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Students Approved to Travel to China & Other Action at WDMCS Board Meeting

The following is an informal summary of the actions of the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education at a recent meeting. This is provided as a service to district staff and the public. They are not the official minutes of the board meeting, but a quick rundown of action taken. Official board minutes must be approved by the board per Policy 212.1 and then are posted on our website (www.wdmcs.org).

The Board of Education of the West Des Moines Community School District held a regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, and took the following action:

  • approved the consent agenda including minutes from the Oct. 4, 10, and 12 meetings, personnel resignations, recommendations, support staff new hires, certified staff initial contracts, and two student trip requests: the Spotlight (Newspaper), Tiger Tales (Yearbook), and committed journalism students to travel to Iowa City, Iowa, on October 27, 2011 for the Iowa High School Press Association Fall Conference with costs covered by the Language Arts Department and Yearbook account; Indian Hills and Stilwell Junior High string students to travel to the People’s Republic of China – Beijing and Shijiazhuang March 14 – 22, 2012, with travel costs covered through  the Chinese Grand and student funding; (more…)

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Outstanding Accomplishments in the WDMCS

Valley Marchmasters

The Valley Marchmasters had a great season, capped off by earning their 50th consecutive Division I rating at the IHMA contest. The drum majors are pictured with their award for best drum majors at the the Bands Across the Prairie Marching Band Festival.

Periodically throughout the school year, we compile a list of special honors and awards received by our students and staff. These outstanding accomplishments are presented to the School Board as Board Recognition. Check out all the great things our students and staff have accomplished!

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Valley had 12 seniors named as semifinalists for the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Competition: William Chrichton, Kathryn Hoemann, Tarun Kadaru, Xiaoxue Liu, Elaine Mou, Daniel Pisman, Bernhard Saggau, Samuel Schulte, Moses Sloven, Edward Tannenbaum, Mary Tobin and Luchang Wang. These students will have the opportunity to be named finalists, with any finalists being able to earn the National Merit Scholarship. Commended students in the program were Jessica Au, Katrina Bopp, Trevor Bridge, Keegan Brown, Stephen Davick, Philip Dobrinov, Aleksey Gubyn, Andrew Halterman, Tasha Himes, Hanna Howard, Scott Johnson, Nathan Marshall, Grace Seidlin and Takashi Yanagi.

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WDMCS Board Reviews Community Education, Valley High School Bids

Meeting Summaries – Oct. 4 & Oct. 10

The following is an informal summary of the actions of the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education at recent meetings. These are provided as a service to district staff and the public. They are not the official minutes of the board meeting, but a quick rundown of action taken. Official board minutes must be approved by the board per Policy 212.1 and then are posted on our website (www.wdmcs.org).

The Board of Education of the West Des Moines Community School District held a workshop session on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. The meeting was informational only, providing an orientation session for new board members. No action was taken.

West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education

The Board of Education of the West Des Moines Community School District held a regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, and took the following action:

  • approved the consent agenda including minutes from the Sept. 19, 2011 annual & organizational meetings and the Sept. 19, 2011 and Sept. 28, 2011 special meetings, personnel resignations, recommendations, support staff new hires, certified staff initial contracts, and the Valley Voices and Valley Vox High School singers trip request to travel to St. Charles, Ill., March 9- 12, 2012 for a jazz festival for Vocalese and Vox ensembles;
  • held a public hearing on the proposed sanitary sewer easements at Valley Southwoods, which was publically noticed on Sept. 26, 2011. No objections were filed.
  • approved the Community Education Advisory Council roster for 2011-2012, which includes: (more…)

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