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District News & Announcements
School calendar approval on hold pending guidance from the Iowa Department of Education -
Although the school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year was scheduled to go before the School Board for approval in December, an announcement by the Iowa Department of Education (IDOE) has placed that process on temporary hold.  The IDOE has informed school districts that they will not automatically grant waivers to start the school year early, as in the past.  State law requires that school start no sooner than a day in the calendar week in which the first day of September falls.  This clearly has great implications for Ankeny Schools due to the high percentage of students who earn post-secondary dual credits through Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  Read more about the school calendar development here.
Kindergarten registration meetings are 7:00 p.m., February 5 -

Ankeny Schools' kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015.  If you have a child who will be five years of age on or before September 15, 2015, please plan to attend the kindergarten registration at your current neighborhood attendance center.  This registration meeting is for parents only. Read more about Kindergarten registration night here.


Donations provide support for Ankeny's students:
Thanks to a generous $2,500 donation from Albaugh Inc., the Ankeny Kiwanis Club's Operation Underwear was able to purchase clothing items for Ankeny students in all grades at all of Ankeny's schools!  The Ankeny Walmart partnered with Operation Underwear by compiling and organizing hundreds of items acquired through the contribution.  Read more about the program.

Iowa Department of Education to stop granting calendar waivers-
Today, school districts across the state received notification from the Iowa Department of Education that they will no longer automatically grant waivers to school districts who wish to start the school year earlier than specified by state law. Currently, the law specifies that districts may not start school earlier than the calendar week that includes September 1.  Read more about this announcement here.
ACHS and AHS take honors at State Dance/Drill Team competition:
Congratulations to the Ankeny Centennial High School and Ankeny High School Color Guard and Dance Teams, who scored seven trophies in all for their outstanding performances at the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association (ISDTA) Championships at Wells Fargo Arena and Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines on December 5.  Read more about the competition
Registration is open for Community Education Winter/Spring classes:
Registration is now underway for Ankeny Community Education (CE) Winter/Spring courses.  Many favorite classes are back, as well as new additions such as Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in Ankeny; Understanding Social Security; Jewelry Out of Flatware; and Beginner Pottery to name a few.  View the CE class catalog here.

ACHS juniors learn Ankeny's history from long-time residents:
Ankeny Centennial High School juniors received a unique learning experience in their U.S. history classes, as five long-time Ankeny residents shared how the town has changed and grown over the years.  The panel spoke about their memories and reflected on Ankeny in the 1950s and 1960s, while the students envisioned what life might have been like back then.  Read more about this unique history lesson.
AHS tradition provides toys for children:
Ankeny High School donated more than 200 toys and nearly $600 during their annual "U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots" dodgeball tournament on December 3. This holiday tradition provides toys for children in our community, while at the same time provides a fun, stress-release for students and staff.  Read more about the annual event.

Recruitment Fair applications now accepted:
The Ankeny Community School District is now accepting applications for January's teacher recruitment fair for the 2015-2016 school year.  The fair will be January 24 at Southview Middle School and is by invitation only for interested external candidates.

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