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Monday 03/01

Tuesday 03/02

Wednesday 03/03

Thursday 03/04

Friday 03/05

In person

In person

In person

In person/
extended
homeroom

 

The Middle school will be running an extended homeroom schedule on Thursday, March 4thExtended Homeroom Bell Schedule


From Mr. DNA (6th Grade Science, 7th Grade Track Coach, 7th Grade Football Coach)

There is an old saying that in order to escape a bear attack, you don’t have to be faster than the bear. You just need to be faster than someone else.

With that in mind, TRACK IS A SURVIVAL SKILL. Come on out for track, we’ll help you learn to survive a bear attack.

More to come…


AMS Athletic Events

Sign up for spring sports at AMS has begun!! The following sports are offered to students in the spring:

7th & 8th Grade: Coed Soccer, Girls Track, Boys Track
6th Grade: Coed Soccer, Coed Basketball, Coed Volleyball

Practices will begin for each sport on the following days:

7th & 8th Grade Track- Monday, March 22
6th-8th Grade Soccer- Monday, April 5
6th Grade Basketball- Monday, April 5
6th Grade Volleyball- Monday May 3 

If you are interested in participating in a spring sport please fill out one of the forms that is linked below:

7th & 8th Grade

6th Grade

8th Graders: The weight room will be open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:30-7:30 for anyone interested in improving their strength, agility, and speed. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Von Behren.


Seventh-grade and eighth-grade girls interested in participating in the Ames High/Middle School softball program should complete the player/family contact form by March 10, 2021. More information will be provided at a future meeting, date/time TBD. Contact middle school coach and teacher, Traci Smith, with questions (traci.smith@ames.k12.ia.us).


Haiti FLL Project

Do you have any computers that you don’t use but still work? We are the FIRST LEGO team called the Speedy Turtles at AMS. This year we are doing an outreach project to help out our friends on the FIRST LEGO League teams in Haiti. We are trying to raise $3000 for 10 laptops because right now they only have one laptop. Please bring donations of money or laptops to Student Services. Please see our flyer for more details. Thank you for your time.


#OurAmazingStudents

Parents, we want your photos! We know that this year has had some challenging moments for our students, but we have also seen them do amazing things. Share an educational moment with us that made you proud. Find more information, including the submission form, on our website. #AmesCSD


2019-20 AMS Yearbooks If you missed purchasing a yearbook you may still purchase and pickup for $30 at the main office. This year’s 2020-21 AMS Yearbook may be purchased on RevTrak or AMS.  To see if you have already purchased a 2020-21 AMS Yearbook please check your Revtrack account as the fee will continue to be an option even if you have already purchased one. Thank you for your purchases. Lisa Kirsch – AMS Yearbook Advisor


8th Grade Students and Parents interested in acceleration at the high school for 9th grade, applications are due by Monday, March 1.  They can be returned to Ms. Haglund in the Student Services office or directly to Mr. Josh Gorman at the high school.  Applications and more detailed information are available on the high school ELP website under the “Forms” heading.


8th Grade Students and Parents:  Students, please make sure to join your team Counseling google classroom.  All registration and four year plan information will be shared through the classroom. School counselors will work with you the week of February 15 to learn more about high school graduation requirements and 9th grade course offerings during your literacy class. Registration will occur on Monday, February 22 during American Studies class.  Assistance will happen during regular class time and will include both in-person and remote students.  Registration must be completed by Monday, March 1. Please contact Ms. Haglund (jennifer.haglund@ames.k12.ia.us) with questions.


From the Nurse’s Office

Attention Future 7th grade parents/students for the 2021-2022 school year: All 7th grade students are required to have the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) and the Meningococcal vaccinations before they can start 7th grade. If you received a letter in the mail, that means your student does not have these on file in my office. Please call to schedule this appointment. If you feel that your student has received these vaccinations, please contact their doctor’s office and have them fax me their record. Thank you for your help!

Josie Lemke RN, BSN
jlemke@ames.k12.ia.us

515-268-2404
515-268-2419 (fax)


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. We look forward to working with you!


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.


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. Students rotate through in their WIN groups and can check Flexisched for their current WIN offering.

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? 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.

Looking to review our September 24th New to AMS ELP Overview?  A narrated slideshow can be viewed.

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.


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.


Iowa English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21)

In person EL students will begin taking the ELPA21 with their English Language Learning teacher on Monday, February 22. If your child is a remote EL student, please contact their teacher: Ellie Caldwell (ellie.caldwell@ames.k12.ia.us) or Amanda Wright (amanda.wright@ames.k12.ia.us) to schedule a time for your student to come take the assessment either at Ames Middle School or the District Office. If you are not sure if your student qualifies to take the test, please send us an email and we will follow up with you. Get more information about the assessment. 


Builders Club:  Builders Club is having a Food Drive from February 22-March 11.  The food that is collected will be donated to Food at First in Ames.  Please bring your donations to Mrs. Bettazza’s room in H101 or you can set it in the boxes that will be by the front doors in the cafeteria.  The items that Food at First is in need of are:  Canned chicken, canned vegetables, canned soups, canned beans, canned fruit, cereal, olive oil and ziplock baggies.  Please help make this a great drive!

 

Monday 02/22

Tuesday 02/23

Wednesday 02/24

Thursday 02/25

Friday 02/26

In person

In person

In person

In person

In person

From Mr. DNA (6th Grade Science, 7th Grade Track Coach, 7th Grade Football Coach)

You really should go out for TRACK.  It will be AWESOME!  

More to come…


AMS Athletic Events

Week of Feb 22-26

Reminder: Due to Covid-19 policies, AMS students are not allowed to attend basketball games this season.

7th Grade Boys Basketball

  • Mon, Feb 22: Ames vs Fort Dodge  4:30pm
  • Tue, Feb 23: Ames vs DC-G  4:30pm

8th Grade Boys Basketball

  • Mon, Feb 22: Ames @ Ankeny Centennial  4:30pm
  • Tue, Feb 23: Ames @ DC-G  4:30pm
  • Thu, Feb 25: Ames vs Ankeny  4:30pm

8th Graders: The weight room will be open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:30-7:30 for anyone interested in improving their strength, agility, and speed. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Von Behren.


Seventh-grade and eighth-grade girls interested in participating in the Ames High/Middle School softball program should complete the player/family contact form (linked here) by March 10, 2021. More information will be provided at a future meeting, date/time TBD. Contact middle school coach and teacher, Traci Smith, with questions (traci.smith@ames.k12.ia.us).


Haiti FLL Project

Do you have any computers that you don’t use but still work? We are the FIRST LEGO team called the Speedy Turtles at AMS. This year we are doing an outreach project to help out our friends on the FIRST LEGO League teams in Haiti. We are trying to raise $3000 for 10 laptops because right now they only have one laptop. Please bring donations of money or laptops to Student Services. Please see our flyer for more details. Thank you for your time.


#OurAmazingStudents

Parents, we want your photos! We know that this year has had some challenging moments for our students, but we have also seen them do amazing things. Share an educational moment with us that made you proud. Find more information, including the submission form, on our website. #AmesCSD


2019-20 AMS Yearbooks If you missed purchasing a yearbook you may still purchase and pickup for $30 at the main office. This year’s 2020-21 AMS Yearbook may be purchased on RevTrak or AMS.  To see if you have already purchased a 2020-21 AMS Yearbook please check your Revtrack account as the fee will continue to be an option even if you have already purchased one. Thank you for your purchases. Lisa Kirsch – AMS Yearbook Advisor


8th Grade Students and Parents interested in acceleration at the high school for 9th grade, applications are due by Monday, March 1.  They can be returned to Ms. Haglund in the Student Services office or directly to Mr. Josh Gorman at the high school.  Applications and more detailed information are available on the high school ELP website under the “Forms” heading.


8th Grade Students and Parents:  Students, please make sure to join your team Counseling google classroom.  All registration and four year plan information will be shared through the classroom. School counselors will work with you the week of February 15 to learn more about high school graduation requirements and 9th grade course offerings during your literacy class. Registration will occur on Monday, February 22 during American Studies class.  Assistance will happen during regular class time and will include both in-person and remote students.  Registration must be completed by Monday, March 1. Please contact Ms. Haglund (jennifer.haglund@ames.k12.ia.us) with questions.


From the Nurse’s Office

Attention Future 7th grade parents/students for the 2021-2022 school year: All 7th grade students are required to have the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) and the Meningococcal vaccinations before they can start 7th grade. If you received a letter in the mail, that means your student does not have these on file in my office. Please call to schedule this appointment. If you feel that your student has received these vaccinations, please contact their doctor’s office and have them fax me their record. Thank you for your help!

Josie Lemke RN, BSN
jlemke@ames.k12.ia.us

515-268-2404
515-268-2419 (fax)


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. We look forward to working with you!


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.


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. Students rotate through in their WIN groups and can check Flexisched for their current WIN offering.

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.

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.

  • 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.


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.


Iowa English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21)

In person EL students will begin taking the ELPA21 with their English Language Learning teacher on Monday, February 22. If your child is a remote EL student, please contact their teacher: Ellie Caldwell (ellie.caldwell@ames.k12.ia.us) or Amanda Wright (amanda.wright@ames.k12.ia.us) to schedule a time for your student to come take the assessment either at Ames Middle School or the District Office. If you are not sure if your student qualifies to take the test, please send us an email and we will follow up with you. Get more information about the assessment. 


Builders Club:  Builders Club is having a Food Drive from February 22-March 11.  The food that is collected will be donated to Food at First in Ames.  Please bring your donations to Mrs. Bettazza’s room in H101 or you can set it in the boxes that will be by the front doors in the cafeteria.  The items that Food at First is in need of are:  Canned chicken, canned vegetables, canned soups, canned beans, canned fruit, cereal, olive oil and ziplock baggies.  Please help make this a great drive!

 

Monday 02/15

Tuesday 02/16

Wednesday 02/17

Thursday 02/18

Friday 02/19

In person

In person

In person

In person

 

From Mr. DNA (6th Grade Science, 7th Grade Track Coach, 7th Grade Football Coach)

  1. You are AMAZING! And I’m glad you are here!
  2. Science Rules!
  3. You (yes, you) should go out for TRACK this coming spring!

More to come…


AMS Athletic Events – Week of Feb 15-19

Reminder: Due to Covid-19 policies, AMS students are not allowed to attend basketball games this season.

7th Grade Boys Basketball

Mon, Feb 15: Ames vs Indianola  4:30pm
Thu, Feb 18: Ames vs Norwalk  4:30pm

8th Grade Boys Basketball

Mon, Feb 15: Ames @ Waukee Timberline  4:00pm (A/B Teams Only) 
Tue, Feb 9: Ames vs Indianola  4:30pm
Thu, Feb 18: Ames @ Marshalltown (C/D Teams Only)  4:30pm

8th Graders: The weight room will be open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:30-7:30 for anyone interested in improving their strength, agility, and speed. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Von Behren.


#OurAmazingStudents

Parents, we want your photos! We know that this year has had some challenging moments for our students, but we have also seen them do amazing things. Share an educational moment with us that made you proud. Find more information, including the submission form, on our website. #AmesCSD


2019-20 AMS Yearbooks If you missed purchasing a yearbook you may still purchase and pickup for $30 at the main office. This year’s 2020-21 AMS Yearbook may be purchased on RevTrak or AMS.  To see if you have already purchased a 2020-21 AMS Yearbook please check your Revtrack account as the fee will continue to be an option even if you have already purchased one. Thank you for your purchases. Lisa Kirsch – AMS Yearbook Advisor


8th Grade Students and Parents interested in acceleration at the high school for 9th grade, applications are due by Monday, March 1.  They can be returned to Ms. Haglund in the Student Services office or directly to Mr. Josh Gorman at the high school.  Applications and more detailed information are available on the high school ELP website under the “Forms” heading.


8th Grade Students and Parents:  Students, please make sure to join your team Counseling google classroom.  All registration and four year plan information will be shared through the classroom. School counselors will work with you the week of February 15 to learn more about high school graduation requirements and 9th grade course offerings during your literacy class. Registration will occur on Monday, February 22 during American Studies class.  Assistance will happen during regular class time and will include both in-person and remote students.  Registration must be completed by Monday, March 1. Please contact Ms. Hagund (jennifer.haglund@ames.k12.ia.us) with questions.


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. We look forward to working with you!


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.


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. Students rotate through in their WIN groups and can check Flexisched for their current WIN offering.

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.

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.

  • 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.


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.


Iowa English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21)

In person EL students will begin taking the ELPA21 on Monday, February 22. If your child is a remote EL student, please contact their teacher: Ellie Caldwell (ellie.caldwell@ames.k12.ia.us) or Amanda Wright (amanda.wright@ames.k12.ia.us) to schedule a time for your student to come take the assessment either at Ames Middle School or the District Office. Get more information about the assessment online.  


Builders Club:  Builders Club will meet this month on February 17 this month.  We will be working on the food drive!  Hope to see you there in H101!

 

Monday 02/08

Tuesday 02/09

Wednesday 02/10

Thursday 02/11

Friday 02/12

In person

In person

In person

In person

 

AMS Athletic Events
Week of Feb 8-12

Reminder: Due to Covid-19 policies, AMS students are not allowed to attend basketball games this season.

7th Grade Boys Basketball

  • Mon, Feb 8: Ames vs Mason City  4:30pm
  • Thu, Feb 11: Ames @ Fort Dodge  4:30pm

8th Grade Boys Basketball

  • Tue, Feb 9: Ames @  SE Polk  4:30pm
  • Thu, Feb 1: Ames vs WDM Stilwell  4:30pm

8th Graders: Starting February 9th the weight room will be open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:30-7:30 for anyone interested in improving their strength, agility, and speed. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Von Behren.  


#OurAmazingStudents

Parents, we want your photos! We know that this year has had some challenging moments for our students, but we have also seen them do amazing things. Share an educational moment with us that made you proud. Find more information, including the submission form, on our website. #AmesCSD https://www.ames.k12.ia.us/2021/01/ouramazingstudents/


2019-20 AMS Yearbooks If you missed purchasing a yearbook you may still purchase and pickup for $30 at the main office. This year’s 2020-21 AMS Yearbook may be purchased on RevTrak or AMS.  To see if you have already purchased a 2020-21 AMS Yearbook please check your Revtrack account as the fee will continue to be an option even if you have already purchased one. Thank you for your purchases. Lisa Kirsch – AMS Yearbook Advisor


Attention Ms. Dobyns Art 1 & Art 2 Artists! The school is generously providing art materials for each art student–both In-School and Remote learners.  Remote families will need to swing by the school to collect learner materials. Remote Learner Families, please plan to pick up your Art Materials Packet this week on February 8th through 12th.  Materials will be available in the AMS Main Office and can be picked up during school hours.  Email Ms. Dobyns with questions, cappie.dobyns@ames.k12.ia.us


8th Grade Students and Parents:  School counselors will work with you the week of February 15 to learn more about high school graduation requirements and 9th grade course offerings. Registration will occur during the week of February 22.  Specific dates and times will be announced soon but assistance will happen during regular class time and will include both in-person and remote students.  Please watch for further information by next week.


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. We look forward to working with you!


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.


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. Students rotate through in their WIN groups and can check Flexisched for their current WIN offering.

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.

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.

  • 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.


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.


SCIENCE IN THE CITY INFORMATION

Hello Ames Middle School! This year, you’re invited to join Science in the City. It’s a virtual club for students who want to learn the skills not taught in your classes. You do not need to be strong in STEM to join. Come explore our community through hands-on, real-world activities, learn skills used in every career, and have a blast making a difference. If you are interested, please fill out the Science in the City registration form. For more information click the following link to review our student information. If you have any questions, please let us know at amessitc@gmail.com. Thank you and we hope to work with you soon! The Middle School teacher sponsor is Katrina Williams.

 

Monday 2/1 Tuesday 2/2 Wednesday 2/3 Thursday 2/4 Friday 2/5

In person

Special schedule

In person

In person

In person

 

February 1st Special Bell Schedule (Monday ONLY):

6th Grade

Period Notes Start Time End Time
HR   7:45 am 8:15 am
1   8:20 am 9:05 am
2   9:10 am 9:55 am
3 WIN 10:00 am 10:45 am
Lunch   10:50 am 11:20 am
4   11:25 am 12:10 am
5   12:15 am 1:00 pm
6   1:05 pm 1:50 pm
7   1:55 pm 2:45 pm

7th Grade

Period Notes Start Time End Time
HR   7:45 am 8:15 am
1   8:20 am 9:05 am
2 WIN 9:10 am 9:55 am
3   10:00 am 10:45 am
4   10:50 am 11:35 am
Lunch   11:40 am 12:10 am
5   12:15 am 1:00 pm
6   1:05 pm 1:50 pm
7   1:55 pm 2:45 pm

8th Grade

Period Notes Start Time End Time
HR   7:45 am 8:15 am
1 WIN 8:20 am 9:05 am
2   9:10 am 9:55 am
3   10:00 am 10:45 am
4   10:50 am 11:35 am
5   11:40 am 12:25 am
Lunch   12:30 am 1:00 pm
6   1:05 pm 1:50 pm
7   1:55 pm 2:45 pm

100% face-to-face instruction starting Monday, February 1st

  1. School Hours: Current legislation requires us to meet 1080 hours a year.  The schedule below will meet those requirements.  We will communicate any changes if new legislation prevents us from moving forward with this plan.  There is no indication in the proposed legislation that would prevent  us from moving forward with a 4 day school week.
    1. Classes will meet from 7:45am – 2:45pm Monday through Thursday each week.
    2. The doors will open for students to enter the building at 7:35am. 
    3. We will follow our current arrival and dismissal procedures. They are linked within our student and family handbook for your reference.
    4. The daily AMS bell schedule is available. As a reminder, remote campus students will also follow the new bell schedule while learning from home.
  2. Fridays
    1. No instruction will be provided to students on Fridays except for the four Fridays listed below.
    2. In order to meet our instructional hours, we will have four Fridays of in person instruction for all students. Please monitor the weekly schedule shown above. The same hours will be followed as described above:
      1. Friday, February 26
      2. Friday, March 26
      3. Friday, April 30
      4. Friday, June 4
  3. Second Semester Schedules
    1. Your student(s) were able to access their new schedule in Infinite Campus  on Wednesday, January 27th at 4pm. 
    2. All students will receive a paper copy of their schedule on Monday, February 1st. The teachers will remain the same; however the order in which they appear may be different
    3. We will have adults available to support students as they learn their new schedules throughout the day during transition times on Monday, February 1st.
    4. Bussing
      1. Busses will continue to be available for your student(s). You will receive updated information from our transportation department by Friday, January 29th.
      2. Please contact Leslie Weible at leslie.weible@ames.k12.ia.us or via phone at 515-268-6626 if you do not receive your updated bussing info by 2:30 pm on Friday, Jan. 29th.
    5. Changing Models
        1. In Person to Remote: You may request a change to remote campus at any time. Please fill out the Learning Model Delivery Change Request Form
        2. Remote to In Person: You may request to change to in person learning at transition times outlined by ACSD. The next deadline to fill out the form and transition to in person instruction is April 4th. In person instruction would begin during the 4th quarter. Any changes to these dates will be communicated by ACSD. Please fill out the Learning Model Delivery Change Request Form

AMS Athletic Events

Week of Feb 1-5

Reminder: Due to Covid-19 policies, AMS students are not allowed to attend basketball games this season.

7th Grade Boys Basketball

Mon, Feb 1: Ames vs North Polk  4:30pm
Tue, Feb 2: Ames @ Indianola  4:30pm
Thu, Feb 4: Ames vs Fort Dodge  4:30pm

8th Grade Boys Basketball

Tue, Feb 2: Ames (C/D) vs Urbandale (C/D)  4:30pm
Tue, Feb 2: Ames (A/B) @ Urbandale (A/B)  4:30pm
Tue, Feb 4: Ames @ Fort Dodge  4:30pm


#OurAmazingStudents

Parents, we want your photos! We know that this year has had some challenging moments for our students, but we have also seen them do amazing things. Share an educational moment with us that made you proud. Find more information, including the submission form, on our website. #AmesCSD


2019-20 AMS Yearbooks If you missed purchasing a yearbook you may still purchase and pickup for $30 at the main office. This year’s 2020-21 AMS Yearbook may be purchased on RevTrak or AMS.  To see if you have already purchased a 2020-21 AMS Yearbook please check your Revtrack account as the fee will continue to be an option even if you have already purchased one. Thank you for your purchases. Lisa Kirsch – AMS Yearbook Advisor


Join AHS Senior Vijay Williams for a Graphic Novel and Comics Workshop!

The AMS literary magazine, The Orange and Black, is proud to offer a Graphic Novel and Comics Workshop for ALL interested AMS students on Wednesday, February 3 from 3-4 pm (digitally). 

We are proud to welcome back AMS alum Vijay Williams, author and artist of the Maximum Comic Series, to lead this workshop.

All levels of experience welcome! To join the workshop, please fill out the INTEREST FORM to receive the meet link, or email Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us


6th Grade Art 1 and Art 2 students for quarter 3:

Art supplies for Remote Students are available for pick up the week of Feb. 1st-5 from the main office from 7:30-4:00. These supplies are necessary for the projects this quarter.


6th Grade Art students from quarter 2 should return Oil Pastels to the main office or 6th art classroom this week.


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. 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!


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.


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. Students rotate through in their WIN groups and can check Flexisched for their current WIN offering.

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.

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.

  • 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.


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.


Boys and Girls Club

Our hours are currently 3-5:30pm M-F.  Total cost for NEW members will be $25 for the remainder of the school year.  If a student has already been a part of the Club for the 2020-2021 school year or our more recent day school programming, they will not need to pay again.  As we continue to mitigate Covid 19 we will continue our weekly registrations and will cap attendance at 50 students a day.  A daily healthy nutritious meal and snack is also being provided.  All spots will be first come, first serve. 

We currently have openings.  If you would like to sign your student up, please reach out to the Club at 515-233-1872, and we can get them signed up. 


SCIENCE IN THE CITY INFORMATION

Hello Ames Middle School! This year, you’re invited to join Science in the City. It’s a virtual club for students who want to learn the skills not taught in your classes. You do not need to be strong in STEM to join. Come explore our community through hands-on, real-world activities, learn skills used in every career, and have a blast making a difference. If you are interested, please fill out the Science in the City registration form. For more information click the following link to review our student information. If you have any questions, please let us know at amessitc@gmail.com. Thank you and we hope to work with you soon! The Middle School teacher sponsor is Katrina Williams.

 

Monday 1/25 Tuesday 1/26 Wednesday 1/27 Thursday 1/28 Friday 1/29

Cohort 1 and 2

Cohort 1 and 2

Cohort 1 and 2

Cohort 3 and 4

Cohort 3 and 4

AMS Athletic Events

Week of Jan 25-29

Reminder: Due to Covid-19 policies, AMS students are not allowed to attend basketball games this season.

7th Grade Boys Basketball

  • Mon, Jan 25: Ames (C Team) vs North Polk (C Team)  4:30pm
  • Mon, Jan 25: Ames (A/B Teams) @ Mason City (A/B Teams) 4:30pm
  • Thu, Jan 28: Ames vs Fort Dodge  4:30pm

8th Grade Boys Basketball

  • Tue, Jan 26: Ames vs Waukee Timberline 4:30pm

#OurAmazingStudents

Parents, we want your photos! We know that this year has had some challenging moments for our students, but we have also seen them do amazing things. Share an educational moment with us that made you proud. Find more information, including the submission form, on our website.


Interested in Educational Student Summer Travel? Check out the Peru Trip Opportunity, Summer of 2022.  Any questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Shaeffer at lindsey.shaeffer@ames.k12.ia.us


2019-20 AMS Yearbooks  Remote Campus Students who have  purchased a 2019-20 Yearbook have been notified via Infinite Campus Messenger to pick up their yearbooks from the AMS Main Office the week of Jan.11 through week Jan. 22.  If you missed purchasing a yearbook you may still purchase and pickup for $30 at the main office. This year’s 2020-21 AMS Yearbook may be purchased on RevTrak or AMS.  To see if you have already purchased a 2020-21 AMS Yearbook please check your parent portal as the fee will continue to be an option even if you have already purchased one. Thank you for your purchases. Lisa Kirsch – AMS Yearbook Advisor


Join AHS Senior Vijay Williams for a Graphic Novel and Comics Workshop!

The AMS literary magazine, The Orange and Black, is proud to offer a Graphic Novel and Comics Workshop for ALL interested AMS students on Wednesday, February 3 from 3-4 pm (digitally). 

We are proud to welcome back AMS alum Vijay Williams, author and artist of the Maximum Comic Series, to lead this workshop.

All levels of experience welcome! To join the workshop, please fill out the INTEREST FORM to receive the meet link, or email Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us


Checking In on Infinite Campus

Students that are learning from home need to check in 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. 

REMINDER: Hybrid students need to only check in on the days that they are supposed to be learning from home. Remote Campus students will need to check in every day. All students will need to check in should hybrid learning be called off due to bad weather conditions.


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. 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!


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!

AMS history day sponsor is Steph Schares.


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 until 10:00 AM that morning. The online form can also be used to report any absence, illness related or not.


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.


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. Students rotate through in their WIN groups and can check Flexisched for their current WIN offering.

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? Fill out the PRISM at AMS 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 if you have questions.


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?  View our narrated slideshow.

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.


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.


SCIENCE IN THE CITY INFORMATION

Hello Ames Middle School! This year, you’re invited to join Science in the City. It’s a virtual club for students who want to learn the skills not taught in your classes. You do not need to be strong in STEM to join. Come explore our community through hands-on, real-world activities, learn skills used in every career, and have a blast making a difference. If you are interested, please fill out the Science in the City registration form. For more information click the following link to review our student information. If you have any questions, please let us know at amessitc@gmail.com. Thank you and we hope to work with you soon! The Middle School teacher sponsor is Katrina Williams.


Boys and Girls Club

Our hours are currently 3-5:30pm M-F.  Total cost for NEW members will be $25 for the remainder of the school year.  If a student has already been a part of the Club for the 2020-2021 school year or our more recent day school programming, they will not need to pay again.  As we continue to mitigate Covid 19 we will continue our weekly registrations and will cap attendance at 50 students a day.  A daily healthy nutritious meal and snack is also being provided.  All spots will be first come, first serve. 

We currently have openings.  If you would like to sign your student up, please reach out to the Club at 515-233-1872, and we can get them signed up. 

 

Monday 1/18 Tuesday 1/19 Wednesday 1/20 Thursday 1/21 Friday 1/22

NO SCHOOL

Cohort 1 and 2

Cohort 1 and 2

Cohort 3 and 4

Cohort 3 and 4

AMS Athletic Events  – Week of Jan 18-22

Reminder: Due to Covid-19 policies, AMS students are not allowed to attend basketball games this season.

7th Grade Boys Basketball

Tue, Jan 19: Ames vs Fort Dodge  4:30pm
Thu, Jan 21: Ames @ Dallas Center-Grimes  4:30pm

8th Grade Boys Basketball

Tue, Jan 19: Ames @ Johnston 4:30pm
Thu, Jan 21: Ames vs Waukee Prairieview  4:30pm


#OurAmazingStudents

Parents, we want your photos! We know that this year has had some challenging moments for our students, but we have also seen them do amazing things. Share an educational moment with us that made you proud. Find more information, including the submission form, on our website.


Interested in Educational Student Summer Travel? Check out this Peru Trip Opportunity, Summer of 2022.  Informational Parent Meeting:
Where: Virtual Google Meeting – Link (https://meet.google.com/pii-iyzm-fjs)
When: January 21st 

TIME: 6:00 PM

Let me know if you can come by RSVP’ing to the meeting directly via our link or codes below by Wednesday, January 20th, 2021.

Any questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Shaeffer at lindsey.shaeffer@ames.k12.ia.us


2019-20 AMS Yearbooks  Remote Campus Students who have  purchased a 2019-20 Yearbook have been notified via Infinite Campus Messenger to pick up their yearbooks from the AMS Main Office the week of Jan.11 through week Jan. 22.  If you missed purchasing a yearbook you may still purchase and pickup for $30 at the main office. This year’s 2020-21 AMS Yearbook may be purchased on RevTrak or AMS.  To see if you have already purchased a 2020-21 AMS Yearbook please check your parent portal as the fee will continue to be an option even if you have already purchased one. Thank you for your purchases. Lisa Kirsch – AMS Yearbook Advisor


Builders Club will be having 2 more guest speakers this month.  We have a meeting on January 13 and on January 20.  Please make sure that you join our Google Classroom (edgjiv5) for the Google Meet link.  If you have missed the last couple of speakers you can login to the Google Classroom and watch the meeting.  Hope to see you there!


Join Iowa Writer Denise Williams for a Fiction Writing Workshop!

The AMS literary magazine, The Orange and Black, is proud to offer a Fiction Writing Workshop for ALL interested AMS students on Wednesday, January 20 from 3-4 pm (digitally). Denise Williams, author of How To Fail at Flirting, will be leading students through various writing exercises geared for middle school learners.

All levels of experience welcome! To join the workshop, please fill out the INTEREST FORM to receive the meet link, or email Steph Schares.


Checking In on Infinite Campus

Students that are learning from home need to check in 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. 

REMINDER: Hybrid students need to only check in on the days that they are supposed to be learning from home. Remote Campus students will need to check in every day. All students will need to check in should hybrid learning be called off due to bad weather conditions.


Parents of 8th Grade Students–Mark your calendars!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 19, at 6:30 pm

WHAT: Ames High School Course Choices for incoming Freshman Presentation

Ames High School invites you to attend an informational meeting regarding your student’s next year’s high school class choices.  We will host a virtual meeting presenting information regarding high school graduation requirements, curriculum, and classes offered.  The format will be similar to district board meetings.  We will have building administration, school counselors, and teachers on hand to present, as well as answer questions by raising your hand.  A recording of the event will be made available for those who are not able to attend.

HOW: Watch for a future Infinite Campus message sent to include meeting join information.

If you have additional questions, please contact Ames High School at (515) 817-0600.


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. 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 for more details.  Don’t miss out on this amazing adventure!


Quarter 1 6th grade art students: Email Mrs. Knutson with a time you want to pick up your Oil Pastel drawing if it was in the display case by the media center.


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!

AMS history day sponsor is Steph Schares.


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 until 10:00 AM that morning. The online form can also be used to report any absence, illness related or not.


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.


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. Students rotate through in their WIN groups and can check Flexisched for their current WIN offering.

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? Fill out the PRISM at AMS 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 if you have questions.


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?  View our narrated slideshow.

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.


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.


Boys and Girls Club

Our hours are currently 3-5:30pm M-F.  Total cost for NEW members will be $25 for the remainder of the school year.  If a student has already been a part of the Club for the 2020-2021 school year or our more recent day school programming, they will not need to pay again.  As we continue to mitigate Covid 19 we will continue our weekly registrations and will cap attendance at 50 students a day.  A daily healthy nutritious meal and snack is also being provided.  All spots will be first come, first serve. 

We currently have openings.  If you would like to sign your student up, please reach out to the Club at 515-233-1872, and we can get them signed up. 

 

Monday 1/11 Tuesday 1/12 Wednesday 1/13 Thursday 1/14 Friday 1/15

Cohort 1 and 2

Cohort 1 and 2

Cohort 3 and 4

Cohort 3 and 4

Cohort 3 and 4

The 2019-20 AMS yearbooks have arrived. Purchased yearbooks will be delivered to the students who have purchased these to their Homeroom Teacher’s classroom on Monday, December 14.  “Purchase List” names were based on RevTrak or credit card/cash/check to the AMS main office.  If your student does not receive one, you may still purchase for $30 in the Main Office or share a receipt of purchase to lisa.kirsch@ames.k12.ia.us or gabrielle.smith@ames.k12.ia.us and we will be sure to deliver a book to your student. Orders for this year’s 2020-21 Yearbook will be taken through RevTrack or payments may be made to AMS. Please indicate the year of the book you are purchasing in the memo. Enjoy browsing through the 2019-20 yearbook that turned out to be an extraordinary year of events.  Thank you for your purchase. Lisa Kirsch – AMS Yearbook Advisor


Builders Club will be having 2 more guest speakers this month.  We have a meeting on January 13 and on January 20.  Please make sure that you join our Google Classroom (edgjiv5) for the Google Meet link.  If you have missed the last couple of speakers you can login to the Google Classroom and watch the meeting.  Hope to see you there!


Join Iowa Writer Denise Williams for a Fiction Writing Workshop!

The AMS literary magazine, The Orange and Black, is proud to offer a Fiction Writing Workshop for ALL interested AMS students on Wednesday, January 20 from 3-4 pm (digitally). Denise Williams, author of How To Fail at Flirting, will be leading students through various writing exercises geared for middle school learners.

All levels of experience welcome! To join the workshop, please fill out the INTEREST FORM to receive the meet link, or email Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us


The Orange and Black–the AMS literary magazine– is offering a POETRY WORKSHOP to all AMS students Tuesday, Jan 12 (digitally) from 3-4 pm.

The workshop will be hosted by poet Robert Tremmel. All levels welcome! Beginner to advanced!

If you’re interested, please fill out the INTEREST FORM linked here so you can be sent the meet link closer to the date. Questions regarding the event can be directed to Steph Schares at steph.schares@ames.k12.ia.us 

Don’t forget: you can submit your workshopped poetry for publication in The Orange and Black! Check out submission details here: https://sites.google.com/ames.k12.ia.us/orange-and-black-2021/submit-your-piece


Checking In on Infinite Campus

Students that are learning from home need to check in 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. 

REMINDER: Hybrid students need to only check in on the days that they are supposed to be learning from home. Remote Campus students will need to check in every day. All students will need to check in should hybrid learning be called off due to bad weather conditions.


AMS Athletic Events

7th Grade Boys Basketball:  Practice will begin Monday, January 4th at 6:30 a.m. The doors at the gym entrance will be open at 6:15 a.m.

8th Grade Boys Basketball:  Practice will begin on Monday, January 4th at 3:30 p.m. Athletes that are attending school will need to report to the lunchroom for Study Table once the school day ends at 2:40. Online/Remote students coming to school for practice should enter the building at the gym doors and arrive no earlier than 3:15 p.m.

Please make sure your physical and concussion forms are up to date.


Parents of 8th Grade Students–Mark your calendars!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 19, at 6:30 pm

WHAT: Ames High School Course Choices for incoming Freshman Presentation

Ames High School invites you to attend an informational meeting regarding your student’s next year’s high school class choices.  We will host a virtual meeting presenting information regarding high school graduation requirements, curriculum, and classes offered.  The format will be similar to district board meetings.  We will have building administration, school counselors, and teachers on hand to present, as well as answer questions by raising your hand.  A recording of the event will be made available for those who are not able to attend.

HOW: Watch for a future Infinite Campus message sent to include meeting join information.


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!


Ames High – 8th Grade Parent Meeting for the 21-22 School Year

Ames High School invites you to attend an informational meeting regarding your student’s next year’s high school class choices.  Tuesday, January 19, at 6:30 pm will host a virtual meeting presenting information regarding high school graduation requirements, curriculum, and classes offered.  The format will be similar to district board meetings.  We will have building administration, school counselors, and teachers on hand to present, as well as answer questions by raising your hand.  A recording of the event will be made available for those who are not able to attend.

If you have additional questions, please contact Ames High School at (515) 817-0600.


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!


Quarter 1 6th grade art students: Email Mrs. Knutson with a time you want to pick up your Oil Pastel drawing if it was in the display case by the media center.


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 Retakes day has been rescheduled for January 13th. Sign up here if your student is in Cohort ½ or a Remote Campus student and would like to have their picture retaken. If you have already had your photo taken this year, you must bring your entire received picture packet with you at the time of retake. This will be the only retake day. You may pre-order your photos (if you have NOT had a photo taken yet) at Lifetouch.com our code for retake day is: EVTBH3PQH


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 until 10:00 AM that morning. The online form can also be used to report any absence, illness related or not.


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.


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.


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.

 

Winter Break is from December 21st-January 1st. Students will return to school on Monday January 4th. 

Monday 1/4 Tuesday 1/5 Wednesday 1/6 Thursday 1/7 Friday 1/8

Cohort 1 and 2

Cohort 1 and 2

Cohort 1 and 2

Cohort 3 and 4

Cohort 3 and 4

The 2019-20 AMS yearbooks have arrived. Purchased yearbooks will be delivered to the students who have purchased these to their Homeroom Teacher’s classroom on Monday, December 14.  “Purchase List” names were based on RevTrak or credit card/cash/check to the AMS main office.  If your student does not receive one, you may still purchase for $30 in the Main Office or share a receipt of purchase to lisa.kirsch@ames.k12.ia.us or gabrielle.smith@ames.k12.ia.us and we will be sure to deliver a book to your student. Orders for this year’s 2020-21 Yearbook will be taken through RevTrack or payments may be made to AMS. Please indicate the year of the book you are purchasing in the memo. Enjoy browsing through the 2019-20 yearbook that turned out to be an extraordinary year of events.  Thank you for your purchase. Lisa Kirsch – AMS Yearbook Advisor


Checking In on Infinite Campus

Students that are learning from home need to check in 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. 

REMINDER: Hybrid students need to only check in on the days that they are supposed to be learning from home. Remote Campus students will need to check in every day. All students will need to check in should hybrid learning be called off due to bad weather conditions.


AMS Athletic Events

7th Grade Boys Basketball:  Practice will begin Monday, January 4th at 6:30 a.m. The doors at the gym entrance will be open at 6:15 a.m.

8th Grade Boys Basketball:  Practice will begin on Monday, January 4th at 3:30 p.m. Athletes that are attending school will need to report to the lunchroom for Study Table once the school day ends at 2:40. Online/Remote students coming to school for practice should enter the building at the gym doors and arrive no earlier than 3:15 p.m.

Please make sure your physical and concussion forms are up to date.


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!


Attention Q2 Art I Remote Art Students in Ms. Dobyns classes: If you were unable to pick up your ARt Materials Packet during the week of December 7th, please plan to pick up your Art Materials this week during school hours from the front office. 


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!


Quarter 1 6th grade art students: 

Email Mrs. Knutson with a time you want to pick up your Oil Pastel drawing if it was in the display case by the media center.


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.


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 Retakes day has been rescheduled for January 13th. 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 in next week’s announcements. You may pre-order your photos (if you have NOT* had a photo taken yet) at Lifetouch.com our code for retake day is: EVTBH3PQH


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


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


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, and more.  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 site.

8th Grade Website


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 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 12/14 Tuesday 12/15 Wednesday 12/16 Thursday 12/17 Friday 12/18

Cohort 1 and 2

Cohort 1 and 2

Cohort 3 and 4

Cohort 3 and 4

Cohort 3 and 4

Winter Break is from December 21st-January 1st.

ON Friday, December 18th, we will be following the beginning of day assembly bell schedule, found below:

The Cyclone Leadership Council is sponsoring a Virtual Talent Show.  Ames middle school students will be featured in the performance.  Students will view the virtual talent show in their homerooms both in person and online during the assembly time.

AMSDec18Schedule

 


The 2019-20 AMS yearbooks have arrived. Purchased yearbooks will be delivered to the students who have purchased these to their Homeroom Teacher’s classroom on Monday, December 14.  “Purchase List” names were based on RevTrak or credit card/cash/check to the AMS main office.  If your student does not receive one, you may still purchase for $30 in the Main Office or share a receipt of purchase to lisa.kirsch@ames.k12.ia.us or gabrielle.smith@ames.k12.ia.us and we will be sure to deliver a book to your student. Orders for this year’s 2020-21 Yearbook will be taken through RevTrack or payments may be made to AMS. Please indicate the year of the book you are purchasing in the memo. Enjoy browsing through the 2019-20 yearbook that turned out to be an extraordinary year of events.  Thank you for your purchase. Lisa Kirsch – AMS Yearbook Advisor


Checking In on Infinite Campus

Students that are learning from home need to check in 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. 

REMINDER: Hybrid students need to only check in on the days that they are supposed to be learning from home. Remote Campus students will need to check in every day. All students will need to check in should hybrid learning be called off due to bad weather conditions.


AMS Athletic Events

No AMS Athletics events will be held until January 4, 2021.
There will be a virtual boys 8th grade basketball meeting on Wednesday 12/16 at:  meet.google.com/krv-oseh-kbp


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!


Attention Q2 Art I Remote Art Students in Ms. Dobyns classes: If you were unable to pick up your ARt Materials Packet during the week of December 7th, please plan to pick up your Art Materials this week during school hours from the front office. 


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!


Quarter 1 6th grade art students: 

Email Mrs. Knutson with a time you want to pick up your Oil Pastel drawing if it was in the display case by the media center.


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.


All quarter 1 Kirsch 7th or 8th Art students may pick up their artwork before break beginning Monday, December 14 through Friday December 18.


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 Retakes day has been rescheduled for January 13th. 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 in next week’s announcements. You may pre-order your photos (if you have NOT* had a photo taken yet) at Lifetouch.com our code for retake day is: EVTBH3PQH


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.


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 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!


A Huge THANK YOU to all the adults in the AMS community who volunteered their time to be guest speakers in my class last week. Thank you to Dorothy Masinde, Virginia Hanson, Nicole Banner, Ben Whye, Mandy Fales-Williams, Caroline Westort, Gary Eyles, Kathy Melago, and Erica Douglas. Your time is appreciated! Sincerely, Ms. Schares and the ELP students.

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