Ankeney Charger Newsletter

April 2022

Ankeney Middle School Administration

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

Mr. Josh Baker, Principal

Mr. Brian Shimko, Assistant Principal

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From Mr. Baker, Principal

Hello Ankeney Families,

I hope you had a restful spring break with family and friends. We have a very busy April ahead of us here at Ankeney. We will be completing 6 days of testing throughout the month of April. ELA State Testing will occur on Tuesday, April 5th, and Wednesday, April 6th. The Science State Test will occur on April 20th and 21st and Math will be held on April 26th and 27th. Thank you in advance for sending your child well-rested, full of energy, and ready with a fully charged Chromebook each day!

The midterm for the 4th quarter is on April 15th. This is always a good time to check ProgressBook. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher. Our Spring Luau Dance will be held on April 22nd sponsored by our PTO.

We have many fun events planned for May including our upcoming Ankeney Night with the Dayton Dragons and our 8th Grade Farewell. We look forward to finishing this year strong as we continue to "work hard, be kind, and problem solve" at Ankeney Middle School.

I hope you enjoy reading about all of the great things happening at Ankeney in this month's edition of our Ankeney Charger newsletter.

Go Chargers!

Josh Baker

Ankeney's 2021-2022 Staff

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Did You Know??? - Ohio's State Testing

Starting April 5, all students at Ankeney will be taking the OST (Ohio’s State Tests) in English Language Arts and math. 8th-grade students will complete tests in science. Results from these tests are what the State of Ohio uses to give every school district in Ohio a grade for their report card. As a building, our teachers have been preparing students by working through practice tests, teaching valuable test-taking strategies, and discussing ways for students to do their best. Historically, Ankeney students have always done well on state tests, so we know that our students will continue this tradition. We appreciate all you can do as parents by making sure students get a good night’s rest and eat a healthy breakfast each morning.

Shine Award

Our Shine Award recipient for the month of January is 6th grader Jacob Miller! Jacob has an incredibly kind heart, is friendly, responsible, and trustworthy. Jacob is always willing to help out in the classroom or help another student in need. He is friendly toward every student - he would be happy to work with any person in class. I know I can always count on him to be well-behaved and responsible. In addition to these character traits, Jacob is also social and fun to talk with. He shares stories in class and makes connections with people. I really enjoy having him in my class and will miss him next year! Congratulations, Jacob, on being a student of character!

Military Purple Up T-Shirt Sale


The Purple Up Military T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER is now active! Short sleeve and long sleeve shirts are on sale through April 10. Beavercreek City Schools take pride in providing to our military families. With every shirt purchased, a portion of each sale will go towards providing activities, opportunities, and support for our military-connected students. On April 22, BCS will celebrate Purple Up Day! If you would like to purchase a shirt, please visit the link below. There are three designs to choose from.

Click below to purchase a shirt!


April Dates to Remember

April 5 & 6 - Ohio’s State Tests in ELA

April 8 - Kona Ice @ Lunch

April 13 - Virtual PTO Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School - Conference Exchange Day

April 20 & 21 - Ohio’s State Tests in Science (8th Grade only)

April 22 - PTO Spring Dance, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

April 26 & 27 - Ohio’s State Tests in Math

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. We also would love any of your coke rewards if you have them! Your donations allow us to do so much for our staff and students!

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.

You asked and we answered! Coming March 28th through April 13th Butter Braids will be for sale. They will be delivered to Ankeney on May 5th, just in time for Mother's Day! More details to come.

Mark your calendars!!!

AMS Spring Luau Dance!

April 22nd, 6-7:30 pm

Please click here to sign up to donate and/or volunteer for the Spring dance. We had amazing support in the fall and look forward to another great social event for students!

Ankeney Night at the Dayton Dragons game Friday, May 20th at 7:05 PM. Our very own Acapella choir will be singing the National Anthem at the game. Tickets are on sale until April 20th, 2022 Click here to order tickets. Order forms can also be picked up in the Ankeney Middle School office.

Welcome 2022/2023 PTO Board Members

President - Elizabeth Connors

Vice President - Brittany Leach
Secretary - Tammie Ellerbe
Treasurer - Penny Blosser
Recording Treasurer – Felicia Mort
Volunteer Coordinator - Heather Combs

Upcoming Dates:

*** 2026 T-shirt order info coming soon!

March 28 - Butterbraids fundraiser begins

April 22 - Spring Dance 6-7:30 pm

May 12 - Bubble Tea visits Ankeney

May 18 - Incoming 6th graders ice cream social

May 20 - Ankeney Night at the Dayton Dragons

May 25 - 8th-grade Farewell - be on the lookout for more information!

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be a virtual meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

April is Month of the Military Child

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Trailblazing Hope Spring Programs

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Chromebook Reminders

Please have your child charge their Chromebooks every night. A Chromebook that is never charged and goes to 0% is much harder to charge. If the red light does not come on and stay on while charging, it IS NOT charging. If this occurs, you must plug it in and out of the port until the light becomes a solid red light. This can take a few minutes or several hours depending on how long it was at 0%.

If your child has a broken charger, they need to bring it to the IMC and get a new one. You will not be charged for a broken charger as long as the broken one is turned in.

If your child is having issues with their Chromebook not working properly, they need to come to the IMC. We will try to troubleshoot the issue. If we cannot fix it, we will issue them a new one or issue them a loaner that they can take home.

We realize that on occasion a student will forget their Chromebook at home. We can issue a loaner but it MUST be turned in at the end of the day. If it goes home, the student will be issued a detention. Borrowing a loaner is a privilege and if a student abuses this, they may get a detention after 2 times. SO please remind your child to charge their Chromebooks and bring them to school.

March Madness

Ankeney’s ELA department held its first annual March Book Madness the week before spring break. Students and staff nominated their all-time favorite books and/or series for the biggest competition of the year. Nominations included picture books, early chapter books, novels, and non-fiction. The top 32 books (or series) school-wide battled head-to-head in sudden death rounds. In true March Madness fashion, there were a couple of upsets as the field of 32 was whittled down to the Final Four featuring #16 Green Eggs and Ham facing off against #5 The Hunger Games and #2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid series battling #3 The Outsiders. The Outsiders and The Hunger Games survived to advance to the Championship Round, where The Hunger Games garnered 53% of the vote and defeated the classic The Outsiders.

7th Grade Publishing Party

7th grade ELA students in Mrs. Barrett and Mrs. Holmes' classes worked extremely hard crafting argumentative essays. They were able to share their favorite paragraphs aloud at our publishing party and some had an audience of our superintendent, Mr. Otten and school board president, Mrs. Rigano along with our Ankeney principals! The audience was so proud of the students' hard work and success!

From the School Nurse

Sixth Grade Parents: Take advantage of the spring season and get your student's Tdap and Meningitis (MCV4) vaccines completed. These are required for seventh grade. If you do not have a doctor, you can contact the Montgomery County Health Department at (937) 225-5700 to schedule an immunization update at little to no cost. Please bring in an updated copy of your child's shot record to the Ankeney Clinic. Feel free to contact Mrs. Newsport, our school nurse, at (937) 458-2509 if you have questions or concerns. We're here to help!

Patriot's Pen Essay Contest

Students in Mrs. Brown’s Honors English Language Arts class participated in the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest sponsored by the VFW. This year’s theme was “How Can I Be a Good American?” Congratulations to seventh graders Andrew Williams, who placed third, and Bella Falcone, who placed fourth, out of more than sixty writers in the sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade division. As finalists, Andrew and Bella were honored at a banquet and received a scholarship, a plaque, and a Point of Excellence pin for their accomplishments.

Scope Contest Winner

Congratulations to seventh-grader Lexie Ruedisueli! Lexie is one of three nationwide winners in a Scholastic magazine writing contest, where she wrote an essay why she thought some UFOs could or could not be extraterrestrial. Lexie won a copy of John David Anderson's book Stowaway. Congratulations on your accomplishment, Lexie!

Power of the Pen

Eighth-graders Avery Baldosser, Noelle Grieco, and Ben Levi, and seventh-graders, Carson Cusick, Morgan Drummond, Kara Garcia, Charlotte Howard, Julia Pochet, and Synclair Smith, represented Ankeney at the regional tournament for Power of the Pen, an interscholastic creative writing competition for seventh and eighth graders in March.

Special congratulations to Avery Baldosser who placed second out of 71 writers in eighth grade and won Best of Round for her piece "All Those Sacrifices" in round 3! Avery's accomplishments make her an automatic qualifier for State. Congratulations also to our seventh-grade team, composed of Carson Cusick, Morgan Drummond, Kara Garcia, Charlotte Howard, Julia Pochet, and Synclair Smith, who placed third out of 27 schools! Carson Cusick and Julia Pochet have also qualified for State. Good luck to Avery, Carson, and Julia when they compete in the State Finals at Otterbein University on May 13th!

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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