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July 26, 2021

Backpack and School Supply Giveaway Coming Soon

Mark your calendar!  Project Fresh Start and Ankeny Community Engagement are once again providing school supplies for students in need.  Students enrolled in Ankeny Community Schools or Ankeny Christian Academy are eligible to receive new backpacks and school supplies at no cost.

The giveaway will take place on Saturday, August 7 from 10:00am-12:00pm and Sunday, August 8 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Prairie Ridge Middle School, located at 1010 NW Prairie Ridge Drive. Attendees should enter through the East entrance: door E16.

Walking into school

The school supply giveaway is a collaboration between the Ankeny Community School District, Ankeny Service Center, Wal-Mart, area churches, local businesses, and generous individual/group donations.

For more information, contact the Ankeny Community Engagement office at (515) 289-3960 or email project coordinator Dave Kissinger.

July 26, 2021

Important Dates

August 9th at 8AM – Teacher assignments posted on Infinite Campus

August 18th 6:00-6:30PM – Kindergarten Welcome to School Night (parents only)

August 19th 4:00-6:00PM – Meet The Teacher Night

August 26th – Back to School Night (Parents only)
1st/2nd – 6:30-7:00PM
3rd/4th – 7:00-7:30PM
5th – 7:30-8:00PM
Band – 8:15-8:45PM

July 12, 2021

2021-2022 Fees Are Now Online

The Ankeny Community School District (ACSD) is committed to keeping our students, staff, and community safe while we continue to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. In order to respect current social distancing requirements and to protect the health and safety of our staff and community, the procedures communicated below may be different compared to past practices.

Ankeny Community Schools is accepting the annual textbook rental fees, purchases of CIML (Central Iowa Metro League) student activity tickets, K-8 activity passes, eight-punch pass activity tickets, parking passes, and meal account deposits for the 2021-2022 school year. Fees are accepted by:

  • Credit/debit card online at TouchBaseThis is the preferred method of payment.
  • NEW/CHANGE – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY – Credit/debit card at a building.
    • School building: An appointment must be made by calling that building’s main office. Please know that office hours may be limited.
    • District Office building: An appointment must be made by calling 515-965-9600. Please know that office hours may be limited. Checking the website would be beneficial.
    • Credit/debit card numbers CANNOT be taken over the phone.
    • Mail check to 306 SW School Street, PO box 189, Ankeny 50021-0189 using this payment form.

For information on making online payments, please refer to the online fees and meal payments. You may view an instructional video on using TouchBase.

You can learn more about how to use TouchBase by reading this new user guide.

Important points regarding online payments:

  • Meal account deposits may be made throughout the school year. Try the recurring purchases feature on TouchBase!
  • NEW/CHANGE to staying online all school year: League student activity tickets (9-12 only) and the K-8 grade activity tickets may be purchased online all school year.
  • Eight-punch activity tickets can be purchased online until Sunday, August 8. Beginning August 9, payments for the eight-punch activity tickets/passes may be purchased from your feeder system’s high school Activity Office or at a home event.
  • TouchBase can be found under Online Payments, which is located in the Quick Links at the top right and bottom of the page. Please note, when accessing TouchBase, you will be leaving the Ankeny Schools website and entering a secured environment hosted by InTouch Receipting.

What is the annual Textbook Rental?

The Textbook Rental is an Iowa Department of Education state-wide term used that covers not only textbooks, but electronic textbooks and any supplementary instructional materials used that conveys information to the student or otherwise contributes to the learning process. This is referenced and authorized in Iowa Code 301.1.

If you have already paid the textbook rental fee for this year, you do not need to do so again.

Free/Reduced Priced Meals and Other Fees

To be eligible for free/reduced price meals and textbook rental fees, you must submit an application and the fee waiver form EACH SCHOOL YEAR. This can be done online late July on the nutrition services free and reduced meals webpage.

Please contact LeeAnna Vigor before completing an application, if:

  • You are enrolling a kindergarten student and another student in your household was eligible for free or reduced meals the previous school year.
  • You have a student who is transferring from another school in Iowa and was eligible for free or reduced meals at that school.  Eligibility does NOT automatically transfer – you need to notify LeeAnna Vigor.
  • The state has placed a foster student in your care.

To be eligible for Free/Reduced Text book Rental, a free/reduced priced meal application and the fee waiver form must be completed and approved on October 4, 2021 or before. If not, unless a student is a new enrollee, full priced Textbook Rental Fees will be applicable for students in your household. PLEASE NOTE: if a fee waiver is applicable, it is only valid if completed and submitted within that eligible school year.

Contact Information:

May 26, 2021

Last Day of School – Wednesday, June 2

student walking in hallway

As we approach the last day of school, we’d like to remind our families that the last day falls on Wednesday, June 2. This means that it will be a late start and early dismissal day. Please see below for your building arrival and dismissal times. *Reminder to Preschool parents their last day is this Friday, May 28th. 

Elementary (K-5)
Start time: 8:55 a.m.
Dismissal: 12:55 p.m.

Middle School (6-7)
Start time: 9:30 a.m.
Dismissal: 1:45 p.m.

Middle School (8-9)
Start time: 9:20 a.m.
Dismissal: 1:35 p.m.

High School (10-12)
Start time: 9:25 a.m.
Dismissal: 1:40 p.m.

May 24, 2021

Law Day Winners

Students from ACSD competed in the Polk County Bar Association’s Law Day contest and garnered several awards in each category. Students in grades K through 12 were invited to compete in the visual arts, music, essay, and poetry categories.

This year’s theme was Advancing the Rule of Law Now. The Rule of Law is the bedrock of our democracy because the same laws apply to everyone, and no one is above the law. The Rule of Law is a system of laws, rules, policies, and principles that apply to everyone to ensure a fair and just society where everyone is treated equally under the law. This includes having a fair and independent judiciary and making sure human rights are guaranteed for all.

Law day has been celebrated 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.

This year’s celebration was held virtually. Guests from the legal profession spoke to students, emphasizing the importance of the Rule of Law, and entertained questions from the students. A visual presentation was shared that showcased student work.

Anna Rowling

Anna Rowling – Prairie Trail

Vivian Zhang

Vivian Zhang – Rock Creek

5th grade:
Anna Rowling (Prairie Trail) – 1st Place in Poster
Vivian Zhang (Rock Creek) – 2nd Place in Essay
Zena Jorgensen and Ingrid Weber (Ashland Ridge) – 1st Place in Visual Arts

Zena Jorgensen andIngrid Weber

Zena Jorgensen and Ingrid Weber – Ashland Ridge

Alanna Bredice

Alanna Bredice – Prairie Ridge

Kalyani Bhat

Kalyani Bhat-Prairie Ridge

Emmarie Becker

Emmarie Becker-Prairie Ridge

Rosie Howieson

Rosie Howieson-Prairie Ridge

Maia Bredice

Maia Bredice-Prairie Ridge

Lauren Boka

Lauren Boka-Prairie Ridge

7th Grade:
Alanna Bredice (Prairie Ridge) – 1st Place in Technology
Kalyani Bhat (Prairie Ridge) – 1st Place in Music & Performing Arts
Emmarie Becker (Prairie Ridge) – 3rd Place in Poetry
Rosie Howieson (Prairie Ridge)
– 2nd Place in Poetry
Maia Bredice & Lauren Boka (Prairie Ridge) – 3rd Place in Visual Arts

Southview Student Winners at Law Day

Finn Stukerjurgen and Avery Bacon from Southview Middle School

8th grade:
Avery Bacon (Southview) – 2nd place in Middle School Visual Arts
Josie Bishop (Northview) – 3rd place in Middle School Essay
Olivia Madison (Northview) – 1st place in Middle School Poetry
Finn Stukerjurgen (Southview) – 1st place in Middle School Essay
Meghan Wolf (Northview) – 1st place in Middle School Visual Arts; 2nd Place in Middle School Essay

9th graders from Northview at Law Day

9th graders from Northview at Law Day

9th grade:
Lio Aguirre (Northview) – 3rd place in High School Essay
Lio Aguirre, Caeden deBruin, Mary Faidley and Addison Pollock (Northview) – 1st place in High School Visual Arts
Kylie Kinzie (Northview) – 2nd place in High School Visual Arts

Julia Yount

Julia Yount – ACHS

10th grade:
Julia Yount (ACHS) – 2nd place in High School Poetry

Allison suS

Allison Su

12th grade:
Allison Su (ACHS) – 3rd place in High School Visual Arts

April 29, 2021

Ankeny AELP Students Participate in a Reimagined Letters About Literature Competition

Ankeny Extended Learning Program (AELP) students from throughout the district put their minds together to make the most of this year and present their very own Letters About Literature Competition.

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest that Elementary AELP students have traditionally participated in annually due to the nature of the creative and high level thinking of the contest. For the contest, students are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write a letter to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are then judged at both a state and national level. Recently, however, national and state competitions for Letters About Literature have been discontinued. 

Our AELP teachers and students turned this news into a new opportunity to continue learning and growing. Thanks to community businesses and the direction of educator Amy Akers and her students at Southview Middle School, the AELP teachers presented a local version of the contest while staying true to the high level of work that has been done in the past. 

Ankeny Schools is proud to honor these students for their exceptional letters and thank the following businesses for providing prizes for our local Letters About Literature competition. A special thank you to Walls of Books, The Outside Scoop, and Main Street Cafe for the amazing prizes that were awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Congratulations to the following winners chosen by our Southview Middle School AELP Students:

1st Place: Liliana Essary – 5th Grade at East Elementary

Lilianna Essery

2nd Place: Jagger Odgaard  – 5th Grade at Northeast Elementary

Jagger O

3rd Place: Quinn Robie – 5th Grade at Northeast Elementary

Quinn Robie


Honorable Mentions:

Krista  Bogers – 5th Grade at Northwest Elementary

Krista Bogers

Greta DenHartog – 5th Grade at Rock Creek/Remote

Greta DenHartog

Ethan Huyhn – 4th Grade at Ashland Ridge/Remote

Ethan Huyhn




April 27, 2021

5th Grade Track Meet

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Our 5th graders will be participating in the all day district track meet at the Northview stadium on Tuesday, May 11th, for the North feeder schools and Thursday May 13th, for the South feeder schools, starting at 9:00am. The students will participate in running events in the morning, have lunch in the bleachers, and then finish with the field events in the afternoon. Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the day, it can be very chilly at times in May! In addition, please have your child wear tennis shoes on this day (no track spikes are allowed for this meet) and bring a water bottle. Some additional information for the 2021 track meet include:·
● Masks are required for all spectators.
● 2 guests per child can attend the meet.
● We will seat classes/students on the west side of the stadium and spectators on the east side. All spectators are asked to stay in the stands and will not be allowed on the track/field.
● Students will need to have a mask on at all times and can either hold onto their mask or slide it down when they are running. Students will need their mask on while they are waiting in line for events.
● We ask that you do not bring fast food to the track meet, either a sack lunch from home or the school.
This is an optional event for remote students and transportation will be the responsibility of the parent to and from Northview Stadium. Remote kids will report to the track on the following days:
● Tuesday, May 11 – North feeder – Reichart, Schmeling, McInerney
● Thursday, May 13 –South feeder – Buck, Johnson
Thank you,
Your Elementary PE staff

April 26, 2021

Try-It Thursday: Sugar Snap Peas

Last week’s Try-It Thursday… Sugar Snap Peas!

April 23, 2021

Incoming Kindergarten Families – Virtual Meeting Recording

The recording from the April 22 virtual Kindergarten Informational Meeting is now available!

You can watch the meeting here, or by going to our Ankeny Schools YouTube channel.