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Thursday, September 30, 2021

1-8 period  Day 

School picture retakes this Friday, Oct. 1st in the Spirit Room from 8AM-3PM. All 9-11 grade students MUST have their picture taken, as these pictures are used in the Yearbook and for student ID’s. If you had your picture taken in August and are not happy with them you will need to bring the entire picture package back to the photographer when you have your picture retaken.

Awe-Inspiring Cyclone Staff–Students, we want YOU to nominate an AHS staff member (teacher, educational assistant, clerical staff, food service, student/family advocate, counselor, or anyone who works in the building on a daily basis) for one of the following criteria: 

  1. Service to the Ames Community (inside or outside of school)
  2. Outstanding Positive Interactions with students
  3. Above and Beyond — working with students outside of typical department/work-assignment areas
  4. Flexibility in Action — meeting students where they are in order to achieve a desired outcome
  5. Making a unique contribution to AHS.

HERE is the nomination form, which will be open until Monday, October 4 at 3:30 pm.  We want to recognize 3-4 staff members, as well as feature one staff member as the Staff Member of the Month.  All finalists and the Staff Member of the Month will be featured in the front foyer bulletin board, as well as they will receive a gift card and certificate.

ALL students should have a current school ID. If you do not, please see Mrs. Ficek in the Media Center this week.  As such, all students are expected to wear their IDs in a visible place on their person.

Students interested in auditioning for Jazz Piano, Bass, Drums or Guitar in AHS Jazz II should stop by the band office to pick up audition materials.  Auditions will be held on Tuesday October 5th.

Armed Services Visit, Air Force will be set up outside of the cafeteria today during all lunch periods from 11:13am-12:53pm.

The Ames High Chapter of the National Honor Society will be hosting a College Prep Roundtable on October 13th at 3:30-4:30 PM in the MPR. It is an informal gathering to ask questions and talk about topics around college prep and apps with peers and recent AHS grads. This event is FOR students BY students. All students are welcome — you don’t have to be an NHS member. Please join us whether you are lacking or have a vast amount of knowledge about preparing for college! If you have any questions, please ask Mrs. Zeiss in room 229. 

AP EXAM REGISTERING:  Students must register online for the exam. If students are registering for more than one AP Exam, they will need to complete the registration google doc for each exam. The link to register can be found by clicking here, or by scanning the Ames QR Code poster outside of student services to register.

The cost per AP Exam will be $96.00.

NOTE: Only students taking AP US GOVERNMENT and/or AP PSYCHOLOGY 2ND SEMESTER will have another opportunity to register next year.

Students who cancel an exam or exams after we have made our initial order would still have to pay a $40 cancellation fee per exam unless it was for one of the accepted reasons. Please see the accepted reasons posted on College Board below:

  • Academic contest/event
  • Athletic contest/event
  • Conflict with IB or Cambridge exam
  • Conflict with nationally, province, or state-mandated test
  • Disabilities accommodations issues
  • Emergency: bomb scare or fire alarm
  • Emergency: serious injury, illness, or family tragedy
  • High school graduation
  • Language lab scheduling conflict
  • Religious holiday/observance
  • School closing: election, a national holiday, or natural disaster
  • Strike/labor conflict
  • Student court appearance
  • Two AP Exams on the same date at the same time

National Hispanic Heritage Month:  September 15 – October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins each year on Sept. 15, celebrates U.S. Latinos, their culture and their history. Started in 1968 by Congress as Hispanic Heritage Week, it was expanded to a month in 1988. The celebration begins in the middle rather than the start of September because it coincides with national independence days in several Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica celebrate theirs on Sept. 15, followed by Mexico on Sept. 16, Chile on Sept. 18 and Belize on Sept. 21.  During this time, we will celebrate different contributions from people with Latinx roots as well as share various facts and other pertinent information.

  • CESAR CHAVEZ — An American labor leader and civil rights activist, Cesar Chavez cofounded the National Farm Workers Association. Chavez famously organized and led what is considered the most successful boycott in U.S. history–over 17 million Americans participated in the Delano grape strike and boycott, leading to an agreement guaranteeing field workers’ right to unionize, better working conditions, and access to health care and pensions.
  • SONIA SOTOMAYOR — Appointed by Barack Obama in 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic (and third woman) to serve as Supreme Court Justice. She is known for her calls of reform to the criminal justice system and her dissents on issues regarding race, gender, and ethnic identity.
  • ROBERTO CLEMENTE — Most known for his stellar baseball career, Afro-Puerto Rican Roberto Clemente spent his time off the field involved in charity work. He was a known human rights activists, organizing with charities to provide much-needed media attention and funding to Latin American countries. Clemente was killed in a tragic plane crash while delivering supplies to Nicaragua after an earthquake; he was determined to accompany the supplies himself after the first three flights were diverted by corrupted officials and never reached the victims of the earthquake.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

ODD Block Day 

Awe-Inspiring Cyclone Staff–Students, we want YOU to nominate an AHS staff member (teacher, educational assistant, clerical staff, food service, student/family advocate, counselor, or anyone who works in the building on a daily basis) for one of the following criteria: 

  1. Service to the Ames Community (inside or outside of school)

  2. Outstanding Positive Interactions with students

  3. Above and Beyond — working with students outside of typical department/work-assignment areas

  4. Flexibility in Action — meeting students where they are in order to achieve a desired outcome

  5. Making a unique contribution to AHS.

HERE is the nomination form, which will be open until Monday, October 4 at 3:30 pm.  We want to recognize 3-4 staff members, as well as feature one staff member as the Staff Member of the Month.  All finalists and the Staff Member of the Month will be featured in the front foyer bulletin board, as well as they will receive a gift card and certificate.

ALL students should have a current school ID. If you do not, please see Mrs. Ficek in the Media Center this week.  As such, all students are expected to wear their IDs in a visible place on their person.

AP Exam Registration has begun and will end on Monday, October 18th, at 3:30 p.m. The cost for each AP Exam is $96. All fees must be paid in full by no later than November 1, 2021. Please see the detailed information posted outside of the Auxiliary Office and on the bulletin board outside of Student Services. All students must register using the google document. If a student is registering for one or more AP Exams, they will need to complete the google doc every time.

Students interested in auditioning for Jazz Piano, Bass, Drums or Guitar in AHS Jazz II should stop by the band office to pick up audition materials.  Auditions will be held on Tuesday October 5th.

If you are interested in participating in Boys Swimming this year, please come to a pre-season informational meeting tomorrow, September 29th at 3:30 PM on the football stadium concourse outside of the pool. You will have the opportunity to meet the Coach, hear about the season, find out what needs to be done in order to participate, and get any of your questions answered. 

Scratch Pad is Ames High School’s literary and art magazine devoted to publishing student work. Anyone interested in being on this year’s Scratch Pad board of editors, please contact Mrs. Engelkes. 

Student Services has a very limited number of conference rooms available for students to use for meetings. Much of what is available has been reserved for many weeks ahead of time. Students should inquire prior to making their appointments if a room will be available. Information regarding availability can be requested from Mrs. Monroe via email catherine.monroe@ames.k12.ia.us

College Visits

  • University of Oregon will be in Student Services on Today, Sept. 28th during Lunch B & C from 12:15pm-1:32pm. 
  • Creighton University will be in Student Services on Wednesday, Sept. 29th during Lunch A & B from 11:13am-12:53pm. 

National Hispanic Heritage Month:  September 15 – October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins each year on Sept. 15, celebrates U.S. Latinos, their culture and their history. Started in 1968 by Congress as Hispanic Heritage Week, it was expanded to a month in 1988. The celebration begins in the middle rather than the start of September because it coincides with national independence days in several Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica celebrate theirs on Sept. 15, followed by Mexico on Sept. 16, Chile on Sept. 18 and Belize on Sept. 21.  During this time, we will celebrate different contributions from people with Latinx roots as well as share various facts and other pertinent information.

  • CESAR CHAVEZ — An American labor leader and civil rights activist, Cesar Chavez cofounded the National Farm Workers Association. Chavez famously organized and led what is considered the most successful boycott in U.S. history–over 17 million Americans participated in the Delano grape strike and boycott, leading to an agreement guaranteeing field workers’ right to unionize, better working conditions, and access to health care and pensions.

  • SONIA SOTOMAYOR — Appointed by Barack Obama in 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic (and third woman) to serve as Supreme Court Justice. She is known for her calls of reform to the criminal justice system and her dissents on issues regarding race, gender, and ethnic identity.

  • ROBERTO CLEMENTE — Most known for his stellar baseball career, Afro-Puerto Rican Roberto Clemente spent his time off the field involved in charity work. He was a known human rights activists, organizing with charities to provide much-needed media attention and funding to Latin American countries. Clemente was killed in a tragic plane crash while delivering supplies to Nicaragua after an earthquake; he was determined to accompany the supplies himself after the first three flights were diverted by corrupted officials and never reached the victims of the earthquake.

Today’s lunch is Savory Baked Stuffed Potato and Fresh Baked Biscuit.

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Monday, September 27, 2021

1-8 Period Day 

AP Exam Registration begins today, September 27th, and will end on Monday, October 18th, at 3:30 p.m. The cost for each AP Exam is $96. All fees must be paid in full by no later than November 1, 2021. Please see the detailed information posted outside of the Auxiliary Office and on the bulletin board outside of Student Services. All students must register using the google document. If a student is registering for one or more AP Exams, they will need to complete the google doc every time.

If you are interested in participating in Boys Swimming this year, please come to a pre-season informational meeting on Wednesday, September 29th at 3:30 PM on the football stadium concourse outside of the pool. You will have the opportunity to meet the Coach, hear about the season, find out what needs to be done in order to participate, and get any of your questions answered. 

Locker assignments are ready for everyone who turned in a locker request slip.  You can find your locker assignment and lock combination by logging into your Infinite Campus and clicking on “More” under the navigation menu on the left side of your screen. Then click on “Lockers.”  You may request a locker in the main office at any point during the school year.

The Ames High English department is missing many books from the last few years of school, and we’re hoping to get some of them back. If you happen to have or come across any books that may have come from the English department book room or an English teacher, please drop them off at the high school or bring them to any English teacher. We’ll be thrilled to have them returned! Thank you for your help.

Scratch Pad is Ames High School’s literary and art magazine devoted to publishing student work. Anyone interested in being on this year’s Scratch Pad board of editors, please contact Mrs. Engelkes. 

Student Services has a very limited number of conference rooms available for students to use for meetings. Much of what is available has been reserved for many weeks ahead of time. Students should inquire prior to making their appointments if a room will be available. Information regarding availability can be requested from Mrs. Monroe via email catherine.monroe@ames.k12.ia.us

A representative from Cornell College will be in Student Services on Monday, Sept. 27th during Lunch B from 11:51am-12:21pm. 

A representative from the University of Oregon will be in Student Services on Tuesday, Sept. 28th during Lunch B & C from 12:15pm-1:32pm. 

A representative from Creighton University will be in Student Services on Wednesday, Sept. 29th during Lunch A & B from 11:13am-12:53pm. 

National Hispanic Heritage Month:  September 15 – October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins each year on Sept. 15, celebrates U.S. Latinos, their culture and their history. Started in 1968 by Congress as Hispanic Heritage Week, it was expanded to a month in 1988. The celebration begins in the middle rather than the start of September because it coincides with national independence days in several Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica celebrate theirs on Sept. 15, followed by Mexico on Sept. 16, Chile on Sept. 18 and Belize on Sept. 21.  During this time, we will celebrate different contributions from people with Latinx roots as well as share various facts and other pertinent information.

  • CESAR CHAVEZ — An American labor leader and civil rights activist, Cesar Chavez cofounded the National Farm Workers Association. Chavez famously organized and led what is considered the most successful boycott in U.S. history–over 17 million Americans participated in the Delano grape strike and boycott, leading to an agreement guaranteeing field workers’ right to unionize, better working conditions, and access to health care and pensions.

  • SONIA SOTOMAYOR — Appointed by Barack Obama in 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic (and third woman) to serve as Supreme Court Justice. She is known for her calls of reform to the criminal justice system and her dissents on issues regarding race, gender, and ethnic identity.

  • ROBERTO CLEMENTE — Most known for his stellar baseball career, Afro-Puerto Rican Roberto Clemente spent his time off the field involved in charity work. He was a known human rights activists, organizing with charities to provide much-needed media attention and funding to Latin American countries. Clemente was killed in a tragic plane crash while delivering supplies to Nicaragua after an earthquake; he was determined to accompany the supplies himself after the first three flights were diverted by corrupted officials and never reached the victims of the earthquake.

Today’s lunch is BBQ Pork Sandwich and Green Bean Casserole.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

EVEN Block/MAP testing Day

Homecoming Dance will be held on Saturday, September 25th from 9 PM to 11 PM at Ames High School in the gymnasium. Doors will open at 8:45 PM.  Students will need to purchase a ticket outside the Auxiliary office before or after school starting on Wednesday, September 22nd. Tickets will be $10 a person. The total for a couple will be $20. If you lose your ticket, you will not be allowed into the dance.  In order to enter the dance, students must have a student ID and homecoming ticket with them on the night of the dance. There will be no tickets for sale at the door. 

NAHS and Art Club created Pinwheels for Peace for International Day of Peace. The Pinwheels were put on display Tuesday afternoon! Peace! Enjoy!

Locker assignments are ready for everyone who turned in a locker request slip.  You can find your locker assignment and lock combination by logging into your Infinite Campus and clicking on “More” under the navigation menu on the left side of your screen. Then click on “Lockers.”  You may request a locker in the main office at any point during the school year.

Out of school Guest Request Forms for the Homecoming dance need to be completed and turned into Student Services no later than Today, Sept. 22nd at 3:15 PM.  No Late Exceptions.

FCA will meet on THURSDAY during Club/Plus period in Dobernecker’s room #34.  FCA this Thursday during Plus.

Attention seniors, the counselors will be meeting with all seniors in the high school cafeteria Today, September 22nd at 8:30am. The counselors will be answering any questions that seniors may have that weren’t answered today.

The Ames High English department is missing many books from the last few years of school, and we’re hoping to get some of them back. If you happen to have or come across any books that may have come from the English department book room or an English teacher, please drop them off at the high school or bring them to any English teacher. We’ll be thrilled to have them returned! Thank you for your help!

Are you interested in having a say in school policy? Be a voice for your peers and join Student Council! Flex your leadership muscles! Be a part of organizing Coffeehouse, Winter Madness, and other StudCo traditions. Our first meeting is tomorrow Thursday, September 23 during PLUS in the audio/visual room just before the gym stairs. Holler at Ms. DiBlasi with questions!

All students should have an ID and are to wear them with the color coded lanyard. If you do not have a current school ID please see Mrs. Ficek in the Media Center.  It is expected for students to wear their IDs on their person in a visible location.  ID colors should match the lanyard color.

Key Club is an international student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to serve, build character, and develop leadership.  Please join us for our first meeting during plus period tomorrow, Thursday, September 23rd in the Media Center.

FIBER CLUB will meet every Tuesday in Mrs. Dobernecker’s room, 3:10-4 pm.

We will also meet on Thursday, September 23, for those who would like to do Fiber Club during Plus time.

Are you interested in engineering? If so, come to the Society of Women Engineers Meeting today, Wednesday, September 22nd at 3:10pm in Room 47. All students are welcome! There will be snacks! See Mrs. Brenneman with questions.

Art Club/NAHS will meet in Art C this Thursday, August 23rd during Plus Period. Come help make plans for the Chalk the Block, Selling your artwork, Posters for the Preschool, Art Calendars, and more. Bring a friend and ideas to share.

Scratch Pad is Ames High School’s literary and art magazine devoted to publishing student work. Anyone interested in being on this year’s Scratch Pad board of editors, please contact Mrs. Engelkes. 

Student Services has a very limited number of conference rooms available for students to use for meetings. Much of what is available has been reserved for many weeks ahead of time. Students should inquire prior to making their appointments if a room will be available. Information regarding availability can be requested from Mrs. Monroe via email catherine.monroe@ames.k12.ia.us

National Hispanic Heritage Month:  September 15 – October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins each year on Sept. 15, celebrates U.S. Latinos, their culture and their history. Started in 1968 by Congress as Hispanic Heritage Week, it was expanded to a month in 1988. The celebration begins in the middle rather than the start of September because it coincides with national independence days in several Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica celebrate theirs on Sept. 15, followed by Mexico on Sept. 16, Chile on Sept. 18 and Belize on Sept. 21.  During this time, we will celebrate different contributions from people with Latinx roots as well as share various facts and other pertinent information.

  • The U.S. Hispanic population has grown significantly in the last decade, from 50.5 million in 2010 to 62.1 million in 2020. Hispanics accounted for 51% of entire U.S. population growth during that period.

  • Four out of five Latinos are U.S. citizens. As of 2019, 80% of Latinos living in the U.S. are citizens. The number includes people born in the U.S. and its territories, those born abroad to American parents and immigrants who have become naturalized citizens.

The number of Latinos who identify as multiracial has also increased, from 3 million to more than 20 million. This is likely due in part to changes in the 2020 census form.

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Mask Requirement Reinstated in the Ames CSD

Mask Requirements in Ames CSD

At tonight’s Special School Board Meeting, the Ames Board of Directors voted to reinstate a mask requirement at all of our school buildings. The mask requirement will go into effect this Friday, September 17, and applies to all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to our school buildings. 

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Friday, September 10, 2021

What a wonderful evening to have such a great football game.  Go Clones!  HERE is the video for this week’s parent email.

CONGRATULATIONS:

Student Council Club Fair — On Wednesday, September 8 we had 40 clubs and co-curricular and activities groups put on our annual club fair during the three lunches.  It was a rousing success, with students continuing to reach out to find ways to join different clubs and organizations.  Thank you to Mrs. DiBlasi, the various club and co-curricular activity sponsors helping AHS students to find more ways to participate and belong!  HERE is a Quik video from our event.

INFORMATION:

Back-to-School Night — On Monday, September 13, from 6 pm – 7:54 pm, AHS will hold a Back-to-School Night for AHS families.  Parents will have the opportunity to walk their student(s) schedule in an abbreviated class.  This gives AHS teachers and staff the opportunity to connect with families and learn an overview of each course.  The event will start at 6 pm with homeroom, followed by our 1 – 8 period schedule.  Homeroom will be the home base.  In the homeroom you will receive your student’s schedule and a map of the school.  During this time, teachers will be asked to play a pre-recorded message from AHS Principal, Dr. Valerie Nyberg and the AHS administration welcoming you to our school. Parents with more than one student at AHS have found it helpful to have their students schedules ahead of time, so they can plan their evening.   The schedule for the evening is as follows: 

Period

Time

Time Lapse

Homeroom

6:00 pm – 6:10 pm

10 min

Period 1

6:15 pm – 6:23 pm

8 min

Period 2

6:28 pm – 6:36 pm

8 min

Period 3

6:41 pm – 6:49 pm

8 min

Period 4

6:54 pm – 7:02 pm

8 min

Period 5

7:07 pm – 7:15 pm 

8 min

Period 6

7:20 pm – 7: 28 pm

8 min

Period 7

7:33 pm – 7:41 pm

8 min

Period 8

7:46 pm – 7:54 pm

8 min

During your student(s) open period, please enjoy refreshments in the main lobby or swing by the cafeteria to visit college representatives ( DMACC, ISU, UI, and UNI) and Lowe’s Track to the Trades representative.  Track to the Trades provides Lowe’s associates the opportunity to launch a career in the trades. We have tracks for five key skilled trades: appliance repair, carpentry, electrical, HVAC.  Stop by to learn more!

Yearbooks are here and they look great! Next week we will be distributing the 2020-21 yearbooks during the following times:

  • Monday: Available to pick up and purchase during Back to School Night from 6-8 in the Main Lobby. This is also a great time to purchase your 2021-22 yearbook! 
  • Tuesday through Friday: Available to pick up or purchase ($55) from the main lobby 15 minutes before school starts, during lunch, and 15 minutes after school ends. 
  • After this initial distribution, books are available any time from Mr. Webb’s room (Rm. 227). 
  • Questions? Please direct them to Mr. Webb: james.webb@ames.k12.ia.us

Remember, we DO have extras, and this is a year you will want to look back on 10 years from now. They are available to purchase for $55, either cash or check made out to Ames High. Thanks!

Parking Update — Beginning Monday, September 13th, AHS will administer fines in the student parking.  All cars parked in the upper lot must have an orange parking permit.  All blue parking permit tags are for the Furman parking lot.  Also, parking in the municipal pool parking spots is prohibited and can result in your vehicle being towed.

School Bus Riders — Be sure to sign up for TextCaster alerts that Durham sends out in the event of a bus delay or other issue. The link to sign up.

The last day to drop an extra class without consequences is Thursday, September 16th. Please contact your counselor in Student Services.

Solemn Observance — On the cusp of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, I encourage all families and students to take a moment of silence to reflect on the loss many experienced twenty years ago tomorrow as well as how as a country, many came together to form a common bond and to rally in support of one another.  We are Cyclone strong.  I know we can take lessons from the past to inform and assist us with forming a stronger community and world.  

OPPORTUNITIES: 

Homecoming Parade Parent Volunteers — Ames High School is thrilled to be hosting our Homecoming parade on Monday, September 20 at 6:30 pm. In order to have this event, the Homecoming Parade Committee is in need of parent volunteers to stand at barricades during the parade and help clean up afterward. Please sign up, and don’t hesitate to contact Eva Kumsher, 883194kum@ames.k12.ia.us with questions.  

Ames High Drama will have auditions for the fall play, Pride and Prejudice, after school on Monday September 13th and Tuesday September 14th in Mr. Woolery’s room. Auditions will be held immediately after school and will last until 4:15. Actors will be asked to read a passage from the play. Please contact Mr. K or Mr. Woolery if you have any questions.

The Cola-Cola Scholars Foundation has the 2022 Coca-Cola Scholars Program application open until October 31, 2021. Please check your Naviance account for more information.

College Visits: 

  • A representative from Oberlin College will be in Student Services on Thursday, Sept. 16th from 11:30am-12:00pm. Please get a pass from Student Services to attend. 
  • A virtual visit with a representative from Purdue University will be held on Friday, Sept. 17th from 11:30am-12:45pm. The virtual link is posted in Naviance.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE —Please click on the link to see athletic events.

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Friday, September 3, 2021

Good Evening Amazing AHS Families:

It’s amazing that the first full week of classes is now under our belt.  I’ve heard from many teachers that our mini parent/teacher conferences went well.  It sounds like this is a practice worth keeping, going forward.  

CONGRATULATIONS:

Twin Swimming Sensations — Congratulations to Mikayla and Jordon Kloth for their recent feature in the Ames Tribune.  What a way to represent!!

Thank You — To the AHS Moms and Dads for the lovely card and flowers I received this week.  It was both timely and very much appreciated!!

INFORMATION:

Updates: 

  1. Lunch —  Since school began, AHS has served on average 550 – 575 students in two lunch periods.  With having our entire student body back in the building since March 2020, this has created some growing pains.  As a result, we have added tables and chairs, and starting Tuesday, September 7 will return to three lunches like last year.  We hope this change will help us to serve only 175 or so students per lunch, rather than the 250+ we’ve currently served each lunch.  
  2. Locker Assignments — Students who have requested lockers can expect to receive their locker number and combination in the coming days.  Due to hallway congestion and lack of widespread use of lockers, we are assigning lockers in lower-traffic areas.
  3. Open Campus —  Due to a variety of factors, AHS announced this week that juniors AND seniors will now have open campus privileges.  We ask parents to complete the green (juniors) or blue (seniors) forms granting their student permission to leave campus.  Students may pick up forms in the Auxiliary or Main Offices. 

Please do not cut through — the Northcrest Community property from 20th or 24th streets on your school route.  These are private streets for the use of Northcrest only, and there is concern for resident safety with increased vehicle and bike traffic.

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 have a W on the transcript is Wednesday, September 29.

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 HAS BEGUN 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 zac.sjoberg@ames.k12.ia.us. The fee will not appear in RevTrak if the student has not registered online.
  • SECOND OPTION:  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.

OPPORTUNITIES:

Student Council’s Club Fair — Wednesday, September 8th is the Student Council’s annual Club Fair during lunches in the cafeteria. All students will have the opportunity to look & learn about the many clubs offered at AHS.

Back-to-School Night — On Monday, September 13, AHS will hold a Back-to-School Night for AHS families.  Parents will have the opportunity to walk their student(s) schedule in an abbreviated class.  This gives AHS teachers and staff the opportunity to connect with families and learn an overview of each course.  The event will start at 6 pm with homeroom, followed by our 1 – 8 period schedule.

COLLEGE VISITS:

DMACC’S CAREER DISCOVERY EVENTS — Is your student puzzled about their future? DMACC is hosting Career Discovery Events wherein students can explore career pathways and learn about future educational and career opportunities. Events are geared toward 9th-12th grade students, and teachers and parents are welcome to attend.  Find additional details and REGISTER TODAY at www.dmacc.edu/careerdiscovery.  Questions? Call 515-965-7117 or email wbl@dmacc.edu.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE —Please click on the link to see athletic events.

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Educational Associate Incentive Program (2021-2022)

EA Incentive Program

In an effort to recruit and retain Educational Associates (EA) who are vital to the success of our schools, the Ames CSD is excited to announce a temporary EA Incentive Program for the 2021-2022 school year. The program consists of three parts:

  • Hiring Incentive – $100 for newly hired Educational Associates after one month of employment.
  • Referral Incentive – $100 for any Ames CSD employee who refers an Educational Associate that is hired.
  • Retention Incentive – $750 paid to any EA (newly hired or currently employed) who starts before October 1, 2021, and works through the end of the 2021-2022 school year. The retention incentive is prorated for newly hired EA’s after October 1, 2021.   

We are also continuing to hire for other key positions that include custodial staff, substitute teachers, and others. Learn more about these positions and others on our website.

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