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February 10, 2022

Black History Month Challenge

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Calling all students ages 13-18!

Principal Financial Group‘s Principal Foundation is sponsoring The Black History Month Challenge, a scholarship essay contest open to all students ages 13-18.
The Black History Month Challenge celebrates some of those “lesser-known” moments and facts in Black history, and inspires enduring conversations about race and allyship among young people today.
The contest is open February 1-28 and the following prizes will be awarded:
  • First Place: $3,500 scholarship
  • Second Place: $1,000 scholarship
  • Third Place: $500 scholarship
January 31, 2022

World Read Aloud Day – Feb. 2

World Read Aloud Day is Wednesday, February 2, 2022! For 13 years, World Read Aloud Day has called attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read-aloud! The global effort, created by the non-profit LitWorld and sponsored by Scholastic, is celebrated annually in over 173 countries and is all about bringing people together through the shared connection of reading aloud in all of our communities.

Several opportunities are happening all week long in our schools! View the Scholastic World Read Aloud Kit here, or go to https://www.litworld.org/worldreadaloudday for more!

 

 

 

January 25, 2022

Congratulations to Kristen Recher, Iowa STEM Teacher Award

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Congratulations to Northeast Elementary fifth grade teacher, Kristen Recher who was honored January 24 as the 2022 Iowa STEM Teacher Award recipient for the South Central Region of Iowa.
It is Kristen’s commitment to incorporating STEM activities into her curriculum, as well as her passion toward continued professional development around STEM learning that earned her this honor.
January 25, 2022

Attendance Reminder

Please contact the school if your child will be absent from school, arriving late or leaving early. You can find all school contact information on Our District webpage. Another option is to send an email to your school front office secretary along with your student’s teacher.
We do have to have the reason why a student is not in school. Please include any symptoms they be having, not feeling well is not enough detail this year. If the school is not notified of an absence, the office will attempt to contact the Parents/Guardians at their primary number listed on Infinite Campus.
January 12, 2022

Important Dates

IMPORTANT DATES

  • January 14 – End of 1st Semester, 2 hr. Early Dismissal
  • January 17 – No School- Martin Luther King Day
  • January 18 – 2nd Semester Begins

** Please note that on Jan. 14th there is a 2 hr. Early Dismissal time. Classes will be dismissed at 1:45 at Parkview that day.

January 11, 2022

Have You Ordered Your Yearbook Yet?

Don’t Miss Out on ordering your all-color custom Parkview Middle School yearbook!

Click on the link below and go directly to jostens.com and order your yearbook.  Only $15.00.

https://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A02274500

Deadline: January 31

December 21, 2021

Iowa School Performance Profiles

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The state has released their annual online reporting tool called the Iowa School Performance Profiles, as required by a federal education law called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These profiles reflect how public schools performed on a set of accountability measures, such as results on the statewide assessment, graduation rates, and academic growth.

The tool displays a school’s score based on overall performance, as well as scores based on the performance of subgroups of students. Based on these scores, schools can be identified for additional funding, support, and improvement.

In order to put the information into perspective, below you will find links to the following charts. 

  1. Comparisons between each of Ankeny’s schools to the state average
  2. Comparison of Ankeny’s high schools to other area high schools

Ankeny High School Data (Commendable)
Ankeny Centennial High School Data (Commendable)
Southview Middle School Data (High Performing)
Northview Middle School Data (High Performing)
Parkview Middle School Data (Commendable)
Prairie Ridge Middle School Data (Commendable)
Ashland Ridge Elementary School Data (Exceptional)
Crocker Elementary School Data (High Performing)
East Elementary School Data (Acceptable)
Heritage Elementary School Data (Commendable)
Northeast Elementary School Data (High Performing)
Northwest Elementary School Data (Commendable)
Prairie Trail Elementary School Data (Exceptional)
Rock Creek Elementary School Data (High Performing)
Southeast Elementary School Data (Commendable)
Westwood Elementary School Data (High Performing)

High School Ranking Score
Ankeny HS Commendable 59.7
Ankeny Centennial HS Commendable 59.4
Waukee HS Commendable 58.7
Bondurant-Farrar HS Commendable 57.1
Johnston Senior HS Commendable 56.3
Dallas Center-Grimes HS Commendable 56.09
Valley HS Commendable 55.3
Urbandale HS Commendable 54.7
Roosevelt HS Needs Improvement 45.3
Hoover HS Priority 43.8
Lincoln HS Priority 42.3
North HS Priority 41.0
East HS Priority 40.4

To locate our school’s results, as well as more information about the Iowa School Performance Profiles and ESSA, visit the following website: www.iaschoolperformance.gov

December 16, 2021

68 Students Selected for the 35th Annual OPUS Honor Choir Festival

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This fall, sixty-eight Ankeny Community School District students, grades sixth through ninth, were selected for the 35th Annual Opus Honor Choir Festival hosted by the Iowa Choral Directors Association. Over twenty-one hundred students were nominated by their directors for one hundred-eighty positions in each of the four OPUS Honor Choirs. Judges made their selections by scoring a recorded audition from each nominated student. The 2021 Opus Honor Choirs performed on Thursday, November 18th, in CY Stephens Auditorium in Ames. Congratulations to these outstanding young musicians and their directors: Nick Oswald and Jill Bjorklund, Southview; Ben Joseph, Northview; David Sponder and Emma Feldhans, Parkview; Riley Anderson and Lisa Rehms, Prairie Ridge.

Key:
*Solo Finalists
PR = Prairie Ridge
PV = Parkview
SV = Southview
NV = Northview

5th/6th Choir 7th/8th Treble Clef Choir
Elin Alber (PV) Mya Backstrom (SV)
Delaney DeAngelo (PR) Ella Breuer (SV)
Shannon Frommelt (PR) Caitlyn Chance (SV)
Sloane Gauerke (PR) Charlee Cibula (SV)
Peyton Griffith (PR) Shelby Davidson (SV)
*Taylor Harrison (PR) Ella Dietrich (PV)
Sarah Heldt (PR) Aubrie Kolner (NV)
Sloane Huisman (PR) Whitney Lee (PR)
Zena Jorgensen (PR) Reese Mitchell (NV)
William Peverill (PV) Lilian Monthei (SV)
Derek Pross (PV) Allison Muehr (SV)
Kahlan Simmonds (PV) Sara Phillips (PV)
Abigail Tanner (PV) Landry Wagner (PV)
Autumn Underwood (PR)  
Aaliyah Van Horn (PV)  
7th/8th Bass Clef Choir 9th Mixed Choir
Austin Albaugh (PV) Nick Ambrosecchia (SV)
Cael Austin (PV) Ingrid Dietrich (SV)
Greyson Beenen (SV) Tim Fairchild (SV)
Lincoln Blessing (PV Eli Feldhans (SV)
Hudson Evans (SV) Leah Hatch (SV)
Garrett Hemmingsen (SV) Alex Hoxeng (SV)
Jayden Huegel (SV) *Evelyn Huegel (SV)
Harrison Jansen (NV) Cade Johnson (SV)
Zena Jorgensen (PR) Mia Koka (SV)
Oliver Klein (SV) James Lopez (SV)
Erik Kleve (SV) Landon Pote (SV)
Zach Kragel (SV) Zach Riley (SV)
Jefferson Menke (PV) Nicholas Robie (SV)
*Logan Peterson (PV) Tyler Sickerson (SV)
Anders Repp (SV) Ethan Skow (SV)
Jack Reysack (SV) Carlos Vergara (SV)
Gus Ringholz (PR)  
Jackson Robie (PV)  
*Ezekiel Scroggs (PR)  
Caleb Sensor (SV)  
Brannen Shanahan (SV)  
William Simmonds (SV)  
Jayden Song (SV)  
Jaxon Speer (PV)  
Billy Youngquist (SV)  

CONGRATULATIONS to the hundreds of Ankeny students who submitted recordings and especially to each of these fine young musicians who were selected! Prairie Ridge students Taylor Harrison and Ezekiel Scroggs, Parkview student Logan Peterson and Southview student Evelyn Huegel had the distinguished honor of being chosen as solo finalists for the festival, and Logan Peterson was chosen as a soloist! Congratulations to all!

December 15, 2021

Holly Anderson Named 2022 Middle School Iowa Athletic Director of the Year

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Holly Anderson, Activities Director at Northview Middle School, has been chosen as the 2022 Middle School Athletic Director of the Year by the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association. Holly was chosen for her outstanding dedication and leadership of young student-athletes.

“We are excited that Holly is receiving this much deserved recognition,” said Dr. Erick Pruitt, Superintendent of Ankeny Schools. “She is great leader, to both her students and also to her fellow staff members.”

Holly has been with the Ankeny Community School District for 16 years. Her previous roles for the district include P.E. teacher and girl’s basketball coach before beginning her current role in administration in 2013.

Honorees chosen as Athletic Director of the Year must have a minimum of five years’ experience and show qualities of achievement, excellence and character. Holly will be recognized at the annual IHSADA State Convention in March.

VIEW ON THE IHSADA WEBSITE

December 9, 2021

6th Grade Chorus Concert

Our 6th grade chorus students will be performing at the Ankeny High School Auditorium on Monday, Dec. 13th from 7:00 – 7:30.