Ankeney Charger Newsletter
Ankeney Middle School
Main Office Hours: 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
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Mr. Josh Baker, Principal
Mr. Brian Shimko, Assistant Principal
From Mr. Baker, Principal
Hello Ankeney Families,
November, the month of gratitude, is here along with the beautiful fall colors and cooler temperatures. We have successfully completed the first quarter and are almost half-way through the second quarter! I enjoyed the opportunity to see many of our AMS families during parent-teacher conferences and share in the stories of all the great things going on in our building. I am filled with thankfulness and pride on a daily basis every time I walk our hallways, visit classrooms, and spend time with our amazing students and staff.
October was a great month for student wellness as our guidance office provided activities during "You Matter Week" and "Student Wellness Week". Our students along with support from Mayor Bob Stone, Beavercreek City Council, Beavercreek Parks, and Beavercreek City Schools Buildings and Grounds helped to plant a tree in the back of the building. The tree is surrounded by student designed positivity rocks, reminding students that they are rooted in their community and school. The tree will continue to grow off the positivity the rocks provide for years to come. During Wellness Week, students focused on nutrition, exercise, coping skills, building connections, and overall wellness. Thank you to our guidance counselors Nikki Dixon, Barb Voris, and our Student Resiliency Coordinator Yvonne Pida for their leadership in creating these opportunities for our students!
As the temperatures continue to drop, we will continue to go outside after lunch for recess when temperatures are above freezing so please make sure your student is prepared to dress warmly while outside.
November is shaping up to be another busy and exciting month at AMS! I hope you enjoy this month's newsletter and thank you for the opportunity to work with your students each day!
Office Team Cowboys - Costumes for a Cause
Did You Know??? - Flex Period
All Ankeney students have a Flex Period which is at the end of the school day. As part of our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) Program, every Flex Teacher in our building meets with students every Wednesday during Flex. This is a time for staff to make a personal connection with students, provide positive support through programs such as our Character Education Program and anti-bullying programs including Second Step, as well as discuss current building issues. Most important school forms and flyers are also passed out and collected through Flex Period.
Our first Shine Award recipient this school year for the month of October is 6th grader Mary Saunders! Mary has shown her sweet caring heart several times this year. She has welcomed several new students to her friend group (students who came from other districts and knew no one at Ankeney). When someone is sad or feeling down she always has kind words to support them. She is willing to help any classmate at any time to make them feel comfortable. In addition to this, she does her work without complaining and is always respectful toward her teachers. We are so lucky to have Mary in class this year! Congratulations, Mary, on being a student of character!
November Dates to Remember
November 2 - PTO Spirit Night Pizza Buffet @ Beavercreek Pizza Dive
November 3 - PTO Fundraiser @ Beavercreek Pizza Dive
November 4 - Kona Ice @ Lunch
November 7-11 - Scholastic Book Fair
November 9 - PTO Fundraiser @ Crumbl Cookie
November 10 - Virtual PTO Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.
November 21-25 - No School - Fall Break (Return on November 28)
From the School Nurse
Muse Machine recently had an assembly at Coy Middle School. The performer was Elec Simon who was in Stomp and drums for the Cleveland Cavaliers. If students are interested in joining Muse Machine for more awesome performances and the chance to audition for a special middle school show, they can still sign up via this form.
Please take note of important attendance policies for students attending Beavercreek City Schools:
- Student absences should be reported by 8:30 a.m. via phone or e-mail. If we are not notified by then, you will receive notifications from our system.
- Parent/guardian notification of the reason for student absence and medical notes must be provided within one week of the absence. After one week, all absences will be marked unexcused.
- Parent/guardian may submit 10 parent notes (or phone calls) documenting an excused absence reason. After the 10 notes/calls are exhausted, medical notes will be required for an absence to be excused.
- If a vacation is planned within the school year resulting in student absence, parent/guardian must submit a Vacation Request Form. This form must be submitted 5 school days prior to the first day of vacation. Principals may approve 5 days as excused absences (will count as 5 of 10 allowable parent notes). See Mrs. Bradley for a Vacation Request Form.
For more information on the District’s attendance policies or how we follow the requirements of HB 410, please see the Student Handbook located on the Ankeney Website.
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
The PTO is running a spirit wear fundraiser from Oct. 21 - Nov. 4, 2022. Two logo choices
include "Ankeney Chargers" and "Beavercreek Beavers" printed on your choice of orange or
black T-shirt or hoodie. Prices are $15 and $30 respectively. Limited items will be available after the sale, so it's best to pre-order what you'd like. Garments expect to be delivered before the holiday break.
Please go to https://forms.gle/QJkEU7Q4yWttfHVNA to fill out an online order form and get
information about payment. CLICK HERE for a paper copy that you could print off and send in with cash/check. If paying by check, please make payable to Ankeney PTO.
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 Dunkin’ Donuts for helping with contributions for our
FUNDRAISERS! Mark your Calendars!
Our first fundraiser will be at the Beavercreek Pizza Dive, on November 2nd and 3rd. See
this flyer below for more information.
The second fundraiser will be at Crumbl Cookies, November 9th, from 3-6pm.
Free ways to raise money for Ankeney Middle School!
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.
When you’d like to shop with Amazon, you can earn money for Ankeney. Simply go to
smile.amazon.com 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!
6th Grade Trip to Camp Kern
Students took time in all ELA 6 classes writing heart-felt thank you letters to the amazing chaperones that helped make Camp Kern such a success. There were thank yous for funny jokes, scary stories, being great rafting captains, braiding hair and making sure that no activities were missed. Students who didn’t attend camp wrote letters to their teachers thanking them for the hands-on activities that they were able to participate in. HUGE THANKS to Mrs. Nevarez and her countless hours of planning and preparation.
Check out some pictures below!
Book Fair - Books Bring Us Together
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.
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, giving you more days to shop. All orders ship to your home, and book-only orders over $25 ship free.
Special Activities & Contests
Monday: AMS Loves to Read (wear AMS spirit wear)
Tuesday: Cozy Up with a Good Book* (pay $0.50 to wear pajamas and slippers)
Wednesday: Hats Off to Reading* (pay $0.50 to wear a hat)
Thursday: Read My Shirt (wear any shirt about reading or with school-appropriate words)
Friday: Team Up for Reading (favorite sports team shirt or sweatshirt)
*All money raised will go to support 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.
Penny War: (Monday - Wednesday) There will be one winning grade level. All money raised will go to support Michael’s House.
Pizza Lunch: For each book purchased at the fair, students will receive one entry for a special drawing for a pizza lunch with three of his or her friends. One winner will be drawn per grade level.
All for Books Giving Tree: Students may purchase a DumDum for $0.50 for a chance at a full-size candy bar. All money raised will go to support Michael’s House. 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
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:
(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: https://forms.gle/sio8VucDQ36tQGt67