Law Day Celebration
The annual Law Day celebration was held on Monday, May 2 and was presented by the Polk County Bar Association. Law Day has been celebrated on or around May 1 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. The Polk County Bar Association partners with ARAG each year to give Polk County area students a chance to get creative with the law as part of our annual Law Day celebration. Students in grades K through 12 are invited to compete in the visual arts, music, essay and poetry categories.
This year’s theme was “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change.” Numerous Ankeny students from across the district won awards and are mentioned below.
High School Poetry Competition
Emma Smith, Centennial High School
High School Essay Competition
Elizabeth Deng, Centennial High School
Finn Stukerjurgen, Southview Middle School
High School Visual Arts Competition
Josie Bishop, Northview Middle School
High School Technology Competition
Noah Yeager, Ankeny High School
Middle School Technology Competition
Aakansha Ganesh, Prairie Ridge Middle School
Middle School Performing Arts Competition
Lauren Boka, Katelyn Henzi, Camryn Johnson, Abigail Willardson, Cathy Owusu-Awkye, Josefina Willkom, Maia Bredice, Kaley Swanson and Sydney Heithoff, Northview Middle School
Middle School Poetry Competition
Rosie Howieson, Northview Middle School
Middle School Essay Competition
Kalyani Bhat, Northview Middle School
Harrison Jansen, Northview Middle School
Martha Willard, Prairie Ridge Middle School
Middle School Visual Arts Competition
Hollin Hansen, Southview Middle School
Eve Russell, Prairie Ridge Middle School
Jamie Miara, Lauren Harmon, Ava Barten, Marleigh Munger and Mabelle Way, Northview Middle School
3rd place (tie)
Elementary School Poster Competition
Ainsley Schnurr, Ashland Ridge Elementary
Jillian Tournier, Ashland Ridge Elementary
Thomas Dunne, Northeast Elementary
Elementary School Visual Arts Competition
Brinley Feuerbach, Ashland Ridge Elementary
Jillian Moses and Siena Peddicord, Northeast Elementary
Stella Heither and Lia Meyer, Ashland Ridge Elementary
Elementary School Coloring Competition
Camryn Taxted, Prairie Trail Elementary
Elle Evans, Prairie Trail Elementary
Kyla Leach, Prairie Trail Elementary
Elementary School Essay Competition
Brynlee Moeller, Southeast Elementary
Elementary School Poetry Competition
Clayton Gardner, Prairie Trail Elementary
Elementary School Technology Competition
Chatham Beck, Ashland Ridge Elementary
Madeline Lynch, Northeast Elementary
Kaitlyn French, Ashland Ridge Elementary
Southview Middle School Spring Play
Southview Middle School presents, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Murder Mystery“, Thursday May 12 @ 5:30 and 7:00 pm at Southview Middle School. Tickets will be $5.00 at the door.
Please join us!
Knowledge Bowl State Champs
This Spring, Ankeny students earned the 14th State Championship for Quiz Bowl winning the State championship by defeating North Polk and Knoxville in the Championship Round. They finished the day with a record of 14-1 and are looking to build on those successes, with an invite to nationals in Chicago in June.
“I love coaching these students, they impress me more and more each day,” said Nathan Coombes, Southview quiz bowl coach. “The sky is the limit for what these students will achieve in Quiz Bowl and in life.”
Congratulations to all the teams that competed on a fun competitive day for Iowa Knowledge Bowl.
Save the Date: ESOL Family Night, May 9
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.
April is School Library Month
All year long, our school librarians create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student’s educational career. April is School Library Month and we would like you to join us in celebrating the dedication of our library staff throughout the district!
Our students, teachers, and staff are so grateful for your knowledge and support. We encourage you to take a moment today to say a special thank you by visiting our digital Thank You page, add your message, and hit submit to deliver your appreciation to your building’s library staff!
Celebrating our Assistant/Associate Principals!
The Ankeny Community School District would like to recognize all that assistant and associate principals that have persevered amid the pandemic and considered what their ever-expanding and evolving role might look like moving forward. Through it all, our AP’s have demonstrated unwavering leadership—becoming a source of strength and inspiration for us all. If ever there was a time to express how much your AP means to you and your school community, this is it. Visit our Thank You page, add your message, and hit submit to deliver to their inbox—it’s that easy!
Ankeny Centennial High School – Adam Busch, JD Hunter
Ankeny High School – Kelsie Goodman, Wade Grinhaug
Northview Middle School (8-9) – Caleb Hales, Cameron Wendt
Southview Middle School (8-9) – Nicole Kuhns, Chris Novak
Prairie Ridge Middle School (6-7) – Andrea Bruns, Kathleen Steffen
Parkview Middle School (6-7) – Ben Huebsch, Emily Rash
Thank You Paraprofessionals!
Today we would like to say we appreciate our paraprofessionals! This day is celebrated the first Wednesday every April in order to raise awareness about the important work of paraprofessionals in our schools. This includes teaching associates, special education associates, media center associates, and classroom assistants. Thank you to our multi-tasking rockstars for working with our students and making a difference in their lives!
Ankeny Hawks Summer Activities Camps
There are a variety of Summer Camps sponsored by the Ankeny Booster Club available for grades 1st – 12th Grade. Click on the link below for more information.
2022-2023 Cheerleading Tryouts
Spring Lifetouch Pictures
All Southview students will have their picture take on Thursday, March 31. These pictures will be the Student ID’s for the 2022-2023 school year. There will not be a make-up date. Picture proof sheets will be sent home at a later date to preview. You have the option to prepay online or send a completed picture packet envelope with your student the day of pictures. The Lifetouch link is below for ordering information or picture packet envelopes will be available in the office.
The Picture Day ID is EVT39MBPZ