Filing the FAFSA
An important step in planning to go to college is filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Grants, scholarships and other forms of financial aid from colleges can be dependent on filing the FAFSA. If you have a senior and have not filed the FAFSA there is support.
A FAFSA Step-by-Step event will be hosted virtually and lead by an Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) team member. Additional team members and FAFSA certified volunteers will be available in the chat or in breakout rooms to answer questions as families follow along and complete the FAFSA form.
The first five statewide events have been scheduled for:
- May 19 – 6 pm – Register
- June 9 – 3 pm – Register
- July 21 10 am – Register
- August 11 – Noon – Register
If you have questions about paying for college, or would like free help filing your FAFSA, ICAN offers free resources for college planning and financial aid. You can visit their website, www.ICANsucceed.org, to schedule an appointment, or call their toll free number, 877-272-4692 to talk to an advisor.
AHS Commencement Information
We are excited to announce that we will be hosting an in-person commencement ceremony this year. The ceremony will be at Hilton Coliseum in Ames on Saturday, May 29, at 1:00 pm.
Ankeny Community School District has been working with Hilton Coliseum staff on the ceremony’s structure, and we have some great news for our families. We are excited to announce the Ames Chief of Police has approved an increase in occupancy of Hilton Coliseum for this year’s ceremony. This means we are now able to offer eight tickets per senior for family and friends. This is an increase from the four tickets that were allowed for the 2020 ceremony.
Things to know about the Commencement Ceremony:
- There will be a mask requirement at Hilton Coliseum for all people in attendance.
- Tickets will be mailed to the families of seniors in May. Families may distribute the tickets, and only individuals in possession of a ticket will be able to enter Hilton Coliseum.
The Ankeny High School Commencement Ceremony will be Live Streamed this year with support from the ISU staff. It will be streamed on the Ankeny Community School District YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/AnkenySchools
Please submit your question through the 2021 AHS Commencement Question Form, and we will get back to you as soon as we have answers.
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Ankeny Junior Varsity Quiz Bowl Team Wins the IQBL State Title
Congratulations to our Ankeny Junior Varsity Quiz bowl team for their victory in the Iowa Quiz Bowl League championship in March!
The Ankeny JV quiz bowl team won the state title by beating Logan Magnolia for the championship. This is the team’s third consecutive state crown! This team broke every school record for this age group.
“I am so proud of these students,” said Nathan Coombes, quiz bowl coach. “Since the program began seven years ago, we’ve made history by winning a record eleven state championships among the different teams.”
Pictured from left to right: Noah Yeager, Josh Dahlheimer, Aiden Orth, Noa Jones, Lauren Rolling and Jason Dennis
Senior Spotlight Night and Scholarship Reporting
This year we will honor seniors for their accomplishments at Senior Spotlight Night. This event will be held on Wednesday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the AHS Main Gym.
If your student has earned scholarships (academic, athletic, fine arts, etc.) this year, we would like to recognize their accomplishments. Please have your student complete the following form and submit it as soon as possible, but NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, APRIL 30. Please list only the scholarships the student will be accepting (Note: If you are notified of a scholarship after that date, you may edit the responses on this form. We will do our best to include it in the program.) Students who have completed the form by April 30th will be mailed an invitation and 2 wristbands (required for entry) for parents/guardians to attend the event on Wednesday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the AHS Main Gym.
Senior Planning Guide
Here are critical dates that our Seniors and their families will want to put on their calendars. We know this year is different but we are committed to maintaining our traditions here at AHS. Please know that everything we are planning for our seniors has the focus on keeping all of our Hawks safe and healthy.
Ankeny Community School District to Conduct Controlled Burns
Ankeny Community School District will conduct controlled burns at Ankeny Centennial High School, Ankeny High School, and Crocker Elementary School as weather conditions allow.
The school district’s burn permit runs from now until June 1, 2021, work will be done as site conditions allow during this time-frame. Burn times and locations will be announced via the district website, www.ankenyschools.org, Facebook, and Twitter.
Natural and native areas need periodic fires to thrive and prescribed burning is an important, cost-effective tool for maintaining and restoring native plant communities and wildlife habitat, managing invasive species, and reducing wildfire danger. Many of the plants and animals of Iowa’s woodlands, prairies, and wetlands are fire adapted.
Ankeny School District grounds crew, trained in wild land firefighting, are working with local fire rescue agencies, police, and county health department to insure safe, successful burn events.
Middle School Athletic Director of the Year
Congratulations to Mr. Mike Bakker, Athletic Director at Southview Middle School, for being named the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association Central District Middle School Athletic Director of the Year! We are thankful for all that you do for our students!
AHS After Prom 2021 – April 24
It’s almost time for After Prom!
After Prom is free to attend and will be held at Ankeny High School following Prom on April 24. Just like Prom, only Senior students will be able to attend After Prom this year. All Seniors are welcome to attend After Prom, whether they attend the dance or not.
After Prom Details:
- Doors will open at Midnight. There will be no entry after 1 a.m.
- A school ID is required for entry to After Prom.
- Seniors must leave the building and return to After Prom following the dance.
Parents of Seniors:
After Prom needs your help to make these events happen! Your contribution of $30 is needed NOW! After Prom greatly depends on the parent donations. Your donation can be sent to Ankeny After Prom, PO Box 1181 Ankeny, IA 50021 or drop off at the AHS office or Venmo @hawk-afterprom.
Your help is also needed the night of After Prom. Please visit the AHS Facebook page AnkenyHighAfterProm for more information on how you can volunteer!
After Prom Senior Wall Display – Turn in your senior picture with a baby picture to AHS office by April 22.