Ankeny Community School District to Conduct Controlled Burns
Ankeny Community School District will conduct controlled burns at Ankeny Centennial High School, Ankeny High School, and Crocker Elementary School as weather conditions allow.
The school district’s burn permit runs from now until June 1, 2021, work will be done as site conditions allow during this time-frame. Burn times and locations will be announced via the district website, www.ankenyschools.org, Facebook, and Twitter.
Natural and native areas need periodic fires to thrive and prescribed burning is an important, cost-effective tool for maintaining and restoring native plant communities and wildlife habitat, managing invasive species, and reducing wildfire danger. Many of the plants and animals of Iowa’s woodlands, prairies, and wetlands are fire adapted.
Ankeny School District grounds crew, trained in wild land firefighting, are working with local fire rescue agencies, police, and county health department to insure safe, successful burn events.
ACHS After Prom 2021 – April 10
It’s almost time for After Prom!
After Prom is free to attend and will be held at Ankeny Centennial High School following Prom on Saturday, April 10. Just like Prom, only Senior students will be able to attend After Prom this year. All Seniors are welcome to attend After Prom, whether they attend the dance or not.
After Prom Details:
- Doors will open at Midnight. There will be no entry after 1 a.m.
- A school ID is required for entry to After Prom.
- Seniors must leave the building and return to After Prom following the dance.
Parents of Seniors:
After Prom needs your help to make these events happen! Your contribution of $30 is needed NOW! After Prom greatly depends on the parent donations. Your donation can be sent to Ankeny After Prom, PO Box 1181 Ankeny, IA 50021 or drop off at the Centennial High School office or Venmo @Jaguar-AfterProm.
Your help is also needed the night of After Prom. Please visit the ACHS Facebook page Ankeny CentennialHighSchoolAfterProm for more information on how you can volunteer!
April 2021 Newsletter Now Available!
The new edition of the Jaguar Journal, the Ankeny Centennial High School electronic newsletter for parents and students, is now available online. The Jaguar Journal can help you keep up to date on important news and information, event dates, and opportunities at your student’s school.
Senior Calendar 2021
Here is the Senior Calendar for 2021.
Please note, this calendar includes important dates for Seniors and their families. Many items are still “TBD” (to be determined) as details are still being finalized. This document will be updated as that information is available.
Open Mic Night
Open Mic’ Night LVI – The Ankeny and Centennial High School libraries are excited to host our first open mic’ night since last winter! This will be held in the CHS Library on April 28th at 5PM. Come share a song or poem with your friends and family! Please sign up with Mrs. Wirtz at AHS or Mr. Honz at CHS. Masks are required.
Congratulations to the Jaguar National Merit Finalists
All Twelve Ankeny Schools Students Named 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Finalists
Ankeny Community Schools is proud to announce that all 12 students that were recognized as Semifinalists in September have now been named as Finalists in the 66th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program. This is a record number of NMSC Finalists for the Ankeny Community School District.
The honored students include Ankeny Centennial High School seniors Kiran Bhat, Lawrence Deng, Grant Miller, Andrew Stapleton, Allison Su, Jordan Su, Spencer Thiele, and Meghan White.
The academically talented high school seniors who are selected for this honor have an opportunity to compete for about 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered this spring. More than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar® title.
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Steps in the 2021 Competition
Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay.
From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 advanced to the Finalist level. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.
National Merit Scholarships
Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 240 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 200 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,800 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 353,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.
Future Ready Week Information 2021-2022
The 2nd Annual Ankeny Future Ready “Night” begins on February 8th and will run through February 19th. This year, our “NIGHT” has turned into a website with all of the information that parents/guardians and students will need in order to select courses for the 2021-2022 school year.
Within the website, you will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of programs, resources and opportunities available to our students. Last year, parents were only able to choose up to four different sessions to attend, but this year all of these sessions are available via the website. Each of these sessions will provide you with tools to help your student select courses that align with their post-secondary plan.
College Planning Webinars
Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) will be partnering with high school counselors to host a zoom webinar on the 2 topics below. We will record both of these sessions and upload them to our websites, if you are unable to attend the live portions. View the links below to sign up.
Financial Aid Night
Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6:00 PM via Zoom Webinar.
College Planning Night
Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6:00 PM via Zoom Webinar
National Honor Society
The Ankeny Centennial High School chapter of the National Honor Society will be accepting applications in January and February of the current calendar school year.
Applicants may be sophomores, juniors, or seniors, and students must have an unweighted cumulative (all grades starting in 9th grade) grade point average of 3.5 or above to apply.
The virtual informational meetings will be held on January 18th at 10 a.m. and January 18th at 7 p.m. Students only need to attend one of these meetings. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the meeting will be held on Google Meet. Please join the National Honor Society classroom using the code 3dl6szq (the letter after the d is a lower case l, not the number 1). The meeting will be recorded, so if neither of those times is convenient, you may watch it at a later date on the NHS Google Classroom site.
Again please join the National Honor Society classroom using the code 3dl6szq.
The application can be found at the Centennial High School website. Click HERE to be directed to the National Honor Society Centennial High School Page and to access the application. Upon completion of the online form, a printed version must be turned into Mr. Garner in room 1409.
The deadline for applications is February 19th. If an extension is needed, contact Mr. Garner.
Any questions should be directed to Mr. Garner, National Honor Society sponsor at Centennial H.S.