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District News & Announcements
School District seeking proposals for website design, hosting and technical support services -
Ankeny Community School District is seeking proposals for website design, hosting and technical support services to replace its current website platform. Proposals for the project will be due by November 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM.  Those wishing to submit a proposal may receive a copy of the Request for Proposals by contacting Jarrett Peterson, Coordinator of Communications, at 515-289-3950, or jarrett.peterson@ankenyschools.org.
Schools to help collect donations of coats for students in need -
Project Fresh Start, an Ankeny-based volunteer program has provided free school supplies, backpacks and more to students for over a decade.  Their new F.E.W.D. Program (Faith and Education Winter Donations) is requesting donations of clean, gently used winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and boots for Ankeny students in need. You can bring these donations to your school October 20-24Ankeny students in need of warm winter outer wear will then be able to receive donated clothing 1:00-6:00 PM Sunday, November 2, and 4:00-8:00 PM Monday, November 3, when the FEWD clothing pick-up center will be open at 502 North Ankeny Blvd.  Read more about this project here.

Food drive provides much bigger lesson for AHS history students:
Ankeny High School teacher Nick Covington's U.S. history classes learned about the financial pinch of the Great Depression and recently applied that lesson to help those in need.  They related the hunger felt during the depression to present-day by holding a food drive for those facing hardships in Iowa.  Read more about this unique history lesson.  
Marching Hawks take two third-place honors; Best Drum Majors award:
The Ankeny Marching Hawks received two third-place finishes and rave reviews from the judges in their two debut performances in Cedar Rapids on October 4.  Student commanders Erin Miller, Breanna Stiles, and Quintin Konen won the prestigious ranking of “Best Drum Majors” at the “2014 Five Seasons Marching Band Invitational."  Read more about the competitions and the Marching Hawks
ACHS Marching Band places third; awarded "Best Colorguard":
The Ankeny Centennial Marching Band celebrated a successful weekend of competition at the Pella Marching Dutch Invitational on September 27, receiving third place in Class 4A and “Best Colorguard” award.  Read more about the band here.
ACHS Marching Band to perform in 2015 NYC National Veterans Day Parade -
The Ankeny Centennial High School Marching Band is proud to announce they have accepted an invitation to march in the National Veterans Day Parade in New York City on November 11, 2015. The parade features more than 20,000 participants, including veterans of all eras, active duty military, ROTC and JrROTC units, and civic and youth groups, all accompanied to music performed by a selection of our nation's best high school marching bands, drill teams and step dancers. Read more about this special honor for the ACHS band here.

Ankeny Schools and ISU partner to support classroom technology:
Ankeny Schools has formed a unique partnership with Iowa State University to integrate and enhance technology learning in the classroom.  About 1,900 Ankeny fifth and sixth graders have Chromebooks and as part of the district's goal to provide a digital device for every student, the intent of this new collaboration is to strengthen students' knowledge using that technology.  Learn more about the partnership and its goals.
Crocker's "Sparkle Run" featured in national publication promoting healthy fundraisers:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recognized Crocker Elementary's "Sparkle Run" as an example of a healthy school fundraiser.  Crocker's Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)-sponsored fun run was nominated by a member of the Iowa Department of Education's Team Nutrition Program, and is now featured in a national publication.  Read more about Crocker's successful event.
Ankeny Community Ed seminar marks "Falls Prevention Awareness Day"-
The fall season is upon us, which is why Governor Terry Branstad declared the first day of fall as "Falls Prevention Awareness Day" in Iowa.  The Ankeny Community Education Department joined the Governor in recognizing the day by sponsoring a free Tai Chi seminar during the daily, senior lunch gathering at the Neveln Center.  Tai Chi classes are offered by the Community Education Department and provide exercises to strengthen the body, which may reduce falls.   Read information and learn about Community Ed classes here.
This is drop-off week for the Winter Clothing Donation Drive:
This week, each of Ankeny's schools will accept clean, gently-used winter clothing to donate to Ankeny children in need.  If you have coats, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves or boots you would like to donate, please drop them off at your child's school.  Items will be accepted during school hours, October 20-24

The donation drive is sponsored by a new program called F.E.W.D. (Faith and Education Winter Donations), supported by Project Fresh Start through the Ankeny Community Education Department.  

For more information, please contact Community Education at 515-289-3961 or Dave Kissinger, Ankeny Community Education Advisory Council, 515-491-2049 or dkiss806@juno.com.
Northeast Elementary receives prestigious National Blue Ribbon School honors -
Ankeny Community Schools is pleased to announce that Northeast Elementary has received National Blue Ribbon School honors from the U.S. Secretary of Education.  Northeast will be honored during a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 10-11.  Read more about this outstanding distinction here
Polk County Health flu clinics scheduled at Ankeny schools:
The Ankeny Community School District is again partnering with the Polk County Health Department to provide seasonal flu vaccination clinics in Ankeny Schools October 9 and November 6. The influenza vaccination will be available to all staff and students, and will be open to the public.  Learn more about the flu clinics here.
AHS senior named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist:
Officials of National Merit® Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  Among the honored students is Ankeny High School senior Abigail Wabeke. Seniors selected for this honor will compete for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million that will be offered next spring. Read more about the NMS program here.
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