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April 20, 2022

Join Us April 21 for the Parent Advisory Committee

Please join us for the April 21, 2022 PAC meeting. This will be an open discussion about the draft Strategic Plan and Graduate Profile. The partnership between families, parents, students, and the school has always been a priority in Ankeny. This collaboration will grow as parents and families unite in support of student learning experiences such as career exploration and awareness of work-based learning.  Determining a student’s vision for their future and engaging in learning that centers the student’s voice and choice in the process is best done when the educational team and the family work together.

When: Thursday, April 21 • 6-7:30pm

Where: Northview Middle School, 1302 North Ankeny Boulevard

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April 20, 2022

Save the Date: ESOL Family Night, May 9

ESOL family night

When: Monday, May 9th, 6-8pm

Where: Northview Middle School, 1302 North Ankeny Boulevard

What: Join us for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Family Night! This event will help ESOL families to learn more about the district and available community resources. Please bring your child’s Chromebook. Dinner will be provided.

April 14, 2022

April is School Library Month

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All year long, our school librarians create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student’s educational career. April is School Library Month and we would like you to join us in celebrating the dedication of our library staff throughout the district!

Our students, teachers, and staff are so grateful for your knowledge and support. We encourage you to take a moment today to say a special thank you by visiting our digital Thank You page, add your message, and hit submit to deliver your appreciation to your building’s library staff!

April 7, 2022

Celebrating our Assistant/Associate Principals!

Ankeny Assistant and Associate PrincipalsThe Ankeny Community School District would like to recognize all that assistant and associate principals that have persevered amid the pandemic and considered what their ever-expanding and evolving role might look like moving forward. Through it all, our AP’s have demonstrated unwavering leadership—becoming a source of strength and inspiration for us all. If ever there was a time to express how much your AP means to you and your school community, this is it. Visit our Thank You page, add your message, and hit submit to deliver to their inbox—it’s that easy!

Ankeny Centennial High School – Adam Busch, JD Hunter

Ankeny High School – Kelsie Goodman, Wade Grinhaug

Northview Middle School (8-9) – Caleb Hales, Cameron Wendt

Southview Middle School (8-9) – Nicole Kuhns, Chris Novak

Prairie Ridge Middle School (6-7) – Andrea Bruns, Kathleen Steffen

Parkview Middle School (6-7) – Ben Huebsch, Emily Rash

April 6, 2022

Thank You Paraprofessionals!

Paraprofessional 01 01Today we would like to say we appreciate our paraprofessionals! This day is celebrated the first Wednesday every April in order to raise awareness about the important work of paraprofessionals in our schools. This includes teaching associates, special education associates, media center associates, and classroom assistants. Thank you to our multi-tasking rockstars for working with our students and making a difference in their lives!

March 30, 2022

Senior Class – Important Information Reminder

Senior Class – Important Information Reminder

The Ankeny High School Commencement Ceremony will be held at Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University campus on Saturday, June 4, 2022.  The ceremony will start at 10:00 am and we would love to see our entire Hawk family present for this event honoring the Class of 2022 graduates.

Please view the Senior Planning Guide for important dates and information for the 2022 Senior class.

March 16, 2022

Perry Band Olympics

Congratulations Band!

On Saturday, February 19, over 150 Ankeny High School and Southview 9th grade band students competed at the Perry Band Olympics. The band took 145 entries of solos, duets, trios, & large ensembles. 

The students earned second place in Class I against students from Valley, Dowling, Ankeny Centennial, and Urbandale. Ankeny High School and Southview students earned 38 top five placings; 84 Division I Superior ratings; 55 Division II Excellent ratings; and 1 Division III Good ratings.   

Division I Superior Ratings:

Brass Quintet: Jayda Archer, Lauren Rolling, Ale Cabello, Carsen Broich, Clara Freese

11-12 Percussion Ensemble: Jemma Bullock, Reece Gross, Olivia Kuper, Morgan Gholson, Morgan McMahon, Andrew Peterson, Gabe Wagner, Aiden Skow, Caleb Zea, Royce Tuel

11-12 Mallet Quartet: Jemma Bullock, Reece Gross, Olivia Kuper, Reece Gross

Flute Duet: Abby Loder & Genna Moritz

AHS/Southview Top Five Placings:

1st Place: Sam Stember, 11-12 Tuba Solo / Adam Van Thomme, 9-10 Timpani Solo / Cadee Hughes, 9-10 Bass Clarinet Solo / Clara Freese, 11-12 Euphonium Solo / Trent Warren, 11-12 String Bass Solo / Andrew Peterson, 11-12 Miscellaneous Percussion Solo / Lauren Jackson, 9-10 Trombone Solo / Audrey Freese, 9-10 Bassoon Solo / Grace Landmesser, 9-10 Flute Solo /Genna Moritz, 11-12 Piccolo Solo / Jake Dalmer, 9-10 Mallet Solo

2nd Place: Aaron Woods, 11-12 Bass Clarinet solo / Josie Hayes, 11-12 Oboe Solo / Christian Rathje, 11-12 Bassoon Solo / Evelyn Huegel, 9-10 Alto Sax Solo / Paige Ford, 9-10 Trombone Solo / Jayda Archer, 11-12 Horn Solo

3rd Place: Angelina Hemphill, 11-12 Oboe Solo / Reece Gross, 11-12 Mallet Solo / Bennett Olkiewicz, 11-12 Trombone Solo / Aiden Skow, 11-12 Miscellaneous Percussion Solo / Brynne Bellaire, 9-10 clarinet Solo

4th Place: Andrew Reyna, 11-12 Tenor Sax Solo / Nicholas Robie, 9-10 Euphonium Solo / Davis Albaugh, 9-10 Oboe Solo / Justice Rathje, 9-10 Trombone Solo / Justice Rathje, 9-10 Trombone Solo / Samara Feldhacker, 9-10 clarinet Solo

5th Place: Vance Schneider, 11-12 Tenor Sax Solo / Alexis Holman, 11-12 Tuba Solo / Morgan Forsythe, 9-10 Bass Clarinet Solo / Avryn Schardt, 11-12 Snare Solo / Abby Stratton, 9-10 Trumpet Solo / Caleb Byrnes, 9-10 Horn Solo / Josie Babcock, 9-10 Alto Sax Solo / Sydney Jones, 9-10 Flute Solo / Scott Kruse, 9-10 Clarinet Solo


March 16, 2022

Prescribed Burns

A prescribed (controlled) burn of the District’s prairie grasses will be executed this spring. The DNR recommends a burn every three years to maintain prairie grasses. District staff conducting burns have been trained and certified in prescribed burns.

March 9, 2022

Johnson named Ankeny High School Principal

JohnsonDJThe Ankeny Community School District is pleased to announce Dr. Daniel “DJ” Johnson as the new principal for Ankeny High School. Dr. Johnson is currently the Principal at Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa. He has served in this role since 2013. 

During the selection process, parents, students, staff, and administrators on the selection committee were able to ask questions and give feedback on finalists. Parents noted that Dr. Johnson is very student focused and staff noted he was an experienced, inspiring leader with a focus on building culture that is inclusive and community driven.

“I am honored to be chosen as the next principal of Ankeny High School and am excited to connect with students, staff, and the community,” said Johnson.

Dr. Johnson has more than 20 years experience in education, including working in multiple capacities within a high school, including as a counselor and assistant principal. In addition to his roles within the school community, Dr. Johnson is a dedicated mentor. He is the founder of a leadership development group called the Gentlemen’s Breakfast Club,  whose mission is to develop future leaders who positively contribute to their community. He has conducted training for the City of Dubuque, Dubuque Police Department, Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department, Dubuque Community Schools, and various colleges and universities.

Dr. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a Master of Education degree in Counselor Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Edgewood College. 

Dr. Johnson will officially begin his duties July 1 but will collaborate with staff toward a smooth transition. 

March 9, 2022

STAMP Test Reschedule

Due to the weather delay on March 7th, the STAMP test will be postponed until Tuesday, March 22, 2022.  All students who were to be testing on March 7th will be testing in their own building beginning at 8:30 am.  An email will be sent directly to those students who will be testing.