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Dr. Paula Vincent named Interim Superintendent of Ames Community School District

Dr. Paula Vincent

On Monday, June 21, the Ames Board of Directors approved Dr. Paula Vincent as the Interim Superintendent of Ames Community School District. Dr. Vincent will be the 27th superintendent of Ames Public Schools in its 151-year history. 

Dr. Vincent was the Chief Administrator of Heartland Area Education Agency (AEA) from 2010 to 2017. As the chief executive officer, she provided leadership for 650 staff serving in 53 public school districts and 30 accredited non-public schools across 11 counties in central Iowa. AEA services are designed to accelerate children’s learning and development with an emphasis on providing educational equity for all Iowa children, especially those with diverse learning needs. Additional professional learning services and resources are intended to inspire educators and to provide efficiencies for Iowa school districts.

From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Vincent served as superintendent of Clear Creek Amana CSD. As superintendent, she implemented rigorous professional development processes and facilitated a community vision of education to guide the development and implementation of a comprehensive school improvement plan. 

Currently, Dr. Vincent is an educational leadership consultant with an emphasis in strategic planning. She is also the current editor of the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) Perspectives Magazine and has served as a member of the AESA Federal Legislative Platform Development Team. 

Dr. Vincent earned her doctorate degree in Planning, Policy and Leadership Studies from the University of Iowa. 

Professional Experience History:

  • Educational Leadership Consultant (2017 – Present)
  • Chief Administrator, Heartland AEA (July 2010 – June 2017)
  • Superintendent, Clear Creek Amana CSD (July 2004 – June 2010)
  • Associate Superintendent, Cedar Rapids CSD (October 1998 – June 2004)
  • Executive Director, Special Education Director, Grant Wood AEA (August 1993 – September 1998)

Ames School Board President Sabrina Shields-Cook said, “Dr. Vincent stood out from the pool of applicants based on her outstanding resume and leadership experience. We are incredibly excited to begin working with Dr. Vincent this upcoming school year and are confident that she will lead our district toward advancing our purpose of equity and access.” 

A few of Dr. Vincent’s past honors include School Administrators of Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year, AESA Order of Women Leaders inductee, and recipient of the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the National University Council of Educational Administration. Dr. Vincent was also invited to provide testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and Labor on the topic of modern public school facilities. 

As a District, we are excited for Dr. Vincent to begin her tenure within the Ames Community School District. Her new position will begin on July 1, 2021. 

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Ames CSD Honored with Two Iowa Character Awards

Iowa Character Awards

The Ray Center at Drake University annually recognizes Iowans who show the Six Pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS!: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. The Ames Community School District is proud to be the recipient this year of two honors: the School of Character Award and the Educator of Character Award. 

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

EVEN Block Final Exam Schedule

Finish strong. Good luck on final exams today.

June is LGBTQ Pride Month! “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.” (source). The first and most enduring award for LGBTQ books is the Stonewall Book Awards External, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table. Since Isabel Miller’s “Patience and Sarah” received the first award in 1971, many other books have been honored for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered experience.

Lunch today is Chicken Nuggets and seasoned Mixed Vegetables.

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Free Little Libraries

Free Little Libraries

The Ames High School Key Club Little Free Libraries Project started uniquely. In 2019, Key Club officers applied for and received a Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) grant for $500. The YOF grant is an endowed fund for Key Club International held within the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. YOF grants spur action to identify services that need to be done in the community. Key Club identified an opportunity to create a reading corner with their funds. 

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

ODD Block Final Exams Schedule

Finish strong. Good luck on final exams today and tomorrow.

June is LGBTQ Pride Month! “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.” (source). The first and most enduring award for LGBTQ books is the Stonewall Book Awards External, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table. Since Isabel Miller’s “Patience and Sarah” received the first award in 1971, many other books have been honored for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered experience.

Lunch today is Popcorn Chicken, Mashed potatoes & Brown Gravy and Seasoned Corn.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Even Block Schedule

Congratulations to the following students that were awarded 2021 scholarships:

Ames High School Alumni Association Scholarship:

  • Oscar Lenkaitis
  • Julia Marks
  • Kaitlyn Will

The Ripp Family Scholarship

  • John Lehmkuhl

The Ames High School Class of 1964 Scholarship

  • Julia Marks

Final exams are Wednesday, June 9th and Thursday, June 10th.  Students will not be permitted to leave class except for very limited circumstances.

All girls in 9th-12th grade interested in basketball for next school year (2021-2022), there will be an informational meeting Wednesday morning, June 9th, at 7:15am in the gym. Please fill out the Girls Basketball Interest Form before the meeting if you are interested.

June is LGBTQ Pride Month! “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.” (source)  Throughout our history, many from the LGBTQ community have contributed greatly to the recognition and advancement of LGBTQ rights.  Among a couple of significant contributors include:

  • Bayard Rustin was an openly gay civil rights activist, social reformer, pacifist, AIDS activist and author. He was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. The papers of Bayard Rustin were presented to the Library of Congress between 1988 and 1994 as a bequest from Rustin via Walter Naegle, executor of Rustin’s estate and his partner from 1977 until Rustin’s death in 1987.

  • Banned from federal employment in 1957 solely because he was a gay man, Franklin Edward Kameny became an “angry archivist.” Not only did the Harvard Ph.D. astronomer protest his firing from the U.S. Army Map Service, but he also became the central figure in confronting the federal government’s policies against the employment of gays and lesbians, particularly in positions linked to national security. Kameny collected thousands of pages of letters, government correspondence, testimony, photographs and other memorabilia. The Kameny Collection is perhaps the most complete record of the gay-rights movement in America.

The LGBTQ+ Politics and Political Candidates Web Archive captures digital content related to LBGTQ+ political candidates and political issues and topics at various levels of government, with a focus on lesser-known local and state politics. This archive preserves a representative sample of what is being called “The Rainbow Wave,” which refers to the previously unprecedented number of LGBTQ+ identified candidates openly running for office.

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

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Monday, June 7, 2021

ODD Block Schedule

Final exams Wednesday, June 9th and Thursday, June 10th.

All girls in 9th-12th grade interested in basketball for next school year (2021-2022), there will be an informational meeting Wednesday morning, June 9th, at 7:15am in the gym. Please fill out the Girl’s Basketball Interest Form before the meeting if you are interested.

June is LGBTQ Pride Month! “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as ‘Gay Pride Day,’ but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the ‘day’ soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.” (source)   A guide to sources of information for those researching the issues that affect the economic circumstances of the LGBTQ+ community.  The Library of Congress has an extensive collection of material related to sports and recreation, both in historical and contemporary contexts. The Library collects materials in all formats, languages, and time periods that explore a broad range of subjects including works related to or about sports in general, specific sports or movements within sports, and specific athletes. These works generally class in GV but can be found scattered throughout the subject areas of the entire Library of Congress classification system. Learn more

Lunch today is Biscuit & Turkey Sausage Country Gravy, Cheesy Scrambled eggs and Tater Tots.

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Friday, June 4, 2021

ODD Block Schedule

All girls in 9th-12th grade interested in basketball for next school year (2021-2022), there will be an informational meeting Wednesday morning, June 9th, at 7:15am in the gym. Please fill out the Basketball Sign-up Form before the meeting if you are interested.

June is LGBTQ Pride Month! “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as ‘Gay Pride Day,’ but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the ‘day’ soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.” (source) The artistic community has always had many LGBTQ+ members, including musicians, dancers, choreographers, writers, directors, designers, and other creators. The Music Division holds a wealth of information about these LGBTQ+ artists in its performing arts special collections, which contain musical scores, correspondence, scripts, photographs and other documents of their lives and careers. This survey (PDF) brings together some of the highlights from these holdings, providing an opportunity to learn more about LGBTQ+ creators and to recognize and celebrate their artistic achievements. (source)

Lunch today is Macaroni & Cheese and seasoned peas.

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

EVEN Block Schedule

Seniors: 

  • review the Senior Exit Checklist to make sure you’ve taken care of everything prior to commencement.

  • remember to return your school device by the end of the day on Thursday!

  • volunteering to clean up after Senior Send-Off please complete this form.

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!

June is LGBTQ Pride Month! “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as ‘Gay Pride Day,’ but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the ‘day’ soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.” (source) This research guide serves as an introduction into the excellent collection of LGBTQ+ resources available at the Library of Congress. In addition to high profile collections like the Frank Kameny Papers, the Library also owns a number of LGBTQ+ periodicals and primary source materials. The Library provides on-site access to a number of relevant databases and electronic resources in LGBTQ+ Studies as well.

Lunch today is Rotini Pasta, Meatballs in Zesty Marinara, Garlic Breadstick and Roasted Green Beans.

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