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District News & Announcements
Ankeny's first hosting of the statewide middle school cross country meet deemed a success!:
On Saturday, October 18, a nearly 100-member volunteer crew comprised of Ankeny Centennial High School cross country runners and their families welcomed athletes from all four corners of the state to Ankeny.  The runners came to compete in the Dick Washburn Classic middle school statewide cross country meet.  This is the first year Ankeny has hosted the meet, which is sponsored by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches (IATC).  Read more about the event's success.
SENIORS: Do you know how you'll pay for college? Get info at the ICAN presentation -
If you’re a senior planning for college (or the parent of one), you probably have questions about the financial aid process. AHS and ACHS seniors can find answers during a free presentation by the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) hosted at Ankeny Centennial High School Tuesday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m.  Learn more about the program here.

Help the Hawks and Jaguars raise $10,000 - at no cost to you! -
Hawk and Jaguar Fans - Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 25!  Join us in the east parking lot of Ankeny High School any time between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to test drive a new car from Bob Brown Buick and GMC, and help us raise money for AHS and ACHS athletics and activities!  For every onsite test drive (must be 21 years of age or older with proof of insurance), Buick will donate a dollar amount, up to $10,000, to the two Ankeny high schools.  We need 500 total test drives to reach that goal.  We’ll see you on the 25th at the high school where you can help out the Hawks and Jaguars!  Read more in the program flier here.

District Equity Committee seeking members:
The district is looking for members to serve on its Equity Committee.  The group meets four times during the course of the school year, and is comprised of parents, teachers, district administration and community members.  Topics may include district equity efforts, the district Affirmative Action Plan, multicultural curriculum, and equitable opportunities and participation in activities for students with 504 Accommodation Plans and Special Education Plans.  All meetings are held at the District Office, 306 SW School Street.  If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact Jodie Graham, jodie.graham@ankenyschools.org.

Meeting dates and times include:
Wednesday, November 12 – 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 14 – 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11 – 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6  – 4:30-5:30 p.m.

AHS and ACHS celebrate high academic achievers:
During recent awards ceremonies, Academic Letter Awards were presented to ACHS and AHS students who earned an unweighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.67 or higher at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. 

AHS to stage production of "FOOLS!" October 31-November 2:
The Ankeny High School Drama Department will present the play, FOOLS! October 31 at 7:30 p.m., November 1 at 7:30 p.m. and November 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the AHS Auditorium.  Tickets are $5 for all attending, and will be available at the door.  This slap-stick comedy is unforgettably funny and promises to have you rolling on the floor with laughter!  Don't miss it.  If you have questions please contact the AHS Activities Office at 963-4335.
 
This is drop-off week for the Winter Clothing Donation Drive:
This week, each of Ankeny's schools will accept clean, gently-used winter clothing to donate to Ankeny children in need.  If you have coats, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves or boots you would like to donate, please drop them off at your child's school.  Items will be accepted during school hours, October 20-24

The donation drive is sponsored by a new program called F.E.W.D. (Faith and Education Winter Donations), supported by Project Fresh Start through the Ankeny Community Education Department.  

For more information, please contact Community Education at 515-289-3961 or Dave Kissinger, Ankeny Community Education Advisory Council, 515-491-2049 or dkiss806@juno.com.
School District seeking proposals for website design, hosting and technical support services -
Ankeny Community School District is seeking proposals for website design, hosting and technical support services to replace its current website platform. Proposals for the project will be due by November 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM.  Those wishing to submit a proposal may receive a copy of the Request for Proposals by contacting Jarrett Peterson, Coordinator of Communications, at 515-289-3950, or jarrett.peterson@ankenyschools.org.
Food drive provides much bigger lesson for AHS history students:
Ankeny High School teacher Nick Covington's U.S. history classes learned about the financial pinch of the Great Depression and recently applied that lesson to help those in need.  They related the hunger felt during the depression to present-day by holding a food drive for those facing hardships in Iowa.  Read more about this unique history lesson.  
Marching Hawks take two third-place honors; Best Drum Majors award:
The Ankeny Marching Hawks received two third-place finishes and rave reviews from the judges in their two debut performances in Cedar Rapids on October 4.  Student commanders Erin Miller, Breanna Stiles, and Quintin Konen won the prestigious ranking of “Best Drum Majors” at the “2014 Five Seasons Marching Band Invitational."  Read more about the competitions and the Marching Hawks
ACHS Marching Band places third; awarded "Best Colorguard":
The Ankeny Centennial Marching Band celebrated a successful weekend of competition at the Pella Marching Dutch Invitational on September 27, receiving third place in Class 4A and “Best Colorguard” award.  Read more about the band here.
ACHS Marching Band to perform in 2015 NYC National Veterans Day Parade -
The Ankeny Centennial High School Marching Band is proud to announce they have accepted an invitation to march in the National Veterans Day Parade in New York City on November 11, 2015. The parade features more than 20,000 participants, including veterans of all eras, active duty military, ROTC and JrROTC units, and civic and youth groups, all accompanied to music performed by a selection of our nation's best high school marching bands, drill teams and step dancers. Read more about this special honor for the ACHS band here.

Northeast Elementary receives prestigious National Blue Ribbon School honors -
Ankeny Community Schools is pleased to announce that Northeast Elementary has received National Blue Ribbon School honors from the U.S. Secretary of Education.  Northeast will be honored during a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 10-11.  Read more about this outstanding distinction here
Polk County Health flu clinics scheduled at Ankeny schools:
The Ankeny Community School District is again partnering with the Polk County Health Department to provide seasonal flu vaccination clinics in Ankeny Schools October 9 and November 6. The influenza vaccination will be available to all staff and students, and will be open to the public.  Learn more about the flu clinics here.
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