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April 5, 2024

Important Dates through the end of the year….

April 8th – No School Teacher PD Day

April 22nd – District AELP Tech Fair

April 23rd – 3rd grade field trip to The Science Center

April 23rd – Spring Fire Visits

April 24th – Student Clubs **please make sure we know if you student will be picked up after 1:45 pm so we can have them prepared.

April 25th – PTO hosted Family Game Night

April 26th – 2nd grade field trip to Blank Park Zoo

April 26th – 5th grade field trip to the State Capitol

May 1st – Firehouse demonstration for 3rd graders

May 3rd – Showtime and Habit 8 Assemby

May 3rd – Skateland Party – Free addmission

May 5th – Senior Comeback Breakast

May 6th – No School PD Day

May 7th – 14th – Silly String Fundraiser

May 7th – 5th grade track meet

May 9th – Inclusive Track Meet

May 9th – 5th grade band concert

May 17th – Silly String Event

May 20th – 5th grade graduation/awards ceremony

May 22nd – Field Day

April 4, 2024

Spring Musical: Centennial Presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid

What: Disney’s The Little Mermaid
When: April 19 & 20 at 7:00 p.m. and April 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: ACHS Auditorium (2220 NW State St.)

This spring, the Ankeny Centennial high school drama and music departments are producing Disney’s The Little Mermaid! Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Ariel wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible and familiar songs!

Adult tickets are $15 and child/student tickets are $10; they can be purchased online here or at the door with cash/check. All seating is general admission.

Spring Musical Disney's Little Mermaid

February 27, 2024

Spring Pictures March 19

Lifetouch will be hosting Spring Pictures on Tuesday March 19th.  Pictures are taken in the morning. Students need to be present to participate. Pictures do not need to be purchased in advance and there will be no retakes.

Picture Day Date: Tuesday, March 19

Picture Day ID: EVTF3BGKW


February 22, 2024

People of the Year Awards: Nominations are Open!

Students, parents, and community members are invited to participate in the nomination process for the ACSD People of the Year awards, an event that recognizes outstanding contributions to our educational community. Nomination forms are open for the following awards:

Your nominations will help us recognize and celebrate the outstanding people that make our school district a great place to be! Please take a moment to consider individuals who have made a positive impact and submit your nominations by March 1, 2024.

February 22, 2024

Parent Resource: Tips to Prepare for Assessments

During this time of year, many of our students will be preparing to take assessments. Whether you’re helping an elementary or secondary student prepare for testing, listed below are a few resources to help:

February 14, 2024

Notice of School Property Prescribed Burns

The ACSD maintenance team will be conducting prescribed burns periodically in Ankeny as weather conditions allow, continuing until June 1, 2024. Weather conditions and safety considerations will determine the exact date and time of the fires.

Why do we perform prescribed burns?

Central Iowa’s landscape was once dominated by tall grass prairies. These ecosystems have an abundance of plants, insects, birds, mammals, and reptiles. The native grasses and forbs (flowers) also provide seed and nectar for insects, butterflies, birds, and small mammals. In nature, fire is essential to maintain the integrity of the native prairie plant species located in our parks. Fire is a natural occurrence that helps the plant and animal communities in a park and controlled burning offers a safer way to use fire in a helpful manner. The benefits of prescribed burns include the following:

  • Aid in reducing the undesirable plants from invading our native prairie areas
  • Help to maintain a rich diversity of wildflowers and grasses
  • Decreases the threat of wildfires by decreasing the accumulation of combustibles
  • Benefits water quality by aiding in the establishment of deep-rooted natives
  • Improves the natural beauty and enjoyment of our parks

Thank you for understanding.

February 2, 2024

Incoming Kindergarten Parent Meeting

Mark your calendar! All Ankeny elementary schools will host a kindergarten information night on Thursday, February 8, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. This night will allow families to learn more about kindergarten at their child’s home building, as well as to turn in the kindergarten checklist, learn more about Kindergarten Jumpstart, and meet other families at the school. Registration opens to all families on Friday, February 2nd at 8:00 am. Please note that families transitioning to a new building next year due to boundary changes should attend the school their child will attend for the 24-25 school year, including families that will be attending Abbie Grove this fall. You can find more information about registering for Kindergarten on our website.

January 31, 2024

Transitional Kindergarten Program

Ankeny Schools is excited to announce the opening of a transitional kindergarten (TK) program for the 2024-2025 school year. This new level is designed to provide students with the time needed to develop essential social and academic skills, acting as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten.

Registration for Transitional Kindergarten will be integrated into the general registration process, commencing on February 2, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. Similar to preschool, available space is limited, and acceptance is determined by the time and date of the submitted complete registration. Class sizes will be capped at 20 students per class, and the total number of classrooms will be finalized by the district later in the spring.

For more information please visit the Transitional Kindergarten website page within the Register section. Applicants can expect to receive an email confirmation of classroom placement or waitlist status by the end of March.

January 12, 2024

Let’s Talk About…Core Skills, Soft Skills, and Mental Health

Listen to these experts as they explore the creation of a culture of belonging. Discover our commitment to equipping educators with the tools to help students develop essential soft skills. Learn strategies for guiding students through the high school to college transition, emphasizing the importance of early connections and proactive support. They also mention how it is important to focus on student well-being, encouraging self-care practices during study sessions, including water breaks, physical movement, and brain breaks. Uncover how Ankeny fosters these skills from pre-kindergarten, aligning with Ankeny’s graduate profile.

Join Kayla Bell-Consolver, Director of the Counseling Center at Broadlawns Community Clinic at Drake University, Shawn Beirman, Social-Emotional Learning Specialist at Ankeny Schools, and Al Neppl, Director of Professional and Leadership Development at Ankeny Schools, in a conversation highlighting the significance of adaptability, empathy, and collaboration for students.

Click here to listen or find us on your favorite podcast app!

January 11, 2024

All buildings and district office closed Friday, January 12

Due to inclement weather, tomorrow Friday, January 12, school buildings & district office will be closed.

  • No Before and After School Program
  • Certified staff will work virtually
  • Paraprofessional and secretary professional development is canceled

All other employee groups will operate under closure guidance. Please connect with your supervisor if you have questions about your reporting requirements.