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Articles from January 2022

Monday, January 31, 2022

EVEN Block Day

Congratulations to your Ames High Science Bowl team on their Regional Championship this weekend. The team of Ne Dassanayake, Jacob Stevens, Rishabh Swamy, David Dong and Abhi Amuluru will represent Ames in the National  Science Bowl competition at the end of April. Celebrate the three-peat: this is the third year in a row that Ames High has dominated the Iowa competition.

Dropping a Class, The last day to drop a class without consequences as long as the student is still full time is Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022.   

The last day to sign up to take a class for a contract grade with a pass/fail option is Tuesday, March 8, 2022. 

Juniors and Seniors: There are 61 Juniors or Seniors who have not picked up their Academic Letter or pin. You earned the award because you’re awesome students! Please stop by Student Services soon. 

Students are not permitted to eat lunch in the media center. If you have a pass to go to the media center during your lunch time, you must finish eating your lunch in the cafeteria before going to the media center.

Please remember to bring your student ID badges with you to school. We now have a scanner in the main office. Please have your ID on you and ready to scan to make checking you in much easier.

Attention all Students, Faculty & Staff:  Come enjoy a Tropical Smoothie and support the Black Students Alliance Club on Wednesday February 2nd 2-7pm.  20% of Tropical Smoothie profits will go directly to the BSAC Black History Mini-Conference.  Participating store located at 517 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010

Today’s lunch is Breaded BBQ Chicken Drumstick, Mexican Street Corn and Cornbread.

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Friday, January 28, 2022

ODD Block Day / MAP testing schedule

Juniors and Seniors: There are 61 Juniors or Seniors who have not picked up their Academic Letter or pin. You earned the award because you’re awesome students! Please stop by Student Services soon. 

Students are not permitted to eat lunch in the media center. If you have a pass to go to the media center during your lunch time, you must finish eating your lunch in the cafeteria before going to the media center.

Please remember to bring your student ID badges with you to school. We now have a scanner in the main office. Please have your ID on you and ready to scan to make checking you in much easier.

STUDENTS: DO NOT park behind the Fine Arts wing of the school PARALLEL to the football field. It creates a hazardous situation for teachers who are already parked in the appropriate parking stalls. Failure to do so will result in a fine and potentially being towed.

Attention all Students, Faculty & Staff:  Come enjoy a Tropical Smoothie and support the Black Students Alliance Club on Wednesday February 2nd 2-7pm.  20% of Tropical Smoothie profits will go directly to the BSAC Black History Mini-Conference.  Participating store located at 517 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010

Today’s lunch is Home-style Beef and Bean Chili and Iced Whole Grain Cinnamon Roll.

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

EVEN Block Day / MAP testing schedule

Are you interested in gathering for a short Christian devotional during the school day? Do you want to find encouragement in bible verses and hanging out with like-minded friends? Come to P7 club this Friday in Mrs. Jurgensen’s room during plus! There will be snacks, games, and a lesson. Contact club leaders McKenzie and Bowen Flemming if you have any questions. 

Students are not permitted to eat lunch in the media center. If you have a pass to go to the media center during your lunch time, you must finish eating your lunch in the cafeteria before going to the media center.

Please remember to bring your student ID badges with you to school. We now have a scanner in the main office. Please have your ID on you and ready to scan to make checking you in much easier.

STUDENTS: DO NOT park behind the Fine Arts wing of the school PARALLEL to the football field. It creates a hazardous situation for teachers who are already parked in the appropriate parking stalls. Failure to do so will result in a fine and potentially being towed.

Attention all Students, Faculty & Staff:  Come enjoy a Tropical Smoothie and support the Black Students Alliance Club on Wednesday February 2nd 2-7pm.  20% of Tropical Smoothie profits will go directly to the BSAC Black History Mini-Conference.  Participating store located at 517 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010

Today’s lunch is Korean BBQ Chicken Bowl, Brown Rice and Sliced Carrots.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

EVEN Block Day

Winter MAP testing for all 9th –11th grade students is this week on Wednesday and Thursday. Seniors do not need to complete MAP testing and do not need to be in the building while testing occurs.  Testing will take place in homeroom classrooms. If you do not have a homeroom, please contact your counselor to get it added. It is critical that all freshman, sophomore, and junior students attend MAP testing and complete the tests. You will need the following items for testing: device and charger and possibly a pencil and headphones (text-to-speech accommodation available on the math test). Scratch paper will be provided if you need it.

Girls Soccer Preseason Meeting, any athletes interested in playing girls soccer this season are invited to a preseason meeting on Wednesday, January 26 at 7:30 AM in the gym balcony bleachers. Email any questions to head coach Bobby Myers.

Students: Please remember to bring your student ID badges with you to school. We now have a scanner in the main office. Please have your ID on you and ready to scan to make checking you in much easier.

Seniors interested in taking the STAMP test to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy should sign up by Wednesday, Jan. 26. The test will be given at AHS during the week of February 7th. 

STUDENTS: DO NOT park behind the Fine Arts wing of the school PARALLEL to the football field. It creates a hazardous situation for teachers who are already parked in the appropriate parking stalls. Failure to do so will result in a fine and potentially being towed.

Scratch Pad is hosting an art and writing workshop in collaboration with ISU grad students in the Multi-Purpose Room on Tuesday, January 25 from 6-8 pm. Join us for sessions on developing characters, generating story ideas, crafting poetry, and more! There will be time devoted to creating work and giving feedback, too, so bring your writing supplies! Email Mrs. Engelkes with any questions.

The High School Mock Trial season is starting up and recruiting! If you’re interested in learning about the legal system and competing in a team as an attorney or witness, contact Ms. Michelotti for more information.

Attention all Students, Faculty & Staff:  Come enjoy a Tropical Smoothie and support the Black Students Alliance Club on Wednesday February 2nd 2-7pm.  20% of Tropical Smoothie profits will go directly to the BSAC Black History Mini-Conference.  Participating store located at 517 Lincoln Way.

Today’s lunch is Ham and Cheese Flatbread Fold and Harvest Tomato Basil Soup.

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Dr. Julious Lawson named Superintendent of Ames Community School District

Julious Lawson Superintendent

On Monday, January 24, the Ames School Board of Directors approved Dr. Julious Lawson as the next Superintendent of Ames Community School District. Dr. Lawson will be the 28th superintendent of Ames Public Schools in its 151-year history. 

Dr. Lawson is currently the Chief of Schools for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), a position he has held since 2018. As Chief of Schools, Dr. Lawson is responsible for the oversight and direction of elementary operations for the third-largest school district in the United States. This includes 27 CPS schools including 9,000 students, over 900 teachers and staff, with a $64 million operating budget. He facilitated the system-wide implementation of school improvement strategies that are designed to optimize academic achievement with a focus on equitable access for students. Dr. Lawson was also instrumental in strategic planning and assessing individualized Leadership Development Plans to further promote best teaching practices. 

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Friday, January 21, 2022

INFORMATION:

Edgenuity AHS Transcripts & Credits

Note: this information is only for students and families who engaged in the remote campus Edgenuity courses for the 20-21 or 21-22 school years. 

When an online Edgenuity course is completed, a transcript is created by Edgenuity. However, the credits assigned by Edgenuity do not compare to the credit system at Ames High. As a result, Edgenuity credits and grades will be converted into the AHS credit system at the rate per AHS course information.

Due to the flexibility of course taking offered by our remote campus, grade and transcript records may appear at different times that are unique to each student. Please be patient with obtaining official records.

Ames High Winter Cheer Clinic: On Saturday, Jan 29th from 6:00-8:30 pm the Ames High Winter Cheerleaders are hosting their annual cheerleading clinic for Ames students (preschool-8th grade). Little cheerleaders will learn from our squads and perform at halftime of the Boys Varsity Basketball game! Also included is a t-shirt, cheek tattoo, bottled water, and cookie. Sign up to participate online.

OPPORTUNITIES:

SEAL OF BILITERACY Ames High School is offering seniors the opportunity to qualify for 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 here. 

At Ames High, the STAMP test will be offered during school the week of Feb. 7, 2022. Seniors should indicate their interest in qualifying for the Seal of Biliteracy at http://bit.ly/AHSseal by Wednesday, Jan. 26. Details about the timing of the test will be shared via email with those who complete the form.

Scratch Pad submissions are due Friday, March 4. You have 8 more weeks to submit any art, photography, poetry, or short narrative pieces to this year’s publication. Email submissions to ahsscratchpad@ames.k12.ia.us.

The University of Chicago has Summer Session Programs which are designed for high school students who are ready to tackle undergraduate-level material. The University of Chicago also offers scholarship programs that provide students the opportunity to participate in a Summer Session course free of charge. 

Students: Puzzled about your future? DMACC invites you to explore all your possibilities by attending one of DMACC’s Career Discovery Events. Come 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. Additional events may be added throughout the semester, so check the website often. Questions? Call (515) 965-7117 or email wbl@dmacc.edu.

ARMED SERVICES VISIT

132nd Wing Air Iowa National Guard will have a table in the Main Lobby during all lunch periods on Tuesday, January 25th.

Air Force will have a table in the Main Lobby during all lunch periods on Thursday, January 27th.

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Monday, January 24, 2022

FTC Team Photon received the Motivate award at their competition this past weekend and advanced them to the Norwalk Super Qualifier. 

Girls Soccer Preseason Meeting, any athletes interested in playing girls soccer this season are invited to a preseason meeting on Wednesday, January 26 at 7:30 AM in the gym balcony bleachers. Email any questions to head coach Bobby Myers.

Students: Please remember to bring your student ID badges with you to school. We now have a scanner in the main office. Please have your ID on you and ready to scan to make checking you in much easier.

Seniors interested in taking the STAMP test to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy should sign up Wednesday, Jan. 26. The test will be given at AHS during the week of February 7th. 

STUDENTS: DO NOT park behind the Fine Arts wing of the school PARALLEL to the football field. It creates a hazardous situation for teachers who are already parked in the appropriate parking stalls. Failure to do so will result in a fine and potentially being towed.

Scratch Pad is hosting an art and writing workshop in collaboration with ISU grad students in the Multi-Purpose Room on Tuesday, January 25 from 6-8 pm. Join us for sessions on developing characters, generating story ideas, crafting poetry, and more! There will be time devoted to creating work and giving feedback, too, so bring your writing supplies! Email Mrs. Engelkes with any questions.

The High School Mock Trial season is starting up and recruiting! If you’re interested in learning about the legal system and competing in a team as an attorney or witness, contact Ms. Michelotti for more information.

Attention all Students, Faculty & Staff:  Come enjoy a Tropical Smoothie and support the Black Students Alliance Club on Wednesday February 2nd 2-7pm.  20% of Tropical Smoothie profits will go directly to the BSAC Black History Mini-Conference.  Participating store located at 517 Lincoln Way in Ames.

Students: Puzzled about your future? DMACC invites you to explore all your possibilities by attending one of DMACC’s Career Discovery Events. Come 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. Additional events may be added throughout the semester, so check the website often. Questions? Call (515) 965-7117 or email wbl@dmacc.edu.

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

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Friday, January 21, 2022

EVEN Block Day

Students: Please remember to bring your student ID badges with you to school. We now have a scanner in the main office. Please have your ID on you and ready to scan to make checking you in much easier.

FCA Discyples, make sure to get your shirt order money to Ms. Dobernecker, Ms. Johnson, or Mr. Harken by noon today in order to get T-shirts ordered!

Seniors interested in taking the STAMP test to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy should sign up by Wednesday, Jan. 26. The test will be given at AHS during the week of February 7th. 

STUDENTS: DO NOT park behind the Fine Arts wing of the school PARALLEL to the football field. It creates a hazardous situation for teachers who are already parked in the appropriate parking stalls. Failure to do so will result in a fine and potentially being towed.

Scratch Pad is hosting an art and writing workshop in collaboration with ISU grad students in the Multi-Purpose Room on Tuesday, January 25 from 6-8 pm. Join us for sessions on developing characters, generating story ideas, crafting poetry, and more! There will be time devoted to creating work and giving feedback, too, so bring your writing supplies! Email Mrs. Engelkes with any questions.

The High School Mock Trial season is starting up and recruiting! If you’re interested in learning about the legal system and competing in a team as an attorney or witness, contact Ms. Michelotti for more information.

Attention all Students, Faculty & Staff:  Come enjoy a Tropical Smoothie and support the Black Students Alliance Club on Wednesday February 2nd 2-7pm.  20% of Tropical Smoothie profits will go directly to the BSAC Black History Mini-Conference.  Participating store located at 517 Lincoln Way in Ames.

Juniors and Seniors: There are 76 of you who earned the Ames High Academic Award and have not picked up your letter or pin. Please stop by Student Services soon.

Students – Please check the bulletin board/wall outside of student services for a Summer Job opportunity at the Ames Golf and Country Club.

Students: Puzzled about your future? DMACC invites you to explore all your possibilities by attending one of DMACC’s Career Discovery Events. Come 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. Additional events may be added throughout the semester, so check the website often. Questions? Call (515) 965-7117 or email wbl@dmacc.edu.

The University of Chicago has Summer Session Programs which are designed for high school students who are ready to tackle undergraduate-level material. The University of Chicago also offers scholarship programs that provide students the opportunity to participate in a Summer Session course free of charge. 

Today’s lunch is Pizza Pasta Bake, Seasoned Mixed Vegetables and Garlic Breadstick.

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

ODD Block Day

Congratulations to Tate Bernard on their artistic accomplishments and being selected for inclusion in the 2022 NAHS/NJAHS Juried Exhibition! The 2022 exhibition with Tate’s work will be on display in the NAEA Virtual Gallery from January 18 through April 29, 2022.

FCA Discyples, make sure to get your shirt order money to Ms. Dobernecker, Ms. Johnson, or Mr. Harken by Friday noon in order to get T-shirts ordered!

Scratch Pad is hosting an art and writing workshop in collaboration with ISU grad students in the Multi-Purpose Room on Tuesday, January 25 from 6-8 pm. Join us for sessions on developing characters, generating story ideas, crafting poetry, and more! There will be time devoted to creating work and giving feedback, too, so bring your writing supplies! Email Mrs. Engelkes with any questions.

The High School Mock Trial season is starting up and recruiting! If you’re interested in learning about the legal system and competing in a team as an attorney or witness, contact Ms. Michelotti at peggy.michelotti@ames.k12.ia.us for more information.

Attention all Students, Faculty & Staff:  Come enjoy a Tropical Smoothie and support the Black Students Alliance Club on Wednesday February 2nd 2-7pm.  20% of Tropical Smoothie profits will go directly to the BSAC Black History Mini-Conference.  Participating store located at 517 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010

Juniors and Seniors: There are 76 of you who earned the Ames High Academic Award and have not picked up your letter or pin. Please stop by Student Services soon.

Students – Please check the bulletin board/wall outside of student services for a Summer Job opportunity at the Ames Golf and Country Club.

Students: Puzzled about your future? DMACC invites you to explore all your possibilities by attending one of DMACC’s Career Discovery Events. Come 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. Additional events may be added throughout the semester, so check the website often. Questions? Call (515) 965-7117 or email wbl@dmacc.edu.

The University of Chicago has Summer Session Programs which are designed for high school students who are ready to tackle undergraduate-level material. The University of Chicago also offers scholarship programs that provide students the opportunity to participate in a Summer Session course free of charge.

Today’s lunch is Sweet & Sour Meatballs, Brown Rice and Roasted Red & Green Peppers.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

EVEN Block Day

Congratulations to Tate Bernard on their artistic accomplishments and being selected for inclusion in the 2022 NAHS/NJAHS Juried Exhibition! The 2022 exhibition with Tate’s work will be on display in the NAEA Virtual Gallery from January 18 through April 29, 2022.

FCA Discyples, make sure to get your shirt order money to Ms. Dobernecker, Ms. Johnson, or Mr. Harken by Friday noon in order to get T-shirts ordered!

The High School Mock Trial season is starting up and recruiting! If you’re interested in learning about the legal system and competing in a team as an attorney or witness, contact Ms. Michelotti for more information.

Attention all Students, Faculty & Staff:  Come enjoy a Tropical Smoothie and support the Black Students Alliance Club on Wednesday February 2nd 2-7pm. 20% of Tropical Smoothie profits will go directly to the BSAC Black History Mini-Conference.  Participating store located at 517 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010

Juniors and Seniors: There are 79 of you who earned the Ames High Academic Award and have not picked up your letter or pin. Please stop by Student Services soon.

Students – Please check the bulletin board/wall outside of student services for a Summer Job opportunity at the Ames Golf and Country Club.

Juniors! Are you interested in planning the BEST PROM EVER? We will begin planning for Prom 2022 in the second semester, and anyone in the junior class is welcome to help. Please fill out the interest form to express your interest. You will be contacted at a later date about the first prom meeting. Please contact Mrs. Zeiss in room 229 if you have any questions. 

Raising Readers in Story County is seeking volunteer tutors to promote literacy skills for kindergarten through fourth-grade students. Sessions run from the weeks of January 31st to April 25th. To sign up for tutoring, talk to Mr. Gorman. If you have questions about Raising Readers, contact Jerri Heid.

Scratch Pad submissions are due Friday, March 4. You have 8 more weeks to submit any art, photography, poetry, or short narrative pieces to this year’s publication. Email submissions to ahsscratchpad@ames.k12.ia.us.

Students: Puzzled about your future? DMACC invites you to explore all your possibilities by attending one of DMACC’s Career Discovery Events. Come 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. Additional events may be added throughout the semester, so check the website often. Questions? Call (515) 965-7117 or email wbl@dmacc.edu.

The University of Chicago has Summer Session Programs which are designed for high school students who are ready to tackle undergraduate-level material. The University of Chicago also offers scholarship programs that provide students the opportunity to participate in a Summer Session course free of charge. 

Today’s lunch is Cinnamon French Toast Sticks, Cheesy Scrambled Eggs and Tater Tots.

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