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April 29, 2021

Ankeny AELP Students Participate in a Reimagined Letters About Literature Competition

Ankeny Extended Learning Program (AELP) students from throughout the district put their minds together to make the most of this year and present their very own Letters About Literature Competition.

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest that Elementary AELP students have traditionally participated in annually due to the nature of the creative and high level thinking of the contest. For the contest, students are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write a letter to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are then judged at both a state and national level. Recently, however, national and state competitions for Letters About Literature have been discontinued. 

Our AELP teachers and students turned this news into a new opportunity to continue learning and growing. Thanks to community businesses and the direction of educator Amy Akers and her students at Southview Middle School, the AELP teachers presented a local version of the contest while staying true to the high level of work that has been done in the past. 

Ankeny Schools is proud to honor these students for their exceptional letters and thank the following businesses for providing prizes for our local Letters About Literature competition. A special thank you to Walls of Books, The Outside Scoop, and Main Street Cafe for the amazing prizes that were awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Congratulations to the following winners chosen by our Southview Middle School AELP Students:

1st Place: Liliana Essary – 5th Grade at East Elementary

Lilianna Essery

2nd Place: Jagger Odgaard  – 5th Grade at Northeast Elementary

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3rd Place: Quinn Robie – 5th Grade at Northeast Elementary

Quinn Robie


Honorable Mentions:

Krista  Bogers – 5th Grade at Northwest Elementary

Krista Bogers

Greta DenHartog – 5th Grade at Rock Creek/Remote

Greta DenHartog

Ethan Huyhn – 4th Grade at Ashland Ridge/Remote

Ethan Huyhn




February 3, 2021

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year begins Friday, February 5. To enroll, your child must be five years old on or before September 15, 2021.

Online Registration

Beginning Friday, February 5 at 8:00 a.m., parents will be able to enroll their incoming kindergartener via online registration. More detailed information is available on the Enroll/Registration page.

Per Board Policy 501.15, applications will be considered late if they are received after June 1. Late registrations will not be considered until all other placements have been made.

What is Needed for Registration?

Please follow the kindergarten registration checklist, as a guide detailing the required documents. Most of the documents can be uploaded into your online application. However, if you do not have the capability to upload documents or if you need copies made, please submit documents starting February 5 to your neighborhood elementary or the registrar at the district office, 306 SW School St. The required documents are:

  • Home Language Survey
  • Proof of Residency
  • Proof of Child’s Birth Date

Medical documentation will be collected at a later date.

Informational Meeting – Updates to Come

This year, the kindergarten parent informational meeting will be conducted virtually. This meeting will be held on April 22 at 6:30 p.m. More information regarding how to join will be shared at a later date.

Due to increased elementary enrollment and limited space, parents are encouraged to enroll their upcoming kindergartener based on the process set forth by the district.

Important Dates to Remember

Visit this document to review important dates for kindergarten families for the 2021-2022 school year.

January 5, 2021

Mark Your Calendars: PreK & K Registration

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PRESCHOOL Registration opens on Monday, January 25, 2021.

KINDERGARTEN Registration opens on Friday, February 5, 2021.

2020-21 Before & After School Program Registration opens April 8 to incoming Kindergarteners.  Click here to learn more!

October 22, 2020

Helpful info for elementary parents as students come back full-time

All of Ankeny Community School District’s PK-5th grade students returned to learn in person, full time on October 19th. In order to keep our Ankeny students, staff and families safe and healthy, we will be continuing to redefine what a “normal” school day looks like.

We realize families may need to make difficult decisions between sending students to school vs. keeping them home/parent missing work. In order to keep our students and staff as healthy as possible, we ask that you consider these things before sending your child to school.

  • If your child complains of any 1 of the following symptoms, please keep them home and contact your health care provider: new cough, shortness of breath, fever of 100.4 or higher, new loss of taste or smell.
  • If your child complains of 2 or more of the following symptoms, please keep them home from school: fever, headache, muscle/body aches, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Due to the wide range of signs and symptoms of Covid-19, and for the safety of all, students will need to be sent home if they display these symptoms.
  • If your child exhibits these symptoms at school, your child will be taken to a room that has been established for students/staff that are exhibiting Covid-19 related symptoms. This is to ensure safety from other students who would use the nurse’s office for non-Covid related reasons.
  • If you are notified by health office staff that your student is ill at school, please plan to pick up your student as soon as possible. We would ask that you also have a back-up plan so that ill students can be picked up as quickly as possible if you are not available.
  • We ask that you contact your Primary Health Care provider for more guidance on how to proceed with your student’s health needs prior to returning if your student is sent home. We will provide instructions per Polk County Health Department for proper home isolation and quarantine, if warranted. Students sent home ill will need to be out of school the following day (does not apply if sent home on a Friday) to be monitored. Students may return to school once the presenting symptoms have subsided for 24 hours, if they have an alternate diagnosis from a doctor, or a negative Covid test.

As said many times, this is a fluid and flexible situation that can change at any point. We will continue to work closely with the Polk County Health Department.

If you have questions, please contact your building’s nurse to discuss.

Stay safe and be well!