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AMS Friday Announcements
Monday 11/23 Tuesday 11/24 Wednesday 11/25 Thursday 11/26 Friday 11/27

Virtual Learning

Virtual Learning

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break


Checking In on Infinite Campus

While we are virtual students need to check in every day on Infinite Campus between 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

If they don’t, an automated system will mark the student with an unexcused absence. If you are unsure how to “check in” please follow this How-To guide. Parents can now check in for their students via the parent Infinite Campus portal.


AMS Athletic Events
No AMS Athletics events will be held between November 19 and November 27.


Requesting Technology Support During Remote Learning

The Ames Community School District recognizes the importance of technology during this period of remote learning.  If you encounter any problems with your device and are unable to receive support from your child’s teacher, please submit an ACSD Technology Support Request by visiting http://tinyurl.com/techsupportames. We look forward to working with you!


6th and 7th grade students and parents

There’s still time to sign up for the June 2022 Boston trip.  Contact Mr. Alden directly, robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us, for more details.  Don’t miss out on this amazing adventure!


7th and 8th grade students and parents

LAST CALL FOR TRAVELERS.  There are a few remaining spots for the June 2021 trips to Washington D.C. and Boston.  Contact Mr. Alden directly, robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us for more information!


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

Looking to review our September 24th New to AMS ELP Overview?  A narrated slideshow can be viewed here:
https://amselp.weebly.com/about-our-program.html

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 were emailed to Infinite Campus contacts the week of September 21st.


Hey Artists! Are you interested in creating original art and using your talent to serve the community?  National Junior Art Honor Society, also known as the Nin-JAHS, may be for you. 7th and 8th graders interested in learning more about this extracurricular opportunity are encouraged to email Ms. Dobyns directly, cappie.dobyns@ames.k12.ia.us. You can learn a bit about our club and the application process by visiting the website. artwithdobyns.weebly.com 

Current Nin-JAHS Members. Watch your email and/or Google Classroom for upcoming activity information.


Would you like to create your own film documentary? Design a website? Work with your hands to create a visual display? Write a short play? Are you interested in history? 

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you might like participating in National History Day! Visit the AMS NHD website to sign up, see information about contest participation, watch videos on possible topics, and more!

https://sites.google.com/ames.k12.ia.us/amsnhd/home 

AMS history day sponsor is Steph Schares.


Picture Retake day will be rescheduled after the first of the year.


News from the Nurse’s Office: 
Flu season is here and the flu vaccine is an important way you can protect yourself and others from the flu. Story County Public Health has free flu vaccines for adults 18 years and older who do not have health insurance, health insurance that does not cover vaccines, and/or have limited access to receive an influenza vaccine. Please call Story County Public Health at 515-239-6730 or 1-800-529-4610 to schedule an appointment. Proof of eligibility will be obtained at the time of the appointment.

Parents – Please remember to call in your student’s absence to the office or complete the absence form on the Ames Community School District website. If your student is getting tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results of the test, please keep your student home until you have their results back. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Nurse Josie at 515-268-2404 or email josie.lemke@ames.k12.ia.us


Reporting a Student Absence

Attendance is an essential for a student’s education and we understand that there are instances when students will be absent. With the cold and flu season beginning to creep up on all of us, we would appreciate you using the new online reporting form or calling (515) 268-2400 to report any absences. Absences can be reported via the online form up til 10:00 AM that morning. The online form can also be used to report any absence, illness related or not.


Library Book Check-out

During our period of 100% remote learning, the library will not be checking out physical books to students. We do, however, have thousands of eBooks available online at MackinVIA.com that you can read on your Chromebook or mobile app.

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


8th Grade Website

Want to know what next week has in store for your 8th grader? Or other important information for your 8th grader? Check out our newsletter on our 8th Grade Website (linked above).


Critical Consciousness is a new WIN offering for 6-8 grade. If you are interested in learning more about CC and how it aligns to ASCD goals and grade level standards, please read the letter for your grade.

6th grade CC
7th grade CC
8th grade CC


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. Want to find out more, and see if PRISM is a good fit for you? Click on this link to fill out the form, and staff sponsors Steph Schares or Megan Fought will contact you with more information.


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.


Mathcounts Club

Mathcounts is back underway!

Practices are on Tuesday and Thursday.  Students can attend either in person, or virtually!  Morning practices are from 7:00 – 7:40 in Mr. Alden’s room (F207).  Afternoon practices are from 3:30 – 4:30.  Students only need to attend one practice per day.  

6th, 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to join and learn about Mathcounts.  Students can access the Mathcounts Google Classroom page for more details (code: lfppqho).

Please email Mr. Alden robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us or Ms. Booten lauren.booten@ames.k12.ia.us for more information.


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.


7th Grade Website
Want to know what next week has in store for your 7th grader? Check out our newsletter on our 7th Grade Website.

7th Grade Website


Builder’s Club will meet on December 9 and 16 from 3:30-4:30. We will be having a guest speaker and working on our first community service project. Please join us on Google Meet or in person. We have a Google Classroom please join it by using code edgjiv5

Hope to see you there!

 

Monday 11/16 Tuesday 11/17 Wednesday 11/18 Thursday 11/19 Friday 11/20

Virtual Learning

Virtual Learning

Virtual Learning

Virtual Learning

Virtual Learning


AMS Athletic Events

No AMS Athletics events will be held between November 19 and November 27.


Hey Artists! Are you interested in creating original art and using your talent to serve the community?  National Junior Art Honor Society, also known as the Nin-JAHS, may be for you. 7th and 8th graders interested in learning more about this extracurricular opportunity are encouraged to email Ms. Dobyns directly, cappie.dobyns@ames.k12.ia.us. You can learn a bit about our club and the application process by visiting the website. artwithdobyns.weebly.com 

Current Nin-JAHS Members. Watch your email and/or Google Classroom for upcoming activity information. 


Picture Retakes will be December 1st. This will be the only retake day. If you are in a different cohort you will schedule your time and come in through the media center entrance. The sign up form will be available soon. You may pre-order your photos (if you have NOT* had a photo taken yet) at Lifetouch.com our code for retake day is: HQP3HBTVE 

*If you have already had your photo taken this year, you must bring your received picture packet with you at the time of retake.


AMS FLL Blaze Pizza Fundraiser

Monday, November 16th from 5:00-9:00pm (drop-in style)

@2320 Lincoln Way #7113, Ames, IA

To celebrate Ames Middle School FIRST LEGO League (AMS FLL) season, we will be having a fundraiser night at Blaze Pizza on Monday, November 16th! Please take time to stop by and get some pizza to support AMS FLL! :) You’ll need to remember to bring the flyer (or a picture of the flyer) to make sure that 20% of your order gets donated to AMS FLL. Thank you for your support!!

You can either walk in, order for delivery/pick up, or order through the Blaze App. In any case, make sure you show the flyer and/or code “1229A” and make sure you let them know you are with Ames Middle School FIRST LEGO League.

If you’re ordering through the Blaze App, you can also order online using the code “1229A” in the promo section to show themselves as part of the fundraiser. This option is only available through the Blaze App and for Pick Up.

Thank you so much in advance!

Dagney Paskach
FIRST LEGO League Coach, Ames Middle School
dagney.paskach@ames.k12.ia.us


Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Last chance! The online book fair is open through this weekend. Please consider shopping the online book fair to help support the AMS library!

Click the link below to start shopping the online book fair! (Shopping ends Nov.15)

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/amesmiddleschool 

Questions? Contact:
Cathy Stoermer – Teacher Librarian
cathy.stoermer@ames.k12.ia.us
515-268-2422


Checking In on Infinite Campus

Every day that students are at home working they will need to check in on Infinite Campus between 8AM to 4PM. If they don’t, an automated system will mark the student with an unexcused absence. If you are unsure how to “check in” please follow this How-To guide. Remote students will need to check in every day.


Spirit Week: The Cyclone Leadership Council is sponsoring a spirit week the week of Nov 16-20.  We invite all students to participate while you are learning at home!  Dress up and have fun! 

  • Monday Theme: MOVIE CHARACTER MONDAY: Dress up as your favorite Movie Character
  • Tuesday Theme: TAKE A BREAK TUESDAY:: Roll out of bed and be comfortable for the day! Wear sweats or pajamas! 
  • Wednesday Theme:  WEAR YOUR FAVORITE TEAM COLORS OR GEAR! 
  • Thursday Theme:: THURSDAY MUSIC THEME: Dress in different music genre or your favorite musician! 
  • Friday:  Nov. 20 “SHOW YOUR CYCLONE SPIRIT!” Wear orange and black and Ames gear!

Reporting a Student Absence

Attendance is an essential for a student’s education and we understand that there are instances when students will be absent. With the cold and flu season beginning to creep up on all of us, we would appreciate you using the new online reporting form or calling (515)268-2400 to report any absences. Absences can be reported via the online form up til 10:00 AM that morning. The online form can also be used to report any absence, illness related or not.


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

During our period of 100% remote learning, the library will not be checking out physical books to students. We do, however, have thousands of eBooks available online at MackinVIA.com that you can read on your Chromebook or mobile app.

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


Attention 8th Grade parents:  Want to know what next week has in store for your 8th grader? Or other important information for your 8th grader? Check out our newsletter on our 8th Grade Website.

8th Grade Website


Critical Consciousness is a new WIN offering for 6-8 grade. If you are interested in learning more about CC and how it aligns to ASCD goals and grade level standards, please read the letter for your grade.

6th grade CC
7th grade CC
8th grade CC


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. Want to find out more, and see if PRISM is a good fit for you? Click on this link to fill out the form, and staff sponsors Steph Schares or Megan Fought will contact you with more information.


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.


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

Review our September 24th New to AMS ELP Overview.

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 were emailed to Infinite Campus contacts the week of September 21st.


Builders Club will meet on November 18 from 3:30-4:30. We will be having a guest speaker and working on our first community service project. Please join us on Google Meet or in person. We have a Google Classroom please join it by using code edgjiv5. Hope to see you there!


Mathcounts Club

Mathcounts is back underway!

Practices are on Tuesday and Thursday.  Students can attend either in person, or virtually!  Morning practices are from 7:00 – 7:40 in Mr. Alden’s room (F207).  Afternoon practices are from 3:30 – 4:30.  Students only need to attend one practice per day.  

6th, 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to join and learn about Mathcounts.  Students can access the Mathcounts Google Classroom page for more details (code: lfppqho).

Please email Mr. Alden robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us or Ms. Booten lauren.booten@ames.k12.ia.us for more information.


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.


7th Grade Website
Want to know what next week has in store for your 7th grader? Check out our newsletter on our 7th Grade Website.

7th Grade Website

 

Monday 11/9 Tuesday 11/10 Wednesday 11/11 Thursday 11/12 Friday 11/13

Cohorts 1 & 2

Cohorts 1 & 2

Cohorts 3 & 4

Cohorts 3 & 4

Cohorts 3 & 4


AMS Athletic Events
Week of Nov 9-Nov 13

**Please note: Due to Covid-19 policies we will not allow any AMS students to attend athletic events after school in 2020/2021**

Monday, November 9: 7th/8th Wrestling at Ankeny 
Monday, November 9: 8th Girls Basketball at DC-G
Tuesday, November 10: 7th Girls Basketball at Norwalk
Thursday, November 12: 8th Girls Basketball at Ankeny Centennial
Thursday, November 12: 7th Girls Basketball at Indianola
Thursday, November 12: 7th/8th Wrestling vs Ankeny Centennial & Boone (Home)


AMS Club Sponsor Hosted Chat Club sponsors share information about Builders Club, Drama Club, FLL FIRST Lego League, Math Olympiad, Mock Trial, National History Day, Nin-JAHS (Art Honor Society), PRISM (Gender Sexuality Alliance), Science Olympiad, and Writer’s Den. A video recording of this event will be available on the AMS Website.     https://www.ames.k12.ia.us/schools/middle-school/clubs-and-academic-teams/

Hey Artists! Are you interested in creating original art and using your talent to serve the community?  National Junior Art Honor Society, also known as the Nin-JAHS, may be for you. 7th and 8th graders interested in learning more about this extracurricular opportunity are encouraged to email Ms. Dobyns directly, cappie.dobyns@ames.k12.ia.us. You can learn a bit about our club and the application process by visiting the website. artwithdobyns.weebly.com 

Current Nin-JAHS Members. This year, we will explore options for virtual work supported by small group guidance and 1:1 conferencing for members engaged in creating personal artwork. Check your email for an upcoming Google Meet and more information.


Picture Retakes will be December 1st. There are extra picture day packets in the main office if you need one.


Remote Campus students may pick up their Lifetouch pictures anytime on Monday, November 9th, from 8:00am – 3:30pm.


Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

This fall, our Scholastic Book Fair will be ONLINE ONLY. We hope you will still support our school library and help your child discover new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more! You’ll love the option to shop directly from the interactive booklist online and enjoy free shipping to your home on book-only purchases over $25. All books purchased on the online fair still benefit the Ames Middle School library. We hope you will help us make this online book fair a successful one! 

Online Book Fair Dates
The online book fair will be open for 2 weeks only:
November 2nd – November 15th

Link to Book Fair Homepage
Click the link below to start shopping the online book fair! (Shopping opens on Nov. 2)
https://www.scholastic.com/bf/amesmiddleschool 

Questions? Contact:

Cathy Stoermer – Teacher Technology Librarian
cathy.stoermer@ames.k12.ia.us
515-268-2422


Checking In on Infinite Campus

Every day that students are at home working they will need to check in on Infinite Campus between 8AM to 4PM. If they don’t, an automated system will mark the student with an unexcused absence. If you are unsure how to “check in” please follow this How-To guide. Remote students will need to check in every day.


Reporting a Student Absence

Attendance is an essential for a student’s education and we understand that there are instances when students will be absent. With the cold and flu season beginning to creep up on all of us, we would appreciate you using the new online reporting form or calling (515)268-2400 to report any absences. Absences can be reported via the online form up til 10:00 AM that morning. The online form can also be used to report any absence, illness related or not.


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 

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. 

More Information

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

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


Attention 8th Grade parents:  Want to know what next week has in store for your 8th grader? Or other important information for your 8th grader? Check out our newsletter on our 8th Grade Website.

8th Grade Website


Critical Consciousness is a new WIN offering for 6-8 grade. If you are interested in learning more about CC and how it aligns to ASCD goals and grade level standards, please read the letter for your grade.

6th grade CC
7th grade CC
8th grade CC


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. Want to find out more, and see if PRISM is a good fit for you? Click on this link to fill out the form, and staff sponsors Steph Schares or Megan Fought will contact you with more information.


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.


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

Review our September 24th New to AMS ELP Overview.

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 were emailed to Infinite Campus contacts the week of September 21st.


Builders Club will meet on November 11 and 18 from 330-430. We will be having a guest speaker and working on our first community service project. Please join us on Google Meet or in person. We have a Google Classroom please join it by using code edgjiv5. Hope to see you there!


Mathcounts Club

Mathcounts is back underway!

Practices are on Tuesday and Thursday.  Students can attend either in person, or virtually!  Morning practices are from 7:00 – 7:40 in Mr. Alden’s room (F207).  Afternoon practices are from 3:30 – 4:30.  Students only need to attend one practice per day.  

6th, 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to join and learn about Mathcounts.  Students can access the Mathcounts Google Classroom page for more details (code: lfppqho).

Please email Mr. Alden robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us or Ms. Booten lauren.booten@ames.k12.ia.us for more information.


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.


7th Grade Website
Want to know what next week has in store for your 7th grader? Check out our newsletter on our 7th Grade Website.

7th Grade Website

 

Monday 11/2 Tuesday 11/3 Wednesday 11/4 Thursday 11/5 Friday 11/6

Cohorts 1 & 2

Cohorts 1 & 2

Cohorts 1 & 2

Cohorts 3 & 4

Cohorts 3 & 4


AMS Athletic Events
Week of Nov 2-Nov 6

**Please note: Due to Covid-19 policies we will not allow any AMS students to attend athletic events after school in 2020/2021**

November 2: 7th/8th Wrestling at Urbandale
November 3: 8th Girls Basketball vs Waukee Prairieview (Home)
November 5: 8th Girls Basketball vs Ankeny (Home)


AMS Club Sponsor Hosted Chat Club sponsors share information about Builders Club, Drama Club, FLL FIRST Lego League, Math Olympiad, Mock Trial, National History Day, Nin-JAHS (Art Honor Society), PRISM (Gender Sexuality Alliance), Science Olympiad and Writer’s Den. A video recording of this event will be available on the AMS Website.  

AHS Clubs and Academic Teams 


Hey Artists! Are you interested in creating original art and using your talent to serve the community?  National Junior Art Honor Society, also known as the Nin-JAHS, may be for you. 7th and 8th graders interested in learning more about this extracurricular opportunity are encouraged to email Ms. Dobyns directly, cappie.dobyns@ames.k12.ia.us. You can learn a bit about our club and the application process by visiting the website. artwithdobyns.weebly.com 

Current Nin-JAHS Members. This year, we will explore options for virtual work supported by small group guidance and 1:1 conferencing for members engaged in creating personal artwork. Check your email for an upcoming Google Meet and more information.


Second Quarter Supply Pick Up for Remote Learners:

We will be offering a supply pickup for required class materials this week.  This is for Remote Campus only learners (for select 2nd quarter classes).   The pick up will be for students that have the following flex teachers and classes:  6th grade Art with Mrs. Knutson,  6th Grade Music Studies with Mrs. Fought and 7th Grade FCS 2 students with Ms. Bidne.  There are two pick up days:  Monday, Nov 2 and Thursday, Nov 5 from 4-6.  We ask that you pull up to the circle drive at the main entrance. A staff member will come out and ask which class you need materials for and bring them to your car.  Please make sure you tell them what class you need supplies for.  If you are unable to pick up materials during one of these two times, please email the teacher to arrange for another time. 


Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

This fall, our Scholastic Book Fair will be ONLINE ONLY. We hope you will still support our school library and help your child discover new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more! You’ll love the option to shop directly from the interactive booklist online and enjoy free shipping to your home on book-only purchases over $25. All books purchased on the online fair still benefit the Ames Middle School library. We hope you will help us make this online book fair a successful one! 

Online Book Fair Dates
The online book fair will be open for 2 weeks only:
November 2nd – November 15th

Link to Book Fair Homepage
Click the link below to start shopping the online book fair! (Shopping opens on Nov. 2)
https://www.scholastic.com/bf/amesmiddleschool 

Questions? Contact:
Cathy Stoermer – Teacher Technology Librarian
cathy.stoermer@ames.k12.ia.us
515-268-2422


Reporting a Student Absence

Attendance is an essential for a student’s education and we understand that there are instances when students will be absent. With the cold and flu season beginning to creep up on all of us, we would appreciate you using the new online reporting form or calling (515)268-2400 to report any absences. Absences can be reported via the online form up til 10:00 AM that morning. The online form can also be used to report any absence, illness related or not.


Library Book Check-out 

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. 

More Information

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

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


Attention 8th Grade parents:  Want to know what next week has in store for your 8th grader? Or other important information for your 8th grader? Check out our newsletter on our 8th Grade Website.

8th Grade Website


Critical Consciousness is a new WIN offering for 6-8 grade. If you are interested in learning more about CC and how it aligns to ASCD goals and grade level standards, please read the letter for your grade.

6th grade CC
7th grade CC
8th grade CC


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. Want to find out more, and see if PRISM is a good fit for you? Click on this link to fill out the form, and staff sponsors Steph Schares or Megan Fought will contact you with more information.


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.


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

Review our September 24th New to AMS ELP Overview.

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 were emailed to Infinite Campus contacts the week of September 21st.


Mathcounts Club

Mathcounts is back underway!

Practices are on Tuesday and Thursday.  Students can attend either in person, or virtually!  Morning practices are from 7:00 – 7:40 in Mr. Alden’s room (F207).  Afternoon practices are from 3:30 – 4:30.  Students only need to attend one practice per day.  

6th, 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to join and learn about Mathcounts.  Students can access the Mathcounts Google Classroom page for more details (code: lfppqho).

Please email Mr. Alden robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us or Ms. Booten lauren.booten@ames.k12.ia.us for more information.


7th Grade Jazz Band will start on 11/3 & 11/5.  Jazz band happens on Tuesdays, from 3:30-4:05pm, in the bandroom.  From 2:40pm-3:30pm, 1 / 2 students will go to the cafeteria for a supervised study hall.  Students who are in groups 1 / 2 will meet live in the bandroom on Tuesdays, while 3 / 4 students and remote learners will join us via the Google Meet link on our Google Classroom page.  Use this code to join the 7th Jazz Band Google Classroom: xze5fos

We also have jazz band on Thursday mornings, from 7:15am-7:50am.  3 / 4 students will be live in the bandroom, while 1 / 2 students and remote students will join us at the link on the 7th Jazz Band Google Classroom.  The front doors at the main entrance to AMS should open at 7:05am for students to get into school.


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.


7th Grade Website
Want to know what next week has in store for your 7th grader? Check out our newsletter on our 7th Grade Website.

7th Grade Website

 

Monday 10/26 Tuesday 10/27 Wednesday 10/28 Thursday 10/29 Friday 10/30

Cohorts 1 & 2

Cohorts 1 & 2

Cohorts 3 & 4

Cohorts 3 & 4

Cohorts 3 & 4


AMS Club Sponsor Hosted Chat Club sponsors share information about Builders Club, Drama Club, FLL FIRST Lego League, Math Olympiad, Mock Trial, National History Day, Nin-JAHS (Art Honor Society), PRISM (Gender Sexuality Alliance), Science Olympiad and Writer’s Den. A video recording of this event will be available on the AMS Website.  

AHS Clubs and Academic Teams  


Hey Artists! Are you interested in creating original art and using your talent to serve the community?  National Junior Art Honor Society, also known as the Nin-JAHS, may be for you. 7th and 8th graders interested in learning more about this extracurricular opportunity are encouraged to email Ms. Dobyns directly, cappie.dobyns@ames.k12.ia.us. You can learn a bit about our club and the application process by visiting the website. artwithdobyns.weebly.com 

Current Nin-JAHS Members. This year, we will explore options for virtual work supported by small group guidance and 1:1 conferencing for members engaged in creating personal artwork. Check your email for an upcoming Google Meet and more information.


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 

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. 

More Information

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

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


Attention 8th Grade parents:  Want to know what next week has in store for your 8th grader? Or other important information for your 8th grader? Check out our newsletter on our 8th Grade Website.

8th Grade Website


Critical Consciousness is a new WIN offering for 6-8 grade. If you are interested in learning more about CC and how it aligns to ASCD goals and grade level standards, please read the letter for your grade.

6th grade CC
7th grade CC
8th grade CC


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. Want to find out more, and see if PRISM is a good fit for you? Click on this link to fill out the form, and staff sponsors Steph Schares or Megan Fought will contact you with more information.


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.


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

Review our September 24th New to AMS ELP Overview.

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 were emailed to Infinite Campus contacts the week of September 21st.


2020-2021 Cyclone Leadership Council (CLC) Applications: Are you interested in taking on a leadership role in our school?  We are now taking applications for our Cyclone Leadership Council.  This year, all meetings and CLC work will be done virtually to provide equity between Remote Campus Students and In-person/hybrid students. We will work in whole group and small group committees and meet through Google Meet each Wednesday from 3:30-4:15 pm. Leaders will be assigned projects in small team groupings and be responsible for producing this year’s “Cyclone Voice” Social Media, TV Channel, and video presentations for the AMS community as we showcase AMS “Better Together”.  If you are interested, please join the CLC application site on Google Classroom. This site will direct you to the application process and provide you with detailed information.  All applications are due Monday, October 26 by 3:00.  The code is:  5mfd35v  

Mrs. Knutson & Ms. Kirsch (Co-Sponsors)

Email with questions: sara.knutson@ames.k12.ia.us  lisa.kirsch@ames.k12.ia.us


Mathcounts Club

Mathcounts is back underway!

Practices are on Tuesday and Thursday.  Students can attend either in person, or virtually!  Morning practices are from 7:00 – 7:40 in Mr. Alden’s room (F207).  Afternoon practices are from 3:30 – 4:30.  Students only need to attend one practice per day.  

6th, 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to join and learn about Mathcounts.  Students can access the Mathcounts Google Classroom page for more details (code: lfppqho).

Please email Mr. Alden robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us or Ms. Booten lauren.booten@ames.k12.ia.us for more information.


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.


7th Grade Website
Want to know what next week has in store for your 7th grader? Check out our newsletter on our 7th Grade Website.

7th Grade Website

 

Monday 10/19 Tuesday 10/20 Wednesday 10/21 Thursday 10/22 Friday 10/23

Cohorts 1 & 2

Cohorts 1 & 2

Cohorts 1 & 2

Cohorts 3 & 4

Cohorts 3 & 4


AMS Club Sponsor Hosted Chat Club sponsors share information about Builders Club, Drama Club, FLL FIRST Lego League, Math Olympiad, Mock Trial, National History Day, Nin-JAHS (Art Honor Society), PRISM (Gender Sexuality Alliance), Science Olympiad and Writer’s Den. A video recording of this event will be available on the AMS Website.     https://www.ames.k12.ia.us/schools/middle-school/clubs-and-academic-teams/


Hey Artists! Are you interested in creating original art and using your talent to serve the community?  National Junior Art Honor Society, also known as the Nin-JAHS, may be for you. 7th and 8th graders interested in learning more about this extracurricular opportunity are encouraged to email Ms. Dobyns directly, cappie.dobyns@ames.k12.ia.us. You can learn a bit about our club and the application process by visiting the website.  

Current Nin-JAHS Members. This year, we will explore options for virtual work supported by small group guidance and 1:1 conferencing for members engaged in creating personal artwork. Check your email for an upcoming Google Meet and more information. 


Book Project Pick Up

For all students who had Mrs. Gabrielson last year – Pick up book projects from last year in Mrs. Gabrielson’s room (H102) THIS WEEK!. You may stop in before school (before 8:00) or right after school to get your project. If you are a Remote Campus student, please email jennifer.gabrielson@ames.k12.ia.us for a pick up time, type of project and title of the book. Book projects will be available only until 10/19. Any projects after that time will be tossed or recycled.


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. 

More Information

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

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


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. Want to find out more, and see if PRISM is a good fit for you? Click on this link to fill out the form, and staff sponsor Steph Schares will contact you with more information.


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.


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

Review our September 24th New to AMS ELP Overview.

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.

  • By Email: cappie.dobyns@ames.k12.ia.us
  • By Mail: AMS, 3915 Mortensen Road, Ames, IA 50014

 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 were emailed to Infinite Campus contacts the week of September 21st.


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


2020-2021 Cyclone Leadership Council (CLC) Applications: Are you interested in taking on a leadership role in our school?  We are now taking applications for our Cyclone Leadership Council.  This year, all meetings and CLC work will be done virtually to provide equity between Remote Campus Students and In-person/hybrid students. We will work in whole group and small group committees and meet through Google Meet each Wednesday from 3:30-4:15 pm. Leaders will be assigned projects in small team groupings and be responsible for producing this year’s “Cyclone Voice” Social Media, TV Channel, and video presentations for the AMS community as we showcase AMS “Better Together”.  If you are interested, please join the CLC application site on Google Classroom. This site will direct you to the application process and provide you with detailed information.  All applications are due Monday, October 26 by 3:00.  The code is:  5mfd35v  

Mrs. Knutson & Ms. Kirsch (Co-Sponsors)

Email with questions: sara.knutson@ames.k12.ia.us  lisa.kirsch@ames.k12.ia.us


Mathcounts Club

Mathcounts is back underway!

Practices are on Tuesday and Thursday.  Students can attend either in person, or virtually!  Morning practices are from 7:00 – 7:40 in Mr. Alden’s room (F207).  Afternoon practices are from 3:30 – 4:30.  Students only need to attend one practice per day.  

6th, 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to join and learn about Mathcounts.  Students can access the Mathcounts Google Classroom page for more details (code: lfppqho).

Please email Mr. Alden robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us or Ms. Booten lauren.booten@ames.k12.ia.us for more information.


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.


7th Grade Website
Want to know what next week has in store for your 7th grader? Check out our newsletter on our 7th Grade Website.

7th Grade Website

 

Monday 10/12 Tuesday 10/13 Wednesday 10/14 Thursday 10/15 Friday 10/16

Cohorts 1 & 2

Cohorts 1 & 2

Cohorts 3 & 4

Cohorts 3 & 4

Cohorts 3 & 4

Picture Day for 7th and 8th Grade

 Picture Day for 6th Grade  Picture Day for Remote Campus Picture Day for 7th and 8th Grade  Picture Day for 6th Grade 

***All MAP tests will be administered in live sessions. (Synchronous)

Cohort 1 and 2 Students (administered at school) Remote Campus Students Cohort 3 and 4 Students (Administered at school)

Math MAP Test
Mon, Oct 12 and Tues, Oct 13
WIN Period:
8th Grade WIN – 8:20-9:05 am
7th Grade WIN – 9:10-9:55 am
6th Grade WIN – 10:00-10:45 am

Math MAP Test
Mon, Oct 12 and Tues, Oct 13
WIN Period:
8th Grade WIN – 8:20-9:05 am
7th Grade WIN – 9:10-9:55 am
6th Grade WIN – 10:00-10:45 am
Math MAP Test
Thurs, Oct 15 and Fri, Oct 16
WIN Period:
8th Grade WIN – 8:20-9:05 am
7th Grade WIN – 9:10-9:55 am
6th Grade WIN – 10:00-10:45 am

***Students in cohorts 1/2 and 3/4 that missed or did not finish their MAP reading tests the week of September 28 will complete their testing at school the week of October 5.  


PICTURE DAY IS HERE!!! 
Lifetouch will be here from Monday, October 12 – Friday, October 16. Please see the calendar above for the day your student should dress for pictures. 

To order your package before Picture Day go to www.mylifetouch.com with our Picture Day ID: EVTMDJ8F4 

Ordering packets went home with students on Wednesday, October 7th, for Cohorts 1 and 2, and Friday, October 9th, for Cohorts 3 and 4.

REMOTE CAMPUS STUDENTS: You will have the opportunity to have your school picture taken on October 14th from 7:30 – 11:00 am and 12:00 – 3:30 pm. Please use this form to reserve your student’s time slot. Pictures will be taken in the Media Center at AMS. Please use this map to see where you should drop off your student. There will be a staff member there waiting to meet your student and direct them to the media center. Please drop your student off at the doors and park in the lot shown while you wait for your student to come back out. Please be sure that your student has on their mask as they enter and exit the building.


AMS Club Sponsor Hosted Chat Interested in learning more about AMS Clubs? Join the club sponsors in a quick overview and Q&A, Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 PM.  Clubs to be present include: Builders Club, Drama Club, FLL FIRST Lego League, Math Olympiad, Mock Trial, National History Day, Nin-JAHS (Art Honor Society), PRISM (Gender Sexuality Alliance), Science Olympiad and Writer’s Den.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88306011434?pwd=MDYrME4vVElRTlpJR1hiMzNtdGpLQT09

Meeting ID: 883 0601 1434
Passcode: vYr9PM


AMS Athletics

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

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

2020-2021 Clubs and Academic Teams


Book Project Pick Up

For all students who had Mrs. Gabrielson last year – Pick up book projects from last year in Mrs. Gabrielson’s room (H102) THIS WEEK!. You may stop in before school (before 8:00) or right after school to get your project. If you are a Remote Campus student, please email jennifer.gabrielson@ames.k12.ia.us for a pick up time, type of project and title of the book. Book projects will be available only until 10/19. Any projects after that time will be tossed or recycled.


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.


Ceramics Artwork Pick up

For All students that had Mrs. Knutson for 7th Art 2 or 6th grade art second semester last year. Pick up clay pieces from last year in the 6th art room this week. You may stop in before school (before 8:00) or right after school to get your clay piece. The clay will be available only until 10/9. If you are on the Remote Campus, please email Mrs. Knutson for a pick up time. 


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 students! Students in Mrs. Gabrielson’s Literacy class last year who would like to take home their book project from last Spring should pick it up in her room (H102) the week of October 5th – October 9th. (This week :) If you are a remote learner and want your project, please email Mrs. Gabrielson at jennifer.gabrielson@ames.k12.ia.us Any project left after October 9th will be tossed or recycled.


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 school until these are completed or I have a copy of the Medical or Religious Exemption form on file. Thank you for your help! 

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


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. Want to find out more, and see if PRISM is a good fit for you? Click on this link to fill out the form, and staff sponsor Steph Schares will contact you with more information.


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.


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

Review our September 24th New to AMS ELP Overview.

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.

  • By Email: cappie.dobyns@ames.k12.ia.us
  • By Mail: AMS, 3915 Mortensen Road, Ames, IA 50014

 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 were emailed to Infinite Campus contacts the week of September 21st.


On Monday, 10/12, we will NOT have band lessons during WIN periods, due to MAP testing.  We WILL have band lessons Tuesday, 10/13 – Friday, 10/16.  Contact an AMS band director if you have questions.


Mathcounts Club

Mathcounts is back underway!

Practices are on Tuesday and Thursday.  Students can attend either in person, or virtually!  Morning practices are from 7:00 – 7:40 in Mr. Alden’s room (F207).  Afternoon practices are from 3:30 – 4:30.  Students only need to attend one practice per day.  

6th, 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to join and learn about Mathcounts.  Students can access the Mathcounts Google Classroom page for more details (code: lfppqho).

Please email Mr. Alden (robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us) or Ms. Booten (lauren.booten@ames.k12.ia.us) for more information.


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.


Science Olympiad:  Are you still interested but missed the first informational meetings?  The coaches will have a meeting for anyone interested who missed the early informational meetings.  Join us on Monday October 12 at 3:30 pm.  Use the link to the google meet:  meet.google.com/jfb-keeh-nid


7th Grade Website
Want to know what next week has in store for your 7th grader? Check out our newsletter on our 7th Grade Website.

7th Grade Website

 

 

Monday 10/5 Tuesday 10/6 Wednesday 10/7 Thursday 10/8 Friday 10/9

Cohorts 1 & 2

Cohorts 1 & 2

Cohorts 1 & 2

Cohorts 3 & 4

Cohorts 3 & 4

Screen Shot 2020 10 02 at 2.57.34 PMPICTURE DAY IS COMING!!!

Lifetouch will be here from Monday, October 12 – Friday, October 16.

To order your package before Picture Day go to www.mylifetouch.com with our Picture Day ID: EVTMDJ8F4 

REMOTE CAMPUS STUDENTS: You will have the opportunity to have your school picture taken on October 14th from 7:30 – 11:00 am and 12:00 – 3:30 pm. Please use this form to reserve your student’s time slot. Pictures will be taken in the Media Center at AMS. Please use this map to see where you should drop off your student. There will be a staff member there waiting to meet your student and direct them to the media center. Please drop your student off at the doors and park in the lot while you wait for your student to come back out. Please be sure that your student has on their mask as they enter and exit the building.


AMS Athletics:

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

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

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.


Ceramics Artwork Pick up: 

For All students that had Mrs. Knutson for 7th Art 2 or 6th grade art second semester last year. Pick up clay pieces from last year in the 6th art room this week. You may stop in before school (before 8:00) or right after school to get your clay piece. The clay will be available only until 10/9. If you are on the Remote Campus, please email Mrs. Knutson for a pick up time. 


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 8th Grade parents:  Want to know what next week has in store for your 8th grader? Or other important information for your 8th grader? Check out our newsletter on the 8th grade website.

8th Grade Website


Attention 7th grade students! Students in Mrs. Gabrielson’s Literacy class last year who would like to take home their book project from last Spring should pick it up in her room (H102) the week of October 5th – October 9th. (This week :) If you are a remote learner and want your project, please email Mrs. Gabrielson at jennifer.gabrielson@ames.k12.ia.us Any project left after October 9th will be tossed or recycled.


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 school until these are completed or I have a copy of the Medical or Religious Exemption form on file. Thank you for your help! 

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


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. Want to find out more, and see if PRISM is a good fit for you? Click on this link to fill out the form, and staff sponsor Steph Schares will contact you with more information.


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.


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

Review our September 24th New to AMS ELP Overview.

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.

  • By Email: cappie.dobyns@ames.k12.ia.us
  • By Mail: AMS, 3915 Mortensen Road, Ames, IA 50014

 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 were emailed to Infinite Campus contacts the week of September 21st.


Mathcounts: Virtual Information meeting – Tuesday, October 6th from 3:30 – 4:00pm

Mathcounts is a nationwide mathematics club that offers students fun and engaging programs that get middle school students excited about math.  Club members take part in the Mathcounts Competition series that gives students an opportunity to compete against students from across the state and country.  

6th, 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to join the meeting and learn about Mathcounts.  Students can access the Mathcounts Google Classroom page for more details (code: lfppqho).

Please email Mr. Alden (robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us) or Ms. Booten (lauren.booten@ames.k12.ia.us) for more information.


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.


7th Grade Website
Want to know what next week has in store for your 7th grader? Check out our newsletter on our 7th Grade Website.

7th Grade Website


 

Monday 9/28 Tuesday 9/29 Wednesday 9/30 Thursday 10/1 Friday 10/2

Cohorts 1 & 2
(MAP Tests During WIN)

Cohorts 1 & 2
(MAP Tests During WIN)

Cohorts 3 & 4

Cohorts 3 & 4
(MAP Tests During WIN)

Cohorts 3 & 4
(MAP Tests During WIN)

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AMS Athletics: 

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

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

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 Curbside Library Book Checkout Document for further information.

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

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


Virtual 7th Grade Art with Ms. Dobyns, Packets of art materials have been created and are available for pick up.  Please come to the main office during school hours during the week of September 28th.  On Tuesday, September 29th, an after hour pick up time, from 4 PM – 6 PM, has been arranged with Asst. Principal, Nicole Coronado.


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.   

8th Grade Website


The AMS Extended Learning Program (ELP) is designed to enhance and support the curriculum and instruction for highly capable students. Looking to review our September 24th New to AMS ELP Overview?  A narrated slideshow can be viewed at: 

https://amselp.weebly.com/about-our-program.html

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.

  • By Email: cappie.dobyns@ames.k12.ia.us
  • By Mail: AMS, 3915 Mortensen Road, Ames, IA 50014

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 were emailed to Infinite Campus contacts the week of September 21st.


PICTURE DAY IS COMING!!!
Lifetouch will be here from Monday, October 12 – Friday, October 16. More details coming soon.


Attention 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Science Loving Students:  Science Olympiad Information Meeting:  

If you’re interested in the middle school science olympiad team, please attend one of the following google meetings to learn more.  

Tuesday, September 29th 2020:  3:30pm – 4:30pm.  
Google meeting link:  https://meet.google.com/ttd-jbyg-dnc

Thursday, October 1st 2020:    3:30 – 4:30pm  
Google meeting link:  https://meet.google.com/ito-rbfc-pwb


Science Bowl Club: Virtual Information meeting – Wednesday, September 30 from 4:00 – 4:30pm

Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math. 

6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are welcome to attend the informational meeting and compete in Science Bowl! Join the Science Bowl Google Classroom for more details (join code: x27p7q6). 

Please email Mr. DiLorenzo jordan.dilorenzo@ames.k12.ia.us if you have any Science Bowl related questions.


Mathcounts: Virtual Information meeting – Tuesday, October 6th from 3:30 – 4:00pm

Mathcounts is a nationwide mathematics club that offers students fun and engaging programs that get middle school students excited about math.  Club members take part in the Mathcounts Competition series that gives students an opportunity to compete against students from across the state and country.  

6th, 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to join the meeting and learn about Mathcounts.  Students can access the Mathcounts Google Classroom page for more details (code: lfppqho).

Please email Mr. Alden (robert.alden@ames.k12.ia.us) or Ms. Booten (lauren.booten@ames.k12.ia.us) for more information.


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 the deadline has been extended to October 2. 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.


Drama Club: There will be an informational meeting for Drama Club on Tuesday September 29th, from 4-4:30. This club is open to all students and will start the year completely online. To find out more on what Drama Club is and what it will look like this year, please use this Google Meet link: https://meet.google.com/ejh-niph-zbi If you have any questions or concerns before the meeting, or are unable to attend and would still like information, please contact Ms. Young at emily.young@ames.k12.ia.us


ATTENDANCE UPDATE

NEW to the Ames Community School District Website

There is a new way to report an absence for your student(s)! There is a link that can be found on each building’s website just below the Return to Learn picture listed as “Absence Reporting Form”.  All results of these forms are sent to the building attendance secretary, the school nurse, and are kept confidential. Parents are encouraged to enter each student’s absence into this form and the attendance secretary will carry these reports over to Infinite Campus.

Absence Reporting Form


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.

7th Grade Website
Want to know what next week has in store for your 7th grader? Check out our website.

7th Grade Website


AMS Activities Update

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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