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Informaline Feb. 15, 2016

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New Last Day of School
Due to the recent snow day on Tuesday, Feb. 2, the last day of the 2015-16 school year will now be Thursday, June 2. As noted in the 2015-16 calendar, school days canceled due to inclement weather are to be made up starting June 2.

See the updated Calendar at a Glance at http://bit.ly/1516-at-a-glance.

School Board Meeting Feb. 22
The next WDMCS Board of Education meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22, at the Learning Resource Center.

There will also be a School Board workshop at 5:15 p.m.

High Schools Offer Online Courses
Next year, Valley High School, Valley Southwoods, and Walnut Creek Campus will expand their
online course offerings for students.

Valley will offer at least seven online courses, and Valley Southwoods and Walnut Creek Campus will offer one or more courses each. Additional courses may become available.

For some courses, the instruction is fully online, while others are “blended” courses, which includes online and in-person class instruction. The courses offered range from Business Law I to Lifeguarding.

Valley also offers the Evolution of American Popular Music, which was first offered last year. A video about the blended course is available here: http://bit.ly/VHSEvolutionofPopMusic.

The district has an Online Learning Advisory Committee, which has been working for two years to expand online learning opportunities for students. Its work is part of the district’s strategic plan. For more information on the district’s strategic plan, visit http://bit.ly/WDMCSMissionVisionGoalsPlan.

To learn more about some of these online courses, please see page 164 of the Valley curriculum catalog at www.wdmcs.org/schools/valley/academics/curriculum/catalog/. Information about registering for these courses will be available soon.

Coming Soon! See and Pay Fees Through One Online System
The WDMCS will soon offer one online system where families can see account balances for book fees, transportation fees, and nutrition and also make payments.

By the end of February, the district will switch vendors to provide a more streamlined WDMCS Online Payment system.

More information, including log-in instructions and answers to frequently asked questions, will be provided through the Informaline and on the district’s fee payment Web page at www.wdmcs.org/online-payments/.

Please make sure you have an Infinite Campus account. If you don’t have an account or are unsure, please contact your child’s school, and the main office will be happy to assist you.

WDMCS Community Education’s Heart Connection Collection
WDMCS staff, families, and students are invited again this year to participate in the Heart Connection to help restock the Booster Pak personal care pantries.

The most needed items are regular-sized shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, body wash, lotion, toothpaste, and ​lip balm.Please bring your items to school the week of Feb. 22-25 and place in the Heart Connection ​donation ​box. ​

Items will be collected and then distributed to WDMCS students through the Booster Pak Program. Thank you for your support for this very worthy cause!​

Understanding the Teenage Brain
Parents, adolescents, and everyone in between can find the teenage years puzzling. Even Classical Greek philosopher Aristotle and famed playwright William Shakespeare penned questions about adolescence.

Many teenage behaviors can be explained by changes happening in the brain during the specific period of brain development. Look for the first entry in our two-part series about understanding the teenage brain and connecting with your teenager on the district website at http://bit.ly/TeenBrainI.

How to Achieve Effective, Impactful Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences are a great way to partner with your child’s teacher or teachers to work on a plan to help your child learn and succeed. We have compiled seven tips to help you have a successful parent-teacher conference experience at www.wdmcs.org/news/2016conferences/.

Watch for messages from your school that explain the conference procedure, and note if you need to schedule any conferences in advance. If you have questions, email one of your student’s teachers.

New Tech Schools Update School Board on Implementation
If someone asked Indian Hills’ seventh grader Jenna Herting if her team’s switch to the New Tech learning model this year has been a success, she might say yes.

“New Tech really encourages us to work with others and meet new people,” she said during a presentation before the School Board on Monday, Feb. 8. “And… we have the work ethic to continue our work.”

Read more about progress with the New Tech learning model on the district website at http://bit.ly/NewTechUpdate2016.

For more information about WDMCS New Tech schools, visit www.wdmcs.org/academics/new-tech/.

Winter Weather and Bus Safety
Winter weather means extra caution is needed on the road, especially when it comes to transporting children. The WDMCS transportation department wants to remind all district families of the safety procedures it follows to make sure students remain safe while riding and getting on and off the bus. Read about the transportation procedures at www.wdmcs.org/news/winter-weather-bus-safety-2016/. If you have any questions or concerns about winter weather procedures, please contact the transportation department at 515-633-4902.

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