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Have a great Summer, see you next year!

Athletics Information

AMS Athletic Events: 

June 15: 1st Day of AMS Strength & Conditioning Camp.
August 16: 1st Day of AMS Volleyball and Football Camps.

AMS SUMMER STRENGTH & SPEED CAMP

REGISTRATION HAS BEEN REOPENED!

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/agility drills, and conditioning. 

What: Strength & Speed Camp
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday, June 15-August 12 (No camp will be held on July 27 or 29)
Time: 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 10:00-12:00
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 LINK: https://middleschoolcamps.ameshighsportscamps.com/

Ames High Swimming & Diving: Any 8th grade girl that would like to participate in swimming & diving next year at Ames High please email Brenda Fisher to express your interest. Thank you!

Brenda Fisher: fmibrendafisher@gmail.com

Ames Middle School Football Camp:

Ames Middle School will be holding a football camp August 16-19! The camp will take place the week before official practice begins on August 23. Any student who will be a 6th, 7th or 8th grader next year (2021-2022) is eligible to participate in the camp. 

What: AMS Football Camp
When: August 16-19, 2021
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Where: AMS Football Field
Cost: $35 (reduced fees available for those who qualify)

Note: Camp t-shirts are included with the registration fee

REGISTRATION LINK: https://middleschoolcamps.ameshighsportscamps.com/

Contact Coach Jamie Smith with any camp related questions: jamie.smith@ames.k12.ia.us

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

Incoming 7th and 8th graders:

Did you miss the meeting to sign up for FOOTBALL?  It’s not too late, just join the google classroom and we’ll get you the information you need.

7th Grade Invite Code: k4mmfds
8th Grade Invite Code: fzmmgm5

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.

Ames Middle School Volleyball Camp: Ames Middle School will be holding a volleyball camp August 16-19! Any student who will be a 6th, 7th or 8th grader next year (2021-2022) is eligible to participate in the camp. 

What: AMS Volleyball Camp
When: August 16-19, 2021
Time: 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Where: AMS Football Field
Cost: $35 (reduced fees available for those who qualify)

Note: Camp t-shirts are included with the registration fee

REGISTRATION LINK: https://middleschoolcamps.ameshighsportscamps.com/

Contact Coach Traci Smith with any camp related questions: traci.smith@ames.k12.ia.us

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

AMS Club Information

Enjoy your Summer!

 

Teacher Information

FOR STUDENTS Departing from ACSD

Your Google account with the Ames Community School District, ending in @ames.k12.ia.us, will be suspended 30 days after departing Ames Community School District.  Once your account is suspended, you will no longer have access to any files or emails associated with your school account.  The files will remain accessible to anyone with whom you have shared them.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of two Google services that can be used to transfer or backup their school account data:

  • Google Takeout Transfer requires a personal Google account or an account with another organization that supports the Google Takeout Transfer service.  This option allows you to copy your school email and any Google Drive files that you own to another account.  Detailed instructions for using the Google Takeout Transfer service are provided here: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/6386856 
  • Google Takeout allows users to create a more complete archive of their school account, including YouTube videos, by downloading a copy of their data.  However, files saved in this process are converted to a non-Google format and may lose some of their functionality.  Detailed instructions for using the Google Takeout service are provided here: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/3024190

Please note that the district makes no guarantee of access past the 30-day window unless you return as an active student.  Departing students are encouraged to make plans now for transferring or archiving their data using the methods described above.  If you have any questions about this process please contact Sarah Davison at sarah.davison@ames.k12.ia.us.

2020-21 Yearbook

The Ames Middle School Yearbook 2020-21 Edition is available until June 10, 2021 for purchase. Please purchase through RevTrak Online for $30 (please contact the office at 515-268-2400 to have the fee assigned to your RevTrak account) or from AMS via check of $30 to Ames Middle School (please write 20-21 Yearbook and student’s name in memo line). You may still purchase last year’s 2019-20 yearbook through AMS only.

AMS Library Books Due!

 All AMS library books are due. If a student does not return a library book that has been checked out to them, there will be a replacement fee posted on Infinite Campus.

 If you have questions, please contact Agnieszka Wiench at agnieszka.wiench@ames.k12.ia.us or call 515-268-2422.

BLAST BACK TO SCHOOL

Story County Blast Back to School aims to relieve the burden of back-to-school expenses for local families of PK–12 students. This year, families can sign up at this form to request school supplies for the 2021-2022 school year. Please enter one request form PER CHILD by June 10th, 2021. Requests will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot be guaranteed. The date of the pick-up event is August 19th and will take place at Ames Middle School! For more information, please visit the Blast Back to School 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!

Story County Public Health Vaccination Clinics: Story County Public Health, located at 1114 Duff Ave., is offering vaccination clinics for the COVID-19 vaccine, Meningococcal and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) on Thursday, May 27th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Monday, June 7th from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM for those 12 years of age and older. Please call 1-800-945-8563 to schedule your student’s appointment or you can schedule online at mgmc.org

Josie Lemke RN, BSN
jlemke@ames.k12.ia.us
515-268-2404
515-268-2419 (fax) 

AMS Quick Links

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.

7th Grade Website

School Schedule
MONDAY (06/07): IN PERSON
TUESDAY (06/08): IN PERSON
WEDNESDAY (06/09): IN PERSON
THURSDAY (06/10): IN PERSON – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Let’s Celebrate!
As we wrap up the 2020-2021 school year, let’s celebrate by participating in dress up days. Check out the schedule below for each day’s theme!

Monday – Team Spirit Day – Dress in apparel from your favorite team!
Tuesday – Mismatch Day – Dress in the wackiest outfit you can create!
Wednesday – Pajama Day – Dress in comfy clothes!
Thursday – AMS Spirit Day – Dress in Orange & Black!
 

Athletics Information

AMS Athletic Events: 

June 15: 1st Day of AMS Strength & Conditioning Camp.
August 16: 1st Day of AMS Volleyball and Football Camps.

9th Grade Girls Basketball

Any current 8th grade girl interested in basketball for next school year (9th grade 2021-2022), there will be an informational meeting Wednesday afternoon, June 9th at 2:50pm in the gym. The meeting will be over before 3:15pm. Please fill out the following form before the meeting if you are interested. Google Form Sign Up – https://forms.gle/fdXBLrxQ3DqJdZM38

Ames Middle School Football Camp:

Ames Middle School will be holding football camp August 16-19! The camp will take place the week before official practice begins on August 23. Any student who will be a 6th, 7th or 8th grader next year (2021-2022) is eligible to participate in the camp. 

What: AMS Football Camp
When: August 16-19, 2021
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Where: AMS Football Field
Cost: $35 (reduced fees available for those who qualify)

Note: Camp t-shirts are included with the registration fee
REGISTRATION LINK: https://middleschoolcamps.ameshighsportscamps.com/

Contact Coach Jamie Smith with any camp related questions: jamie.smith@ames.k12.ia.us

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

Summer Basketball Camps

I want to take this opportunity to provide you with information about our basketball camps.  I have provided the link to register for camp below. We are really excited about the opportunity to provide outstanding camps and instruction for our players. 

If you have any questions please feel free to email me.

Thank you,
-Coach Downs

Basketball Camp registration  
High School Camp | Weekdays June: 1st – 30th
Elementary Camp | M&W | June 14th-23rd
Junior High Camp | T&TH | June 15th-24th

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/agility drills, and conditioning. 

REGISTRATION IS CAPPED AT 75 PARTICIPANTS. SPACE IS LIMITED AND WE ARE CLOSE TO CLOSING REGISTRATION!!

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 LINK: https://middleschoolcamps.ameshighsportscamps.com/

AMS Club Information

Congratulations to Science Olympiad team members: Chetas Aduri (7th grade) and Anirudh Manimaran (7th grade) who earned medals with a 6th place finish in Food Science at the National Competition on 5/22/21. Coaches Glenn and Marsh are extremely proud of all members from both teams who competed this year.

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE

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 following interest form: forms.gle/cJrwcZmpZWSmmdGn8. We’d love to see you there!

Teacher Information

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Location:  Ames High Football Field (rain location:  Ames High Gymnasium)
Date:  Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Time:  6:00 – 7:00 pm

Guests: This year we will provide 3 tickets to each 8th grade student to distribute to their guests for admission into the ceremony. We provided those tickets to the AMS student to take home on June 3rd and 4th. Please stop by the office on Monday, June 7th if you have a remote or dual-enrolled student to pick up their tickets if they have not received them yet. Children under the age of 10 will not need a ticket for admission into the outdoor ceremony; however, tickets will be required for all guests, including those under the age of 10, if the ceremony is moved indoors due to weather.  The decision to move to the rain location will be made by 12pm on Wednesday, June 9th. The ceremony will also be live-streamed on the ACSD YouTube Channel.

Student Arrival: Please make sure 8th grade students participating in the ceremony arrive and report to Ames High Gymnasium between 5:15 – 5:30 pm on Wednesday, June 9th. Ames High will not have baseball or softball practice for 8th graders on Wednesday, June 9th.

Student Attire: We would encourage students to dress in attire that reflects the celebration of completing their middle school career. We will not be wearing robes during the ceremony.

Parking: Parking is limited due to construction. We encourage guests to arrive early to find parking in the parking lot at the high school. Overflow parking exists at Fellows Elementary.

Families of 6th and 7th Grade Students:
Students entering 7th and 8th grade for the 2021-22 school year chose their Flex Period classes this week for next school year. Please review the choices made with your child. If there are adjustments necessary, please email grade level counselors with desired adjustments.

Rachel Krofta  rachel.krofta@ames.k12.ia.us (Students currently in 6th grade)
Scott Rix  scott.rix@ames.k12.ia.us (Students currently in 7th grade)

FOR STUDENTS Departing from ACSD
Your Google account with the Ames Community School District, ending in @ames.k12.ia.us, will be suspended 30 days after departing Ames Community School District.  Once your account is suspended, you will no longer have access to any files or emails associated with your school account.  The files will remain accessible to anyone with whom you have shared them.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of two Google services that can be used to transfer or backup their school account data:

  • Google Takeout Transfer requires a personal Google account or an account with another organization that supports the Google Takeout Transfer service.  This option allows you to copy your school email and any Google Drive files that you own to another account.  Detailed instructions for using the Google Takeout Transfer service are provided here: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/6386856 
  • Google Takeout allows users to create a more complete archive of their school account, including YouTube videos, by downloading a copy of their data.  However, files saved in this process are converted to a non-Google format and may lose some of their functionality.  Detailed instructions for using the Google Takeout service are provided here: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/3024190

Please note that the district makes no guarantee of access past the 30-day window unless you return as an active student.  Departing students are encouraged to make plans now for transferring or archiving their data using the methods described above.  If you have any questions about this process please contact Sarah Davison at sarah.davison@ames.k12.ia.us.

KIRSCH 7-1/7-2 & 8-1/8-2 ART
Students from all quarters 1,2,3 please pick up your artwork before/after school or during passing. Artwork is organized by class period, so check before you arrive to pick up work. The last date for pick up is June 9th.

2020-21 Yearbook
The Ames Middle School Yearbook 2020-21 Edition is available until June 10, 2021 for purchase. Please purchase through RevTrak Online for $30 (please contact the office at 515-268-2400 to have the fee assigned to your RevTrak account) or from AMS via check of $30 to Ames Middle School (please write 20-21 Yearbook and student’s name in memo line). You may still purchase last year’s 2019-20 yearbook through AMS only.

AMS Library Books Due!
All AMS library books are due. If a student does not return a library book that has been checked out to them, there will be a replacement fee posted on Infinite Campus.

If you have questions, please contact Agnieszka Wiench at agnieszka.wiench@ames.k12.ia.us or call 515-268-2422.

BLAST BACK TO SCHOOL
Story County Blast Back to School aims to relieve the burden of back-to-school expenses for local families of PK–12 students. This year, families can sign up at this form to request school supplies for the 2021-2022 school year. Please enter one request form PER CHILD by June 10th, 2021. Requests will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot be guaranteed. The date of the pick-up event is August 19th and will take place at Ames Middle School! For more information, please visit the Blast Back to School 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!

Story County Public Health Vaccination Clinics: Story County Public Health, located at 1114 Duff Ave., is offering vaccination clinics for the COVID-19 vaccine, Meningococcal and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) on Thursday, May 27th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Monday, June 7th from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM for those 12 years of age and older. Please call 1-800-945-8563 to schedule your student’s appointment or you can schedule online at mgmc.org. 

Josie Lemke RN, BSN
jlemke@ames.k12.ia.us
515-268-2404
515-268-2419 (fax) 

AMS Quick Links

#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 about our amazing students including the submission form, on our website.

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.

School Schedule

MONDAY (05/31): NO SCHOOL/MEMORIAL DAY
TUESDAY (06/01): IN PERSON
WEDNESDAY (06/02): IN PERSON
THURSDAY (06/03): IN PERSON
FRIDAY (06/04): IN PERSON

AMS Athletic Events: 5/31 – 6/4

Informational meetings for AMS Fall Sports will be held on Thursday, June 3 during Homeroom. If you are a 6th or 7th grader interested in playing a fall sport please attend the meeting AFTER you check in with your Homeroom teacher. 

Meeting Locations (Google Meet links included for virtual students)

Come meet the high school cross country coach in the wrestling room, Wednesday June 2nd at 2:50. If you cannot make it or would like some more information please email Coach Bhave at ravi.bhave@ames.k12.ia.us . Hope to see you there.

Ames Middle School Football Camp:

Ames Middle School will be holding football camp August 16-19! The camp will take place the week before official practice begins on August 23. Any student who will be a 6th, 7th or 8th grader next year (2021-2022) is eligible to participate in the camp. 

What: AMS Football Camp
When: August 16-19, 2021
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Where: AMS Football Field
Cost: $35 (reduced fees available for those who qualify)

Note: Camp t-shirts are included with the registration fee

REGISTRATION LINK: https://middleschoolcamps.ameshighsportscamps.com/

Contact Coach Jamie Smith with any camp related questions: jamie.smith@ames.k12.ia.us

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

Summer Basketball Camps

I want to take this opportunity to provide you with information about our basketball camps.  I have provided the link to register for camp below. We are really excited about the opportunity to provide outstanding camps and instruction for our players. 

If you have any questions please feel free to email me.

Thank you,

-Coach Downs

Basketball Camp registration  

  • High School Camp | Weekdays June: 1st – 30th
  • Elementary Camp | M&W | June 14th-23rd
  • Junior High Camp | T&TH | June 15th-24th

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/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 LINK: https://middleschoolcamps.ameshighsportscamps.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. andy.fecht@ames.k12.ia.us

Congratulations to Science Olympiad team members: Chetas Aduri (7th grade) and Anirudh Manimaran (7th grade) who earned medals with a 6th place finish in Food Science at the National Competition on 5/22/21.  

Coaches Glenn and Marsh are extremely proud of all members from both teams who competed this year.

SCIENCE IN THE CITY

Hello Ames Middle School!

Do you want to explore STEM through exciting, hands-on virtual demonstrations created by your fellow classmates? Do you want to learn more about the local businesses here in Ames? Well then, you’re invited to check out the virtual Science in the City event! 

What will the demos look like? There will be scavenger hunts, choose your own adventure games, DIY crafts, jeopardy-based board games, and documentaries explaining what each business does and how they use STEM. 

Where can you see these amazing and interactive demos? They will be posted daily on our Science in the City website at www.scienceinthecity.net

Want more information? Check out our SitC infographics to learn more; Science in the City Event Invite and Science in the City Event Poster

Have any questions or comments? Feel free to reach out to us at amessitC@gmail.com.  Thank you and we hope you enjoy our fun demos!

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE

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 following interest form: forms.gle/cJrwcZmpZWSmmdGn8. We’d love to see you there!

2020-21 Yearbook

The Ames Middle School Yearbook 2020-21 Edition is available until June 10, 2021 for purchase. Please purchase through RevTrak Online for $30 (please contact the office at 515-268-2400 to have the fee assigned to your RevTrak account) or from AMS via check of $30 to Ames Middle School (please write 20-21 Yearbook and student’s name in memo line). You may still purchase last year’s 2019-20 yearbook through AMS only.

AMS Library Books Due!

May 20th will be the last day to check out library books from the AMS library. All AMS library books are due back beginning on Monday, May 24th. If a student does not return a library book that has been checked out to them, there will be a replacement fee. 

Because of our interrupted school year in 2019-2020, many of last year’s books were not returned and we did not assess any fees. However, this year we will be assessing those fees for missing books, so please make sure you return books from the past two years. 

How do I know if I have a missing book? If you have a missing book, you should have received an email from acsddestiny@ames.k12.ia.us that includes information about your missing book(s). Additionally, homeroom teachers have been given a list of students who have missing books and will notify you during homeroom time. If you’re not sure about missing books or have questions, please stop by the media center or contact Ms. Wiench.

What do I do if I’m a remote student and I have books to return? Remote students can drop off library books at the main office during regular school hours.

If you have questions, please contact Agnieszka Wiench at agnieszka.wiench@ames.k12.ia.us or call 515-268-2422.

BLAST BACK TO SCHOOL

Story County Blast Back to School aims to relieve the burden of back-to-school expenses for local families of PK–12 students. This year, families can sign up at this form to request school supplies for the 2021-2022 school year. Please enter one request form PER CHILD by June 10th, 2021. Requests will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot be guaranteed. The date of the pick-up event is August 19th and will take place at Ames Middle School! For more information, please visit the Blast Back to School website.

KIRSCH 7-1/7-2 & 8-1/8-2 ART Students from all quarters 1,2,3 please pick up your artwork before/after school or during passing. Artwork is organized by class period, so check before you arrive to pick up work.

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!

Story County Public Health Vaccination Clinics: Story County Public Health, located at 1114 Duff Ave., is offering vaccination clinics for the COVID-19 vaccine, Meningococcal and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) on Thursday, May 27th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Monday, June 7th from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM for those 12 years of age and older. Please call 1-800-945-8563 to schedule your student’s appointment or you can schedule online at mgmc.org. 

Josie Lemke RN, BSN
jlemke@ames.k12.ia.us
515-268-2404
515-268-2419 (fax) 

#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 about our amazing students including the submission form, on our website.

Requesting Technology Support 

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. 8th Grade Website

7th Grade Website

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

School Schedule

MONDAY (05/24): IN PERSON
TUESDAY (05/25): IN PERSON
WEDNESDAY (05/26): IN PERSON
THURSDAY (05/27): IN PERSON
FRIDAY (05/28): NO CLASSES


Ames Middle School Football Camp: Ames Middle School will be holding football camp August 16-19! The camp will take place the week before official practice begins on August 23. Any student who will be a 6th, 7th or 8th grader next year (2021-2022) is eligible to participate in the camp. 

What: AMS Football Camp
When: August 16-19, 2021
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Where: AMS Football Field
Cost: $35 (reduced fees available for those who qualify)

Note: Camp t-shirts are included with the registration fee

Football Camp REGISTRATION LINK

Contact Coach Jamie Smith with any camp related questions: jamie.smith@ames.k12.ia.us

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

Summer Basketball Camps

I want to take this opportunity to provide you with information about our basketball camps.  I have provided the link to register for camp below. We are really excited about the opportunity to provide outstanding camps and instruction for our players. If you have any questions please feel free to email me.

Thank you,
-Coach Downs
Basketball Camp registration  

High School Camp | Weekdays June: 1st – 30th
Elementary Camp | M&W | June 14th-23rd
Junior High Camp | T&TH | June 15th-24th

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 LINK

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


SCIENCE IN THE CITY

Hello Ames Middle School!

Do you want to explore STEM through exciting, hands-on virtual demonstrations created by your fellow classmates? Do you want to learn more about the local businesses here in Ames? Well then, you’re invited to check out the virtual Science in the City event! 

What will the demos look like? There will be scavenger hunts, choose your own adventure games, DIY crafts, jeopardy-based board games, and documentaries explaining what each business does and how they use STEM. 

Where can you see these amazing and interactive demos? They will be posted daily on our Science in the City website at www.scienceinthecity.net

Want more information? Check out our SitC infographics to learn more; Science in the City Event Invite and Science in the City Event Poster

Have any questions or comments? Feel free to reach out to us at amessitC@gmail.com.  Thank you and we hope you enjoy our fun demos!


FIRST LEGO LEAGUE

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 Team Neutrino interest form. We’d love to see you there!


FIRST TECH CHALLENGE

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
Teamftcphoton@gmail.com


BLAST BACK TO SCHOOL

Ames Blast Back to School Drive and Go is a FREE family drive-up event for all K-12 ACSD students that aims to relieve the burden of back to school expenses in a safe and engaging environment that fosters community relationships. It is first come first serve. Watch for more details or visit the Blast Back To School Sign Up.


AMS Library Books Due!

May 20th will be the last day to check out library books from the AMS library. All AMS library books are due back beginning on Monday, May 24th. If a student does not return a library book that has been checked out to them, there will be a replacement fee. 

Because of our interrupted school year in 2019-2020, many of last year’s books were not returned and we did not assess any fees. However, this year we will be assessing those fees for missing books, so please make sure you return books from the past two years. 

How do I know if I have a missing book? If you have a missing book, you should have received an email from acsddestiny@ames.k12.ia.us that includes information about your missing book(s). Additionally, homeroom teachers have been given a list of students who have missing books and will notify you during homeroom time. If you’re not sure about missing books or have questions, please stop by the media center or contact Ms. Wiench.

What do I do if I’m a remote student and I have books to return? Remote students can drop off library books at the main office during regular school hours.

If you have questions, please contact Agnieszka Wiench at agnieszka.wiench@ames.k12.ia.us or call 515-268-2422.


KIRSCH 7-1/7-2 & 8-1/8-2 ART Students from all quarters 1,2,3 please pick up your artwork before/after school or during passing. Artwork is organized by class period, so check before you arrive to pick up work.

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


MATHCOUNTS Congratulations to 8th grader Siray Zhu!  Siray competed in the National Mathcounts competition in May against students from all over the United States.  Siray finished in 99th place out of over 200 students, and helped the Iowa team to an overall 18th place nationally.


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 Critical Consciousness Information
7th grade Critical Consciousness Information
8th grade Critical Consciousness Information 


#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 about our amazing students including the submission form, on our website.


Requesting Technology Support 

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. 

8th Grade Website


7th Grade Website

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

7th Grade Website

 

School Schedule

MONDAY (05/17): IN PERSON
TUESDAY (05/18): IN PERSON
WEDNESDAY (05/19): IN PERSON
THURSDAY (05/20): IN PERSON
FRIDAY (05/21): NO CLASSES

Athletics Information

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 LINK

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

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

Booster Club Fundraiser Registration and Information

AMS Club Information

BUILDER’S CLUB  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!FIRST LEGO LEAGUEAre 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 following interest form: forms.gle/cJrwcZmpZWSmmdGn8. We’d love to see you there!FIRST TECH CHALLENGEDear 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
Teamftcphoton@gmail.comPRISM

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 interest form and staff sponsors Steph Schares or Megan Fought will contact you with more information.
WRITER’S DEN 

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
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.Teacher InformationAMS Library Books Due!May 20th will be the last day to check out library books from the AMS library. All AMS library books are due back beginning on Monday, May 24th. If a student does not return a library book that has been checked out to them, there will be a replacement fee. Because of our interrupted school year in 2019-2020, many of last year’s books were not returned and we did not assess any fees. However, this year we will be assessing those fees for missing books, so please make sure you return books from the past two years. How do I know if I have a missing book? If you have a missing book, you should have received an email from acsddestiny@ames.k12.ia.us that includes information about your missing book(s). Additionally, homeroom teachers have been given a list of students who have missing books and will notify you during homeroom time. If you’re not sure about missing books or have questions, please stop by the media center or contact Ms. Wiench.What do I do if I’m a remote student and I have books to return? Remote students can drop off library books at the main office during regular school hours.If you have questions, please contact Agnieszka Wiench at agnieszka.wiench@ames.k12.ia.us or call 515-268-2422.Q3/Art 2 with Ms. Dobyns: Hello artists! Please stop by and pick up your displayed art when convenient.FROM THE NURSE’S OFFICEAttention 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 Critical Consciousness Information
7th grade Critical Consciousness Information
8th grade Critical Consciousness Information
 AMS Quick Links
#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 about our amazing students including the submission form, on our website.
Requesting Technology Support 
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.7th Grade Website

 

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

 

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