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WDMCS Board of Education Studies “Rethinking Grading”

Book CoverThe West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education will be holding a book study of Dr. Cathy Vatterott’s “Rethinking Grading” during two special workshop meetings on Feb. 15 and 29. The book examines traditional grading practices and offers a new paradigm for grading that focuses on student mastery of content and authentically reflecting student progress and learning.

Researching and studying effective grading practices is part of the district’s strategic plan. For more information about the plan, visit www.wdmcs.org/district/mission-vision-goals-actions-plans/.

Topics: Grading Practices, School Board News

Informaline Jan. 19, 2016

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School Board on Tour, Visits Stilwell
On Monday, Jan. 25, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education will visit Stilwell Junior High, located at 1601 Vine Street in West Des Moines. The Board will highlight Stilwell’s programs, teachers, and students and experience classroom demonstrations during its workshop session starting at 5:15 p.m. The regular business meeting will follow at 7 p.m. in Stilwell’s auditorium.

We live-tweet meetings, so make sure to follow us on Board meeting nights @WDMCS. For more information about the School Board, visit bit.ly/WDMCSBoardInfo.

Iowa School Report Card Released
The Iowa Department of Education on Dec. 16 released the Iowa School Report Card, a new web-based data system for each public school based on performance measures, such as student attendance and graduation rates. You can locate the results of our schools, as well as more information about the Iowa School Report Card, at www.wdmcs.org/news/iowa-school-report-card-released/.

Connect with the WDMCS: Communication 411
Staying connected with district happenings is a great way to be engaged in your student’s education. There are many resources that can help keep your student and your family connected to life in the West Des Moines Community Schools. To learn more about these resources and helpful tips for using each one, please visit bit.ly/comm411_inf.

District Offering Free Evening Meals for Children
The West Des Moines Community Schools Nutrition Services department is offering a free evening meal for children from 5:30–6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday night during the school year, excluding school breaks. An optional educational or enriching activity will be offered after each meal, from 6–6:30 p.m. The meal will be served at Crestview School of Inquiry. Families with questions about the evening meals program can contact WDMCS Director of Nutrition Services Willow Dye at 515-633-5086 or Crestview School of Inquiry at 515-633-5700. Find out more.

Valley High School Named to NFL Super Bowl Honor Roll
Valley High School alum and former National Football League (NFL) player Justin Hartwig will present Valley administrators with a commemorative Wilson Golden Football during halftime at the Jan. 29 Valley home basketball game. The game starts at 7:45 p.m. A reception with Hartwig in the Valley commons area will follow the game.

The football presentation is part of the NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll initiative, which recognizes high schools and communities that contributed to Super Bowl history. The Honor Roll initiative is one way the NFL is celebrating upcoming Super Bowl 50. Learn more here.

District Legislative Priorities for 2016
The 2016 Iowa legislative session convened on Monday, Jan. 11, and will adjourn on Tuesday, April 19. The West Des Moines Community Schools district prepared for the session by discussing the needs of the district and setting legislative priorities. District administrators, parents, and the Board of Education also met with legislators this fall to discuss the legislative priorities. The legislative priorities can be found online at bit.ly/WDMCSlegislativepriorities16.

What’s Your Slang Score?
Thanks to new and ever-evolving slang terms, it can seem like kids are speaking a different language — especially when they are online or messaging. Test your knowledge of teen slang, then tweet your results to us @WDMCS or share them with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wdmcs. For more insight into life as a teenager, watch for our upcoming article on the teenage brain. Take the quiz!

Topics: Informaline

School Board on Tour, Visits Stilwell Jan. 25

On Monday, Jan. 25, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education will visit Stilwell Junior High, located at 1601 Vine Street in West Des Moines. The Board will highlight Stilwell’s programs, teachers, and students and experience classroom demonstrations during its workshop session starting at 5:15 p.m. The regular business meeting will follow at 7 p.m. in Stilwell’s auditorium. 

Each year, the School Board visits three schools in the district. Upcoming visits this year include Fairmeadows Elementary on April 25 and Crestview School of Inquiry on May 9.

We live-tweet meetings, so make sure to follow us on Board meeting nights @WDMCS. For more information about the School Board, visit bit.ly/WDMCSBoardInfo. 

Topics: School Board News