The WEB

Proudly, relentlessly wrong

Proudly, relentlessly wrong

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

May 17, 2019

After four years of writing for the WEB, my time to write a senior column is here. It’s my time to write about me. For all my articles up until this point (minus two opinion pieces), I have kept first person out of the piece. I’ve kept myself out of it. Yes, I have come to every piece with a ...

Rhonda Schmaltz

Rhonda Schmaltz

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

May 17, 2019

After 20 years working at Ames High, business teacher Rhonda Schmaltz will be retiring at the end of the semester. In her time she has taught numerous classes including accounting, desktop publishing, intro to business, and personal finance. “I went to college to be an interior designer and m...

Freshmen strive to improve mental health

Students participate in Mental Health first aid training in February.

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

April 17, 2019

According to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24, making high school a critical time to identify and treat mental illness. Mariam Mkhitaryan and Preksha Sarda have spent their Freshmen year working on a projec...

The future of sustainability at Ames High: Carbon neutral by 2030?

OPN's vision for new school.

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

April 17, 2019

On February 21, the school district hosted a showcase of the latest plans for the new high school building. At the meeting, architects from OPN, the architecture firm tasked with designing the new high school building, showed slides of the floor plans and walked the community through the different ph...

The Community Academy: a new kind of summer experience

Teacher Collin Reichert explores a stream at Ledges with students involved in TCA Summer Experience 2018.

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

March 13, 2019

Preschool and elementary school kids dart around wooden benches layed out in the grass. In each eager hand is a natural item; a pinecone, a leaf, a blade of grass that they dip in paint and use to leave patterns on the benches. A few paces away, older kids use wood burners to engrave a quote into th...

Sean Prell: Ames High’s kindly herpetologist

Sean takes a selfie with his Tegu.

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

March 13, 2019

The Reptile Room is the second book in A Series of Unfortunate Events. In the book, the Baudelaire orphans find themselves in the home of their uncle and renowned herpetologist Dr. Montgomery. An entire room in Dr. Montgomery’s home is packed to brim with the reptiles. One might assume reading this novel...

Designing a different kind of agricultural pathway

Students involved in Ames high garden club learn about grain production at Early Morning Harvest in Panora, Iowa.

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

February 12, 2019

In January, the district announced that the high school would offering an agricultural Pathway for the 2019-2020 school year. This offering is in part designed to meet state legislation that requires all secondary schools offer at least 4 out of 6 service areas. Ames high will meet this requirement by off...

WEB Editorial: Facing the climate threat head on

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

December 14, 2018

At the beginning of the month six hundred and thirteen Ames High students signed a petition asking for the school district and Ames community to take climate action. As a WEB staff we wanted to add our voices to this overwhelming call for action. The reality and scope of the climate change has been b...

A comprehensive college guide

A comprehensive college guide

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

December 14, 2018

It's a rainy day. The sky is gray like the cobblestones of the road and the pale bricks of the buildings. In the distance, the towers of Healy Hall split the sky. Anu Lamsal pauses in front of the statue of Bishop John Carroll for a picture. Her college tour of Georgetown University begins a few minutes ...

New English options for seniors

Lucas Bleyle, Co-Editor in Chief

November 20, 2018

“At the beginning of the year we had a meeting with the English Department, and it was at that time it was shared that we could bring electives back,” Principal Spence Evans said. New district Superintendent Jenny Risner and new director of curriculum and instruction Amy Lanegave the green light t...