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Articles from April 2022

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

ODD 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.

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.

All students are to use the three sets of double doors to enter the school building before school starts in the morning. The use of the main entrance doors are to only be used after the 7:50 AM bell rings to obtain a tardy pass.

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.

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:  The deadline for the Arcadia Lodge (Ames Masonic Lodge) scholarship has been extended to April 29, 2022.

Sunrise Club would like to invite all students to a documentary night tonight at 6 pm! We will be watching National Geographics “Before the Flood” featuring Leonardo Dicaprio. Come join us for snacks and discussion in the multipurpose room! For more information check out the sunrise Instagram at sunrise_ames

Seniors: Are you interested in speaking during your graduation ceremony? Senior Senate will be selecting two members of the class of 2022 to read original speeches at Commencement on May 29. 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. Thanks!

If you and a partner would like to run for Student Council presidents for next year, please fill out an application found in the auxiliary office. In the past experience on the student council has been required, however, in the last two years with COVID and its implications towards clubs and activities, applications are open to anyone. 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

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

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Adjusted Start and Stop Times Approved for the 2022-2023 School Year

New Start and Stop Times

On Monday, April 18, the Ames School Board approved adjusted start and stop times for the 2022-2023 school year that will go into effect at the beginning of the next academic school year. The new start and stop times are as follows:

  • Ames High School – 8:30 AM – 3:35 PM (early release 1:35 PM)
  • Ames Middle School – 8:40 AM – 3:45 PM (early release 1:45 PM)
  • Elementary Schools – 7:40 AM – 2:45 PM (early release 12:45 PM)
  • Northwood Preschool Center – 8:15 AM – 11:15 AM and 12:15 PM – 3:15 PM (No school on Wednesday for both preschool and early kindergarten)

The new times essentially flip the start and stop time order of our elementary and secondary schools. Currently, our secondary buildings start the day with Ames High beginning at 7:50 AM and Ames Middle School starting at 8:00 AM. Elementary schools follow that with an 8:30 AM start time.

When identifying prospective start and stop times, District leaders and the school board identified two fixed points from which to begin. First, the District wanted to maintain 6 hours and 35 minutes of instructional time per day of instruction. This impacts the length of the day and any changes in instructional time could impact the 2022-2023 approved academic calendar for next year. The second fixed point was to establish a 50-minute gap between elementary and secondary school start times. This gap allows Ames CSD to gain efficiencies and cost savings in transportation costs. 

Other considerations included an examination of research related to start times. There are a number of research articles that note benefits of delaying secondary school start times based on student sleep patterns. More detailed information on these points were shared publicly in our proposal in late March

In that initial proposal, the District asked stakeholders if they could support the proposal and provided an opportunity for feedback. A summary of that survey response was included as part of the school board agenda packet and is available on our website. If you’re interested in hearing the conversation at the board table, you can view the meeting on our YouTube channel with the start and stop time conversation beginning at approximately the 47:45 mark. 

The new start and stop times will go into effect in August 2022 at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year. 

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

EVEN Block Day

All students are to use the three sets of double doors to enter the school building before school starts in the morning. The use of the main entrance doors are to only be used after the 7:50 AM bell rings to obtain a tardy pass.

High School Softball parent & player meeting is tonight, Tuesday, April 19th at 7 pm in the AHS cafeteria? Be sure to bring all practice shirt money in cash or check payable to Ames High Softball.

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:  The deadline for the Arcadia Lodge (Ames Masonic Lodge) scholarship has been extended to April 29, 2022.

Sunrise Club would like to invite all students to a documentary night this Wednesday, April 20th at 6 pm! We will be watching National Geographics “Before the Flood” featuring Leonardo Dicaprio. Come join us for snacks and discussion in the multipurpose room! For more information check out the sunrise Instagram at sunrise_ames

Seniors: Are you interested in speaking during your graduation ceremony? Senior Senate will be selecting two members of the class of 2022 to read original speeches at Commencement on May 29. Auditions will be held from 2:45-3:45 on both Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28. Anyone who is a graduating member of the Ames High School class of 2022 and has shown overall good conduct has the opportunity to audition. If you’re interested, choose a day and time that works best for you by signing up with Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary Office by the end of the school day on Friday, April 22. All auditions are limited to five minutes, and audition times will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Interested in becoming an AHS Fall or Winter Cheerleader for the 2022-2023 school year?! The fall cheer season runs August-October and they cheer at football games. The winter cheer season runs November-early March and they cheer at girls/boys basketball games and wrestling meets. Tryouts for both seasons will be held together this year! 

TRYOUT SCHEDULE:

Practice Option #1 Wednesday, April 20th 3:15-5:15pm AHS Spirit Room

Practice Option #2 Saturday, April 23rd 9-11am AHS Spirit Room

Tryouts: Wednesday, April 27th 6-9pm AHS Spirit Room

You only need to attend 1 practice to be eligible to try out, but if you’re able to come to both that’s great too! The same material will be taught on both days. No prior experience is required.

Tryout packet and online sign up form can be found here: Cheer Application & Tryout Packet

Questions? Contact Coach Logan at dana.logan@ames.k12.ia.us

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. Thanks!

If you and a partner would like to run for Student Council presidents for next year, please fill out an application found in the auxiliary office. In the past experience on the student council has been required, however, in the last two years with COVID and its implications towards clubs and activities, applications are open to anyone. 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

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

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Monday, April 18, 2022

ODD Block Day

The following students 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 Morningstar 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

All students are to use the three sets of double doors to enter the school building before school starts in the morning. The use of the main entrance doors are to only be used after the 7:50 AM bell rings to obtain a tardy pass.

Are you interested in cardiology, or interested in health occupations in general? Today, after school in Ms. Jackson’s room, Mary Greeley guest speakers will be arriving to talk to us about cardiology. Please feel free to join if you’re interested!

Come support the AHS choirs at their spring concert tonight at 7:30. Five ensembles will perform, featuring music written for mixed choirs, as well as bass and treble choirs. You will hear music sung in English, French, Latin and Sanskrit written by composers from the 17th century to today. With folk songs, opera, love songs and more, there is something for everyone. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $10 family max. Hope to see you there!

Sunrise Club would like to invite all students to a documentary night this Wednesday, April 20th at 6 pm! We will be watching National Geographics “Before the Flood” featuring Leonardo Dicaprio. Come join us for snacks and discussion in the multipurpose room! For more information check out the sunrise Instagram at sunrise_ames

Seniors: Are you interested in speaking during your graduation ceremony? Senior Senate will be selecting two members of the class of 2022 to read original speeches at Commencement on May 29. Auditions will be held from 2:45-3:45 on both Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28. Anyone who is a graduating member of the Ames High School class of 2022 and has shown overall good conduct has the opportunity to audition. If you’re interested, choose a day and time that works best for you by signing up with Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary Office by the end of the school day on Wednesday, April 20. All auditions are limited to five minutes, and audition times will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Interested in becoming an AHS Fall or Winter Cheerleader for the 2022-2023 school year?! The fall cheer season runs August-October and they cheer at football games. The winter cheer season runs November-early March and they cheer at girls/boys basketball games and wrestling meets. Tryouts for both seasons will be held together this year! 

TRYOUT SCHEDULE:

Practice Option #1 Wednesday, April 20th 3:15-5:15pm AHS Spirit Room

Practice Option #2 Saturday, April 23rd 9-11am AHS Spirit Room

Tryouts: Wednesday, April 27th 6-9pm AHS Spirit Room

You only need to attend 1 practice to be eligible to try out, but if you’re able to come to both that’s great too! The same material will be taught on both days. No prior experience is required.

Tryout packet and online sign up form can be found here: Cheer Application & Tryout Packet

Questions? Contact Coach Logan at dana.logan@ames.k12.ia.us

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. Thanks!

If you and a partner would like to run for Student Council presidents for next year, please fill out an application found in the auxiliary office. In the past experience on the student council has been required, however, in the last two years with COVID and its implications towards clubs and activities, applications are open to anyone. 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

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

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Friday, April 15, 2022

EVEN Block Day

All students are to use the three sets of double doors to enter the school building before school starts in the morning. The use of the main entrance doors are to only be used after the 7:50 AM bell rings to obtain a tardy pass.

Psychology Test review will be in Mr. Stevens room this Sunday from noon-1:30.

Come support the AHS choirs at their spring concert on Monday, April 18. Five ensembles will perform, featuring music written for mixed choirs, as well as bass and treble choirs. You will hear music sung in English, French, Latin and Sanskrit written by composers from the 17th century to today. With folk songs, opera, love songs and more, there is something for everyone. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $10 family max. Hope to see you there!

Seniors: Are you interested in speaking during your graduation ceremony? Senior Senate will be selecting two members of the class of 2022 to read original speeches at Commencement on May 29. Auditions will be held from 2:45-3:45 on both Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28. Anyone who is a graduating member of the Ames High School class of 2022 and has shown overall good conduct has the opportunity to audition. If you’re interested, choose a day and time that works best for you by signing up with Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary Office by the end of the school day on Wednesday, April 20. All auditions are limited to five minutes, and audition times will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

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 freedom of speech and cancel culture. Anyone interested in talking about current events or learning more about YAF should attend. There will be snacks at the meeting.

Ames High’s Got Talent! If you would like to perform at the last Coffeehouse of the year, Friday, April 22 during lunch, and the last Coffeehouse in the old auditorium, please sign up on Ms. DiBlasi’s office door in Student Services. All acts and lyrics will need approval by Ms. DiBlasi and Mr. Burke. 

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! 

Interested in becoming an AHS Fall or Winter Cheerleader for the 2022-2023 school year?! The fall cheer season runs August-October and they cheer at football games. The winter cheer season runs November-early March and they cheer at girls/boys basketball games and wrestling meets. Tryouts for both seasons will be held together this year! 

TRYOUT SCHEDULE:

Practice Option #1 Wednesday, April 20th 3:15-5:15pm AHS Spirit Room

Practice Option #2 Saturday, April 23rd 9-11am AHS Spirit Room

Tryouts: Wednesday, April 27th 6-9pm AHS Spirit Room

You only need to attend 1 practice to be eligible to try out, but if you’re able to come to both that’s great too! The same material will be taught on both days. No prior experience is required.

Tryout packet and online sign up form can be found here: Cheer Application & Tryout Packet

Questions? Contact Coach Logan at dana.logan@ames.k12.ia.us

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. Thanks!

Are you interested in cardiology, or interested in health occupations in general? Our Ames High Health Club is getting special guest speakers from Mary Greeley to visit AHS to teach us about cardiology. Come to Ms. Jackson’s room #35 on Monday, April 18 after school. This meeting will be held from 3 to about 4 pm.

If you and a partner would like to run for Student Council presidents for next year, please fill out an application found in the auxiliary office. In the past experience on the student council has been required, however, in the last two years with COVID and its implications towards clubs and activities, applications are open to anyone. 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

Are you interested in Engineering? Do you identify as female? Society of Women Engineers is hosting an all-day event at Iowa State University on Saturday, April 23rd. See Mrs. Brenneman, email isuswenext@gmail.com, or use the QR code to register. 

Story County Youth Summer Job Fair will be held 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!!! Prize Drawings!!! 

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

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

ODD Block Day

The Ames FFA chapter attended the 94th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference in Ames on April 11th and 12th. The Ames FFA Ag Issues team competed on the 11th against 12 teams across the state. Their topic addressed how swine production affects the environment. The team, consisting of Ada Nelson, Anna Nguyen, Hailey Sibbel, and Hunter Gorman, received 6th place and a Silver rating. Our chapter also displayed an exhibit about our staff appreciation breakfast that was given this year to all Ames High School staff. Members that competed in this event were Jordon and Mikayla Kloth. They received a Gold rating. At the final session on Tuesday afternoon, Hailey Sibbel, Mikayla Kloth, and Jordon Kloth received their Iowa FFA Degree. These are the first individuals to receive this high honor from the Iowa FFA Association. The 94th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference was a success!

Students:  If you have a meeting or wish to speak with someone in student services or the administrative offices, please stop at Mrs. Monroe’s desk to see if they are available. Students should not be up and down the administrative hallway in student services without permission.

Seniors: Are you interested in speaking during your graduation ceremony? Senior Senate will be selecting two members of the class of 2022 to read original speeches at Commencement on May 29. Auditions will be held from 2:45-3:45 on both Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28. Anyone who is a graduating member of the Ames High School class of 2022 and has shown overall good conduct has the opportunity to audition. If you’re interested, choose a day and time that works best for you by signing up with Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary Office by the end of the school day on Wednesday, April 20. All auditions are limited to five minutes, and audition times will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Ames High Young Americans for Freedom will be having a meeting this Friday, April 15th, during plus period in Mr. Krajnovich’s room (room 16). We will be discussing freedom of speech and cancel culture. Anyone interested in talking about current events or learning more about YAF should attend. There will be snacks at the meeting.

Ames High’s Got Talent! If you would like to perform at the last Coffeehouse of the year, Friday, April 22 during lunch, and the last Coffeehouse in the old auditorium, please sign up on Ms. DiBlasi’s office door in Student Services. All acts and lyrics will need approval by Ms. DiBlasi and Mr. Burke. 

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! 

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. Thanks!

Are you interested in cardiology, or interested in health occupations in general? Our Ames High Health Club is getting special guest speakers from Mary Greeley to visit AHS to teach us about cardiology. Come to Ms. Jackson’s room #35 on Monday, April 18 after school. This meeting will be held from 3 to about 4 pm.

If you and a partner would like to run for Student Council presidents for next year, please fill out an application found in the auxiliary office. In the past experience on the student council has been required, however in the last two years with COVID and its implications towards clubs and activities, applications are open to anyone. 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

Are you interested in Engineering? Do you identify as female? Society of Women Engineers is hosting an all-day event at Iowa State University on Saturday, April 23rd. See Mrs. Brenneman, email isuswenext@gmail.com, or use the QR code to register. 

Seniors:  Please check Naviance for the Ames Arcadia Lodge #249 Masonic Scholarship. The scholarship is due April 22. Also, please remember to check Naviance for many more scholarship opportunities.

Interested in becoming an AHS Fall or Winter Cheerleader for the 2022-2023 school year?! The fall cheer season runs August-October and they cheer at football games. The winter cheer season runs November-early March and they cheer at girls/boys basketball games and wrestling meets. Tryouts for both seasons will be held together this year! 

TRYOUT SCHEDULE:

Practice Option #1 Wednesday, April 20th 3:15-5:15pm AHS Spirit Room

Practice Option #2 Saturday, April 23rd 9-11am AHS Spirit Room

Tryouts: Wednesday, April 27th 6-9pm AHS Spirit Room

You only need to attend 1 practice to be eligible to try out, but if you’re able to come to both that’s great too! The same material will be taught on both days. No prior experience is required.

Tryout packet and online sign up form can be found here: Cheer Application & Tryout Packet

Questions? Contact Coach Logan at dana.logan@ames.k12.ia.us

Story County Youth Summer Job Fair will be held 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!!! Prize Drawings!!! 

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

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

EVEN Block Day

Seniors: Are you interested in speaking during your graduation ceremony? Senior Senate will be selecting two members of the class of 2022 to read original speeches at Commencement on May 29. Auditions will be held from 2:45-3:45 on both Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28. Anyone who is a graduating member of the Ames High School class of 2022 and has shown overall good conduct has the opportunity to audition. If you’re interested, choose a day and time that works best for you by signing up with Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary Office by the end of the school day on Wednesday, April 20. All auditions are limited to five minutes, and audition times will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Ames High’s Got Talent! If you would like to perform at the last Coffeehouse of the year, Friday, April 22 during lunch, and the last Coffeehouse in the old auditorium, please sign up on Ms. DiBlasi’s office door in Student Services. All acts and lyrics will need approval by Ms. DiBlasi and Mr. Burke. 

SENIORS! Check your email to complete a form to nominate your 2022 Prom Royalty court. The form will close at the end of the school day today at 2:40 PM. 

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! 

Are you interested in cardiology, or interested in health occupations in general? Our Ames High Health Club is getting special guest speakers from Mary Greeley to visit AHS to teach us about cardiology. Come to Ms. Jackson’s room #35 on Monday, April 18 after school. This meeting will be held from 3 to about 4 pm.

Are you interested in Engineering? Do you identify as female? Society of Women Engineers is hosting an all-day event at Iowa State University on Saturday, April 23rd. See Mrs. Brenneman, email isuswenext@gmail.com, or use the QR code to register. 

Seniors:  Please check Naviance for the Ames Arcadia Lodge #249 Masonic Scholarship. The scholarship is due April 22. Also, please remember to check Naviance for many more scholarship opportunities.

Students, Please check the bulletin board and wall by student services for summer job opportunities.

Story County Youth Summer Job Fair will be held 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!!! Prize Drawings!!! 

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

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

ODD Block Day

Seniors: Are you interested in speaking during your graduation ceremony? Senior Senate will be selecting two members of the class of 2022 to read original speeches at Commencement on May 29. Auditions will be held from 2:45-3:45 on both Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28. Anyone who is a graduating member of the Ames High School class of 2022 and has shown overall good conduct has the opportunity to audition. If you’re interested, choose a day and time that works best for you by signing up with Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary Office by the end of the school day on Wednesday, April 20. All auditions are limited to five minutes, and audition times will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Ames High’s Got Talent! If you would like to perform at the last Coffeehouse of the year, Friday, April 22 during lunch, and the last Coffeehouse in the old auditorium, please sign up on Ms. DiBlasi’s office door in Student Services. All acts and lyrics will need approval by Ms. DiBlasi and Mr. Burke. 

Are you interested in Engineering? Do you identify as female? Society of Women Engineers is hosting an all-day event at Iowa State University on Saturday, April 23rd. See Mrs. Brenneman, email isuswenext@gmail.com, or use the QR code to register. 

Athletics will host its final college signing ceremony of the year on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30 PM. If you are a graduating senior that plans on continuing your athletic and academic career at the collegiate level and would like to participate, please let Mr. Fedders know by sending an email to lyle.fedders@ames.k12.ia.us by Tuesday morning.

Iowa State will be hosting First Amendment Days on April 11-15 at the Ames Public Library in the Auditorium or via Zoom. Please see the flyer on the bulletin board outside of student services for more information.

Seniors:  Please check Naviance for the Ames Arcadia Lodge #249 Masonic Scholarship. The scholarship is due April 22. Also, please remember to check Naviance for many more scholarship opportunities.

Students, Please check the bulletin board and wall by student services for summer job opportunities.

Story County Youth Summer Job Fair will be held 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!!! Prize Drawings!!! 

The month of May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! The Ames AAPI organizations will be holding their first essay contest this year with the goal of promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and to celebrate the rich traditions of the AAPI community. Please see the flyer outside of Student Services to see the essay requirements and how you could win a cash prize for your essay entry and have it published by the ISU Library! This essay is open to any Secondary school student who wishes to participate. The deadline to submit your essay is April 25, 2022.

Today’s lunch is a Toasty Cheese Sandwich and Harvest Tomato Basil Soup.

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Friday, April 8, 2022

CONGRATULATIONS:

The following students earned the JDW Art Award at the Senior Art Show. Congratulations to Caroline Maifield, Dana Drobny, Rachel Bennett, Julia Divine, Emily Kaminski, and Tucker Drury for their creative works!

Claire Galvin was selected Student Choice winner for the Senior Art Show. Congratulations to Claire!

THANK YOU:Parents and Students, 

Thank you for your cooperation and support for ISASP testing this week. We will start conducting makeup tests on April 13th, 2022 and continue testing throughout the week. If you missed a test this week, you will be called out of one of your classes to complete the test in the Media Center. Students only need to bring a fully charged Chromebook. Teachers will be given a list of students who need to complete any of the ISASP tests and will send students to the Media Center. If you have any questions, please contact Ames High School Administration.

 INFORMATION:

 Parents who missed the Financial Aid Night at the high school can view the following webinar to get this valuable information:  Meeting Recording:

https://us06web.zoom.us/rec/share/0hM1Dmg6oDWoyzuvpZi_6ebf3jNtkd9UbtYU1Rh4OCHOKOou6SD2gnTCY9tRtodR.4J4pX78WrfYM5z_w

Access Passcode: &8V$$$rA

Parents of Seniors

On Thursday, April 14, 2022, the Ames Chamber of Commerce will hold an event at the Ames Public Library from 5-8 pm offering volunteers to sit down one-on-one with parents and students to assist in filling out the FAFSA, the Free Application For Federal Student AidOver $150 billion in financial aid money is awarded to more than 15 million students across the country and the average application takes half an hour or less to complete. The event is open to all high school seniors and is free of charge.

Click here to register for the event by April 11, 2022. If you have questions or problems with registration, please contact Jamet at storyccan2019@gmail.com.

Summer is coming, We would like to invite 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 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:

AUDITIONS FOR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS

Seniors: Are you interested in speaking during your graduation ceremony? Senior Senate will be selecting two members of the class of 2022 to read original speeches at Commencement on May 29, 2022. Auditions will be held from 2:45-3:45 on both Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28. Anyone who is a graduating member of the Ames High School class of 2022 and has shown overall good conduct has the opportunity to audition by signing up with Mrs. Packer in the Auxiliary Office by the end of the school day on Wednesday, April 20. If you’re interested, sign up for a day and time that works best for you. All auditions are limited to five minutes, and audition times will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. 

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!

Upper Iowa University Summer Camps Upper Iowa University is offering summer camps taught by faculty. Please visit the following link:

Upper Iowa University Summer Camps 2022

Iowa State – First Amendment Days April 11 – 15, 2022

Iowa State is Hosting First Amendment Days April 11-15. 

Dare to Speak, Dare to Listen: Advice for Young Women on Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m., at the Ames Public Library in the Auditorium or via Zoom.

Use Your Voice, Make a Yard Sign on April 11-15, Ames Public Library Lobby. All supplies are provided!

Your Rights, Your Libraries: The First Amendment and the Freedom to Read on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m., at the Ames Public Library in the Auditorium or via Zoom. The Zoom link will be posted on the Ames Public Library’s Calendar page the day before the event begins. The link to the Ames Public Library’s Calendar is http://www.amespubliclibrary.org/. Students can view the flyer on the bulletin board by student services.

SCHOLARSHIPS & COLLEGE VISITS:

Seniors – Please check Naviance for scholarship opportunities. Also, please check Naviance for the Arcadia Lodge Scholarship. The deadline to submit an application for the Arcadia Lodge Scholarship is April 22, 2022.

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