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.
- Wear Your Mask
- When Sick, Stay Home
- Wash Your Hands
- 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
Two Ankeny Schools Students Selected for the 2020 World Food Prize Global Youth Institute
Two Ankeny Community School District students were selected to attend the World Food Prize’s 2020 Global Youth Institute. The honored students include Abbi Brown, from Ankeny Centennial High School, and Sharice Mamuya, from Ankeny High School.
Each year, 200 exceptional high school students from around the world are selected to participate in the three-day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation. Brown and Mamuya were chosen for the 2020 Global Youth Institute after being acknowledged as one of the top students in the Iowa Youth Institute, which takes place in April. Since 1994, over 2,000 Iowa high school students and 400 teachers from across the state have participated in the Global Youth Institute.
The annual Global Youth Institute kicked off mid-October and brought student delegates from Bahrain, Canada, China, Cuba, Honduras, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States together virtually to discuss pressing food security and agricultural issues.
During this year’s event, student leaders were given opportunities to connect with one another, present and discuss their own research papers with international experts, and virtually tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities. The week started with a focus on the Iowa Hunger Summit, sessions in the remaining days explored topics including the role of youth in inspiring climate action and the power of gastronomy to drive change in food systems.
Centennial Marching Band Receives Superior Rating
On October 17th, the Centennial Marching Band participated in the 2020 IHSMA “Virtual” State Marching Band Festival, where they received a Division I “Superior” rating. This is the highest rating that a high school marching band can receive at this festival. This is the 7th consecutive year in which they have received this rating. To participate, the band submitted a video of their 2020 show “Lift Your Heart & Voice”, which was then adjudicated by a panel of judges from across the state of Iowa. “I am so proud of all of the hard work the students put in this year in order to not only put together a fantastic show, but to also take care of each other and keep each other safe every day. The students went above and beyond all expectations and I couldn’t be prouder of them!”- Scott Hook, director. The Centennial High School Marching Band consists of 200 students in grades 9-12 and is directed by Scott Hook, Nick Rueckert, Janelle Hook, Marcus Price, Mary Harris and Jake Thieben. Congratulations!
Secondary Hybrid Calendar through 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.
Football Ticket Purchases
The Centennial Jaguars take on the Ames Little Cyclones on Friday, September 25. We have a limited amount of tickets available for sale to the public. See instructions to log in and purchase your ticket to the game. Ticket cost is $6.00. Football Ticket Purchases
Bring your receipt to the game for entry at the pass gate. Please contact the Ankeny Centennial Activities Office at 515-635-2976 with questions. Go Jags!
Homecoming 2020 – Centennial High School
Student council is happy to bring you not one, but TWO weeks of homecoming this year! Please join us in dressing up the next two weeks! Here are the days:
- September 21st/22nd – Country vs Country Club
- September 23rd – Tacky Tourist
- September 24th/25th – Spirit Day – Jag Gear
- September 28th/29th – Throwback Class Day
- 12th Grade – 70’s
- 11th Grade – 80’s
- 10th Grade – 90’s
- Staff – 60’s
- September 30th – Tacky Tourist
- October 1st/2nd – Spirit Day – Jag Gear
*Masks are still required on dress-up days. Bonus points if you tie them into your spirit wear gear!
On The Prowl (OTP): While we are unable to hold this event at this time, OTP is being reworked and rescheduled to a spring ‘spirit week’ when we can hopefully be more safe.
Homecoming Court: Congratulations to the following Seniors selected to represent the 2020 Homecoming Court – Volta Adovor, Rachel Allen, Lauryn Auderer, Ryann Marzen, Meghan White, Jack Davis, Trey Hansen, Tyler Johnson, Scott Talmadge & Owen Vernon.
Homecoming Dance: There will not be a homecoming dance this fall. We hope to having something in the spring.
Welcome Interim Superintendent Dr. 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.