Informaline August 24, 2015


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Superintendent’s Welcome Back

Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy welcomes students, families, and staff to the 2015-16 school year.

Join Us for the “Most Likely to Succeed” Movie Screening

The West Des Moines Community Schools will host a screening of the documentary film, “Most Likely to Succeed.” The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, in the Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 3650 Woodland Ave., in West Des Moines. No tickets are required for the screening. The event is free and open to the public.

Top Five Ways to Stay Informed

Welcome back! As we start the school year, we want to give you an overview of the best ways to stay informed! Check out more information about the district website, email, newsletters, and social media.

Meet Our New Administrators

Erica Whittle is the new associate principal of Valley High School, Paul Wenger is the Jordan Creek Elementary principal, Nathan Ballagh is the new Westridge Elementary principal, and George Panosh is the new principal of Western Hills Elementary.

Longtime WDMCS teacher Tamara Tjeerdsma is the new assistant principal at Jordan Creek and Westridge elementary schools. Two veteran elementary school leaders have new principal roles in the district for the 2015-16 school year. Dr. Robert Davis, former Hillside Elementary principal, is the principal of Crossroads Park Elementary. Graham Jones, former principal at Jordan Creek Elementary, is the Hillside Elementary principal.

Find out more about all the new administrators.

WDM Chamber Hosts School Board Candidate Forum August 31

The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce invites area residents to meet the eight candidates running for four seats on the West Des Moines Community School District’s School Board at a forum scheduled from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, August 31.

Teachers Collaborate to Improve Learning

When Marc Johnson became superintendent of California’s Sanger Unified School District in 2003, the district was one of the state’s lowest performing schools. Two years later, it was exceeding state average scores on the state test and has since won both local and national honors.

The key to its success was Professional Learning Communities. There are three “big ideas” that define Professional Learning Communities, often referred to as PLCs. >> Read More