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January 24, 2024

Become a Mentor at Parkview Middle School

Exciting Opportunity to Make a Difference at Parkview Middle School!
Mentoring at Parkview Middle School is a rewarding opportunity to make a positive impact in students’ lives. Our dedicated counselors are currently working on matching volunteers with students, and approved mentors can expect to be contacted soon.
If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still room to become a mentor and contribute to the growth and development of our students. Get involved today and make a meaningful difference at Parkview Middle School!
January 24, 2024

Celebrating Art Winners – Fall 2023 Edition!

We’re thrilled to announce the incredible achievements of our talented artists featured in the ‘Celebrating Art’ hardbound art book! This is a prestigious honor that showcases the dedication, talent, and hard work of both our students and teachers.
From “Celebrating Art”:
“Congratulations! You have students who were chosen to be published. Only the best art is selected to be included in our full-color hardbound art book, ‘Celebrating Art’. This is not a contest where every entry is invited to be published. Being published represents a lot of talent, hard work and dedication from teachers.”
Meet Our Featured Artists:
  • Cael Larson: “I just started art last year, and it has been fun. I try hard, and my brain is full of ideas. My design is an ‘O’ with a circle and curly lines through it. It is an illuminated letter design, and I put color everywhere.”
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  • Ellie Chanthalangsy: “My Tree’ is an experimental painting project with one of my favorite mediums, acrylic paint! I use my imagination to visualize what I put on my canvas. More than often, I look at the sunrise daily, and this is what came to mind. Art is important to me because it is a way to show my creativity and try and inspire others.”
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  • Β Kaylee Torkelson: “For my mannequin project, I enjoyed making my own wacky zentangles. I enjoyed choosing my pose. I chose for my mannequin to be in a softball position because I play softball. I also used heavy shading on the mannequin. I really enjoy the creativity of art and think I could turn it into a career someday. I think I could be a teacher and create picture books for my class.”
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Β Let’s celebrate these artists for their outstanding creativity and dedication to the world of art!
January 24, 2024

The Great Parkview Raku Challenge

Recently Parkview had a unique educational experience that blended innovation, fun, and collaboration! 🎨✨
πŸ” Objective:
Our goal is to inspire lifelong learners through the ancient art of Raku, offering students a fresh perspective on ceramics and fostering an appreciation for the science and chemistry behind it. As Tammy Sass puts it, “Full STEAM ahead!”
🏺 The Process:
Students crafted clay vessels, applied glaze or treatment, and loaded their creations into custom trash can “kilns” designed by our AELP students. The magic happened as we set the cans ablaze, smoking the clay for hours, allowing oxygen and carbon to work their wonders.
🎨 Science, Chemistry, and Art Unite:
The Raku Challenge was an incredible fusion of science, chemistry, and art that had our students buzzing with excitement. Every stage was a journey of curiosity, and the results at the end of the day were truly spectacular!
πŸ‘ Team Raku:
A heartfelt shoutout to our amazing Raku team – Debra Flynn, Mary McDonald, Tammy Sass, and Erryn O’Connor. Your dedication made this experience unforgettable!
πŸŽ“ Principal’s Support:
A big thank you to our principal, Ben Huebsch, for ensuring our students could embark on this creative adventure! Your support means the world to us.
🀝 Participating Groups:
Cheers to the Art Club, AELP students, and Art students for bringing their passion and creativity to The Great Parkview Raku Challenge!
πŸ™ Ankeny Foundation:
Special gratitude to the Ankeny Foundation for their generous grant, making this project a reality. Your commitment to providing exciting educational opportunities leaves a lasting impact on our students!
Let’s cherish the memories and inspire more curiosity in our students. The Great Parkview Raku Challenge will be talked about for years to come
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January 24, 2024

Career Day Speakers Needed

Our counseling team is thrilled to announce a unique chance for parents and community members to make a lasting impact.
πŸ—“οΈSave the Date: Friday, May 10th
We’re inviting parents and community members to become part of our upcoming event! We’re seeking 40-50 speakers to share their career journeys and insights with our students. If you’re passionate about your profession and want to inspire, sign up to be a speaker by filling out the form before April 15, 2024.
This is a fantastic chance to showcase diverse career paths and provide valuable insights. Students will be assigned based on career inventories and preferences, creating meaningful connections. The event, concluding by 10:30 am, will include two engaging 30-minute sessions.
Additionally, we welcome volunteers to help make this day a success! If you’re not interested in speaking but want to contribute, fill out our volunteer form here:
Let’s come together as a community to empower and guide our students towards a bright future!
January 12, 2024

Let’s Talk About…Core Skills, Soft Skills, and Mental Health

Listen to these experts as they explore the creation of a culture of belonging. Discover our commitment to equipping educators with the tools to help students develop essential soft skills. Learn strategies for guiding students through the high school to college transition, emphasizing the importance of early connections and proactive support. They also mention how it is important to focus on student well-being, encouraging self-care practices during study sessions, including water breaks, physical movement, and brain breaks. Uncover how Ankeny fosters these skills from pre-kindergarten, aligning with Ankeny’s graduate profile.

Join Kayla Bell-Consolver, Director of the Counseling Center at Broadlawns Community Clinic at Drake University, Shawn Beirman, Social-Emotional Learning Specialist at Ankeny Schools, and Al Neppl, Director of Professional and Leadership Development at Ankeny Schools, in a conversation highlighting the significance of adaptability, empathy, and collaboration for students.

Click here to listen or find us on your favorite podcast app!

January 11, 2024

All buildings and district office closed Friday, January 12

Due to inclement weather, tomorrow Friday, January 12, school buildings & district office will be closed.

  • No Before and After School Program
  • Certified staff will work virtually
  • Paraprofessional and secretary professional development is canceled

All other employee groups will operate under closure guidance. Please connect with your supervisor if you have questions about your reporting requirements.

December 20, 2023

Parkview’s Imagineers robotics team qualifies for State!

πŸš€πŸ€– Exciting News from Parkview Robotics! πŸ€–πŸš€
This past Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023, Parkview’s two First Lego League robotics teams showcased their brilliance at the regional tournament held at Summit Middle School in Johnston! 🌟🀯
The competition was fierce, covering the robot challenge, project presentation, robot design, and the embodiment of First’s Core Values. Our incredible teams rocked every element, leaving a mark of excellence. πŸ†πŸ€–πŸ’‘
But wait, there’s more! πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰ The Lego Imagineers team soared high, securing a well-deserved spot at the state tournament at Iowa State on Sun. Dec. 28th. πŸŽŸοΈπŸ—“οΈ Not only that, they clinched the prestigious Innovation Project Award, showcasing their creativity and forward-thinking approach! πŸš€πŸŒ
Now, all eyes are on the state level where the top performers will vie for a ticket to the national competition! πŸ…πŸŒŽ Let’s cheer on our Lego Imagineers as they embark on this exciting journey! πŸ™ŒπŸ‘Ύ
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December 6, 2023

Art Instillation Prep Volunteers Needed

πŸŽ¨πŸ•ŠοΈJoin Us in Crafting Magic at Parkview Middle! πŸ•ŠοΈπŸŽ¨
🌟 Exciting Opportunity to Make Art Soar! 🌟
Hey #ParkviewMiddleCommunity! 🌈 We’re gearing up for our next spectacular student art installation, and we need YOUR help to make it truly extraordinary! πŸŽ‰
πŸ‘ Volunteer Opportunity: Join us in the final preparations for our mesmerizing display of 1000 student-crafted origami birds! 🦒✨ Your hands-on help will add the finishing touches before these vibrant creations take flight!
πŸ“…Sign up for a scheduled shift or let us know what works for you!
πŸ“ Location: Parkview Middle School
🀝 How to Get Involved:
Click the link provided to sign up:
Bring your creativity, enthusiasm, and a willingness to make art together!
πŸš€ Let’s Soar Together! πŸš€
Every helping hand counts. Join us on this artistic journey as we transform our space into a visual masterpiece!
🌟 Spread the Word: Share this post with friends, family, and fellow art enthusiasts! The more, the merrier! 🌈✨
Together, let’s make our next art installation an unforgettable celebration of creativity and collaboration! 🎨🀝
Volunteers Origami Project
December 5, 2023

Milestone for OPUS: Most successful year in our district’s history


This year marked a historic milestone for OPUS, as it stands out as the most successful in our district’s history. This fall, a remarkable eighty-one students from Ankeny Community School District, spanning grades sixth through ninth, earned the privilege of participating in the esteemed 37th Annual Opus Honor Choir Festival hosted by the Iowa Choral Directors Association. This achievement not only surpassed the representation of any other school district in the state but also set a new record in Ankeny’s own history.

Out of a pool of over twenty-four hundred nominated students, spanning the specified grades, the diligent efforts of Ankeny students resulted in securing one hundred-eighty coveted positions across the four OPUS Honor Choirs. The selection process involved judges evaluating recorded auditions from each nominated student. The grand culmination of this achievement took place on Thursday, November 16, when the 2023 Opus Honor Choirs delivered a stellar performance at CY Stephens Auditorium in Ames.

Heartfelt congratulations are extended to the numerous Ankeny students who dedicated themselves to this endeavor, with special recognition to the exceptional talents of the following selected musicians and their directors: Emma Feldhans and David Sponder from Parkview; Emily Battani and Lisa Rehms from Prairie Ridge; Riley Anderson and Samantha Thomas from Northview; and Jill Bjorklund and Nick Oswald from Southview. Notably, Sebastian Rivera-Alvarez from Prairie Ridge, along with Evan Bahr, Will Heldt, and Ty Porter from Northview, and William Peterson, William Peverill, and Luke Vesperman from Southview, earned the distinguished honor of being selected as solo finalists for the festival, with Ty Porter additionally earning the prestigious distinction of being chosen as a soloist.

A resounding congratulations to all for this outstanding achievement!

PR=Prairie Ridge
*Solo Finalist
#Selected Soloist
~Selected for All-State Choir

5th/6th Choir

Beckett Adams (PV)
Kenzie Collum (PV)
Lilly Gardner (PR)
Matthew Houser (PR)
Hayden Kent (PV)
Gracyn Leaper (PV)
Amanda Mitchell (PV)
Liv Riley (PV)
Jordyn Robbins (PV)
Cambriah Van Horn (PV)

7th/8th Bass Clef Choir

Ian Anderson (NV)
*Evan Bahr (NV)
Chatham Beck (PR)
Roman Bockes (PV)
Jared Bond (NV)
Maxwell Danielson (SV)
Brody Ford (SV)
Logan Freeseman (SV)
Alex Fritz (PV)
Alex Hall (SV)
*Will Heldt (NV)
Martell Holloway (SV)
August Lehman (SV)
Luke Menke (PV)
Joseph Montgomery (SV)
Adrian Moralez (SV)
Ben Niermeyer (SV)
Charles ONeal (SV)
*William Peterson (SV)
*William Peverill (SV)
#Ty Porter (NV)
Derek Pross (SV)
*Sebastian Rivera-Alvarez (PR)
Xander Schmitz (SV)
Grant Van Thomme (SV)
*Luke Vesperman (SV)
Weston White (PV)
Joseph Wilburn (SV)

7th/8th Treble Clef Choir

Elin Alber (SV)
Angelina Bezuhlova (SV)
Cadence Bishop (NV)
Krista Bogers (NV)
Camryn Bright (SV)
Kylie Butcher (SV)
Gwen Carl (SV)
Delaney DeAngelo (NV)
Ellie Espe (SV)
Peyton Griffith (NV)
Haylee Johnson (PV)
Zena Jorgensen (NV)
Audi Munoz (PR)
Megan Paintner (SV)
Grace Poskevich (NV)
Madi Shreffler (PR)
Elisabeth Skog (PR)
Autumn Underwood (NV)
Mercy Unguec (SV)
Camryn Van Houten (SV)

9th Mixed Choir

^Avery A’Hearn (NV)
Austin Albaugh (SV)
Mila Badillo (SV)
Calista Beck (NV)
Calvin Brincks (NV)
Dagny Bubon (SV)
Seth Buxton (SV)
Caleb Crouse (SV)
Emily Doubleday (SV)
Natalie Ford (SV)
Maylin Gustafson (SV)
Jack Kent (SV)
Andrew Langholz (NV)
~JJ Menke (SV)
~Logan Peterson (SV)
Sara Phillips (SV)
Gus Ringholz (NV)
Blake Sauer (SV)
^Ryan Schumacher (SV)
Kylee Shanks (SV)
Berritt Sipes (SV)
^Alaina Wesner (NV)
Gabby Williams (SV)


November 20, 2023

Opus Honor Choir Event

🎢 OPUS Honor Choir Magic ✨ 🎡
πŸ“Έ Here are some snapshots from the OPUS Honor Choir event last week. πŸ“·βœ¨
πŸ‘Congratulations to our Parkview Students who were selected and took part in this fantastic event. 🎀
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