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February 23, 2022

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.

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February 11, 2022

From the Library

The Spring Scholastic Book Fair will kick off on Saturday, February 26, from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM, and it will be accompanied by a newly named Breakfast and Books event. Families will be able to come and enjoy donuts and juice and get a first look at all the books that book fair has to offer. After the kickoff date the book fair will continue to be open to students and their families on the following dates:

  • Monday, February 28th – 3:30 PM-7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 1st – 3:30 PM-7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 2nd – 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 3rd – 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

For more information on the book fair, how to sign up to be a volunteer and for online shopping, check this link out:

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=wwbookfair

February 10, 2022

Black History Month Challenge

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Calling all students ages 13-18!

Principal Financial Group‘s Principal Foundation is sponsoring The Black History Month Challenge, a scholarship essay contest open to all students ages 13-18.
The Black History Month Challenge celebrates some of those “lesser-known” moments and facts in Black history, and inspires enduring conversations about race and allyship among young people today.
The contest is open February 1-28 and the following prizes will be awarded:
  • First Place: $3,500 scholarship
  • Second Place: $1,000 scholarship
  • Third Place: $500 scholarship
February 2, 2022

February Newsletter

The Westwood February Newsletter is available to view. Click the link below.

https://www.smore.com/d28bs

January 31, 2022

World Read Aloud Day – Feb. 2

World Read Aloud Day is Wednesday, February 2, 2022! For 13 years, World Read Aloud Day has called attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read-aloud! The global effort, created by the non-profit LitWorld and sponsored by Scholastic, is celebrated annually in over 173 countries and is all about bringing people together through the shared connection of reading aloud in all of our communities.

Several opportunities are happening all week long in our schools! View the Scholastic World Read Aloud Kit here, or go to https://www.litworld.org/worldreadaloudday for more!

 

 

 

January 25, 2022

Attendance Reminder

Please contact the school if your child will be absent from school, arriving late or leaving early. You can find all school contact information on Our District webpage. Another option is to send an email to your school front office secretary along with your student’s teacher.
We do have to have the reason why a student is not in school. Please include any symptoms they be having, not feeling well is not enough detail this year. If the school is not notified of an absence, the office will attempt to contact the Parents/Guardians at their primary number listed on Infinite Campus.
December 15, 2021

Holly Anderson Named 2022 Middle School Iowa Athletic Director of the Year

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Holly Anderson, Activities Director at Northview Middle School, has been chosen as the 2022 Middle School Athletic Director of the Year by the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association. Holly was chosen for her outstanding dedication and leadership of young student-athletes.

“We are excited that Holly is receiving this much deserved recognition,” said Dr. Erick Pruitt, Superintendent of Ankeny Schools. “She is great leader, to both her students and also to her fellow staff members.”

Holly has been with the Ankeny Community School District for 16 years. Her previous roles for the district include P.E. teacher and girl’s basketball coach before beginning her current role in administration in 2013.

Honorees chosen as Athletic Director of the Year must have a minimum of five years’ experience and show qualities of achievement, excellence and character. Holly will be recognized at the annual IHSADA State Convention in March.

VIEW ON THE IHSADA WEBSITE

December 8, 2021

Updates to the Mask Requirement

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The Ankeny Board of Education voted to discontinue the September amendment to the Return to Learn Plan, which was originally scheduled to sunset on December 21, 2021. This effectively ends the mask requirement in Ankeny Schools beginning, Wednesday, December 8. Masks will still be required on buses in accordance with the Order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC continues to recommend that all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, and we recommend those who are able continue to follow this guidance to support the health and safety of both our students and staff.

The Iowa Department of Public Health provided guidance to school districts in May 2021 that requires parental notification when students are exposed to COVID-19. With this change to the Return to Learn Plan, you may begin receiving an increase in these notifications. Please note that due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), neither the district, school building secretary, nor your school nurse will be able to provide exact exposure information.

Furthermore, it remains vitally important that any students who are feeling ill stay home. Federal and state public health agencies have information available to help you understand COVID-19 symptoms and appropriate next steps if you and/or your children are experiencing them.

We continue to await a decision from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding Iowa’s law prohibiting mask requirements in schools. If the court’s decision has any impact on our current mitigation procedures, we will notify our school community at that time.

Thank you,

Dr. Erick Pruitt
Superintendent of Schools

December 7, 2021

Parent Advisory Committee Meeting – Thursday, Dec. 9

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The Ankeny Community School District and Superintendent Dr. Erick Pruitt invite parents/guardians to attend the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting on Thursday, December 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Northview Middle School in the Cafeteria. Please park on the west side of the building near the football stadium and enter through doors W22.

We will be sharing information about our new learning management system, Canvas, the resources available to teachers as outcomes of curriculum reviews, and reporting student progress with standards.

The Parent Advisory Committee gives parents an opportunity to provide input on topics and ideas that are relevant to the district’s goal of preparing every learner for success. The committee will also provide insight into projects and initiatives that can be implemented to help move the district forward. Parents and guardians will have the opportunity to collaborate with each other and work together as one entity to ensure success for our students and community.

Committee involvement is open to all parents of students enrolled in the Ankeny Community School District.

December 6, 2021

We are Hiring!

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We have several open positions including district office manager, human resource manager, associates, substitute teachers, coaches, food service, before and after school, and more. View job descriptions and apply here.