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Two Schools Have New Names

This year two schools in the West Des Moines Community School District have new names.

The new names reflect their new approach to instruction.

“This year, we have the opportunity to implement project-based learning using New Tech Network as our model and support system,” said Crestview Director John Villotti.

The New Tech Network educational model provides engaging and rigorous instruction through project-based learning in a collaborative culture and fully integrated technology that enable students to gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in life, college, and the careers of tomorrow.

“Each staff member had an opportunity to brainstorm new school names, and each had to have the ‘why,’ ” said Clive Learning Academy Director Drea Bocook. referring to the leadership approach of first thinking about why an organization exists, not simply what it does and how it does it.

Students and parent groups also provided input.

The new names were approved by the School Board on July 13, 2015 and each building opened its doors on the first day of school with a brand-new name.

To learn more about each school, visit For more information on our New Tech schools, visit

Topics: New Tech