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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.

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 7, 2021

Earn Silver Cord Hours by Joining the Green Runners

Calling all students! 
If you enjoy exercising and caring for the environment, we have just the student organization for you! Did we mention that you can also earn silver cord hours? 
Green Runners is an organization that presents opportunities for the community to come together to clean up trash and exercise. Whether you decide to walk or run, Green Runners will provide you with gloves and trash bags to help pick up trash along the way. These outings will take around an hour, and the hours students spend on these runs will count towards silver cord hours.
The summer run schedule is available now! To view the times and locations of these runs, you can visit the Green Runners Facebook page or get in touch via email (
Learn more about what Green Runners is all about by watching this short video.
November 11, 2020

Mask Up for Ankeny Schools



It will take our whole community pulling together to slow the spread and help keep our students in school. We’ve been hearing it for months, but now is the time to go back to mitigation basics.

  1. Wear Your Mask
  2. When Sick, Stay Home
  3. Wash Your Hands
  4. Watch Your Distance

This week, we’re launching a #MaskupforAnkeny campaign alongside the @CityofAnkeny. Partner with us by downloading an email signature and social media graphic at the link below and answer the question “What do you mask up for?” #MaskUpforAnkeny #MaskUpforAnkenySchools #SlowtheSpread


September 16, 2020

Welcome Interim Superintendent Dr. Azinger

Dr. Al Azinger

The Ankeny Board of Education is pleased to announce Dr. Al Azinger was unanimously appointed as the Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Ankeny Community School District. Dr. Azinger has significant experience as a secondary and university administrator. He will step in as Interim Superintendent on September 16, 2020 when current Interim Superintendent, Dr. Jen Lindaman will assume her permanent role as Chief Officer of Academic Services for Ankeny Community School District.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Azinger has agreed to serve as the Ankeny Interim Superintendent, his expertise in growing leaders, and his dedication to public education make him the perfect leader for our school district,” stated Dr. Lindaman. “The Ankeny Community Schools values of community, challenge, leadership, excellence and inspiration were exemplified in Dr. Azinger’s responses to our interview teams giving us the utmost confidence in his ability to support our mission: Ankeny Community Schools is unified in its commitment, passion, and vision so every learner is prepared to achieve a lifetime of personal success.”

“The Ankeny School Board is pleased to welcome Dr. Al Azinger for the 2020-2021 school year. We appreciate the experience and depth of knowledge he brings to that role and we look forward to working with him. We are also grateful to Dr. Jen Lindaman for her leadership as she stepped in to temporarily fill that role,” said Lori Lovstad, President, Ankeny Board of Education.

Prior to joining the Ankeny Administrative Team, he served as Dean of the College of Education for Illinois State University. Throughout his years as an educator, he has served as Superintendent of Schools in Lawrence, Kansas and Associate Superintendent in Iowa City, IA.

Dr. Azinger received his Bachelor of Arts from Northeast Missouri State. He also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Western Illinois University; and a Doctorate of Education from University of Iowa.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” stated Dr. Azinger. “I’m looking forward to working to maintain the high quality of education represented in Ankeny Schools during this transition.”

Dr. Azinger has strong ties to Ankeny and the school district. His daughter’s family calls Ankeny home and his three grandchildren are currently attending Ankeny schools.

August 17, 2020

Virtual Orientation

Engage in our virtual Orbis Orientation for Project-Based Experience

Orbis Family Orientation

As a reminder, students leave their home high school daily during school hours for this elective course.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our team members:

Chad Brooks, Project Mentor,   Ext. 52325

Joel Fox, Project Mentor   Ext. 54527

Stephanie Vittetoe, Administrative Assistant  Ext. 57225

Dr. Jill Urich, Director of Orbis  Ext. 51240

Orbis Main Number 515-963-7455
ACSD Main Number 515-965-9604

August 4, 2020

Hybrid Learning Model

The final Hybrid Learning model schedule for the 2020-2021 school year has been selected. See the attached schedule, which is the Set 2-Day Schedule with Alternating Wednesdays.
The survey results were:

Model 1 (Alternating Days): 35.15%
Model 2 (Set 2-Day Schedule with Alternating Wednesdays): 64.85%

Hybrid Learning Model

The final results of the survey were:

  • Model 1 (Alternating Days): 35.15%
  • Model 2 (Set 2-Day Schedule with Alternating Wednesdays): 64.85%