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WDMCS Board Meeting Summary

The following is an informal summary of the actions of the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education at recent meetings. This is provided as a service to district staff and the public. This is 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 WDMCS Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, and took the following action: (more…)

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Outstanding Accomplishments in the WDMCS – Nov. 2011

Senior Alli Hornbrook was named to the first-team all-CIML Iowa Conference volleyball team.

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!

STUDENTS
Academics
The Indian Hills Junior High mock trial team of eighth graders Andrew Austin, Julian Castillo, Taylor Igram, Olympia Manning, Nicole Nucaro, Gabe Rumsey, Sarah Suh, Sammy Throm and Maggie Wildermuth advanced to the state competition. They competed Nov. 17-19.

Art
Artwork by Jordan Creek third grader Dorothy Junginger, Indian Hills eighth grader Emily Carr and Valley senior Rachel Purcell was selected to be displayed at Hy-Vee Hall during the Iowa Association of School Boards’ annual convention.

Indian Hills seventh grader Carla Lacey was honored by the Des Moines Art Center as an Outstanding Scholarship Student.

Debate
Valley debate closed out the final round of Lincoln-Douglas, with senior Moses Sloven placing first and junior Jon Langel placing second at the Iowa Caucus tournament at Cedar Rapids Washington. Sloven received his second bid to the Tournament of Champions and is now fully qualified to attend the event in the spring. Langel received his first bid to the Tournament of Champions at the event. The team of senior Sam Schulte and junior Lucy Korsakov won the public forum. (more…)

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WDMCS Board Reviews Program of Studies & More

The following is an informal summary of the actions of the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education at recent meetings. This is provided as a service to district staff and the public. This is 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).

Crestview Spanish teacher Tammy Dann works with her students.

Workshop

The WDMCS Board of Education held a workshop on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. No action is taken at workshops. These meetings, which are open to the public, provide a time for board members to learn more about a topic or area of the district. During the November 7th meeting, the district’s Teaching & Learning Services department reviewed the Program of Studies Proposals for 2012-13. The documents presented are available here.

The program of studies includes courses or subject areas taught in grades K-12. The program of studies is reviewed each year. For the current review process, staff members submit course proposals, which are then reviewed by administrators, the Site Curriculum Council, the Teaching & Learning Services Advisory Council, the Teaching & Learning Services department, and the Superintendency. The district also conducts a regular review of curriculum used by the district. This review – or curriculum cycle – is included in the process (more…)

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