Frequently Asked Questions
The following is a list of questions most frequently asked by students and parents. Click each question to see the answer. If you have an inquiry not addressed here, please reach out to our staff.
How do I know who to contact with questions?
What are school day start and dismissal times?
• School begins at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday
• School dismisses at 2:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday
The most recent school hours are always posted on the AMS Homepage.
What time may I drop off my child for school?
The building opens at 7:40 a.m. for breakfast on Monday through Friday.
What time does the building close?
The building closes at 3:30 p.m. daily. Supervision of students will end at 3:30 p.m.
How is information shared about Ames Middle School?
School updates, including weekly announcements, athletic and activity schedules, and other events, will be posted on the middle school website, district calendars and be sent via Infinite Campus, our online student and school information management system. In addition to receiving school updates, Infinite Campus offers access to student schedules, grades, and attendance.
If you need to register for Infinite Campus, please visit :https://www.ames.k12.ia.us/parents/district-and-school-resources/online-tools/
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How do students and parents find out about bus transportation?
Durham School Services provides our District busing. Contact the District transportation by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents will be notified approximately one week before school starts by email with information about the student’s bus number, pick-up time and location, and drop-off time and location. Durham does not issue bus passes. The bus attendants have sheets and will take attendance.
When and where are class schedules posted?
Class schedules are posted on Infinite Campus as soon as possible.
What should students do upon arrival on the first day of school?
On the first day of school, all students will begin in their scheduled homeroom.
When will students receive their computers?
Each student will be issued a Chromebook during school. Students and parents must sign the District’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to receive a computer. Please read AMS Handbook
.This device is used in students’ classes and can be used at home for projects and research as well. Students and their families are responsible for the safe-keeping of the device and prompt return of it in the spring.
Is there a student/parent handbook?
Yes. The handbook contains valuable information for parents and students to review together.
2020-21 Middle School Handbook
What are the grade level teacher teams?
Students are placed onto one of three teams of approximately 125 students each with four core subject teachers. Students’ academic teams hold classes in close proximity to enable teachers to collaborate effectively to individualize instruction.
How do students pay for lunch?
Students’ lunch PINs are the same as student ID numbers and are printed on student schedules. If students do not receive a PIN, they may tell the cashier while going through the lunch line. Students or parents who have questions about lunches, account balances, etc., may call the Food Service office at (515) 268-2417. The RevTrak online system is available for managing student lunch account funds. https://www.ames.k12.ia.us/parents/district-and-school-resources/online-tools/
Does AMS provide lockers and locks?
All students get their locker assignment and combination padlock on the first day of school during homeroom. There is a $5 replacement fee for a lost padlock. Staff is available to help students having difficulty with locks or lockers.
How is band/orchestra/chorus scheduled?
Students taking Band, Orchestra or Chorus (shown as BOC on the schedule) have these classes during one of their flex periods. The schedule allows students to participate in two of the three music opportunities. Lessons will begin shortly after the start of the school year when schedules are established.
What if my student is sick or tardy?
Regular attendance is an essential part of the educational program for each student in our District. To report your child absent, please utilize the option that works best for you; either call the school or use our new online absence reporting form
. You can report the absence any time before 9:15 A.M the day your child is out.
The new absence reporting form includes questions about your child’s illness symptoms, if they have had a COVID-19 test, or if they have been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19. The most important thing you can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools is to keep your child home when they are sick.
General Illness Reminder
We ask parents to use a COVID-19 Symptom Checklist with each of your children every day prior to coming to school. If your child has any high-risk symptom or two or more low-risk symptoms they should stay home. We also recommend they be seen by a healthcare provider for a formal diagnosis, if possible.
If your student is ill at home or is sent home from school due to illness, please contact your Primary Health Care provider for guidance on how to proceed with your child’s health needs prior to returning to school. If your child is sent home with symptoms consistent with possible COVID-19, they should self-isolate at home for 10 days. To return to school in fewer than 10 days children need either an alternative diagnosis from a healthcare provider OR a negative COVID-19 test AND be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and with improved symptoms.
What do activity tickets cost and what do they provide?
Activity tickets are available to all students for an optional fee of $40 per school year. They may be purchased any time during the school year. Activity tickets allow the student admission for the entire school year to all Ames Middle School and Ames High School athletic events, with the exception of state-sponsored tournaments and musical events. Activity tickets are identified with a round colored sticker placed on the Ames Middle School I.D. card and must be presented at the event ticket booth for admission. Students who don’t present their ID card must pay the admission fee.
What should students wear for gym class?
Students are encouraged to buy a set of Little Cyclone shorts and t-shirt by contacting Dana Goodwin. They also must wear socks and non-marking shoes. If bringing their own gym attire, students must wear gym clothing consisting of athletic apparel (i.e. t-shirt, sweatpants, shorts, etc), socks, and non-marking shoes.
How do I sign up for conferences?
There will be no organized conference dates for the 2020-2021 school year. Teachers will reach out regarding your student’s progress with information regarding how to have a virtual conference if parents wish to do so. However, please reach out to the school or a teacher at any time with questions or concerns.