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Monday 05/10

Tuesday 05/11

Wednesday 05/12

Thursday 05/13

Friday 05/14

In person

In person

In person

In person

 


AMS Athletic Events: 5/10-5/14

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.


AMS Summer Strength & Speed Camp: Ames Middle School and Coach Jesse Von Behren will be offering a Strength & Speed Camp this summer in the AMS weight room. Any student who will be a 7th or 8th grader next year (2021-2022) is eligible to participate in the camp. Daily activities will focus on weightlifting, speed and agility drills, and conditioning. 

What: Strength & Speed Camp
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday, June 10-August 12 (No camp will be held on July 27 or 29)
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Where: AMS Weight Room/North Practice Field
Cost: $50 (reduced fees available for those who qualify)
Note: Camp t-shirts are included with the registration fee 

Contact Coach Jesse VonBehren with any camp related questions: jesse.vonbehren@ames.k12.ia.us

Contact Activities Director Spencer Esslinger with questions about reduced fees: spencer.esslinger@ames.k12.ia.us

REGISTRATION


CONGRATS to Ananya Balaji and Shreya Srinath! Their National History Day group film documentary, Truth Vs. Suppression: The Communication of the Pentagon Papers, is moving on to NHD Nationals! Way to go, historians!


Q3/ Art 2 with Ms. Dobyns: Hello artists! Please stop by and pick up your displayed art when convenient.


The Ames High Athletic Booster Club Fundraiser

Please join the Ames High Athletic Booster Club as they raise funds for the weight room in the new Ames High School…all while having fun on the golf course!  

When: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Where: Ames Golf & Country Club
Registration and Information


AMS Online Book Fair

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

Online Book Fair Dates
The online book fair will be open for 2 weeks only: May 3rd – May 14th

Link to Book Fair Homepage
Click the link to start shopping the online book fair on May 3rd! 

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


Dear 8th grade students and parents,

Hello everyone! Ames High School is preparing to launch the 2021-2022 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) season!

We are Team Photon, a robotics team at Ames High. This upcoming season will be our second year together as a team. The mission of our team is to have a fun and safe environment where we can connect with robotics and our community.

Most members have come from a FIRST League (FLL) background, but being a former FLL member is not required to join.

If you are interested in joining Team Photon, you can attend our FIRST Steps Into FTC recruitment event on Friday, May 21st from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Ames Middle School Gym 1. Students and parents invited. We will be demonstrating our 2021 robot, talking about our team, and have interviews with local STEM professionals. Please fill out this registration form if you are interested in attending.

Our team is looking forward to working with your student and helping them grow in the STEM field! Please contact us if you have any questions!

Team Photon
Ames High School FTC Team
ftcphoton@gmail.com


7th Grade Website

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


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


Are you an 8th grader interested in high school robotics? 

Team Neutrino is a Story County high school FIRST Robotics Competition team, celebrating 10 years of award-winning engineering. Team Neutrino is searching for new students of any skill/experience level to participate in a number of fields. The team offers unique opportunities in the areas of robot design, strategy, community outreach, marketing, fundraising, and more. For more information, you can join us for a remote information meeting on either Thursday, May 27 from 7:00-8:00pm or Friday, June 4 from 5:30-6:30pm. Students and parents invited! The link will be emailed to you once you fill out the interest form. We’d love to see you there!


AMS/AHS Off-Season Wrestling

AMS Wrestlers: If you are interested in some off-season work with our high school team there is training time available to you in the AHS Wrestling Room. Workout days/times are Wednesdays at 6:00pm and Sundays at 5:00pm. This workout time is open to any wrestlers (boys and girls) in grades 6-8.

Contact Coach Fecht if you have any questions.


Builders Club May Meeting:  Builders club will meet on May 12 and 19, from 3:30-4:30, in room H101 this month.  On May 12, we will be listening to a presentation about On the Capital, which is normally in person, but this year it is virtual.  We will also be discussing what the different officer roles are .  On May 19 we will be having a celebration of the year.  We will be in person if you are on campus or you can join our Google Classroom (Code edgjiv5) and join the meet!  We hope to see you there!  We have 2 meetings left and would love to have you join us!


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)


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

 

Monday 05/03

Tuesday 05/04

Wednesday 05/05

Thursday 05/06

Friday 05/07

In person

In person

In person

In person

 

AMS Athletic Events: 5/3-5/7

  • Monday, May 3: 7th Boys Track @ DC-G
  • Tuesday, May 4: 8th Girls Track @ WDM Valley

6th Grade Volleyball: 6th grade volleyball will begin on Monday, May 3. Practices will be held after school from 3:00-4:45. All volleyball players should report to the cafeteria after school for study table and will be dismissed for practice at 3:00. Online students can arrive through the main doors at 3:00 for practice. Parents should pick up their athletes in the Athletic Wing parking lot at 4:45.

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.  


AMS Online Book Fair

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

Online Book Fair Dates
The online book fair will be open for 2 weeks only: May 3rd – May 14th

Link to Book Fair Homepage
Click the link below to start shopping the online book fair on May 3rd! 

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


Reporting Attendance: Help us to help you. We greatly welcome any heads up on a student’s absence and can pre-program that absence into Infinite Campus. We welcome you to call us, email us, or even fill out our new online absence reporting form.


Dear 8th grade students and parents,

Hello everyone! Ames High School is preparing to launch the 2021-2022 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) season!

We are Team Photon, a robotics team at Ames High. This upcoming season will be our second year together as a team. The mission of our team is to have a fun and safe environment where we can connect with robotics and our community. Most members have come from a FIRST League (FLL) background, but being a former FLL member is not required to join.

If you are interested in joining Team Photon, you can attend our FIRST Steps Into FTC recruitment event on Friday, May 21st from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Ames Middle School Gym 1. Students and parents invited. We will be demonstrating our 2021 robot, talking about our team, and have interviews with local STEM professionals. Please fill out this registration form if you are interested in attending.

Our team is looking forward to working with your student and helping them grow in the STEM field! Please contact us if you have any questions!

Team Photon
Ames High School FTC Team
ftcphoton@gmail.com


AMS/AHS Off-Season Wrestling

AMS Wrestlers: If you are interested in some off-season work with our high school team there is training time available to you in the AHS Wrestling Room. Workout days/times are Wednesdays at 6:00pm and Sundays at 5:00pm. This workout time is open to any wrestlers (boys and girls) in grades 6-8.

Contact Coach Fecht if you have any questions.


Builders Club May Meeting:  Builders club will meet on May 12 and 19, from 3:30-4:30, in room H101 this month.  On May 12, we will be listening to a presentation about On the Capital, which is normally in person, but this year it is virtual.  We will also be discussing what the different officer roles are .  On May 19 we will be having a celebration of the year.  We will be in person if you are on campus or you can join our Google Classroom (Code edgjiv5) and join the meet!  We hope to see you there!  We have 2 meetings left and would love to have you join us!


Softball Open Gym: in the High School gym is open to 7-12 grade girls interested in the Ames High/Middle School softball program. Bring a glove, softball bat, and be prepared to play catch, go through hitting drills, take ground balls and pitch/catch (if it applies). Join the Remind App for updates on dates/times Class name: AHS Softball Class Code: @amessb or send a text message to the number 81010 with the message @amessb.


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)


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.


7th Grade Website

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


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


8th Grade Students and Parents: Ms. Haglund has now met with all classrooms to  complete their 4-year high school plans.  Parents, please check with your student to see if they have completed their plan.  If your student missed the 3-day lessons or needs a refresher, please have them check out their team Counseling Google classroom.  All information has been posted there, including videos with directions. The 4-year high school plan is a state of Iowa requirement for 8th grade students. An important component of this requirement includes parent review and signature, which will occur in May.  More information will be shared about this soon.

 

Monday 04/26

Tuesday 04/27

Wednesday 04/28

Thursday 04/29

Friday 04/30

In person

In person

In person

In person

In person

AMS Athletic Events: 4/26-4/30

  • Monday, April 26: 7th Girls Track @ Norwalk
  • Monday, April 26: 8th Boys/Girls Track @ Waukee
  • Thursday, April 29: 7th/8th Boys Track @ Fort Dodge

6th Grade Volleyball Meeting: An information meeting for 6th grade intramural volleyball will be held on Thursday, April 29 during homeroom. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria. All 6th graders interested in playing this spring should plan on attending the meeting. Online students can join the Google Meet here: 6th Grade Volleyball Meeting

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.  


Attention Parents! Don’t know what to make for dinner? On Thursday, April 29 the West Hy-Vee kitchen will be giving a portion of their proceeds toward the AMS Athletics Department. Be sure to mention something at the register about the Ames Middle School Fundraiser. Thank you for your support of AMS Athletics!


7th Grade Parents,

Please review the information about Teen Maze. If you wish to opt your student out, please complete the Teen Maze opt-out Form.


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 can plan to pick up your Art Materials Packet beginning April 19th.  Materials will be available in the AMS Main Office and can be picked up during school hours.  If you have questions or special needs, email Ms. Dobyns cappie.dobyns@ames.k12.ia.us.


Join Ms. Dobyns in SENDING CONGRATS to her art students & Nin-JAHS (art honor society) for earned spots in this year’s contests & exhibits! Enjoy viewing these amazing works from middle school artists by visiting the virtual exhibit links.

  • IN SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING: Lucy Read (Silver Key), Ethel Navarro (Silver Key) and Grace Compton (Honorable Mention)
  • IN UNI’s CURRIS BIENNIAL DESIGN EXHIBIT: Emersen Motl, To view visit: Curris Design Exhibit
  • IN OCTAGON MS EXHIBIT: Kenneth Bai, Maia Westort, Emma Gauger, Sophia Kyveryga, Ethel Navarro and Lucy Read K-8 Octagon Show
  • IN ART EDUCATORS OF IOWA YOUTH ART MONTH STATE EXHIBIT: Sophie Chen, Maia Westort, Lauren Risdal, Emileth Valdivia-Barajas, Ethel Navarro and Jacob Weber Youth Art Month Exhibit
  • IN THE DES MOINES ART FESTIVAL EXHIBIT: Adalyn McKeag, Jack Johnson, Jacob Weber and Levi Leptien. (summer showing)

The Ames Middle School Science Olympiad would like to congratulate all members of both the orange and black teams that competed at our state competition.   The orange team took 1st place at the state competition and will compete at the virtual National tournament on May 22nd.

Members earning 1st place event medals: Sayum Singhal (6th), Chetas Aduri (7th), Anriduh Manimaran (7th), Swaran Prasanna (7th), Anika Shrotriya (7th), Siri Amuluru (8th), Ananya Balaji (8th), Avyay Balaji (8th), Ethan Kwon (8th), Shreya Srinath (8th), Siray Zhu (8th), Abhi Amuluru (9th), Jacques Attinger (9th), Isaac Fangmann (9th) and Jiwen Li (9th)

Members earning 2nd place event medals: Sayum Singhal (6th), Sophia Kyveryga (7th), Ananya Balaji (8th), Avyay Balaji (8th), Siray Zhu (8th), Jacques Attinger (9th), Jason Li (9th), Salihcan Kremer (9th) and Kevin Wang (9th)  

Members earning 3rd place event medals: Sailesh Srinath (6th), Philip Stoytchev (6th), Chetas Aduri (7th), Anriduh Manimaran (7th), Anika Shrotriya (7th) and Shreya Srinath (8th), 

Additional team members: Laura Wang (6th), Simay Zhu (6th), Jackson Diekmann (7th)  and Josh Wo (8th)


The Ames Middle School Mathcounts club is proud to recognize our members who competed in recent chapter and state competitions.  Siray Zhu, Chetas Aduri and Merrick Basnet advanced to the 2021 State of Iowa Mathcounts championship.  Out of 58 students, Chetas placed 5th out of 58 students.  Siray finished 4th and will advance to be a part of Team Iowa in the National Mathcounts competition.

Fifteen students took part in the Chapter competition.  These students were Ananya Balaji, Anika Shrotriya, Avyay Balaji, Brennen Bhave, David Zhang, Fyona Shi, Kelsey Allman, Laura Chen, Nathan Poag, Shreya Srinath, Simay Zhu, and Sunney Que, in addition to Siray, Chetas and Merrick.

Mathcounts is a national mathematical competition club.  Students complete challenging mathematical problems and real world situations.  

Please join Ms. Booten and Mr. Alden, in congratulating these students on a fantastic season.


Dear 8th grade students and parents,

Hello everyone! Ames High School is preparing to launch the 2021-2022 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) season!

We are Team Photon, a robotics team at Ames High. This upcoming season will be our second year together as a team. The mission of our team is to have a fun and safe environment where we can connect with robotics and our community.

Most members have come from a FIRST League (FLL) background, but being a former FLL member is not required to join.

If you are interested in joining Team Photon, you can attend our FIRST Steps Into FTC recruitment event on Friday, May 21st from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Ames Middle School Gym 1. Students and parents invited. We will be demonstrating our 2021 robot, talking about our team, and have interviews with local STEM professionals. Please fill out this registration form if you are interested in attending.

Our team is looking forward to working with your student and helping them grow in the STEM field! Please contact us if you have any questions!

Team Photon
Ames High School FTC Team
ftcphoton@gmail.com


AMS/AHS Off-Season Wrestling

AMS Wrestlers: If you are interested in some off-season work with our high school team there is training time available to you in the AHS Wrestling Room. Workout days/times are Wednesdays at 6:00pm and Sundays at 5:00pm. This workout time is open to any wrestlers (boys and girls) in grades 6-8.

Contact Coach Fecht if you have any questions.


Softball Open Gym: in the High School gym is open to 7-12 grade girls interested in the Ames High/Middle School softball program. Bring a glove, softball bat, and be prepared to play catch, go through hitting drills, take ground balls and pitch/catch (if it applies). Join the Remind App for updates on dates/times Class name: AHS Softball Class Code: @amessb or send a text message to the number 81010 with the message @amessb.


#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 Our Amazing Students submission form, on our website.


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.


7th Grade Website

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


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.

View a New to AMS ELP 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.


Camp Fire Heart of Iowa operates Canwita Outrageous, which is an Ames camp for grades 6-10. There is funding available to help lower the cost for families that would like to send their child.


8th Grade Students and Parents: Ms. Haglund has been working with students for the past several weeks to complete their 4-year high school plans.  Parents, please have your student show you what they have been working on in Google classroom.  If your student missed the 3-day lessons, please have them check out their team Counseling Google classroom.  All information has been posted there, including videos with directions. The 4-year high school plan is a state of Iowa requirement for 8th grade students. An important component of this requirement includes parent review and signature, which will occur in May.  More information will be shared about this soon.

 

Monday 04/19

Tuesday 04/20

Wednesday 04/21

Thursday 04/22

Friday 04/23

In person

In person

In person

In person

 

Registration Packets for current in person 6th and 7th grade students and 6th grade Remote Campus students were distributed on Thursday, April 8th. The filled out forms may be turned in to the front office. 

Remote Campus Families that still need to, may pick up their packets from the office.


AMS Athletic Events: 4/19-4/23

  • Monday, April 19: 7th/8th Boys Track @ Indianola
  • Monday, April 19: 7th Girls Track @ Fort Dodge
  • Thursday, April 22: 7th Boys/Girls Track @ Marshalltown
  • Thursday, April 22: 8th Boys/Girls Track @ AMES HIGH

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. 


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!

We are looking for parent volunteers to help out with our 8th Grade Co-Ed track meet on Thursday, April 22 at the Ames High School track. Volunteers are needed in a variety of different areas, from the concession stand to measuring distances in the long jump, shot put, etc. No experience with track is necessary!

Job descriptions and the volunteer sign up are included at this link:  8th Grade Track Meet Volunteer Sign Up


7th Grade Parents,

Please review the information about Teen Maze. If you wish to opt your student out, please complete the Teen Maze opt-out Form.


Join Ms. Dobyns in SENDING CONGRATS to her art students & Nin-JAHS (art honor society) for earned spots in this year’s contests & exhibits! Enjoy viewing these amazing works from middle school artists by visiting the virtual exhibit links.

  • IN SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING: Lucy Read (Silver Key), Ethel Navarro (Silver Key) and Grace Compton (Honorable Mention)
  • IN UNI’s CURRIS BIENNIAL DESIGN EXHIBIT: Emersen Motl, To view visit: Curris Design Exhibit
  • IN OCTAGON MS EXHIBIT: Kenneth Bai, Maia Westort, Emma Gauger, Sophia Kyveryga, Ethel Navarro and Lucy Read K-8 Octagon Show
  • IN ART EDUCATORS OF IOWA YOUTH ART MONTH STATE EXHIBIT: Sophie Chen, Maia Westort, Lauren Risdal, Emileth Valdivia-Barajas, Ethel Navarro and Jacob Weber Youth Art Month Exhibit
  • IN THE DES MOINES ART FESTIVAL EXHIBIT: Adalyn McKeag, Jack Johnson, Jacob Weber and Levi Leptien. (summer showing)

The Ames Middle School Science Olympiad would like to congratulate all members of both the orange and black teams that competed at our state competition.   The orange team took 1st place at the state competition and will compete at the virtual National tournament on May 22nd.

Members earning 1st place event medals: Sayum Singhal (6th), Chetas Aduri (7th), Anriduh Manimaran (7th), Swaran Prasanna (7th), Anika Shrotriya (7th), Siri Amuluru (8th), Ananya Balaji (8th), Avyay Balaji (8th), Ethan Kwon (8th), Shreya Srinath (8th), Siray Zhu (8th), Abhi Amuluru (9th), Jacques Attinger (9th), Isaac Fangmann (9th) and Jiwen Li (9th)

Members earning 2nd place event medals: Sayum Singhal (6th), Sophia Kyveryga (7th), Ananya Balaji (8th), Avyay Balaji (8th), Siray Zhu (8th), Jacques Attinger (9th), Jason Li (9th), Salihcan Kremer (9th) and Kevin Wang (9th)  

Members earning 3rd place event medals: Sailesh Srinath (6th), Philip Stoytchev (6th), Chetas Aduri (7th), Anriduh Manimaran (7th), Anika Shrotriya (7th) and Shreya Srinath (8th), 

Additional team members: Laura Wang (6th), Simay Zhu (6th), Jackson Diekmann (7th)  and Josh Wo (8th)


The Ames Middle School Mathcounts club is proud to recognize our members who competed in recent chapter and state competitions.  Siray Zhu, Chetas Aduri and Merrick Basnet advanced to the 2021 State of Iowa Mathcounts championship.  Out of 58 students, Chetas placed 5th out of 58 students.  Siray finished 4th and will advance to be a part of Team Iowa in the National Mathcounts competition.

Fifteen students took part in the Chapter competition.  These students were Ananya Balaji, Anika Shrotriya, Avyay Balaji, Brennen Bhave, David Zhang, Fyona Shi, Kelsey Allman, Laura Chen, Nathan Poag, Shreya Srinath, Simay Zhu, and Sunney Que, in addition to Siray, Chetas and Merrick.

Mathcounts is a national mathematical competition club.  Students complete challenging mathematical problems and real world situations.  

Please join Ms. Booten and Mr. Alden, in congratulating these students on a fantastic season.


AMS/AHS Off-Season Wrestling

AMS Wrestlers: If you are interested in some off-season work with our high school team there is training time available to you in the AHS Wrestling Room. Workout days/times are Wednesdays at 6:00pm and Sundays at 5:00pm. This workout time is open to any wrestlers (boys and girls) in grades 6-8.

Contact Coach Fecht if you have any questions.


Builders Club April Meeting:  Builders club will meet on April 14 and 21, from 3:30-4:30, in room H101 this month.  We will be listening to a presentation by Jason Reynolds and do an activity.  We will be in person if you are on campus or you can join our Google Classroom (Code edgjiv5) and join the meet!  We hope to see you there!  We have 4 meetings left and would love to have you join us!


Softball Open Gym: in the High School gym is open to 7-12 grade girls interested in the Ames High/Middle School softball program. Bring a glove, softball bat, and be prepared to play catch, go through hitting drills, take ground balls and pitch/catch (if it applies). Join the Remind App for updates on dates/times Class name: AHS Softball Class Code: @amessb or send a text message to the number 81010 with the message @amessb.


#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 Our Amazing Students submission form, on our website.


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.


7th Grade Website

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


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.

View a New to AMS ELP 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.


Camp Fire Heart of Iowa operates Canwita Outrageous, which is an Ames camp for grades 6-10. There is funding available to help lower the cost for families that would like to send their child. 

 

Monday 04/12

Tuesday 04/13

Wednesday 04/14

Thursday 04/15

Friday 04/16

In person

In person

In person

In person

 

Registration Packets for current in person 6th and 7th grade students and 6th grade Remote Campus students were distributed on Thursday, April 8th. The filled out forms may be turned in to the front office. 

7th grade Remote Campus Families, and any 6th grade remote campus family that needs to, may pick up their packets from the office this coming week (April 12th – 16th).


AMS Athletic Events: 4/12-4/16

  • Tuesday, April 13: 7th/8th Girls Track @ Urbandale
  • Thursday, April 15: 7th Girls Track @ Indianola

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.


The Ames Middle School Science Olympiad would like to congratulate all members of both the orange and black teams that competed at our state competition.   The orange team took 1st place at the state competition and will compete at the virtual National tournament on May 22nd.

Members earning 1st place event medals: Sayum Singhal (6th), Chetas Aduri (7th), Anriduh Manimaran (7th), Swaran Prasanna (7th), Anika Shrotriya (7th), Siri Amuluru (8th), Ananya Balaji (8th), Avyay Balaji (8th), Ethan Kwon (8th), Shreya Srinath (8th), Siray Zhu (8th), Abhi Amuluru (9th), Jacques Attinger (9th), Isaac Fangmann (9th) and Jiwen Li (9th)

Members earning 2nd place event medals: Sayum Singhal (6th), Sophia Kyveryga (7th), Ananya Balaji (8th), Avyay Balaji (8th), Siray Zhu (8th), Jacques Attinger (9th), Jason Li (9th), Salihcan Kremer (9th) and Kevin Wang (9th)  

Members earning 3rd place event medals: Sailesh Srinath (6th), Philip Stoytchev (6th), Chetas Aduri (7th), Anriduh Manimaran (7th), Anika Shrotriya (7th) and Shreya Srinath (8th), 

Additional team members: Laura Wang (6th), Simay Zhu (6th), Jackson Diekmann (7th)  and Josh Wo (8th).


The Ames Middle School Mathcounts club is proud to recognize our members who competed in recent chapter and state competitions.  Siray Zhu, Chetas Aduri and Merrick Basnet advanced to the 2021 State of Iowa Mathcounts championship.  Out of 58 students, Chetas placed 5th out of 58 students.  Siray finished 4th and will advance to be a part of Team Iowa in the National Mathcounts competition.

Fifteen students took part in the Chapter competition.  These students were Ananya Balaji, Anika Shrotriya, Avyay Balaji, Brennen Bhave, David Zhang, Fyona Shi, Kelsey Allman, Laura Chen, Nathan Poag, Shreya Srinath, Simay Zhu, and Sunney Que, in addition to Siray, Chetas and Merrick.

Mathcounts is a national mathematical competition club.  Students complete challenging mathematical problems and real world situations.  

Please join Ms. Booten and Mr. Alden, in congratulating these students on a fantastic season.


National History Day Regional Competition Results are in, and the following students are moving on to State Contest!

Only the top 2 entries in each category at Regionals move on to State. For more info on NHD contest and how the projects are scored, check out the Iowa NHD website! https://iowaculture.gov/history/education/national-history-day/projects/judging-criteria 

Junior Group Documentary: Truth vs Suppression: The Communication of the Pentagon Papers. Ananya Balaji, Shreya Srinath

Junior Individual Documentary: Disaster and Death Shout for Workers Rights – The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Anika Shrotriya

Junior Paper: Music as Communication in Early American History. Robert Glotfelty

Junior Group Website: Navajo Code Talkers: Communication in Code. Nadia Kobayashi, Hannah Harvey, Tiffany Fang and Isabel Conner

Congratulations to all participants for their hard work and efforts in completing a project: Ella Benson, Ella Grail, Elodie Biggs, Lily Mellies, Sunny Que, Sayum Singhal, Sailesh Srinath, Tasneem Abdillaahi, Tejasi Hublikar, Trysten Collins, Ruya Geredeli, Sophia Kyveryga, Matthias Roettger, Arnav Sivanandan, Siri Amuluru, and Olli Guernsey


Digital Safety Reminder: Verifying that you have a private password

This is a reminder to please take a moment to make sure that your Google password is private and protected. If you think you need to update your password, take these steps:

  1. Login to your Chromebook with your @ames.k12.ia.us account.
  2. Open the Chrome browser and visit http://tinyurl.com/amespasswordreset
  3. Verify your account by typing in your current password.
  4. Create a new password.
  5. Confirm the new password by typing it again.
  6. Click “Change Password”.  Your new login will take effect immediately.

*Remember that you should be the only one who knows your password and you should always keep your password private.*


Congratulations to Chantal Eulenstein for her Scholastic Writing Award winning entries. Chantal earned Honorable Mention in 2 categories: Short Story and Flash Fiction. 

For more information about the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, check out their website: https://www.artandwriting.org/


AMS/AHS Off-Season Wrestling

AMS Wrestlers: If you are interested in some off-season work with our high school team there is training time available to you in the AHS Wrestling Room. Workout days/times are Wednesdays at 6:00pm and Sundays at 5:00pm. This workout time is open to any wrestlers (boys and girls) in grades 6-8.

Contact Coach Fecht if you have any questions. andy.fecht@ames.k12.ia.us


Builders Club April Meeting:  Builders club will meet on April 14 and 21, from 3:30-4:30, in room H101 this month.  We will be listening to a presentation by Jason Reynolds and do an activity.  We will be in person if you are on campus or you can join our Google Classroom (Code edgjiv5) and join the meet!  We hope to see you there!  We have 4 meetings left and would love to have you join us!


Softball Open Gym: in the High School gym is open to 7-12 grade girls interested in the Ames High/Middle School softball program. Bring a glove, softball bat, and be prepared to play catch, go through hitting drills, take ground balls and pitch/catch (if it applies). Join the Remind App for updates on dates/times [  Class name: AHS Softball Class Code: @amessb or send a text message to the number 81010 with the message @amessb  ]


#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/


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.


7th Grade Website

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


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.


Camp Fire Heart of Iowa operates Canwita Outrageous, which is an Ames camp for grades 6-10. There is funding available to help lower the cost for families that would like to send their child.  For more information please, check out https://www.campfireiowa.org/programs/day-camp/

 

Monday 04/05

Tuesday 04/06

Wednesday 04/07

Thursday 04/08

Friday 04/09

In person

In person

In person

In person

 

PARENTS, please make sure your virtual campus students attend WIN next week. Very important information regarding ISASP testing will be shared with students each day.


AMS Athletic Events: 4/5-4/9

  • Monday, April 5: 7th Girls Track @ Indianola
  • Monday, April 5: 1st day of practice–6th-8th Soccer and 6th Basketball
  • Tuesday, April 6: 7th/8th Girls Track @ North Polk
  • Tuesday, April 6: 8th Boys Track @ WDM Valley
  • Thursday, April 8: 7th Boys Track @ Urbandale
  • Thursday, April 1: 8th Boys Track @ Ankeny

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.  


National History Day Regional Competition Results are in, and the following students are moving on to State Contest!

Only the top 2 entries in each category at Regionals move on to State. For more info on NHD contest and how the projects are scored, check out the Iowa NHD website

Junior Group Documentary: Truth vs Suppression: The Communication of the Pentagon Papers. Ananya Balaji, Shreya Srinath

Junior Individual Documentary: Disaster and Death Shout for Workers Rights – The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Anika Shrotriya

Junior Paper: Music as Communication in Early American History. Robert Glotfelty

Junior Group Website: Navajo Code Talkers: Communication in Code. Nadia Kobayashi, Hannah Harvey, Tiffany Fang and Isabel Conner

Congratulations to all participants for their hard work and efforts in completing a project: Ella Benson, Ella Grail, Elodie Biggs, Lily Mellies, Sunny Que, Sayum Singhal, Sailesh Srinath, Tasneem Abdillaahi, Tejasi Hublikar, Trysten Collins, Ruya Geredeli, Sophia Kyveryga, Matthias Roettger, Arnav Sivanandan, Siri Amuluru, and Olli Guernsey


Digital Safety Reminder: Verifying that you have a private password

This is a reminder to please take a moment to make sure that your Google password is private and protected. If you think you need to update your password, take these steps:

  1. Login to your Chromebook with your @ames.k12.ia.us account.
  2. Open the Chrome browser and visit http://tinyurl.com/amespasswordreset
  3. Verify your account by typing in your current password.
  4. Create a new password.
  5. Confirm the new password by typing it again.
  6. Click “Change Password”.  Your new login will take effect immediately.

*Remember that you should be the only one who knows your password and you should always keep your password private.*


Congratulations to Chantal Eulenstein for her Scholastic Writing Award winning entries. Chantal earned Honorable Mention in 2 categories: Short Story and Flash Fiction. 

For more information about the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, check out their website.


AMS/AHS Off-Season Wrestling

AMS Wrestlers: If you are interested in some off-season work with our high school team there is training time available to you in the AHS Wrestling Room. Workout days/times are Wednesdays at 6:00pm and Sundays at 5:00pm. This workout time is open to any wrestlers (boys and girls) in grades 6-8.

Contact Coach Fecht if you have any questions. andy.fecht@ames.k12.ia.us


Builders Club April Meeting:  Builders club will meet on April 14 and 21, from 3:30-4:30, in room H101 this month.  We will be listening to a presentation by Jason Reynolds and do an activity.  We will be in person if you are on campus or you can join our Google Classroom (Code edgjiv5) and join the meet!  We hope to see you there!  We have 4 meetings left and would love to have you join us!


Softball Open Gym: in the High School gym is open to 7-12 grade girls interested in the Ames High/Middle School softball program. Bring a glove, softball bat, and be prepared to play catch, go through hitting drills, take ground balls and pitch/catch (if it applies). Join the Remind App for updates on dates/times [  Class name: AHS Softball Class Code: @amessb or send a text message to the number 81010 with the message @amessb  ]


#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.


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.


7th Grade Website

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


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.

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