Informaline August 31, 2015

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Don’t Forget to Vote!
The school board election is Tuesday, Sept. 8. There are eight candidates running for four seats on the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education. More information about each candidate is available online.

Using Infinite Campus With Your Child
All West Des Moines Community Schools students have Infinite Campus accounts, and parents/guardians can as well. >> Read the entire guide.

Valley High School Performing Arts Center Gets New Name

At its meeting on August 24, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education approved renaming the Valley High School Performing Arts Center the Staplin Performing Arts Center, honoring retired district curriculum director Dr. Phyllis Staplin.

A dedication ceremony is being planned and more information will be provided at a later date.

Six Things to Know About the School Community Network

The WDMCS is dedicated to involving our parents in what we do. We not only have active parent-teacher organizations in every school, we have several district-level groups that include parents. The School Community Network is one of those groups. Made up of parents, teachers, and administrators from across the district, the group provides an opportunity for a face-to-face exchange of ideas and information. Its members also help us share information about district with the community. Here are six things you may not know about the School Community Network.

Dollars and Cents: Committee to Identify Cost Savings

The West Des Moines Community School District anticipates reducing spending again for 2016-17, as the costs of providing educational services continues to increase at a greater rate than state funding. In her report to the School Board in April, Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy said she would gather a committee of parents, community members, and employees help identify savings for fiscal year 2017. >> Read more.

Board Meeting Date Changed
The WDMCS Board of Education will hold its annual/organizational meeting on Monday, Sept. 21. This will be the only regularly scheduled meeting in September. During this time, the winning candidates of the school board election will be sworn into office. The school board was originally scheduled to meet on September 14 and 28.

Check Out the New NutriSlice App!
A new NutriSlice app is now available for iOS and Android, so you can access lunch and breakfast  menus on-the-go! Some pictures and descriptions are still to come. The menus are also online at www.wdmcs.nutrislice.com.

Top Six Tips for Encouraging Reading
These tips for encouraging students to read come from West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) second-grade teacher Amy Drake. This summer, she taught the WDMCS Community Education Summer Adventures in Learning Sports Spectacular class. Drake has always been a sports fan and knows how interested her students are in sports and athletics outside of school, so she decided to combine learning and sports for her fifth year teaching summer programming. >> Read the full article.