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Archive for December, 2011

WDMCS School Board Approves Courses, DINA Plan, Facility Project Bids

The WDMCS Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, and took the following action:

  • accepted all the K-9 Curriculum Cycle, Indian Hills and Stilwell, and Valley Southwoods 2012-13 Program of Studies proposals. (more…)

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Success Being Redefined

As we find ourselves approaching the holidays, it provides me a great opportunity to reflect on the work we are doing to improve student learning.

I shared with you earlier that one of the district’s challenges is our community’s changing demographics and what that means for the way we teach.

This identified challenge was reaffirmed earlier in the school year when we were once again identified as a District In Need of Assistance (DINA) under the federal guidelines of No Child Left Behind.

Because this was the fourth year of the DINA designation for WDMCS, we are required to develop an improvement plan to address the areas where students are demonstrating proficiency.

We took the opportunity build the DINA Plan around the work we already have begun and develop some improvements to our current practices.

What I have been sharing with staff, parents and the community is that the West Des Moines Community Schools are and have been successful over the years, but it is time to redefine what it means to be successful.


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