Ankeney Charger Newsletter

October 2022

Ankeney Middle School

Main Office Hours: 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Click HERE Daily Announcements

Mr. Josh Baker, Principal

Mr. Brian Shimko, Assistant Principal

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From Mr. Baker, Principal

Hello Ankeney Families!

It is hard to believe we have almost completed the end of the first quarter of the 2022-2023 school year. Our students and staff have been doing an amazing job this quarter! Throughout the first quarter, we have loved getting to know our students and have been working towards kicking-off this year's district character education theme - "Orange and Black on a Mission". Our focus on character education is one of the things that truly makes our school and district a great place to learn and grow!

In the next couple of weeks, we will be sending more information regarding parent-teacher conferences which will be held during the last week of October. Teachers will be sending out links for parents to request a conference soon. First quarter grades will be accessible through ProgressBook on Friday, October 21st.

We are very thankful for all you are doing at home to make this a great school year. If we can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact your student's teachers or myself. I hope you enjoy looking through our October Newsletter to learn more about all the great things coming up at AMS!

Go Chargers!


Josh Baker

Did You Know??? - ProgressBook

One of the best ways to stay informed of how your student is doing at school is to log into ProgressBook weekly. Teachers utilize this program to record student grades, make comments on projects, and report quarterly grades. At the end of each grading period, parents are able to see their child’s final grade in each of their classes as we no longer send home printed report cards. You can also set up parent alerts that let you know when your child hasn’t turned in an assignment or received a low score. Access ProgressBook via the “Check Grades” link under “Parents” at

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Charger Store

Students have had several opportunities to shop in the Charger Store on Fridays to redeem stamps they have earned by showing the “Charger Way” throughout the school day. We want to recognize the many businesses that have donated items as prizes so far this school year. If you have any ideas for places we should contact or if you have items you would like to donate to our Charger Store, please contact Mr. Shimko at

Thank you to the following donors:

Milano’s Pizza

Rapid Fired Pizza

Hot Head Burritos

Beaver-Vu Bowl

Tropical Smoothie Café

Ankeney PTO

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Crumbl Cookies


Jet's Pizza

Young's Jersey Dairy

Heather's Gourmet Apples

Laser Web

Individual Donors

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October Dates to Remember

October 10 - No School - Professional Development Day

October 13 - Virtual PTO Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.

October 14 - End of 1st Quarter - Early Dismissal @ 1:15 p.m.

October 21 - Federal Forms Due (Sent home on October 17)

October 24-28 - Parent/Teacher Conferences After School (*Sign-ups will be e-mailed out by October 10)

October 26 - Picture Retake Day

October 28 - PTO Fall Dance, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

From the School Nurse

7th Grade Parents - If you have not already done so, please submit an updated copy of your student's immunization record to the Ankeney clinic. The Tdap and Meningitis (MCV4) vaccines are required to attend school, per Ohio law. If you cannot get an appointment with your doctor or you do not have a doctor, the Montgomery County Health Department offers immunization updates at little to no cost. Call 937-225-5700 to schedule an appointment. If you have questions or concerns, please call the Ankeney clinic at 937-458-2509.

Student Picture Retakes

Picture Retake Day is Wednesday, October 26. If your child was absent on our first picture day, we will send home another envelope for you to send in with your child on October 26. If you are not happy with your child’s photos just return the entire package on Retake Day. If you have any questions, please contact the Main Office.

Here is the policy for Easterling Studios:

A retake at "no charge" on make-up day because:
1. Eyes are closed
2. Flaw in processing
3. Other error which we caused

A retake for $5.00 because:
1. Different clothing choice desired
2. Change in hair style
3. Different expression desired
4. Glare on Glasses

Ways to Get Ankeney News

Make sure you are receiving the latest school news which is sent home via Apptegy, our online communication tool. If you are not already subscribed, please make sure your information is current in OneView or send an e-mail to: We send out messages on a regular basis to keep you informed of what’s happening at Ankeney. We also post things on the Ankeney Middle School website and Beavercreek City Schools Facebook page. The Ankeney PTO has a Facebook page that we encourage you to join as well. You can check out the Daily Announcements each day on our website which is updated by 12:00 each day. There are many ways to stay informed, so choose what works best for you!

Important Reminders

  • As a reminder about our dress code per our Student Handbook, jeans with holes cannot be above mid-thigh. Volleyball Spandex shorts are also not appropriate. Shirts should cover your stomach. Shirts that just touch your stomach can’t be worn. If you wear a large sweatshirt, you must have something appropriate on under it or you will be asked to change. Our complete Dress Code is in the Student Handbook on the Ankeney website. Your compliance with dressing appropriately is appreciated. Any concerns about Dress Code should be directed to an administrator.
  • Students can be dropped off between 7:00-7:25 a.m. in the Back Parent Loop behind the building entering to the far east of the building. Please have students exit along the curb and proceed to Door 14W. We do not have supervision for students prior to 7:00 a.m.
  • If your child is staying after-school for Detention or ARC (Academic Resource Center), they will be dismissed out the Front Lobby Doors at 3:00 p.m. We do not hold Detention or ARC on Tuesdays due to staff meetings.
  • Cell phones must be powered off and stowed away (such as a backpack) during the school day. Students are not permitted to use their cell phones to contact home. All communication must take place through the office or clinic as we are responsible for all students while they are in the building.
  • Students are unable to eat restaurant food in our Cafeteria or have food sent via DoorDash or other delivery platforms.

School Fees

Student Fee Statements are available via EZPay. Fees will be due by October 14. Fees can be paid online or through Mrs. Bradley in the office. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bradley at 458-2501.

Ankeney PTO News

Did you know we have a Facebook group, Ankeney Middle School PTO, where you can post

questions and get real-time information? We limit access to parents, guardians, and staff,

so please answer the prompts when requesting access. Please follow and share with your

Ankeney friends!

Halloween Dance

**Costumes are highly encouraged!!! Costumes must stay within the dress code and no masks.

Planning for the dance has begun. This student event is scheduled for Friday, October 28th,

from 6:00-7:30p.m.. (See picture below for details.). Please be on the lookout for a sign-up

genius for donations. If you would like to help or donate Halloween decorations, please


First Friday Treats

Each month, we show our appreciation for our wonderful Ankeney staff, by providing them

with a special treat! A HUGE thanks to Philly Pretzel Company, in Centerville, for donating!

Mark your Calendars! Our Pizza Dive Fundraiser will be on November 2nd and 3rd. More

information will be sent home soon, on how you can help us make some dough!

Free ways to raise money for Ankeney Middle School!

Kroger Community Rewards

Coke Rewards

Please collect Coke codes too! Coke codes can be found under the lid of any Coke product

bottles and when you remove the perforated cardboard flap from 12 and 24 can packs.

They can also be found on the shrink wrap of Dasani water, Powerade and larger can packs.

Coke codes earn anywhere from 5 cents to 60 cents for our school! Coke codes can be

turned into 1st-period teachers or turned into the green container in the office.

Amazon Smile

When you’d like to shop with Amazon, you can earn money for Ankeney. Simply go to and select Ankeney Middle School PTO as the charity. You will be able

to shop at the same Amazon site you are used to. This will contribute .5% of your purchase

to Ankeney PTO and Ankeney PTO will be saved as the charity for future purchases too. This is a great way to holiday shop and help Ankeney too.

Check out our PTO calendar, to see upcoming events! 2022-2023 PTO Calendar

We have great things planned for our staff and students this year, but we need your help! If

you are interested in volunteering to help, please take a moment and complete the Ankeney

Volunteer Form. If you would like to make a monetary donation through PayPal to support

our students and staff this year, it would be greatly appreciated!

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Awesome Classrooms

Students in Ms. Clark's 6th-grade art classes ventured out to the wooded land lab this month to combine nature and art! The leaves they gathered were used to create unique compositions which were then enhanced with oil pastels and watercolor. Students utilized their knowledge of color theory and experimented with 6 different painting techniques resulting in stunning works of art! Check out some pictures below!

Interested in Subbing for BeavercreeK?

If you would like to get on our sub list, attend an upcoming Orientation Day:

10/6 - 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm (Certified Orientation)

10/11 - 8:30 am - 11:30 am (Classified Orientation)

10/18 - 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm (Classified Orientation)

10/25 - 8:30 am - 11:30 pm (Certified Orientation)

E-mail for more information.

Book Fair

Give the gift of reading! Scholastic Book Fairs will return to Ankeney the week of November 7-11. Our fair will provide a variety of books specifically selected to appeal to middle school interests. Students will visit the fair through their ELA classes.

Cash and credit card will be accepted as payment for items purchased at the fair. Scholastic also offers the Book Fair eWallet. You can create an eWallet for your student at Ankeney's Book Fair Homepage from October 17th - November 11th. Similar to loading money on your student’s lunch card, eWallet

  • is a great alternative to sending students to school with cash;

  • is easily funded using a credit card, and parents can set a spending limit;

  • saves any remaining funds to a gift card balance that can be used online with

Scholastic or to fund an eWallet for a future Book Fair; and

  • is a convenient way for extended family members to fund student accounts.

Once again, we will have an All for Books Giving Tree. All proceeds will be used to purchase books for Michael’s House, a treatment center in Greene County that provides a coordinated team response to child maltreatment (abuse and neglect) through prevention, education, and advocacy in a safe and healing environment. Scholastic Book Fairs® will match All for Books donations with a donation of up to $1 million in books from The Scholastic Possible Fund, which distributes books to children through organizations such as the Kids In Need Foundation, Reader to Reader, Inc., and the National Center for Families Learning.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our Online Fair at Ankeney's Book Fair Homepage. Our Online Fair will be available from November 7th to November 20th. All orders ship to your home, and book-only orders over $25 ship free.

The Online Fair:

  • includes an expanded selection of books for all ages — from preschoolers to adults;

  • allows you to shop by author, reading level, grade, and price;

  • provides a chance for you and your child to create and send wish lists to friends and family so they can shop at our school’s Online Fair; and

  • is open for an extended time, giving you more days to shop.

National Junior Honor Society

Ankeney Middle School has a National Junior Honor Society Chapter.

More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. NJHS looks to further develop these skills in our members and help the local community as well.

More information can be found on our Ankeney website under the “FOR STUDENTS - For Students-Ankeney” link. Membership consideration packets will be available and accepted after October 21 and are DUE NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 4 to Mrs. Back (

If you have any questions about NJHS, please contact Mrs. Back.

National Junior Honor Society Membership Requirements and Expectations

· 7th and 8th-grade students who have a 3.7 GPA are eligible

· Leadership roles and regular community service

· Can apply for membership consideration after 1st quarter

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Need Help? Have a Question?

To assist our families in getting information they need and communicating with our Main Office, feel free to use the following e-mail addresses:

Report Absences:

General Questions:

(Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.)

Students can now ask to speak with a counselor or building administrator by completing a Google Form when they are signed into their District account by going to:

Ankeney Middle School Awards

  • 2008 - Ohio School of Character
  • 2008 - National School of Character Finalist
  • 2008, 2009, 2010 - Ohio Department of Education Excellent with Distinction Rating
  • 2009, 2010 - Ohio School to Watch
  • 2016 & 2017 - Ohio Momentum Award
  • 2018 & 2019 - Overall A Award