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Friday February 21, 2020 Weekly Announcements 


Monday 2/24

Tuesday 2/25

Wednesday 2/26

Thursday 2/27

Friday 2/28







starts at 6:00 PM on Monday, February 24, 2020.   

Please click on this link  for more information.  



Ames Middle School Athletic Events: 

Mon, Feb 24: 8th Boys Basketball vs Ankeny Centennial-4:30 (Home)

Mon, Feb 24: 8th Boys Basketball @ North Polk (D-F Teams)

Tues, Feb 24: 7th Boys Basketball vs. DC-G-4:30 (Home)

Thurs, Feb 27: 8th Boys Basketball @ Ankeny

The Weight Room is Open! For 8th grade students only every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 

6:30-7:30 A.M. during the 2nd semester. 

8th Grade Girls Track Meeting:

Any student interested in 8th grade girls track should attend a meeting on Wednesday, February 26th during homeroom.  The meeting will be held in the Cafeteria.  Please bring your chromebook. Thank you.

8th Grade Boys Track Meeting:

8th grade boys interested in participating in track this year should attend a meeting on Wednesday, February 26th during homeroom.  The meeting will be held in the Media Center.

7th Grade Girls Track Meeting:

Any student interested in 7th grade girls track should attend a meeting on Wednesday, March 4th during homeroom.  The meeting will be held in the Cafeteria.  

7th Grade Boys Track Meeting:

7th grade boys interested in participating in track this year should attend a meeting on Wednesday, March 4th during homeroom. The meeting will be held in the Media Center. 

8th Grade Spring Dance: Parent Committee Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to assist with the planning of the 8th grade spring dance being held on Friday, May 8.  This is an activity the 8th grade students look forward to each year. We are searching for parents, preferably those of 8th graders, to assist with the organization and decoration of the 8th grade dance. The time commitment is minimal with perhaps 2-3 planning meetings (a half hour each) and assistance with decorating on the afternoon of the dance. If you are interested, please complete the form linked below. Once we have a list of those interested, we will set a date and time for us to get together. Thank you!


Keeping our kids in clean clothes is expensive. The members of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church want to help.

Thursday, February 27, from 4:00-7:00 P.M.


We will bring the detergent and the quarters; you bring up to three loads of dirty clothes per family. Together we will have a fun afternoon and leave with clean clothes! Kids are welcome!

Questions? Call Mary 231-0716 

AHS MAT–Ames High students will be at Ames Middle School to provide a support opportunity for 6th-8th Grade Students. Details found below. 

  • Mentoring: 
    • Play mind-engaging games 
    • Build students social skills and confidence
    • Develop strong relationships 
  • Advising: 
    • Help 8th graders decide which classes they may like at AHS
    • Share personal experiences
    • Introduce AHS clubs, sports, and opportunities
    • Ease stress throughout the AMS-AHS transition 
  • Tutoring: 
    • Help with homework
    • Help with areas students are struggling with 
    • Academically prepare students for high school

Where: Ames Middle School in the cafeteria

When: Thursdays after school (3:30-4:45)

Dates: February 27

March 5, 26

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Want your child to participate? Click on this link:

Upcoming ISU Math Clinic 

Iowa State University Education students will be coming to Ames Middle School to help students with math…

This is not just homework help, but also a time for your student to have personalized tutoring and instruction to meet their individual needs. Students will have the opportunity to receive instruction that helps to close gaps, reinforce current content, or extend on their current level of knowledge.

Mastering concepts in mathematics will not only make your child’s school experience more enjoyable, but will build their confidence in math. 

The clinic will be at AMS on Tuesdays starting February 4 until April 28. We will begin the tutoring clinic right after school and end at 4:45 P.M. Please arrange for rides to pick up students in the front of the building between 4:45 and 5:00.

The clinic will not be held on March 10 or 17 due to parent/teacher conferences and spring break.

If you are interested in having your child participate in the ISU Math Clinic, please contact Robyn Reisetter at 


Last chance to sign up for Trivia Night!  We only have 2 tables left, so please CLICK HERE TRIVIA NIGHT SIGN UP  to sign up now.


Since we didn’t have school last Thursday, our candy sales fell a little short.   We still have quite a few boxes left. We will be selling candy this Tuesday (February 25) during lunch.  So please put at least $2.00 in your child’s backpack! They will be able to get the candy right away – we will not be taking orders  – it will be cash and carry. 


Be watching your inbox next week for a link to sign up to help bring food for meals for the teachers during conference week. The teachers are so appreciative that we provide them a hot meal each evening.  If you are unable to bring anything, please consider making a cash donation. 

Thanks so much for your support!

Tiffany Walker & Liz Higgins 

Congratulations AMS Scholastic Art & Writing Artists!
Ms. Schares and Ms. Dobyns are excited to share that once again AMS had the highest number of art awards in Iowa’s Scholastic Art & Writing competition.  AMS earned 11 awards in total- 4 Gold Keys (top 5-7%–), 2 Silver Key (top 7-10%–) and 5 Honorable Mentions (top 10-15% of all art submitted).

Those winners to be recognized in March at the University of Iowa are:

Pavitraa Dubey, HM

Grace Helmers, HM

Keira Kreider, Gold

Jiwen Li, Gold & Silver

Aleesia Miller, Silver & HM 

Cecilia Pelzer, HM

Lucy Read, Gold

Lauren Risdal, HM

Hayden Anderson, Gold

Onyx Cook, HM

Trading Card/Board Game Club: Come play (and trade) card games like ‘Magic: The Gathering’, ‘Pokémon’, and ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’, or bring board games to play in an easy-going environment.  All grade levels are welcome. We meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:30 in Mrs. Green’s room (H201).

Seeking adult volunteers! Looking for a short, one-time volunteer opportunity? Steph Schares is looking for adults to serve as practice judges for our National History Day student competitors in early March. Time commitment can be 1-3 hours according to your schedule, between 8-11 am. Please contact for more information if you are interested. For more info about National History Day, check out

From the Nurse’s Office: 

Parents/Guardians – Please follow the school policy for picking up your students when they are ill. They need to come to the nurse’s office for evaluation and if the nurse or health associate feel they need to be sent home, then you will get a phone call from us. Any absence that is not excused from the nurse will be absent unexcused from now on. Thank you for your help! 

🤧 Have you received your flu shot? If you are 6 months or older, you can receive the flu vaccine. Please schedule your appointment for this as soon as possible to stay protected this season. Visit for more information. 

Nurse Subs needed for Ames School District: If you are a registered nurse (RN) and would be interested in working as a substitute nurse in our district, please apply online at 

6th grade parents: Please make sure your student has received the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccinations, which are required for entry into 7th grade. If you received a letter in the mail, that means I do not have this on file. Please contact your healthcare provider to schedule this appointment as soon as possible. Thank you for your help! 

Support the arts at AMS! When you attend the AMS drama production, make sure to bring some cash. The AMS student run literary magazine, the Orange and Black, will be hosting a raffle of various coffee tumblers, travel mugs, and t-shirts, generously donated by Main Street’s own Morningbell Coffee Roasters. See you there!

Japanese Language and Culture Clubs 

Who: All students in 6th, 7th, & 8th grade

When: Wednesdays during Homeroom period – Starts on October 30th

What: Through music, art, audio materials to learn culture, learn greetings and conversation, basic reading and writing. 

Where: Media Center

Coach: Mrs. Wang 



Come let your voice be amplified at our Spoken Word Club. All grade levels are welcome. We meet Mondays from 3:30 – 5:00 in Mrs. Grimm’s room

WRITERS DEN: Writers Den will continue until the end of the year. We meet every Monday from 3:30-4:30 in E109. Come check us out! Open to all grades. Email for more details.

Builders Club is fun, engaging, and community oriented!  Come and see what it is all about! Meeting dates are Feb 26, Mar 4 & 25, Apr 8 & 22, and May 13 from 3:30-4:15.  We meet in G109. See Mrs. McCasland with any questions. Please come and see what fun volunteering in our community is!

Builders Club is sponsoring a Pajama drive!  The week of February 17-21, Ames Middle Students are welcome to bring in new pajamas, slippers and/or robes to donate to needy youth.  You may bring your items to Mrs. McCasland’s room (G109) or to the office and place in the labeled box. Then on Friday, February 21, wear your pajamas to school to support the great cause.  “For most people, putting on pajamas before heading to bed is part of their daily routine. For hundreds of men, women and children who are homeless in Iowa, getting comfortable before bedtime, let alone finding a warm place to sleep at night, is not an option.”  Let’s help to make each day better for homeless youth in our area!

Ames Middle School is proud to offer a Gender Sexuality Alliance called PRISM for LGBTQIA and ally students to advocate, support, and connect. Students or parents can contact Steph Schares or Megan Fought for more information about meeting times: and 

Refresher on Absences

The two most efficient methods of notifying the school of an absence are by signed note or phone call. Please call the Attendance line at 515-268-2400 first thing in the morning if your child will be missing school. If you know about an absence the night before an absence, please call and leave a message. Messages may be left on the attendance line 24/7. These messages are checked regularly during school hours and are entered into Infinite Campus. If your student needs to leave before lunch time, please have them stop by the office as soon as they get to school that day so they may pick up their pass right away.

This is a reminder to check your emails for the low-balance notifications from the district office.  The emails are sent out once per week and are sent once your student’s account balance reaches $25. Please check your spam folders for the emails, as many parents have said this email ends up going into their spam folder.

Also, we want to remind you that AMS has a breakfast program.  Breakfast is served at 7:40 AM. A good breakfast helps to make for a great day of learning.

ACSD Food Service Department


ACSD Nondiscrimination Statement:


It is the policy of the Ames Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please Human Resources at the District Offices, 2005 24th St. Ames, IA 50010, 515-268-6610.  





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