Informaline May 2, 2016


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Reminder: Early Out on May 4
This is a reminder that all schools will dismiss 45 minutes early this Wednesday, May 4. We are providing this reminder because a “C”—which signifies a collaboration date—was inadvertently omitted on April 13, April 27, May 4, and June 1 on the printed district calendar. All WDMCS schools dismiss early every Wednesday to allow for collaboration time. Please remember that every Wednesday is a collaboration day.

For more information about collaboration and each school’s schedule, please see the ‘Collaboration Days’ web page.

Board Approves New Stadium Scoreboard, Revised Discipline Policies
The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education approved a new Valley stadium scoreboard and several revised disciple-related policies at its April 25, 2016, meeting.

  • Read more about the new video board here.
  • Learn more about the updated policies here.

Reminder! New Online Payment System
This is a reminder that the new WDMCS Online Payment system is now available for families. The new online system is designed to provide a safe, convenient way to pay school fees, transportation fees, and add money to your child’s nutrition account.

A convenience fee will be charged when you make an online payment. As with other online payment systems, you will see a detailed receipt of your transactions for each session, including any convenience fees, prior to “checking out” and confirming the payment.

Families may avoid the convenience fee by making cash, check, or debit/credit card payments in the school’s main office or at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines.

Learn more about the new online payment system at

Preregister for a 2016-17 Bus Pass Today!
You can register:

  • Online — Go to the ‘Transportation’ tab on
  • By Mail or Fax — Download a form at and sent to 2102 Delavan Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50265 OR 515-633-4999
  • By Phone — 515-633-4990 (English) | 515-633-4989 (en español)

Register for a bus pass on the WDMCS district website at

Committee Plans Expansion of New Tech at WDMCS
An advisory team has been meeting since January to plan the district’s expansion of the district’s New Tech learning model to the high school level.

Specifically, the team is working to answer questions including the following:

  • Should New Tech at the high school level be a school-within-a-school model OR should it be a separate New Tech high school?
  • Will students be able to passport out to take classes through the traditional high school such as AP or foreign language courses

Learn more about the advisory team and its goals.

WDMCS is the first school district in the state to offer New Tech schools, where students learn through real-world community-based projects and all children are assigned a personal digital device.

To learn more about New Tech, visit

Helping Students Finish Strong
Spring can be a stressful time for students as they prepare for end-of-year exams, projects, and presentations. Parents and guardians can help their children finish the year on a high note by consistently reviewing
Infinite Campus with them and encouraging them to practice healthy self-care.

We compiled tips on these topics from Danette Rieper, WDMCS learning support and family engagement coordinator, and Dr. Kristine Milburn, professional development/curriculum facilitator for gifted/talented programming and English teacher. Read the tips at