Happy Friday! It’s amazing to know that there are just a few more weekly messages left in the school year. For many reasons and for many people, this has been a difficult and tumultuous year. I hope you feel that AHS and AHS staff has helped to serve your student throughout this year. HERE is the video for this week. Please see the written information below.
The 2021 National Science Bowl found our Ames High team as the Iowa Regional champions and one of 63 teams that moved forward to the national competition. This past week, they successfully moved through 3 preliminary rounds to be included in the elimination rounds of the National tournament. Against excellent competition, the team finished in the top 25. Congratulations to Abhi Amuluru, Ne Dassanayake, Jerry Han, Jacob Stevens and Rishabh Swamy on a great performance.
Congratulations to the following seniors who have earned the Seal of Biliteracy! For the first time ever, AHS has a few students earning more than one seal.
- Issra Al-Sager – Arabic
- Samuel Armstrong – German
- Nao Furukawa – Japanese
- Andrew Kovar – German
- James Lin – German
- Maxim Popov – French, Russian, & Spanish
- Arianna Williams-Suarez – French & Spanish
- Adam Wolf – Spanish
Congratulations to the two AHS Iowa Governor’s Scholars, Nao Furukawa and Rachel Rosacker. They were recognized and honored at a ceremony in Des Moines last month. This is an honor for students who achieved excellence in both the classroom and extracurricular activities. The 424 seniors honored were selected by their high schools as the highest academic achievers. All students received a recognition plaque and certificate to commemorate their achievement.
Congratulations to the AHS Track & Field athletes on their accomplishments at the State Track Meet held on May 20-22. The girls team finished 3rd in class 4A and the boys team finished 4th. Among the girls and boys’ teams, 25 AHS students earned a placement in one or more event.
State Placed winners:
- Corey Phillips – 3rd place – 171’04” #3 all time at Ames
- Gabriel Greenlee – 4th place – 169’11” #4 all time at Ames
- Tate Zalasky – 4th place – T-4th all time at Ames 6’7″
- Claire Galvin – 4th place – 2nd all time at Ames 5’3″
- Ella Stagg – 4th place #4 all time at Ames 38’6.50″
- Tamin Lipsey – 7th place – 22′ 02.50″
- Cameron Moon – 3rd place – 57.44 currently #4 all time at Ames
- Olivia Jones – 7th place – 60.44
- Aniey Akok – state champion – 1:52.95 currently #2 all time at Ames
- Kon Dut – 6th place – 1:56.74 currently #9 all time at Ames
- 4th place (Ireland Buss, Elaina Deardorff, Ellie Lynch, Olivia Jones)
- State runner up & school record (Cameron Moon, Morgan Engels, Ellie Lynch, Olivia Jones)
- State champion & school record (Olivia Jones, Ellie Lynch, Morgan Engels, Cameron Moon)
- State runner up (Kon Dut, Sam Vertanen, Akol Atack, Aniey Akok)
- 3rd place #2 all time at Ames (Ireland Buss, Elaina Deardorff, Morgan Engels, Cameron Moon)
- 3rd place (Sam Armstrong, Savion Coleman, Sam Vertanen, Aniey Akok)
Shuttle Hurdle Relay
- 4th place (Ali Frandsen, Leah Tietjens, Morgan Engels, Ireland Buss)
INFORMATION FOR 2021 SENIORS PARENTS AND STUDENTS:
- Continue to perform at high levels: attendance, behavior and academics — students will be expected to continue behavioral expectations through until commencement on Sunday, June 13
- Students found to engage in any manner of prank or vandalism at AHS or ACSD grounds will not be allowed to walk for graduation…remember, it’s a privilege, not a right.
- School devices need to be returned on June 3. If it’s not returned, then you will not be able to receive your cap and gown
- Pay all fees and fines by rehearsal, June 9, 10:30 Hilton Coliseum — only way to get your cap and gown
- Student taking AP exams at the rehearsal time and/or if you have questions regarding cap and gown, please see Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary office.
- Last day of classes: June 3
- Grades due: June 4
- Students on the bubble regarding meeting the graduation requirements…can be afforded until Wednesday, June 9 — individual basis.
- Graduation with Distinction — we are pulling the list next week; students need to finish strong. We will lock in the list on Monday, June 7.
- Ceremony rehearsal June 9, 10:30 AM at Hilton Coliseum. We will start promptly, so please arrive early (10 – 10:15 am) to find your seat.
- Senior Picnic June 9, Noon – 2:00 PM at Sports Iowa 2176 232nd Ln, Ames. Ticket cost is $5 per senior.
Senior Theme Days:
- Tuesday June 1: Wear your future plans shirt, (college, military, employer, trade, etc)
- Wednesday June 2: AHS Spirit Day
- Thursday June 3: Tie-Dye
Senior Send Off:
- June 3
- Seniors will dismiss 10 min early from their last class
- No running, or other disruptions to classes still in session as seniors make their way outside
- The celebration will take place on the front lawn, with the AHS band playing
- Not too much messiness — water balloons, silly string, no skirt guns permitted, or anything that damages persons or property.
- Clean up Crew
- Students who want to volunteer to clean up after the celebration, please complete THIS FORM.
2021 Ames High School Baccalaureate — Graduating seniors and their families are invited to attend the 2021 Ames High School baccalaureate service on Wednesday June 9th at 7:15pm in the Ames High School Auditorium. The interfaith service will include performances by the Ames High School Concert Chorale; selected vocal, instrumental and dance performances by members of the Ames High Class of 2021; and messages from Father Kyle Digmann of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Pastor Mark Vance of Cornerstone Church, and Nate Hellum of Christ Community Church. We request that attendees socially distance themselves to the greatest extent possible. Baccalaureate is organized by parent/guardian volunteers and generously supported by senior parents and guardians, local religious organizations, family members, and friends of Ames High School. This event is optional for students to attend this event even those students who will be performing such as chorus and orchestra. Policy 604.5 addresses, Religious-Based Exclusion from a School program, exclusion based on religion.
- Held Sunday, June 13 at Hilton Coliseum, at 1pm. Seniors are asked to arrive at 12:15.
- Students will be permitted to wear the following honors:
- Graduates with Distinction medal
- National Honors Society Cords
- DMACC Honor Cords
- ISU has dropped attendance restrictions, so students are permitted to bring an unspecified number of family members. We will not issue tickets. We highly encourage families to maintain appropriate social distancing between your family and others.
- Masks are optional.
As the school year is nearing a close, here is our device collection process. If you have any questions, please email: email@example.com.
9th-11th: Students will KEEP their device over the summer and take it with them to the next grade level. If you have a mobile hotspot, please return it to the school office. It remains the property of the Ames Community School District and will continue to be filtered according to district policy. Technology support will not be available, and devices will be repaired when students return in the fall. If you do NOT want to keep your student’s device or are leaving the district, it can be returned to the building on June 11, 8 – 3:30 pm or returned to the district office during the week of June 14 between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00 PM.
Finals: Wednesday June 9 and Thursday, June 10 are finals. HERE is the bell schedule for those days.
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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 to see upcoming athletic events.