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Ankeny High School Announcements
Register now for ACT« and PSAT/SAT« preparation seminars:
One PSAT/SAT® preparation seminar and two ACT® preparation seminars are being offered by Ankeny Community Education through the ZAPS Learning Company. The seminars, all offered in September, include five hours of personal instruction, test strategies and a customized study plan. View more information on the Preparation Seminars here and then register via the Community Education Web Store.
AHS Back-to-School Night
AHS Back-to-School night is Thursday, August 28, 2014, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Please stop by and meet our staff.  Teachers will be located in their classrooms so don’t forget to bring a copy of your child’s schedule.
AHS Fall Weight Room Hours
The weight room at AHS will open starting Monday, August 25 for grades 10-12 and September 3 for grades 8-9.  All training will be in the AHS weightroom.  The hours it will be open are 6am-7:15am on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 4pm-5:15pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  All participants should enter through the front doors to AHS.  If you have any questions, please contact the Activities Office at 963-4335.

Ankeny ACT scores improve in every category; composite average tops 24 points for the first time -
Continuing a long-term trend of increasing scores, students in Ankeny have again raised the bar for the school district’s composite average score on the ACT®.  Graduates from the Class of 2014 achieved an average score of 24.1, the first time the district has topped the 24-point mark in this measure. Additionally, students equaled or improved upon the best marks from the past five years in all tested categories, with highlights of a 24.3 average in both reading and science.  Read the full ACT article here.
Interested in Fall Play? Meeting Monday, August 25

Attention all actors, directors, set builders, costume designers and overall theater lovers: The drama club will have a callout meeting on Monday, August 25 at 4:00.  We will meet in room 1324, and we will discuss our plans for the year as well as begin to set some goals for our club.  Snacks will be provided, and we will be announcing the title of the year’s first production, so you won’t want to miss it.  If you can’t make it, please contact Mrs. Vercauteren at courtney.vercauteren@ankenyschools.org or by stopping by room 1324.


Parking Stickers Required for AHS Students
Students – Please be sure your Ankeny High School parking sticker is placed on your car window.  If you have not purchased an Ankeny High School parking sticker, please stop by the main office and purchase a sticker before Friday, August 22.  After August 22, parking tickets will be issued to drivers who do not have an Ankeny High School parking sticker displayed on their car. A copy of the parking guidelines can be found here.
AHS Newsletter Available
The latest edition of the AHS Newsletter is available here.


AHS Dance Team Advances to Nationals
The AHS Dance Team attended the Universal Dance Association's Elite Dance Team Camp in Cedar Rapids in July.  In addition to the opportunity to advance to nationals in February, the team also received the Gatorade Team Full-Out Award for diplaying excellent sportsmanship and 100% full out effort for the duration of the camp.  Read more and view pictures here.

The dancers will sponsor a junior dance clinic on August 28 and will perform at the first Ankeny Hawks football game on August 29.


Important Busing Information
Students who access before and after school busing (including pay-to-ride) will be dropped off and picked up at the NorthEast AHS doors. Bus #913 is for pay-to-ride students and bus #928 is for all other bus students.

Shuttles to SV and ACHS during the day meet @ the main west doors (circle drive by the flag pole).

Record number of Ankeny students are AP Scholars -
A record 93 members of the Ankeny Schools' Classes of 2014 and 2015 have earned College Board AP Scholar Awards in recognition of exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) Exams. This is the largest number of Ankeny students ever honored by the College Board, and it continues a long-term trend of increasing numbers of AP scholars in Ankeny. In addition to being named AP Scholars, 18 students were designated AP Scholars with Honor and 26 students were designated AP Scholars with Distinction. Three students were named National AP Scholars, equaling the district’s high point for this honor.  Read more and see the honored students here.
Follow AHS on Twitter!
Are you on the go but want to know what’s going on at school?  Now you can stay in touch with Ankeny High School School on Twitter.  To begin, choose the link below, or the Twitter icon in the right column of the school's homepage.  Twitter updates will be a selection of news headlines and updates, with many including a link back to a full article.
You can also follow the Ankeny Community School District.  You can choose the link below, or the Twitter icon in the right column of the district homepage.


The Hawk Way Presented at Orientation
Administrators shared an overview of The Hawk Way with parents during orientation on August 7 and 8.  A power point is available here.

Resolve Scheduling Issues ASAP
All students should review their schedules in Infinite Campus and contact a counselor before August 14 if there are issues that need to be resolved. Counselors will be available in the Career Center on August 7 and 8. If you are unavailable on these dates, please contact a counselor via e-mail  or phone before August 14.

Please remember that classes will not be added to your schedule or replaced with another course after school begins.  You will be allowed to drop a course from August 15 through 22, but only if you have seven (7) credits plus P.E. on your schedule.


2015 Commencement Date Announced:
The Class of 2015 commencement ceremony is set for Monday, May 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Knapp Center, Drake University campus.
 
Community forums about Physical Plant and Equipment Levy renewal to be held August 26 and 28 -
Looking for more information about the PPEL renewal vote or have questions you would like to ask?  Ankeny Schools will hold public forums in the Prairie Ridge Middle School cafeteria on August 26 at 5:00 PM and August 28 at 6:00 PM.  If you can't make one of those dates, a schedule of speaking dates to Parent-Teacher Organizations can be found here.

Fall Edition of Ankeny Advance newsletter is now online -

The Fall edition of Ankeny Advance is now available online and will be arriving shortly in community mailboxes. This edition includes important information about:

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"An Instrument in Every Hand" seeks donations:

Do you have a band instrument collecting dust that could bring an Ankeny student the joy and benefit of music?  "An Instrument In Every Hand" is accepting donations of band instruments at any Ankeny school any time during school hours.  The program was started last year by AHS student Quinn Wilson, and has helped more than 50 students participate in the band program.  If you have any questions contact Vicky Anderson, vicky.anderson@ankenyschools.org.


Required Forms for Activities Participation
Iowa law requires that students in grades 7–12 who participate in extracurricular interscholastic activities, cheerleading and dance; and their parents/guardians; must sign an acknowledgment form regarding concussion information and return it to their school prior to participation.  Students must also have an athletic pre-participation physical examination.  Students cannot practice or compete in those activities until these forms are signed and returned.  You can find the forms here, and you can find important information from Iowa Code Section 280.13C, Brain Injury Policies here

65+ Activity Pass
Community residents age 65 or older are reminded they are eligible for a free activity pass to Ankeny Schools home events.  Passes are honored at all Ankeny home events except for sectional, district and regional playoffs sponsored by State Associations.  If you are eligible for a pass but have not received one, please visit Beth Rasmussen at the district administration office at 306 SW School Street.   If you have questions about the pass, please call 289-3920.

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