Jaguars Girls Basketball to State!
Congratulations to our Centennial Girls Basketball Team on their Regional Final win over Sioux City East! Now it is time to prepare to attend the State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena to cheer on the Jaguars. The procedures and expectations for students to attend in one of the following ways:
Please report the absence using ONLY ONE of the following methods. Multiple emails and calls on the same student causes a delay in processing all absences.
- Through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal App (preferred method)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for CHS students
- Email email@example.com for NV students
- Call 515-965-9610 for CHS students / Call 515-965-9700 for NV students
Please note, students will need to be called out daily for each day they are excused.
Schedule of Games; Date/Time:
- Monday, February 26th at 11:45 a.m. (5A Quarterfinal vs Waukee HS)
- If we win on Monday: We play next Thursday, February 29th at 10:00 a.m. (5A State Semifinal vs Johnston or WDM Valley).
- The State Championship would take place Friday, March 1st at 6:00pm. More Info TBD
Let’s rally together to positively represent our Centennial community with school spirit that shows we rise above inappropriate, prohibited, and demeaning behaviors. As a reminder, IGHSAU sportsmanship guidelines and expectations are in place and will be enforced. Prohibited items include: flags, signs/banners, artificial noisemakers, inflatables, baby powder, silly string, confetti, and masks/clothing/paint that hides a face. Students/fans are also required to wear shirts. Inappropriate sounds, cheers, gestures, or comments directed toward the opposing team and/or fans will not be tolerated.
The State Basketball Tournament is in Des Moines at Wells Fargo Arena. A clear bag policy is in effect at the Arena.
All tickets will be sold online: Purchase Tickets
Tickets can be purchased on site at the Arena Box Office as well. Purchasing in advance is encouraged.
Additional information from the IGHSAU State Tournament Central page is HERE.
Livestream via CISN.tv HERE.
Parking Info: Individual vehicle parking is available in the lot immediately north of the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. The lot charge is $7. Other parking options include parking ramps at 7th and Crocker, 5th and Grand, and 4th and Locust. A map showing access to Wells Fargo Arena, on-site parking, downtown parking, and skywalk routes is located at the following web site: ( http://www.iowaeventscenter.com/plan-your-visit/directions-parking ).
Let’s rally together to support our student athletes and coaches and pack the Well! Go Jags!
Activities Yard Sign Order Due March 1
Now is a great time to get your spring or summer sport or activity yard sign and decal ordered. If you would like an activities yard sign or decal, please submit your order to our Activities Office by March 1.
Let’s Talk About…Core Skills, Soft Skills, and Mental Health
Listen to these experts as they explore the creation of a culture of belonging. Discover our commitment to equipping educators with the tools to help students develop essential soft skills. Learn strategies for guiding students through the high school to college transition, emphasizing the importance of early connections and proactive support. They also mention how it is important to focus on student well-being, encouraging self-care practices during study sessions, including water breaks, physical movement, and brain breaks. Uncover how Ankeny fosters these skills from pre-kindergarten, aligning with Ankeny’s graduate profile.
Join Kayla Bell-Consolver, Director of the Counseling Center at Broadlawns Community Clinic at Drake University, Shawn Beirman, Social-Emotional Learning Specialist at Ankeny Schools, and Al Neppl, Director of Professional and Leadership Development at Ankeny Schools, in a conversation highlighting the significance of adaptability, empathy, and collaboration for students.
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All buildings and district office closed Friday, January 12
Due to inclement weather, tomorrow Friday, January 12, school buildings & district office will be closed.
- No Before and After School Program
- Certified staff will work virtually
- Paraprofessional and secretary professional development is canceled
All other employee groups will operate under closure guidance. Please connect with your supervisor if you have questions about your reporting requirements.
2023-2024 Winter Athletic Information
Athletic Participation REQUIRED information
- Parents, please complete our online registration process ASAP if you have a winter student/athlete.
- Your student must have an updated physical and completed online registration to participate. Here is the link to complete the registration: https://ankenycentennial-ar.rschooltoday.com
The winter season offers 8th grade athletes a split-season structure in the CIML conference that offers Girls’ Basketball, Girls’ Wrestling & Boys’ Wrestling in the early season (mid October – late December) and Boys’ Basketball in the late winter season (late December – late February). Please see the details below.
8th Boys Wrestling
Practice begins Monday, October 16th at NVMS after school (3:45-5:30 pm)
- 8th Wrestling Meeting – 8:00 am East Gym; Friday, Oct. 6th
- There will be an 8th Wrestling Parent Meeting – 6:30-7:00 pm – NV Room 1103 (Please use Main Entrance); Wednesday, October 11th
Contact Coach Nathan Smith with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Girls Wrestling
Practice starts October 16th in the gym at Orbis (Northview).
- There will be an 8-12 informational parent meeting Sunday, October 15th 5pm (Northview MS Small Gym). Enter through doors S-10
9-12th Boys Wrestling
Informational meeting is October 25th after school at Northview Wrestling Room. Mandatory body fat testing is on Thursday, October 26th at 7am at Northview. 9th wrestling practice begins on November 13th at ACHS. You can ride the ACHS shuttle after school to get to ACHS.
For more information- Contact Coach Jay Groth: email@example.com
9-12 Girls Wrestling
Practice starts October 30th in the gym at Orbis (Northview).
Informational meeting will be held at NV on Friday, October 6th at 8:00am in the East gym OR at ACHS on Tuesday, October 10th @ 8am in the small gym.
8th Girls’ Basketball
Informational meeting will be held on Thursday, September 21st from 7:45-8:00 AM in the Northview East Gym. You can also sign up in the front office and get handouts there.
Practice begins Wednesday, October 11th after school at Northview Middle School.
Contact Coach Tony Klein with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
JV1/JV2 Girls Basketball
There will be an informational player meeting on Thursday, October 19 at 7:45AM in the East Gym for 9th graders only.
The first practice will be held after school on Monday, November 6th at the high school.
We will host a scrimmage on Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 8-10AM at NV.
If you missed the meeting or have any questions, contact Coach Andy Fehn or Liz Bruns.
8th Boys’ Basketball
There will be a players only informational meeting on Tuesday December 5th at 3:45pm in the cafeteria for students interested. Official start date will be Wednesday January 3rd , but there will be optional practices on Monday, Dec. 18th & Tuesday, Dec. 19th after school from 4-5:30 at Prairie Ridge.
Contact Coach Paul Evans with questions: email@example.com
9th Boys Basketball
The 9th Grade Boys Basketball season officially begins on Monday, November 13th. Practices are held after school from 4:00-5:30 pm in the Northview Main Gym. The “A” Team typically plays games on Tuesdays and Fridays. The “B” team typically plays games on Mondays. The “C” Team schedule does not include a typical day on which they play. There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, November 8th @ 3:45 at Northview.
Contact Coach Tyler McDonald with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
To keep up to date on information and announcements download the Remind App on your phone and use the Remind Code: cen9bball
9-12th Boys Swimming
There will be an informational meeting for all boys in 9th grade who are interested in swimming on Wednesday October 11th, 2023 at Ankeny Centennial High School at 4:00pm. This meeting is open to any boy interested in swimming during the 2023-24 season.
We will be discussing the upcoming season and apparel and suit orders!
Contact Coach Dustin Rhoads if you have any questions: email@example.com
8th Grade Boys’ /Girls’ Swimming
Practice will begin in February and the season will end the week before spring break. We practice every school day from 4:00-5:30 at NV Middle School Pool . Boys and girls from both Northview and Southview can participate. Coach Rhoads will meet with interested students after Winter break. Watch the school TV for announcements.
Contact Coach Dustin Rhoads if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
9th Grade Boys’ / Girls’ Bowling
Anyone interested in 9-12 Girls or Boys Bowling please report to Ankeny High School on 10/12/23 at 6pm in the Upstairs Career Center for a preseason meeting with Coach Nick Payton.
Contact Coach Nick Payton with questions: email@example.com
Jag Homecoming Information and Dance Tickets
Get ready to show your Jaguar pride because Homecoming week is almost here! From September 17th to the 21st, join us in celebrating our school spirit with a week filled with exciting events and activities. From the traditional pep rally to the football game and dance, there’s something for everyone. So mark your calendars and come out to support our Jaguars. Let’s make this year’s Homecoming the best one yet!
Sunday, September 17 • On the Prowl
- On the Prowl (OTP) will be held on September 17 at 3:00 pm at the football practice field, here at ACHS. As our student body size grows, so does the number of students that participate in OTP (awesome!). With that being the case parents are welcome to attend but will only be allowed in the stands. We have multiple staff on the fields taking pictures which will be free to download after the event is over.
Homecoming Dress Up Days: Once Upon a Time
- Monday, September 18: Bedtime stories-PJ Day
- Tuesday, September 19: Tacky Tourist Day-Dress like a Disney Dad
- Wednesday, September 20: Turn your pumpkin (backpack) into a carriage (anything but a backpack)
- Thursday, September 21: Welcome to the Jungle- Wear your Jag pride
- Friday, September 22: Kingdom Color Wars-OTP shirt
Saturday, September 23 • Homecoming Dance
- The Homecoming dance will be held on September 23 from 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm in the ACHS commons. Tickets are $15 and will be available for purchase online through InTouch from September 13th – September 21st. If you are unable to purchase a ticket through the TouchBase system, we will sell tickets in the Activities Office only during lunch shifts on Friday, September 22nd.
- Students will pick up their online ticket wristbands during lunch shifts on Thursday September 21, and Friday September 22. Students must have their ID when picking up their wristband(s) and their ID will be required to attend the dance.
- If the student is bringing a guest that does not attend Ankeny Centennial a dance request form will be required. Please return the completed form to the front office by 4:00 pm Wednesday, September 20th. The guest must also bring a form of ID to be admitted to the dance as well.
NEW! Security Practices – Please Read
One of the great things about Ankeny Schools is the community’s support of our athletics and activities. These events bring thousands of people together to celebrate the achievement of students. Because security is of utmost importance, the district continues to review its practices and identify areas of improvement at such events. As a result, we will be implementing some new security measures this Fall for our activities and events.
Security practices that will continue:
- Grades 6-12 must wear school ID while at the game
- Footballs are not allowed
- No baby powder, confetti, signs, noisemakers
- No weapons (real or look-alike)
- The North gate will remain secured at all times unless a team, band, or emergency personnel need access to the stadium
New security practices:
- Families will be encouraged to ensure that students in grades K-5 be accompanied by an adult
- Entrance to the stadium before an event will not be allowed
- There will be no re-entry after leaving the stadium
- Spectators will not be allowed to bring backpacks and large handbags into the stadium; Diaper bags or medical bags are allowed, but are subject to search
- No outside food or drink
- No access without a ticket or pass, including after halftime
These recommendations are the result of numerous conversations with security experts and a review of our current practices. Security can often be at odds with convenience. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for our students and spectators. We look forward to cheering on the Hawks and Jaguars with you this Fall.
Voluntary student accident insurance
As we gear up for the new school year, we would like to remind all families (PK-12) about Student Assurance Services student accident coverage.
The Ankeny Community School District is not responsible for any accidental injuries that occur to students while under the school’s supervision or participating in interscholastic sports. Our school district has partnered with Student Assurance Services to give families the opportunity to purchase accident insurance for their student(s). When enrolled, this coverage provides financial assistance with your out-of-pocket medical expenses should your student sustain an accidental bodily injury.
Reasons to consider coverage for your student:
1. Your primary health insurance has a high deductible – copay – coinsurance.
2. No other insurance on your student.
3. Your student participates in a sport where unexpected injuries commonly occur.
This coverage provides an added layer of protection for students, especially for those with high deductible health insurance or those who are currently uninsured. In the unfortunate event of a student injury occurring under the school’s supervision, this coverage can be a crucial asset for your family.
While we hope that none of our students will face any accidents or injuries, it is vital to be prepared and have the necessary safeguards in place.
If you have any questions regarding this voluntary student accident insurance program, please contact Student Assurance Services at (800) 328-2739. You will speak with a live person who can assist you with your questions.
Thank you for your attention to this matter, and we look forward to a safe and successful academic year ahead.
Congratulations to the NHS Inductees
Ankeny Centennial High School honored 98 new members of the National Honor Society in an induction ceremony on May 15th. 49 sophomores, 41 juniors, and 8 seniors were recognized for their academic achievements and leadership qualities. State Representative Molly Buck gave a keynote speech at the event, which took place in the school’s auditorium.
Students apply to become members of National Honor Society, an organization chartered by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and which has been in existence since 1921. Successful applicants must have a minimum unweighted grade point average of 3.5 or above, a demonstrated record of scholarship, extracurricular involvement, community service, and character. Tim Garner is the sponsor of the Ankeny Centennial High School chapter of National Honor Society, and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at 515-965-9610.
Sophomores: Jackson Anonson Michaela Auderer Maddison Balashaitis Brody Barnes Charlee Bender Josie Bishop Finley Blackmore Nathan Boehlert Emilia Brooks Makenzie Bugh Addison Burkle Kayla Clark Quinn Coenen Cora DenHartog Abigail Drosieko Zoe Geiger Ashley Green Aammin Hassan Isabella Hodges Emma Hoeppner Caitilin Horner Emmy Hughes Erna Huskic Haley Hveem Olivia Kroska Isabella Kuehn Abilgail Leaders Isabel Makovec Alexis Metzger Kerigan Miller Elliana Minter Anika Mohrhauser Emily Obermeier Kacy Olson Audrey Patkin Hilary Paulson Isabelle Phipps Makenzie Piper Kaydee Quam Barron Roovaart Leah Schafer Grace Silvey Tillie Smith Katelyn Thierry Corbin Vander Weerdt Ellie Vaudt Rachel Willey Meghan Wolf Kyra Zinn
Juniors: Jenna Benkufsky Jacob Chizek Luis De la Cuba Duy Duong Mary Faidley Abigail Fickbohm Kelsey Fornoff Avery Gavin Jackson Guddall Noah Hook Talia Keuning Colin Littlefield Ara Lofgren Addison Linder Carter Lust Aleah Maritim Mustafa Miari Lucas Muta Eli Mwesigwa Anh Nguyen Crystal Opoku Brendan Owens Blue Pries Natalie Prill Piper Robie Braydon Schmitz Jillian Scroggs Madison Semrow Aaron Schermerhorn Jennah Skelton Holden Smith Logan Sobaski Ruby Sprecher Rosalyn Sterling Isaiah Stotts Corinne Swalve Rachel Takle Cole Tjaden Hannah Varangkounh Lana Walker Seth Wright
Seniors: Lilliana Carreon Joshua August Cowie Jakub Kwiatkowski Ava Lensch Adelynne Peterson Hayden Scheffert Andrew Smith Autumn Zogg
CHS Theater Department to participate in the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase
Ankeny Centennial High School’s theater department will participate in the 2023 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase, presented by EMC Insurance Companies, in honor of the school’s achievements for its April production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Produced by Des Moines Performing Arts as the culmination of a year-long education initiative, the Showcase will be held at the Des Moines Civic Center on Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m. and will recognize a total of 94 schools from across the entire state.
Ryan Henzi and Abby Fickbohm each earned Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role Awards and are eligible to participate in the Triple Threat Award program with other advanced performing students. In addition to a special performance at the showcase, students will audition for theater camp scholarships and the opportunity to represent Iowa at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City this summer.
Ryan Henzi will perform an excerpt from his award-winning role in The 25 th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as William Barfée.
Additionally, select students will represent Ankeny Centennial High School by performing in a collaborative inter-school medley led by a guest Broadway music director and choreographer.
Ankeny Centennial will also be recognized with the following awards and honors:
- Distinguished Scene – “The I Love You Song”
- Special Recognition for Performance in a Principal Role – Rai San Martin as “Chip Tolentino”
- Special Recognition for Achievement in Choreography – Kenzie Halbach,
- Kaitlin Like, Rai San Martin, Drew Carter, & Caroline Trout
Tickets to the Showcase, which start at $15, will go on sale on Friday, May 12, 2023 at 10 AM at DMPA.org, the Des Moines Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300.
The Awards Showcase will be live-streamed at IowaPBS.org as part of a collaboration with Iowa PBS. Iowa PBS will also broadcast a highlights special of the event on Friday, July 14 at 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday, July 16 at 1:00 p.m.