A prescribed (controlled) burn of the District’s prairie grasses have a start window of Dec. 1, 2022 through June 1, 2023. The burns will be conducted when the weather is within our parameters. The burns will be at:
The DNR recommends a burn every three years to maintain prairie grasses. District staff conducting burns have been trained and certified in prescribed burns.
Winter Clothing Giveaway
We will be offering the Flu Clinic in collaboration with Polk County Health Department again this year. Please see below for next date and registration.
No paper consents this year – all registrations are online!
Thursday, Oct 20
4:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. @ Northview Middle School
Visitors enter through W22 Door on the stadium side of the building
Flu Clinic is held in the Commons/Lunchroom.
New Crocker Principal Announcement
Ankeny Community School District is pleased to announce Mr. Brandon Hargens as the new principal for Crocker Elementary School. Brandon is currently the School Administration Manager at Ashland Ridge Elementary.
Mr. Hargens previously served as the SAM for Prairie Trail Elementary and Southeast Elementary. Prior to joining the Ankeny Community School District, Brandon taught for five years in the West Des Moines school district.
“Brandon’s proven leadership within our district make him an excellent choice to lead Crocker Elementary,” said Dr. Erick Pruitt, Superintendent of Schools. “He is widely known for his devotion to positive outcomes for his students, but also for his ability to collaborate with his peers to develop improvement efforts and to create a positive school environment.”
Brandon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Drake University.
“I’m truly humbled and honored stepping into this role teaming with the Crocker community,” said Mr. Hargens. “I am excited to support our diverse students, dedicated staff and passionate families. I promise to create lasting relationships ensuring all students will receive high levels of learning while feeling unique and valued. Through our collaboration and partnership, we will maintain the excellence Crocker provides to all students. I look forward to meeting each of you and serving this community to ensure equitable outcomes.”
Mr. Hargens will officially begin his duties July 1.
Kindergarten Information Night Recording
- How to register for school
- Documents needed for registration
- Before and After School program
- Meet the Elementary School principals
- Important upcoming date
Join Us April 21 for the Parent Advisory Committee
Please join us for the April 21, 2022 PAC meeting. This will be an open discussion about the draft Strategic Plan and Graduate Profile. The partnership between families, parents, students, and the school has always been a priority in Ankeny. This collaboration will grow as parents and families unite in support of student learning experiences such as career exploration and awareness of work-based learning. Determining a student’s vision for their future and engaging in learning that centers the student’s voice and choice in the process is best done when the educational team and the family work together.
When: Thursday, April 21 • 6-7:30pm
Where: Northview Middle School, 1302 North Ankeny Boulevard
Save the Date: ESOL Family Night, May 9
When: Monday, May 9th, 6-8pm
Where: Northview Middle School, 1302 North Ankeny Boulevard
What: Join us for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Family Night! This event will help ESOL families to learn more about the district and available community resources. Please bring your child’s Chromebook. Dinner will be provided.
April is School Library Month
All year long, our school librarians create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student’s educational career. April is School Library Month and we would like you to join us in celebrating the dedication of our library staff throughout the district!
Our students, teachers, and staff are so grateful for your knowledge and support. We encourage you to take a moment today to say a special thank you by visiting our digital Thank You page, add your message, and hit submit to deliver your appreciation to your building’s library staff!
New Elementary School Groundbreaking
The Ankeny Community School District has broken ground on their newest elementary school building. The building is temporarily being referred to as the Elementary at the Grove, and will be the sixth elementary school in the north-feeder for the district. The new building will be located in the Grove development at NW 18th St and NW Abbie Dr and will be a part of the district’s north feeder system. The five-section building will serve kindergarten to fifth grade and have a capacity of up to 800 students and is slated to open in the fall of 2024.
“This is a day of excitement for our district, not only for our students and staff in our north-feeder elementary system but for our entire community who has worked together to build this district for our children,” said Dr. Erick Pruitt, Superintendent of Ankeny Schools. “The growth in our city is certainly notable. However, when we think about this growth as a district, what excites us is the number of students reaching their academic goals each year. This elementary school will serve as yet another launching point for our young people to achieve a lifetime of personal success.”
An additional school is needed to accommodate the district’s ongoing growth, as Ankeny remains one of the fastest-growing school districts in Iowa. This year enrollment increased by 364 students, making certified enrollment 12,512 students for the 2020-2021 school year, as reported in the Certified Enrollment Report. Enrollment growth has averaged 250 students annually for the past five years and is expected to grow by an average of 260 students per year over the next five years.
The Elementary at the Grove will be funded utilizing the S.A.V.E. state penny sales tax. The official name of the school will be forthcoming, with the naming committee convening within the next year to follow the process as laid out in board policy.