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Important dates

Please be aware of the A/B schedule for next week. 

  • Monday, May 23: B Schedule
  • Tuesday, May 24: A Schedule
  • Wednesday, May 25: B Schedule
  • Thursday, May 26: A Schedule
  • Friday, May 27: B Schedule
 
The 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 31st at 6:00pm at the Ames High School Stadium. Congrats to the Class of 2026!
 
Please register your student for the 22-23 school year! If you will not be returning, please fill out the Moving Form.
 

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Parents of 6th and 7th Grade Students-

Please review the scheduling guide linked below. It will provide you information regarding student scheduling for the 2022-23 school year. Students will be selecting their “Flex Period” classes the week of May 22nd. AMS staff would like encourage you to have a conversation about which elective classes your child will take during their upcoming school year so they have an idea of what they will sign up for when they are asked to make requests.

Student Scheduling Guide 2022-23

As a reminder, outside food and beverages are not to be consumed in the classrooms.  This expectation has been communicated to all students at the beginning of the school year and stated in the student/parent handbook.  Students are allowed to bring a water bottle to their classrooms to drink water throughout the school day.  Please visit with your student to remind them that outside snacks, food, drinks, candy, etc.. should be consumed in the cafeteria only.  Thank you for assisting us in keeping a clean and orderly learning environment.

AMS Library Books Due!

All AMS library books are due back to the library on Friday, May 13. If a student does not return a library book that has been checked out to them, there will be a replacement fee assessed at the end of the school year. 
How do I know if I have a missing book?
If you have a missing book, you should have received an email from acsddestiny@ames.k12.ia.us that includes information about your missing book(s). If you’re not sure about missing books or have questions, please stop by the media center or contact Ms. Stoermer or Ms. Wiench.

DOBYNS 7th Grade Art Pickup: Please plan to visit the art room before/after school or during 2nd period (WIN) to take your artwork home. This should be done by May 27th. Thank you for a wonderful year, your art has been inspiring!

Adventure is Out There!
Did you miss the meeting for the June 2023 Washington D.C. trip with Mr. Alden.  No worries!  Go to www.explorica.com/Alden-2448 for more information, or contact Mr. Alden at robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us

From the Nurse’s Desk

Attention all 6th grade parents: There are two immunization requirements for all future 7th grade students, which are the Meningococcal and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis). Your student will not be able to start school in August if these are not completed. These immunizations are typically given between the ages of 11-12 years old. If your student has not received these requirements yet, please call and make their appointment today. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Thank you!

Josie Lemke RN, BSN
josie.lemke@ames.k12.ia.us
515-268-2404

athletic events

Fall Sports Meetings

Informational meetings for fall sports will be held the week of May 23-27. Coaches will be going over practice start dates, summer camp opportunities, summer workouts, etc during these meetings. If you plan on playing a sport in the fall plan on attending the appropriate meeting. All meetings will be held in the Media Center during Homeroom.

  • Monday, May 23: 8th Grade Football
  • Tuesday, May 24: 8th Grade Volleyball
  • Wednesday, May 25: 7th Grade Football
  • Thursday, May 26: 7th/8th Girls Cross Country
  • Friday, May 27: 7th/8th Boys Cross Country

Meet the Boys’ HS Cross Country Coaching Team! All 7th and 8th grade runners from 2021 or 8th graders who would like to join the high school team are invited to the wrestling room Wednesday May 25th right after school. You will learn more about the high school program and find out about summer opportunities for running with the team.

The Ames High Track & Field program will host its Run. Jump. Throw. Youth Camp on June 13th-16th at the Ames High School track. The camp is for both boys and girls entering grades 1st-9th grade next fall. 

All camp athletes will learn and participate in:

  • all track and field events including; long jump, high jump, hurdles, shot put, block starts and relays
  • proper running technique and mechanics
  • important health and wellness skills like hydration, rest and confidence

Session times:

  • Entering 1st-5th grade: 8:15 AM-9:30 AM
  • Entering 6th-9th grade: 9:45 AM-11:00 AM

Registration link: https://trackandfield.ameshighsportscamps.com/

Questions? Please contact Coach Douglas at erica.douglas@ames.k12.ia.us 

2022 Run Jump THrow

Strength & Speed Camp 

Registration is still open for the AMS Summer Strength & Speed Camp, but available spots are going fast! Registration for Strength & Speed Camp will close on June 1.

Coach Jesse Von Behren will be running workouts twice a week during the summer that focus on building speed and strength. Typical workouts consist of 30 minutes of a warm-up that transitions to linear speed, change of direction or plyometrics and then finishes with 45 minutes of  weightlifting. This summer camp will be a great way to get stronger and faster as you head into your 2022-2023 athletic season. Current AMS 6th graders are eligible to participate in this camp. Camp fees will go towards the purchase of new equipment for the weight room and the strength and conditioning program at AMS. All participants will also receive a camp t-shirt.

  • Who: Athletes entering 7th & 8th Grade in the 2022-2023 school year
  • When: Tuesday & Thursday mornings
  • Camp Start Date: Tuesday, June 14
  • Camp End Date:  Thursday, August 11
  • Time: 7th Grade Sessions at 8:00 or 10:00, 8th Grade Sessions at 9:00 or 11:00 (Sessions will be 75 minutes in length)
  • Location: Ames Middle School Weight Room
  • Note: Camp will not be held on July 26 or 28
  • Instructor: Coach Jesse VonBehren
  • Cost: $60

Registration site: https://middleschoolcamps.ameshighsportscamps.com

Coach Contact: jesse.vonbehren@ames.k12.ia.us

AD Contact: spencer.esslinger@ames.k12.ia.us

AMS Football and Volleyball Camps

Registration is now open for our summer football and volleyball camps! If you plan on playing volleyball or football in the fall this is a great way to get an early start to your season. Both camps are open to students that will be 7th and 8th graders in the 2022-2023 school year. Camp fees will go towards the purchase of new equipment for the athletic programs at AMS. Each participant will also receive a camp t-shirt.

What: AMS Volleyball Camp

  • When: August 8-11, 2022
  • Time: 4-5:30pm (7th Grade Camp), 6-7:30pm (8th Grade Camp) 
  • Location: AMS Gymnasium
  • Cost: $40

What: AMS Football Camp

  • When: August 8-11, 2022
  • Time: 9-11am (7th/8th grade combined)
  • Location: AMS Football Stadium
  • Cost $40

Camp Registration site: https://middleschoolcamps.ameshighsportscamps.com

Volleyball Coach Contact: traci.smith@ames.k12.ia.us

Football Coach Contact: dan.andrews@ames.k12.ia.us

AD Contact: spencer.esslinger@ames.k12.ia.us 

clubs information

TCG CLUB (Trading Card/Game Club)

May 24: No TCG Club

WRITERS DEN May Schedule:

May 23: Final Writers Den of the year! 2:50-4 PM

Contact Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us with any questions about Writers Den.

Would you like to purchase a book full of amazing AMS student work – fiction and nonfiction? Then consider putting in an order for the 2022 AMS Anthology – a 200-page book with essays and short stories from 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that can be yours for only $10! If you’d like to buy this amazing book, that can be treasured for many years to come, contact Ms. Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us  to order.

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS: If you are one of the student authors who contributed writing to this year’s Anthology, you can buy the book for a discounted price of $8! And teachers, you can buy the book at full cost OR if you buy 5 or more copies of the book, you can get all of your copies for just $8 each!

Wishing you had submitted your written work for publication? Don’t worry, the Anthology will be back next year. Start writing now!

Important dates

Please be aware of the A/B schedule for next week. 

Monday, May 16: A Schedule
Tuesday, May 17: B Schedule
Wednesday, May 18: A Schedule 
Thursday, May 19: B Schedule 
Friday, May 20: A Schedule
 

This week is Spirit Week at AMS, sponsored by Cyclone Leadership Council!  Daily prize drawings will occur during lunch time and students are encouraged to dress up and participate in the daily writing or drawing prompts to be entered for fun prizes.  Students and staff have detailed information in their email.  Here are the daily themes:

  • Monday: Books Day – Dress up as a favorite author or book character
  • Tuesday: Animal Day – Bring a picture of your pet or a favorite animal
  • Wednesday: Around the World / Nature Day – Wear green or something nature-inspired to celebrate the world
  • Thursday: Superhero Day – Dress as a superhero: one from comics, real-world or make up your own!
  • Friday: Spirit Day – Wear orange and black, a club or sports shirt or your favorite team
 

athletic events

Strength & Speed Camp 

Registration is still open for the AMS Summer Strength & Speed Camp, but available spots are going fast! Registration for Strength & Speed Camp will close on June 1.

Coach Jesse Von Behren will be running workouts twice a week during the summer that focus on building speed and strength. Typical workouts consist of 30 minutes of a warm-up that transitions to linear speed, change of direction or plyometrics and then finishes with 45 minutes of  weightlifting. This summer camp will be a great way to get stronger and faster as you head into your 2022-2023 athletic season. Current AMS 6th graders are eligible to participate in this camp. Camp fees will go towards the purchase of new equipment for the weight room and the strength and conditioning program at AMS. All participants will also receive a camp t-shirt.

Who: Athletes entering 7th & 8th Grade in the 2022-2023 school year

When: Tuesday & Thursday mornings

Camp Start Date: Tuesday, June 14

Camp End Date:  Thursday, August 11

Time: 7th Grade Sessions at 8:00 or 10:00, 8th Grade Sessions at 9:00 or 11:00 (Sessions will be 75 minutes in length)

Location: Ames Middle School Weight Room

Note: Camp will not be held on July 26 or 28

Instructor: Coach Jesse VonBehren

Cost: $60

Registration site

Coach Contact: jesse.vonbehren@ames.k12.ia.us

AD Contact: spencer.esslinger@ames.k12.ia.us

AMS Football and Volleyball Camps

Registration is now open for our summer football and volleyball camps! If you plan on playing volleyball or football in the fall this is a great way to get an early start to your season. Both camps are open to students that will be 7th and 8th graders in the 2022-2023 school year. Camp fees will go towards the purchase of new equipment for the athletic programs at AMS. Each participant will also receive a camp t-shirt.

What: AMS Volleyball Camp

When: August 8-11, 2022

Time: 4-5:30pm (7th Grade Camp), 6-7:30pm (8th Grade Camp) 

Location: AMS Gymnasium

Cost: $40

What: AMS Football Camp

When: August 8-11, 2022

Time: 9-11am (7th/8th grade combined)

Location: AMS Football Stadium

Cost $40

Camp Registration site

Volleyball Coach Contact: traci.smith@ames.k12.ia.us

Football Coach Contact: dan.andrews@ames.k12.ia.us

AD Contact: spencer.esslinger@ames.k12.ia.us

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Parents of 6th and 7th Grade Students-

Please review the scheduling guide linked below. It will provide you information regarding student scheduling for the 2022-23 school year.

Student Scheduling Guide 2022-23

Fundraiser for Ukraine update

Thanks to your generous donations we were able to raise $1200 for humanitarian aid that was sent to the American – Ukrainian non-profit organization Razom.org.  Thank you to the students and parents, teachers, and staff of Ames Middle School who donated. Special thanks to Mr. Michael and Ms. Schares for their help and guidance in organizing this effort.   “

Thank You!  –Sophia Kyveryga

AMS Library Books Due!

All AMS library books are due back to the library on Friday, May 13. If a student does not return a library book that has been checked out to them, there will be a replacement fee assessed at the end of the school year. 

How do I know if I have a missing book? If you have a missing book, you should have received an email from acsddestiny@ames.k12.ia.us that includes information about your missing book(s). If you’re not sure about missing books or have questions, please stop by the media center or contact Ms. Stoermer or Ms. Wiench.

DOBYNS 7th Grade Art Pickup: Please plan to visit the art room before/after school or during 2nd period (WIN) to take your artwork home. This should be done by May 27th. Thank you for a wonderful year, your art has been inspiring!

KIRSCH 6th & 8th 1st Semester Art Pickup: Before/After School or  between classes during passing period please look for your period of art in period stacks and take your artwork home. Any work not picked up by May 20th, Friday, will be disposed of. Thank you!

Each year the Octagon Center of the Arts highlights artwork by local middle school students. This year the K-8th grade show can be viewed virtually by visiting the Octagon’s YouTube channel. Please join Ms. Dobyns in celebrating the accomplishments of these dedicated AMS artists.

https://youtu.be/l_N0KeDsDNI 2022   

Roman Abbott, Kate Badding, Autumn Binkowski, Quiarra Charles, Erin Cho, Ira Cramer, Amath Dau, Shelby Esslinger, Julia Fuerst, Ella Grail, Leah Geisinger, Aadi Ghosh, Laurel Hanson, James Headrick, Gace Janes, Sophie Lupardus, Adalyn McKeag, Marina Martinez, Avani Seetharam, Gabriella Teske and Laura Wang.

Please also join Ms. Dobyns in congratulating these students representing AMS at this year’s Des Moines Art Festival where they will be invited to a Visionary Artists Ceremony in June.  

Dunkin Bearson, Ella Benson, Quiarra Charles and Adalyn McKeag

From the Nurse’s Desk

Attention all 6th grade parents: There are two immunization requirements for all future 7th grade students, which are the Meningococcal and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis). Your student will not be able to start school in August if these are not completed. These immunizations are typically given between the ages of 11-12 years old. If your student has not received these requirements yet, please call and make their appointment today. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Thank you!

Josie Lemke RN, BSN

josie.lemke@ames.k12.ia.us

515-268-2404

clubs information

TCG CLUB (Trading Card/Game Club)

May 19: No TCG Club

May 24: No TCG Club

Congratulations to Chetas Aduri! Chetas helped represent the state
of Iowa at the National Mathcounts Competition held in Washington
D.C. on Sunday May 8th. Chetas and team Iowa got 5th place out
of 59 teams and 240 students! Great job to Chetas! They were
also the most improved team.

Chetas MathCounts

Adventure is Out There!
Did you miss the meeting for the June 2023 Washington D.C. trip with Mr. Alden.  No worries!  Go to www.explorica.com/Alden-2448 for more information, or contact Mr. Alden at robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us.

7th and 8th graders! Are you interested in STEM or robotics? If you are, come to Team Photon’s “First Steps into STEM” event in the AMS gym on May 17 from 6:15-7:30pm. You’ll learn all about Team Photon (the FIRST Tech Challenge team at Ames High School) and what it means to be a part of FIRST Tech Challenge. Meet STEM professionals, learn about the different roles on the team, and drive a robot in an obstacle course! Contact our coach, Dagney Paskach, at dagney.paskach@ames.k12.ia.us if you have questions.

WRITERS DEN May Schedule:

May 16: Writers Den 2:50-4 PM

May 23: Final Writers Den of the year! 2:50-4 PM

Contact Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us with any questions about Writers Den.

Would you like to purchase a book full of amazing AMS student work – fiction and nonfiction? Then consider putting in an order for the 2022 AMS Anthology – a 200-page book with essays and short stories from 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that can be yours for only $10! If you’d like to buy this amazing book, that can be treasured for many years to come, contact Ms. Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us  to order.

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS: If you are one of the student authors who contributed writing to this year’s Anthology, you can buy the book for a discounted price of $8! And teachers, you can buy the book at full cost OR if you buy 5 or more copies of the book, you can get all of your copies for just $8 each!

Wishing you had submitted your written work for publication? Don’t worry, the Anthology will be back next year. Start writing now!

SAVE THE DATE! AMS National History Day Showcase at the Ames Public Library: May 16, 5:30 pm

Please join me in celebrating the hard work of our National History Day participants on Monday, May 16 at the Ames Public Library. NHD Participants, join us for a pizza party, open to AMS NHD students and their families, from 5:30-6:00 pm.

AMS friends, family, and community, come at 6 PM for an award ceremony honoring project completion, state qualifiers, special historical state awards, and more! After the ceremony there will be time to view the students’ projects in an exhibit type setting.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us Hope to see you there!


Important dates

Please be aware of the A/B schedule for next week. 

Monday, May 9: No School (Professional Development Day)
Tuesday, May 10: A Schedule
Wednesday, May 11: B Schedule 
Thursday, May 12: A Schedule
Friday, May 13: B Schedule 
 

Spring Orchestra Concert is coming up on Thursday, May 12th! The concert is at 7pm in the AMS auditorium. Cost is free for students, $5 for adults, no more than $10 max for the whole family. This concert is for all grade levels.

athletic events

Summer Sports Camp Information

Strength & Speed Camp 

Registration is still open for the AMS Summer Strength & Speed Camp, but available spots are going fast! Registration for Strength & Speed Camp will close on June 1.

Coach Jesse Von Behren will be running workouts twice a week during the summer that focus on building speed and strength. Typical workouts consist of 30 minutes of a warm-up that transitions to linear speed, change of direction or plyometrics and then finishes with 45 minutes of  weightlifting. This summer camp will be a great way to get stronger and faster as you head into your 2022-2023 athletic season. Current AMS 6th graders are eligible to participate in this camp. Camp fees will go towards the purchase of new equipment for the weight room and the strength and conditioning program at AMS. All participants will also receive a camp t-shirt.

Who: Athletes entering 7th & 8th Grade in the 2022-2023 school year

  • When: Tuesday & Thursday mornings
  • Camp Start Date: Tuesday, June 14
  • Camp End Date:  Thursday, August 11
  • Time: 7th Grade Sessions at 8:00 or 10:00, 8th Grade Sessions at 9:00 or 11:00 (Sessions will be 75 minutes in length)
  • Location: Ames Middle School Weight Room
  • Note: Camp will not be held on July 26 or 28
  • Instructor: Coach Jesse VonBehren
  • Cost: $60
  • Registration site: https://middleschoolcamps.ameshighsportscamps.com

Coach Contact: jesse.vonbehren@ames.k12.ia.us

AD Contact: spencer.esslinger@ames.k12.ia.us

AMS Football and Volleyball Camps 

Registration is now open for our summer football and volleyball camps! If you plan on playing volleyball or football in the fall this is a great way to get an early start to your season. Both camps are open to students that will be 7th and 8th graders in the 2022-2023 school year. Camp fees will go towards the purchase of new equipment for the athletic programs at AMS. Each participant will also receive a camp t-shirt.

What: AMS Volleyball Camp

  • When: August 8-11, 2022
  • Time: 4-5:30pm (7th Grade Camp), 6-7:30pm (8th Grade Camp) 
  • Location: AMS Gymnasium
  • Cost: $40

What: AMS Football Camp

  • When: August 8-11, 2022
  • Time: 9-11am (7th/8th grade combined)
  • Location: AMS Football Stadium
  • Cost $40

Camp Registration site: https://middleschoolcamps.ameshighsportscamps.com

Volleyball Coach Contact: traci.smith@ames.k12.ia.us

Football Coach Contact: dan.andrews@ames.k12.ia.us

AD Contact: spencer.esslinger@ames.k12.ia.us

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Online Registration Verification for current and new students is now open for the 2022-2023 school year. This process is slightly different than in previous years as everything is online. If you haven’t completed your Registration Verification, you may do so through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal

If you have moved within Ames and will still be attending Ames CSD, please contact the District Office to provide your new address and proof of residence. Not attending Ames Schools for the 2022-2023 school year? Complete our Moving Form

Get more information about Online Registration Verification for 2022-2023 on our website. 

Check out these other important pieces of information to get ready for next school year: 

AMS Library Books Due!

All AMS library books are due back to the library on Friday, May 13. If a student does not return a library book that has been checked out to them, there will be a replacement fee assessed at the end of the school year. How do I know if I have a missing book? If you have a missing book, you should have received an email from acsddestiny@ames.k12.ia.us that includes information about your missing book(s). If you’re not sure about missing books or have questions, please stop by the media center or contact Ms. Stoermer or Ms. Wiench.

As a reminder, outside food and beverages are not to be consumed in the classrooms.  This expectation has been communicated to all students at the beginning of the school year and stated in the student/parent handbook.  Students are allowed to bring a water bottle to their classrooms to drink water throughout the school day.  Please visit with your student to remind them that outside snacks, food, drinks, candy, etc.. should be consumed in the cafeteria only.  Thank you for assisting us in keeping a clean and orderly learning environment.

The AMC 8 is a 25 question, 40 minute multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem solving skills.

Please join me in celebrating the accomplishments on this test of the following AMS students:

Honor Roll Recipient (scored in the top 5% nationally): Allen Cai

Certificate of Achievement Recipient (students grade 6 and below who scored over a 15): Claire Wang

Section Winners (students who placed top in their school): Gold: Allen Cai (top AMS scorer), Silver: Vienna Rossmanith, Bronze: Liyuan Wang and Anika Shrotriya

KIRSCH 6th & 8th 1st Semester Art Pickup: Before/After School or  between classes during passing period please look for your period of art in period stacks and take your artwork home. Any work not picked up by May 20th, Friday, will be disposed of. Thank you!

Adventure is Out There!
Did you miss the meeting for the June 2023 Washington D.C. trip with Mr. Alden.  No worries!  Go to www.explorica.com/Alden-2448 for more information, or contact Mr. Alden at robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us.

From the Nurse’s Desk

Attention all 6th grade parents: There are two immunization requirements for all future 7th grade students, which are the Meningococcal and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis). Your student will not be able to start school in August if these are not completed. These immunizations are typically given between the ages of 11-12 years old. If your student has not received these requirements yet, please call and make their appointment today. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Thank you!

Josie Lemke RN, BSN

josie.lemke@ames.k12.ia.us

515-268-2404

clubs information

Ames International Partner Cities Association is looking for (even more) middle school students to represent our fair city in a virtual student exchange with our sister city, Koshu! Learn about Japanese culture and language, make friends with Japanese students in a live Google Meet session, and show the Japanese students what your life is like in America with videos you make. Sound fun? Apply by May 13.

Join the Google Classroom with code 7utu2be and submit your written application form to Katrina Williams (note: you must print a paper copy and have your parent/guardian sign it) along with 3 letters of reference from AMS teachers. Reach out to Katrina Williams at katrina.williams@ames.k12.ia.us or Dagney Paskach at dagney.paskach@ames.k12.ia.us with any questions. Thank you!

TCG CLUB

  • May 19: No TCG Club
  • May 24: No TCG Club

WRITERS DEN April and May Schedule:

  • May 9: No Writers Den
  • May 16: Writers Den 2:50-4 PM
  • May 23: Final Writers Den of the year! 2:50-4 PM

Contact Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us with any questions about Writers Den.

SAVE THE DATE! AMS National History Day Showcase at the Ames Public Library: May 16, 5:30 pm

Please join me in celebrating the hard work of our National History Day participants on Monday, May 16 at the Ames Public Library. NHD Participants, join us for a pizza party, open to AMS NHD students and their families, from 5:30-6:00 pm.

AMS friends, family, and community, come at 6 PM for an award ceremony honoring project completion, state qualifiers, special historical state awards, and more! After the ceremony there will be time to view the students’ projects in an exhibit type setting.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us Hope to see you there!


Important dates

Please be aware of the A/B schedule for next week. 

Monday, May 2: B Schedule
Tuesday, May 3: A Schedule
Wednesday, May 4: B Schedule, MAP Testing Schedule (link below)
Thursday, May 5: A Schedule, MAP testing Schedule (link below)
Friday, May 6: B Schedule
 
 
We will be having the final round of MAP testing next week on Wednesday and Thursday. We will be running the same bell schedules that we used during ISASP. It can be found here:  MAP Bell Schedule-May 2022
 

Spring Concerts are coming up! All concerts are at 7pm in the AMS auditorium. Cost is free for students, $5 for adults, no more than $10 max for the whole family. Each concert is for all grade levels.

Band Concert: Tuesday, May 3rd

Orchestra Concert: Thursday, May 12th

athletic events

Spring Sports Update

6th Grade Volleyball: Practices will begin on Monday, May 2 from 3:00-4:30. All 6th grade intramural programs (as well as 6th-8th soccer) are co-ed programs open to all genders. 

Summer Strength & Speed Camp Information

Attention all AMS students interested in playing 7th or 8th grade sports next year! Registration is now open for the AMS Summer Strength & Speed Camp! Coach Jesse Von Behren will be running workouts twice a week during the summer that focus on building speed and strength. Typical workouts consist of 30 minutes of a warm-up that transitions to linear speed, change of direction or plyometrics and then finishes with 45 minutes of  weightlifting. This summer camp will be a great way to get stronger and faster as you head into your 2022-2023 athletic season. Current AMS 6th graders are eligible to participate in this camp. All participants will receive a camp t-shirt. 

Who: Athletes entering 7th & 8th Grade in the 2022-2023 school year

When: Tuesday & Thursday mornings

Camp Start Date: Tuesday, June 14

Camp End Date:  Thursday, August 11

Time: 7th Grade Sessions at 8:00 or 10:00, 8th Grade Sessions at 9:00 or 11:00 (Sessions will be 75 minutes in length)

Location: Ames Middle School Weight Room

Note: Camp will not be held on July 26 or 28

Instructor: Coach Jesse VonBehren

Cost: $60

Registration site: https://middleschoolcamps.ameshighsportscamps.com

Coach Contact: jesse.vonbehren@ames.k12.ia.us

AD Contact: spencer.esslinger@ames.k12.ia.us

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As a reminder, outside food and beverages are not to be consumed in the classrooms.  This expectation has been communicated to all students at the beginning of the school year and stated in the student/parent handbook.  Students are allowed to bring a water bottle to their classrooms to drink water throughout the school day.  Please visit with your student to remind them that outside snacks, food, drinks, candy, etc.. should be consumed in the cafeteria only.  Thank you for assisting us in keeping a clean and orderly learning environment.

Online Registration Verification for current and new students is now open for the 2022-2023 school year. This process is slightly different than in previous years as everything is online. If you haven’t completed your Registration Verification, you may do so through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal

If you have moved within Ames and will still be attending Ames CSD, please contact the District Office to provide your new address and proof of residence. Not attending Ames Schools for the 2022-2023 school year? Complete our Moving Form

Get more information about Online Registration Verification for 2022-2023 on our website. 

KIRSCH 6th & 8th 1st Semester Art Pickup: Before/After School or  between classes during passing period please look for your period of art in period stacks and take your artwork home. Any work not picked up by May 20th, Friday, will be disposed of. Thank you! 

Adventure is Out There!
Did you miss the meeting for the June 2023 Washington D.C. trip with Mr. Alden.  No worries!  Go to www.explorica.com/Alden-2448 for more information, or contact Mr. Alden at robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us

From the Nurse’s Desk

Attention all 6th grade parents: There are two immunization requirements for all future 7th grade students, which are the Meningococcal and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis). Your student will not be able to start school in August if these are not completed. These immunizations are typically given between the ages of 11-12 years old. If your student has not received these requirements yet, please call and make their appointment today. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Thank you!

Josie Lemke RN, BSN

josie.lemke@ames.k12.ia.us

515-268-2404

clubs information

AMS Families-
 
As we approach the end of the school year, the AMS Booster Club is sponsoring and organizing a couple of additional events.  We would love your help!  Please email the AMS Booster Club at AMS Booster Club Email and let us know if you can donate a bit of time to either or both events.  
 
1.  Teacher Appreciation Breakfast.  Monday, May 9 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am.  We will need help with set up prior to the breakfast and help that morning with light clean up. If other events don’t conflict, set up may be done on Friday, May 6 after school. Otherwise, set up will be done before the breakfast, from 6:30-7:30 am.
 
2. Last Day of School activities.  The Booster Club is sponsoring some great outdoor inflatables for the students.  We will need some help supervising the inflatables between 9:00 am and 1:30 pm.  Email if you would like to help that day, or a Sign Up Genius will go out mid-May requesting volunteers. 
 
Thanks for supporting AMS students, teachers, and staff.
 
-AMS Booster Club
 

AMS Talent Show 

Do you have a talent you would like to share? We will present our talent show on the last day of school! All kinds of acts are encouraged to audition -individual or group singing, playing an instrument, performing a skit, dance, magic, comedy, gymnastics, etc. Virtual submissions will also be considered (think of something you couldn’t do on stage, like bike/skateboard, close up card tricks, or silly pet tricks).

Auditions will take place after school in the Auditorium on Thursday, May 5th and Friday, May 6th. Auditions should be no more than 3-4 minutes long and please bring any props or music you need. Audition sheets will be available in the office starting Monday, April 18th.

If you have questions or want to submit something virtually, please contact Mrs. Fought! megan.fought@ames.k12.ia.us

Builders Club- Do you like to help others? This is a great club where you can help with different service projects and to learn about different organizations in Ames. We meet on the second aWe will be talking about officers for next year and making updated posters and handouts for next school year.  Please join our Google Classroom edgjiv5 if you are interested in joining so that you can get updates.

Builders Club Food Drive: Builders Club is helping United Way collect food for the pantries to help with getting food to those in need over the summer. You can drop food off in the front boxes or drop it off in H101 to Mrs. Bettazza!  This ends on May 5.  Let’s help restock the pantry.

Stand Up Comedy Club!!!

Have friends and family ever called you funny? Do you like to tell jokes? How about laughing? In Stand Up Comedy club, we’ll come together to watch and study famous comedians, learn to tell jokes, and create our own stand up comedy routines! Join the brand new stand up comedy club in Mr. James’ room (G207) every Friday from 3:00-4:00pm.

TCG CLUB

  • May 19: No TCG Club
  • May 24: No TCG Club

WRITERS DEN April and May Schedule:

  • May 2: No Writers Den
  • May 9: No Writers Den
  • May 16: Writers Den 2:50-4 PM
  • May 23: Final Writers Den of the year! 2:50-4 PM
  • Contact Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us with any questions about Writers Den.

Do you love to write? Or have any works that you want to PUBLISH in a book? Well, consider submitting your exceptional pieces to the Anthology, a ~400-page book completely dedicated to showcasing writing work from Ames Middle School. After officially being published, you will also have a chance to purchase the book. Again, if you’d like to become a PUBLISHED author, send your writing work to amslitmag.edboard@ames.k12.ia.us. (Make sure to keep it school appropriate and under 60 pages.)

SAVE THE DATE! AMS National History Day Showcase at the Ames Public Library: May 16, 5:30 pm

Please join me in celebrating the hard work of our National History Day participants on Monday, May 16 at the Ames Public Library. NHD Participants, join us for a pizza party, open to AMS NHD students and their families, from 5:30-6:00 pm.

AMS friends, family, and community, come at 6 PM for an award ceremony honoring project completion, state qualifiers, special historical state awards, and more! After the ceremony there will be time to view the students’ projects in an exhibit type setting.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us Hope to see you there!

Important dates

Please be aware of the A/B schedule for next week.

  • Monday, April 25: A Schedule
  • Tuesday, April 26: B Schedule
  • Wednesday, April 27: A Schedule
  • Thursday, April 28: B Schedule
  • Friday, April 29: A Schedule, IGS Bell Schedule 
IGS Bell Schedule
6th Grade
HR- 8:00 – 8:15
1- 8:20 – 9:07
2- 9:12 – 9:59
3 (WIN)- 10:04 – 10:51
LUNCH- 10:56 – 11:26
4- 11:31 – 12:17
5- 12:22 – 1:08
DANCE- 1:10 – 1:40
6- 1:45 – 2:15
7- 2:20 – 2:50
 
7th Grade
HR- 8:00 – 8:15
1- 8:20 – 9:07
2- 9:12 – 9:59
3- 10:04 – 10:51
4- 10:56 – 11:42
LUNCH- 11:47 – 12:17
5- 12:22 – 1:08
6- 1:13 – 1:40
DANCE- 1:45 – 2:15
7- 2:20 – 2:50 
 
8th Grade
HR- 8:00 – 8:15
1- 8:20 – 9:07
2- 9:12 – 9:59
3- 10:04 – 10:51
4- 10:56 – 11:42
5- 11:47 – 12:33
LUNCH- 12:38 – 1:08
6- 1:13 – 1:40
7- 1:45 – 2:15
DANCE- 2:20 – 2:50 

Spring Concerts are coming up! All concerts are at 7pm in the AMS auditorium. Cost is free for students, $5 for adults, no more than $10 max for the whole family. Each concert is for all grade levels.

  • Chorus Concert: Thursday, April 28th
  • Band Concert: Tuesday, May 3rd
  • Orchestra Concert: Thursday, May 12th

athletic events

Spring Sports Update

6th Grade Volleyball: Practices will begin after school on Monday, May 2. An informational meeting for any interested 6th graders will take place on Wednesday, April 27 during Homeroom. The meeting will be held in the Media Center.

All 6th grade intramural programs (as well as 6th-8th soccer) are co-ed programs open to all genders. 

Summer Strength & Speed Camp Information

Attention all AMS students interested in playing 7th or 8th grade sports next year! Registration is now open for the AMS Summer Strength & Speed Camp! Coach Jesse Von Behren will be running workouts twice a week during the summer that focus on building speed and strength through plyometrics and weightlifting. This summer camp will be a great way to get stronger and faster as you head into your 2022-2023 athletic season. Current AMS 6th graders are eligible to participate in this camp. All participants will receive a camp t-shirt. 

Who: Athletes entering 7th & 8th Grade in the 2022-2023 school year

When: Tuesday & Thursday mornings

Camp Start Date: Tuesday, June 14

Camp End Date:  Thursday, August 11

Time: 7th Grade Sessions at 8:00 or 10:00, 8th Grade Sessions at 9:00 or 11:00 

Location: Ames Middle School Weight Room

Note: Camp will not be held on July 26 or 28

Instructor: Coach Jesse VonBehren

Cost: $60

Registration site: https://middleschoolcamps.ameshighsportscamps.com

Coach Contact: jesse.vonbehren@ames.k12.ia.us

AD Contact: spencer.esslinger@ames.k12.ia.us

Ames High School Cheer

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! 

This try-out for current AMS 8th Graders.

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

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AMS Talent Show 

Do you have a talent you would like to share? We will present our talent show on the last day of school! All kinds of acts are encouraged to audition -individual or group singing, playing an instrument, performing a skit, dance, magic, comedy, gymnastics, etc. Virtual submissions will also be considered (think of something you couldn’t do on stage, like bike/skateboard, close up card tricks, or silly pet tricks).

Auditions will take place after school in the Auditorium on Thursday, May 5th and Friday, May 6th. Auditions should be no more than 3-4 minutes long and please bring any props or music you need. Audition sheets will be available in the office starting Monday, April 18th.

If you have questions or want to submit something virtually, please contact Mrs. Fought! megan.fought@ames.k12.ia.us

KIRSCH 6th & 8th 1st Semester Art Pickup: Before/After School or  between classes during passing period please look for your period of art in period stacks and take your artwork home. Any work not picked up by May 20th, Friday, will be disposed of. Thank you!

Adventure is Out There!
Did you miss the meeting for the June 2023 Washington D.C. trip with Mr. Alden.  No worries!  Go to www.explorica.com/Alden-2448 for more information, or contact Mr. Alden at robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us.

AAPI Essay Contest

The month of May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! The Ames AAPI organizations have decided to hold their very 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 attached poster 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 middle school student who wishes to participate. The deadline to submit your essay is April 25, 2022.

The HAMO foundation was started by a local family to raise awareness for mental health. They are having a free event on Wednesday, April 27th at Perfect Games for kids and adults. There will be pizza, drinks, free bowling and a chance to build connections with others. On top of this, if you enjoy reading & volunteering, The Pumpkin Patch is  looking for students to read to young children on Saturday mornings downtown. The form to apply  is under “Henry’s Helpers” on the HAMO website. We hope to see you on  the 27th!  www.hamofoundation.org 

From the Nurse’s Desk 

Attention all 6th grade parents: There are two immunization requirements for all future 7th grade students, which are the Meningococcal and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis). Your student will not be able to start school in August if these are not completed. These immunizations are typically given between the ages of 11-12 years old. If your student has not received these requirements yet, please call and make their appointment today. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Thank you!

Josie Lemke RN, BSN

josie.lemke@ames.k12.ia.us

515-268-2404

clubs information

Hello, my name is Sophia Kyveryga, I am an 8th grade student at AMS, and I am Ukrainian. Over 20 years ago, my parents immigrated to the U.S from Ukraine. Although I was born in Iowa, I am a Ukrainian at heart, especially in recent times. You are likely aware of the devastation, destruction, and war tearing through Ukraine since February 24, this year. Bombs have been dropped across the historical century-old cities, including hospitals, schools, and even humanitarian corridors. It scares me to think of what my life would have been like right now if my parents hadn’t come to the U.S, hiding from bombs in the basement and not being able to go to school. 

This is why I would like to take action and help the people of Ukraine. I’m raising money by selling Ukrainian – inspired stickers at Ames Middle School. If you’d like to help this cause, stop by the Main Office or the Student Services office during the school day to purchase stickers. Just place the 5$ per sticker in the provided jar. 
All proceeds will go to the non-profit American – Ukrainian organization called “Razom”, which means “together” in Ukrainian, that will provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Thank you for your donations and kindness. Let’s stand together in support of humanity and compassion. https://razomforukraine.org/razom-emergency-response/

Koshu City, Japan Sister School

The mission of the Ames International Partner Cities Association (AIPCA) is to promote cultural and educational exchanges between the people of the City of Ames and those of our Partner Cities. Ames presently has one designated sister city: Koshu City, Japan.

YOU have the opportunity to join a pen pal program and/or a virtual meeting with students from Japan this spring. You are encouraged to apply to either or both programs! If you are chosen as a pen pal, you will handwrite letters to students from Japan and receive letters from them in return. If you are chosen to participate in the virtual meeting, you will join the online call on June 10, 2022, from 7:00-8:00 pm. Both groups will meet at AMS this spring to learn some Japanese phrases and to talk about Japanese culture. 

To apply for this exciting opportunity, you need to complete the following on/before Friday, April 29:

  1. Written application form submitted to Katrina Williams (note: you must print a paper copy and have your parent/guardian sign it)
  2. 3 letters of reference from AMS teachers submitted to Katrina Williams, either on Google Classroom or via a paper copy turned in to her classroom. You may use the same set of reference letters for both applications if you are applying for both the virtual meeting and the pen pals. 

If you are interested, please join the Google Classroom (7utu2be) to view the full details, applications, and reference letter templates. Reach out to Katrina Williams at katrina.williams@ames.k12.ia.us or Dagney Paskach at dagney.paskach@ames.k12.ia.us with any questions. Thank you!

Builders Club: Do you like to help others? This is a great club where you can help with different service projects and to learn about different organizations in Ames. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 3:00-3:45 in Erin Bettazza’s classroom (H101). Our next meeting is on April 27.  We are going to start a food drive.  Please join us to help make posters.  Please join our Google Classroom edgjiv5 if you are interested in joining so that you can get updates.

Builders Club food drive: Builders Club is helping United Way collect food for the pantries to help with getting food to those in need over the summer. You. An drop food off in the front boxes or drop it off in H101 to Mrs. Bettazza!

WRITERS DEN April and May Schedule:

  • April 25: No Writers Den (due to State National History Day contest in Des Moines)
  • May 2: No Writers Den
  • May 9: No Writers Den
  • May 16: Writers Den 2:50-4 PM
  • May 23: Final Writers Den of the year! 2:50-4 PM

Contact Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us with any questions about Writers Den.

SAVE THE DATE! AMS National History Day Showcase at the Ames Public Library: May 16, 5:30 pm

This year over 20 students made it to the finish line and submitted a completed national history day project! A completed project includes a website, exhibit, performance, film documentary, or research paper that includes a thesis statement with an original historical argument that relates to the 2022 theme of Debate and Diplomacy, PLUS a process paper discussing their research process, PLUS an annotated bibliography. 

The following students advanced to State Competition in Des Moines, to be held Monday, April 25:

8th grade: Tasneem Abdillaahi and Sherry Wang for their group performance; Anika Shrotriya, Laura Chen, and Marin Knight for their individual documentaries

7th grade: Glory Nlebedim, Anneka Singh and Elizabeth Mendelev for their group website

6th grade: Alice Fields and Vivian Gassmann for their group performance, Olivia Zhang for individual exhibit

Please join me in celebrating their hard work and accomplishments by SAVING THE DATE for Monday, May 16 at the Ames Public Library. NHD Participants, join us for a pizza party, open to AMS NHD students and their families, from 5:30-6:00 pm.

AMS friends, family, and community, come at 6 PM for an award ceremony honoring project completion, state qualifiers, special historical state awards, and more! After the ceremony there will be time to view the students’ projects in an exhibit type setting.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us Hope to see you there!

Have you been to a Trivia Night before? They’re a popular way to have fun with friends (and strangers), while raising money for a good cause.

But even if you’re a regular on the “Trivia Night Circuit”, you probably haven’t been to one that was hosted by a former Jeopardy contestant! AMS is excited to announce that we’ll be doing the Second Annual AMS Trivia Night on Friday, April 29th – hosted by Mr. Alden, who really was on Jeopardy! We’re raising money for the many activities supported by the AMS Booster Club.

We’ll have tables at Alluvial that seat 8 people. The cost is $200 per table. Forward this email to a few friends, then have just ONE person from your “party of eight” register & pay via the link below. Mulligans are $20 for 5, or $40 for 10 (which is the max that can be purchased) – they’ll be available the night of the event, or you can pay when you register. There will be a prize for the first-place team, and probably a few other surprises! You’re welcome to bring your own food and there will be craft beer and soft drinks available for purchase. The bar opens at 6 PM, and Trivia Questions start at 7 PM.

Link to register a table and purchase mulligans:  Trivia Night Registration 

Only 2 tables remain before registration closes.  Don’t delay getting your team registered.

Other questions? Contact AMS Booster Club.  We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your help supporting the important work of the Booster Club!


Important dates

Please be aware of the A/B schedule for next week. 

Monday, April 18: B Schedule

Tuesday, April 19: A Schedule

Wednesday, April 20: B Schedule

Thursday, April 21: A Schedule

Friday, April 22: B Schedule

 

Spring Concerts are coming up! All concerts are at 7pm in the AMS auditorium. Cost is free for students, $5 for adults, no more than $10 max for the whole family. Each concert is for all grade levels.

Chorus Concert: Thursday, April 28th

Band Concert: Tuesday, May 3rd

Orchestra Concert: Thursday, May 12th

 

athletic events

Spring Sports Update

6th Grade Volleyball: Practices will begin after school on Monday, May 2. An informational meeting for any interested 6th graders will take place on Wednesday, April 27 during Homeroom. The meeting will be held in the Media Center.

All 6th grade intramural programs (as well as 6th-8th soccer) are co-ed programs open to all genders. 

Summer Strength & Speed Camp Information

Registration is now open for the AMS Summer Strength & Speed Camp! Coach Jesse Von Behren will be running workouts twice a week during the summer that focus on building speed and strength through plyometrics and weightlifting. Current AMS athletes should consider participating in this camp! Strength & Speed Camp is open to all AMS students entering 7th & 8th grade in the 2022-2023 school year. All participants will receive a camp t-shirt. 

Who: Athletes entering 7th & 8th Grade in the 2022-2023 school year

When: Tuesday & Thursday mornings

Camp Start Date: Tuesday, June 14

Camp End Date:  Thursday, August 11

Time: 7th Grade Sessions at 8:00 or 10:00, 8th Grade Sessions at 9:00 or 11:00 

Location: Ames Middle School Weight Room

Note: Camp will not be held on July 26 or 28

Instructor: Coach Jesse VonBehren

Cost: $60

Registration site: https://middleschoolcamps.ameshighsportscamps.com

Coach Contact: jesse.vonbehren@ames.k12.ia.us

AD Contact: spencer.esslinger@ames.k12.ia.us

Ames High School Cheer

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!  

This try-out for current AMS 8th Graders.

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

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Hello, my name is Sophia Kyveryga, I am an 8th grade student at AMS, and I am Ukrainian. Over 20 years ago, my parents immigrated to the U.S from Ukraine. Although I was born in Iowa, I am a Ukrainian at heart, especially in recent times. You are likely aware of the devastation, destruction, and war tearing through Ukraine since February 24, this year. Bombs have been dropped across the historical century-old cities, including hospitals, schools, and even humanitarian corridors. It scares me to think of what my life would have been like right now if my parents hadn’t come to the U.S, hiding from bombs in the basement and not being able to go to school. 

This is why I would like to take action and help the people of Ukraine. I’m raising money by selling Ukrainian – inspired stickers at Ames Middle School. If you’d like to help this cause, stop by the Main Office or the Student Services office during the school day to purchase stickers. Just place the 5$ per sticker in the provided jar. 


All proceeds will go to the non-profit American – Ukrainian organization called “Razom”, which means “together” in Ukrainian, that will provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Thank you for your donations and kindness. Let’s stand together in support of humanity and compassion. https://razomforukraine.org/razom-emergency-response/

AMS Talent Show 

Do you have a talent you would like to share? We will present our talent show on the last day of school! All kinds of acts are encouraged to audition -individual or group singing, playing an instrument, performing a skit, dance, magic, comedy, gymnastics, etc. Virtual submissions will also be considered (think of something you couldn’t do on stage, like bike/skateboard, close up card tricks, or silly pet tricks).

Auditions will take place after school in the Auditorium on Thursday, May 5th and Friday, May 6th. Auditions should be no more than 3-4 minutes long and please bring any props or music you need. Audition sheets will be available in the office starting Monday, April 18th.

If you have questions or want to submit something virtually, please contact Mrs. Fought! megan.fought@ames.k12.ia.us

#GETAJOB, the 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. The fair is open to all 14-24 year olds looking for summer jobs, internships, or volunteer opportunities to attend. 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 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.

The HAMO foundation was started by a local family to raise awareness for mental health. They are having a free event on Wednesday, April 27th at Perfect Games for kids and adults. There will be pizza, drinks, free bowling and a chance to build connections with others. On top of this, if you enjoy reading & volunteering, The Pumpkin Patch is  looking for students to read to young children on Saturday mornings downtown. The form to apply  is under “Henry’s Helpers” on the HAMO website. We hope to see you on  the 27th!  www.hamofoundation.org

AAPI Essay Contest

The month of May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! The Ames AAPI organizations have decided to hold their very 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 attached poster 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 middle school student who wishes to participate. The deadline to submit your essay is April 25, 2022.

From the Nurse’s Desk

Attention all 6th grade parents: There are two immunization requirements for all future 7th grade students, which are the Meningococcal and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis). Your student will not be able to start school in August if these are not completed. These immunizations are typically given between the ages of 11-12 years old. If your student has not received these requirements yet, please call and make their appointment today. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Thank you!

Josie Lemke RN, BSN

josie.lemke@ames.k12.ia.us

515-268-2404

clubs information

A big congratulations to 6th grade Battle of the Books teams! They placed 2nd, 3rd and 5th at the Ames Public Library competition last week!

2nd Place: Kit Kat Kangaroos: Emma Warme, Deirbhile Hennessy, Chloe Horton & Claire Wang.

3rd Place: The Book Thieves: Alice Fields,Vivian Gassmann, Uliana Markutsya, and Nora Nabushawo

5th Place: The Rocking Readers: Floyd Walter & Anika Banerjee

Koshu City, Japan Sister School

The mission of the Ames International Partner Cities Association (AIPCA) is to promote cultural and educational exchanges between the people of the City of Ames and those of our Partner Cities. Ames presently has one designated sister city: Koshu City, Japan.

YOU have the opportunity to join a pen pal program and/or a virtual meeting with students from Japan this spring. You are encouraged to apply to either or both programs! If you are chosen as a pen pal, you will hand write letters to students from Japan and receive letters from them in return. If you are chosen to participate in the virtual meeting, you will join the online call on June 10, 2022 from 7:00-8:00pm. Both groups will meet at AMS this spring to learn some Japanese phrases and to talk about Japanese culture.

To apply for this exciting opportunity, you need to complete the following on/before Friday, April 29:

  1. Written application form submitted to Katrina Williams (note: you must print a paper copy and have your parent/guardian sign it)
  2. 3 letters of reference from AMS teachers submitted to Katrina Williams, either on Google Classroom or via a paper copy turned in to her classroom. You may use the same set of reference letters for both applications if you are applying for both the virtual meeting and the pen pals. 

If you are interested, please join the Google Classroom (7utu2be) to view the full details, applications, and reference letter templates. Reach out to Katrina Williams at katrina.williams@ames.k12.ia.us or Dagney Paskach at dagney.paskach@ames.k12.ia.us with any questions. Thank you!

Builders Club- Do you like to help others? This is a great club where you can help with different service projects and to learn about different organizations in Ames. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 3:00-3:45 in Erin Bettazza’s classroom (H101). Our next meeting is on April 27.  We are going to start a food drive.  Please join us to help make posters.  Please join our Google Classroom edgjiv5 if you are interested in joining so that you can get updates. 

Builders Club Food Drive: Builders Club is helping United Way collect food for the pantries to help with getting food to those in need over the summer. You. An drop food off in the front boxes or drop it off in H101 to Mrs. Bettazza!

Stand Up Comedy Club!!!

Have friends and family ever called you funny? Do you like to tell jokes? How about laughing? In Stand Up Comedy club, we’ll come together to watch and study famous comedians, learn to tell jokes, and create our own stand up comedy routines! Join the brand new stand up comedy club in Mr. James’ room (G207) every Friday from 3:00-4:00pm.

Dungeons and Dragons Club (D&D Club)

Join your fellow classmates on adventures where you can create and become anybody you want! You’ll work together to solve puzzles, fight monsters, and tell stories. It doesn’t matter if you miss a meeting, you can jump in and out whenever you want! We’ll meet every Wednesday in Mr. James’ room (G207) from 3:00-4:30pm.

TCG CLUB

April 21:  No TCG Club

May 19: No TCG Club

WRITERS DEN April and May Schedule:

April 18: Writers Den 2:50-4 PM

April 25: No Writers Den (due to State National History Day contest in Des Moines)

May 2: No Writers Den

May 9: No Writers Den

May 16: Writers Den 2:50-4 PM

May 23: Final Writers Den of the year! 2:50-4 PM

Contact Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us with any questions about Writers Den.

SAVE THE DATE! AMS National History Day Showcase at the Ames Public Library: May 16, 5:30 pm

This year over 20 students made it to the finish line and submitted a completed national history day project! A completed project includes a website, exhibit, performance, film documentary, or research paper that includes a thesis statement with an original historical argument that relates to the 2022 theme of Debate and Diplomacy, PLUS a process paper discussing their research process, PLUS an annotated bibliography. 

The following students advanced to State Competition in Des Moines, to be held Monday, April 25:

8th grade: Tasneem Abdillaahi and Sherry Wang for their group performance; Anika Shrotriya, Laura Chen, and Marin Knight for their individual documentaries

7th grade: Glory Nlebedim, Anneka Singh and Elizabeth Mendelev for their group website

6th grade: Alice Fields and Vivian Gassmann for their group performance, Olivia Zhang for individual exhibit

Please join me in celebrating their hard work and accomplishments by SAVING THE DATE for Monday, May 16 at the Ames Public Library. NHD Participants, join us for a pizza party, open to AMS NHD students and their families, from 5:30-6:00 pm.

AMS friends, family, and community, come at 6 PM for an award ceremony honoring project completion, state qualifiers, special historical state awards, and more! After the ceremony there will be time to view the students’ projects in an exhibit type setting.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us Hope to see you there!

 
 
 

Have you been to a Trivia Night before? They’re a popular way to have fun with friends (and strangers), while raising money for a good cause.

But even if you’re a regular on the “Trivia Night Circuit”, you probably haven’t been to one that was hosted by a former Jeopardy contestant! AMS is excited to announce that we’ll be doing the Second Annual AMS Trivia Night on Friday, April 29th – hosted by Mr. Alden, who really was on Jeopardy! We’re raising money for the many activities supported by the AMS Booster Club.

We’ll have tables at Alluvial that seat 8 people. The cost is $200 per table. Forward this email to a few friends, then have just ONE person from your “party of eight” register & pay via the link below. Mulligans are $20 for 5, or $40 for 10 (which is the max that can be purchased) – they’ll be available the night of the event, or you can pay when you register. There will be a prize for the first-place team, and probably a few other surprises! You’re welcome to bring your own food and there will be craft beer and soft drinks available for purchase. The bar opens at 6 PM, and Trivia Questions start at 7 PM.

Link to register a table and purchase mulligans:  Trivia Night Registration 

We only have 6 tables remaining so don’t wait to register!

Important dates

Please be aware of the A/B schedule for next week.

  • Monday, April 11: No School (Professional Development Day)
  • Tuesday, April 12: B Schedule
  • Wednesday, April 13: A Schedule
  • Thursday, April 14: B Schedule
  • Friday, April 15: A Schedule 

athletic events

Spring Sports Update

Ames High Softball: Any 7th & 8th grade girl interested in playing softball this summer should attend an informational meeting with Coach Traci Smith on Wednesday, April 13. The meeting will take place in the Media Center during Homeroom.

6th Grade Volleyball: Practices will begin after school on Monday, May 2. An informational meeting for any interested 6th graders will take place on Wednesday, April 27 during Homeroom. The meeting will be held in the Media Center.

All 6th grade intramural programs (as well as 6th-8th soccer) are co-ed programs open to all genders. 

Summer Strength & Speed Camp Information

Registration is now open for the AMS Summer Strength & Speed Camp! Coach Jesse Von Behren will be running workouts twice a week during the summer that focus on building speed and strength through plyometrics and weightlifting. Current AMS athletes should consider participating in this camp! Strength & Speed Camp is open to all AMS students entering 7th & 8th grade in the 2022-2023 school year. All participants will receive a camp t-shirt. 

Who: Athletes entering 7th & 8th Grade in the 2022-2023 school year

When: Tuesday & Thursday mornings

Camp Start Date: Tuesday, June 14

Camp End Date:  Thursday, August 11

Time: 7th Grade Sessions at 8:00 or 10:00, 8th Grade Sessions at 9:00 or 11:00 

Location: Ames Middle School Weight Room

Note: Camp will not be held on July 26 or 28

Instructor: Coach Jesse VonBehren

Cost: $60

Registration site: https://middleschoolcamps.ameshighsportscamps.com

Coach Contact: jesse.vonbehren@ames.k12.ia.us

AD Contact: spencer.esslinger@ames.k12.ia.us

Ames High School Cheer

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! 

This try-out for current AMS 8th Graders.

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

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From the Nurse’s Desk

Attention all 6th grade parents: There are two immunization requirements for all future 7th grade students, which are the Meningococcal and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis). Your student will not be able to start school in August if these are not completed. These immunizations are typically given between the ages of 11-12 years old. If your student has not received these requirements yet, please call and make their appointment today. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Thank you!

Josie Lemke RN, BSN

josie.lemke@ames.k12.ia.us

515-268-2404

6th and 7th grade students and parents!

Adventure is out there!  In June of 2023, Mr. Alden will be leading a tour of Washington D.C. for current 6th and 7th grade students.  This 4 day tour features the best of all the sights and sounds of the nation’s capital – the Smithsonian Museum, Capitol Building, Arlington National Cemetery, the White House, Mount Vernon and the International Spy Museum, just to name a few!  

On Tuesday April 12th, Mr. Alden will host an informational meeting about the trip at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.  Come find out how you can join the adventure in 2023!  For more information, please contact Mr. Alden at robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us.

Are you an LGBTQIA youth or Ally? 

You might consider finding support, advocacy, and connection by attending the Governor’s Annual Conference on LGBTQIA Youth. The event, broadcast digitally, will be hosted here at AMS from 4-8 PM on Friday, April 15. The event includes a keynote speaker as well as 3 breakout workshop sessions. There will be a meal provided.

Check out more information about the event here: https://iagovcon.org/about 
Fill out the form to register for the conference. For questions, ask Steph Schares or Megan Fought, at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us or megan.fought@ames.k12.ia.us

AAPI Essay Contest

The month of May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! The Ames AAPI organizations have decided to hold their very 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 attached poster 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 middle school student who wishes to participate. The deadline to submit your essay is April 25, 2022.

KIRSCH ART 8-1 YAM – “YOUTH ART MONTH” SELECTED ART EXHIBITORS & HONORS

Out of 10 allowed submissions per teacher, the following 8 – 8th Grade students’ art work were chosen for exhibition by the “National Art Education Association” from K-12 submissions from the state of Iowa: You may view our AMS outstanding work at this Virtual Gallery Exhibit link YAM Virtual Exhibit. You may also view their actual work in the commons display case. Please congratulate these students for their talent and efforts!

Sophie Chen- Governor’s Award

Adeline Mund* Yu-Xuan (Annie) Tsai* Ruth Richmond* Ollie Thacker* Betsy Winefeldt-Rodriguez* Finn Oldham* Tasneem Abdillaahi*

clubs information

Trivia NightHave you been to a Trivia Night before? They’re a popular way to have fun with friends (and strangers), while raising money for a good cause.

But even if you’re a regular on the “Trivia Night Circuit”, you probably haven’t been to one that was hosted by a former Jeopardy contestant! AMS is excited to announce that we’ll be doing the Second Annual AMS Trivia Night on Friday, April 29th – hosted by Mr. Alden, who really was on Jeopardy! We’re raising money for the many activities supported by the AMS Booster Club.

We’ll have tables at Alluvial that seat 8 people. The cost is $200 per table. Forward this email to a few friends, then have just ONE person from your “party of eight” register & pay via the link below. Mulligans are $20 for 5, or $40 for 10 (which is the max that can be purchased) – they’ll be available the night of the event, or you can pay when you register. There will be a prize for the first-place team, and probably a few other surprises! You’re welcome to bring your own food and there will be craft beer and soft drinks available for purchase. The bar opens at 6 PM, and Trivia Questions start at 7 PM.

Link to register a table and purchase mulligans:  Trivia Night Registration 

Other questions? Contact AMS Booster Club.  We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your help supporting the important work of the Booster Club!

On March 25th, 9 of our AMS Mathletes took part in the State of Iowa Mathcounts competition on the campus of DMACC in Ankeny.   

8th grader Chetas Aduri finished 4th in the competition and will help represent Iowa at the national Mathcounts contest in Washington D.C. in May.  Additionally, Chetas, Allen Cai, and Elijah Sheldon took 2nd place in the team competition.  The other students who participated were Deirbhile Hennessy, Sunney Que, Vienna Rossmanith, Anika Shrotriya, Claire Wang and Simay Zhu.

Please join us in congratulating them on a great performance at state! 

Let’s Go AMS!

Robert Alden & Lauren Booten

Dungeons and Dragons Club (D&D Club)

Join your fellow classmates on adventures where you can create and become anybody you want! You’ll work together to solve puzzles, fight monsters, and tell stories. It doesn’t matter if you miss a meeting, you can jump in and out whenever you want! We’ll meet every Wednesday in Mr. James’ room (G207) from 3:00-4:30pm.

WRITERS DEN April Schedule:

  • April 11: No Writers Den
  • April 18: Writers Den 2:50-4 PM
  • April 25: Writers Den, 2:50-4 PM
  • May 2: No Writers Den

Contact Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us with any questions about Writers Den.

SAVE THE DATE! AMS National History Day Showcase at the Ames Public Library: May 16, 5:30 pm

This year over 20 students made it to the finish line and submitted a completed national history day project! A completed project includes a website, exhibit, performance, film documentary, or research paper that includes a thesis statement with an original historical argument that relates to the 2022 theme of Debate and Diplomacy, PLUS a process paper discussing their research process, PLUS an annotated bibliography. 

The following students advanced to State Competition in Des Moines:

8th grade: Tasneem Abdillaahi and Sherry Wang for their group performance; Anika Shrotriya, Laura Chen, and Marin Knight for their individual documentaries

7th grade: Glory Nlebedim, Anneka Singh and Elizabeth Mendelev for their group website

6th grade: Alice Fields and Vivian Gassmann for their group performance, Olivia Zhang for individual exhibit

Please join me in celebrating their hard work and accomplishments by SAVING THE DATE for Monday, May 16 at the Ames Public Library. NHD Participants, join us for a pizza party, open to AMS NHD students and their families, from 5:30-6:00 pm.

AMS friends, family, and community, come at 6 PM for an award ceremony honoring project completion, state qualifiers, special historical state awards, and more! After the ceremony there will be time to view the students’ projects in an exhibit type setting.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us Hope to see you there!

Important dates

Please be aware of the A/B schedule for next week. 

Monday, April 4: A Schedule, ISASP testing schedule

Tuesday, April 5: B Schedule, ISASP testing schedule

Wednesday, April 6: A Schedule, ISASP testing schedule

Thursday, April 7: B Schedule, ISASP testing schedule

Friday, April 8: A Schedule

ISASP TESTING will take place April 4-7. View the testing schedule.

athletic events

Spring Sports Update

6th-8th Soccer: Practice starts on Monday, April 4 after school. Practices run from 3:00-4:30.

6th Grade Basketball: The first practice is on Monday, April 4. Practices will be held BEFORE school from 6:30-7:40am. The Athletic Wing doors will open at 6:20am.

6th Grade Volleyball: Practices will begin after school on Monday, May 2. More specific information about the 6th grade volleyball program will be released at a later date.

All 6th grade intramural programs (as well as 6th-8th soccer) are co-ed programs open to all genders. 

Summer Strength & Speed Camp

Registration is now open for the AMS Summer Strength & Speed Camp! Coach Jesse Von Behren will be running workouts twice a week during the summer that focus on building speed and strength through plyometrics and weightlifting. Strength & Speed Camp is open to all AMS students entering 7th & 8th grade in the 2022-2023 school year. All participants will receive a camp t-shirt. 

Who: Athletes entering 7th & 8th Grade in the 2022-2023 school year

When: Tuesday & Thursday mornings

Camp Start Date: Tuesday, June 14

Camp End Date:  Thursday, August 11

Time: 7th Grade Sessions at 8:00 or 10:00, 8th Grade Sessions at 9:00 or 11:00 

Location: Ames Middle School Weight Room

Note: Camp will not be held on July 26 or 28

Instructor: Coach Jesse VonBehren

Cost: $60

Registration site: https://middleschoolcamps.ameshighsportscamps.com

Coach Contact: jesse.vonbehren@ames.k12.ia.us

AD Contact: spencer.esslinger@ames.k12.ia.us

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6th and 7th grade students and parents!

Adventure is out there!  In June of 2023, Mr. Alden will be leading a tour of Washington D.C. for current 6th and 7th grade students.  This 4 day tour features the best of all the sights and sounds of the nation’s capital – the Smithsonian Museum, Capitol Building, Arlington National Cemetery, the White House, Mount Vernon and the International Spy Museum, just to name a few!  

On Tuesday April 12th, Mr. Alden will host an informational meeting about the trip at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.  Come find out how you can join the adventure in 2023!  For more information, please contact Mr. Alden at robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us.

clubs information

AMS Families, Teachers, Staff, and Friends- please join us on Friday, April 29 from 6:00-9:00 pm for our 2nd Annual AMS Booster Club Trivia Night at Alluvial Brewing Company.  
 
Gather a team of 8 trivia minded friends for an evening of competition and fun!  Our own AMS trivia master, former Jeopardy contestant, fantastic math teacher, and all around good guy Mr. Alden will again be the MC for the evening! 
 
Teams of 8 will compete for prizes throughout the evening and ultimately, the title of AMS Trivia Masters. Proceeds from AMS Trivia Night will be used to help fund AMS student clubs, events, activities, and athletics, as well as support our teachers and staff.  
 
Team registration will open on Tuesday, April 5 and an email will be sent out with registration information and instructions. Cost is $200 per table. Due to limited space at Alluvial, registration will be limited to the first 17 teams.  
 
Questions? Please email the AMS Booster Club at amesmiddleschoolboosterclub@gmail.com
 
See you on the 29th for a great evening of food, fun, and TRIVIA!
 
Trivia Night
 

6th Grade Battle of the Books Competition will be April 7 at the Ames Public Library. Participants should arrive by 3:30 to check in with their sponsor and get organized. First round starts at 4:00. Final round should finish up between 7-7:15. Students who do not make it to the final round may leave after the second round (usually around 6:00pm). Please have students bring a water bottle and an easy snack to eat before the competition. We have been asked to limit spectators to immediate family only. Go AMS!

On March 25th, 9 of our AMS Mathletes took part in the State of Iowa Mathcounts competition on the campus of DMACC in Ankeny.    

8th grader Chetas Aduri finished 4th in the competition and will help represent Iowa at the national Mathcounts contest in Washington D.C. in May.  Additionally, Chetas, Allen Cai, and Elijah Sheldon took 2nd place in the team competition.  The other students who participated were Deirbhile Hennessy, Sunney Que, Vienna Rossmanith, Anika Shrotriya, Claire Wang and Simay Zhu. 

Please join us in congratulating them on a great performance at state.

Let’s Go AMS!

Robert Alden & Lauren Booten

Are you an LGBTQIA youth or Ally? 

You might consider finding support, advocacy, and connection by attending the Governor’s Annual Conference on LGBTQIA Youth. The event, broadcast digitally, will be hosted here at AMS from 4-8 PM on Friday, April 15. The event includes a keynote speaker as well as 3 breakout workshop sessions. There will be a meal provided.

Check out more information about the event here: https://iagovcon.org/about 
Fill out the form to register for the conference. For questions, ask Steph Schares or Megan Fought.

AAPI Essay Contest

The month of May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! The Ames AAPI organizations have decided to hold their very 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 attached poster 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 middle school student who wishes to participate. The deadline to submit your essay is April 25, 2022.  

KIRSCH ART 8-1 YAM – “YOUTH ART MONTH” SELECTED ART EXHIBITORS & HONORS

Out of 10 allowed submissions per teacher, the following 8 – 8th Grade students’ art work were chosen for exhibition by the “National Art Education Association” from K-12 submissions from the state of Iowa: You may view our AMS outstanding work at this Virtual Gallery Exhibit link YAM Virtual Exhibit. You may also view their actual work in the commons display case. Please congratulate these students for their talent and efforts!

Sophie Chen- Governor’s Award

Adeline Mund* Yu-Xuan (Annie) Tsai* Ruth Richmond* Ollie Thacker* Betsy Winefeldt-Rodriguez* Finn Oldham* Tasneem Abdillaahi*

WRITERS DEN April Schedule:

  • April 4: Writers Den 2:50-4 PM
  • April 11: No Writers Den
  • April 18: Writers Den 2:50-4 PM
  • April 25: No Writers Den

Contact Steph Schares with any questions about Writers Den.

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