Ankeney Charger Newsletter

May 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,

The last four weeks of the 2021-2022 school year are upon us and it is full of many exciting events as we celebrate our students accomplishments this year! The week of May 9th we will complete our final round of MAP testing. We are also excited to hear our final Choir and Band concerts of the year where our students will be able to showcase their talents and all of the growth they have made this year on stage at BHS. We are also excited to see our students art work from throughout the year at our district and building Art Shows this month.

We have additional fun events planned this month including our 6th and 7th grade Field Days on May 23rd and our "Oh Wow Day" planned for May 24th. The end of the school year is the perfect time to celebrate our district's character education theme, Better Together. Here at Ankeney, we will be mixing things up on Tuesday, May 24 to allow staff and students with common interests to connect the last two hours of the day.

I look forward to celebrating all of our students accomplishments with you throughout this month! We are ready for a great end to the school year and appreciate your continued support as we finish strong, The Charger Way! We hope you have a fun and relaxing summer break.

Go Chargers!

Josh Baker

Ankeney's Office Team

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Did You Know??? - Staff Appreciation

You may not be aware, but Ankeney has many staff that have worked at Ankeney for many years, attended Ankeney as a student, or had their own children attend Ankeney for their middle school years. As this has been another unprecedented school year, we reflect on the dedication of our staff who work hard each day to provide positive experiences for all students. During Staff Appreciation Week, May 2-6, we will honor our staff with help from our PTO!

Shine Award

Our Shine Award recipient for the month of March is 7th grader Synclair Smith! Synclair is an all- around wonderful young lady. Each day she comes to school and exemplifies the Charger Way. Synclair works well with all students and wants to help others. She treats peers and adults with kindness and has a genuine curiosity and care for things going on with them. This really shows in her thoughtful contributions to Character Education lessons each week. Synclair is also a conscientious student and is involved in our school community. One of the best things about Synclair is that she is confident in who she is which sets such a great example for her peers. I'm so glad she joined us at AMS this year. Congratulations, Synclair, on being a student of character!

School Yearbooks

If your student preordered a yearbook, we hope to have them and distribute during Flex the last week of school. We may have a limited amount of extra yearbooks available that will be available for $50, cash only.

May Dates to Remember

May 1 - Beavercreek Family Fun Day @ BHS

May 3 - Choir Concert @ BHS, 6:30 p.m.

May 6 - Kona Ice @ Lunch

May 10 - Math MAP Testing

May 11 - Reading MAP Testing

May 11 - Virtual PTO Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

May 12 - Science MAP Testing

May 12 - District Art Show @ BHS Commons, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

May 12 - Band Concert @ 6:30 p.m. at BHS Auditorim

May 17 - Ankeney Art Show @ BHS Commons, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

May 17 - Ankeney Night of Excellence @ BHS Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

May 20 - Ankeney Night at Dayton Dragons

May 23 - Field Day for Grades 6 & 7

May 25 - Last Day of School - 1-Hour Early Dismissal @ 1:15

May 25 - 8th Grade Farewell

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.

Extra Recess Volunteers Needed
We are supporting the teachers with extra work/planning time and awarding the kids at the same time with an extra recess!! Looking for volunteers to help chaperone them during this time. Here is the schedule in case you want to pick the day your child will attend.

Time - 1:30 - 2:15
Tuesday, May 3rd - 6th grade
Thursday, May 5th - 7th grade
Friday, May 6th - 8th grade

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Eight-Grade Parents - May 4th is the last day for you to submit pictures for the 8th grade slideshow. Please submit your digital photos to be part of our end-of-middle-school slideshow. Pictures should be vertical and no group photos. Send your pictures to Do not delay, it will be here before you know it!

The slideshow will be shared on May 25th during the 8th Grade Farewell

Upcoming Dates:

May 2nd - May 6th - Teacher appreciation week. All of your generosity has enabled the PTO to help the Principles give a luncheon for our amazing staff.

May 18 - Incoming 6th graders ice cream social/scavenger hunt

May 20 - Ankeney Night at the Dayton Dragons

May 25 - 8th-grade Farewell - There will be obstacle courses, games, races, slideshow and more. The 8th graders will get Chick Fil A sandwiches for lunch. Stay tuned for a sign-up for donations of chips, drinks and desserts.

May 25 - Last Day of school with a 1-hour early dismissal!

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 11th at 6:00 pm

Beavercreek Running Camp

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Girls' Lacrosse Camp

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Trailblazing Hope Summer 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.

Upcoming Art Shows

Over 300 pieces of art will be on display during both of these shows:

Thursday, May 12


BHS Commons

Tuesday, May 17


BHS Commons

6th Grade Coloring Competition

Sixth-grade ELA students competed in a grade-level Eggcellent coloring competition. All students colored the same egg and then voted on their favorites. Top vote-getters received popcorn and a pop! Teacher choice winners received popcorn, pop, and stamps. It was an eggstravaganza!

From the School Nurse

If your child has medication or supplies stored in the Ankeney clinic, please pick them up by the end of the school day on Wednesday, May 25, or make arrangements with the school nurse to pick them up at a later date. The office will be open until June 3. New doctor's orders along with medications/supplies need to be brought in each school year. We cannot store items over the summer. Anything not picked up will be disposed of.

Medical forms can be printed from the District website by going to, click on "Forms.” Each medication or doctor's order needs to be on a separate form signed by the doctor and the parent/guardian. The nurse can be reached at 937-458-2509 if you have questions. Have a great summer!

Transportation Update

In order to streamline efficient bus routes, parents must now request transportation services. We will no longer route all elementary and middle school students as a standard rule as we have done in the past. Please request bussing along with any daycare/shared parenting via OneView starting the end of next week.

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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