Ankeney Charger Newsletter

December 2022

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

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From Mr. Baker, Principal

Hello Ankeney Families!

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It has been great being back together this week. The second quarter is starting to wind down as we head into the end of the second quarter and the end of the first semester of the 2022-2023 school year. This can be a very busy time of year as we wrap up the last 2 weeks of the quarter and head into winter break. Although this is a busy time, I find myself reflecting on how quickly the school year has gone and how fortunate I am to serve this amazing building and community.

We ask students each day to "Be Kind, Work Hard, and Problem Solve" and it is such a joy to see the growth our students make in these areas in both big and small ways throughout the year. As we end 2022, I would like to thank you for your commitment to Ankeney Middle School and your support of our students and staff. The success we have experienced this year is due to our amazing staff and Ankeney families working together for the success of our students.

We have many fun events planned at Ankeney as we wrap up this quarter including our December Spirit Days and Door Decorating Contest in our Flex classes. We also have some special visitors from 4 Paws for Ability visiting the building.

On behalf of the teachers, staff, and administrators at Ankeney Middle School, we hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season. Our students are truly amazing and we feel blessed to have the opportunity to learn from and with them every day. We hope you enjoy the winter break and have the opportunity to spend quality time with your family and create special memories together.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Go Chargers!


Josh Baker

Happy Holidays from your Ankeney Office Team!

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Did You Know??? - Hope Squad

Ankeney started Hope Squad a few years ago as we continue to look for ways to support our students at school. The goal of Hope Squad is to reduce youth suicide through education, training, and peer intervention. Hope Squad members are nominated by their classmates as trustworthy peers and trained by advisors. Students will be planning activities for the student body along with being available for students to talk if they need a listening ear.

Shine Award

Our Shine Award recipient for the month of November is 7th grader Charles Hatfield. Charles is such a great, hard-working young man! He is kind, thoughtful, polite, conscientious, hard-working, driven, inclusive of others, and always comes to class ready to work. He puts his best effort into his work, asks when he doesn't understand something, and is helpful to his classmates. He does everything in his power to make the most of each and every opportunity. He is having a spectacular year! Congratulations, Charles, on being a student of character!

December Dates to Remember

December 1 - Ankeney Choir Concert @ BHS Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

December 12-16 - Holiday Spirit Week (See Calendar Below)

December 16 - End of 2nd Quarter - Early Dismissal @ 1:15

December 19-January 2 - No School - Winter Break (Return January 3, 2023)

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Homework Help

Homework Help is NOW open for business!!!!

Monday-Thursday until 3:00 p.m. in room 171 by the Counseling Office.

Listen to announcements for occasional cancellations due to meetings.

College Credit Plus Information

This document provides notice of the College Credit Plus program for students in grades 6 through 11.

Voice Messages and Early Dismissals

If you receive a missed call from Ankeney, please take a few moments to check your voicemail. Most times, there is no emergency and someone has left you a message. The office does not know where to direct your call if you call the school back immediately without first checking for a message. To prevent any miscommunication, if you believe your child may contact you from school, please be sure your child understands the importance of leaving a clear and understandable message.

When writing a note for early dismissals, please make sure you write the time you want your student in the Main Office along with their first and last name and reason for the early dismissal. This helps our Office Team as we get many notes and e-mails on a daily basis.

Thank you for your help!

Ankeney PTO News

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 Milano’s for being so generous and helping with our

November treats.


We raised $450 at Beavercreek Pizza Dive and $256.31 at Crumbl! A huge thanks to them

and to everyone who participated. We truly appreciate the support!

Cookie Walk

Please be on the lookout for a SignUpGenius and more information regarding the annual Cookie Walk, once we get back from Thanksgiving break. Here’s a little info: Our goal is to send each teacher home with at least 2 dozen treats! What a great way to say "THANKS" to our wonderful staff this time of year.

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!

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

6th Grade Science Olympics

Gold, silver, and bronze medal winners for the Metric Olympics in Ms. Phillips' 6th Grade Science class

Orange & Black: Chargers on a Mission

Orange & Black: Chargers on a Mission. The English Department wants to thank all students who participated in the All for Books Giving Tree and other spirit week activities during our recent Book Fair. Students purchased lollipops for a chance to win a candy bar and donated money to wear hats and pajamas to school. Students also participated in a Penny War and bombed other grade levels with silver coins and bills. In only three days, our students raised over $700, which was used to purchase books for teens who visit Michael’s House, a treatment center in Greene County that provides a coordinated team response to child abuse and neglect in a safe and healing environment. We are tremendously grateful for our students’ overwhelming generosity and care for others!

National Junior Honor Society

Ankeney Middle School has a National Junior Honor Society Chapter.

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at Ankeney Middle School held its annual induction ceremony on November 16! Officers Kayley, Luke, Julia, Ethan, and Ryleigh conducted the ceremony and did a wonderful job!

NJHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students.

This year, the new inductees are…Kaylee Basballe, Kara Garcia, Kayla Gard, Lucinda Gilmore Junker, Cameron Schlussel, and Isabella Wisecup. Congratulations on being accepted to our AMS membership

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. 7th and 8th-grade students who earn and maintain a 3.7 GPA are eligible to apply in the fall at the end of 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