Dear Amazing AHS Parents/Guardians:
I hope you and your students have had a great first week back from spring break.
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:
Way to go Ames High Speechies!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 ( email@example.com) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.