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October 13, 2020

Secondary Hybrid Calendar through Nov. 6

View the secondary schedule for Oct. 26-Nov. 6

Secondary Students (Grades 6-12)

The Ankeny Board of Education voted to set a target date of Monday, November 9 for sixth through twelfth-grade students to return to a traditional on-site model. Setting a target date allows the district to make a final decision in response to current public health data closer to the November date, while simultaneously preparing for the return to on-site. This will be reviewed again at the November 2 Board of Education meeting.

September 23, 2020

Meet your ACHS 2020 Homecoming Court

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Back row: Trey Hansen, Jack Davis, Owen Vernon, Tyler Johnson & Scott Talmadge

Front row: Ryann Marzen, Volta Adovor, Meghan White, Rachel Allen & Lauryn Auderer

 

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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 27, 2020

Reminders for the Start of the School Year

HYBRID FAMILY INFORMATION

Virtual Informational Session:

Our administrative team recorded a virtual informational session, sharing important details from our return-to-learn plans. Please take the time to watch this with your student so they are in the know prior to their first day:

You’ll notice toward the end of the session, we reference a form for you to submit questions. Please complete this form if you have any questions, and someone from our Centennial team will get back to you:

 

Communication from our Nursing Team in Ankeny Schools

Please click here to familiarize yourself with covid-19 guidelines from our nursing team.

 

Student Assistance Program (SAP) / Employee and Family Resources (EFR)

Click here to access information about our student assistance program where you can qualify for up to six free counseling sessions per topic per year. Our district is very fortunate to have a strong partnership with Employee and Family Resources and Student Assistance Program, and this partnership equips us to invest in our students, staff, and families.

 

REMOTE-ONLY INFORMATION

Remote learners, as you prepare for the upcoming year, we wanted to share specific information regarding remote learning with you as detailed in the links below.  Additionally please note the times in the daily schedule for secondary students have been altered since the parent forums back in late July.  This adjustment was made to provide course programming that fosters success beyond the PreK-12 classroom.  Remote learners are being served by teachers across the district and may be attending synchronous sessions with students from other buildings.  Therefore, students may need to access the building drop down menu in Infinite Campus to see their full remote learning class schedule.  For example, a Centennial High School student may need to select Ankeny High School to see a complete student schedule.

Parents of students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) will engage in team meetings in the coming days to finalize special education services and schedules.  Many schedules may appear to be incomplete, and require the team conversation to ensure that course requests and special education services are honored to the highest extent possible.  Adjustments to schedules will continue to be made based on the outcome of the IEP team conversations.

Counselor Check-in with Remote Learners:

Hello! The Centennial High School Counselors will be meeting with our virtual students on Wednesday, August 26th at 1:30 via Google Meet. We want to ensure that you have a connection with your high school counselor in case you need anything throughout the semester. We are still here for you! This invitation is for our 10th-12th grade students who have selected the 100% remote learning option for 1st semester. We are excited to see how our first group of virtual learners will navigate the new virtual classroom environment. This is your opportunity to engage with all of your virtual classmates as well as ask any questions you may have before the semester begins. Below is the google meeting link. We look forward to seeing all of you on the 26th!     https://meet.google.com/iey-qeqh-zpr?hs=122&authuser=0

Materials Pick-up

Centennial staff is working to gather feedback on the necessary materials that students will need for their remote learning. Student materials pickup will occur at Centennial High School.  A date is still being finalized.  Look for more information no later than the end of the day on Monday, August 24th.

 

Chromebook Repairs

If a student is need of a chromebook or a chromebook repair they can reach out to our Media Specialist, Mr. Honz for assistance.  He can be reached at tom.honz@ankenyschools.org.

 

Student Assistance Program (SAP) / Employee and Family Resources (EFR)

Click here to access information about our student assistance program where you can qualify for up to six free counseling sessions per topic per year. Our district is very fortunate to have a strong partnership with Employee and Family Resources and Student Assistance Program, and this partnership equips us to invest in our students, staff, and families.

 

Process for Asking Questions

If you have any questions, please complete this form.  Someone from our Centennial team will get back to you.