Ankeney Charger Newsletter

January 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,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a restful and fun-filled winter break. We are ready to begin the second half of the school year this week and have lots of events coming up this quarter. This time of year has a lot of planning and deadlines as we begin to plan and prepare for next school year. Later this quarter, our students will begin the process of considering and scheduling courses for the 22-23 school year. Our 8th graders will also have the opportunity to meet with counselors from Ferguson Hall to discuss high school courses and will have an opportunity to tour the Greene County Career Center to explore options they may want to take advantage of later on during high school. Be on the lookout for more information about scheduling coming soon.

Beginning next week, we will be administering the Winter MAP assessments on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (1/11 - 1/13). Please make sure your child brings their charged Chromebook to school every day.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we begin the start of another successful semester. I look forward to our continued partnership with our community and parents in the new year.

Go Chargers!


Josh Baker

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Did You Know??? - Apptegy

As a school, our staff uses many tools to keep parents informed such as e-mail, websites, ProgressBook, etc. Another resource the office and district staff uses is Apptegy. Whenever we need to inform parents about upcoming school events, changes in schedule such as delays or cancellations, or even to notify parents of an absence that has not been called into the office, we utilize the text and/or e-mail feature of Apptegy. It is important that you keep your information current with the office to ensure you are receiving our messages as we send out monthly newsletters this way as well as periodic updates. You can update your information via OneView or contact our Office Staff at with questions or to update records.

Shine Award

Our Shine Award recipient for the month of November is 8th grader, Madelyn Becker! Day in and out Maddie is a sweet girl. She participates in class, often sharing thoughtful insight. She is resilient. She has a lot going on and continues to excel. Every day she has her work done and puts effort into what she does. She can always be trusted to do the right thing. In class, students often work in pairs or work together in small groups to complete projects or activities and Maddie is genuine, polite and kind to everyone she works with.

As an office aide, Maddie is always very polite, kind, and extremely helpful. She is always willing to help out and goes above and beyond in helping in any way she can. Congratulations, Madelyn, on being a student of character!

January Dates to Remember

January 3 - First Day After Winter Break

January 3-7 - Celebrate Reading Week

January 11 - Math MAP Testing

January 12 - Reading MAP Testing

January 13 - Science MAP Testing

January 17 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 18-21 - Make-Up MAP Testing

January 25 - Group Picture Day and 8th Grade Panoramic Picture

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!

National Junior Honor Society

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at Ankeney Middle School held its annual Induction Ceremony on November 10! NJHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students.

This year, we inducted 19 new members. They are:

Nathan Anderson

Ethan Avey

Julia Fauber

Rylan Firman

Michelle Goessl

Rylynn Hardman

Ryleigh Haynes

Mollie Hogan

Jett Jackson

Kayley Kovar

Natalie Miller

Analeigh Morris

Tammy Nguyen

Seamus O’Hara

Julie Pochet

William Przybyla

Paige Siglar

Wesley Stephen

Luke Yancey

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 after 1st quarter report cards.

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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.

Cookie Walk

Thank you to everyone who took the time to make and donate delicious treats for our staff. Our families donated 200 dozen cookies, making it so that each staff member could take home two dozen cookies! What a treat! This could not have been done without our wonderful families and amazing volunteers! Thank you!!

PTO Board Positions

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

Next Meeting

Our next regular open meeting will be Wednesday, February 9, 2022. Look for more information about this meeting as the date gets closer.

Be on the lookout, after the break, for information to be shared about hot pretzel days for student treats!

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After-School Tutoring sign-up is now open for 3rd quarter! See below!

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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: January 3-7

Our annual Celebrate Reading week, a week dedicated to encouraging people to read, will be our first week back from break, January 3-7. This week stresses the importance of reading and is dedicated to encouraging people to become lifelong readers. Students will read quietly in various classes throughout the week. In addition, our Battle of the Books has returned and will be held during Flex on Tuesday (preliminary round) and Thursday (Championship round).

Science Fair

This year we are excited for the return of Ankeney's annual Science Fair! The Science Fair will be held on Friday, February 11 from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Ankeney IMC. Students will set up projects before school and then be called down to present to judges during an assigned time slot. Awards and public viewing of projects will take place after school on Friday, February 11 from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. in the Ankeney IMC.

Entry forms are DUE BY Friday, January 28. Follow the link HERE for more information about project requirements and how to sign up.

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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