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January 5, 2023

Orbis gets published!

Getting published isn’t easy but how Orbis came to be makes a great story. The program mission statement “Unleash passion. Realize potential. Impact the world.” focuses on that exact purpose aiming to solve real problems and improve the community. Authors, Trent Grundmeyer, School of Education, Drake University; Jill Urich, Ankeny Community School District; Jill Olson, Results Group; Stephanie Brown, Ankeny Community School District; and Susan Gentz, Ben and Susan Gentz Strategies, came together for this article explaining the Orbis program at Ankeny Community School District and the influence project based learning has on high school students. View their publication in Science Publishing Group!

December 1, 2022

Prescribed Burns

A prescribed (controlled) burn of the District’s prairie grasses have a start window of Dec. 1, 2022 through June 1, 2023. The burns will be conducted when the weather is within our parameters. The burns will be at:

Ankeny High School
Centennial High School
Crocker Elementary
Rock Creek Elementary

The DNR recommends a burn every three years to maintain prairie grasses. District staff conducting burns have been trained and certified in prescribed burns.

October 17, 2022

Skilled Trades Camp – a big success!

This summer, Ankeny students got a hands-on look at different jobs within the trades industry. The skilled trades camp, put on by the Des Moines Home Builders Association, allowed these future graduates the chance to learn about additional options to a viable career outside of the school setting. Students traveled to different unions and were able to interact with specific responsibilities of plumbers and steamfitters, electricians, carpenters, as well as non union job sites. This opportunity provided clarity which pathway to take which could help them plan their next few years of high school and beyond. This camp gave our students confidence in making decisions about their pathway after high school. Check out the video!

September 8, 2022

Superintendent Pruitt pitches project to Orbis students

Dr. Pruitt stopped by the Orbis classroom last week to pitch their first project as a class for the 22-23 school year. The onboarding included interacting with Orbis innovators and discussion around the project. Stay tuned to find out how it turns out! Click here to find out more about our Orbis program and what it’s about!

Orbis classroom

April 20, 2022

Join Us April 21 for the Parent Advisory Committee

Please join us for the April 21, 2022 PAC meeting. This will be an open discussion about the draft Strategic Plan and Graduate Profile. The partnership between families, parents, students, and the school has always been a priority in Ankeny. This collaboration will grow as parents and families unite in support of student learning experiences such as career exploration and awareness of work-based learning.  Determining a student’s vision for their future and engaging in learning that centers the student’s voice and choice in the process is best done when the educational team and the family work together.

When: Thursday, April 21 • 6-7:30pm

Where: Northview Middle School, 1302 North Ankeny Boulevard

Click here to review documents and provide feedback.

colleagues giving a high five

April 20, 2022

Save the Date: ESOL Family Night, May 9

ESOL family night

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.

March 1, 2022

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.

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.

two graduates

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
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.