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Weekly News Updated March 23, 2020

Governor Reynolds announced that she is recommending that Iowa school districts close for four weeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Effective Monday, March 16, all school buildings, events, practices, and activities are canceled until further notice.

 Ames Community School District  COVID-19  information page 

Grab and Go Meals Provided to Students Starting March 23

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From Friday March 13, 2020 Weekly Announcements 

Monday 3/23

Tuesday 3/24

Wednesday 3/25

Thursday 3/26

Friday 3/27






Iowa State sent an email today stating that all classes will go online beginning Monday, March 23rd and continue until April 3rd. They stated that all experiential learning sections, which includes the Mathematics Clinic, will not be held March 23rd – April 3rd. This means that they will not be at Ames Middle School March 24th and 31st. The university will reassess the situation the week of March 30th to see if the online instruction will continue. We will keep you updated.

Science in the City

UPDATE:  Science in the City is now open for all students grade 6-8. If your student is interested and would like more details about the program please email me at Click on the attached link to learn more about this program.  SitC Parent Letter 


B.O.B. competition will be on April 2nd at 4:00pm at the Ames Public Library. Competitors should arrive and meet your coaches in the lobby no later than 3:50. Please bring a snack and drink. The final round will begin approximately at 6:15. Competitors who do not make it to the final round may leave at this time. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend. Please make sure all permission slips are turned in!

All 6th grade parents, would you please take a minute and fill out this very short participation survey? We would love your feedback, especially if your student is not in band.  Thank you!  Again, the link is:

Come dance to Disney Songs at the Ames High Drill Team’s 21st Spring Show at Ames High on March 28th 

Clinic Dances includes Disney favorites! Preschool through 2nd graders will dance to, “Let It Go” from Frozen, 3rd through 5th graders will dance to, “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana, and middle school dancers will dance to the “Girl Meets World” theme song.

CLICK HERE:  to sign up for the Ames High Drill Team Spring Show Clinic. The clinic is open to dancers PS-8th grade. Come dance with us!

Ames Middle School Athletic Events: 

There are no after-school athletic events until April 2, 2020.

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. Please enter the building through the morning bus drop off door in the back of the building.

Below are exciting links to support the Ames High Drill Team or Ames High Fall Cheer Squad!

  • CLICK HERE to sign up for the Ames High Drill Team Spring Show Clinic at Ames High on March 28th. The clinic is open to dancers PS-8th grade.
  • CLICK HERE to shop the Fall Cheer Spirit Shop there are great items to promote Ames as well as the popular “Class Of ” t-shirts

Thank you in advance for supporting the dance clinic or fall cheer spirit shop fundraiser and feel free to pass this on to your friends! 

~Coach Buss

The following information provides updates about our spring 2020 athletics schedule.

7th and 8th Grade Boys and Girls Track

Track practice will begin on Monday, March 23 after school. 

All 7th and 8th graders participating in track should have an up to date athletic physical on file with the school. Physical forms can be found here:

6th Grade Co-Ed Intramural Basketball

Informational meeting in the Media Center during Homeroom on Wednesday, March 11.

Basketball participation is open to boys and girls in the 6th grade. 

Practice will begin March 24 and end April 17.

Practices will be held before school at 6:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.

6th-8th Grade Co-Ed Intramural Soccer

Informational meeting in the Media Center during Homeroom on Wednesday, April 1. 

Soccer participation is open to boys and girls in 6th-8th grade.

Practice will begin the week of April 6-10.

Practices will be held after school from 3:30-5:00 Monday-Friday.

6th Grade Co-Ed Intramural Volleyball

Informational meeting in the Media Center during Homeroom on Wednesday, April 15.

Volleyball participation is open to boys and girls in the 6th grade.

Practice will begin April 20 and end May 15.

Practices will be held after school from 3:30-5:00 Monday-Friday.

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).

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!

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: March 26

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Want your child to participate? Click on this link:

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!

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 

Are you a 6, 7 or 8th grade girl who would like to make a connection with other girls, both your age and older? 

Girl Talk is a way for middle school and high school girls to get to know each other and find long term friendships.

Sponsored by Ms. Schares and led by AHS female students, Girl Talk is a great program to prepare yourself for high school. A mentor can be very helpful for girls at young ages to navigate through the twists and turns that life throws at you. 

Together we will face social justice challenges head-on and have some great discussions. You can find friendships, fun, communication, volunteer work and high school prep in this club. One step at a time we girls are standing up together to make a difference. 

If you are interested, please fill out this form or email Steph Schares at for more information.


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

Thursday March 19,  from 4:00-7:00P.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

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. 

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! 


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 Mar 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!

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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