Wow, it’s hard to believe that the first week of school is already over. It’s so great to see so many students in the building!!! HERE is the video for this week.
Shout Out — Jackie Strotman and Elaina Stephenson learned that Jocelyn Littwiller couldn’t participate in our all-school assembly on Thursday, August 26, so they stopped by to share their school spirit with fellow freshmen.
Pick Ups/Drop Offs — Parents, please remember to refrain from blocking entrances and streets. During our first two days, we had significant traffic congestion, with people driving in the wrong lane because they could not access the right lane. In addition, at the end of the day, please don’t block the entrance to the school because busses need to depart after school dismisses.
Early Release — Just a reminder that Monday August 30 – September 3 is all early release. School dismissal time is 1:15 pm. Homeroom teachers are scheduling parent/teacher conferences. AHS strives to create a supportive environment, so homeroom teachers are scheduling 15 minute conference calls with each student in their homeroom. Please contact your student’s homeroom teacher to set up a time/day that works best for you.
Student ID — If your student didn’t receive an ID this week, he/she/they should do the following:
- Check Infinite Campus. If there is already a photo of your student, the student needs to email Mrs. Ficek in the media center at email@example.com and let her know asap that they didn’t get an ID. They do not need to go to the Media Center if there is a picture already in Infinite Campus.
- If there is NOT a picture in Infinite Campus and your student didn’t receive an ID, please have them go to the Media Center, Mrs. Ficek will take a picture for their card.
Remaining student ID cards will be done in two to three weeks.
Study Hall — Freshman through juniors with an open period need to report to study hall. Freshmen and sophomores are in the media center. Juniors and seniors are in the cafeteria. Students are required to be supervised throughout the school day.
The Pledge — An Iowa law passed this spring requires that Ames CSD administer the Pledge of Allegiance in 1st-12th grade each school day. Buildings will be administering the Pledge in accordance with Iowa law, but active participation will be an optional activity for students. For those students who want to opt out, please they may stay seated quietly or stand quietly. Please stand and place your hand over your heart for the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. If students are in the hall during this time, please stand quietly until the end of the pledge.
Drop Dates for Fall Semester Online Courses at DMACC:
- Full Semester courses running 8/25 – 12/16 — Last day to drop and NOT receive a W on transcript is Wednesday, September 8. Last day to drop and have a W on the transcript is Thursday, November 4.
- 1st Half Term 8-week courses running 8/25 – 10/19 — Last day to drop and NOT receive a W on transcript isThursday, September 2. Last day to drop and have a W on the transcript is Wednesday, September 29.
Open Campus & Closed Campus — Seniors are the only class with open campus privileges. As guardian ad litem, we are responsible for your safety and welfare while you’re at school. Therefore, only seniors may leave when they have an open period or if they remain in the building, must report to study hall. Juniors may leave for lunch, but need to be back in time for their next class. Excessive tardies may result in the revocation of privileges. Freshmen and sophomores may not leave campus unless called in by a parent/guardian. Widespread violations of school policies may result in closing the campus for all students. Please verify that your junior or senior has your permission to leave for lunch by completing the Senior and Junior Lunch Forms that were emailed. Or your student may pick up a copy from the Auxiliary Office or their homeroom teacher.
PSAT Registration — All sophomores and juniors are highly encouraged to take the PSAT test given at Ames High School on Wednesday, October 13th. The test is a good practice test for the SAT or ACT college admissions test and is a mandatory qualifying test for juniors seeking National Merit Scholarships. It also will prompt colleges to contact students with admission invitations.
REGISTRATION FOR THE PSAT WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, AUGUST 30TH, AND WILL END ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH.
REGISTERING: Students must register online for the exam. The link to register is PSAT 2021-2022 GOOGLE REGISTRATION FORM. Students can also click on the Ames High logo on the QR Code poster outside of student services to register.
The cost of the PSAT is $18 and there are two payment options as follows:
FIRST OPTION (PREFERRED OPTION):
Parents with a Parent Portal for Infinite Campus can log into RevTrak and make a payment for the PSAT Exam. The link to RevTrak is https://ames.revtrak.net/. If a parent does not have a parent portal, please contact Zac Sjoberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. The fee will not appear in RevTrak if the student has not registered online.
Check made out to Ames High School for $18. Please have the check in an envelope with the following information:
- PSAT Test
- Student’s Full Name
- Student’s Grade Level
The envelopes can be dropped off in the Main Office or Student Services. If paying with cash, please send the exact amount.
College Board will not be providing hard copies of the Student Guide this year. However, students can easily access the Student Guide for the PSAT/NMSQT.
Student Council’s Club Fair — September 8th is the Student Council’s annual Club Fair during both lunches in the cafeteria. All students will have the opportunity to look & learn about the many clubs offered at AHS.
Jazz 1 Auditions (Grades 10-12) – We have the following openings for Jazz 1 this year. Alto/Tenor/Bari Saxophones, Trombones, Trumpets, and Bass Guitar. Students interested in auditioning need to make a video performing a jazz etude and submit it in a Google Form by September 7th at 4:00 PM. The first rehearsal for Jazz 1 will be Monday, September 13th from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Please email Nick Gardner if you are interested in Auditioning or have questions email@example.com. Audition materials will be emailed out with instructions on how to submit your video on Monday, August 30th.
College Visits — A representative from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will be in student services on Tuesday, August 31st, from 10:13 AM to 11:21 AM. Please get a pass from student services or your 4th-period teacher to attend.
Community Event — International Overdose Awareness Day – Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 10 AM-Noon at Ada Hayden Heritage Park, Ames. All are welcome. Guest speakers, Narcan (Naloxone) training & vouchers and more. See flyer for more details.
ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE —Please click on the link to see athletic events.