Spring Choir Concert
- Thursday, May 13th: 6th Grade Choir / Band
- 6:00 pm: 5th Period Choir/Band/Virtual 6th Band Students
- 7:00 pm: 7th Period Choir/Band
- 8:00 pm: 3rd Period Choir/Band
- Monday, May 17th: 7th Grade Jazz / Choirs
- 6:00 pm: 7th Grade Jazz Band
- 7:00 pm: Bass Clef Choir
- 8:00 pm: Treble Clef Choir
- Thursday, May 20th: 7th Grade Bands
- 6:00 pm: 6th Period Band
- 7:00 pm: 4th Period Band / Virtual 7th Band Students
- 8:00 pm: 8th Period Band
Session 2 Expeditions – Coming Soon!
Expeditions are after school activities provided by staff for students to engage in activity that emphasizes social. emotional, physical and/or academic growth.
When: April 27, 29, May 4, 6, 11, 13
Cost: $25. Families may receive financial assistance. Please contact Kathleen Steffen at 515.965.9705 if you have any questions.
Check back for more information on how to register!
Nutrition Services: Try-It Thursday
Nutrition Services has started “Try-It Thursdays” – where students can sample new or less common fruits and vegetables at lunch. Students have the opportunity to explore how and where these foods are grown and the health benefits they provide. They may even find a new favorite to introduce to their families!
Stay tuned for Try-It Thursday on April, 22 with Sugar Snap Peas.
Check out last weeks featured fruit: Kumquats
The students of LEAD Council have decided to host a school wide food and hygiene drive.
Who: We will be giving our donations to IMPACT to help people in need.
What: We would like students to donate food and hygiene products listed below.
Where: Bring you donations to your advisory teachers at Prairie Ridge.
Why: Food and hygiene are basic need for all of us especially during the time of COVID-19.
When: The week of April 12th through the 16h. Our winners will be announced the week of the 19th.
Competition: The advisory with the most food and hygiene products will get a reward which will be announced later on. We will have three winners 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
1st: Free PE Time 2nd: Outside Time 3rd: First in line for lunch
Incoming 7th Grade Immunization
The state of Iowa requires all incoming 7th graders to have both the Meningococcal vaccine and Tdap booster before fall 2021. If your child does not have the required vaccines or a Certificate of Immunization Exemption, they will not be allowed to attend school, sports and school-related activities starting day 1 of the 2021-2022 school year. This requirement has no grace period, meaning your student will not be allowed to attend the first day of school.
To obtain the State required Tdap booster and the Meningococcal vaccines you may take your child to:
Your family doctor or health care provider, call and make an appointment today.
- Your family doctor or health care provider, call and make an appointment today.
- Walk in clinics.
- The Iowa Department of Health, which is usually free of charge, can be reached at 515-286-3798 for appointments.
Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year begins Friday, February 5. To enroll, your child must be five years old on or before September 15, 2021.
Beginning Friday, February 5 at 8:00 a.m., parents will be able to enroll their incoming kindergartener via online registration. More detailed information is available on the Enroll/Registration page.
Per Board Policy 501.15, applications will be considered late if they are received after June 1. Late registrations will not be considered until all other placements have been made.
What is Needed for Registration?
Please follow the kindergarten registration checklist, as a guide detailing the required documents. Most of the documents can be uploaded into your online application. However, if you do not have the capability to upload documents or if you need copies made, please submit documents starting February 5 to your neighborhood elementary or the registrar at the district office, 306 SW School St. The required documents are:
- Home Language Survey
- Proof of Residency
- Proof of Child’s Birth Date
Medical documentation will be collected at a later date.
Informational Meeting – Updates to Come
This year, the kindergarten parent informational meeting will be conducted virtually. This meeting will be held on April 22 at 6:30 p.m. More information regarding how to join will be shared at a later date.
Due to increased elementary enrollment and limited space, parents are encouraged to enroll their upcoming kindergartener based on the process set forth by the district.
Important Dates to Remember
Visit this document to review important dates for kindergarten families for the 2021-2022 school year.
Mask Up for Ankeny Schools
It will take our whole community pulling together to slow the spread and help keep our students in school. We’ve been hearing it for months, but now is the time to go back to mitigation basics.
- Wear Your Mask
- When Sick, Stay Home
- Wash Your Hands
- Watch Your Distance
This week, we’re launching a #MaskupforAnkeny campaign alongside the @CityofAnkeny. Partner with us by downloading an email signature and social media graphic at the link below and answer the question “What do you mask up for?” #MaskUpforAnkeny #MaskUpforAnkenySchools #SlowtheSpread
Secondary Hybrid Calendar through Nov. 6
Secondary Students (Grades 6-12)
The Ankeny Board of Education voted to set a target date of Monday, November 9 for sixth through twelfth-grade students to return to a traditional on-site model. Setting a target date allows the district to make a final decision in response to current public health data closer to the November date, while simultaneously preparing for the return to on-site. This will be reviewed again at the November 2 Board of Education meeting.
Welcome Interim Superintendent Dr. Azinger
The Ankeny Board of Education is pleased to announce Dr. Al Azinger was unanimously appointed as the Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Ankeny Community School District. Dr. Azinger has significant experience as a secondary and university administrator. He will step in as Interim Superintendent on September 16, 2020 when current Interim Superintendent, Dr. Jen Lindaman will assume her permanent role as Chief Officer of Academic Services for Ankeny Community School District.
“I am thrilled that Dr. Azinger has agreed to serve as the Ankeny Interim Superintendent, his expertise in growing leaders, and his dedication to public education make him the perfect leader for our school district,” stated Dr. Lindaman. “The Ankeny Community Schools values of community, challenge, leadership, excellence and inspiration were exemplified in Dr. Azinger’s responses to our interview teams giving us the utmost confidence in his ability to support our mission: Ankeny Community Schools is unified in its commitment, passion, and vision so every learner is prepared to achieve a lifetime of personal success.”
“The Ankeny School Board is pleased to welcome Dr. Al Azinger for the 2020-2021 school year. We appreciate the experience and depth of knowledge he brings to that role and we look forward to working with him. We are also grateful to Dr. Jen Lindaman for her leadership as she stepped in to temporarily fill that role,” said Lori Lovstad, President, Ankeny Board of Education.
Prior to joining the Ankeny Administrative Team, he served as Dean of the College of Education for Illinois State University. Throughout his years as an educator, he has served as Superintendent of Schools in Lawrence, Kansas and Associate Superintendent in Iowa City, IA.
Dr. Azinger received his Bachelor of Arts from Northeast Missouri State. He also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Western Illinois University; and a Doctorate of Education from University of Iowa.
“It’s an exciting opportunity,” stated Dr. Azinger. “I’m looking forward to working to maintain the high quality of education represented in Ankeny Schools during this transition.”
Dr. Azinger has strong ties to Ankeny and the school district. His daughter’s family calls Ankeny home and his three grandchildren are currently attending Ankeny schools.