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Friday, May 28, 2021

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.

CONGRATULATIONS:

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 ScholarsNao 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:

Discus

  • Corey Phillips – 3rd place – 171’04” #3 all time at Ames
  • Gabriel Greenlee – 4th place – 169’11” #4 all time at Ames

High Jump 

  • Tate Zalasky – 4th place – T-4th all time at Ames 6’7″
  • Claire Galvin – 4th place – 2nd all time at Ames 5’3″

Shot Put

  • Ella Stagg – 4th place #4 all time at Ames 38’6.50″

Long Jump 

  • Tamin Lipsey – 7th place – 22′ 02.50″

400m 

  • Cameron Moon – 3rd place – 57.44 currently #4 all time at Ames
  • Olivia Jones – 7th place – 60.44

800m 

  • 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 

4×100 

  • 4th place (Ireland Buss, Elaina Deardorff, Ellie Lynch, Olivia Jones) 

4×200 

  • State runner up & school record (Cameron Moon, Morgan Engels, Ellie Lynch, Olivia Jones) 

4×400 

  • State champion & school record (Olivia Jones, Ellie Lynch, Morgan Engels, Cameron Moon) 

4×800 

  • State runner up (Kon Dut, Sam Vertanen, Akol Atack, Aniey Akok) 

Sprint Medley 

  • 3rd place #2 all time at Ames (Ireland Buss, Elaina Deardorff, Morgan Engels, Cameron Moon) 

Distance Medley 

  • 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:

Common Expectations:

  • 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
  • Pranks:
    • 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.

Information:

  • 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.

Commencement: 

  • 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.

INFORMATION

As the school year is nearing a closehere is our device collection process. If you have any questions, please email: acsdtechsupport@ames.k12.ia.us.  

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.

OPPORTUNITIES:

Artificial Intelligence — for Social Good Summer Program by MIT Graduates AI Scholars Live Online is a 10-session (25 hours) pre-college enrichment program that exposes high school students (grades 9-12) to the fundamentals of artificial intelligence and guides them to build a socially impactful project in areas including medicine, astronomy, journalism, finance, 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 4:1. We offer multiple dates and times for our Spring Semester and Summer Break programs. Students of all backgrounds may apply here (inspiritai.com/apply) by May 31st for Summer and learn more in our brochure or on our website (see here for middle school offerings). Please contact Aidan Goltra at arg2198@columbia.edu with any questions. 

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.

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Periods 1-8 Regular Schedule

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. 

State Placed winners:

Discus

  • Corey Phillips – 3rd place – 171’04” #3 all time at Ames

  • Gabriel Greenlee – 4th place – 169’11” #4 all time at Ames

High Jump 

  • Tate Zalasky – 4th place – 4th all time at Ames 6’7″

  • Claire Galvin – 4th place – 2nd all time at Ames 5’3″

Shot Put

  • Ella Stagg – 4th place #4 all time at Ames 38’6.50″

Long Jump 

  • Tamin Lipsey – 7th place – 22′ 02.50″

400m 

  • Cameron Moon – 3rd place – 57.44 currently #4 all time at Ames

  • Olivia Jones – 7th place – 60.44

800m 

  • 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 

4×100 

  • 4th place (Ireland Buss, Elaina Deardorff, Ellie Lynch, Olivia Jones) 

4×200 

  • State runner up & school record (Cameron Moon, Morgan Engels, Ellie Lynch, Olivia Jones) 

4×400 

  • State champion & school record (Olivia Jones, Ellie Lynch, Morgan Engels, Cameron Moon) 

4×800 

  • State runner up (Kon Dut, Sam Vertanen, Akol Atack, Aniey Akok) 

Sprint Medley 

  • 3rd place #2 all time at Ames (Ireland Buss, Elaina Deardorff, Morgan Engels, Cameron Moon) 

Distance Medley 

  • 3rd place (Sam Armstrong, Savion Coleman, Sam Vertanen, Aniey Akok) 

Shuttle Hurdle Relay 

  • 4th place (Ali Frandsen, Leah Tietjens, Morgan Engels, Ireland Buss) 

Two Ames High students, Nao Furukawa and Rachel Rosacker were named Iowa Governor’s Scholars at a ceremony in Des Moines. It was a pretty big honor for students who achieved excellence in both the classroom and extracurricular activities. 

If you still need to complete any part of the MAP or ISASP testing, please check your email for directions and/or contact Mrs. Fuqua or Mr. Doolittle this week.  All testing must be completed by 3 pm today.

Friday, June 4, is an all student (grades 9-11) attendance day.  Due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 31 and the waning time in the school year, June 4 will be an ODD Block day with PLUS Period, rather than a 1 – 8 period day.  

Back by popular demand! Plus period student yoga! You will be able to sign up for yoga during plus period for Wednesday and/or Thursday. 15 student limit. Mats provided. No experience necessary. Sign up under DiBlasi. Please join us!  Yoga provides a much needed time out during a hectic day!

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month.  Perhaps now more than ever is the time to learn and recognize the many contributions to our history and are currently making in our country that people of Asian American and Pacific Islander have made, and continue to make.  Online resources to uplift Asian and Asian American voices, encourage self-education, and offer solace from the Smithsonian Institution. Resources for educators, exhibitions, videos, activities, blogs and more available from museums and units within the Smithsonian. (Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center)

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) if you have a mental health condition, you’re not alone. One in 5 American adults experiences some form of mental illness in any given year. And across the population, 1 in every 20 adults is living with a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or long-term recurring major depression. As with other serious illnesses, mental illness is not your fault or that of the people around you, but widespread misunderstandings about mental illness remain. Many people don’t seek treatment or remain unaware that their symptoms could be connected to a mental health condition. People may expect a person with serious mental illness to look visibly different from others, and they may tell someone who doesn’t “look ill” to “get over it” through willpower. These misperceptions add to the challenges of living with a mental health condition. Every year people overcome the challenges of mental illness to do the things they enjoy. Through developing and following a treatment plan, you can dramatically reduce many of your symptoms. People with mental health conditions can and do pursue higher education, succeed in their careers, make friends and have relationships. Mental illness can slow us down, but we don’t need to let it stop us.

Lunch today is BBQ Cheddar Burger and Tater Tots.

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

EVEN Block Schedule

MASK WEARING — The new Iowa law banning mask mandates has caused a mix of emotions by students and staff alike.  Along with the ACSD, AHS administration believes masks are still an essential part of our mitigation efforts to keep our staff and students safe, but we can not require that they be worn.  Due to a federal mandate, masks continue to be required when riding a school bus.  ANY students who experience harassing or public shaming interactions may report the incident to a staff member, counselor, or building administration.  Students may use this conflict form to make that report (students will still need to turn it in/email it to a trusted adult in the building) and/or feel free to talk with someone directly. ANY student engaged in shaming or ostracizing either students who choose not to wear a mask or students who choose to continue wearing a mask may experience administrative consequences.  This includes statements made on social media platforms.

Back by popular demand! Plus period student yoga! You will be able to sign up for yoga during plus period for Wednesday and/or Thursday. 15 student limit. Mats provided. No experience necessary. Sign up under DiBlasi. Please join us! Yoga provides a much needed time out during a hectic day!

If you still need to complete any part of the MAP or ISASP testing, please check your email for directions and/or contact Mrs. Fuqua or Mr. Doolittle this week.  All testing must be completed by 3 pm on Friday, May 28th.

Do you need Ames High merchandise to show off your school spirit? The Storm Shelter is having an end of year sale…50% off select t-shirts! Hurry…only while supplies last.

Do you want to explore STEM through exciting, hands-on virtual demonstrations created by your fellow classmates? Do you want to learn more about the local businesses here in Ames? Well then, you’re invited to check out the virtual Science in the City event!  What will the demos look like? There will be scavenger hunts, choose your own adventure games, DIY crafts, jeopardy-based board games, and documentaries explaining what each business does and how they use STEM. Where can you see these amazing and interactive demos? They will be posted daily on our Science in the City website at www.scienceinthecity.net. Want more information? Check out our SitC infographics to learn more; Science in the City Event Invite and Science in the City Event Poster.  Have any questions or comments? Feel free to reach out to us at amessitC@gmail.com.  Thank you and we hope you enjoy our fun demos!

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month.  Perhaps now more than ever is the time to learn and recognize the many contributions to our history and are currently making in our country that people of Asian American and Pacific Islander have made, and continue to make. Online resources to uplift Asian and Asian American voices, encourage self-education, and offer solace from the Smithsonian Institution. Resources for educators, exhibitions, videos, activities, blogs and more available from museums and units within the Smithsonian. (Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center)

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) if you have a mental health condition, you’re not alone. One in 5 American adults experiences some form of mental illness in any given year. And across the population, 1 in every 20 adults is living with a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or long-term recurring major depression. As with other serious illnesses, mental illness is not your fault or that of the people around you, but widespread misunderstandings about mental illness remain. Many people don’t seek treatment or remain unaware that their symptoms could be connected to a mental health condition. People may expect a person with serious mental illness to look visibly different from others, and they may tell someone who doesn’t “look ill” to “get over it” through willpower. These misperceptions add to the challenges of living with a mental health condition. Every year people overcome the challenges of mental illness to do the things they enjoy. Through developing and following a treatment plan, you can dramatically reduce many of your symptoms. People with mental health conditions can and do pursue higher education, succeed in their careers, make friends and have relationships. Mental illness can slow us down, but we don’t need to let it stop us.

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

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Mental Health Club at Ames High

Mental Health Club

For students across the country, this pandemic school year reinforced the importance of focusing on mental health. At Ames High, seniors Tatum Lillibridge and Jamey McCalley serve as student leaders of the Ames High Mental Health Club after first joining the group a year ago. 

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

ODD Block Schedule

All Seniors need to attend the graduation meeting in the auditorium during PLUS period today!

All returning and new boys cross country runners, there will be an informational meeting in the Media Center today, Wednesday, May 26th at 2:45 pm. If you are unable to attend, please contact Coach Ravi Bhave at ravi.bhave@ames.k12.ia.us.

MASK WEARING — The new Iowa law banning mask mandates has caused a mix of emotions by students and staff alike.  Along with the ACSD, AHS administration believes masks are still an essential part of our mitigation efforts to keep our staff and students safe, but we can not require that they be worn.  Due to a federal mandate, masks continue to be required when riding a school bus.  ANY students who experience harassing or public shaming interactions may report the incident to a staff member, counselor, or building administration.  Students may use this conflict form to make that report (students will still need to turn it in/email it to a trusted adult in the building) and/or feel free to talk with someone directly. ANY student engaged in shaming or ostracizing either students who choose not to wear a mask or students who choose to continue wearing a mask may experience administrative consequences.  This includes statements made on social media platforms.

If you still need to complete any part of the MAP or ISASP testing, please check your email for directions and/or contact Mrs. Fuqua or Mr. Doolittle this week.  All testing must be completed by 3 pm on Friday, May 28th.

Do you need Ames High merchandise to show off your school spirit? The Storm Shelter is having an end of year sale…50% off select t-shirts! Hurry…only while supplies last.

Do you want to explore STEM through exciting, hands-on virtual demonstrations created by your fellow classmates? Do you want to learn more about the local businesses here in Ames? Well then, you’re invited to check out the virtual Science in the City event!  What will the demos look like? There will be scavenger hunts, choose your own adventure games, DIY crafts, jeopardy-based board games, and documentaries explaining what each business does and how they use STEM. Where can you see these amazing and interactive demos? They will be posted daily on our Science in the City website at www.scienceinthecity.net. Want more information? Check out our SitC infographics to learn more; Science in the City Event Invite and Science in the City Event Poster.  Have any questions or comments? Feel free to reach out to us at amessitC@gmail.com.  Thank you and we hope you enjoy our fun demos!

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month.  Perhaps now more than ever is the time to learn and recognize the many contributions to our history and are currently making in our country that people of Asian American and Pacific Islander have made, and continue to make.  The National Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the Asian and Pacific Islander experience, and it highlights these resources online, in programs, and through traditional and social media.  The theme for 2021 is Advancing Leaders Through Purpose-Driven Service.  To access a number of resources, see: https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/asian-pacific-american-heritage-month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) if you have a mental health condition, you’re not alone. One in 5 American adults experiences some form of mental illness in any given year. And across the population, 1 in every 20 adults is living with a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or long-term recurring major depression. As with other serious illnesses, mental illness is not your fault or that of the people around you, but widespread misunderstandings about mental illness remain. Many people don’t seek treatment or remain unaware that their symptoms could be connected to a mental health condition. People may expect a person with serious mental illness to look visibly different from others, and they may tell someone who doesn’t “look ill” to “get over it” through willpower. These misperceptions add to the challenges of living with a mental health condition. Every year people overcome the challenges of mental illness to do the things they enjoy. Through developing and following a treatment plan, you can dramatically reduce many of your symptoms. People with mental health conditions can and do pursue higher education, succeed in their careers, make friends and have relationships. Mental illness can slow us down, but we don’t need to let it stop us.

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

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

EVEN Block Schedule

Congratulations to the AHS National Science Bowl team!  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.

MASK WEARING — The new Iowa law banning mask mandates has caused a mix of emotions by students and staff alike.  Along with the ACSD, AHS administration believes masks are still an essential part of our mitigation efforts to keep our staff and students safe, but we can not require that they be worn.  Due to a federal mandate, masks continue to be required when riding a school bus.  ANY students who experience harassing or public shaming interactions may report the incident to a staff member, counselor, or building administration.  Students may use this conflict form to make that report (students will still need to turn it in/email it to a trusted adult in the building) and/or feel free to talk with someone directly. ANY student engaged in shaming or ostracising either students who choose not to wear a mask or students who choose to continue wearing a mask may experience administrative consequences.  This includes statements made on social media platforms.

If you still need to complete any part of the MAP or ISASP testing, please check your email for directions and/or contact Mrs. Fuqua or Mr. Doolittle this week.  All testing must be completed by 3 pm on Friday, May 28th.

The Ames High Band is in need of additional students to play the tuba during the 2021-22 school year.  Interested students should sign-up for Mr. Buttermore’s PLUS period for Wednesday May 26.  You do not need to be currently enrolled in band to attend.  Space is limited to the first 10 students who sign up.

There will be a Girls Cross Country meeting TODAY at 3:30 for all high school girls that are interested in going out for cross country for the 2021 season! Meet in room B-1 with Mr. Anderson.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Do you need Ames High merchandise to show off your school spirit? The Storm Shelter is having an end of year sale…50% off select t-shirts! Hurry…only while supplies last.

Do you want to explore STEM through exciting, hands-on virtual demonstrations created by your fellow classmates? Do you want to learn more about the local businesses here in Ames? Well then, you’re invited to check out the virtual Science in the City event!  What will the demos look like? There will be scavenger hunts, choose your own adventure games, DIY crafts, jeopardy-based board games, and documentaries explaining what each business does and how they use STEM. Where can you see these amazing and interactive demos? They will be posted daily on our Science in the City website at www.scienceinthecity.net. Want more information? Check out our SitC infographics to learn more; Science in the City Event Invite and Science in the City Event Poster.  Have any questions or comments? Feel free to reach out to us at amessitC@gmail.com.  Thank you and we hope you enjoy our fun demos!

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month.  Perhaps now more than ever is the time to learn and recognize the many contributions to our history and are currently making in our country that people of Asian American and Pacific Islander have made, and continue to make.  Two widely publicized but very different events from 2004—Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl, and the deadly tsunami that ripped through parts of Asia—gave Jawed Karim the idea for a video-sharing site. Along with Karim, a Bangladeshi-German American, the core team behind YouTube included Taiwanese American Steven Chen, as well as Pennsylvania native Chad Hurley. What started out as a way of watching and sharing funny cat videos grew into a much broader platform that captures the attention of billions of people every day. 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) if you have a mental health condition, you’re not alone. One in 5 American adults experiences some form of mental illness in any given year. And across the population, 1 in every 20 adults is living with a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or long-term recurring major depression. As with other serious illnesses, mental illness is not your fault or that of the people around you, but widespread misunderstandings about mental illness remain. Many people don’t seek treatment or remain unaware that their symptoms could be connected to a mental health condition. People may expect a person with serious mental illness to look visibly different from others, and they may tell someone who doesn’t “look ill” to “get over it” through willpower. These misperceptions add to the challenges of living with a mental health condition. Every year people overcome the challenges of mental illness to do the things they enjoy. Through developing and following a treatment plan, you can dramatically reduce many of your symptoms. People with mental health conditions can and do pursue higher education, succeed in their careers, make friends and have relationships. Mental illness can slow us down, but we don’t need to let it stop us.

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

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Monday, May 24, 2021

ODD Block Schedule

Congratulations to the AHS National Science Bowl team!  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.

MASK WEARING — The new Iowa law banning mask mandates has caused a mix of emotions by students and staff alike.  Along with the ACSD, AHS administration believes masks are still an essential part of our mitigation efforts to keep our staff and students safe, but we can not require that they be worn.  Due to a federal mandate, masks continue to be required when riding a school bus.  ANY students who experiences harassing or public shaming interactions may report the incident to a staff member, counselor, or building administration.  Students may use this conflict form to make that report (students will still need to turn it in/email it to a trusted adult in the building) and/or feel free to talk with someone directly. ANY student engaged in shaming or ostracizing either students who choose not to wear a mask or students who choose to continue wearing a mask may experience administrative consequences.  This includes statements made on social media platforms.

If you still need to complete any part of the MAP or ISASP testing, please check your email for directions and/or contact Mrs. Fuqua or Mr. Doolittle this week.  All testing must be completed by 3 pm on Friday, May 28th.

The Ames High Band is in need of additional students to play the tuba during the 2021-22 school year.  Interested students should sign-up for Mr. Buttermore’s PLUS period for Wednesday May 26.  You do not need to be currently enrolled in band to attend.  Space is limited to the first 10 students who sign up.

There will be a Girls Cross Country meeting on Tuesday at 3:30 for all high school girls that are interested in going out for cross country for the 2021 season! Meet in room B-1 with Mr. Anderson.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Do you need Ames High merchandise to show off your school spirit? The Storm Shelter is having an end of year sale…50% off select t-shirts! Hurry…only while supplies last.

Do you want to explore STEM through exciting, hands-on virtual demonstrations created by your fellow classmates? Do you want to learn more about the local businesses here in Ames? Well then, you’re invited to check out the virtual Science in the City event!  What will the demos look like? There will be scavenger hunts, choose your own adventure games, DIY crafts, jeopardy-based board games, and documentaries explaining what each business does and how they use STEM. Where can you see these amazing and interactive demos? They will be posted daily on our Science in the City website at www.scienceinthecity.net. Want more information? Check out our SitC infographics to learn more; Science in the City Event Invite and Science in the City Event Poster.  Have any questions or comments? Feel free to reach out to us at amessitC@gmail.com.  Thank you and we hope you enjoy our fun demos!

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month.  Perhaps now more than ever is the time to learn and recognize the many contributions to our history and are currently making in our country that people of Asian American and Pacific Islander have made, and continue to make.  Two widely publicized but very different events from 2004—Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl, and the deadly tsunami that ripped through parts of Asia—gave Jawed Karim the idea for a video-sharing site. Along with Karim, a Bangladeshi-German American, the core team behind YouTube included Taiwanese American Steven Chen, as well as Pennsylvania native Chad Hurley. What started out as a way of watching and sharing funny cat videos grew into a much broader platform that captures the attention of billions of people every day. 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) if you have a mental health condition, you’re not alone. One in 5 American adults experiences some form of mental illness in any given year. And across the population, 1 in every 20 adults is living with a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or long-term recurring major depression. As with other serious illnesses, mental illness is not your fault or that of the people around you, but widespread misunderstandings about mental illness remain. Many people don’t seek treatment or remain unaware that their symptoms could be connected to a mental health condition. People may expect a person with serious mental illness to look visibly different from others, and they may tell someone who doesn’t “look ill” to “get over it” through willpower. These misperceptions add to the challenges of living with a mental health condition. Every year people overcome the challenges of mental illness to do the things they enjoy. Through developing and following a treatment plan, you can dramatically reduce many of your symptoms. People with mental health conditions can and do pursue higher education, succeed in their careers, make friends and have relationships. Mental illness can slow us down, but we don’t need to let it stop us.

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

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Regular Schedule

There will be a Girls Cross Country meeting on Tuesday, May 25th at 3:30 for any high school girls that are interested in going out for cross country for the 2021 season! We will meet in Mr. Anderson’s room, which is room B-1 (basement). We look forward to seeing you there!

Do you need Ames High merchandise to show off your school spirit? The Storm Shelter is having an end of year sale…50% off select t-shirts! Hurry…only while supplies last.

State Track tickets open to the public, The IHSAA and IGHSAU have removed attendance limits for this week’s State Track & Field Championships from May 20-22. While supplies last, tickets can be purchased at https://www.iahsaa.org/tickets/

Ticketing for all IHSAA Boys soccer postseason soccer games, will be done online at https://www.iahsaa.org/tickets/. No tickets will be sold at the gates and any regular season passes, including student activity passes, are not valid for postseason events. Any students interested in attending must purchase tickets online.

Do you want to explore STEM through exciting, hands-on virtual demonstrations created by your fellow classmates? Do you want to learn more about the local businesses here in Ames? Well then, you’re invited to check out the virtual Science in the City event! 

What will the demos look like? There will be scavenger hunts, choose your own adventure games, DIY crafts, jeopardy-based board games, and documentaries explaining what each business does and how they use STEM.  Where can you see these amazing and interactive demos? They will be posted daily on our Science in the City website at www.scienceinthecity.net.  Want more information? Check out our SitC infographics to learn more; Science in the City Event Invite and Science in the City Event Poster

Have any questions or comments? Feel free to reach out to us at amessitC@gmail.com.  Thank you and we hope you enjoy our fun demos!

Artificial Intelligence for Social Good Summer Program by MIT Graduates
AI Scholars Live Online is a 10-session (25 hours) pre-college enrichment program that exposes high school students (grades 9-12) to the fundamentals of artificial intelligence and guides them to build a socially impactful project in areas including medicine, astronomy, journalism, finance, 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 4:1. We offer multiple dates and times for our Spring Semester and Summer Break programs. Students of all backgrounds may apply here (inspiritai.com/apply) by May 31st for Summer and learn more in our brochure or on our website (see here for middle school offerings). Please contact Aidan Goltra at arg2198@columbia.edu with any questions. Thank you!

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month.  Perhaps now more than ever is the time to learn and recognize the many contributions to our history and are currently making in our country that people of Asian American and Pacific Islander have made, and continue to make.  Although Indian American computer architect Ajay Bhatt had a hand in developing a range of computer-related technologies, the one he’s best known for is the Universal Serial Bus—better known as the USB. After emerging on the tech scene in the late 1990s, the USB became one of the most popular ways of transferring data from one device to another. The invention elevated Bhatt to celebrity-status in the computer world. “I was totally surprised by how it has impacted everybody,” Bhatt told CNN in a 2013 interview. “I mean, my name became a common name—at least at schools and in technical communities. I truly get a rock star treatment and that is quite unusual to me—people asking for your signature, people asking for your picture.”

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for 2021 will continue to amplify the message of “You Are Not Alone.” They will use this time to focus on the healing value of connecting in safe ways, prioritizing mental health and acknowledging that it’s okay to not be okay through NAMI’s blog, personal stories, videos, digital toolkits, social media engagements and national events. Together, we can realize our shared vision of a nation where anyone affected by mental illness can get the appropriate support and quality of care to live healthy, fulfilling lives — a nation where no one feels alone in their struggle. Help them spread the word through awareness, support and advocacy activities. Share awareness information, images and graphics for #MHAM throughout May. Share with them how you stay connected by writing your personal story or sharing #NotAlone graphics and messages with your community.

Lunch today is Salisbury Steak with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Roasted Mixed Vegetables, and a Dinner Roll. 

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