Informaline December 15, 2014

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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 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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