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Board Approves Boundary Change On Monday, Dec. 8, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education approved changing elementary school attendance boundaries starting with the 2015–16 school year. The School Board voted 6-0 to approve the proposed boundary map (Map C5) and implementation plan. This vote comes after a four-month process that included feedback from families in our community and work by a 50-member committee representing parents, teachers, staff members, administration, and community members. Please look for more information to come in school newsletters, emails, flyers, and much more in the months ahead.

Hillside Elementary Earns State Honor Hillside Elementary has been honored with the Breaking Barriers to Teaching and Learning Award by the State Board of Education for its work to raise achievement among students who traditionally face challenges in the classroom. Each year, the award recognizes successful efforts to eliminate gaps in achievement among students. Hillside Elementary was recognized for its work with English Language Learners (ELL), noting that the proficiency rate for Hillside’s ELL students is 70 percent in reading and math. This compares to a statewide average of 49 percent for the same group of students.

Buses: Fees & Finals Fees for third-quarter transportation services are due Jan. 7, 2014. You can make payments at your school or online at www.wdmcs.org/online-payments. Did you know the WDMCS Transportation Department provides noon transportation for regular bus riders at Valley, Valley Southwoods, and Walnut Creek on Friday, Dec. 19 due to finals schedules? Contact your school for more information.

School Breakfast Survey The Iowa Department of Education and the University of Iowa need your help to make school breakfast at Iowa schools the best it can be! Below is a link to an online survey that will ask you some questions about your child’s breakfast habits and preferences. The purpose of the survey is to better understand what parents like you think about the school breakfast program. Your input will be used to help the Iowa Department of Education understand why breakfast participation is so low in Iowa schools and how schools can better meet your child’s needs at breakfast! This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Happy Holidays! We wish all our district families a happy holiday! Remember, there will be no school during Winter Break, which runs from December 22-January 2.  Virtual Backpack Flyers on community and district events, activities and programs on wildlife, learning to skate, and more!

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Boundary Change Proposal Approved

On Monday, Dec. 8, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education approved changing elementary school attendance boundaries for the 2015-16 school year. The School Board voted 6-0 to approve the district administration’s proposed boundary map – Map C5 – and implementation plan.

The vote comes after a four-month process that included feedback from district families and work by a 50-member committee representing parents, teachers, staff members, administration, and community members.

The approved map is based on students who live in our district attending their resident school. This means that students who live in the attendance boundary of one WDMCS school but have transferred to another school in our district would return to their resident or “home” school in the district. This includes voluntary transfers and “capped out” students. This would not include special education students who attend programming only offered in certain schools.

The approved map and implementation plan are available here:

Proposed Implementation Plan

Proposed Boundary Map (C5)

Informational letters to parents and transition activities, including welcome events at elementary schools, will begin in January.

Topics: Boundary Study, School Board News

Boundary Change Up For Board Action Dec. 8

On Monday, Dec. 8, the West Des Moines Community Schools district administration will ask the Board of Education to take action on the proposal to change elementary school attendance boundaries beginning with the 2015-16 school year. The proposal will be presented for approval at the School Board’s regular meeting, which begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines. A proposed implementation plan also will be presented. This meeting is open to the public.

The School Board reviewed the proposal at a public workshop on November 24.

The proposed map was recommended to district administration by the district’s boundary committee at its November 17 meeting. The 50-member committee made up of parents, teachers, staff members, administrators and community members, made its recommendation after developing several map scenarios, reviewing district enrollment data and trends, and reviewing public feedback from three public forums and an online survey on two draft maps. In addition, the committee had boundary criteria, which was set by the school board.

 

Proposed Boundary Map (C5)

Related Enrollment Information

Proposed Implementation Plan

 

For more information about the boundary study, please see the following link.

Boundary Study Background & Additional Information

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School Board to Review Boundary Proposal

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education will review the district administration’s proposal for elementary school attendance boundary changes for the 2015-16 school year at its workshop meeting Monday, Nov. 24 at 5:15 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines. A proposed implementation plan also will be presented.

The school board’s regular meeting follows at 7:00 p.m., during which a regularly scheduled open forum is held.

The proposed map was recommended by the district’s boundary committee at its November 17 meeting. The 50-member committee made up of parents, teachers, staff members, administrators and community members, made its recommendation after developing several map scenarios, reviewing district enrollment data and trends, and reviewing public feedback from three public forums and an online survey on two draft maps. In addition, the committee had boundary criteria, which was set by the school board.

Proposed Boundary Map (C5)

Related Enrollment Information

Proposed Implementation Plan

For more information about the boundary study, please see the following link.

Boundary Study Background & Additional Information

Topics: Boundary Study

Committee Recommends New Map to Superintendency

At its Monday, Nov. 17 meeting, the Boundary Committee voted to recommend Map C5 to the superintendency.

Based on feedback from three public forums and an online survey, the superintendency developed two additional options – C4 and C5 – for the committee to review.

Map Options

The committee also recommended maintaining the current timeline to bring a proposal to the School Board on Monday, Nov. 24 and a final decision on Monday, Dec. 8.

 

 

Topics: Boundary Study

Informaline – November 17, 2014

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icon_boundary_smallBOUNDARY COMMITTEE REVIEWING FEEDBACKThe WDMCS Boundary Committee meets November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center to review feedback from the recent public forums and survey to provide a recommendation to the district superintendency for changes to the district’s attendance boundaries. It will also consider a recommendation regarding a proposed grandfather clause to the school attendance boundary change options. The committee meeting is open to observers.
2015-16 TIGER CUBS PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION NOW OPENTiger Cubs is the West Des Moines Community School district’s preschool program. Tiger Cubs provides opportunities for children to develop important learning skills. Tiger Cubs Preschools offer three and four-year-old programs and are located at Clive, Crestview, Jordan Creek and Westridge Elementary schools. Western Hills offers a four-year-old program. Visit our website for more information and to register your child.
GET YOUR FLU SHOT – CLINIC AT CRESTVIEW NOV. 20The Polk County Health Department is sponsoring a community flu clinic at Crestview Elementary on Thurs., Nov. 20 from 3-7 p.m. This clinic is open to students, staff and families of West Des Moines Community Schools. It is also open to the community, so please invite family, friends and neighbors! Most insurances are accepted, so please bring your insurance card with you. Flu shots will be $20 without proof of insurance. Some students may qualify for a free vaccine. Please call 515-286-3798 with any questions regarding insurance and/or free vaccine eligibility.
BOARD HIGHLIGHTS FROM NOV. 10School Board Approves Contract for Operations ReviewAt its November 10 meeting, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education approved a contract with Services Management Assist, LLC (SMA) to conduct an inventory of all the district’s buildings and grounds, interview key stakeholders, identify the level of cleanliness in the district according to standards published by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International, assess the operating structure, and develop written custodial schedules for each building. The review will occur during the next couple of months.
WDMCS NAMED COLLEGE BOARD HONOR ROLL DISTRICTThe West Des Moines Community School District is among 12 Iowa districts – just two of which are from the metro area – to be named to the College Board’s 5th Annual Honor Roll Districts. This is the second consecutive year the WDMCS has earned this honor, demonstrating equity and excellence in its Advanced Placement programming.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!Wishing our families a Happy Thanksgiving! Here is a reminder of upcoming breaks:

  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 26-28
  • Winter Break: Dec. 22-Jan. 2
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VHS Model Clinic, learn to skate, nature programs, Turkey Trot and MORE!
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School Board Highlights – Nov. 10

School Board Approves Contract for Operations Review
At its November 10 meeting, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education approved a contract with Services Management Assist, LLC (SMA) to conduct an inventory of all the district’s buildings and grounds, interview key stakeholders, identify the level of cleanliness in the district according to standards published by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International, assess the operating structure, and develop written custodial schedules for each building. The review will occur during the next couple of months.

Meeting agendas and full minutes are available on the district website:
www.wdmcs.org/district/our-school-board/meetings. Follow informal board highlights on Twitter @WDMCS.

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Boundary Committee Reviewing Feedback

The WDMCS Boundary Committee meets November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center to review feedback from the recent public forums and survey to provide a recommendation to the district superintendency for changes to the district’s attendance boundaries. It will also consider a recommendation regarding a proposed grandfather clause to the school attendance boundary change options. The committee meeting is open to observers.

Three public feedback sessions were held and an online survey was posted on two proposed maps – C2 and C3. The enrollment data for the proposed maps is based on all students who live in our district attending their resident school. This means that students who live in the attendance boundary of one WDMCS school but have transferred to another school in our district would return to their resident or “home” school in the district. This includes voluntary transfers and “capped out” students. This would not include special education students who attend programming only offered in certain schools.

A recommendation based on the committee’s work will be presented to the School Board on November 24 during its workshop session. The Board will be asked to vote on the recommendation on December 8 during its regular meeting.

For more information on the boundary change proposals, visit www.wdmcs.org or call 633-5023.

Topics: Boundary Study

Committee Selects Two Maps for Public Feedback

At its November 6 meeting, the boundary study committee selected two maps which the public will have the opportunity to give feedback on at three upcoming forums and through on online survey.

Proposed Maps

The enrollment data for the proposed maps is based on all students who live in our district  attending their resident school. This means that students who live in the attendance boundary of one school but have transferred to another school in our district would return to their resident or “home” school.  This includes all voluntary transfers and “capped out” students. This would not include special education students who attend programming only offered in certain schools.

Proposed Map C2*

Proposed Map C3*

Current District Boundaries

*The maps are in .pdf format. Please use the .pdf tools to enlarge and zoom in on each map.

Enrollment Summary  (Additional Information Added Per Community Request)

Enrollment Changes by School (Document Added Per Community Request)

Grandfather Clause/Voluntary Transfer Proposal

Public Feedback Sessions

The public is invited to give feedback on boundary options at three public sessions:

During these sessions, the two options for district boundary changes will be presented and the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the boundary study committee and district administration as they prepare to submit a recommendation to the school board.

Online Survey

If you are not able to make these public sessions, please take the opportunity to give your feedback through our online survey. The survey will be live through November 14 2014.

Boundary Survey  The survey is now closed. 

 

 

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Reminder! Public Feedback Sessions on Boundary Changes

The public is invited to give feedback on boundary options at three public sessions:

  • Sat., Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center
  • Tues., Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School
  • Thurs., Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center

During these sessions, two to three options for district boundary changes will be presented and the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the boundary study committee and district administration as they prepare to submit a recommendation to the school board.

In addition, there will be an online feedback form regarding the map options available at www.wdmcs.org from November 8-14.

Topics: Boundary Study