

Fall Cheer & Drill Team Tryouts — 2021/2022 Fall Cheer  & Drill Team Tryouts will be held on Wednesday, March 31st! Tryouts for both teams consist of: A Toe Touch, A-H-S Chant (cheer only), The School Song, Optional Tumbling (cheer only) and open turns (drill team only).  OPTIONAL Open Gyms will be held in the Spirit Room on Monday the 29th and Tuesday the 30th from 7:45pm-8:45pm. You can work on tryout material, stunt, turn, practice and meet the coaches. You can still try out if you do not attend an open gym.  Contact Coach Buss ( sarah.buss@ames.k12.ia.us) to get the sign up link and to pick your tryout time from 5:30-7:30 on the 31st. Also please reach out to Coach Buss if you have any questions or would like to try out but have a conflict with the time. We look forward to seeing you next week!

Graduation Speaker Auditions — 2021 graduating seniors are invited to sign up to audition to be one of two speakers at the 2021 Ames High Commencement.  Auditions for this speaking role will take place in front of a panel of faculty and students on April 9th from 10am-Noon in the Ames High School Gym. 

Criteria to speak: 

  • Must be a 2021 graduating Ames High senior

  • Must be in good standing with Ames High School

  • Must have a 2.0 Cumulative GPA

  • Must sign-up to audition

  • Must deliver your 3-4 minute speech that you propose giving at the 2021 commencement at auditions on April 9th

If selected, you will work with AHS staff weekly leading up to commencement to perfect your speech as well as practice with a microphone at a podium.

CLICK HERE to sign up if you are interested and feel you can meet the above stated criteria. Or contact Sarah Buss directly at: sarah.buss@ames.k12.ia.us to book an audition time.

The Iowa High School Tech Summit —  On Tuesday, April 20, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m is the Iowa High School Tech Summit.  The summit is free and open to all Iowa high school students and educators. The virtual event has ample opportunities for students to interact with Iowa technology professionals, including two panels and breakout sessions to connect and engage with representatives from Iowa universities, colleges, and companies. To register, visit https://www.technologyiowa.org/signature-events/2021-iowa-high-school-tech-summit/

Iowa State University Roller Coaster Competition —  Are you interested in a Roller Coaster Competition? The Iowa Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Iowa State University are planning the competition, and they hope there may be some students interested in participating. Check out he following link to the Roller Coaster website:  https://iowaalpha.tbp.org/roller-coaster-competition/

In conformity with COVID-19 precautions, this year’s Roller Coaster Competition will be held virtually! Additionally, high school seniors pursuing engineering at Iowa State are eligible for a scholarship through Tau Beta Pi by entering this competition. Submission of entries will officially open April 1, 2021, and close on April 15, 2021 for our students to judge the entries.

Harvard International Relations Scholars Program — Harvard is hosting for the very first time, Harvard International Relations Scholars Program. The top program for high school students around the world interested in international relations. Admitted students will learn from workshops led by Harvard professors and experienced policymakers, government officials, and regional experts. Confirmed experts already include the President of Brookings, U.S. Ambassadors, and senior White House officials. More information and the application can be found on their website:  harvardforeignpolicy.org/harvardirscholarsprogram. Early application deadline is April 1st; final deadline is May 1st. Full or half financial aid will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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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YWCA Women of Achievement

YMCA Women of Achievement Award

Each March, the YWCA Ames-ISU announces women in the Story County and Iowa State University communities who are honored with the Women of Achievement Award. The Ames Community School District celebrates two of this year’s recipients. Nicole Coronado, Associate Principal at the Ames Middle School, and Genya Coffey, 7th-grade literacy teacher at Ames Middle School were among the eight honorees. The award recognizes women who are living out the Y’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. 

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Regular Schedule

Contracting for a grade with pass/fail option is due today.  Get a form from your counselor if interested. This option needs to be renewed each semester.

Come check out our school Musical, Grease, tonight at 7:30pm; Saturday, 7:30pm; and Sunday 2:00 pm. See Mrs. Dieter for details.

We must properly wear masks: Now that we’re hopefully getting back into the flow of school, please remember to wear your mask fully above your nose and mouth at all times in classrooms and hallways.  The only time you’re allowed to remove your mask is when you’re eating lunch in your designated area.  Please help us to keep school-based cases down by properly wearing your mask and maintaining social distancing when possible.

Seniors who have not completed their CPR requirement are asked to sign up for one of the  sessions below.  Remote students may participate in these sessions, if they wish.  The sessions on April 2 will be in the gym, where participants will be spread out and will be working one to a CPR mannequin (no rescue breathing is required).  Other options for Remote students are being explored.  Please contact your counselor if you do not know if you have already completed this requirement.

CPR Training with National Guard on Balcony overlooking courtyard – Friday, March 26

CPR Training with National Guard in Gym – Friday April 2

Important Parking Update:  Starting Monday, March 29 ALL STUDENTS with current parking passes may park in the upper lot.  That lot is the only authorized parking area for students for the remainder of the year.  We will discontinue using Furman as of Monday.  Students MAY NOT park on 20th Street.  Please display your parking pass on your rearview mirror and be sure to park in the appropriate lot.  We are canvassing the lot to see if we can allow more students to park in the upper lot, so please adhere to these expectations.  Failure to do so will result in a parking ticket.

The Ames High National Honor Society students are hosting a College Preparation Series for anyone getting ready for or are simply curious about the college application process. NHS senior students will share their experience in their college preparation process in this four-part series, which will be held throughout March and April. It will cover everything from navigating the application process in times of COVID-19, resources for first-generation/low-income students, and include a presentation and Q&A from an ISU Advisor. The first of the series, titled “College Search and Organization Strategies,” will be on March 29th @ 7:00 p.m. over Zoom. To sign-up to attend the speaker series through Zoom, please go to this link (tinyurl.com/NHSCollegePrep), and if you have any questions, please feel free to email nhsameshigh@gmail.com. All are welcome!

Financial Aid night for parents of juniors – Monday, April 5, 2021 at 6 pm. A representative from the Iowa College Access Network will be giving a webinar to explain the procedure to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the many steps involved in the financial aid process. This is a very informative evening for junior parents (but all are welcome). The registration link for the financial aid night on Monday, April 5th at 6:00pm is below.  It will be recorded so parents who miss the live zoom webinar can view later.  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8BzRKgJHRFmvzvjNDL78lA

High School AI Summer Program by MIT Graduates invite students in all grades to participate in live online video sessions where they work in small groups (4:1 student-instructor ratio) with mentors from MIT and Stanford to learn the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, participate in critical discussions about ethical implications, and develop a socially impactful project in domains such as healthcare, media, art and more. Students can apply their diverse interests to trace different strains of COVID-19, identify exoplanets using NASA datasets, prevent the spread of fake news online, conduct algorithmic stock trading, and more. Apply here by March 31st for the spring or summer sessions.

Are you interested in a Roller Coaster competition? The Iowa Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Iowa State University are planning the competition, and they hope there may be some students interested in participating. Check out he following link to the Roller Coaster website: https://iowaalpha.tbp.org/roller-coaster-competition/.   In conformity with COVID-19 precautions, this year’s Roller Coaster Competition will be held virtually! Additionally, high school seniors pursuing engineering at Iowa State are eligible for a scholarship through Tau Beta Pi by entering this competition. Submission of entries will officially open April 1, 2021, and close on April 15, 2021 for our students to judge the entries.

Harvard is hosting for the very first time, Harvard International Relations Scholars Program. The top program for high school students around the world interested in international relations. Admitted students will learn from workshops led by Harvard professors and experienced policymakers, government officials, and regional experts. Confirmed experts already include the President of Brookings, U.S. Ambassadors, and senior White House officials. More information and the application can be found on their website: harvardforeignpolicy.org/harvardirscholarsprogram. Early application deadline is April 1st; final deadline is May 1st. Full or half financial aid will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March.  Here are some interesting women’s history facts:

  • Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb was the first woman to pass astronaut testing in 1961.  But she wasn’t allowed to travel to space due to her gender. She testified on Capitol Hill in 1962, saying, “We women pilots who want to be part of the research and participation in space exploration are not trying to join a battle of the sexes,” according to the New York Times. “We see, only, a place in our nation’s space future without discrimination.”  But John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, opposed her.  He said “it is just a fact” that women don’t do certain things that men do, such as go to war and fly airplanes. “The fact that women are not in this field is a fact of our social order,” he said.

  • Twenty years later, Sally Ride was the first woman in space, and the first gay astronaut.  Sally Ride became the first woman in space on June 18, 1983, when she flew on the space shuttle Challenger. It wasn’t until her death that her obituary revealed she was gay; it referred to Tam O’Shaughnessy as her “partner of 27 years.”

  • Women couldn’t get credit cards of their own until 1974.  Until Congress passed the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974, women couldn’t get credit cards in their own name. Often, they had to bring a man along to cosign for them, according to Smithsonian magazine. Legal work done by late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg laid the foundation for the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, as well as many other basic rights women have today, including the ability to attend state-funded schools, protection from pregnancy discrimination at work, and the ability to serve on juries, according to USA Today.

For more interesting facts, see Women’s Day “21 Fascinating Women’s History Month Facts.”

Lunch today is Cheese Stuffed Breadsticks with marinara sauce and seasoned peas.

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

EVEN Block Day

We must properly wear masks: Now that we’re hopefully getting back into the flow of school, please remember to wear your mask fully above your nose and mouth at all times in classrooms and hallways.  The only time you’re allowed to remove your mask is when you’re eating lunch in your designated area.  Please help us to keep school-based cases down by properly wearing your mask and maintaining social distancing when possible.

Tomorrow is a full-day of school.  All students are expected to attend school as it is one of our four Fridays students will attend during the second semester.

Seniors who have not completed their CPR requirement are asked to sign up for one of the  sessions below.  Remote students may participate in these sessions, if they wish.  The sessions on April 2 will be in the gym, where participants will be spread out and will be working one to a CPR mannequin (no rescue breathing is required).  Other options for Remote students are being explored.  Please contact your counselor if you do not know if you have already completed this requirement.

CPR Training with National Guard on Balcony overlooking courtyard
Friday, March 26

CPR Training with National Guard in Gym
Friday April 2

The Ames High National Honor Society students are hosting a College Preparation Series for anyone getting ready for or are simply curious about the college application process. NHS senior students will share their experience in their college preparation process in this four-part series, which will be held throughout March and April. It will cover everything from navigating the application process in times of COVID-19, resources for first-generation/low-income students, and include a presentation and Q&A from an ISU Advisor. The first of the series, titled “College Search and Organization Strategies,” will be on March 29th @ 7:00 p.m. over Zoom. To sign-up to attend the speaker series through Zoom, please go to this link (tinyurl.com/NHSCollegePrep), and if you have any questions, please feel free to email nhsameshigh@gmail.com. All are welcome!

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT FOR PARENTS OF JUNIORS – MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2021 AT 6 PM
A representative from the Iowa College Access Network will be giving a webinar to explain the procedure to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the many steps involved in the financial aid process. This is a very informative evening for junior parents (but all are welcome). The registration link for the financial aid night on Monday, April 5th at 6:00pm is https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8BzRKgJHRFmvzvjNDL78lA.  It will be recorded so parents who miss the live zoom webinar can view later.  

Important Parking Update:  Starting Monday, March 29 ALL STUDENTS with current parking passes may park in the upper lot.  That lot is the only authorized parking area for students for the remainder of the year.  We will discontinue using Furman as of Monday.  Students MAY NOT park on 20th Street.  Please display your parking pass on your rearview mirror and be sure to park in the appropriate lot.  We are canvassing the lot to see if we can allow more students to park in the upper lot, so please adhere to these expectations.  Failure to do so will result in a parking ticket.

Ames High Girls Soccer is looking for student managers!  Students who enjoy being around sports and being part of a team should apply.  Some of the responsibilities would include taking stats, filming games, setting up and assisting at practices and coordinating game day activities. Interested students should talk or email Coach Myers (bobby.myers@ames.k12.ia.us).

The deadline for contracting for a grade with pass/fail option is tomorrow, March 26th. Get a form from your counselor if interested. This option needs to be renewed each semester.

High School AI Summer Program by MIT Graduates invite students in all grades to participate in live online video sessions where they work in small groups (4:1 student-instructor ratio) with mentors from MIT and Stanford to learn the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, participate in critical discussions about ethical implications, and develop a socially impactful project in domains such as healthcare, media, art and more. Students can apply their diverse interests to trace different strains of COVID-19, identify exoplanets using NASA datasets, prevent the spread of fake news online, conduct algorithmic stock trading, and more. Apply here by March 31st for the spring or summer sessions.

Are you interested in a Roller Coaster competition? The Iowa Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Iowa State University is planning the competition, and they hope there may be some students interested in participating. Check out he following link to the Roller Coaster website: https://iowaalpha.tbp.org/roller-coaster-competition/.  In conformity with COVID-19 precautions, this year’s Roller Coaster Competition will be held virtually! Additionally, high school seniors pursuing engineering at Iowa State are eligible for a scholarship through Tau Beta Pi by entering this competition. Submission of entries will officially open April 1, 2021, and close on April 15, 2021 for our students to judge the entries.

Harvard is hosting for the very first time, Harvard International Relations Scholars Program. The top program for high school students around the world interested in international relations. Admitted students will learn from workshops led by Harvard professors and experienced policymakers, government officials, and regional experts. Confirmed experts already include the President of Brookings, U.S. Ambassadors, and senior White House officials. More information and the application can be found on their website: harvardforeignpolicy.org/harvardirscholarsprogram. Early application deadline is April 1st; final deadline is May 1st. Full or half financial aid will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Come check out our school Musical, Grease, Friday, 7:30 pm; Saturday, 7:30 pm; and Sunday 2:00 pm. See Mrs. Dieter for details.

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March.  Recent research found that 42 percent of women still face gender discrimination at work. They also face the “motherhood penalty,” in which women earn less money after they become mothers while men who become fathers actually earn more. These prevailing inequities are exactly why Women’s History Month, which is recognized in March, matters so much. Sharing Women’s History Month facts and the stories of historic women isn’t trivial — it helps celebrate those women who paved the way, and those who are fighting for and representing women now.  Women’s History Month isn’t perfect. Professor Kimberly A. Hamlin argued in a Washington Post op-ed that when men make history, it’s just called “history.” But when women make history, it’s “women’s history.” It’s a fair point to keep in mind, now and especially as the country moves forward to a more equitable tomorrow. The below facts about women’s history and contributions of women aren’t historic because they’re historic just for women — they’re historic for everyone.

Lunch today is Crispy Chicken Breast Tenders and seasoned broccoli with cheese sauce.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

ODD Block Day

We must properly wear masks: Now that we’re hopefully getting back into the flow of school, please remember to wear your mask fully above your nose and mouth at all times in classrooms and hallways.  The only time you’re allowed to remove your mask is when you’re eating lunch in your designated area.  Please help us to keep school-based cases down by properly wearing your mask and maintaining social distancing when possible.

Friday, March 26 is a full-day of school.  All students are expected to attend school as it is one of our four Fridays students will attend during the second semester.

CPR Qualifications for Graduating Seniors:  Those in need of obtaining their CPR qualifications, which is required for graduation have two dates to receive training at AHS, Friday, March 26 and Friday, April 2.  Seniors, check your email for details and the link to sign up for your slot.  Remember, you can NOT graduate without proof that you have obtained your CPR qualifications.

There is a softball preseason meeting today at 2:45 p.m. in the cafeteria for girls wanting to play softball this season. Please plan on attending. If you cannot attend, email Ian Smith to get all the information.

Ames High Girls Soccer is looking for student managers!  Students who enjoy being around sports and being part of a team should apply.  Some of the responsibilities would include taking stats, filming games, setting up and assisting at practices and coordinating game day activities. Interested students should talk or email Coach Myers (bobby.myers@ames.k12.ia.us).

Important Parking Notification:  Students, the only two places where students are authorized to park are in the upper lot where the new building is being built and at Furman.  Students MAY NOT park on 20th Street.  Please display your parking pass on your rearview mirror and be sure to park in the appropriate lot.  We are canvassing the lot to see if we can allow more students to park in the upper lot, so please adhere to these expectations.  Failure to do so will result in a parking ticket.

Contracting for a grade with pass/fail option is March 26th. Get a form from your counselor if interested. This option needs to be renewed each semester.

High School AI Summer Program by MIT Graduates invite students in all grades to participate in live online video sessions where they work in small groups (4:1 student-instructor ratio) with mentors from MIT and Stanford to learn the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, participate in critical discussions about ethical implications, and develop a socially impactful project in domains such as healthcare, media, art and more. Students can apply their diverse interests to trace different strains of COVID-19, identify exoplanets using NASA datasets, prevent the spread of fake news online, conduct algorithmic stock trading, and more. Apply here by March 31st for the spring or summer sessions.

Are you interested in a Roller Coaster competition? The Iowa Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at Iowa State University is planning the competition, and they hope there may be some students interested in participating. Check out he following link to the Roller Coaster website: https://iowaalpha.tbp.org/roller-coaster-competition/.  In conformity with COVID-19 precautions, this year’s Roller Coaster Competition will be held virtually! Additionally, high school seniors pursuing engineering at Iowa State are eligible for a scholarship through Tau Beta Pi by entering this competition. Submission of entries will officially open April 1, 2021, and close on April 15, 2021 for our students to judge the entries.

Harvard is hosting for the very first time, Harvard International Relations Scholars Program. The top program for high school students around the world interested in international relations. Admitted students will learn from workshops led by Harvard professors and experienced policymakers, government officials, and regional experts. Confirmed experts already include the President of Brookings, U.S. Ambassadors, and senior White House officials. More information and the application can be found on their website: harvardforeignpolicy.org/harvardirscholarsprogram. Early application deadline is April 1st; final deadline is May 1st. Full or half financial aid will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March.  Today is Equal Pay Day 2021, which means that today, women who worked all of 2020 up until today reached the same pay as men in 2020 (the previous year) alone.  The pandemic has been particularly difficult for women. they have left the workforce at four times the rate of men, especially Black women and women of color.  To find out more, see the Forbes article, “Equal Pay Day 2021: Pandemic Impact And How To Close The Wage Gap.”

Lunch today is Turkey Taco Pie and seasoned corn.

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2021-2022 Academic Calendar Approved

2021-2022 Calendar Approved

The 2021-2022 school year calendar was approved by the Ames school board on Monday, March 22, 2021. In many ways, the 2021-2022 calendar will be a return to normal after numerous adjustments were made to the 20-21 academic dates due to the pandemic. These include the return to parent/teacher conferences, professional development works days, as well as weather-related delays and closures. 

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

EVEN Block Day

Welcome back from Spring Break!  Now that we’re hopefully getting back into the flow of school, please remember to wear your mask fully above your nose and mouth at all times in classrooms and hallways.  The only time you’re allowed to remove your mask is when you’re eating lunch in your designated area.  Please help us to keep school-based cases down by properly wearing your mask and maintaining social distancing when possible.

Congratulations to 10th grader David Lee for his accomplishments at the Western Iowa Science & Engineering Fair (WISEF).  David presented his research project, The Mental Health Paradox Entertainment from Technology amidst the pandemic, at the virtual WISEF fair, and was awarded the following: 

  • American Psychological Award

  • High School Biological Category 3rd Place

  • the Larry Schwinger Presentation Award ($50)

WISEF’s mission is to develop the innovative skills of Iowa’s students and teachers in science, technology, engineering, and math through partnerships with schools,  local businesses, and organizations.  By providing a competitive environment in which students can showcase their research, WISEF staff, leaders, and members strive to recognize the accomplishment and efforts of Iowa students, and promote students advancing their knowledge through collegiate studies in the STEM fields.   For more information please visit https://www.westerniowasef.org/

There will be a softball preseason meeting on Wednesday, March 24 at 2:45 p.m. in the cafeteria for girls wanting to play softball this season. Please plan on attending. If you cannot attend, email Ian Smith to get all the information.

Ames High Girls Soccer is looking for student managers!  Students who enjoy being around sports and being part of a team should apply.  Some of the responsibilities could include taking stats, filming games, setting up and assisting at practices and coordinating game day activities. Interested students should talk or email Coach Myers (bobby.myers@ames.k12.ia.us).

Important Parking Notification:  Students, the only two places where students are authorized to park are in the upper lot where the new building is being built and at Furman.  Students MAY NOT park on 20th Street.  Please display your parking pass on your rearview mirror and be sure to park in the appropriate lot.  We are canvassing the lot to see if we can allow more students to park in the upper lot, so please adhere to these expectations.  Failure to do so will result in a parking ticket.

Contracting for a grade with pass/fail option is March 26th. Get a form from your counselor if interested. This option needs to be renewed each semester.

High School AI Summer Program by MIT Graduates invite students in all grades to participate in live online video sessions where they work in small groups (4:1 student-instructor ratio) with mentors from MIT and Stanford to learn the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, participate in critical discussions about ethical implications, and develop a socially impactful project in domains such as healthcare, media, art and more. Students can apply their diverse interests to trace different strains of COVID-19, identify exoplanets using NASA datasets, prevent the spread of fake news online, conduct algorithmic stock trading, and more. Apply here by March 31st for the spring or summer sessions.

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March.  More than 100 years after the milestone passage of the 19th Amendment legally protecting women’s right to vote, women continue to be trailblazers, pioneers, innovators, and leaders in their fields. The National Park Services encourages you to explore women’s history in national parks and places in communities across the country and learn how women are leaders in stewardship and conservation of America’s natural and cultural treasures today.

Lunch today is Cheese Pizza Cruncher with marinara sauce and roasted green beans.

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