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Westwood Announcements
REMINDER: Preschool registration begins March 2:
Preschool registration for the 2015-2016 school year will begin Monday, March 2, at 6:00 p.m.  As registration opens at 6:00 p.m., links to the online registration system for both 3-year-old and 4-year-old preschool will be posted on the home page of the district website and on the preschool web page.  PLEASE NOTE:
  • If you are viewing the site prior to 6:00 p.m., you may need to refresh your screen in order to see the announcement.
  • The online registration form is powered by Google Docs.  There are a number of companies that block access to a number of Google tools.  If you plan to fill out the registration at work, please be certain you have access to Google Docs prior to registration time.
All registration applications will be time and date stamped, and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. No early registrations will be taken. To register for three-year-old preschool, your child must be three by September 15, 2015. To register for four-year-old preschool, your child must be four by September 15, 2015.

Fifth Grade Choral Festival Practice MP3s Available:

MP3 files of the 5th grade choral festival music are now available to download and use for practice on your own.   If you're participating in the 5th Grade Choral Festival, just download the MP3s of your part and start practicing! 

  • Part 1: Students from Southeast, Terrace, Ashland Ridge and Northeast
  • Part 2: Students from Prairie Trail, Crocker, East, Rock Creek, Westwood and Northwest
  • Descant and Part 1 on "Chariot’s Comin": Students from Terrace & Westwood
  • MP3s may be downloaded here.

If you have questions or difficulties with the MP3s above, please contact Lisa Evans at lisa.evans@ankenyschools.org.


Register for STEM workshop offered for grades 2-5:
Second through fifth graders can explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through a workshop on March 7, sponsored by Ankeny Community Education and hosted by the Boys Scouts of America.  Second and third graders will explore activities centered around engineering principles of motion, weights, levers, pulleys and much more.  Fourth and fifth graders will explore activities centered around scientific "rules and principles" and their relation to weather.  Sessions are limited to 30 participants, register here today, select the class Exploring STEM in Ankeny!  For more information view the STEM flier here.
Visitors/Volunteers
At Westwood Elementary, we welcome visitors to our classrooms.  We ask that visits are pre-arranged and be limited to 30 minutes in length in order to minimize interruptions to instructional time.  If you plan to visit, please let your child's teacher know in advance.

We encourage parents to wait a couple of weeks after the beginning of school in the fall before visiting so that our staff and students can settle into expectations, routines, etc.

Please bring your drivers license with you when visiting the building as we will be running a sex offender check on all visitors before they are let into the building.

Please note that a volunteer packet must be filled out yearly if you plan on volunteering at Westwood (including visiting class parties or going on field trips).  The background check portion is good for 5 years, however, the contact information needs to be filled out yearly.  If you have any questions please call the Westwood office or email Nicole.aplin@ankenyschools.org.
 
Register today for Safety Town!
It's time to sign up for this summer's Safety Town.  Ankeny Schools Community Education Department will once again sponsor the five-day safety course for children entering kindergarten in the fall.  Students will learn many aspects of safety including: fire, bike, pedestrian & traffic, stranger, poison, weather, pool, internet, camping, bus, playground, gun, seat belt and much more.  Five, one-week sessions are offered, so check your calendar to sign-up for the session that fits your schedule.  View more information and registration form here


Ankeny Schools 2015-2016 calendar on hold:
Approval and publication of the Ankeny Schools 2015-2016 school calendar is currently on hold. Last month we received guidance from the Iowa Department of Education (IDOE) regarding new rules for school start dates. The district is currently reviewing the criteria to make a determination on next year’s calendar.   
 
In December, the IDOE has informed school districts that they will not automatically grant waivers to start the school year early, as in the past.  This clearly has great implications for Ankeny Schools due to the high percentage of students who earn post-secondary dual credits through Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  We apologize for any inconvenience this delay in publication may cause.

 


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