Ankeney Charger Newsletter

February 2022

Ankeney Middle School Administration

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

Mr. Josh Baker, Interim Principal

Mr. Brian Shimko, Assistant Principal

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From Mr. Baker, Interim Principal

Hello, Ankeney Families!

February is a busy month at Ankeney Middle School as we are continuing to "Be Kind, Work Hard, and Problem Solve" in the classroom while also beginning preparations for upcoming events this month and in the Spring. We are also gearing up for state testing and preparing students for the 2022-2023 school year. We have many exciting events coming up this month including a visit to AMS from guest speaker, Chris Singleton, who is speaking to all students on Wednesday, February 2nd! Our 8th graders are also visiting the Greene County Career Center on Wednesday, February 9th and the AMS Science Fair is on Friday, February 11th.

During the week of January 31st, counselors begin meeting with students in each grade level to review required courses and elective options for the next school year. Soon, students will need to submit course requests and register for classes. All of the presentations shared, links to videos, and important deadlines are published on our website at

Here are some important dates:

  • Tuesday, February 15 - Students stop by FLEX to pick up Course Request Forms in the morning before 1st period and Teacher Signing Day

  • Thursday, February 17 - Course Request Forms Due to Flex Teachers

  • Wednesday, February 23 - In-School Registration during Flex for current 6th and 7th graders

Please see the 2022-2023 BCS Middle School Program of Studies below for more detailed information:

22-23 Middle School Program of Studies

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to one of our student's teachers, school counselor, Mr. Baker, or Mr. Shimko.

We look forward to a great second half of the third quarter and our continued partnership with our Ankeney families and community.

Go Chargers!

Josh Baker

PBIS Refresher and Charger Way Challenge

With the start of the second semester, our Ankeney Staff has focused on reminding students about our building expectations. Through the "Charger Way Challenge", our staff reviewed our Charger Way Matrix (See below) and discussed how we can Be Kind, Work Hard, and Problem Solve at school. Students had the opportunity to earn tickets for the grade level in order to win a Ritter's Ice Cream Party! 8th Grade won (see picture below) and will be treated during Flex in the near future. Students continue to redeem Charger Stamps in our Charger Store each Friday. We look forward to seeing even more positive behavior around the building!

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Did You Know??? - Appointments

If you ever have any questions or concerns about your child, please feel free to contact your child's teacher, one of our counselors, or one of our administrators. We can be reached by e-mail or phone. You are more than welcome to meet with any of us, but we ask that you make an appointment so we can be sure to be available for you. During school hours, we are working with students, but are happy to meet with advance notice. Thank you for understanding.

February Dates to Remember

February 9 - Virtual PTO Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

February 11 - Science Fair

February 18 - No School - Professional Development Day

February 21 - Presidents' Day

Yearbook Club

The Yearbook Club is in full swing and working to compile the memories from this school year. If you attend a school function and have pictures to share, please submit them to the following email address (jpg format is preferred):

Plan ahead and order this year's Ankeney Yearbook below! The deadline is TODAY, January 31!

Ankeney PTO News

Did you know there is a PTO section on the school’s website? To view, go to Ankeney's Web page and on the right side of the page, select PTO. Here you can view upcoming events, links to forms/information, signup to volunteer, or make a monetary donation through PayPal to support our students and staff this year. Your donations allow us to do so much for our staff and students! Most recently we provided candy to students as an end-of-the-quarter treat.

We also have a Facebook group, Ankeney Middle School PTO, where you can post questions and get real-time information. This page exists to support school staff and students. Questions and discussions are encouraged. However, personal criticism will not be tolerated and such posts will be removed. If we feel a topic/question has been accurately answered and addressed or comments have become off-topic, we will turn off commenting. Access is limited to parents, guardians, and staff so please answer the prompts when requesting to join.

PTO Board Positions - URGENT

It is time for us to begin planning for the next school year! We are looking to fill the positions of President, Vice President, Volunteer Coordinator, and committee chairs. If this is something you may be interested in, please reach out to us at Unfortunately, if we are unable to fill these positions by May, the PTO will be forced to go dormant for the 2022-2023 school year. This would mean we would be unable to help fund and hold events that are typically hosted by our organization such as school dances and the 8th grade farewell. The current board would be happy to answer any questions you may have and we will make ourselves available to help throughout the transition.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be a virtual meeting on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. We will share the link to join as the date comes closer.

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Carnation Sale

Rooms 103/105 are having their Annual Valentine's Day Carnation Fundraiser. They will be selling carnations during lunch time right outside the cafeteria. The carnations are $1.00 each. Buy one for your friends, family, teachers or that special someone! The Flowers will be delivered on Valentine's Day during Flex. Thank you in advance for your support!!!

Outside Recess

With cold weather here, please make sure your child is prepared to go outside at lunch recess. Our general guideline is that students will go outside when the temperature is at least 20 degrees or warmer with wind chill taken into account. Students are reminded to take what they need to wear outside prior to going to the Cafeteria as they cannot return after eating. Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately with coats, hats, gloves, etc.

Celebrate Reading Week

Our annual Celebrate Reading week, a week dedicated to encouraging people to read, was held January 3-7. This week stresses the importance of reading and is dedicated to encouraging people to become lifelong readers. Students read quietly in various classes throughout the week and participated in daily reading trivia contests to win prizes.

One of the highlights of the week was our annual Battle of the Books. Close to 40 sixth, seventh, and eighth-graders competed in the preliminary round on January 4th in the IMC. Our top two teams advanced to the Championship Round. Emily O’Connor, Emma Schwartz, and Hazel Hansen faced off against Allison Veliz-Paredes, Kayleigh Costello, and Rylynn Allen in the Championship Round. Congratulations to our winners: Emily O’Connor, Emma Schwartz, and Hazel Hansen, who were crowned with Dr. Seuss hats. Thanks to all students who participated in our annual Battle of the Books contest!

Scholastic Writing Contest

Congratulations to seventh-grader Regan Monnin! Regan is one of three nationwide winners in a Scholastic magazine writing contest, where she wrote an essay comparing and contrasting video games from the early 1980s with video games of today. Regan won a copy of Gordon Korman's book Level 13. Congratulations on your accomplishment, Regan!

Student Dress Code

Just a reminder about our Student Dress Code as we have had students wearing jeans with holes above mid-thigh as well as shirts that are not appropriate for school. For more detailed information on the Middle School Dress Code and how we handle violations, please refer to page 13 in the Student Handbook which can be found on our website.

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Character Education

As part of our Character Education Theme this year of "Better Together", students recenlty shared what they love about Ankeney and many are displayed in our front Showcase as pictured below!
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Need Help? Have a Question? We can help!

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