Informaline — Dec. 5 Issue

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Important Calendar Dates
Dec. 12: School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m.
Dec. 12: School Board Regular (Business) Meeting, 7 p.m.
Dec. 19: Special School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m.
Dec. 22-Jan. 2: Winter Break
Jan. 3: Classes Resume

Board to Take Action on Calendar, Program of Studies Dec. 12
The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Board of Education will take action on two proposed 2017-18 calendars and 26 program of studies proposals at its Dec. 12 meeting.

The Board held public hearings for the proposed calendars at the regular meeting on Nov. 28. The Teaching & Learning Services Department presented the program of studies proposals at the Nov. 28 workshop meeting. Find more information about the calendars and the proposals here.

WDMCS Celebrates Computer Science Education Week
When students see what they can create with computer science, they are excited and empowered to keep going. Join the WDMCS as we inspire our students during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11!

Read about ways students and their families can learn computer science at school, explore computer science at home, and use computer science in the future on our district website at www.wdmcs.org/news/computer-science-education-week-2016.

Review the District’s 2017 Legislative Priorities
The 2017 Iowa legislative session will convene on Monday, Jan. 9, and will adjourn on Friday, April 28. The West Des Moines Community Schools prepared for the upcoming session by discussing the needs of the district and setting legislative priorities. The WDMCS Board of Education approved three legislative priorities for 2017 at its Aug. 8, 2016, regular business meeting. A PDF of the legislative priorities can be found online.

WDMCS is Ready for Winter
Winter break is almost here! This year, there will be no school Dec. 22–Jan. 2. All district offices are closed Dec. 23, Dec. 26, and Jan. 2. Classes will resume Jan. 3.

We also want to remind district families about our weather closings procedure. To prepare for potential winter weather, please visit our “Weather Closings” webpage.

Read Along with the Grading Practices Task Force
The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Grading Practices Task Force has been meeting regularly since Sept. 28, 2016, to focus on the district’s goal to address grading practices in the WDMCS. Learn more about the task force’s work at www.wdmcs.org/category/grading-practices/.

In addition to the items addressed at each meeting, the Grading Practices Task Force is reviewing research and literature connected to grading practices. Start reading along by visiting www.wdmcs.org/2016/12/read-along-grading-practices-task-force.

Congratulations! Brad Rose Named Athletic Director of the Year
Please join the West Des Moines Community Schools as we congratulate Athletics & Activities Department Director Brad Rose, who was named the IHSADA Athletic Director of the Year for the State of Iowa, as well as the 2017 Central District Athletic Director of the Year! Read more about his honor on the district website.