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School Board Highlights – Oct. 13

School Board Visits Westridge
On Monday, Oct. 13, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education visited Westridge Elementary. Each year the Board visits two elementary schools and one secondary school in the district on a rotating basis. The Board will visit Indian Hills Junior High on January 12 and Hillside Elementary on May 11.

During the Board’s Westridge visit, student leaders provided a tour of the building, which was renovated last summer. Board members also learned about the school’s “The Leader in Me” initiative, which is based on “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and equips students with the self-confidence and skills for the 21st-century economy. Students talked about the Westridge Cares Club, which is a student club that works to support a positive school environment.

Members of the Parent Teacher Association spoke about the wide-range of activities they sponsor and support, including the Chess Club, the National Geographic Bee, Diversity Day, the Fourth Grade Bike Ride, the Garage No-Sale, the Reading Challenge Fall Fundraiser, the Spelling Challenge Winter Fundraiser and much more. Teachers spoke about the school’s upcoming play, “Alice in Wonderland,” and students performed a scene from the musical version of the famous story. In addition, Board members saw how students use technology in the classroom, specifically Google Classroom for assignments, collaboration and more.

The School Board members thanked the administrators, teachers, students and parents of Westridge for welcoming them to the school.

Meeting agendas and full minutes are available on the district website. Follow informal board highlights on Twitter @WDMCS.

Topics: School Board News