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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 7, 2024


Congrats to senior and Talon reporter Josie Babcock for a Best of School Newspapers Online award for her profile of junior Evan Huegel, ‘The Real Deal.’ You can read Josie’s story at
February 5, 2024


Congratulations to sophomore and Talon reporter Lydia Gerety for another Best of School Newspapers Online award for her profile of AHS social worker Arin Renaud. You can read Gerety’s feature story on our website,
January 31, 2024


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 open on February 1st for the following awards:

Education Professional of the Year Nomination Form

Support Staff Member of the Year Nomination Form

Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form

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.

January 30, 2024


There will be no school on Monday, February 5th, due to a professional learning day. School will resume on Tuesday, February 6th.

January 26, 2024

Yearbook Announcement 

Attention parents and guardians of AHS students:

Make sure to purchase our 2023/24 yearbook through! Please take advantage of the $52 sale price that lasts until January 31st, 2024. Starting on February 1st, our yearbooks will go to our regular price of $62. All yearbooks must be purchased before the deadline of June 1st, 2024!

Please take note of the important dates below!

  • Sale price: $52 until 01/31/24
  • Regular price: $62 starting 02/1/24
  • Purchase deadline: 06/01/24

Please feel free to reach out to if you have any questions! 

Thank you, 

Yearbook Advisor, Annastasia Manrose

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.

January 11, 2024

There is no school on Friday, January 12th or Monday, January 15th. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 16th.

The main office at AHS will be closed both Friday and Monday.



January 3, 2024

AHS End of Semester 1 Bell Schedule

Finals will be next week on Wednesday, January 10th and Thursday, January 11th.  There will be no school on Friday, January 12th or Monday, January 15th.

AHS End of Semester 1 Bell Schedule