Law Day Celebration
The annual Law Day celebration was held on Monday, May 2 and was presented by the Polk County Bar Association. Law Day has been celebrated on or around May 1 since 1958 when President Dwight Eisenhower signed the proclamation declaring it a day to celebrate and strengthen the American heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law. The Polk County Bar Association partners with ARAG each year to give Polk County area students a chance to get creative with the law as part of our annual Law Day celebration. Students in grades K through 12 are invited to compete in the visual arts, music, essay and poetry categories.
This year’s theme was “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change.” Numerous Ankeny students from across the district won awards and are mentioned below.
High School Poetry Competition
Emma Smith, Centennial High School
High School Essay Competition
Elizabeth Deng, Centennial High School
Finn Stukerjurgen, Southview Middle School
High School Visual Arts Competition
Josie Bishop, Northview Middle School
High School Technology Competition
Noah Yeager, Ankeny High School
Middle School Technology Competition
Aakansha Ganesh, Prairie Ridge Middle School
Middle School Performing Arts Competition
Lauren Boka, Katelyn Henzi, Camryn Johnson, Abigail Willardson, Cathy Owusu-Awkye, Josefina Willkom, Maia Bredice, Kaley Swanson and Sydney Heithoff, Northview Middle School
Middle School Poetry Competition
Rosie Howieson, Northview Middle School
Middle School Essay Competition
Kalyani Bhat, Northview Middle School
Harrison Jansen, Northview Middle School
Martha Willard, Prairie Ridge Middle School
Middle School Visual Arts Competition
Hollin Hansen, Southview Middle School
Eve Russell, Prairie Ridge Middle School
Jamie Miara, Lauren Harmon, Ava Barten, Marleigh Munger and Mabelle Way, Northview Middle School
3rd place (tie)
Elementary School Poster Competition
Ainsley Schnurr, Ashland Ridge Elementary
Jillian Tournier, Ashland Ridge Elementary
Thomas Dunne, Northeast Elementary
Elementary School Visual Arts Competition
Brinley Feuerbach, Ashland Ridge Elementary
Jillian Moses and Siena Peddicord, Northeast Elementary
Stella Heither and Lia Meyer, Ashland Ridge Elementary
Elementary School Coloring Competition
Camryn Taxted, Prairie Trail Elementary
Elle Evans, Prairie Trail Elementary
Kyla Leach, Prairie Trail Elementary
Elementary School Essay Competition
Brynlee Moeller, Southeast Elementary
Elementary School Poetry Competition
Clayton Gardner, Prairie Trail Elementary
Elementary School Technology Competition
Chatham Beck, Ashland Ridge Elementary
Madeline Lynch, Northeast Elementary
Kaitlyn French, Ashland Ridge Elementary
Kindergarten Information Night Recording
- How to register for school
- Documents needed for registration
- Before and After School program
- Meet the Elementary School principals
- Important upcoming date
Save the Date: ESOL Family Night, May 9
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 is School Library Month
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!
Thank You Paraprofessionals!
Today 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!
New Elementary School Groundbreaking
The Ankeny Community School District has broken ground on their newest elementary school building. The building is temporarily being referred to as the Elementary at the Grove, and will be the sixth elementary school in the north-feeder for the district. The new building will be located in the Grove development at NW 18th St and NW Abbie Dr and will be a part of the district’s north feeder system. The five-section building will serve kindergarten to fifth grade and have a capacity of up to 800 students and is slated to open in the fall of 2024.
“This is a day of excitement for our district, not only for our students and staff in our north-feeder elementary system but for our entire community who has worked together to build this district for our children,” said Dr. Erick Pruitt, Superintendent of Ankeny Schools. “The growth in our city is certainly notable. However, when we think about this growth as a district, what excites us is the number of students reaching their academic goals each year. This elementary school will serve as yet another launching point for our young people to achieve a lifetime of personal success.”
An additional school is needed to accommodate the district’s ongoing growth, as Ankeny remains one of the fastest-growing school districts in Iowa. This year enrollment increased by 364 students, making certified enrollment 12,512 students for the 2020-2021 school year, as reported in the Certified Enrollment Report. Enrollment growth has averaged 250 students annually for the past five years and is expected to grow by an average of 260 students per year over the next five years.
The Elementary at the Grove will be funded utilizing the S.A.V.E. state penny sales tax. The official name of the school will be forthcoming, with the naming committee convening within the next year to follow the process as laid out in board policy.
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 Important Dates
March: In Like A Lamb, Out Like A …?
As we are enjoying this unseasonable balmy first day of March here are some important dates to remember.
- February 28 – March 3rd: Parent/Teacher Conferences
- March 11th: No School
- March 14-18: No School/Spring Break
View our parent calendar for more.
Profile of a Graduate
We are excited to launch the process of re-imagining our graduate profile! This document will work together with our strategic plan and equity framework to help chart a path for the district’s future. Please view this short survey to provide feedback on our graduate profile.
Black History Month Challenge
Calling all students ages 13-18!
- First Place: $3,500 scholarship
- Second Place: $1,000 scholarship
- Third Place: $500 scholarship