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Important dates

Picture Retakes are Oct. 19, 2021

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

Monday, Oct. 18: B Schedule
Tuesday, Oct. 19: A Schedule
Wednesday Oct. 20: B Schedule
Thursday Oct. 21: A Schedule
Friday Oct. 22: B Schedule 
  

PLEASE NOTE: We will be running a special bell schedule from 10/20 – 10/22.  The bell schedule can be found here.

Students who are in Good Standing will be participating in a basketball tournament. Students will either be playing basketball or watching and cheering on their homeroom teams. Each grade level will play in the tournament on a separate day: 6th Grade on Wednesday, 7th on Thursday, 8th on Friday.  The other two days will be used for students to catch up on missed assignments, assessments, and community building within their homeroom classes.

Scholastic Book Fair

During parent/teacher conferences, we will host our Scholastic Book Fair in the AMS Library/Media Center. Reading has real and long-lasting benefits for our children. Before or after your scheduled parent/teacher conference, please consider stopping by our Scholastic Book Fair in the media center.

Book Fair Dates & Times (during conference week):

Monday, October 25 – 3:30pm-7:30pm

Wednesday, October 27 – 3:30pm-7:30pm

Friday, October 29 – 1:20pm-3:30pm

*Students can also browse the book fair and purchase books during the regular school day Monday-Friday, October 25-29.

Online Book Fair:

If you cannot make it to the book fair, you can still order books online through our online book fair. All books purchased on the online fair benefit Ames Middle School in the same way that the in-person book fair does. Online orders will now be shipped to your home address. The online book fair is open October 21 – November 3. To shop the online book fair, follow this link to our book fair homepage and then scroll until you see “Online Shopping”.

Book Fair Coordinator Contact Information:

Cathy Stoermer – Teacher Librarian

cathy.stoermer@ames.k12.ia.us

515-268-2422

athletic events

Athletics Schedule

  • Monday, October 18: 8th Grade Girls Basketball & 7th/8th Wrestling-1st Day of Practice (3:30pm)
  • Monday, October 25: 7th Grade Girls Basketball-1st Day of Practice (6:30am)

7th and 8th Grade Girls who were out for Cross Country this season, please return your jersey to Coach Goodwin’s room before or after school, starting October 13.  Make sure that it has been washed.  Put the jersey in a plastic bag with your name on it. The last collection date will be October 20.  After that date, we will begin collecting fines for the cost of the jersey. Thank you.

Coach Goodwin

clubs information

Builders Club- Do you like to help others? This is a great club where you can help with different service projects and to learn about different organizations in Ames. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 3:30-4:15 in Erin Bettazza’s classroom (H101). Our next meeting is on October 27, hope to see you there and we are starting our first service project with a guest speaker!

Battle of the Books is sponsored by the Ames Public Library and open to all 6th graders at AMS. In this competition, students read up to 20 books from the Battle of the Books list during the school year on their own time and create questions for each book. Students then “battle” each other during group meetings. The large group will form into teams of four or fewer students and then compete against sixth grade teams from other districts at the Ames Public Library in April. To join, please contact Mrs. Gabrielson, Mrs. Danielson, or Mrs. Stoermer for more details. (List of books are in the AMS library and available for checkout now)

carisa.danielson@ames.k12.ia.us

jennifer.gabrielson@ames.k12.ia.us

cathy.stoermer@ames.k12.ia.us

Hello 7th & 8th Grade Artists! Nin-JAHS (aka the National Junior Art Honor Society) have already been enjoying SERVICE at the Octagon Art Festival, LEADERSHIP learning at a NAEA Virtual Conference and many hours of ART MAKING at Art Camps. Remember, we accept applications throughout the year (available outside Ms. Dobyns’s art room door). Complete yours, turn it in and join us!

7th and 8th graders – ALL ABOARD!  

NEW DATE! – Due to a scheduling conflict, this meeting will take place on Monday, October 18th at 6:30 pm. 

In June of 2022, Mr. Alden is leading two exciting tours – one to Boston, and one to Washington D.C..  If you’re interested in traveling to either of those cities and having an amazing adventure, come to the informational meeting about the two tours on Monday, October 18th, at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.  Mr. Alden will be discussing the itineraries, program cost, and how to sign up for these amazing adventures.

6th and 7th grade students – DC in 2023

In June of 2023, Mr. Alden will be leading a group of students to the nation’s capital.  Join him on Tuesday, October 19th, at 6:30 pm in the Media Center to find out how you can join this amazing travel adventure.  During the presentation, Mr. Alden will discuss our itinerary, program cost, and how you can sign up.  Don’t miss out on this incredible travel opportunity!

WRITERS DEN PARTICIPANTS!

There will be no Writers Den on Monday, October 18. Writers Den will continue as normal on Monday, October 25.

This year, our Extended Learning Program department, in partnership with the AMS counseling department, is happy to offer ELP Parent Connect Nights to foster deeper understanding and connection with your ELP student and with other parents and guardians with ELP students.

Come check out our first Parent Night session on Thursday, October 28, from 5:30-7:00 pm at the AMS Media Center.

We will have pizza and snacks as well as a room for your middle school aged child to hang out with other students while the parents are learning and talking. Please fill out the form linked here to let us know you’re interested in this event and to receive email reminders. You can contact Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us if you have questions, or visit the AMS ELP website linked here to learn more about what we will discuss during Parent Night.

Important Dates List

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

Monday, 10/11: A Schedule
Tuesday, 10/12: B Schedule
Wednesday, 10/13: A Schedule
Thursday, 10/14: B Schedule
Friday, 10/15: A Schedule
 
 
Picture Retakes on October 19, 2021

Athletics information list

Athletics Schedule

Home Events

  • Tuesday, Oct 12: 7th FB vs Fort Dodge  4:00pm

Away Events

  • Tuesday, Oct 12: 7th VB at Urbandale  4:30pm
  • Tuesday, Oct 12: B/G Cross Country at SEP 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, Oct 12: 8th FB at Fort Dodge  4:00pm
  • Thursday, Oct 14: 7th Football (B team only) at Roland-Story  4:30pm

BASKETBALL: Any 6th through 8th grade girls interested in playing basketball this year, this is an open gym clinic available on Sunday, October 17th from 4pm-5:30pm at Ames High School. 

Basketball Fan Gear is available from October 2nd through October 17th. 

https://bit.ly/3mjhSG9 Orders may take 4-6 weeks.

Clubs information at AMS

Builders Club- Do you like to help others? This is a great club where you can help with different service projects and to learn about different organizations in Ames. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 3:30-4:15 in Erin Bettazza’s classroom (H101). Our next meeting is in October 13, hope to see you there and we are starting our first service project with a guest speaker!

Current 7-8 th Grade Nin-JAHS! We will have our first Business Meeting on Wednesday, October 13th. These meetings mandatory, check with Ms. D before Wednesday if you have a conflict. Remember, to check in with your homeroom teacher and come to the art room quickly.  We will start immediately after the Pledge of Allegiance.

Hello 7th & 8th Grade Artists! Nin-JAHS (aka the National Junior Art Honor Society) have already been enjoying SERVICE at the Octagon Art Festival, LEADERSHIP learning at a NAEA Virtual Conference and many hours of ART MAKING at Art Camps. Remember, we accept applications throughout the year (available outside Ms. Dobyns’s art room door). Complete yours, turn it in and join us!

ATTENTION TCG CLUB PARTICIPANTS!

There will be NO TCG Club on Thursday, October 14th.

Battle of the Books is sponsored by the Ames Public Library and open to all 6th graders at AMS. In this competition, students read up to 20 books from the Battle of the Books list during the school year on their own time and create questions for each book. Students then “battle” each other during group meetings. The large group will form into teams of four or fewer students and then compete against sixth grade teams from other districts at the Ames Public Library in April. To join, please attend the informational meeting at lunch in H106 on Tuesday, September 28th during 6th grade lunch. You may also email Mrs. Gabrielson, Mrs. Danielson, or Mrs. Stoermer for more details. (List of books are in the AMS library and available for checkout now)

 carisa.danielson@ames.k12.ia.us

jennifer.gabrielson@ames.k12.ia.us

cathy.stoermer@ames.k12.ia.us

7th and 8th graders – ALL ABOARD!  

NEW DATE! – Due to a scheduling conflict, this meeting will take place on Monday, October 18th at 6:30 pm. 

In June of 2022, Mr. Alden is leading two exciting tours – one to Boston, and one to Washington D.C..  If you’re interested in traveling to either of those cities and having an amazing adventure, come to the informational meeting about the two tours on Monday, October 18th, at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.  Mr. Alden will be discussing the itineraries, program cost, and how to sign up for these amazing adventures.

6th and 7th grade students – DC in 2023

In June of 2023, Mr. Alden will be leading a group of students to the nation’s capital.  Join him on Tuesday, October 19th, at 6:30 pm in the Media Center to find out how you can join this amazing travel adventure.  During the presentation, Mr. Alden will discuss our itinerary, program cost, and how you can sign up.  Don’t miss out on this incredible travel opportunity!

Do you want to help new students at AMS? Apply to be a Student Ambassador! Ambassadors will be trained to help welcome new students to our school throughout the school year. Applications were emailed to students on Tuesday, October 5 and are due by October 15th. Please reach out to Mrs. Krofta at Rachel.Krofta@ames.k12.ia.us with any questions.

Crochet Club: Want to learn to crochet? Check out the Crochet Club! We make material to help you get started on your crochet adventure. We have plenty of materials for you to make from making toys to things that you can wear! We also have live meets if you want to come and chat or learn something new. If you have any questions or want to join you can email the club leader, Autumn Hubrig: 894383hub@ames.k12.ia.us or Ms. Piatz: jeanine.piatz@ames.k12.ia.us. You may also join from this code here for the google classroom: 65q5pnu

Important Dates List

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

Monday, 10/4: No School
Tuesday, 10/5: A Schedule
Wednesday, 10/6: B Schedule
Thursday, 10/7: A Schedule
Friday, 10/8: B Schedule

Picture Retakes will be October 19, 2021
 

Athletics information list

Athletics Schedule

Week of Oct 4 – Oct 8

Home Events

  • Tue, Oct 5: 8th Football vs WDM Valley (at Ames High School)  5:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 7: 7th Volleyball vs Marshalltown  4:30pm

Away Events

  • Tue, Oct 5: 7th FB at Norwalk  4:15pm
  • Tue, Oct 5: 8th VB at Fort Dodge  4:30pm
  • Tue, Oct 5: B/G Cross Country at Ankeny  4:00
  • Thu Oct 7: 7th VB at Fort Dodge  4:30

Clubs information at AMS

Hello 7th & 8th Grade Artists! Nin-JAHS (aka the National Junior Art Honor Society) have already begun enjoying SERVICE at the Octagon Art Festival, LEADERSHIP learning at a NAEA Virtual Conference and enjoying many hours of ART MAKING at Art Camps. And, it is only October. We accept applications throughout the year (available outside Ms. Dobyns’s art room door). Complete yours, turn it in and join us! 
 

Builders Club- Do you like to help others? This is a great club where you can help with different service projects and to learn about different organizations in Ames. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 3:30-4:15 in Erin Bettazza’s classroom (H101). Our next meeting is on September 22, hope to see you there and we are starting our first service project with a guest speaker!

Battle of the Books is sponsored by the Ames Public Library and open to all 6th graders at AMS. In this competition, students read up to 20 books from the Battle of the Books list during the school year on their own time and create questions for each book. Students then “battle” each other during group meetings. The large group will form into teams of four or fewer students and then compete against sixth grade teams from other districts at the Ames Public Library in April. To join, please attend the informational meeting at lunch in H106 on Tuesday, September 28th during 6th grade lunch. You may also email Mrs. Gabrielson, Mrs. Danielson, or Mrs. Stoermer for more details. (List of books are in the AMS library and available for checkout now)

carisa.danielson@ames.k12.ia.us
jennifer.gabrielson@ames.k12.ia.us
cathy.stoermer@ames.k12.ia.us

ATTENTION WRITERS DEN PARTICIPANTS!

There will be NO Writers Den on Monday, October 4. There will be no students that day, as it is a building Professional Development day.

7th and 8th graders – ALL ABOARD!  

In June of 2022, Mr. Alden is leading two exciting tours – one to Boston, and one to Washington D.C..  If you’re interested in traveling to either of those cities and having an amazing adventure, come to the informational meeting about the two tours on Tuesday, October 12th, at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.  Mr. Alden will be discussing the itineraries, program cost, and how to sign up for these amazing adventures.

6th and 7th grade students – DC in 2023

In June of 2023, Mr. Alden will be leading a group of students to the nation’s capital.  Join him on Tuesday, October 19th, at 6:30 pm in the Media Center to find out how you can join this amazing travel adventure.  During the presentation, Mr. Alden will discuss our itinerary, program cost, and how you can sign up.  Don’t miss out on this incredible travel opportunity!

*CLC Needs You! The Ames Middle School Cyclone Leadership Council is looking for a diverse group of energetic, creative and responsible 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who want to develop their skills as leaders, engage with the Ames community, and contribute to a positive school culture at AMS. To apply to CLC, you must be in good standing with academic and behavioral responsibilities and expectations, commit to coming to CLC meetings during WIN on Wednesdays, and complete the application form by Tuesday, October 12 at 11:59pm. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Haglund at jennifer.haglund@ames.k12.ia.us.

Crochet Club: Want to learn to crochet? Check out the Crochet Club! We make material to help you get started on your crochet adventure. We have plenty of materials for you to make from making toys to things that you can wear! We also have live meets if you want to come and chat or learn something new. If you have any questions or want to join you can email the club leader, Autumn Hubrig: 894383hub@ames.k12.ia.us or Ms. Piatz: jeanine.piatz@ames.k12.ia.us. You may also join from this code here for the google classroom: 65q5pnu

Picture Retakes: October 19, 2021

Please note that the A/B schedule in the 9/24 Friday weekly announcement email was incorrect. The following schedule is the correct one for the upcoming school week.

  • Monday, Sept. 27: B Schedule
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28: A Schedule
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29: B Schedule
  • Thursday, Sept. 30: A Schedule
  • Friday, Oct. 1: B Schedule

Athletics Schedule – Week of Sep 27 – Oct 1

Home Events

  • Monday, Sep 27: B/G Cross Country, Timothy Jenks Memorial Invite (at ISU Cross Country Course)   4:00pm
  • Monday, Sep 27: 8th Volleyball vs WDM Stilwell   4:30pm
  • Tuesday, Sep 28: 7th VB vs Marshalltown  4:30pm
  • Thursday, Sep 30: 8th VB vs Southeast Polk   4:30pm

Away Events

  • Tuesday, Sep 28: 7th Football at Indianola   4:30pm
  • Thursday, Sep 30: 7th Volleyball at North Polk   4:15pm
  • Builders Club- Do you like to help others? This is a great club where you can help with different service projects and to learn about different organizations in Ames. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 3:30-4:15 in Erin Bettazza’s classroom (H101). Our next meeting is on September 22, hope to see you there and we are starting our first service project with a guest speaker!

Science Fair of Iowa- An information meeting about the State Science Fair of Iowa will be held on Wednesday, Oct 6 at 3:30 in Mr. Esslinger’s room (H206). If you are in 6th-8th grade, love science and enjoy creating well researched projects you should come to the meeting! Check out this website for more information about the competition: https://sstfi.org/

Battle of the Books is sponsored by the Ames Public Library and open to all 6th graders at AMS. In this competition, students read up to 20 books from the Battle of the Books list during the school year on their own time and create questions for each book. Students then “battle” each other during group meetings. The large group will form into teams of four or fewer students and then compete against sixth grade teams from other districts at the Ames Public Library in April. To join, please attend the informational meeting at lunch in H106 on Tuesday, September 28th during 6th grade lunch. You may also email Mrs. Gabrielson, Mrs. Danielson, or Mrs. Stoermer for more details. (List of books are in the AMS library and available for checkout now)

carisa.danielson@ames.k12.ia.us
jennifer.gabrielson@ames.k12.ia.us
cathy.stoermer@ames.k12.ia.us

ATTENTION WRITERS DEN PARTICIPANTS!

There will be NO Writers Den on Monday, October 4. There will be no students that day, as it is a building Professional Development day.

7th and 8th graders – ALL ABOARD!  

In June of 2022, Mr. Alden is leading two exciting tours – one to Boston, and one to Washington D.C..  If you’re interested in traveling to either of those cities and having an amazing adventure, come to the informational meeting about the two tours on Tuesday, October 12th, at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.  Mr. Alden will be discussing the itineraries, program cost, and how to sign up for these amazing adventures.

6th and 7th grade students – DC in 2023

In June of 2023, Mr. Alden will be leading a group of students to the nation’s capital.  Join him on Tuesday, October 19th, at 6:30 pm in the Media Center to find out how you can join this amazing travel adventure.  During the presentation, Mr. Alden will discuss our itinerary, program cost, and how you can sign up.  Don’t miss out on this incredible travel opportunity!

Crochet Club: Want to learn to crochet? Check out the Crochet Club! We make material to help you get started on your crochet adventure. We have plenty of materials for you to make from making toys to things that you can wear! We also have live meets if you want to come and chat or learn something new. If you have any questions or want to join you can email the club leader, Autumn Hubrig: 894383hub@ames.k12.ia.us or Ms. Piatz: jeanine.piatz@ames.k12.ia.us. You may also join from this code here for the google classroom: 65q5pnu

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

Monday, 9/20: A Schedule
Tuesday, 9/21: B Schedule
Wednesday, 9/22: A Schedule
Thursday, 9/23: B Schedule
Friday, 9/24: A Schedule

Athletics information list

AMS Athletic Schedule – Week of Sep 20 – Sep 23

Home Events

  • Monday, Sept 20: 7th Volleyball vs Urbandale (A-C Teams), 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, Sept 21: 7th Football vs Marshalltown, 4:30pm

Away Events

  • Monday, Sept 20: 7th Volleyball at North Polk (D Teams), 4:30pm
  • Monday, Sept 20: 8th Volleyball at Urbandale, 4:30pm
  • Monday, Sept 20: B/G Cross Country at North Polk, 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, Sept 21: 7th Volleyball at Indianola, 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, Sept 21: 8th Football at DSM Roosevelt, 4:30pm
  • Thursday, Sept 23: 7th Volleyball at Marshalltown, 4:30pm
  • Thursday, Sept 23: 8th Volleyball at WDM Indian Hills, 4:30pm

Clubs information at AMS

7th & 8th graders: YOU HAVE AN AWESOME VOICE, LET IT BE HEARD! JOIN ISTEP-Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention. Led by students and supported by adults, ISTEP is a state wide movement made up of young people who want to step up and take action against tobacco. We organize games & fun events like street marketing activities to get our community’s attention. See Mr. D. (8th grade Health) for more info on how to join or join this google classroom snrr3nw

Builders Club- Do you like to help others? This is a great club where you can help with different service projects and to learn about different organizations in Ames. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 3:30-4:15 in Erin Bettazza’s classroom (H101). Our next meeting is on September 22, hope to see you there and we are starting our first service project with a guest speaker!

Science Olympiad – We are gearing up for another exciting year of science olympiad competitions.  If you like building and testing devices such as mousetrap vehicles, ping pong parachutes, wood bridge models, mission possibles, electric planes and catapults, or problem solving in laboratory events like crimebusters, food science, codebusters and disease detectives we are the team for you.  We are having an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 14th right after school in Mrs. Glenn’s room (F105).  We expect the meeting to last an hour.  The science olympiad team is made up of students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.  If you’re interested and can’t make the meeting contact Mrs. Marsh or Mrs. Glenn.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

Battle of the Books is sponsored by the Ames Public Library and open to all 6th graders at AMS. In this competition, students read up to 20 books from the Battle of the Books list during the school year on their own time and create questions for each book. Students then “battle” each other during group meetings. The large group will form into teams of four or fewer students and then compete against sixth grade teams from other districts at the Ames Public Library in April. To join, please attend the informational meeting at lunch in H106 on Tuesday, September 28th during 6th grade lunch. You may also email Mrs. Gabrielson, Mrs. Danielson, or Mrs. Stoermer for more details. (List of books are in the AMS library and available for checkout now)

carisa.danielson@ames.k12.ia.us

jennifer.gabrielson@ames.k12.ia.us

cathy.stoermer@ames.k12.ia.us

Mathcounts –  Begins Tuesday, September 21st!

The first meeting for the 2021-2022 Mathcounts season is September 21st!  If you’re interested in a fun and engaging math competition, come to Mr. Alden’s room (F207) from 3:20 – 4:20.  Mathcounts is a before/after school club that centers on mathematics competition.  Students are challenged to think creatively and expand upon their math knowledge.  Mathcounts is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

Science Bowl – Do you enjoy learning about science and math? Do you enjoy competing against others in knowledge based competitions? There will be an informational meeting about Science Bowl Club on Wednesday, September 22nd right after school in Mr. DiLorenzo’s room (F200). The meeting is expected to last one hour. The science bowl team is made up of students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.  If you’re interested in joining science bowl but you won’t be able to attend the informational meeting, contact Mr. DiLorenzo (jordan.dilorenzo@ames.k12.ia.us).

Join the Science Bowl Google Classroom for updates and announcements: 3hw67l2

The TCG Club (Trading Card/Game Club) will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:00 in Mrs. Green’s classroom (H201).  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.  Our first meeting will be on September 9th. See you soon!

Writers Den is open to all AMS students in all grades. Come to write, draw, and create OR to meet others who like to write, draw, and create. 

Writers Den meets every Monday, in E109, from 3:15-4:15 PM, beginning Monday, September 13.

Contact staff sponsor, Steph Schares, at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us if you have questions.

PRISM is a place for the LGBTQIA+ community (and allies) to CONNECT, SUPPORT, and ADVOCATE with each other.

Meetings are open to all students, all grades. Megan Fought and Steph Schares are the staff sponsors of PRISM.

For more information, join the PRISM Google Classroom with code: k7llekt

Do you have questions about the Extended Learning Program at AMS? Check out our website: bit/ly/amselp

Crochet Club: Want to learn to crochet? Check out the Crochet Club! We make material to help you get started on your crochet adventure. We have plenty of materials for you to make from making toys to things that you can wear! We also have live meets if you want to come and chat or learn something new. If you have any questions or want to join you can email the club leader, Autumn Hubrig: 894383hub@ames.k12.ia.us or Ms. Piatz: jeanine.piatz@ames.k12.ia.usYou may also join from this code here for the google classroom: 65q5pnu

The YWCA Girls Power Mentorship Program pairs 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who identify as female with Iowa State female students. 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. The program will run from October through May.  While meetings will be held in person, there will be a zoom option as well.  Representatives will be at AMS Friday, September 17 during homeroom time in the Auditorium to share about the program.  Interested students should plan to attend.  Sign up should happen by September 26 at the following link: https://forms.gle/4a1w9ssZsmcWmRgf7 For further information, please contact ywcagirlspower@gmail.com

 

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

Monday, 9/13: B Schedule
Tuesday, 9/14: A Schedule
Wednesday, 9/15: B Schedule
Thursday, 9/16: A Schedule
Friday, 9/17: B Schedule

Athletics information list

Home Events

  • Monday, Sept 13: 7th Volleyball vs Indianola 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, Sept 14: 8th Football vs Marshalltown 4:30pm
  • Thursday, Sept 16: 8th Volleyball vs Waukee Timberline 4:30pm

Away Events

  • Tuesday, Sept 14: 7th Football @ Dallas Center-Grimes 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, Sept 14: 8th Volleyball @ Johnston 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, Sept 14: B/G Cross Country @ Valley Southwoods 4:00pm
  • Thursday, Sept 16: B/G Cross Country @ Indianola 4:30pm

An opportunity for fall softball is open to 7th & 8th graders.  Practices will be on Wednesdays or Thursdays 5:30-7:00 PM and Sundays 3:00-5:00 PM. Games will start the week of September 19. 

Contact Tony Stevens with interest and any other questions you may have. His contact information is acsdrums@aol.com.

Clubs information at AMS

7th & 8th graders: YOU HAVE AN AWESOME VOICE, LET IT BE HEARD! JOIN ISTEP-Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention. Led by students and supported by adults, ISTEP is a state wide movement made up of young people who want to step up and take action against tobacco. We organize games & fun events like street marketing activities to get our community’s attention. See Mr. D. (8th grade Health) for more info on how to join or join this google classroom snrr3nw

Builders Club- Do you like to help others? This is a great club where you can help with different service projects and to learn about different organizations in Ames. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 3:30-4:15 in Erin Bettazza’s classroom (H101). Our next meeting is on September 22, hope to see you there and we are starting our first service project with a guest speaker!

Science Olympiad – We are gearing up for another exciting year of science olympiad competitions.  If you like building and testing devices such as mousetrap vehicles, ping pong parachutes, wood bridge models, mission possibles, electric planes and catapults, or problem solving in laboratory events like crimebusters, food science, codebusters and disease detectives we are the team for you.  We are having an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 14th right after school in Mrs. Glenn’s room (F105).  We expect the meeting to last an hour.  The science olympiad team is made up of students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.  If you’re interested and can’t make the meeting contact Mrs. Marsh or Mrs. Glenn.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

Drama Club- An informational meeting for Drama Club will be held on 9/16 in the cafeteria during homeroom. Drama Club is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. This year’s show will be a musical, but as always there are many ways both on and off stage that you can be involved in drama club! We will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:30 starting on September 21st. If you are interested in joining, please attend the informational meeting, or contact Mrs. Harris (emily.harris@ames.k12.ia.us). Google Classroom Code: swk6lwz

Mathcounts –  Begins Tuesday, September 21st!

The first meeting for the 2021-2022 Mathcounts season is September 21st!  If you’re interested in a fun and engaging math competition, come to Mr. Alden’s room (F207) from 3:20 – 4:20 on the 17th.  Mathcounts is a before/after school club that centers on mathematics competition.  Students are challenged to think creatively and expand upon their math knowledge.  Mathcounts is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

Are you interested in preserving and protecting cemeteries?  Then join the Cemetery Club!  We assist in the cleaning and maintenance of cemeteries.  Join Google Classroom fq35hw6 for more information.

Science Bowl – Do you enjoy learning about science and math? Do you enjoy competing against others in knowledge based competitions? There will be an informational meeting about Science Bowl Club on Wednesday, September 22nd right after school in Mr. DiLorenzo’s room (F200). The meeting is expected to last one hour. The science bowl team is made up of students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.  If you’re interested in joining science bowl but you won’t be able to attend the informational meeting, contact Mr. DiLorenzo (jordan.dilorenzo@ames.k12.ia.us).

Join the Science Bowl Google Classroom for updates and announcements: 3hw67l2

The TCG Club (Trading Card/Game Club) will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:00 in Mrs. Green’s classroom (H201).  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.  Our first meeting will be on September 9th. See you soon!

Writers Den is open to all AMS students in all grades. Come to write, draw, and create OR to meet others who like to write, draw, and create.  Writers Den meets every Monday, in E109, from 3:15-4:15 PM, beginning Monday, September 13. Contact staff sponsor, Steph Schares, at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us if you have questions.

PRISM is a place for the LGBTQIA+ community (and allies) to CONNECT, SUPPORT, and ADVOCATE with each other. Meetings are open to all students, all grades. Megan Fought and Steph Schares are the staff sponsors of PRISM. For more information, join the PRISM Google Classroom with code: k7llekt

Do you have questions about the Extended Learning Program at AMS? Check out our website: bit/ly/amselp

Crochet Club: Want to learn to crochet? Check out the Crochet Club! We make material to help you get started on your crochet adventure. We have plenty of materials for you to make from making toys to things that you can wear! We also have live meets if you want to come and chat or learn something new. If you have any questions or want to join you can email the club leader, Autumn Hubrig: 894383hub@ames.k12.ia.us or Ms. Piatz: jeanine.piatz@ames.k12.ia.usYou may also join from this code here for the google classroom: 65q5pnu

The YWCA Girls Power Mentorship Program pairs 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who identify as female with Iowa State female students. 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. The program will run from October through May.  While meetings will be held in person, there will be a zoom option as well.  Representatives will be at AMS Friday, September 17 during homeroom time in the Auditorium to share about the program.  Interested students should plan to attend.  Sign up should happen by September 26 at the following link: https://forms.gle/4a1w9ssZsmcWmRgf7 For further information, please contact ywcagirlspower@gmail.com

 

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

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Picture Day: Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Dual enrolled students can have their pictures taken from 8:00 – 9:00 am.

Families can place orders online through mylifetouch.com. You will need to enter the following for the Picture Day ID: EVTXDP3NH or choose a package from the order form that was sent home with students on Wednesday, September 1st.

If you choose the order form, please fill it out completely and enclose EXACT cash, money order, or check payable to Lifetouch.

Athletics information list

Athletics Schedule – Week of Sep 6 – Sep 10

Home Events

  • Thursday, Sept 9: 7th Volleyball vs Fort Dodge, 4:30 pm

Away Events

  • Thursday, Sept 9: 8th Football @ Ankeny Northview, 4:30 pm (Game at Ankeny Stadium)
  • Thursday, Sept 9: Boys and Girls Cross Country @ Marshalltown, 4:00 pm (Course located at Marshalltown Community College)
  • Thursday, Sept 9: 8th Volleyball @ Ankeny Northview, 4:30 pm

Clubs information at AMS

Builders Club – Do you like to help others? This is a great club where you can help with different service projects and to learn about different organizations in Ames. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 3:30-4:15 in Erin Bettazza’s classroom (H101). Our first meeting is on September 8, hope to see you there!

Science Olympiad – We are gearing up for another exciting year of science olympiad competitions. If you like building and testing devices such as mousetrap vehicles, ping pong parachutes, wood bridge models, mission possibles, electric planes and catapults, or problem solving in laboratory events like crimebusters, food science, codebusters and disease detectives we are the team for you. We are having an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 14th right after school in Mrs. Glenn’s room (F105). We expect the meeting to last an hour. The science olympiad team is made up of students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. If you’re interested and can’t make the meeting contact Mrs. Marsh or Mrs. Glenn.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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 invited to come to the media center this Wednesday, September 8th, during homeroom (8:00 AM – 8:15 AM). Current 7th & 8th grade members should also plan to attend.

Are you interested in preserving and protecting cemeteries? Then join the Cemetery Club! We assist in the cleaning and maintenance of cemeteries. Join Google Classroom fq35hw6 for more information.

The TCG Club (Trading Card/Game Club) will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:00 in Mrs. Green’s classroom (H201). 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. Our first meeting will be on September 9th. See you soon!

Writers Den is open to all AMS students in all grades. Come to write, draw, and create OR to meet others who like to write, draw, and create.

Writers Den meets every Monday, in E109, from 3:15-4:15 PM, beginning Monday, September 13. Contact staff sponsor, Steph Schares, at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us if you have questions.

PRISM is a place for the LGBTQIA+ community (and allies) to CONNECT, SUPPORT, and ADVOCATE with each other.

Meetings are open to all students, all grades. Megan Fought and Steph Schares are the staff sponsors of PRISM.

For more information, join the PRISM Google Classroom with code: k7llekt

Do you have questions about the Extended Learning Program at AMS? Check out our website: bit/ly/amselp

Softball: An opportunity for fall softball is open to 7th & 8th graders. Practices will be on Wednesdays or Thursdays 5:30 – 7:00 PM and Sundays 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Games will start the week of September19.

Contact Tony Stevens with interest and any other questions you may have. His contact information is acsdrums@aol.com.

Crochet Club: Want to learn to crochet? Check out the Crochet Club! We make material to help you get started on your crochet adventure. We have plenty of materials for you to make from making toys to things that you can wear! We also have live meets if you want to come and chat or learn something new. If you have any questions or want to join you can

email the club leader, Autumn Hubrig: 894383hub@ames.k12.ia.us or Ms. Piatz: jeanine.piatz@ames.k12.ia.us. You may also join from this code here for the google classroom: 65q5pnu

Mock Trial will begin at AMS next week, beginning with virtual informational meeting on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. The meeting information can be found below. Any students interested in participating in the program this year should attend the meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting, but would like further information the coach can be reached at the following email address: peggy.michelotti@ames.k12.ia.us.   
 
VIRTUAL MEETING INFORMATION
Topic: MOCK TRIAL
Time: Sep 8, 2021 04:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 940 1011 7895
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Athletics Information

Activity tickets are available to all students for an optional fee of $40 per school year. They may be purchased any time during the school year on your RevTrak account. Activity tickets allow the student admission for the entire school year to all Ames Middle School and Ames High School athletic events, with the exception of state-sponsored tournaments and musical events. Activity tickets are identified with a round colored sticker placed on the Ames Middle School I.D. card and must be presented at the event ticket booth for admission. Students who don’t present their ID card must pay the admission fee.

AMS Club Information

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international robotics competition that gives students the opportunity to build and program a LEGO robot and design an innovative solution to a real-world problem.  All students who wish to participate in FLL this year, including returning team members, will need to take part in a tryout.  Details such as dates, times, and requirements are posted on the website (https://sites.google.com/ames.k12.ia.us/ams-firstlegoleague).  Sign-up sheets for training and tryouts are posted on the website.  Questions can be directed to Dagney Paskach at dagney.paskach@ames.k12.ia.us

Teacher Information

Mini-conferences will take place next week.  Directions on how to register for a conference can be found here:  Click here for mini-conference directions

Back to School Open House Thursday, September 2nd 6:30 – 8:00 pm:  We would like to invite you to come with your families to our annual AMS back-to-school open house.  The purpose of the evening will be to meet teachers and see the classrooms where your student is learning daily.  There will not be time for lengthy conversations with teachers about individual students. If there are specifics you want to share about your child, please do so during mini-conferences or via email. There will be some presentations throughout the evening. See the schedule posted here.

Important upcoming dates:

  • Early dismissal:  Aug. 30 – Sept. 3rd.  Students dismiss at 1:00 pm.
  • AMS Open House:  Thursday, September 2nd 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Picture Day:  Wednesday, September 8th

Ames Middle School student schedules will be released to Infinite Campus today at 4:00 pm. It is possible that the order of student courses during the day may change as class sizes continue to be balanced.  Student’s assigned team should remain as currently assigned. Please note that some student requests were not able to be honored due to schedule conflicts.

If you have questions regarding your child’s schedule, please contact their grade level school counselor after August 19, 2021.

Jennifer Haglund: 6th Grade Counselor

Rachel Krofta: 7th Grade Counselor

Scott Rix: 8th Grade Counselor

Principals in the Park

Join the Ames Middle School principals at the Hickory Shelter at Brookside Park on Monday, August 9th from 5:30-7:00pm. Light refreshments will be provided and you will have a chance to talk with the principals about the upcoming school year. Bring your whole family and enjoy a night out at the park. Face coverings are not required but are encouraged.

Can’t make it to the park?

Join us at Ames Middle School on Wednesday, August 11th from 4:30-6:00pm. This will be another great chance to meet the principals and discuss the upcoming school year. 

View Principals in the Park Flyer

2021-2022 School Year Updates

We are excited to begin another school year with the wonderful students and families of Ames Middle School. Information about the upcoming school year will be sent out Tuesday, August 10th. Information about schedules, busing, new student orientation and much more will be included. As always, if you have any questions, reach out to your grade level administrator. 

6th – Michelle Fuqua

7th – Nicole Coronado

8th – Jeremie Knutson

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