September 17, 2020

Fall Photo Ordering

Pictures were taken at Ankeny High School this past Monday and Tuesday.  If you wish to order online, please go to https://www.hrimaging.com/#shop , type Ankeny High School in the search bar, select the school, and follow through the simple ordering process.

For those wishing to pay by cash or check, flyers are available at the school for your student to pick up, and should be returned to the school by September 25th.   Should you need any assistance please contact HR Imaging’s customer service department at 815-433-1766.

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September 17, 2020

Homecoming 2020

Student Council is so excited to present you with not one, but TWO weeks of spirit wear for Homecoming 2020! We will be doing spirit wear the weeks of September 21st and September 28th!

Dress Up Days: Get your gear ready to show your school spirit. 
Sept 21/22 – Country vs Country Club: Dress up western or preppy, whichever you prefer
Sept 23 – PJ Day: Get comfy and wear your PJ’s to school
Sept 24/25 – Space Out: Deck yourself out in as much out of this world gear as possible.
Sept 28/29 – Dynamic Duos: Dress up as your favorite duo
Sept 30 – PJ Day: Get comfy and wear your PJ’s to school
Oct 1/2 – Spirit Day!: Show as much Hawk Pride as possible

* Masks are still required on dress up days, bonus points if you tie them into your spirit wear gear!

* 100% Remote Learners: AHS is developing a plan for you to submit the photos of your dress up days as well.  We want all of our Hawks to participate in homecoming 2020 and will provide more information in the coming days from Student Council on how you can be an active participant.

Homecoming Court: We will be having a senior court for Homecoming 2020. Nominations will be requested later this week. More information on how voting will work, will be coming soon so students be sure to watch your Google “Class of 20XX” Pages!

Under the Lights: YES, we will still be doing Under The Lights but it has been moved back to the spring, so don’t fear!

Homecoming Dance: There will not be a homecoming dance this fall, but we have something in the works for this spring.

We are so excited to continue to make this year great, so get ready to show your spirit and dress up!

Here’s to an epic few weeks brought to you by the AHS Student Council!
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September 16, 2020

Welcome Interim Superintendent Dr. Azinger

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.

September 14, 2020

2020 Yearbook Distribution

AHS 2020 Yearbooks Are In!

Please see the directions below on how to pick up or purchase a yearbook.

Students Who Are Still at AHS

Graduated Seniors and Online Students

  • AHS & SV Yearbooks will be picked up at the front office.
  • Online students with personalized book must email Mrs. Moyle at moyle@ankenyschools.org before pick-up as all current student personalized books are in my room. Please give me 24 hours’ notice to make sure your yearbook is at the front desk.
  • The student or parent will sign for the book.
  • Please contact moyle@ankenyschools.org with any questions.

Purchasing Books 

There are 40 additional AHS books. If you or someone you know would like to purchase a book:

  • AHS books are $75.
  • Current students, please bring a check or credit card to the front office for purchase.
  • Online or graduated students may have someone come to the front office to purchase.

 

August 17, 2020

Yard Signs and Window Decals Available for Order

Yard signs and window decals are now available for order.  Please complete this order form and email AHS dance team coach, Dallas Ott, at dallas.ott@ankenyschools.org, with any questions you may have.  Fall orders are due on September 9, 2020.

August 5, 2020

Registration for the PSAT Now Open

August 3, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

AHS is pleased to offer the PSAT/NMSQT to juniors and sophomores on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020. The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a multiple choice test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities important for college success.  There is a sixty minute reading section, a thirty-five minute writing/language section, a twenty-five minute no-calculator math section, and a forty-five minute calculator math section. This test is optional for students.

More than one million high school students take the exam each year.  High test scores will earn juniors the opportunity to enter the scholarship competition administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  Taking the PSAT/NMSQT as a junior is the only way a student may enter the National Merit Scholarship competition. Sophomores are offered the opportunity to test as practice, which may help them with future testing. Additionally, some private scholarships offered by businesses and colleges are based on PSAT scores.

Students who would like to view test  information may access the following website: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test

The October 14th test is a national test date determined by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and is the only date that AHS will be giving the exam.  Exams will be administered on the AHS campus while adhering to social distancing guidelines. October 14th, is a late start Wednesday; however, PSAT/NMSQT tests will begin promptly at 7:45 AM.  Students who have registered for the PSAT/NMSQT may enter AHS at 7:20 AM for check-in.

For all juniors and sophomores who do not register for the PSAT/NMSQT, the October 14th school day will begin in the afternoon.

If your student wishes to take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 14th, please go to TouchBase to register and pay before August 20th. Your student must then pick up information and a study guide to prepare for the test from the counseling office. While we do not anticipate a shortage of exams, please be aware that juniors will be given priority if a shortage occurs. Fees for late registration will be assessed as indicated on registration information on the back of this letter.

If your student qualifies for testing accommodations through their IEP or 504 please indicate that in Touch Base when you register your student to take the test.  The school’s PSAT Coordinator must apply for accommodations and receive approval by the College Board.  The deadline for you or your student to request accommodations is the same as registration August 20th, 2020 at midnight. If requesting accommodations after August 20th, we cannot guarantee there will be enough time to receive approval from the College Board. For more information you may click on the link College Board, PSAT accommodations.

Please feel free to contact the counseling department @ 515-635-2775 with additional questions.

Sincerely,

AHS Counselors, Audrey Bell A-E, Mici Vos F-L, David Patterson M-R, Kelly Andrews S-Z.

 

PSAT/NMSQT

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test

National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

 Registration at TouchBase

  • Log in and navigate to select your student at the top to whom you wish to register for the PSAT Exam.
  • More detailed directions linked here

What:   Multiple choice tests that measure verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities.  There is a 60 minute reading section, a 35 minute writing/language section, a 25 minute non-calculator math section and a 45 minute calculator math section.

When:   Wednesday, October 14 promptly @ 7:45 AM students must be in their assigned classrooms by 7:40 AM

Where:  AHS: Students will be assigned to specific classrooms for testing, at a later date.

Bring:  Several #2 pencils and a Photo I.D.  You may use a four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator on one math section. Students will not be allowed to share calculators. NO Mechanical Pencils or Pens.

NO  CELL PHONES OR BAGS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE TESTING ROOM.  LEAVE THEM IN YOUR LOCKER OR VEHICLE.

 After registering at TouchBase students can pick up a study guide in the counseling office! This has important information on the PSAT as well as a practice test.

Deadlines:

Regular Registration (August 3 – August 22)………. .. ..$20

Late Registration (August 23 – August 31)………….. $30

*Register at TouchBase

  SOPHOMORES:  This is practice for taking the PSAT/NMSQT as a junior.  It is also practice for taking the SAT tests for college placement.  Recent trends have indicated that sophomores who take the test can be placed in an advantageous position when taking the tests as a junior.  Because this test is the qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship competition, juniors will be given priority if a shortage of exams occurs.  Please register during the regular registration dates.

JUNIORS:  Earning very high scores on the PSAT/NMSQT is the only way a student may enter competition for the National Merit Scholarship.  Juniors may also qualify for scholarships and enrichment programs that use PSAT/NMSQT results, i.e., Achievement Scholarships, and National Hispanic Scholar Awards.

 

 

July 2, 2020

It’s Time To Update Your Student’s Athletic Registration

Beginning July 1, you may create or log into your existing rSchools account to update your student’s athletic registration and electronically sign participation documents.

Hawks

Jaguars

This process needs to be completed annually in order to participate in sports, marching band and show choir.

Find frequently asked questions here. For questions not answered in this document, you may call your activities office.