District News & Announcements
ACHS Show Choir Caps Season as Grand Champion:
Ankeny Centennial High School's varsity show choir, Spectrum, ended their competition season as Grand Champion at the Marion Masquerade Show Choir Invitational on March 1. Spectrum was also awarded Best Choreography, and first place in the daytime competition round. In addition, senior Kierin Churchman was named Best Female Soloist. Read more about the competition and their season
Celebration of Pat Cahill's Life to be held Saturday:
A Celebration of Life and Open House in honor of Pat Cahill will be held this Saturday, March 8, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Northview Middle School main gym (1302 N. Ankeny Blvd.). There will be short program at 2:00, followed by an open house format. An obituary for Pat can be found here at Memorial Services of Iowa.
Northview Bond Information Center is now online:
The Northview Bond Referendum Information Center is now available online. This center is a one-stop shop for information about the April 1, 2014 referendum to renovate Northview Middle School. Learn about the current condition of the school, planned improvements, budget and tax information and more.
Bond Edition Ankeny Advance newsletter now available:
The Winter 2014 Bond Referendum edition of Ankeny Advance
is now available online and is arriving in community mailboxes. This edition is primarily dedicated to information about the Northview Middle School renovation project and corresponding April 1 bond referendum. Read the new edition of Ankeny Advance here.
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Quinn Wilson named State Finalist for Volunteerism Award:
Ankeny High School senior Quinn Wilson has been recognized as a Distinguished State Finalist by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Quinn was one of six students in Iowa chosen for outstanding community service. Read more about Quinn's honor and his volunteer program.
AHS band students place in top five; Receive division I rating:
Ankeny High School had an outstanding showing at the 30th annual Perry Band Olympics in February. More than 100 students from AHS and Southview Middle School competed in 75 solos and ensembles thought the day. Performers received a divisional rating (I-Superior, II-Excellent, III-Fair) from adjudicators. Each category of performance selected up to five of the best performers from their center. View the list of top performers here
ACHS band students place in top five; Receive division I rating:
Ankeny Centennial High School had an outstanding showing at their first-ever Perry Band Olympics. Seventy-eight different entries encompassing over 120 students performed solo and ensemble pieces at Perry High School in February. Performers received a divisional rating (I-Superior, II-Excellent, III-Fair) from adjudicators. Each category of performance selected up to five of the best performers from their center. View the list of top performers here
Preschool registration is now OPEN:
Preschool registration for the 2014-2015 school year is now open. Select one of the links below to online register your student for three-year-old or four-year-old preschool. Registrations are time-date stamped and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
ACHS Show Choir earns honors at Urbandale Invitational:
Ankeny Centennial’s varsity show choir Spectrum earned first-runner-up and several other honors at the Urbandale Show Choir Invitational in February. Eighteen choirs from Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska competed at the invitational. This annual competition is considered one of the premier show choir competitions in the mid-west. Read more about their performance here.
March fliers available in the e-Backpack:
New fliers for the month are now available in the online e-Backpack. The e-Backpack includes fliers from community organizations for events or activities for students. Check out the fliers for this month here.
Second Semester 6-Week Reports Online for Grades 6-12
Secondary schools' six-week midterm grade reports are now available in Infinite Campus. Midterm reports are not sent via mail, and no paper reports are sent until the end of the semester. Parents and guardians may view midterm grades via Infinite Campus. If you do not have an account in Infinite Campus, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
to start the process.
Please contact your student's respective teacher if you have questions regarding the midterm grade.
John Deere Gives Grant to East Elementary:
John Deere is helping advance the education of East Elementary students with a John Deere Community Relations grant to provide Fountas & Pinnell supplemental literacy kits to classrooms. Read more about John Deere's gift here.
Three students win Martin Luther King Day essay contest:
Three Ankeny students won first place in their age divisions in the fourth annual statewide Martin Luther King Day essay contest and were honored at the state of Iowa Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in Des Moines. The winners include, fifth grader Lawerence Deng, second grader Lizzie Deng and eighth grader Leon Deng. Read more about the students' honor here
Three Northview students earn honors in VFW essay contest:
Northview is proud to announce three students have received honors for their entries in the local Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Patriot's Pen essay contest. The winners are: first place, Sarah Banta;
second place, Claire Wubben;
third place: Noah Wright. Read more about the students' honor here
Four Ankeny fifth graders earn honors from American Legion:
Four Ankeny fifth grade students score top honors in the local American Legion’s United States Flag Essay Contest. The winners are: first place, Eva DiMeo
, Ashland Ridge; second place, Megan Meyer
, Prairie Trail; third place (tie), Jade Massoth
, Northeast; third place (tie), Jade Nettrour
, Northeast. Read more about their honor here
Ankeny Centennial Show Choir Extravaganza
Ankeny Centennial Show Choirs will showcase their final performance of the 2013-2014 season at Ankeny Centennial High School. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale Monday, February 24, at http://www.seatyourself.biz/achschoirs. Performances are:
- Friday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m., and
- Sunday March 9, at 2:00 p.m.
Recommended Boundary Map Now Available for Review:
Opportunity to provide feedback; Board to vote in March -
The Boundary Committee's recommended map is now available to review online. The proposed new elementary boundary will be presented to the Ankeny Board of Education at their February 17 meeting. The Board, however, will not vote on the plan at this meeting, and a vote is likely to be scheduled for March 3. In the interim between now and the date of any decision by the Board, the recommended map is posted online with links to provide feedback to the Board. Read more, view the map, and provide feedback here.
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Don't forget to set your clocks ahead ("spring forward") one hour Saturday night. Daylight saving time officially begins at 2:00 AM Sunday morning, March 9.
Board approves hiring Tara Owen as new Northeast principal:
The Ankeny Board of Education approved the hiring of Ms. Tara Owen as the new principal of Northeast Elementary School for the 2014-2015 school year at its February 17 meeting. Ms. Owen will take over leadership of Northeast from Mr. Al Neppl, who has accepted the challenge of opening the district’s tenth elementary school in August 2014. Learn more about Ms. Owen.