Classes Canceled at Ankeny Schools Tuesday, January 26
Due to inclement weather, classes are canceled at all Ankeny schools today, Tuesday, January 26 this includes remote learners.
- All athletics and activities are postponed.
- The Before and After-School Program will be closed.
- No drivers’ education at Ankeny school buildings. Call Street Smarts for additional information, 515-279-1112.
- No high school SOS.
Volunteers Needed: Ankeny Service Center Community Event
The Ankeny Service Center will host “Sharing our Resources: A Community Event” from
Noon to 5 pm: Saturday, January 30
10 am to 3 pm: Sunday, January 31
at the Lakeside Center, Ankeny.
The event, which is open to the public, will offer coats, winter gear, personal care and household items, and non perishable food items. All visitors will be required to wear masks, and a maximum of 30 visitors will be allowed into the facility at a time. Social distancing will be enforced.
Mask Up for Ankeny Schools
It will take our whole community pulling together to slow the spread and help keep our students in school. We’ve been hearing it for months, but now is the time to go back to mitigation basics.
- Wear Your Mask
- When Sick, Stay Home
- Wash Your Hands
- Watch Your Distance
This week, we’re launching a #MaskupforAnkeny campaign alongside the @CityofAnkeny. Partner with us by downloading an email signature and social media graphic at the link below and answer the question “What do you mask up for?” #MaskUpforAnkeny #MaskUpforAnkenySchools #SlowtheSpread
Welcome Interim Superintendent Dr. Azinger
The Ankeny Board of Education is pleased to announce Dr. Al Azinger was unanimously appointed as the Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Ankeny Community School District. Dr. Azinger has significant experience as a secondary and university administrator. He will step in as Interim Superintendent on September 16, 2020 when current Interim Superintendent, Dr. Jen Lindaman will assume her permanent role as Chief Officer of Academic Services for Ankeny Community School District.
“I am thrilled that Dr. Azinger has agreed to serve as the Ankeny Interim Superintendent, his expertise in growing leaders, and his dedication to public education make him the perfect leader for our school district,” stated Dr. Lindaman. “The Ankeny Community Schools values of community, challenge, leadership, excellence and inspiration were exemplified in Dr. Azinger’s responses to our interview teams giving us the utmost confidence in his ability to support our mission: Ankeny Community Schools is unified in its commitment, passion, and vision so every learner is prepared to achieve a lifetime of personal success.”
“The Ankeny School Board is pleased to welcome Dr. Al Azinger for the 2020-2021 school year. We appreciate the experience and depth of knowledge he brings to that role and we look forward to working with him. We are also grateful to Dr. Jen Lindaman for her leadership as she stepped in to temporarily fill that role,” said Lori Lovstad, President, Ankeny Board of Education.
Prior to joining the Ankeny Administrative Team, he served as Dean of the College of Education for Illinois State University. Throughout his years as an educator, he has served as Superintendent of Schools in Lawrence, Kansas and Associate Superintendent in Iowa City, IA.
Dr. Azinger received his Bachelor of Arts from Northeast Missouri State. He also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Western Illinois University; and a Doctorate of Education from University of Iowa.
“It’s an exciting opportunity,” stated Dr. Azinger. “I’m looking forward to working to maintain the high quality of education represented in Ankeny Schools during this transition.”
Dr. Azinger has strong ties to Ankeny and the school district. His daughter’s family calls Ankeny home and his three grandchildren are currently attending Ankeny schools.
Welcome to Crocker Information!
Hello from Crocker Elementary! To those of you who we have previously served; we are so glad to have you back. To those of you who are new to our school; we look forward to serving as your partner in education. Each of us have had to work through so much uncertainty and difficult challenges to our daily lives these last five months. We are committed to supporting and serving each and every one of you.
I can assure you that our staff are excited for a great start to the school year. We will do everything within our power to make this “new normal” a positive experience for our entire Crocker learning community. This is a task that none of us take lightly.
As we have prepared for this school year our focus has been on relationships, safety, routines, optimism, and hope. My promise to all of you is that we will continue to do so. We will not be perfect. Challenges will arise. Please give us grace and patience. We will do the same for all of you.
As we prepare our students to begin a school year in these unprecedented times, below you will find several items of importance.
Hybrid Schedule and Calendar for August/September
The first day of school is August 27. Here is the hybrid calendar to begin the school year. The on site group schedule is as follows:
Group 1 – Monday, Thursday, and alternating Wednesdays
Group 2 – Tuesday, Friday, and alternating Wednesdays
Students will report directly to class when they arrive on their assigned day. Doors open at 7:40 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and 9:55 a.m. on Wednesday.
When students are not at school, their teacher will provide required asynchronous (learning that occurs at home away from the teacher) activities for students to complete independently. The approximate amount of time your student will be expected to engage in asynchronous learning is below:
15-20 Science/SS or integrated
15-20 Science/SS or integrate
Your child’s teacher will communicate additional details this week.
Schedule for students participating in online remote learning
A daily routine for students in the required online remote learning environment is critical. For this reason, daily schedules for synchronous and asynchronous learning have been developed. More details and information will be provided by your child’s assigned teacher.
It will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to take the students temperature prior to coming to school.
Students will be required to wear masks while on the bus and in the building except when eating.
Students will also use hand sanitizer upon arrival and throughout the day.
Breakfast/lunch will be eaten in the cafeteria or in the classroom while maintaining 6 ft distance. Students will need to bring a water bottle.
Parents and visitors will not be allowed into the building except for necessary visits to the office.
For those families who have elected the remote learning option, a plan for families to pick-up student Chromebooks is being developed. This plan will be communicated to families in the upcoming days. Students engaged in our Hybrid learning model will be issued their Chromebook within the first several weeks of school during the school day.
In order to promote social distancing, we will have separate entrance/exit doors for each of our grade levels. You can see the entrance/exit points here Crocker Enter/Exit Map.
Arrival: School doors will open at 7:40 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. School doors will open at 9:55 a.m. on Wednesday. Students will enter their designated entrance door and go directly to their classroom. Teachers will be outside the first week of school to greet all of our students at a designated spot near their entrance. Teachers will have signs to let you know who they are. We will also have additional staff at both the front and back entrance points to support our students.
We have a designated morning student drop off zone. This drop off zone will be in effect from 7:40-7:55 a.m. and will be clearly identified by a yellow line on the sidewalk. We ask that everyone drive as far as you can in the drop off zone, and once you are stopped, have your children exit on the curbside of your vehicle. Waiting to drop your child off directly at the front entrance door will simply not work in order to get everyone in the building in a timely and safe manner.
Please do not drive ahead of others that are waiting in line. Drivers will not be permitted to cut through the parking lot to get to the front of the line. This will cause a safety and traffic flow problem for everyone involved. If you are parking to walk your child to their entrance point, please make sure that you utilize a designated spot. You are encouraged to walk/bike to school whenever possible.
Dismissal: If parents are meeting students after school this needs to occur at the designated grade level pickup spots. Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and 5th Grade on the playground blacktop. 1st Grade at the front of the building. 3rd and 4th Grade near the gym entrance doors. Parents will not be allowed to “congregate” in the vehicle pick-up zone in front of the building. If students are walking/biking they should leave school grounds immediately after dismissal. If walking with a sibling students will need to meet on the playground blacktop and leave from there.
Each grade level will have individual recess times throughout the course of the day. We will utilize recess zones on the playground to keep individual classrooms separated during recess.
We will utilize social distancing for students during lunch. This will include when they are eating in the cafeteria, a classroom, the gymnasium, or outside.
We look forward to seeing everyone soon.
Dr. Tom Muhlenbruck
Crocker Elementary Principal
Hybrid Learning Model
The final Hybrid Learning model schedule for the 2020-2021 school year has been selected. See the attached schedule, which is the Set 2-Day Schedule with Alternating Wednesdays.
The survey results were:
Model 1 (Alternating Days): 35.15%
Model 2 (Set 2-Day Schedule with Alternating Wednesdays): 64.85%
The final results of the survey were:
- Model 1 (Alternating Days): 35.15%
- Model 2 (Set 2-Day Schedule with Alternating Wednesdays): 64.85%