Informaline Nov. 16, 2015


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2016-17 Calendar Set
The School Board approved the 2016-17 school year calendar at its Nov. 9 meeting, setting Wednesday, Aug. 24 as the first day of school. The full calendar is available online. The Calendar At-A-Glance will be coming soon on the district website!

Dollars & Cents: The Budget in ‘General’
The West Des Moines Community Schools has a combined budget totaling approximately $150 million dollars. The budget is divided into 10 separate funds as required by Iowa law. Iowa law also directs where the revenue for each one of these funds comes from and how the money can be spent.

At $98 million, the General Fund is the largest of the district’s 10 funds and nearly all operating costs are paid from this account. Check out a graph that explains the sources of revenue for the General Fund and what that revenue purchases.

District Implements Project Lead The Way K–5
WDMCS is implementing Project Lead the Way (PLTW) elements in grades K–5 this year. The PLTW non-profit is the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.

Watch for more information about Project Lead The Way programming on the district website.

34 Musicians Selected for All-State

The Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School fine arts departments will have 34 students participate in the Iowa All-State Music Festival at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

The full list of participating students and ticket information are on the district website

Social Media and Parenting: #HelpfulTips
Kids may get hashtags, but they still need guidance when it comes to behavior, especially online. Take a look at the social media tips and resources we have for families:

Congratulations! Four WDMCS Educators Receive Recognition
Four WDMCS Educators have received recent recognition for their efforts in helping students succeed.

— Kristine Milburn was an Iowa Talented and Gifted Association 2015 Research Award winner.
— Lynda Niffenegger was named Living History Farms’ Teacher of the Year.
— Nicole Crawford earned WHO-HD’s monthly Golden Apple Award.
— Wade Petersen was a finalist for the Iowa Department of Education’s 2016 Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations to these WDMCS educators!

Celebrate American Education Week
American Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate public education and excellent educators everywhere. It will be observed this week, from Nov. 16-20. The National Education Association has selected special observances for each day of the week:

  • Monday: Kickoff Day
  • Tuesday: Parents Day
  • Wednesday: Education Support Professionals Day
  • Thursday: Educator for a Day
  • Friday: Substitute Educators Day

Make sure to celebrate the educators you know next week!