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District News & Announcements
ACHS Student Wins Housing Design Challenge; AHS Students Runners-Up
Ankeny Centennial High School senior Nick Turner was awarded first place, and Ankeny High School's two-person team of sophomores Nate Johnson and Brandon Spear were runners-up in the 2015 "Can I Be Your Neighbor" Design Challenge for Affordable Housing on April 18 at the Pappajohn Center in downtown Des Moines.  Read more about the design competition here.
Rick Nelson to be named AHS head football coach -
Pending approval by the Ankeny Board of Education on May 4, Mr. Rick Nelson will be named as the new varsity head football coach for Ankeny High School (AHS). Nelson is currently the offensive line coach for the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Panthers football team in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Ankeny Schools selected Nelson from a strong pool of nearly 20 outstanding candidates.  Read more about the new AHS football coach here.

School surplus items auction now open; visit K-Bid to bid -
Ankeny Community Schools is now holding a district inventory surplus sale online, including portable classrooms, vehicles and weight equipment. The district utilizes K-Bid, an online auction service to sell surplus items.  Our auctions are now OPEN and closes May 17, May 21 and May 27.  Photos are available online, or appointments to inspect items in person can be made by calling 515-480-1604, or emailing Please visit the K-Bid auction site here to view items for sale and bid:

Ankeny Schools seeks applicants for Middle School Principal -
The Ankeny Community School District is seeking dynamic, outstanding, experienced applicants to serve as a middle school principal at the 6th and 7th grade level in Ankeny. Ankeny Schools is one of Iowa’s premier high-performing school districts, and enjoys a strong reputation for excellent schools, community support and excellence in academics, arts and activities.

AHS Robotics Team Wraps Up Successful Season
The Robotics Club from Ankeny High School had an extremely successful 2014-2015 season.  The club competed in the the First Tech Challenge (FTC) state robotics competition in March in Iowa City, and placed 13th out of 22 teams.   Read more and view pictures from the team's season
Board approves 2015-2016 school calendar as recommended by Calendar Committee -
At their April 20 meeting, the Ankeny Board of Education voted to approve the 2015-2016 school calendar, as recommended by the School Calendar Committee. Prior to the meeting, the Board had reviewed several options for the calendar, including the final recommendation submitted by the committee. New Iowa legislation set the earliest start date for Iowa schools during the week following the state fair. Read more and view the approved calendar here.
Come and Honor Retiring Teachers and Staff April 29
The Ankeny community is invited to join the school district in honoring Ankeny Schools' retiring employees at an open house and recognition ceremony on Wednesday, April 29, at the Pinnacle Club at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny.  The open house will run from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. with a short program at 5:00 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.
Outbound E-mail Issues
The district is currently experiencing issues with some outbound e-mails reaching intended recipients outside the school district.  If you send an e-mail to someone in the district, it is possible they may not be able to respond to you via e-mail.  If you need an immediate response, please be sure to include other contact information in your messages, or instead call via telephone.  We apologize for any inconvenience.
Tickets Now on Sale for Second Annual Booster Bash
Tickets are now on sale for the Ankeny Booster Club’s Second Annual Booster Bash Dinner and Auction on May 2 at 5:00 p.m. at the FFA Enrichment Center on Ankeny's DMACC Campus.  Funds raised will benefit Ankeny Hawks and Ankeny Centennial Jaguars Athletics. 

Individual tickets for the event are $35 each with whole tables for up to eight also available.  You may purchase tickets online at  Read more information about the event and view some of the auction items here.
Before And After-School Summer Adventures Camp Registration Now Open!
A summer full of sizzling fun is planned for students who have completed grades K-5 at the Before and After-School Program’s Summer Adventures Camp.  There is something for everyone in this summer camp that’s jam-packed with hands-on enrichment fun!  Select the camps you want, don’t pay for those you don't.  Campers may register for only one or two weeks, or the entire summer.  For more information and to register, visit the Before and After-School Program website.

2015-2016 Before and After-School Program Registration Now Open
Registration for the Ankeny Community School District 2015-2016 Before and After-School Program is now open for incoming kindergarten through fifth grade students.  Registration may be completed online by clicking here, or in person at the central Before and After-School Program Office, 211 SW Walnut Street, Ankeny.  Online registration requires payment of the $50.00 non-refundable registration fee by credit or debit card.  
Questions may be directed to the central Before and After-School Program Office,, or  515-289-3925.

Register for Camp Invention hosted by Community Education
Ankeny Community Education is partnering with Camp Invention to host the second annual summer camp at Ashland Ridge Elementary!  Some of the activities your child will experience include, building freestyle racing carts, creating a prototype video game with characters, and inventing machines.  Did you go last year? Camp Invention reinvents summer fun for a different experience that your child will never forget!  This year’s camp director is Stephanie Berg, sixth grade history teacher at Parkview.  Camp will be June 22-26 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Register your incoming first through sixth grade child today.  For more information visit

Classes filling quickly for summer Community Ed courses; register today!
Don't miss out, classes are filling quickly for Ankeny Community Education (CE) summer courses!  Some of the class options include Robotics, Dance, Tai Chi, Tai Kwon Do, Video Game Design, Yoga and much more.  Register today! 
For more information, please contact Community Education at 289-3960.
Board approves school budget including 37-cent tax rate decrease -
Fifth consecutive rate decrease brings 5-year total reduction to $2.54 - The Ankeny Community School District’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget was approved by the Board of Education on Monday night, following a public hearing for budget adoption. The budget includes a 37-cent reduction in the school tax rate per $1,000 of taxable assessed valuation. Read more about the school budget here.
Art Center to Display Student Artwork
Ankeny students will have the opportunity to showcase their artistic creations during the Annual K-12 Art Show at the Ankeny Art Center this month.  The work on display will represent artists from all 16 of Ankeny's schools.  Read more about the art show and artist receptions.

Iowa Department of Education Hosts Iowa Financial Literacy Summit
Teachers, students and parents are invited to attend the Iowa Financial Literacy Summit on May 5 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The Iowa Department of Education is hosting this event as part of a broader effort to improve Iowa students' financial literacy skills. Tickets are available through April 21.  For more information, including the summit agenda and registration information, visit the Iowa Department of Education's website or view the Financial Literacy Summit flier here.
Booster Club Summer Camps registration open:
Take advantage of excellent opportunities for your child to develop and maintain fitness while improving sports skills and techniques.  Coaches from AHS, ACHS, Northview, Southview, Parkview, and Prairie Ridge will be coaching an abundance of camps this summer to benefit students of all ages.  Go to to view camps and register today!

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