Winter Athletic Parent Meeting
If you have a student that plans to participate in basketball, wrestling, boys’ swimming, bowling or winter cheer, we ask that you attend an informational parent meeting held in the commons at AHS on Monday, November 1, at 5:45pm.
Activities Director, Andy Umthun, will provide information related to student eligibility, athletic physical submission, our athletic trainer and the role of each staff member in the activities office. After Mr. Umthun’s presentation, winter coaches will provide program-specific information to parents.
We look forward to seeing you on Monday, November 1.
We look forward to seeing you at Parent Teacher Conferences on October 21, 2021, between 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm. The focus of this time will be on sharing your child’s academic progress. Conferences may be scheduled virtually or in person with individual teachers to discuss your student’s progress. If you would like to hold a conference to discuss your student’s progress, you will be able to access the below online conference scheduler through this link – using code r5jgs . You will be directed to schedule 10 minute conferences with individual teachers.
Ankeny Hawk Garden Flags for Sale
Show your Hawk pride with an Ankeny Hawk garden flag! All proceeds support the AHS speech and debate teams. The webstore is open through October 26; click here to purchase yours today!
October 14 – FAFSA Night at 6:30 pm – AHS Media Center
This event is designed for all seniors at AHS to get help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is hosted by AHS in collaboration with the Ankeny Community Network and the Iowa College Access Network.
Free Dental Clinics
The local program, Iowa Mission of Mercy (IMOM) is holding free dental clinics in the metro area. If you have students, families, or staff that would benefit from free dental care, please share this information with them. All patients seeking treatment at an IMOM local clinic need to schedule an appointment directly with the clinic.
IMOM Local clinics in your area include:
- Wednesday, October 6: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM @ 4444 Northwest 128th St, Urbandale, IA 50323 (515.278.4366)
- Friday, October 8: 7:45 AM- 3:00 PM @ 3830 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312 (515.274.5151)
- Friday, October 22: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM @ Waveland Family Dental – 4232 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311 – (515.277.4461)
- Friday, October 22: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM @ Apex Dental – 725 S 51st St, West Des Moines, IA 50265 (515.224.1618)
- Monday, October 25: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM @ West Lakes Family Dentistry – 6800 Lake Dr, Ste 290, West Des Moines, IA 50266 (515.225.2424)
For more information about IMOM Local clinics, please visit their website , or contact 515.331.2298.
Updated Return to Learn Plan
The updated Return to Learn Plan that was approved on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, was neither an endorsement nor an admonishment of masks. The approved plan enables the district to follow the federal order and to avoid violating federal civil rights and disability laws.
Changes in the approved Return to Learn Plan are highlighted below:
The approved changes will take effect September 23, 2021, and will remain in effect through December 21, 2021, unless there are changes to the current law or further action by the board.
A new plan will be presented for the beginning of the 2022 calendar year.
Masks will be required for individuals age 2 and older, indoors on ACSD property during the compulsory school day. This includes students, teachers, staff, visitors, and volunteers.
Masks will not be required when outdoors on ACSD property.
Exemptions from last year will carry forward, and new exemption requests can be made by filling out the exemption form. Please note: The statement on the form, “A person granted a medical or religious exemption may be excluded from in-person school and school activities during a COVID-19 infection outbreak” means that having a mask exemption does not prevent a student from being told to stay home from school if they test positive for COVID. More information can be found on Iowa Department of Public Health’s website.
We will work collaboratively with families to make sure we are balancing the health, safety, and educational needs of all students in a classroom.
Our tracking and notification of potential COVID-19 exposure will be updated to meet the new plan. Communication about what to expect will be sent in the next couple of days from your student’s home school building.
By Wednesday, September 29, lunch seating for grades 6-12, will implement a process so communication-related to potential exposure can be more precise.
Find the full plan with more detailed information on the Return to Learn section of the district website.
Commencement Dates Announced for Class of 2022
Commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames. The Ankeny High School ceremony will be at 10 a.m. and Centennial High School will be at 1 p.m. More details will be shared as we move forward with planning this special event.
Young Scientist Challenge
While a student at Prairie Ridge, Kalyani Bhat, competed in the nation’s premier middle school science competition, the 3M Young Scientist Challenge. This competition features outstanding innovations from young scientists that utilize the power of STEM to improve the world. Over the summer of 2021 Kalyani was named the state merit winner for Iowa for her video communicating the science behind her solution to a ventilator alternative. Each state merit winner receives special recognition on the challenge website, along with a special technology prize pack. Kalyani is now a student at Northview Middle School.
Updated COVID-19 Dashboard Data
Please find our updated COVID-19 dashboard and informational data here.
Ankeny Community School District is guided by state laws which prevent schools from mandating face masks and requires school districts in Iowa to provide on-site learning. However, students, staff, and others on district property are permitted to wear masks; disposable masks are available in our buildings for those who wish to wear them.
Per guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health, Ankeny Community School District will treat COVID-19 similar to influenza and other common child illnesses. Students who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 in or outside of school are not required to quarantine and should monitor for symptoms.
Due to health department changes in quarantine requirements, Ankeny Community School District will not contact trace to identify individuals as “close contacts” who may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the school setting. As necessary, all Ankeny school buildings are sending notifications to families to indicate potential exposure to positive case(s) of COVID-19.
A dashboard has been created to provide parents with “at-a-glance” positive case information, based on self-reported information. It is updated once a week and date stamped. An asterisk (*) denotes at least one but fewer than four (4) cases within a given reporting category and is provided in lieu of a specific number to protect privacy.
Transmission levels as of Friday, September 3, 2021 in Polk County are High. For more information please visit the CDC website. This website includes an integrated county view by state.
For more information on our health and mitigation practices please review our Return to Learn Addendum here.