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Terrace Announcements
AHS to honor military veterans during basketball games on Friday:
Ankeny High School will honor our military veterans and those currently serving, during halftime of the boys' basketball game versus Waukee this Friday, January 30.  The special halftime presentation, at approximately 8:15 p.m., will feature Terrace Elementary fourth graders.  Free admission will be given to those presenting their military ID at the door.  The girls' game begins at 6:15 p.m. and the boys' game begins at approximately 7:45 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact the AHS Activities Office at 963-4335.
Register today for AHS Junior Cheer Clinic!
Register now to be part of the AHS Junior Cheer Clinic on February 9 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Ankeny High School commons.  Clinic participants will perform February 10 during halftime of the girls home basketball game, approximately 6:40 p.m.  Students in grades K-7 are invited to join in.  The clinic cost is $30.  View the registration form here.  If you have any questions, please contact head cheer coach Katie Bales at katie.bales@ankenyschools.org.
Sign up for AHS Junior Dance Clinic!
Come DANCE with us! The AHS Dance Team will be holding a Junior Dance Clinic for students pre-K through fifth grade on Saturday, February 28 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.  Clinic participants will learn a routine taught by Varsity Dance Team members, and then perform during the AHS Winter Showcase on Sunday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m.  View the registration information here.  If you have any questions, please contact assistant dance coach Betty Baker at betty.baker@ankenyschools.org.
School Calendar Approval Process on Hold Pending IDOE Guidance:
 Approval and publication of the Ankeny Schools 2015-2016 school calendar is currently on hold pending guidance from the Iowa Department of Education (IDOE) regarding new rules for school start dates. This guidance is expected in January, after which the school district will continue its calendar approval process and announce the availability of the school calendar to parents.  The IDOE has informed school districts that they will not automatically grant waivers to start the school year early, as in the past.  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.  Additional guidance from the IDOE is expected in January. We apologize for any inconvenience this delay in publication may cause.
Classes to be in session on April 24 snow make-up day:
 Due to classes being cancelled for inclement weather on January 7, Ankeny Schools will use the April 24 “Built in Snow Day” shown on the district calendar to make up the missed day.  Instead of being a day off from school, regular classes will be in session and students will attend school on Friday, April 24.
John Deere awards $5,000 grant to Terrace Elementary:
John Deere Des Moines Works is helping advance the education of Terrace Elementary students with a $5,000 educational grant to provide technology for classroom use.  The grant, awarded in December, will be used to help purchase iPads for teachers to incorporate into their students' learning.  Read more about the grant here.
Terrace Elementary January Newsletter Now Available
The next edition of the Terrace Elementary newsletter is now available online. Read the current (and past) editions of the newsletter here.
 
Kindergarten registration forms are now available on the district website -
Kindergarten registration forms for Ankeny Schools' 2015-2016 school year are now available online.  Completed forms should be brought to the registration meeting 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.  Read more about Kindergarten registration night here.
Take appropriate steps to help keep Ankeny students and schools healthy -
You may have noticed a number of news reports lately about the flu.  Flu season is definitely upon us, and our nurses want to remind everyone of procedures that can help minimize the spread of flu.
On behalf of all Ankeny Schools students and staff, thank you for taking time to follow these guidelines and help to keep our schools healthy.

Mandy Snyder
Lead District Nurse

Winter edition of Ankeny Advance newsletter is now online -

The Winter 2015 edition of Ankeny Advance is now available online and will be arriving shortly in community mailboxes. This edition includes important information about:

  • Northeast Elementary receives National Blue Ribbon School award in Washington
  • AP Scholars and ACT scores achieve new records
  • Strategic planning efforts in the district as enrollment tops 10,000 students
  • Photos of the first renovated Northview classrooms
  • Several honors for Volleyball team members and coaches
  • And much more!
  • Read the Winter 2015 Edition of Ankeny Advance here. 
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