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December 2, 2022

December Newsletter

Take a look at our December Newsletter for helpful information and important dates.

December 1, 2022

Prescribed Burns

A prescribed (controlled) burn of the District’s prairie grasses have a start window of Dec. 1, 2022 through June 1, 2023. The burns will be conducted when the weather is within our parameters. The burns will be at:

Ankeny High School
Centennial High School
Crocker Elementary
Rock Creek Elementary

The DNR recommends a burn every three years to maintain prairie grasses. District staff conducting burns have been trained and certified in prescribed burns.

November 7, 2022

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held the week of November 14th – 18th. Your child’s teacher sent out sign up forms at the beginning of the month. Please be sure you sign up.

September 13, 2022

Flu Clinic

We will be offering the Flu Clinic in collaboration with Polk County Health Department again this year. Please see below for next date and registration.

No paper consents this year – all registrations are online!

Thursday, Oct 20
4:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. @ Northview Middle School
Visitors enter through W22 Door on the stadium side of the building
Flu Clinic is held in the Commons/Lunchroom.

CHOOSE YOUR TIME SLOT FOR OCT. 20

April 20, 2022

Save the Date: ESOL Family Night, May 9

ESOL family night

When: Monday, May 9th, 6-8pm

Where: Northview Middle School, 1302 North Ankeny Boulevard

What: Join us for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Family Night! This event will help ESOL families to learn more about the district and available community resources. Please bring your child’s Chromebook. Dinner will be provided.

April 6, 2022

New Terrace Learning Center Principal

SchmidtSheilaSheila Schmidt has been selected to become the Principal of Terrace Learning Center beginning July 1, 2022. Sheila’s vast professional experience, as well as her proven history of leadership and relationship building within the school community will add much value to our district.

Sheila is currently the principal at Marshall Elementary, which is a PK-5 school in the Dubuque Community School District in Dubuque, Iowa. She has nearly 30 years of experience in education, including teaching preschool for six years, serving as an instructional coach, director of special education and, most recently, serving as an elementary principal.

Mrs. Schmidt received a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa, Masters in Early Childhood and Special Education from Clarke College and an Administrator Certification from the University of Northern Iowa.

Sheila will officially begin as July 1, but she will be in the district periodically prior to that time to collaborate with staff and administrators toward a smooth transition.

March 25, 2022

New Elementary School Groundbreaking

GroundbreakingThe Ankeny Community School District has broken ground on their newest elementary school building. The building is temporarily being referred to as the Elementary at the Grove, and will be the sixth elementary school in the north-feeder for the district. The new building will be located in the Grove development at NW 18th St and NW Abbie Dr and will be a part of the district’s north feeder system. The five-section building will serve kindergarten to fifth grade and have a capacity of up to 800 students and is slated to open in the fall of 2024.

“This is a day of excitement for our district, not only for our students and staff in our north-feeder elementary system but for our entire community who has worked together to build this district for our children,” said Dr. Erick Pruitt, Superintendent of Ankeny Schools. “The growth in our city is certainly notable. However, when we think about this growth as a district, what excites us is the number of students reaching their academic goals each year. This elementary school will serve as yet another launching point for our young people to achieve a lifetime of personal success.”

An additional school is needed to accommodate the district’s ongoing growth, as Ankeny remains one of the fastest-growing school districts in Iowa. This year enrollment increased by 364 students, making certified enrollment 12,512 students for the 2020-2021 school year, as reported in the Certified Enrollment Report. Enrollment growth has averaged 250 students annually for the past five years and is expected to grow by an average of 260 students per year over the next five years.

The Elementary at the Grove will be funded utilizing the S.A.V.E. state penny sales tax. The official name of the school will be forthcoming, with the naming committee convening within the next year to follow the process as laid out in board policy.

March 1, 2022

March Important Dates

March: In Like A Lamb, Out Like A …?

As we are enjoying this unseasonable balmy first day of March here are some important dates to remember.

  • February 28 – March 3rd: Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 11th: No School
  • March 14-18: No School/Spring Break

View our parent calendar for more.

February 23, 2022

Profile of a Graduate

We are excited to launch the process of re-imagining our graduate profile! This document will work together with our strategic plan and equity framework to help chart a path for the district’s future. Please view this short survey to provide feedback on our graduate profile.

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February 18, 2022

Parent/Teacher Conferences Reminder

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held the week of February 28th-March 4th. Your child’s teacher sent out sign up forms at the beginning of the month. If you would prefer to have your child’s conference held virtually, please let your child’s teacher know so they can make accommodations.