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Articles from November 2021

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

ODD Block Day

Juniors and Seniors: If you earned the Academic Award, but were unable to attend the ceremony last week, please stop by Student Services to pick up your letter and certificate.

Attention Seniors, today is the last day for you to request letters of recommendation from your teachers and counselor to meet your early January college application deadlines. Requests made after today may not make your deadlines.

Starting today, all students who wish to use the Media Center must have a teachers pass showing the date & time. This includes all lunch periods.

Interested in Track and Field? Boys and Girls interested in trying track and field please email the new coach, Coach Erica Douglas at erica.douglas@ames.k12.ia.us 

There is something for EVERYONE in Track and Field and EVERYONE can find success. Excited for a new season, please reach out to Coach D!

Tickets for the 33rd annual madrigal dinner are now on sale. The cost is $30, and the performances are December 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Stop by the choir room or email Joe Strong to order tickets.

DECA has extended its annual food drive! Boxes will be set out in your science teachers classroom and we will accept donations of non-perishables, canned goods, and monetary donations. The food drive will run until this Friday, Dec. 3rd. The science teachers with the highest ratio of pounds per student will get donuts!

Important Reminder for AHS Graduating Seniors, If you have not ordered the required Senior Dues/Cap & Gown for graduation please do that today. December 1st is the last day to order and avoid additional late fees.

** All seniors participating in the graduation ceremony on May 29, 2022 must order at a minimum, the Basic cap & gown package in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. Please contact Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary office with questions or concerns.

Today’s lunch is Mini Turkey Corn Dogs and Oven Baked Fries.

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Monday, November 29, 2021

Tickets for the 33rd annual madrigal dinner are now on sale. The cost is $30, and the performances are December 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Stop by the choir room or email Joe Strong to order tickets.

MLK Day Essay Contest  to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is now open. Would you like to win $100? Details and guidelines for this year’s contest, including links to the text, can be found at the Ames Human Relations Committee webpage.

Important Reminder for AHS Graduating Seniors, If you have not ordered the required Senior Dues/Cap & Gown for graduation please do that today. December 1st is the last day to order and avoid additional late fees.

** All seniors participating in the graduation ceremony on May 29, 2022 must order at a minimum, the Basic cap & gown package in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. Please contact Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary office with questions or concerns.

Today’s lunch is Breaded Chicken Drumstick, Mexican Street Corn and Fresh Baked Whole Grain Biscuit.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

ODD Block Day

Lost & Found, please check the table across from the Auxiliary office if you have lost an item. If items are not claimed they will be donated on Wednesday.

Students, this is a reminder that you are not permitted to have food delivered to the school. Students are expected to get and consume their lunch in the lunchroom. Please refer to the Outside Food Reminder for Students per Page 30 of the Parent/Student Handbook for 2021-2022.

DECA will be hosting its annual food drive! Boxes will be set out in your science teachers classroom and we will accept donations of nonperishables, canned goods, and monetary donations. The food drive will conclude at the end of today. The science teachers with the highest ratio of pounds per student will get donuts!

Students interested in taking part in an internship at Iowa State regarding Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics should contact Mr. Gorman or Mr. Patterson for more information.

9th graders, the Middle school yearbooks are here. If you ordered a yearbook last year at the Middle school, see Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary office to pick it up.

Come help SHEPH “light up the night” with your best neon outfits, sequins, or glow-in-the-dark accessories at Tucheze, the club’s informal fundraiser dance! Tickets will be sold through today for $10 at the table near the main entrance and the table just inside the cafeteria entrance. All proceeds go towards overseas educational sponsorships and SHEPH community garden costs. We hope to see you there!

Tickets for the 33rd annual madrigal dinner are now on sale. The cost is $30, and the performances are December 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Stop by the choir room or email Joe Strong to order tickets.

Seniors interested in taking the STAMP test to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy should sign through the interest form by today. The test will be given at AHS during the first block period on Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Wednesday, Dec. 8.

MLK Day Essay Contest  to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is now open. Would you like to win $100? Details and guidelines for this year’s contest, including links to the text, can be found at the Ames Human Relations Committee webpage.

The Air Force will have a table set up in the Main Lobby during all lunches on Tuesday, Nov. 23rd.

Today’s lunch is Roasted Turkey with Gravy, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Green Bean Casserole, Cornbread and Chocolate Pudding.

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Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) 2021

ISASP graphic

The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) is the state-wide assessment that replaced the former Iowa Assessments in the 2018-2019 school year. Developed by Iowa Testing Programs at the University of Iowa for the state of Iowa, “the ISASP includes individual assessments in English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science intended for use within the last 12 weeks of the academic year. These summative assessments measure student achievement, growth and college and career readiness based on the Iowa Core Standards.” (ISASP Test Specification Guide, 2019).

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Ames CSD Announces Membership in New League: The Iowa Alliance Conference

Iowa Alliance Conference Announcement

11 High Schools to Begin Competition in 2022-23 School Year

Ames CSD is today announcing its membership in a new high school athletic league: the Iowa Alliance Conference. Eleven of Iowa’s largest high schools will begin competing in the new conference, developed to enhance competition and participation among schools with long-time rivalries, with the start of the 2022-23 school year.

The Iowa Alliance Conference will be divided into two divisions and consist of the following high schools:

  • North – Ames, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Mason City, and Waterloo East
  • South – Des Moines East, Hoover, Lincoln, North, Ottumwa, and Roosevelt

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Monday, November 22, 2021

EVEN Block Day

Congratulations to our Ames High Quiz Bowl team for their 1st place finish at the IQBL Fall Open this past weekend. The team of Ne Dassanayake, Jixiang Li, Aneesh Shrotriya, Jacob Stevens, Lane Sullivan and Rishabh Swamy went undefeated in a bracket of 12 teams to bring home the trophy.

Students, this is a reminder that you are not permitted to have food delivered to the school. Students are expected to get and consume their lunch in the lunchroom. Please refer to the Outside Food Reminder for Students per Page 30 of the Parent/Student Handbook for 2021-2022.

Lost & Found, please check the table across from the Auxiliary office if you have lost an item. If items are not claimed they will be donated on Wednesday.

DECA will be hosting its annual food drive! Boxes will be set out in your science teachers classroom and we will accept donations of non-perishables, canned goods, and monetary donations. The food drive will conclude at the end of the day on Tuesday. The science teachers with the highest ratio of pounds per student will get donuts!

Students interested in taking part in an internship at Iowa State regarding Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics should contact Mr. Gorman or Mr. Patterson for more information.

9th graders, the Middle school yearbooks are here. If you ordered a yearbook last year at the Middle school, see Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary office to pick it up.

Come help SHEPH “light up the night” with your best neon outfits, sequins, or glow-in-the-dark accessories at Tucheze, the club’s informal fundraiser dance! Tickets will be sold through November 23 for $10 at the table near the main entrance and the table just inside the cafeteria entrance. All proceeds go towards overseas educational sponsorships and SHEPH community garden costs. We hope to see you there!

Tickets for the 33rd annual madrigal dinner are now on sale. The cost is $30, and the performances are December 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Stop by the choir room or email Joe Strong to order tickets.

Ames High will present Seussical the Musical February 4th, 5th and 6th. Auditions will be held after school today in the choir room. Auditions are open to any AHS student! Pick up audition materials from Joe Strong and sign up for an audition time. Come join the show!

Seniors interested in taking the STAMP test to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy should sign up using the interest form by Tuesday, Nov. 23. The test will be given at AHS during the first block period on Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Wednesday, Dec. 8.

MLK Day Essay Contest  to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is now open. Would you like to win $100? Details and guidelines for this year’s contest, including links to the text, can be found at the Ames Human Relations Committee webpage.

United States Naval Academy will be in the Main Lobby today during all lunches.

The Air Force will have a table set up in the Main Lobby during all lunches on Tuesday, Nov. 23rd.

Today’s lunch is Crispy Chicken Breast Tenders, Boston Baked Beans and Fresh Baked Biscuit.

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Come join Ames High Theatre this Friday and Saturday night as they present John Jory’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Curtain is 7:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 for 9th grade and up, $3.00 for 8th grade and below. Please attend and enjoy watching this wonderful romantic comedy as Jane Austen’s classic characters are brought to life on stage.

No classes at Ames High Wednesday, November 24th through Friday, November 26th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

9th grade students that purchased a Middle school yearbook last year can pick it up from Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary office.

No Outside Food Deliveries For Students

There is NO Outside Food Delivery for Students per Page 30 of the Parent/Student Handbook for 2021-2022:

Lunch Expectations

  • Students are expected to get and consume their lunch in the lunchroom.
  • Teachers or other staff who allow students to eat lunch, supervised, in spaces other than the lunchroom need to write that student a pass (including teacher name, date, and time) in order for students to leave the lunch area and pass to the intended location.
  • Parents wanting to provide an off-campus food (i.e. Chick-fil-a, BBops, etc.) may want to provide a written note or other verification that the student hasn’t obtained food in violation of the closed-campus for underclassmen.
  • Students are not permitted to have food delivered to the school. 

INFORMATION:

Monday, November 22nd will be an even block day for AHS students, and Tuesday, November 23rd will be an odd block day.

IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR AHS GRADUATING SENIORS

Please take care of this today. There are many seniors that have not ordered the required Senior Dues/Cap & Gown for graduation.

** All seniors participating in the graduation ceremony on May 29, 2022 must order at a minimum, the Basic cap & gown package/Senior dues. This $60 fee plus tax not only pays for the graduation cap, gown, stole and tassel but also diploma & diploma cover, name cards, flowers etc. Everything that pertains to graduation. It is a package deal. Some families in the past would like to reuse a sibling’s gown and cap, as much as we understand that, the Basic senior dues is required for participation in the graduation ceremony.

Do not miss the deadline to order your CUSTOM AMES graduation announcement AND avoid late fees on your cap and gown.

Your cap and gown fee increases after December 1st.  Order today to avoid additional late fees.

If you already ordered these items, Thank You.  If not, take advantage of this time to add to your order any items you might have missed or overlooked. Order your cap and gown through Jostens before the December 1st deadline. 

Please contact Kathy Packer with questions or concerns by email or phone 515-817-0602.

DECA will be hosting its annual food drive! Boxes will be set out in your science teachers classroom and we will accept donations of nonperishables, canned goods, and monetary donations. The food drive will conclude at the end of the day on Tuesday. The science teachers with the highest ratio of pounds per student will get donuts! 

Lost & Found, students should check the table across from the Auxiliary office if they have lost an item. Unclaimed items they will be donated on Wednesday.

MLK Day Essay Contest to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is now open. Would you like to win $100? Details and guidelines for this year’s contest, including links to the text, can be found at the Ames Human Relations Committee webpage.

OPPORTUNITIES:

Tickets for the 33rd annual madrigal dinner are now on sale. The cost is $30, and the performances are December 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Stop by the choir room or email Joe Strong to order tickets.

Seal of Biliteracy: Ames High School will again participate in the Seal of Biliteracy. The State of Iowa adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2018-19 to officially recognize high school graduates who are literate in more than one language. To receive the seal, students must demonstrate proficiency in English and at least one other language through approved assessments. Students must be able to read, write, listen, and speak in the language in which they test. Read more about the biliteracy guidance, including proficiency levels and accepted assessments. 

At Ames High, the STAMP test will be offered during school the week of Dec. 6, 2021. Seniors should indicate their interest in qualifying by filling out the Seal of Biliteracy Interest Form by Tuesday, Nov. 23. Details about signing up for the test will be shared via email with those who complete the form.

United States Naval Academy will be in the Main Lobby on Monday, Nov. 22nd during all lunches.

The Air Force will have a table set up in the Main Lobby during all lunches on Tuesday, Nov. 23rd.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:

Check out this week’s activities in the at-a-glance calendar.

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Friday, November 19, 2021

1-8 period day

Lost & Found, please check the table across from the Auxiliary office if you have lost an item. If items are not claimed they will be donated next Wednesday.

DECA will be hosting its annual food drive! Boxes will be set out in your science teachers classroom and we will accept donations of nonperishables, canned goods, and monetary donations. The food drive will begin today and run until Tuesday before Thanksgiving break. The science teachers with the highest ratio of pounds per student will get donuts!

Students, this is a reminder that you are not permitted to have food delivered to the school. Students are expected to get and consume their lunch in the lunchroom. Please refer to the Outside Food Reminder for Students per Page 30 of the Parent/Student Handbook for 2021-2022.

Students interested in taking part in an internship at Iowa State regarding Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics should contact Mr. Gorman or Mr. Patterson for more information.

A quick reminder that today, November 19th, is the deadline for DMACC’s OCCO (On Campus Course Option) course registration for the spring semester. 

Come join Ames High Theatre this Friday and Saturday as they present John Jory’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Curtain is 7:00. Admission is $5.00 for 9th grade and up, $3.00 for 8th grade and below. Please attend and enjoy watching this wonderful romantic comedy as Jane Austen’s classic characters are brought to life on stage.

9th graders, the Middle school yearbooks are here. If you ordered a yearbook last year at the Middle school, see Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary office to pick it up.

Come help SHEPH “light up the night” with your best neon outfits, sequins, or glow-in-the-dark accessories at Tucheze, the club’s informal fundraiser dance! Tickets will be sold through November 23 for $10 at the table near the main entrance and the table just inside the cafeteria entrance. All proceeds go towards overseas educational sponsorships and SHEPH community garden costs. We hope to see you there!

Tickets for the 33rd annual madrigal dinner are now on sale. The cost is $30, and the performances are December 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Stop by the choir room or email Joe Strong to order tickets.

Ames High will present Seussical the Musical February 4th, 5th and 6th. Auditions will be held after school on Monday November 22nd in the choir room. Auditions are open to any AHS student! Pick up audition materials from Joe Strong and sign up for an audition time. Come join the show!

Seniors interested in taking the STAMP test to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy should fill out the interest form by Tuesday, Nov. 23. The test will be given at AHS during the first block period on Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Wednesday, Dec. 8.

MLK Day Essay Contest  to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is now open. Would you like to win $100? Details and guidelines for this year’s contest, including links to the text, can be found at the Ames Human Relations Committee webpage.

United States Naval Academy will be in the Main Lobby on Monday, Nov. 22nd during all lunches.

The Air Force will have a table set up in the Main Lobby during all lunches on Tuesday, Nov. 23rd.

Today’s lunch is Cheese Stuffed Breadsticks, Marinara Sauce, and Seasoned Peas.

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

1-8 period day

Lost & Found, please check the table across from the Auxiliary office if you have lost an item. If items are not claimed they will be donated next Wednesday.

Come join Ames High Theatre this Friday and Saturday as they present John Jory’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Curtain is 7:00. Admission is $5.00 for 9th grade and up, $3.00 for 8th grade and below. Please attend and enjoy watching this wonderful romantic comedy as Jane Austen’s classic characters are brought to life on stage.

9th graders, the Middle school yearbooks are here. If you ordered a yearbook last year at the Middle school, see Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary office to pick it up.

Come help SHEPH “light up the night” with your best neon outfits, sequins, or glow-in-the-dark accessories at Tucheze, the club’s informal fundraiser dance! Tickets will be sold through November 23 for $10 at the table near the main entrance and the table just inside the cafeteria entrance. All proceeds go towards overseas educational sponsorships and SHEPH community garden costs. We hope to see you there!

Attention National Honor Society members will meet on tomorrow, November 19th in the auditorium during Plus Period. Please make sure to email our NHS secretary, McKenzie Flemming if you are not able to make it.

Badminton club is open to those who are interested in becoming better at badminton and possibly compete at the Iowa Games. Join us today and every Thursday during Plus Period in the gym. See Kent Sta Maria or Coach Stemsrud for more information. 

Tickets for the 33rd annual madrigal dinner are now on sale. The cost is $30, and the performances are December 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Stop by the choir room or email Joe Strong to order tickets.

Ames High will present Seussical the Musical February 4th, 5th and 6th. Auditions will be held after school on Monday November 22nd in the choir room. Auditions are open to any AHS student! Pick up audition materials from Joe Strong and sign up for an audition time. Come join the show!

Seniors interested in taking the STAMP test to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy should fill out the interest form by Tuesday, Nov. 23. The test will be given at AHS during the first block period on Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Wednesday, Dec. 8.

MLK Day Essay Contest  to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is now open. Would you like to win $100? Details and guidelines for this year’s contest, including links to the text, can be found at the Ames Human Relations Committee webpage

United States Naval Academy will be in the Main Lobby on Monday, Nov. 22nd during all lunches.

The Air Force will have a table set up in the Main Lobby during all lunches on Tuesday, Nov. 23rd.

Today’s lunch is LoMein Noodles with Chicken and Sliced Carrots.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

EVEN Block Day

The BSAC Game Night scheduled for tonight has been postponed to spring semester.  Details will be provided before winter break. 

SHEPH’s Banana Fundraiser is taking place November 16 to November 19! Come to the table near the main entrance before school or after school, and to the table right inside the cafeteria entrance during lunch to vote by donation for the teacher you most want to see in a banana costume. The options for teachers this year are Mrs. Seibert, Mr. Reichert, Mr. Webb, Mr. Ewan, and Mrs. Jurgensen: the winning teacher will wear the costume the entire day on Monday, November 22! All proceeds go towards overseas educational sponsorships and SHEPH community garden costs.

Come help SHEPH “light up the night” with your best neon outfits, sequins, or glow-in-the-dark accessories at Tucheze, the club’s informal fundraiser dance! Tickets will be sold November 16 through November 23 for $10 at the table near the main entrance and the table just inside the cafeteria entrance (alongside the Banana Fundraiser). All proceeds go towards overseas educational sponsorships and SHEPH community garden costs. We hope to see you there!

Seniors interested in taking the STAMP test to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy should fill out an interest form by Tuesday, Nov. 23. The test will be given at AHS during the first block period on Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Attention National Honor Society members will meet on Friday, November 19th in the auditorium during Plus Period. Please make sure to email our NHS secretary, McKenzie Flemming if you are not able to make it.

Badminton club is open to those who are interested in becoming better at badminton and possibly compete at the Iowa Games. Join us every Thursday during Plus Period in the gym. See Kent Sta Maria or Coach Stemsrud for more information. 

Tickets for the 33rd annual madrigal dinner are now on sale. The cost is $30, and the performances are December 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Stop by the choir room or email Joe Strong to order tickets.

Ames High will present Seussical the Musical February 4th, 5th and 6th. Auditions will be held after school on Monday November 22nd in the choir room. Auditions are open to any AHS student! Pick up audition materials from Joe Strong and sign up for an audition time. Come join the show!

MLK Day Essay Contest  to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is now open. Would you like to win $100? Details and guidelines for this year’s contest, including links to the text, can be found at the Ames Human Relations Committee webpage

Today’s lunch is Popcorn Chicken, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy and Whole Grain Dinner roll.

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