Informaline – November 11, 2014

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boundary_icon_colorGIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK ON BOUNDARY CHANGES
The public is invited to review and provide feedback on boundary options for our elementary and junior high schools at three sessions:

  • Saturday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School
  • Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center (a Spanish interpreter will be available at this meeting)

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

The goal is to have the final recommendation presented to the school board at its Nov. 24 workshop at 5:15 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center.

For questions about the boundary process or to learn more, please contact your school’s committee representative or visit:

Boundary Study Page

VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER GRAND OPENING NOV. 16
Come home to where the art is! Help us celebrate the grand opening of the Valley High School Performing Arts Center during a special program and celebration on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 2-5 p.m.
STUDENTS SELECTED FOR ALL-STATE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Valley High School fine arts department will have 38 students participate in the Iowa All-State Music Festival Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.
WDMCS TEACHERS EARN TOP HONORS
The following teachers in the West Des Moines Community School District have been awarded top honors.Crossroads Park Spanish Teacher Amy Murphy has been named the Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) Elementary Educator of the Year. The award is given to the teacher who exemplifies the best in teaching and provides outstanding service to the profession in the state of Iowa. Murphy was chosen for the award based on criteria that included exemplary teaching, professional growth and leadership experiences.Hillside Elementary Art Teacher Pam Ballard has been named the Art Educators of Iowa Outstanding Elementary Teacher for 2014. The award is given to the arts educator that has shown stellar dedication to the craft of teaching art to children. Ballard has been the West Des Moines Community Schools’ art department chair for the past eight years. She has developed innovative curriculum development strategies has impacted teachers across the districtValley High School Business Teacher and Instructional Coach Sarah Bird has been named Outstanding Business Educator in Iowa for 2014. Bird has been a business teacher at Valley High School since 2008, and has served as department chair. She has developed new technology-infused classes and has partnered with the area business community to develop real-world business, marketing and advertising projects for students. She also established Valley’s DECA program in 2013. In addition, Bird serves as an instructional coach.
BOARD HIGHLIGHTS FROM OCT. 13
Budget Update for Fiscal Years 2015 & 2016

At the School Board’s Monday, Oct. 27 meeting, Chief Financial Officer Paul Bobek provided a brief financial report. The West Des Moines Community Schools has developed a draft spending authority budget for fiscal year 2015. As a result of budget reductions last year and efforts to obtain additional spending authority allocations from the School Budget Review Committee, indications are that the district will have a balanced budget for 2015. However, more information is still needed.
REGISTER FOR TIGER CUBS PRESCHOOL NOVEMBER 10
Tiger Cubs Preschool registration for the 2015-16 school year will start on November 10, 2014 at 8 a.m. Registration this year will be centralized and done online. If you do not have access to a computer, a paper copy can be obtained from Holly Burns or your Tiger Cubs preschool teacher. For more information please visit our website or contact Holly Burns, Preschool Coordinator at 633-5010 or burnsh@wdmcs.org.
SAVE THE DATE! PRESCHOOL PALOOZA IS NOV. 8
Mark your calendar for the second Preschool Palooza on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Hillside Elementary. Children ages two to six will enjoy fun and educational activities while their grown-ups gather information about early childhood opportunities. All activities and snacks are free.
VIRTUAL BACKPACK
Valley wrestling club and basketball clinic, WDMCS Transition Night, Trunk or Treat Nights, Learn to Skate, nature programs and MORE!
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