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Friday, April 30, 2021

Regular Schedule 

Read these recent stories and more in Ames High’s student newspaper, The WEB: Ames Track and Field, More than Farming, Revelación, WandaVision, A-dong Restaurant, Hey Babe! and One-way hallways. Follow ameshighweb on Instagram.

Students are NOT allowed to leave during lunchtime or get food ordered to the school. We are a closed Campus and are not allowing either of these this year. Also, your parents need to fill out the online form or call in for an excused absence. Students are NOT allowed to fill the form out or call themselves in. 

All girls that are interested in running cross country next year, we are starting our summer voluntary running program on May 3rd this year. If you would like to receive information on everything that we will be doing, then please contact Coach Anderson by email cole.anderson@ames.k12.ia.us to get signed up. More information to come on a cross country meeting towards the end of May. Look forward to hearing from you!

Looking for a way to work through daily stress? Student Yoga is back! Yoga has many benefits including stress management, breathing techniques, brighter moods, improved strength and flexibility, and an overall good workout! Please come to a 45 minute yoga session on Thursday, May 6 at 2:45 in the spirit room off the gym balcony. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP to Ms. DiBlasi as space is limited! 

Today is Film Friday, the final day of Green Week! We will have a virtual documentary night at 7 PM, during which we will announce the winners of the Instagram contest and the bike raffle. The documentary is called This Changes Everything and the zoom link will be posted on the CAUSE Instagram. For more information, check out the Green Week Poster.

Gear up with Little Cyclones spirit wear! The Ames softball online store will be open through Sunday, May 9, https://www.siglershop.com/AmesHighSoftball/shop/home. Spirit wear items include hats, visors, hoodies, shirts and tank tops.

The Application for the Ripp Family Scholarship is available in Naviance. The deadline for filing is today, April 30th. Eligibility: Ames High School second-generation graduating senior. Restrictions: Iowa college or university preferred, out-of-state will be considered. Majors in Education or the Medical field will receive priority. Many other scholarship opportunities are available in Naviance.

Ames CSD is partnering with Story County Public Health to host a COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine Clinic on Wednesday, May 5th starting at 4:30 pm, and appointments are required. 

Who is eligible? ACSD students 16 years of age and older and other adults living in their household. Those who register must also be available on May 26th at the same time for their second dose. Please make sure both May 5th and May 26 work before scheduling an appointment.

Where? The clinic will take place at the Ames School District Offices Building (2005 24th St, Ames, IA). APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED. Please click here to select an appointment time.

What to remember for your appointment day:

•Bring a completed copy of the consent form for each person receiving the vaccine. It is linked here, or you can pick up a paper copy in the Ames High Auxiliary Office. 

•Arrive on time (and thank you in advance for that!). 

•Wear a mask and a shirt that will allow access to your upper arm/shoulder.

•Bring a form of ID (and again, your signed consent form)

•Following receiving the vaccine you will be monitored for 15 minutes before leaving.

The Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) information for Pfizer can be found here

Please contact Kathi Arnold, ACSD Emergency Management Coordinator (kathi.arnold@ames.k12.ia.us) with any questions.

 

PROM 2021 “Midnight Garden”  will be from 9PM-11:30PM at Reiman Gardens on Saturday, May 15 (doors close @ 10PM). Tickets are $20 and will be sold starting May 10th. Tickets must be purchased in advance — you cannot buy them at the door. All students attending (AHS and Out of School Guests) must complete and turn in a Prom Waiver in order to be able to purchase tickets. Forms can be found in the Auxiliary Office. 

Seniors and Juniors are invited and may bring one guest to the dance (guests must currently be a high school student from AHS or another high school). Out of school date forms can be picked up in the Auxiliary office and must be turned in no later than Wednesday, May 5th. No late exceptions! 

There will be no after-prom; however, there will be prizes given out through a raffle throughout the dance. Make sure to follow @ameshsprom2021 on Instagram to stay updated with any more information.

High School and Middle school AI + Social Good Programs by Stanford PhD Students 
Inspirit AI offers live online (25 hours) enrichment programs that expose high school students (Grades 9-12) and middle school students (Grades 5-8) to fundamental artificial intelligence concepts and the opportunity to build socially impactful projects in areas including art, journalism, education, and more. Taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford and MIT, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1. Students of all backgrounds may apply here for our high school program and apply here for our middle school programs by April 30th. For detailed course information, check out our high school website and brochure or our middle school website and flyers. Please contact Aidan Goltra at arg2198@columbia.edu with any questions. 

April is National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM).  It takes a rich tapestry of people to make a nation the best it can be. During Arab American Heritage Month, we recognize the contributions of U.S. citizens of Middle Eastern descent. Arab Americans’ positive impact on the United States overall can’t be understated, but a few famous Arab Americans stand out in their ranks. These notable Arab-Americans have shaped our country in so many ways, including in the areas of government, business, fashion, entertainment, medicine, and so much more. Read their stories and get inspired to make a difference in your own way.

  • Former San Diego Chargers quarterback Doug Flutie, who threw the “miracle touchdown” pass for Boston College, won the Heisman Trophy in 1984. In 1986 he signed with the NFL’s Chicago Bears and in 1994, he threw a record 48 touchdown passes while playing for the Canadian Football League Stampeders. Flutie returned to the NFL in 1998 with the Buffalo Bills, where he won the Pro Bowl and NFL Comeback Player of the Year. He also played for the San Diego Chargers from 2001 to 2004, and finished his career as a member of the New England Patriots in 2005.

  • Candy Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) after her 13-year-old daughter Cari was struck and killed by a drunk driver on May 3, 1980. The sentence given to the repeat offender of driving while intoxicated outraged Lightner, who had to do something. Today, MADD is the largest crime victims’ assistance organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters.

  • You’ve probably seen Salma Hayek, who is of Lebanese and Mexican descent, in one of her many movies or TV shows, over the years. Since 1989, Hayek has starred in numerous award-winning films, including Frida, Wild Wild West, and Fools Rush In. She’s also an advocate for victims of domestic abuse, immigrant rights, and refugees.

April is National Autism Awareness Month.  As it’s been shared all this month, it’s important for students, staff, teachers, and the wider community to widen our knowledge and horizons about the different kinds of people, cultures, backgrounds and conditions.   Autism Self Advocacy Network as a great source of information and perspectives about Autism, often written and/or presented by members of the Autism community.  To learn more about the ASAN, read about their history and advocacy work HERE.

Lunch today is Creamy Chicken Broccoli Casserole and Glazed Carrots. 

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Ames High Named “Best” High School in National Report

US News Best High School

The 2021 U.S. News and World Report Best High School rankings have been released and Ames High School has been named fifth in the state and 1,431st in the nation. The Ames High earned a “Best” ranking, a commendation reserved for the top 40% of schools in this ranking program. U.S. News “Best” badges are widely recognized as symbols of excellence in U.S. education.

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

EVEN Block Schedule

Reminder: This Friday, April 30, will be an attendance day for all AHS students.  This is the third of four Fridays.  The last one will be Friday, June 4. Like in February, we are hosting a mini-conference on Mental Health. We will follow the same Friday schedule that we did on February 26.  ALL on campus are expected to attend the mini-conference.  Sign ups for sessions will occur Thursday, April 29, during 2nd and 6th periods.  Students will have access to session titles and descriptions.  Those who choose to opt out, may stream a presentation or quietly work in an overflow room. Students will not be permitted to leave campus unless excused by a parent/guardian. 

Students are NOT allowed to leave during lunchtime or get food ordered to the school. We are a closed Campus and are not allowing either of these this year. Also, your parents need to fill out the online form or call in for an excused absence. Students are NOT allowed to fill the form out or call themselves in. 

All girls that are interested in running cross country next year, we are starting our summer voluntary running program on May 3rd this year. If you would like to receive information on everything that we will be doing, then please contact Coach Anderson by email cole.anderson@ames.k12.ia.us to get signed up. More information to come on a cross country meeting towards the end of May. Look forward to hearing from you!

Looking for a way to work through daily stress? Student Yoga is back! Yoga has many benefits including stress management, breathing techniques, brighter moods, improved strength and flexibility, and an overall good workout! Please come to a 45 minute yoga session on Thursday, May 6 at 2:45 in the spirit room off the gym balcony. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP to Ms. DiBlasi as space is limited! 

Today is Trivia Thursday! To enter the Instagram contest, post your favorite Earth-related trivia and tag @ahscause. We will have a virtual trivia night at 7 PM and the winner will be entered into the raffle. The zoom link will be posted on the CAUSE Instagram. Tomorrow is Film Friday, so we will be having a virtual documentary night at 7 PM, during which we will announce the winners of the Instagram contest and the bike raffle. The documentary is called This Changes Everything. For more information, check out the Green Week Poster.

The Application for the Ripp Family Scholarship is available in Naviance. The deadline for filing is tomorrow, April 30th. Eligibility: Ames High School second-generation graduating senior. Restrictions: Iowa college or university preferred, out-of-state will be considered. Majors in Education or the Medical field will receive priority. Many other scholarship opportunities are available in Naviance.

Gear up with Little Cyclones spirit wear! The Ames softball online store will be open through Sunday, May 9, https://www.siglershop.com/AmesHighSoftball/shop/home. Spirit wear items include hats, visors, hoodies, shirts and tank tops.

Ames CSD is partnering with Story County Public Health to host a COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine Clinic on Wednesday, May 5th starting at 4:30 pm, and appointments are required. 

Who is eligible? ACSD students 16 years of age and older and other adults living in their household. Those who register must also be available on May 26th at the same time for their second dose. Please make sure both May 5th and May 26 work before scheduling an appointment.  Where? The clinic will take place at the Ames School District Offices Building (2005 24th St, Ames, IA). APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED. Please click here to select an appointment time.  What to remember for your appointment day:

  • Bring a completed copy of the consent form for each person receiving the vaccine. It is linked here, or you can pick up a paper copy in the Ames High Auxiliary Office. 

  • Arrive on time (and thank you in advance for that!). 

  • Wear a mask and a shirt that will allow access to your upper arm/shoulder.

  • Bring a form of ID (and again, your signed consent form)

  • Following receiving the vaccine you will be monitored for 15 minutes before leaving.

The Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) information for Pfizer can be found here.  Please contact Kathi Arnold, ACSD Emergency Management Coordinator (kathi.arnold@ames.k12.ia.us) with any questions.

 

 

PROM 2021 “Midnight Garden”  will be from 9PM-11:30PM at Reiman Gardens on Saturday, May 15 (doors close @ 10PM). Tickets are $20 and will be sold starting May 10th. Tickets must be purchased in advance — you cannot buy them at the door. All students attending (AHS and Out of School Guests) must complete and turn in a Prom Waiver in order to be able to purchase tickets. Forms can be found in the Auxiliary Office.  Seniors and Juniors are invited and may bring one guest to the dance (guests must currently be a high school student from AHS or another high school). Out of school date forms can be picked up in the Auxiliary office and must be turned in no later than Wednesday, May 5th. No late exceptions!  There will be no after-prom; however, there will be prizes given out through a raffle throughout the dance. Make sure to follow @ameshsprom2021 on Instagram to stay updated with any more information.

High School and Middle school AI + Social Good Programs by Stanford PhD Students
Inspirit AI offers live online (25 hours) enrichment programs that expose high school students (Grades 9-12) and middle school students (Grades 5-8) to fundamental artificial intelligence concepts and the opportunity to build socially impactful projects in areas including art, journalism, education, and more. Taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford and MIT, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1. Students of all backgrounds may apply here for our high school program and apply here for our middle school programs by April 30th. For detailed course information, check out our high school website and brochure or our middle school website and flyers. Please contact Aidan Goltra at arg2198@columbia.edu with any questions.

April is National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM).  It takes a rich tapestry of people to make a nation the best it can be. During Arab American Heritage Month, we recognize the contributions of U.S. citizens of Middle Eastern descent. Arab Americans’ positive impact on the United States overall can’t be understated, but a few famous Arab Americans stand out in their ranks. These notable Arab-Americans have shaped our country in so many ways, including in the areas of government, business, fashion, entertainment, medicine, and so much more. Read their stories and get inspired to make a difference in your own way.

  • Former San Diego Chargers quarterback Doug Flutie, who threw the “miracle touchdown” pass for Boston College, won the Heisman Trophy in 1984. In 1986 he signed with the NFL’s Chicago Bears and in 1994, he threw a record 48 touchdown passes while playing for the Canadian Football League Stampeders. Flutie returned to the NFL in 1998 with the Buffalo Bills, where he won the Pro Bowl and NFL Comeback Player of the Year. He also played for the San Diego Chargers from 2001 to 2004, and finished his career as a member of the New England Patriots in 2005.

  • Candy Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) after her 13-year-old daughter Cari was struck and killed by a drunk driver on May 3, 1980. The sentence given to the repeat offender of driving while intoxicated outraged Lightner, who had to do something. Today, MADD is the largest crime victims’ assistance organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters.

  • You’ve probably seen Salma Hayek, who is of Lebanese and Mexican descent, in one of her many movies or TV shows, over the years. Since 1989, Hayek has starred in numerous award-winning films, including Frida, Wild Wild West, and Fools Rush In. She’s also an advocate for victims of domestic abuse, immigrant rights, and refugees.

April is National Autism Awareness Month.   As it’s been shared all this month, it’s important for students, staff, teachers, and the wider community to widen our knowledge and horizons about the different kinds of people, cultures, backgrounds and conditions.   Autism Self Advocacy Network as a great source of information and perspectives about Autism, often written and/or presented by members of the Autism community.  To learn more about the ASAN, read about their history and advocacy work HERE.

Lunch today is Cheese Stuffed Breadsticks, Marinara Sauce and Seasoned Mixed Vegetables.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

ODD Block Schedule

Reminder: This Friday, April 30, will be an attendance day for all AHS students.  This is the third of four Fridays.  The last one will be Friday, June 4. Like in February, we are hosting a mini-conference on Mental Health. We will follow the same Friday schedule that we did on February 26.  ALL on campus are expected to attend the mini-conference.  Sign ups for sessions will occur Thursday, April 29, during 2nd and 6th periods.  Students will have access to session titles and descriptions.  Those who choose to opt out, may stream a presentation or quietly work in an overflow room. Students will not be permitted to leave campus unless excused by a parent/guardian. 

All girls that are interested in running cross country next year, we are starting our summer voluntary running program on May 3rd this year. If you would like to receive information on everything that we will be doing, then please contact Coach Anderson by email cole.anderson@ames.k12.ia.us to get signed up. More information to come on a cross country meeting towards the end of May. Look forward to hearing from you!

Looking for a way to work through daily stress? Student Yoga is back! Yoga has many benefits including stress management, breathing techniques, brighter moods, improved strength and flexibility, and an overall good workout! Please come to a 45 minute yoga session on Thursday, May 6 at 2:45 in the spirit room off the gym balcony. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP to Ms. DiBlasi as space is limited! 

Today is Nature Wednesday! Take a photo of yourself wearing green, post it, and tag @ahscause Instagram to be entered into the contest. We will also have a Trail Walk after school. Meet in Mr. Reichert’s room. Tomorrow is Trivia Thursday. To enter the Instagram contest, post your favorite Earth-related trivia and tag @ahscause. We will have a virtual trivia night at 7 PM and the winner will be entered into the raffle. The zoom link will be posted on the CAUSE Instagram. For more information, check out the Green Week Poster.

The Application for the Ripp Family Scholarship is available in Naviance. The deadline for filing is April 30th. Eligibility: Ames High School second-generation graduating senior. Restrictions: Iowa college or university preferred, out-of-state will be considered. Majors in Education or the Medical field will receive priority. Many other scholarship opportunities are available in Naviance.

Ames CSD is partnering with Story County Public Health to host a COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine Clinic on Wednesday, May 5th starting at 4:30 pm, and appointments are required. 

Who is eligible? ACSD students 16 years of age and older and other adults living in their household. Those who register must also be available on May 26th at the same time for their second dose. Please make sure both May 5th and May 26 work before scheduling an appointment.

Where? The clinic will take place at the Ames School District Offices Building (2005 24th St, Ames, IA). APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED. Please click here to select an appointment time.

What to remember for your appointment day:

•Bring a completed copy of the consent form for each person receiving the vaccine. It is linked here, or you can pick up a paper copy in the Ames High Auxiliary Office. 

•Arrive on time (and thank you in advance for that!). 

•Wear a mask and a shirt that will allow access to your upper arm/shoulder.

•Bring a form of ID (and again, your signed consent form)

•Following receiving the vaccine you will be monitored for 15 minutes before leaving.

The Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) information for Pfizer can be found here

Please contact Kathi Arnold, ACSD Emergency Management Coordinator (kathi.arnold@ames.k12.ia.us) with any questions.

 

PROM 2021 “Midnight Garden”  will be from 9PM-11:30PM at Reiman Gardens on Saturday, May 15 (doors close @ 10PM). Tickets are $20 and will be sold starting May 10th. Tickets must be purchased in advance — you cannot buy them at the door. All students attending (AHS and Out of School Guests) must complete and turn in a Prom Waiver in order to be able to purchase tickets. Forms can be found in the Auxiliary Office.  Seniors and Juniors are invited and may bring one guest to the dance (guests must currently be a high school student from AHS or another high school). Out of school date forms can be picked up in the Auxiliary office and must be turned in no later than Wednesday, May 5th. No late exceptions!  There will be no after-prom; however, there will be prizes given out through a raffle throughout the dance. Make sure to follow @ameshsprom2021 on Instagram to stay updated with any more information.

High School and Middle school AI + Social Good Programs by Stanford PhD Students 
Inspirit AI offers live online (25 hours) enrichment programs that expose high school students (Grades 9-12) and middle school students (Grades 5-8) to fundamental artificial intelligence concepts and the opportunity to build socially impactful projects in areas including art, journalism, education, and more. Taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford and MIT, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1. Students of all backgrounds may apply here for our high school program and apply here for our middle school programs by April 30th. For detailed course information, check out our high school website and brochure or our middle school website and flyers. Please contact Aidan Goltra at arg2198@columbia.edu with any questions. 

April is National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM).  Though it’s not federally recognized, many states and municipalities take the initiative to celebrate the history, contributions, and culture of the diverse population of Arab Americans.  The theme of Arab American Heritage Month in 2021 is “Mosaic,” with a focus on educators, writers, poets and musicians, said Warren David, president of the national Arab America foundation. Between April 11 and April 25, Arab America will present three online events to celebrate the month. Here are a couple of notable Arab Americans who will be featured:

  • Writer Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the U.S. Today, she is a full professor at the University of California. Her 2014 novel, The Moor’s Account, won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her recent bestselling novel, The Other Americans, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. Her latest book, Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America, was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.  On May 26, 2021, she is one of the author panelists in The WNET Group virtual town hall series: New American Dream. BRAVER THAN THE ONE BEFORE IT: In Search of the New American Dream will be a conversation with Lalami and four other major authors on what America means and can become for people long kept at its margins. Learn more about the free online event.

  • In 2000, Lebanese American Ralph Nader ran for president against Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore. Nader wanted to shift politics to favor “the people.” Nader is featured in the special Perot and Nader – The Independents, part of ’16 for ’16: The Contenders. (source)

April is National Autism Awareness Month.   As it’s been shared all this month, it’s important for students, staff, teachers, and the wider community to widen our knowledge and horizons about the different kinds of people, cultures, backgrounds and conditions.   Autism Self Advocacy Network as a great source of information and perspectives about Autism, often written and/or presented by members of the Autism community.  To learn more about the ASAN, read about their history and advocacy work HERE.

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

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Friday, April 23, 2021

CONGRATULATIONS:

Congratulations — to the following students who worked very hard to get these results at their first state competition. They really enjoyed seeing what FFA is like on a statewide scale! Here are the results from the Ames FFA at the 93rd Iowa FFA Leadership Conference in Des Moines on April 19th and 20th. 

  • Freshman Josie Mowrer, advanced from districts to state contest for Creed Speaking. She did very well and received a Bronze rating. 

  • Juniors Hunter Gorman, William Hanson, and Anna Nguyen competed in Marketing Plan and received a Bronze rating.

  • Juniors Hailey Sibbel, Mikayla Kloth, and Jordon Kloth competed in Poultry Evaluation and received a Silver rating. Their team finished 28th out of 94 teams. 

I NFORMATION:

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources — Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is available for those 16 years of age and older, and the Moderna vaccine is available for those 18 years of age and older. The Janssen/ J&J vaccine is on pause. Below is a sample of statewide and local resources for finding and scheduling an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Statewide Resources:

  • Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine information website: Coronavirus Vaccine Providers. Click on the county on the map and get a list of providers & contact information for locations administering the vaccine. This website does not show appointment availability or type of vaccine for the location.

  • Vaccine Hunter (also available in Spanish). This website allows you to search by distance and type of vaccine available at that site. This resource shows available appointments by location and the website links to schedule an appointment. 

  • On Twitter: @IAVaccineAlerts. Automatically Tweets whenever there is an appointment available at  Hyvee, CVS and Walgreens in Iowa

  • Appointments can be made directly through the following websites: CVSHyveeMcFarland ClinicMedicapNuCaraStory County Medical CenterWalgreens, and Walmart.

Durham Bus Emergency Evacuation Drill — The required Spring bus emergency evacuation drills for Tuesday, April 27th . All schools, with the exception of Northwood, will be performing the drills at the start of afternoon routes. The Northwood AM class drill will be performed at the start of Midday dismissal. The Northwood PM class drill will be performed at St C in the afternoon. The Special Education routes will be tailored to particular special needs of the students. The attached document will be the information shared with the students. We anticipate the drills being less than ten minutes. If we are later than that, we will send out a textcaster notification to parents.

OPPORTUNITIES:

Ames High National Honor Society — is hosting a College Preparation Series for anyone getting ready for the college application process. The final session of the series, titled “Navigating CommonApp and Naviance,” will be on April 26th @ 7:00 p.m. over Zoom. Mrs. Zeiss will also be covering how to request a letter of recommendation. To sign-up to attend this final session (if you haven’t already), please go to this link ( tinyurl.com/NHSCollegePrep), and if you have any questions, please feel free to email nhsameshigh@gmail.com

PROM 2021 “Midnight Garden”–  will be from 9PM-11:30PM at Reiman Gardens on Saturday, May 15 (doors close @ 10PM). Tickets are $20 and will be sold starting May 10th. Tickets must be purchased in advance — you cannot buy them at the door. All students attending (AHS and Out of School Guests) must complete and turn in a Prom Waiver in order to be able to purchase tickets. Forms can be found in the Auxiliary Office.  Seniors and Juniors are invited and may bring one guest to the dance (guests must currently be a high school student from AHS or another high school). Out of school date forms can be picked up in the Auxiliary office and must be turned in no later than Wednesday, May 5th. No late exceptions!  There will be no after-prom; however, there will be prizes given out through a raffle throughout the dance. Make sure to follow @ameshsprom2021 on Instagram to stay updated with any more information.

High School and Middle school AI + Social Good Programs by Stanford PhD Students —  Inspirit AI offers live online (25 hours) enrichment programs that expose high school students (Grades 9-12) and middle school students (Grades 5-8) to fundamental artificial intelligence concepts and the opportunity to build socially impactful projects in areas including art, journalism, education, and more. Taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford and MIT, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1. Students of all backgrounds may apply here for our high school program and apply here for our middle school programs by April 30th. For detailed course information, check out our high school website and brochure or our middle school website and flyers. Please contact Aidan Goltra at arg2198@columbia.edu with any questions. 

INFORMATION:

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 Ames to see athletic events.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

EVEN Schedule

Congratulations to Yuer Zhu for earning the honor of All State Art again this year!! To earn this is quite the honor and to earn it both Junior and Senior year is really remarkable!! Yuer has done an outstanding job! 

All girls that are interested in running cross country next year, we are starting our summer voluntary running program on May 3rd this year. If you would like to receive information on everything that we will be doing, then please contact Coach Anderson by email cole.anderson@ames.k12.ia.us to get signed up. More information to come on a cross country meeting towards the end of May. Look forward to hearing from you!

Looking for a way to work through daily stress? Student Yoga is back! Yoga has many benefits including stress management, breathing techniques, brighter moods, improved strength and flexibility, and an overall good workout! Please come to a 45 minute yoga session on Thursday, May 6 at 2:45 in the spirit room off the gym balcony. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP to Ms. DiBlasi as space is limited! 

This is Green Week and today is Transportation Tuesday! Tomorrow is Nature Wednesday, so wear green. Take a photo of yourself wearing green, post it, and tag @ahscause Instagram to be entered into the contest. We will also have a Trail Walk after school. Meet in Mr. Reichert’s room. For more information, check out the Green Week Poster.

The Application for the Ripp Family Scholarship is available in Naviance. The deadline for filing is April 30th. Eligibility: Ames High School second-generation graduating senior. Restrictions: Iowa college or university preferred, out-of-state will be considered. Majors in Education or the Medical field will receive priority. Many other scholarship opportunities are available in Naviance.

 

PROM 2021 “Midnight Garden”  will be from 9PM-11:30PM at Reiman Gardens on Saturday, May 15 (doors close @ 10PM). Tickets are $20 and will be sold starting May 10th. Tickets must be purchased in advance — you cannot buy them at the door. All students attending (AHS and Out of School Guests) must complete and turn in a Prom Waiver in order to be able to purchase tickets. Forms can be found in the Auxiliary Office. Seniors and Juniors are invited and may bring one guest to the dance (guests must currently be a high school student from AHS or another high school). Out of school date forms can be picked up in the Auxiliary office and must be turned in no later than Wednesday, May 5th. No late exceptions!  There will be no after-prom; however, there will be prizes given out through a raffle throughout the dance. Make sure to follow @ameshsprom2021 on Instagram to stay updated with any more information.

High School and Middle school AI + Social Good Programs by Stanford PhD Students 
Inspirit AI offers live online (25 hours) enrichment programs that expose high school students (Grades 9-12) and middle school students (Grades 5-8) to fundamental artificial intelligence concepts and the opportunity to build socially impactful projects in areas including art, journalism, education, and more. Taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford and MIT, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1. Students of all backgrounds may apply here for our high school program and apply here for our middle school programs by April 30th. For detailed course information, check out our high school website and brochure or our middle school website and flyers. Please contact Aidan Goltra at arg2198@columbia.edu with any questions. 

April is National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM).  Though it’s not federally recognized, many states and municipalities take the initiative to celebrate the history, contributions, and culture of the diverse population of Arab Americans.  The theme of Arab American Heritage Month in 2021 is “Mosaic,” with a focus on educators, writers, poets and musicians, said Warren David, president of the national Arab America foundation. Between April 11 and April 25, Arab America will present three online events to celebrate the month. Here are a couple of notable Arab Americans who will be featured:

  • Writer Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the U.S. Today, she is a full professor at the University of California. Her 2014 novel, The Moor’s Account, won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her recent bestselling novel, The Other Americans, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. Her latest book, Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America, was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.  On May 26, 2021, she is one of the author panelists in The WNET Group virtual town hall series: New American Dream. BRAVER THAN THE ONE BEFORE IT: In Search of the New American Dream will be a conversation with Lalami and four other major authors on what America means and can become for people long kept at its margins. Learn more about the free online event.

  • In 2000, Lebanese American Ralph Nader ran for president against Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore. Nader wanted to shift politics to favor “the people.” Nader is featured in the special Perot and Nader – The Independents, part of ’16 for ’16: The Contenders. (source)

April is National Autism Awareness Month. As it’s been shared all this month, it’s important for students, staff, teachers, and the wider community to widen our knowledge and horizons about the different kinds of people, cultures, backgrounds and conditions.   Autism Self Advocacy Network as a great source of information and perspectives about Autism, often written and/or presented by members of the Autism community.  To learn more about the ASAN, read about their history and advocacy work HERE.

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

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Monday, April 26, 2021

ODD Schedule

The District Office is looking for a few students to attend the virtual Wellness Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 27th. They are seeking input from students that would improve the food service dept. (examples: additions to the menu, ideas to get more students to eat at school, etc.). If you are interested or willing to participate please see Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary office.

FYI, if you would like to place an announcement into the daily announcements or have questions or concerns regarding them, please email Mrs. Packer.

Ames High National Honor Society is hosting a College Preparation Series for anyone getting ready for the college application process. The final session of the series, titled “Navigating CommonApp and Naviance,” will be on April 26th @ 7:00 p.m. over Zoom. Mrs. Zeiss will also be covering how to request a letter of recommendation. To sign-up to attend this final session (if you haven’t already), please go to this link (tinyurl.com/NHSCollegePrep), and if you have any questions, please feel free to email nhsameshigh@gmail.com

The Application for the Ripp Family Scholarship is available in Naviance. The deadline for filing is April 30th. Eligibility: Ames High School second-generation graduating senior. Restrictions: Iowa college or university preferred, out-of-state will be considered. Majors in Education or the Medical field will receive priority. Many other scholarship opportunities are available in Naviance.

PROM 2021 “Midnight Garden”  will be from 9PM-11:30PM at Reiman Gardens on Saturday, May 15 (doors close @ 10PM). Tickets are $20 and will be sold starting May 10th. Tickets must be purchased in advance — you cannot buy them at the door. All students attending (AHS and Out of School Guests) must complete and turn in a Prom Waiver in order to be able to purchase tickets. Forms can be found in the Auxiliary Office.  Seniors and Juniors are invited and may bring one guest to the dance (guests must currently be a high school student from AHS or another high school). Out of school date forms can be picked up in the Auxiliary office and must be turned in no later than Wednesday, May 5th. No late exceptions!  There will be no after-prom; however, there will be prizes given out through a raffle throughout the dance. Make sure to follow @ameshsprom2021 on Instagram to stay updated with any more information.

High School and Middle school AI + Social Good Programs by Stanford PhD Students. Inspirit AI offers live online (25 hours) enrichment programs that expose high school students (Grades 9-12) and middle school students (Grades 5-8) to fundamental artificial intelligence concepts and the opportunity to build socially impactful projects in areas including art, journalism, education, and more. Taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford and MIT, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1. Students of all backgrounds may apply here for our high school program and apply here for our middle school programs by April 30th. For detailed course information, check out our high school website and brochure or our middle school website and flyers. Please contact Aidan Goltra at arg2198@columbia.edu with any questions. 

April is National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM).  Though it’s not federally recognized, many states and municipalities take the initiative to celebrate the history, contributions, and culture of the diverse population of Arab Americans.  The theme of Arab American Heritage Month in 2021 is “Mosaic,” with a focus on educators, writers, poets and musicians, said Warren David, president of the national Arab America foundation. Between April 11 and April 25, Arab America will present three online events to celebrate the month. Here are a couple of notable Arab Americans who will be featured:

  • Writer Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the U.S. Today, she is a full professor at the University of California. Her 2014 novel, The Moor’s Account, won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her recent bestselling novel, The Other Americans, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. Her latest book, Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America, was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.  On May 26, 2021, she is one of the author panelists in The WNET Group virtual town hall series: New American Dream. BRAVER THAN THE ONE BEFORE IT: In Search of the New American Dream will be a conversation with Lalami and four other major authors on what America means and can become for people long kept at its margins. Learn more about the free online event.

  • In 2000, Lebanese American Ralph Nader ran for president against Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore. Nader wanted to shift politics to favor “the people.” Nader is featured in the special Perot and Nader – The Independents, part of ’16 for ’16: The Contenders. (source)

April is National Autism Awareness Month.   As it’s been shared all this month, it’s important for students, staff, teachers, and the wider community to widen our knowledge and horizons about the different kinds of people, cultures, backgrounds and conditions.   Autism Self Advocacy Network as a great source of information and perspectives about Autism, often written and/or presented by members of the Autism community.  To learn more about the ASAN, read about their history and advocacy work HERE.

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

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Regular Schedule

The District Office is looking for a few students to attend the virtual Wellness Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 27th. They are seeking input from students that would improve the food service dept. (examples: additions to the menu, ideas to get more students to eat at school, etc.). If you are interested or willing to participate please see Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary office.

FYI, if you would like to place an announcement into the daily announcements or have questions or concerns regarding them, please email Mrs. Packer.

Ames High National Honor Society is hosting a College Preparation Series for anyone getting ready for the college application process. The final session of the series, titled “Navigating CommonApp and Naviance,” will be on April 26th @ 7:00 p.m. over Zoom. Mrs. Zeiss will also be covering how to request a letter of recommendation. To sign-up to attend this final session (if you haven’t already), please go to this link (tinyurl.com/NHSCollegePrep), and if you have any questions, please feel free to email nhsameshigh@gmail.com

The Application for the Ripp Family Scholarship is available in Naviance. The deadline for filing is April 30th. Eligibility: Ames High School second-generation graduating senior. Restrictions: Iowa college or university preferred, out-of-state will be considered. Majors in Education or the Medical field will receive priority. Many other scholarship opportunities are available in Naviance.

 

PROM 2021 “Midnight Garden”  will be from 9PM-11:30PM at Reiman Gardens on Saturday, May 15 (doors close @ 10PM). Tickets are $20 and will be sold starting May 10th. Tickets must be purchased in advance — you cannot buy them at the door. All students attending (AHS and Out of School Guests) must complete and turn in a Prom Waiver in order to be able to purchase tickets. Forms can be found in the Auxiliary Office.  Seniors and Juniors are invited and may bring one guest to the dance (guests must currently be a high school student from AHS or another high school). Out of school date forms can be picked up in the Auxiliary office and must be turned in no later than Wednesday, May 5th. No late exceptions!  There will be no after-prom; however, there will be prizes given out through a raffle throughout the dance. Make sure to follow @ameshsprom2021 on Instagram to stay updated with any more information.

Artificial Intelligence Camp  (www.ai-camp.org) created a National Scholarship Program for high school students. We’re offering all students full or partial scholarships. Students who receive a partial scholarship will pay only $29. This lecture series will introduce AI and careers in tech to you. No coding experience is needed. You can register it here: www.ai-camp.org/free-lesson. AI Camp is founded by Stanford Ph.Ds and advised by a Stanford Professor and CTOs in Silicon Valley. 

April is National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM).  Though it’s not federally recognized, many states and municipalities take the initiative to celebrate the history, contributions, and culture of the diverse population of Arab Americans.  At the beginning of this month, Ned Price, spokesperson for the US State Department released a statement about the importance and contributions Arab Americans have made to the US.  You can see the CNN story and clip HERE

April is National Autism Awareness Month.  As it’s been shared all this month, it’s important for students, staff, teachers, and the wider community to widen our knowledge and horizons about the different kinds of people, cultures, backgrounds and conditions.  As shared yesterday,  Autism Self Advocacy Network as a great source of information and perspectives about Autism, often written and/or presented by members of the Autism community.  To learn more about Autism, see the link to the ASAN page about Autism.

Lunch today is Barbecue Rib Patty with Roasted Broccoli.

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

EVEN Block Schedule

FYI, if you would like to place an announcement into the daily announcements or have questions or concerns regarding them, please email Mrs. Packer.

The Rice & Beans Dinner IS TONIGHT, April 22nd from 5-8 pm at Lockwood Cafe (4625 Reliable St). It will be a pick-up / carry out but there is outdoor seating available. We will be selling lemonade for $1, Rice & Beans for $3, or Rice & Beans + side salad for $5. The proceeds will go fund building and purchasing plants for the Reliable St. + SHEPH community garden. 

Students interested in summer job/volunteer opportunities, should please check the bulletin board outside of Student Services.

If a conference room in student services is needed for a student Zoom Meeting, you need to contact Mrs. Monroe in Student Services in advance to reserve the room, as the rooms fill up quickly.

Ames High National Honor Society is hosting a College Preparation Series for anyone getting ready for the college application process. The final session of the series, titled “Navigating CommonApp and Naviance,” will be on April 26th @ 7:00 p.m. over Zoom. Mrs. Zeiss will also be covering how to request a letter of recommendation. To sign-up to attend this final session (if you haven’t already), please go to this link (tinyurl.com/NHSCollegePrep), and if you have any questions, please feel free to email nhsameshigh@gmail.com

The Application for the Ripp Family Scholarship is available in Naviance. The deadline for filing is April 30th. Eligibility: Ames High School second-generation graduating senior. Restrictions: Iowa college or university preferred, out-of-state will be considered. Majors in Education or the Medical field will receive priority. Many other scholarship opportunities are available in Naviance.

PROM 2021 “Midnight Garden”  will be from 9PM-11:30PM at Reiman Gardens on Saturday, May 15 (doors close @ 10PM). Tickets are $20 and will be sold starting May 10th. Tickets must be purchased in advance — you cannot buy them at the door. All students attending (AHS and Out of School Guests) must complete and turn in a Prom Waiver in order to be able to purchase tickets. Forms can be found in the Auxiliary Office. 

Seniors and Juniors are invited and may bring one guest to the dance (guests must currently be a high school student from AHS or another high school). Out of school date forms can be picked up in the Auxiliary office and must be turned in no later than Wednesday, May 5th. No late exceptions! 

There will be no after-prom; however, there will be prizes given out through a raffle throughout the dance. Make sure to follow @ameshsprom2021 on Instagram to stay updated with any more information.

Artificial Intelligence Camp  (www.ai-camp.org) created a National Scholarship Program for high school students. We’re offering all students full or partial scholarships. Students who receive a partial scholarship will pay only $29. This lecture series will introduce AI and careers in tech to you. No coding experience is needed. You can register it here: www.ai-camp.org/free-lesson. AI Camp is founded by Stanford Ph.Ds and advised by a Stanford Professor and CTOs in Silicon Valley. 

Earth Day!  Today is Earth Day!!  Please do your part and take the opportunity to make a positive impact on the planet today.  Pick up 5 – 10 pieces of trash and/or litter and take a selfie or picture with you and your friends and send it to Dr. Nyberg on Twitter @vnnyberg #AHSPride #EarthDay2021.

April is National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM).  Though it’s not federally recognized, many states and municipalities take the initiative to celebrate the history, contributions, and culture of the diverse population of Arab Americans.  At the beginning of this month, Ned Price, spokesperson for the US State Department released a statement about the importance and contributions Arab Americans have made to the US.  You can the CNN story and clip HERE

April is National Autism Awareness Month.   As it’s been shared all this month, it’s important for students, staff, teachers, and the wider community to widen our knowledge and horizons about the different kinds of people, cultures, backgrounds and conditions.  As shared yesterday,  Autism Self Advocacy Network as a great source of information and perspectives about Autism, often written and/or presented by members of the Autism community.  To learn more about Autism, see the link to the ASAN page about Autism.

Lunch today is Crispy Chicken Breast Tenders and Baked Crinkle Fries.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

ODD Block Schedule

FYI, if you would like to place an announcement into the daily announcements or have questions or concerns regarding them, please email Mrs. Packer.

The Rice & Beans Dinner IS TOMORROW, April 22nd from 5-8 pm at Lockwood Cafe (4625 Reliable St). It will be a pick-up / carry out but there is outdoor seating available. We will be selling lemonade for $1, Rice & Beans for $3, or Rice & Beans + side salad for $5. The proceeds will go fund building and purchasing plants for the Reliable St. + SHEPH community garden. 

Volunteer Opportunity:  This Friday Northwood will take a field trip to the Miracle League Park on Duff Avenue.  They are in need of volunteers at the park to have extra eyes on their students, so they stay safe! They will wear bright orange t-shirts. Volunteers are not expected to support students directly, however, volunteers will be expected to wear a mask, social distance to the maximum extent possible, and will need to provide their own transportation.  Interested students should write their names on the spreadsheet HERE.  There are 12 spots remaining.  If you have questions, please contact the Northwood Principal at kristin.barber@ames.k12.ia.us.  

Students interested in summer job/volunteer opportunities, should please check the bulletin board outside of Student Services.

If a conference room in student services is needed for a student Zoom Meeting, you need to contact Mrs. Monroe in Student Services in advance to reserve the room, as the rooms fill up quickly.

Ames High National Honor Society is hosting a College Preparation Series for anyone getting ready for the college application process. The final session of the series, titled “Navigating CommonApp and Naviance,” will be on April 26th @ 7:00 p.m. over Zoom. Mrs. Zeiss will also be covering how to request a letter of recommendation. To sign-up to attend this final session (if you haven’t already), please go to this link (tinyurl.com/NHSCollegePrep), and if you have any questions, please feel free to email nhsameshigh@gmail.com

The Application for the Ripp Family Scholarship is available in Naviance. The deadline for filing is April 30th. Eligibility: Ames High School second-generation graduating senior. Restrictions: Iowa college or university preferred, out-of-state will be considered. Majors in Education or the Medical field will receive priority. Many other scholarship opportunities are available in Naviance.

 

PROM 2021 “Midnight Garden”  will be from 9PM-11:30PM at Reiman Gardens on Saturday, May 15 (doors close @ 10PM). Tickets are $20 and will be sold starting May 10th. Tickets must be purchased in advance — you cannot buy them at the door. All students attending (AHS and Out of School Guests) must complete and turn in a Prom Waiver in order to be able to purchase tickets. Forms can be found in the Auxiliary Office.  Seniors and Juniors are invited and may bring one guest to the dance (guests must currently be a high school student from AHS or another high school). Out of school date forms can be picked up in the Auxiliary office and must be turned in no later than Wednesday, May 5th. No late exceptions!  There will be no after-prom; however, there will be prizes given out through a raffle throughout the dance. Make sure to follow @ameshsprom2021 on Instagram to stay updated with any more information.

Artificial Intelligence Camp  (www.ai-camp.org) created a National Scholarship Program for high school students. We’re offering all students full or partial scholarships. Students who receive a partial scholarship will pay only $29. This lecture series will introduce AI and careers in tech to you. No coding experience is needed. You can register it here: www.ai-camp.org/free-lesson. AI Camp is founded by Stanford Ph.Ds and advised by a Stanford Professor and CTOs in Silicon Valley. 

April is National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM).  Though it’s not federally recognized, many states and municipalities take the initiative to celebrate the history, contributions, and culture of the diverse population of Arab Americans.  At the beginning of this month, Ned Price, spokesperson for the US State Department released a statement about the importance and contributions Arab Americans have made to the US.  You can see the CNN story and clip HERE

April is National Autism Awareness Month.   As it’s been shared all this month, it’s important for students, staff, teachers, and the wider community to widen our knowledge and horizons about the different kinds of people, cultures, backgrounds and conditions.  As shared yesterday,  Autism Self Advocacy Network as a great source of information and perspectives about Autism, often written and/or presented by members of the Autism community.  To learn more about Autism, see the link to the ASAN page about Autism.

Lunch today is Turkey Taco Pie and Seasoned Corn.

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