Dustin Roland Named Head Varsity Girls Wrestling Coach For Ankeny High Schools
ANKENY, Iowa (June 24, 2022) – Dustin Roland has been named as the head girls wrestling coach for the new girls wrestling program at Ankeny High School and Centennial High School. Dustin previously served as the head wrestling coach at Lincoln High School in the Des Moines Community School District.
Coach Roland has a rich background in wrestling and coaching. In addition to wrestling, he has served as an assistant coach for many sports in the Des Moines, Southeast Polk, and Bondurant-Farrar school districts. Additionally, Dustin is the 16U USA-Iowa Wrestling Division Director and has experience working within several levels of the USA-Iowa Wrestling Program.
Selection committee members were able to ask questions and give feedback on finalists. Committee members noted that Coach Roland’s wealth of background knowledge in how to lead a program makes him an excellent fit for starting a new program. They also indicated that he showed commitment to building a state-contending team and to increasing the interest in girls wrestling in Ankeny and across the state of Iowa.
Southview Middle School activities director Mike Bakker and Northview Middle School activities director Holly Anderson collaborated to lead the interview and selection process since both high schools are transitioning to new activities directors that will start on July 1.
“Dustin Roland was selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates to lead the process of starting the Ankeny Girls Wrestling program,” said Mike Bakker, Activities Director at Southview Middle School. “His experience as a head wrestling coach at DM Lincoln, his role with the USA Iowa Wrestling program, and his background in coaching multiple girls’ sports in his coaching career make him a natural fit. Dustin is highly respected in the wrestling community by his peers and will work closely with the boys’ programs and coaches at Centennial & Ankeny High Schools.”
The Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union sanctioned girls’ wrestling for the 2022-23 school year, and there is much excitement surrounding the program. Ankeny High School and Centennial High School are partnering together through a co-op agreement to pioneer the Ankeny girls wrestling program. More information about the program will be available soon.
Boys Golf Meeting
There will be a sign up meeting for next falls golf team on MAY 24TH AT 7:50AM in the high school commons. If you are unable to attend but want to go out, please email Coach Weddingfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girl’s Swim Team Meeting
There will be a mandatory informational meeting for any girl interested in the girl’s swim team next fall on MAY 10, 2022 AHS LUNCH ROOM/COMMONS after school.
If you are unable to attend for any reason, please contact Coach Crouch at email@example.com
Soaring Hawk Awards 2022
The Ankeny High School Soaring Hawk awards ceremony was held April 13, 2022. This honor is bestowed by high school faculty and staff members to students. This award is given to students for a variety of reasons including:
- Improved grades
- Improved attitude
- Overcoming great obstacles
- Displaying the six pillars of good character
- Leadership in class
- Helping a department or the school
- Good attendance
- Hard work, and/or excellence in extracurricular activities/clubs
Congratulations to our award recipients! View the ceremony video here.
2022-2023 Cheerleading Tryouts
Are you interested in becoming a cheerleader in the 2022-2023 school year? Tryout clinic will be April 4-8 from 4:30-6:00pm.
Please see flyer for more information.
Iowa School Performance Profiles
The state has released their annual online reporting tool called the Iowa School Performance Profiles, as required by a federal education law called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These profiles reflect how public schools performed on a set of accountability measures, such as results on the statewide assessment, graduation rates, and academic growth.
The tool displays a school’s score based on overall performance, as well as scores based on the performance of subgroups of students. Based on these scores, schools can be identified for additional funding, support, and improvement.
In order to put the information into perspective, below you will find links to the following charts.
- Comparisons between each of Ankeny’s schools to the state average
- Comparison of Ankeny’s high schools to other area high schools
Ankeny High School Data (Commendable)
Ankeny Centennial High School Data (Commendable)
Southview Middle School Data (High Performing)
Northview Middle School Data (High Performing)
Parkview Middle School Data (Commendable)
Prairie Ridge Middle School Data (Commendable)
Ashland Ridge Elementary School Data (Exceptional)
Crocker Elementary School Data (High Performing)
East Elementary School Data (Acceptable)
Heritage Elementary School Data (Commendable)
Northeast Elementary School Data (High Performing)
Northwest Elementary School Data (Commendable)
Prairie Trail Elementary School Data (Exceptional)
Rock Creek Elementary School Data (High Performing)
Southeast Elementary School Data (Commendable)
Westwood Elementary School Data (High Performing)
|Ankeny Centennial HS||Commendable||59.4|
|Johnston Senior HS||Commendable||56.3|
|Dallas Center-Grimes HS||Commendable||56.09|
|Roosevelt HS||Needs Improvement||45.3|
To locate our school’s results, as well as more information about the Iowa School Performance Profiles and ESSA, visit the following website: www.iaschoolperformance.gov
Holly Anderson Named 2022 Middle School Iowa Athletic Director of the Year
Holly Anderson, Activities Director at Northview Middle School, has been chosen as the 2022 Middle School Athletic Director of the Year by the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association. Holly was chosen for her outstanding dedication and leadership of young student-athletes.
“We are excited that Holly is receiving this much deserved recognition,” said Dr. Erick Pruitt, Superintendent of Ankeny Schools. “She is great leader, to both her students and also to her fellow staff members.”
Holly has been with the Ankeny Community School District for 16 years. Her previous roles for the district include P.E. teacher and girl’s basketball coach before beginning her current role in administration in 2013.
Honorees chosen as Athletic Director of the Year must have a minimum of five years’ experience and show qualities of achievement, excellence and character. Holly will be recognized at the annual IHSADA State Convention in March.
Key Club Raises Awareness for Homelessness
Key Club recently participated in a Reggie’s Sleep out event, a night to raise awareness and money for the homeless and at-risk youth in Iowa. Due to COVID-19 Drake University has no longer been able to host the event in their stadium but Key Club was able to spend the evening at Ankeny High School learning more about the homelessness in Iowa, picking up trash around the school, and we also made 84 care packages for the Ankeny Service Center. As a club we were able to raise $525, all of which will be donated to Reggie’s Sleep out to help those in need in our community.