District News & Announcements
ACHS robotics team qualifies for state competition:
On December 7, the Ankeny Centennial High School Kickstart
Robotics Team secured a spot in the First Tech Challenge (FTC) State Tournament and won the prestigious Inspire award. Read more about the team's victory.
ACHS students give the gift of life during blood drive:
During this season of giving, Ankeny Centennial High School students rolled up their sleeves to give the gift of life during a December blood drive sponsored by the ACHS Key Club and SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving). Read more about the drive
BackPack Programô Expands: Now Serving Four Schools
The Ankeny BackPack Program™, formerly known as Backpack Buddies, has expanded this year to serve even more Ankeny students. Volunteers have enabled the program to move from serving one elementary school at its inception to now serving four elementary schools. Read more about the program's success
AHS student selected to World Food Prize Global Youth Institute:
Ankeny High School student Katie Bucklin was among the top students in the country selected to attend the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines for her paper on increasing access to safe drinking water and improving sanitation in Cambodia. Read more about Katie's honor
Special Board meeting Friday, December 13
The Ankeny Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Friday, December 13 at 8:00 AM in the Board Room at Ankeny Schools District Office, 306 SW School Street. View the special Board meeting agenda here.
Ankeny Advance newsletter now available:
The Fall/Winter 2013 edition of Ankeny Advance
is now available. This edition includes
articles about Northeast Elementary earning the Breaking Barriers Award, an update on boundry lines work, anti-bullying efforts, annual notices, consideration of Northview renovations, and more. Read the new edition of Ankeny Advance here.
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District receives second energy rebate from MidAmerican:
MidAmerican Energy presented the Ankeny Community School District with an energy rebate check for $205,984 for phase II of Southview Middle School as part of an incentive program to implement energy saving measures and strategies in new facility construction.
Read more about the energy rebate
Community Education Winter/Spring catalog now available:
Ankeny Community Education (CE) will begin accepting registrations for Winter/Spring courses on December 16
. Many favorite classes are back, as well as new additions such as Jewelry Making
, book studies on teen issues, an Infinite Campus how-to, and Iowa Circus Academy
to name a few. View the CE class catalog here.
Statewide "Write Women Into History" essay contest:
The Iowa Commission on the Status of Women (ICSW), Iowa Department of Education and the State Historical Society of Iowa are hosting the annual “Write Women Back Into History” essay contest for sixth through ninth grade students. Essays must be submitted by Friday, January 24
. Winners will be announced in March during a ceremony at the State Capitol. View more information on the contest and entry form here
Statewide Martin Luther King Day essay contest:
The Iowa Department of Human Rights and the State of Iowa Martin Luther King Day Planning Committee are hosting the 4th annual statewide MLK essay contest for first through eighth grade students. Essays must be submitted by Friday, January 10
. First and second place prizes from each grade division will be awarded. View more information on the contest including rules and cover sheet here.
December 2 Board Brief Now Available
are an informal summary of each Board meeting, published as a quick informational tool to keep you in touch with the Ankeny Board of Education. Read the December 2 Board Brief here.
November 18 Board Meeting Minutes Now Available
The official minutes of the Board of Education's November 4 meetings are now available online. Meeting minutes are in .pdf format and require the free Adobe Reader
to view. View Board meeting minutes here.
Recruitment Fair applications now accepted:
Ankeny Schools is now accepting applications for January's teacher recruitment fair for the 2014-2015 school year. The fair will be January 25 from 8 a.m.-noon at Southview Middle School
and is by invitation only
for interested external candidates. Applicants should include resume and cover letter and take the Gallup Insight survey.
Preschool registration to begin March 3, 2014:
Preschool registration for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds will begin on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. Registration applications will be taken online via a link at the school district website, www.ankenyschools.org. All registration applications will be time and date stamped and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. No early registrations will be taken. A listing of information that will be required for registration will be posted on the district website and preschool web page beginning January 6, 2014. To register for 3-year-old preschool, your child must be 3 by September 15, 2014. To register for 4-year-old preschool, your child must be 4 by September 15, 2014.
Senior honored with Youth Innovation and Leadership Award:
Ankeny Centennial High School senior Sierra Lucht was honored with a Youth Innovation and Leadership award for her work and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Read more about Sierra's honor
ACHS Festival of Choirs tickets go on sale December 9:
Join us for a celebration of the season as Ankeny Centennial Choirs present their annual Festival of Choirs, featuring the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors
. Showtimes are December 14 at 7:30 p.m. and December 15 at 2:00 p.m. iin the Ankeny Centennial High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 and will be on sale December 9 at http://www.seatyourself.biz/achschoirs
. They will also be available at www.ankenychoirs.com. In addition, an assortment of treats will be for sale for $10 per tray with all proceeds going to the Ankeny Centennial Choir program.
Northview ninth graders honored by Optimist Club:
Two Northview students were honored for their work in their community with a Youth Appreciation Award from the Optimist Clubs of the Des Moines metro area. Sofie Dollison and Jonathan McGill were recognized for upholding the dignity of youth, for showing sincere devotion to the welfare of others, and for generous and unselfish contributions to society. Learn more about the Youth Appreciation Awards here.
SIAC committee receives updates on district initiatives:
The Ankeny School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) recently met to discuss issues and initiatives in the Ankeny Community School District. The 93-member committee is comprised of parents, students, teachers, administrators and community members interested in improving Ankeny Schools. Updates were provided on topics such as curriculum review, technology plan, elementary world language task force, bullying plan and work to update boundary lines. Learn more about the update and committee.
Dave Whims to be inducted into NHSACA Coaches Hall of Fame:
Congratulations to Iowa's All-Time most winning volleyball coach, Dave Whims, who will be inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) National Coaches Hall of Fame this summer in Wyoming. Coach Whims is also the Iowa nominee for Volleyball National Coach of the Year. Read more about Coach Whims and this honor here.
Ankeny Schools anti-bullying poster contest now underway:
K-12 students in Ankeny Schools are invited to help spread the word that "we don't do that here," by participating in an Anti-Bullying Poster Contest. Winners will be selected at the elementary, middle and high school levels to have their poster produced and displayed at schools and businesses throughout Ankeny. You can be a positive force for change. Learn about contest rules and how to enter here.
Polk County Hazard Mitigation Committee seeks public input:
A committee of representatives from Polk County is currently updating the Polk County Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan will address a comprehensive list of hazards and will assess the likely impacts of these hazards on communities and school districts in Polk County. As a part of this work, the committee is seeking public input on the plan.
Read more about the plan and provide feedback.
Pay-to-Ride busing 2nd semester registration is now open:
Ankeny Schools are pleased to again offer an optional pay-to-ride student transportation program for elementary and middle school students who live within two miles of their assigned school and high school students who live within three miles of their assigned school. Sign-up for second semester is now underway. Learn more about the program here.
Winter Weather Questions
Winter weather and the season for school closings are upon us. It is important to be prepared for possible cancellations, and parents often have questions about delays and "no-school days." The pages below can help to answer some of the most common questions.