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 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday
What time may I drop off my child for school?
The building opens at 7:40 a.m. for breakfast on Monday through Friday. If students arrive before the building opens, they must wait in the entryway between the front double doors.
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. Students whose ride arrives after 3:30 p.m. must wait in the entryway between the double front doors or on the front patio.
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: [email-obfuscate email="firstname.lastname@example.org"]
Approximately two weeks before school starts, Durham sends postcards to homes 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 to middle school students.
Is there a new student orientation day at AMS?
Yes, New Student Orientation will be held on Monday, August 24, 2020 from 8am – 1pm. New Student Orientation is open to all 6th grade students and new to the district 7th and 8th grade students. The building will open at 7:40am and these students will report to the homeroom listed in their schedule no later than 8am. At that time, teachers will go over the schedules with the students, help them locate classrooms, and answer questions. Teachers will provide ample time explaining how to use locks and lockers. Students will also experience a full schedule on a shortened time table. Breakfast and lunch will be offered as on a regular school day using the student’s food service account. Teachers will also direct students on how to get to their buses at the end of the day.
When and where are class schedules posted?
Class schedules will be posted on Infinite Campus sometime in August. A specific date is yet to be determined.
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 is Open House Night?
AMS Back to School Open House and Social is typically scheduled in late August. Families will have an opportunity to meet teachers and tour the building. Information will be released at a later date.
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 AUP information on the ACSD 1:1 handbook regarding damage charges
.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.
When is school picture day?
Lifetouch Photographers will take students’ pictures during the school day in September with a date to be determined. Students will bring home order forms the week before picture day. On picture day, please give the order form along with your payment to your student to give to the photographer.
Is there a student/parent handbook?
Yes. The handbook contains valuable information for parents and students to review together.
2019-20 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?
Students who arrive late to school must check in at the Main Office. If a student will be late attending school due to a medical or dental appointment, for example, parents must contact the Main Office and give the reason and estimated time of the student’s arrival.
If a student is not able to attend school due to illness, family emergency, etc, parents must call the office at 515- 268-2400 as early in the morning as possible. Please provide the student name, grade level, and reason for absence. Students whose absence is not called in by a parent or guardian will receive an unexcused absence. Parents must not relay the information through the student’s teachers.
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?
Parents will be able to sign up for fall conferences using the online School Conference Scheduler program. Details will be sent prior to fall/spring conferences via Infinite Campus and email.