Ankeney Charger Newsletter

September 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

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! We have had an outstanding start to the school year at Ankeney! We are working hard to prepare your child for a successful school year. Throughout the first few weeks of school, students have been making new connections with their friends and our staff while learning all about our building expectations through "The Charger Way". Students have participated in fun activities in their classes and Flex while also focusing on our three key building phrases - "Be Kind, Work Hard, Problem Solve."

In addition to our school day activities, we are excited to see our students beginning to start athletic programs, clubs, music groups, and other fun activities after school. As challenges arise during this school year, please encourage your student to self-advocate by asking questions and seeking out assistance when needed. We have dedicated staff ready to serve them.

We also have several new staff members this year and an entire grade level of new 6th-grade students adapting to middle school life. Welcome to our Ankeney Family!

(Click on their name to learn more about them.):

Mathew Buschur - Intervention Specialist

Tyler English - Intervention Specialist

Luke Grieshop - Band Director

Laurie Jacob - ELL

Kristina Minton - ELL

Jeff Montague - Math

Kara Phillips - Intervention Specialist

Camryn Potter - Spanish

Cassandra Minnick - Study Hall Monitor

Erin Thalheimer - Speech and Language Pathologist

McKenzie Cospy - Study Hall Monitor (ISS)

Kristine MacDonald - Special Needs Assistant

We look forward to partnering with you to support your child throughout this school year!

Enjoy the September newsletter!

Josh Baker

Positive Behavior: The Charger Way

Ankeney students will continue to participate in our PBIS Program focusing on the “Charger Way” which aligns with the three phrases pictured below. Each Wednesday during Flex Period, students will be meeting with the same staff member to work on character and anti-bullying activities. With a consistent, small group of around 20 students in each class, students will be able to form a positive connection with others.

Ankeney staff have been rolling out our PBIS Program with students during Flex Period the first two weeks of school. Students had the opportunity to participate in relays and a scavenger hunt as they learned about the positive behaviors that we should see at Ankeney (See The Charger Way Matrix below). Students will be able to earn stamps for showing positive behavior throughout the school day. Students can redeem their stamps in our Charger Store every Friday for great prizes such as bowling passes, free pizza, school supplies, ice cream, smoothies, and much more! If you or someone you know would like to donate items, please contact Mr. Shimko at

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September Dates to Remember

September 2 - Fall Reading MAP Testing in Flex

September 5 - No School - Labor Day

September 8 - PTO Meeting @ 7:00 p.m., Virtually

September 6-9 - Make-Up MAP Testing

September 15 - Picture Day

September 21-23 - 6th Grade to Camp Kern

September 30 - Kona Ice at Lunch

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 Pictures

Student pictures will be taken on Thursday, September 15. Picture envelopes were sent home with students in their First Day Packet. Please make sure to send in your payment envelope or order online! You can also order online HERE. Retakes will be announced soon.

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, no hats, hoods, or other types of headgear are to be worn inside the building. Shorts and shirts must not be revealing. No shirts that expose the midriff and/or low-cut necklines. Jeans with holes may only be worn if skin-exposing holes do not appear above mid-thigh.
  • 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.

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!

We are in need of someone to fill our fundraising chair. If this is something you are

interested in or would like more information about, please reach out to us at

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!

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.

Please join us for our next board meeting. It’s virtual! Thursday, September 8th, at

7:00 p.m. Here is the link to join: September Board Meeting Link

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

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Math Pentathlon Club

Ankeney Middle School is excited to announce that Math Pentathlon Club will be starting on Friday, September 16 during Flex! Mathematics Pentathlon is a National Program consisting of interactive problem-solving games and activities. Math principles are incorporated into fun board games designed to enhance problem solving, computational, geometric/spatial, and logical reasoning skills. If you're interested in being a part of this club, reach out to your math teacher or Mrs. O'Dell for more information.


Ankeney Intramurals will begin Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Intramurals run all year on Mondays & Wednesdays from 2:15-2:45 p.m. Students must have their own transportation to participate. Permission slips, schedules, and more information can be found outside of the new gym and Room 158 (Health Room). Parents must complete the permission slip and join the Remind App for updates. Please contact Mrs. Fouts or Ms. Powell with questions.

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Awesome Classrooms

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The choir room received a new addition this summer! A mural painted by Ryleigh Haynes and Lily Tippin has been completed in fulfillment of their Girl Scout Silver Award. These dedicated students completed over 50 hours of service to complete their mural. It is always exciting to showcase the amazing talent here at Ankeney! The girls would like to thank Home Depot, Beavercreek Jewelers, Miamisburg Christian Church, and Doggie Styles Day Spa for their donations toward the completion of this project.

Interested in Subbing for BeavercreeK?

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

9/8 - 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm (Certified Orientation)

9/15 - 8:30 am - 11:30 (Classified Orientation)

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.

Battle of the Books

Do you know someone who likes to read? Likes competition? Likes a challenge? If so, they should form a team and sign up for Ankeney’s annual Battle of the Books! Teams will battle it out in a “Quiz bowl” type program in March during our Celebrate Reading week. Registration forms will be available in mid-September from any ELA teacher. Interested students should form teams and turn in completed registration forms by October 14th to Mrs. Brown in room 244.

Friday Night Home Football Games @ BHS

We are excited to have a full stadium for the first time in more than a year this coming Friday for our Varsity Football home game. Friday Night Football games are an exciting community event and opportunity for our student-athletes, cheerleaders and marching band members to showcase their talents. We wanted to take this opportunity to review ticketing procedures and expectations for student etiquette of those in attendance.

The athletic department has moved to all electronic purchases for the 2022-2023 season. We will be 100% digital this season for all ticketing at high school athletic events, we will not be selling any tickets at the gate. We have partnered with Ticket Spicket which will make purchasing tickets, athletic passes and reserved seats faster and more efficient for years to come. Please make sure to purchase tickets prior to your arrival for the game at

All Elementary and Middle School students in attendance Friday night are expected to arrive with an adult who is staying for the duration of the game. We ask that elementary students sit with that adult to watch the event AND that middle schoolers either sit with the adult they arrive with OR sit in the designated area for middle schoolers in the student section in the South Endzone bleachers (far west section of the student section).

We look forward to seeing you at a game! Go Creek! Go Beavers!

Power of the Pen

Is your student creative and imaginative? Does he or she like to tell stories? If yes, Power of the Pen may be for your child! Power of the Pen is an interscholastic writing competition for seventh and eighth graders. The writing at tournaments is impromptu, creative writing. Practices for the tournaments are held once every other week after school, and the district competition is usually in January. Students can advance to regional competition (usually in March) and then the State Championship in May. If your seventh or eighth grader is interested in participating on a team, there will be an informational meeting in mid-September. More information will be coming soon on the morning announcements. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Carol Brown.

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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