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Friday, April 29, 2022

EVEN Block Day

Junior and senior assembly TODAY, DURING PLUS PERIOD. Make sure to attend to see your classmates compete in a prom relay race! As you’re walking in don’t forget to check out the Wake-Up videos. Attendees have the chance to win a visitor parking spot or a gift certificate to Provisions.

The “Oh no” AP Psych Review is this Saturday from noon-1:30 in Mr. Stevens room. We’ll do another practice test and then address any questions you have.

Prom tickets go on sale Monday, May 2nd. Tickets will be sold outside of room 229 (Mrs. Zeiss’ room) before and after school and in the auxiliary office during all three lunches. Tickets are $20 each and prom is from 9-11:30 PM (doors close at 10). You must purchase a ticket before prom–you will NOT be able to buy a ticket at the dance. Please make sure to bring your school ID to the dance. And a reminder that out of school guest forms are due on Wednesday May 4th. If you have any questions please talk to Mrs. Zeiss in room 229. 

Ames High Young Americans for Freedom will be having a meeting today during plus period in Mr. Krajnovich’s room (room 16). We will be discussing recently passed laws in Iowa, including HF802, and the implications that they have on our learning. Anyone interested in talking about current events or learning more about YAF should attend.

P7 club will host a meeting today in Mrs. Jurgensen’s room (Rm 7) during plus period! There will be a devotional and snacks. If you’re looking for a group of friends to study the bible with or some encouragement at the end of a busy school day, this club is for you! 

Seniors – Applications for the Ripp Family Scholarship, the Ames High School Alumni Association Scholarship, and the AHS Class of 1964 Scholarship are available in Naviance. The deadline for filing is Monday, May 2nd. Please check Naviance for the eligibility requirements for all three scholarships. Check with your counselor or Mrs. Monroe in Student Services with questions.

Get excited! A new Club is starting today! ASL @ AHS Have you been wanting to learn American Sign Language but don’t know where to start? Or do you know the alphabet, but want to learn more? Come join us Fridays during Plus Period in Ms. Schieffer’s Room (Room 102) contact Ms. Day to sign up or with questions at leslie.day@ames.k12.ia.us

 AP Testing Begins May 2 Students who have signed up for AP tests this spring need to check the testing schedule posted in AP classrooms and in Student Services. Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the testing area. Students need to bring #2 pencils, a black or blue pen, and a calculator for math and science exams.

Juniors and seniors see the email sent to you on Thursday to sign up for Post Prom.

You have the opportunity to host an international guest!  Anyone interested in hosting an international guest between September 19th and October 2nd, 2022 please see Mr. Reichart in Room 9 or email him directly at sam.reichart@ames.k12.ia.us for information on who is available and how to host a guest.  Your help is greatly appreciated as we resume our student exchanges!

The Friends of Ames Strings- Mary Kay Polashek Scholarship application deadline is April 30, 2022.  We are looking for high school seniors planning to continue music studies after graduation. Majoring in music is not a requirement. Do you demonstrate dedication to continued music study, passion for sharing music with others, and determination to grow as a musician? If so, please apply.

Come over to Tibben’s Room 48 on May 6th to join the gaming club in a nostalgic Wii sports tournament.  Sign up info is on posters around the school or email Shaun Carver or Ian Kumsher. We will not have walk-ins, no sign-up fees. 

United Way is hosting a food drive from April 25-May 4th. Boxes for donations can be found in the following teacher’s classrooms: 

Ulloa, Grapp, Engelkes, Knopf, Martinez, Brenneman, Muhammad, Tibben, Gillette and Strong.

Canned and non-perishable items are encouraged, as are hygiene products. For monetary donations, the United Way Venmo is posted on flyers around the school. The teacher with the most items will receive a prize to be passed out to their classes. Ames High is competing against Gilbert, Ballard, and Nevada schools for total items collected.

Attention all students and staff: Ms. K.’s Entrepreneurship 1 students will be hosting a Market Day on Tuesday, May 10th during all lunch periods. It will be located in the lunchroom. Market Day is a pop-up market where my entrepreneurship students will be selling homemade products and other items to gain experience planning and operating a business. Some of the items for sale include: tie-dye t-shirts and sweatshirts, school supplies baskets, homemade paper goods, macrame and pom pom animal keychains, movie buckets, artwork, candy, inspirational t-shirts, and BLM sweatshirts. We don’t have the capability to run cards, so please bring some cash if you would like to shop. Items range in prices from $1.00-$40.00. It will be a one day event!

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

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Ames High Named “Best” High School in 2022 National Report

US News 2022 Best High School

The 2022 U.S. News and World Report Best High School rankings have been released and Ames High School has been named fourth in the state and 1,210th in the nation. Ames High earned a “Best” ranking, a commendation reserved for the top 40% of schools in this ranking program. U.S. News “Best” badges are widely recognized as symbols of excellence in U.S. education.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

EVEN Block Day

AP Testing Begins May 2 Students who have signed up for AP tests this spring need to check the testing schedule posted in AP classrooms and in Student Services. Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the testing area. Students need to bring #2 pencils, a black or blue pen, and a calculator for math and science exams.

Any student interested in auditioning for the Feature Twirler position with the Ames High Marching band should stop by the band office to sign up and collect audition information.

Join the new club “TableTop Games” during plus and after school on Wednesday’s in Mrs. Dunkin’s room #24.

You have the opportunity to host an international guest!  Anyone interested in hosting an international guest between September 19th and October 2nd, 2022 please see Mr. Reichart in Room 9 or email him directly at sam.reichart@ames.k12.ia.us for information on who is available and how to host a guest.  Your help is greatly appreciated as we resume our student exchanges!

This year’s Speech Showcase will be held at the Ames High Auditorium on Thursday, April 28th at 7 pm. Come watch this year’s Ames High All-State nominated large group and individual performances. Admission is free, but we will be taking a free will donation to help fund next year’s contests.

Students – Sgt. Kane with the Air Force will have a table in the main lobby during all three lunches  today, April 27.

Ames High Young Americans for Freedom will be having a meeting this Friday, April 29th, during plus period in Mr. Krajnovich’s room (room 16). We will be discussing recently passed laws in Iowa, including HF802, and the implications that they have on our learning. Anyone interested in talking about current events or learning more about YAF should attend.

P7 club will host a meeting this Friday in Mrs. Jurgensen’s room (Rm 7) during plus period! There will be a devotional and snacks. If you’re looking for a group of friends to study the bible with or some encouragement at the end of a busy school day, this club is for you! 

Join the Ames High Independents throughout the week to support Ames High’s annual voter registration drive. Instead of meeting after school as usual, members will instead be volunteering to pass out information in the main entrance before or after school. Please see the club’s Google Classroom page for information about how you can help with the drive. Volunteers needed for any duration of time!

The Friends of Ames Strings- Mary Kay Polashek Scholarship application deadline is April 30, 2022.  We are looking for high school seniors planning to continue music studies after graduation. Majoring in music is not a requirement. Do you demonstrate dedication to continued music study, passion for sharing music with others, and determination to grow as a musician? If so, please apply.

Come over to Tibben’s Room 48 on May 6th to join the gaming club in a nostalgic Wii sports tournament.  Sign up info is on posters around the school or email Shaun Carver or Ian Kumsher. We will not have walk-ins, no sign-up fees. 

United Way is hosting a food drive from April 25-May 4th. Boxes for donations can be found in the following teacher’s classrooms: 

Ulloa, Grapp, Engelkes, Knopf, Martinez, Brenneman, Muhammad, Tibben, Gillette and Strong.

Canned and non-perishable items are encouraged, as are hygiene products. For monetary donations, the United Way Venmo is posted on flyers around the school. The teacher with the most items will receive a prize to be passed out to their classes. Ames High is competing against Gilbert, Ballard, and Nevada schools for total items collected.

Today’s lunch is Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake and Seasoned Broccoli Florets.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

ODD Block Day

Any student interested in auditioning for the Feature Twirler position with the Ames High Marching band should stop by the band office to sign up and collect audition information.

Join the new club “TableTop Games” during plus and after school on Wednesday’s in Mrs. Dunkin’s room #24.

This year’s Speech Showcase will be held at the Ames High Auditorium on Thursday, April 28th at 7 pm. Come watch this year’s Ames High All-State nominated large group and individual performances. Admission is free, but we will be taking a free will donation to help fund next year’s contests.

Students – Sgt. Kane with the Air Force will have a table in the main lobby during all three lunches on Wednesday, April 27.

Ames High Young Americans for Freedom will be having a meeting this Friday, April 29th, during plus period in Mr. Krajnovich’s room (room 16). We will be discussing recently passed laws in Iowa, including HF802, and the implications that they have on our learning. Anyone interested in talking about current events or learning more about YAF should attend.

P7 club will host a meeting this Friday in Mrs. Jurgensen’s room (Rm 7) during plus period! There will be a devotional and snacks. If you’re looking for a group of friends to study the bible with or some encouragement at the end of a busy school day, this club is for you! 

Join the Ames High Independents throughout the week to support Ames High’s annual voter registration drive. Instead of meeting after school as usual, members will instead be volunteering to pass out information in the main entrance before or after school. Please see the club’s Google Classroom page for information about how you can help with the drive. Volunteers needed for any duration of time!

The Friends of Ames Strings- Mary Kay Polashek Scholarship application deadline is April 30, 2022.  We are looking for high school seniors planning to continue music studies after graduation. Majoring in music is not a requirement. Do you demonstrate dedication to continued music study, passion for sharing music with others, and determination to grow as a musician? If so, please apply:

https://forms.gle/pLtpsCR3KmkUQ8u19

Come over to Tibben’s Room 48 on May 6th to join the gaming club in a nostalgic Wii sports tournament.  Sign up info is on posters around the school or email Shaun Carver or Ian Kumsher. We will not have walk-ins, no sign-up fees. 

United Way is hosting a food drive from April 25-May 4th. Boxes for donations can be found in the following teacher’s classrooms: 

Ulloa, Grapp, Engelkes, Knopf, Martinez, Brenneman, Muhammad, Tibben, Gillette and Strong.

Canned and non-perishable items are encouraged, as are hygiene products. For monetary donations, the United Way Venmo is posted on flyers around the school. The teacher with the most items will receive a prize to be passed out to their classes. Ames High is competing against Gilbert, Ballard, and Nevada schools for total items collected.

Today’s lunch is Sloppy Joe and Tater Tots.

Next week Young Democrats, Ames High Independents, and Young Americans for Freedom will be holding a Voter Registration Drive. It will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the front entryway. Anyone 17 and older who is a Citizen may register. To register all you need is your driver’s licence number or your Social Security number. Come to the front entryway before school, after school, or during lunch to get registered and get a treat.

 

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Monday, April 25, 2022

EVEN Block Day

Any student interested in auditioning for the Feature Twirler position with the Ames High Marching band should stop by the band office to sign up and collect audition information.

Join the new club “TableTop Games”during plus and after school Wednesday in Mrs. Dunkin’s room.

This year’s Speech Showcase will be held at the Ames High Auditorium on Thursday, April 28th at 7 pm. Come watch this year’s Ames High All-State nominated large group and individual performances. Admission is free, but we will be taking a free will donation to help fund next year’s contests.

Attention Juniors! If you are interested in being a SENIOR MENTOR for next year, please sign up in Ms. DiBlasi’s office. Senior mentors help freshmen transition to high school by helping with the first day of school and visiting assigned homerooms. Please note that you will be asked to purchase a senior mentor t-shirt before the end of this school year. 

Juniors and Seniors who have been issued a blue Furman parking tag, you may now bring your tag to the Main Office to exchange it for an orange, AHS student parking lot hang tag. Hang tag exchanges will only be granted for individuals without outstanding parking tickets. Please be prepared to pay off any tickets you may have prior to receiving your orange tag.

Students – Sgt. Kane with the Air Force will have a table in the main lobby during all three lunches on Wednesday, April 27.

Come over to Tibben’s Room 48 on May 6th to join the gaming club in a nostalgic Wii sports tournament.  Sign up info is on posters around the school or email Shaun Carver or Ian Kumsher. We will not have walk-ins, no sign-up fees. 

United Way is hosting a food drive from April 25-May 4th. Boxes for donations can be found in the following teacher’s classrooms: 

Ulloa, Grapp, Engelkes, Knopf, Martinez, Brenneman, Muhammad, Tibben, Gillette and Strong.

Canned and non-perishable items are encouraged, as are hygiene products. For monetary donations, the United Way Venmo is posted on flyers around the school. The teacher with the most items will receive a prize to be passed out to their classes. Ames High is competing against Gilbert, Ballard, and Nevada schools for total items collected.

Today’s lunch is Mini Turkey Corn Dogs, Boston Baked Beans and FreshBaked Biscuit.

Next week Young Democrats, Ames High Independents, and Young Americans for Freedom will be holding a Voter Registration Drive. It will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the front entryway. Anyone 17 and older who is a Citizen may register. To register all you need is your driver’s licence number or your Social Security number. Come to the front entryway before school, after school, or during lunch to get registered and get a treat.

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Friday, April 22, 2022

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to the following students who had the honor of participating in the CIML.

  • Emileth Valdivas Barajas
  • Emma Brockman
  • Ana Salas
  • Saylor Horras
  • Lincoln Gartin
  • Luka Jensen-Koudelka
  • Clara Fields
  • Claire Galvin
  • Tate Bernard
  • Thomas Lehmkuhl
  • Lorna Schuckert
  • Naomi Pena
  • Wenjun Liu
  • Franny Burkes-Vens
  • Amani Dietrichs
  • Emma Evans
  • Keilah Brewer
  • Carleigh Evans
  • Kendra Goodwin 
  • Katelyn Risselman
  • Lucas Lueth
  • River Hall
  • Megan Schoppe
  • Paige Flory
  • Derek Peng
  • Sydney Bray
  • Dakota Lewin
  • Lucy Brekke
  • Julia Sillman
  • Krisha Sta Maria
  • Bella Haveman
  • J.T. Matusiak
  • Marley Turk
  • Emily Kaminski
  • Niki Morningsrar Shaw
  • Tucker Drury

Congratulations to the following AHS Art students for having their artwork selected for special awards in this judged exhibit:

  • River Hall- Honorable Mention
  • Emma Brockman- Honorable Mention
  • Lincoln Gartin- Honorable Mention
  • Thomas Lehmkuel- Honorable Mention
  • Naomi Pena- Blue Merit Award in Colored Pencil
  • Emma Evans- Blue Merit Award in Computer Generated
  • Derek Peng- Blue Merit Award in Unaltered Photography
  • Dakota Lewin- Blue Merit Award in Sculptural Ceramics
  • J.T. Matusiak- Blue Merit Award in Craft/Fibers
  • Emily Kaminski- Blue Merit Award in Metalsmithing/Jewelry
  • Wenjun Liu- Overall Best of Show

INFORMATION

AP Testing Begins May 2

Students who have signed up for AP tests this spring need to check the testing schedule posted in AP classrooms and in Student Services. Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the testing area. Students need to bring #2 pencils, a black or blue pen, and a calculator for math and science exams.

Selective Service Information

This is an important announcement for parents of all 17 and 18-year-old men. When your child turns 18, the law states that they must register with Selective Service. Those who fail to register may be denied student loans, government jobs, and driver’s licenses in most states. If a young male is an immigrant seeking to become a citizen, they must register, regardless of current immigration status. You can get a Selective Service registration card at your local post office or register online a www.sss.gov. If you have any questions regarding registration please speak with your student’s guidance counselor or the registrar in the Student Services office.

Reminder to all 14–24-year-olds looking for summer jobs, internships, or volunteer opportunities to attend #GETAJOB, the Story County Youth Summer Job Fair. The fair will be held tomorrow Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the North Grand Mall parking lot in Ames. This is an excellent opportunity for Story County youth to connect with over forty Story County businesses and organizations looking to hire for the summer and beyond!

 Don’t miss out on:

  • Food Trucks
  • Swag Bags for the first 100 attendees!!!
  • Parent Lounge sponsored by Inside Golf (discounts on games, food, and drinks)
  • Prize Drawings!!! The goal is to create a welcoming and fun environment for Story County Youth to become job seekers, and we would greatly appreciate your help in getting the word out to students.

The fair is hosted by YSS, Story County College Access Network (funded by Iowa College Aid), Ames Chamber of Commerce, Be Rare Initiative, IowaWORKS, Connect2Careers, and Children and Families of Iowa.

*Rain location will be at the Boys and Girls Club of Story County located at 210 S 5th St. Ames, IA.

OPPORTUNITIES

This year’s Speech Showcase will be held at the Ames High Auditorium on Thursday, April 28th at 7 pm. Come watch this year’s Ames High All-State nominated large group and individual performances. Admission is free, but we will be taking a free will donation to help fund next year’s contests.

Next week Young Democrats, Ames High Independents, and Young Americans for Freedom will be holding a Voter Registration Drive. It will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the front entryway. Anyone 17 and older who is a Citizen may register. To register all you need is your driver’s license number or your Social Security number. Come to the front entryway before school, after school, or during lunch to get registered and get a treat.

If you are a parent/guardian of a JUNIOR (Class of 2023), we need your help! Prom 2022 will be on May 7th from 9-11:30 PM. We need about 15 chaperones to help with chaperoning the venue. If you are interested, please sign up on the Sign Up Genius link (bit.ly/ahschaperone). If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jessica Zeiss (jessica.zeiss@ames.k12.ia.us). Thank you!

2022 Ames Post Prom | May 7th 11:30pm-3:30am on May 8th | At Perfect Games

A dedicated group of upperclassmen parents are working to create a safe, affordable and entertaining 2022 Post Prom experience for Ames High Juniors & Seniors and their guests. The event will have security and include food, indoor and outdoor games, prizes and a hypnotist. If you would like to attend as a student, volunteer as an adult or donate a guessing jar, please do so below. 

Attend: This link is for students to register themselves and their date. The cost is $20 per person, there is financial assistance available to those who need it.  The deadline to register to attend is Wednesday May 4th at Midnight. Additional details and directions are in the link below. 

*“After Dark in the Alley” – 2022 Ames Post Prom

Volunteer: This link is for adults to volunteer at the event. The deadline to volunteer is Wednesday May 4th at midnight. Additional details and directions are in the link below. 

*https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090845A4AC2E5-ames

Donate: This link is for any current AHS parent or community member that wishes to donate a guessing jar for a student to win at post prom. Additional details and directions are in the link below.

*Post Prom Guessing Jars

Underclassmen parents,if you would like to help on a committee or shadow alongside our team to gain insight for future parent sponsored post proms, we welcome you! For more information, please email:  2022amespostpromteam@gmail.com

SCHOLARSHIPS & COLLEGE VISITS

Applications for the Ripp Family Scholarship, the Ames High School Alumni Association Scholarship, and the AHS Class of 1964 Scholarship are available in Naviance. The deadline for filing is April 30th. Please check Naviance for the eligibility requirements for all three scholarships. Also, please check Naviance for many more scholarship opportunities.

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Friday, April 22, 2022

ODD Block Day

Seniors, you have until 3:00 today to vote for the 4 teachers you want to read names at graduation. Check your email and cast your vote.

AP Psychology Reviews: In Mr. Stevens room this Sunday from noon-1:30.

Any student interested in auditioning for the Feature Twirler position with the Ames High Marching band should stop by the band office to sign up and collect audition information.

The LAST Coffeehouse in the old auditorium is today during lunches A and C. Please join us and enjoy Ames High talent. See you there!

Seniors who earned the Seal of Biliteracy are reminded to meet Mrs. Santiago in the Front Lobby at the beginning of Plus Period today for a group photo.

Ames High Young Americans for Freedom will be having a meeting today, during plus period in Mr. Krajnovich’s room (room 16). We will be discussing political polarization at Ames. Anyone interested in talking about current events or learning more about YAF should attend.

This year’s Speech Showcase will be held at the Ames High Auditorium on Thursday, April 28th at 7 pm. Come watch this year’s Ames High All-State nominated large group and individual performances. Admission is free, but we will be taking a free will donation to help fund next year’s contests.

Seniors: sign up to read your original speech during your graduation ceremony! Auditions will be held from 2:45-3:45 on both Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28. Sign up in the Auxiliary office by 3:00 on Friday, April 22nd.

Attention Juniors! If you are interested in being a SENIOR MENTOR for next year, please sign up in Ms. DiBlasi’s office. Senior mentors help freshmen transition to high school by helping with the first day of school and visiting assigned homerooms. Please note that you will be asked to purchase a senior mentor t-shirt before the end of this school year. 

If you and a partner would like to run for Student Council presidents for next year, pick up an application in the auxiliary office. The Student Council leads the student body, affects the school climate and serves as a liaison to administration so experience is helpful. Please see Ms. DiBlasi and Mr. Burke with questions. 

Juniors and Seniors who have been issued a blue Furman parking tag, you may now bring your tag to the Main Office to exchange it for an orange, AHS student parking lot hang tag. Hang tag exchanges will only be granted for individuals without outstanding parking tickets. Please be prepared to pay off any tickets you may have prior to receiving your orange tag.

Students – Sgt. Kane with the Air Force will have a table in the main lobby during all three lunches on Wednesday, April 27.

Today’s lunch is Bean & Cheese Quesadilla and Mexicali Corn.

Next week Young Democrats, Ames High Independents, and Young Americans for Freedom will be holding a Voter Registration Drive. It will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the front entryway. Anyone 17 and older who is a Citizen may register. To register all you need is your driver’s licence number or your Social Security number. Come to the front entryway before school, after school, or during lunch to get registered and get a treat.

 

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

EVEN Block Day

After many reminders, there are still 22 seniors and 5 juniors that have not picked up your Academic Letter. This is your final reminder. Please come to Student Services by Friday afternoon to get yours, or we will assume you don’t want it.

AP Psychology Reviews: In Mr. Stevens room this Sunday from noon-1:30.

Seniors who earned the Seal of Biliteracy are reminded to meet Mrs. Santiago in the Front Lobby at the beginning of Plus Period on Friday, Apr. 22 for a group photo.

The LAST Coffeehouse in the old auditorium will be this Friday during lunches A and C. Please join us and enjoy Ames High talent. See you there!

Ames High Young Americans for Freedom will be having a meeting this Friday, April 22nd, during plus period in Mr. Krajnovich’s room (room 16). We will be discussing political polarization at Ames. Anyone interested in talking about current events or learning more about YAF should attend.

Seniors: sign up to read your original speech during your graduation ceremony! Auditions will be held from 2:45-3:45 on both Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28. Sign up in the Auxiliary office by 3:00 on Friday, April 22nd.

Attention Juniors! If you are interested in being a SENIOR MENTOR for next year, please sign up in Ms. DiBlasi’s office. Senior mentors help freshmen transition to high school by helping with the first day of school and visiting assigned homerooms. Please note that you will be asked to purchase a senior mentor t-shirt before the end of this school year. 

If you and a partner would like to run for Student Council presidents for next year, pick up an application in the auxiliary office. The Student Council leads the student body, affects the school climate and serves as a liaison to administration so experience is helpful. Please see Ms. DiBlasi and Mr. Burke with questions. 

Celebrate Earth Day by joining Student Council and Obie Northway as they STASH THE TRASH! Yes, they would like your help to clean up the trash by the student parking lots on Friday, April 22 during PLUS period. Trash bags will be provided. Sign up by checking out the link in the written announcements. Stash the Trash 2022

Juniors and Seniors who have been issued a blue Furman parking tag, you may now bring your tag to the Main Office to exchange it for an orange, AHS student parking lot hang tag. Hang tag exchanges will only be granted for individuals without outstanding parking tickets. Please be prepared to pay off any tickets you may have prior to receiving your orange tag.

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

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Ames High School: Open House(s), Memorabilia, Community Sale

Ames High Gymnasium Memorabilia

The construction of the new Ames High School is nearing completion and the current high school is scheduled to be decommissioned this fall. The current high school has served Ames since 1960 and has a storied history and innumerable memories. As we approach the end of the school year and the final months of occupying our current high school, plans are continuing to evolve in a number of key areas.

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Ames High senior Gage Myers Placed 1st in the Automotive Service Technology SkillsUSA Contest

Gage Myers SkillsUSA Contest

Ames High senior Gage Myers recently won 1st place in the Automotive Service Technology SkillsUSA contest at the Iowa state-level competition. This competition earned Myers personal tools that he will be able to use to further his learning and career. He will also compete in the National SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta Georgia, from June 20-24. 

Leland Staton, Automotive Instructor at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), said, “This opens up some big doors for him. Gage has a good possibility of receiving additional scholarships and he will be recognized on a national level.” 

The purpose of the SkillsUSA competition is “to evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment and to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of automotive service technology.” The contest is open to any active SkillsUSA member who is enrolled in a career and technical program. 

The contest includes a written knowledge test given by National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and covers all eight automobile areas identified in the ASE Education Foundation Automobile Program Standards and the Official ASE Study Guide. The test for these high school and college/postsecondary contests is comprised of diagnostic and repair content from the following skill areas: engine repair, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drivetrain and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic steering, heating and air conditioning and engine performance.

Qualifying for the SkillsUSA National competition is incredibly competitive and opens the opportunity for Myers to be recruited by one of the major auto manufacturers in the nation. “These opportunities are not ones that very many people get a chance to receive,” said Stanton.   

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