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All athletic practices will begin on Monday, September 21 for Groups 1 & 2 and Thursday, September 24 for Groups 3 & 4. Students will only practice on the days that they are scheduled to attend school.

Remote Campus students will be assigned a cohort (Group 1,2 or Group 3,4) to practice with during the week. Coaches will be contacting Remote Campus families with their practice day assignments.

We strongly encourage you to read through the information provided to you by the coaches that will be working with your athlete this fall. Sport specific information can be found at the following links:

AMS Athletics Information (Covid 19 FAQ’s)

6th Grade Girls and Boys Cross Country

7th/8th Grade Girls and Boys Cross Country

6th-8th Grade Flag Football

7th Grade Volleyball

8th Grade Volleyball

Clubs and Academic Teams will be able to meet in person beginning Monday, September 21. Remote Campus students will be allowed to enter the building after school to participate in after school activities. Remote Campus students arriving at school should check into the Main Office prior to meeting with their Club or Team.

Please email individual club sponsors or coaches with any questions you might have. Information about our Clubs and Academic teams can be found at the following link:

2020-2021 Clubs and Academic Teams


Library Book Return

Many students still have library books checked out on their accounts from last spring. All students with checked out books from last year will be notified via their school Gmail, so please check your email to see what books you need to return. If you are a Hybrid student, please return your library books to the hallway drop-box on the days that you are at school.

What about remote learners? If you are a student participating in the 100% virtual remote campus, you may keep your books until you come back to AMS again in person. If you’d rather drop your books off at the school, please contact Mrs. Stoermer at cathy.stoermer@ames.k12.ia.us or 515-268-2422 to arrange a time to drop off the books.

Fees for missing books will not be assessed until the end of the 2020-2021 school year.


Chromebook/Technology Support

If you need technology support for a school-issued device, please fill out the ACSD Technology Support Request Form . After filling out the form, a staff member will contact you to help troubleshoot the problem or coordinate a time to exchange any non-working device.


Library Book Check-out – (Updated)

Students participating in the Hybrid model will have requested library books delivered to their classrooms on the days that they are at school.

Students participating in the Remote Campus 100% Online Learning can pick up their requested books at Ames Middle School during school hours from

8:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday.

Please see this document for further information.

Questions?

Cathy Stoermer (TTL) 
cathy.stoermer@ames.k12.ia.us

Agnieszka Wiench (Media Tech)
agnieszka.wiench@ames.k12.ia.us


Attention 7th grade parents: The Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) and Meningococcal immunizations are required for all 7th grade students. If you have been contacted by School Nurse Josie, please schedule this appointment as soon as possible. Your student will not be able to attend in person learning until these are completed or I have a copy of the Medical or Religious Exemption form on file. Thank you for your help!


PRISM is a Gender Sexuality Alliance where students can find support, connection, and advocacy within the LGBTQIA+ community. PRISM is open to all students, 6-8th grade. Many parents and students have reached out to ask: Will there be PRISM this year? The answer is: Yes. Your PRISM sponsors, Megan Fought and Steph Schares, are working to find a time for a weekly virtual meeting. Please continue to check the announcements for further updates.


Writer’s Den is a club where creators, writers, and readers can find connection and community. Writer’s Den is open to all students, 6-8th grade. If you’d like to join, simply join the Google Classroom and check for updates on meetings, connections, and more! The join code is dx7uo6x.

Your Writer’s Den sponsor is Steph Schares. Please contact her at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us if you have questions.


Attention 8th Grade parents: If you have not yet engaged with the 8th grade website, PLEASE do so. It is a wonderful resource for information regarding the 8th grade expectations, class codes, announcements, etc. Here is the link to the 8th Grade Website.


The AMS Extended Learning Program (ELP) is designed to enhance and support the curriculum and instruction for highly capable students.

APPLICATION TO THE PROGRAM. Only students new to the Ames Community School District or students not previously in the program need to apply. Applications are accepted anytime, but we encourage submission within the first weeks of September.

Applications can be easily downloaded from https://amselp.weebly.com/program-application.html. Once completed, application materials can be submitted two ways.

CONTINUING IN THE PROGRAM. Previously identified ELP students need not apply. Letters detailing 2020-2021 middle school ELP service for 6th – 8th previously identified learners will be emailed to Infinite Campus contacts the week of September 21st .


The AMS Extended Learning Program (ELP) is designed to enhance and support the curriculum and instruction for highly capable students.

Contact and program information is available on the AMS and AMS ELP https://amselp.weebly.com/ websites.

For convenience, the linked form can be used to share questions. A member of our team will respond to you personally.

https://forms.gle/TXu8bMYNr6MCSvX57

CONTINUING IN THE PROGRAM. Previously identified ELP students need not apply. Letters detailing 2020-2021 middle school ELP service for 6th – 8th previously identified learners will be emailed to Infinite Campus contacts the week of September 21st.


INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS
On Thursday, September 24th, ELP will host two information sessions for interested AMS families. These online Zoom sessions will be recorded for convenient viewing from the AMS ELP website.
Each 15-minute presentation will be followed by Q&A time.

  • At 6:30 PM, our ELP Parent Orientation is designed for those new to AMS or interested in learning about our program. Our overview details philosophy and service model, programming and the identification process. See the email you received for the Zoom credentials to join this meeting.
    ● At 7:00 PM, our Returning ELP 7th & 8th Grade Session is designed for those already participating in our program. This session will highlight programming information and service rotations. Question & Answer session will follow. See the email you received for the Zoom credentials to join this meeting.

On Thursday, September 24th, ELP will host two information sessions for interested AMS families. These online Zoom sessions will be recorded for convenient viewing from the AMS ELP website.

Each 15-minute presentation will be followed by Q&A time.


Attention 6th, 7th and 8th grade parents: It’s time to start planning for summer travel! Mr. Alden will be hosting informational meetings for trips to Boston and Washington D.C. in 2021 and 2022. Please reference below for the schedules. Click on the links for an informational flyer.
● Boston 2022 (Tuesday, Sept. 15th from 6-8 pm) – Open to current 6th and 7th grade students
● Washington D.C. 2021 (Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 6-8 pm) – Open to current 7th and 8th grade students
● Boston 2021 (Thursday, Sept. 17th from 6-8 pm)- Open to current 7th and 8th grade students


The YWCA GIRLS Power Mentoring Program
is running this year October 11th through the end of July with presentations/activities roughly two Sundays a month. Presentations focus on important and educational topics such as leadership, empowerment, nutrition, career exploration, and many others.Through this program, our goal
is to educate, empower, and build strong relationships with these young women. Outside of meetings, the pairings are encouraged to continue building strong relationships through virtual bonding via text, snapchat, FaceTime, zoom, etc. To find out more about how the program will operate during COVID, please check out the informational video. The mentee form is linked here and must be completed prior to September 25. For questions, concerns or further information, please contact the program at ywcagirlspower@gmail.com.


The TCG Club (Trading Card/Game Club) will continue virtually this year on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:00. This is a club for anyone who is looking to play games, such as Magic or Pokemon, with other AMS students! All grade levels are welcome. If you would like to become a member of the TCG Club, please join our Google Classroom with class code: whv7b7r.whv7b7r


6-8 Band Lessons for next week during WIN:
Monday WIN: Trumpet, Trombones, Baritones, Tubas
Tuesday WIN: Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones
Wednesday WIN: Percussion, French Horns, Double Reeds
We will share a document with links to a Google Meet for each group on our Google Classrooms


Critical Consciousness is a new course that will be offered during WIN periods this year. The course will cover a range of topics related to identity, diversity, and social justice. If you have an open WIN period and are interested in learning about critical consciousness, Mrs. Springsteen-Haupt is available for office hours all next week. Email her at: missy.springsteenhaupt@ames.k12.ia.us if you’d like to join a Google Meet office hours during your WIN period. 

To learn more about critical consciousness class, you can watch this video: What is Critical Consciousness?

 

Textbooks/Workbooks

If you still haven’t picked up your student’s textbook or workbook you may do so at the office by ringing the bell to the right of the main entrance doors and letting the secretaries know which teacher and grade your student is in. They will bring your student’s book out to you. The office is open for pick up Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

The majority of our students will have their course materials and books shared with them electronically. The following teachers/courses will be distributing textbooks during the dates and times listed below. Please pay close attention to the course and teacher name below to determine if your student needs to pick up a textbook. There are only 6 teachers that will be assigning textbooks or workbooks this year.

6th Grade Math or Compacted Math: Culhane, Hammes, McCrea
6th Grade Music: Fought
7th Grade Math: Reisetter (not compacted math)
7th Grade Algebra: Mattocks
8th Grade Geometry: Booten


Chromebook/Technology Support

If you need technology support for a school-issued device, please fill out the ACSD Technology Support Request Form. After filling out the form, a staff member will contact you to help troubleshoot the problem or coordinate a time to exchange any non-working device.


AMS Curbside Library Book Checkout

Starting the week of September 14, Ames Middle School library staff will be running curbside checkouts of library books for middle school students while the district is in the required continuous learning model. Please see this document for further information on important dates and pick-up times and how to use the Destiny Catalog to reserve books for pick up.

Questions?

Cathy Stoermer (TTL)
cathy.stoermer@ames.k12.ia.us
Agnieszka Wiench (Media Tech)
agnieszka.wiench@ames.k12.ia.us


Attention 7th grade parents: The Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) and Meningococcal immunizations are required for all 7th grade students.. If you have been contacted by School Nurse Josie, please schedule this appointment as soon as possible. Your student will not be able to attend in person learning until these are completed or I have a copy of the Medical or Religious Exemption form on file. Thank you for your help!


PRISM is a Gender Sexuality Alliance where students can find support, connection, and advocacy within the LGBTQIA+ community. PRISM is open to all students, 6-8th grade. Many parents and students have reached out to ask: Will there be PRISM this year? The answer is: Yes. Your PRISM sponsors, Megan Fought and Steph Schares, are working to find a time for a weekly virtual meeting. Please continue to check the announcements for further updates.


Writer’s Den is a club where creators, writers, and readers can find connection and community. Writer’s Den is open to all students, 6-8th grade. Your Writer’s Den sponsor, Steph Schares, will share Google Classroom information for Writer’s Den soon. Please continue to check the announcements for further updates.


Attention 8th Grade parents: If you have not yet engaged with the 8th grade website, PLEASE do so. It is a wonderful resource for information regarding the 8th grade expectations, class codes, announcements, etc.

8th Grade Website


The AMS Extended Learning Program (ELP) is designed to enhance and support the curriculum and instruction for highly capable students.
● Contact and program information is available on the AMS and AMS ELP websites.
AMS ELP Website  
● For convenience, the linked form can be used to share questions. A member of our team will respond to you personally.
Questions Form

CONTINUING IN THE PROGRAM. Previously identified ELP students need not apply. Letters detailing 2020-2021 middle school ELP service for 6th-8th previously identified learners will be emailed to Infinite Campus contacts the week of September 21st.

INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS
On Thursday, September 24th, ELP will host two information sessions for interested AMS families. These online Zoom sessions will be recorded for convenient viewing from the AMS ELP website.
Each 15-minute presentation will be followed by Q&A time.

  • At 6:30 PM, our ELP Parent Orientation is designed for those new to AMS or interested in learning about our program. Our overview details philosophy and service model, programming and the identification process. See the email you received for the Zoom credentials to join this meeting.
    ● At 7:00 PM, our Returning ELP 7th & 8th Grade Session is designed for those already participating in our program. This session will highlight programming information and service rotations. Question & Answer session will follow. See the email you received for the Zoom credentials to join this meeting.

Attention 6th, 7th and 8th grade parents: It’s time to start planning for summer travel! Mr. Alden will be hosting informational meetings for trips to Boston and Washington D.C. in 2021 and 2022. Please reference below for the schedules. Click on the links for an informational flyer.
Boston 2022 (Tuesday, Sept. 15th from 6-8 pm) – Open to current 6th and 7th grade students
Washington D.C. 2021 (Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 6-8 pm) – Open to current 7th and 8th grade students
Boston 2021 (Thursday, Sept. 17th from 6-8 pm)- Open to current 7th and 8th grade students


The YWCA GIRLS Power Mentoring Program
is running this year October 11th through the end of July with presentations/activities roughly two Sundays a month. Presentations focus on important and educational topics such as leadership, empowerment, nutrition, career exploration, and many others.Through this program, our goal
is to educate, empower, and build strong relationships with these young women. Outside of meetings, the pairings are encouraged to continue building strong relationships through virtual bonding via text, snapchat, FaceTime, zoom, etc. To find out more about how the program will operate during COVID, please check out the informational video. The mentee form is linked here and must be completed prior to September 25. For questions, concerns or further information, please contact the program at ywcagirlspower@gmail.com.


The TCG Club (Trading Card/Game Club) will continue virtually this year on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:00. This is a club for anyone who is looking to play games, such as Magic or Pokemon, with other AMS students! All grade levels are welcome. If you would like to become a member of the TCG Club, please join our Google Classroom with class code: whv7b7r.whv7b7r


6-8 Band Lessons for next week during WIN:
Monday WIN: Trumpet, Trombones, Baritones, Tubas
Tuesday WIN: Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones
Wednesday WIN: Percussion, French Horns, Double Reeds
We will share a document with links to a Google Meet for each group on our Google Classrooms


Critical Consciousness is a new course that will be offered during WIN periods this year. The course will cover a range of topics related to identity, diversity, and social justice. If you have an open WIN period and are interested in learning about critical consciousness, Mrs. Springsteen-Haupt is available for office hours all next week. Email her at: missy.springsteenhaupt@ames.k12.ia.us if you’d like to join a Google Meet office hours during your WIN period.

 

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