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Informaline—May 1, 2017 Issue

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Important Dates
May 1-31: School Board Recognition Month
May 4: WDMCS Staff Recognition Reception, 4:30 p.m.
May 4: Last Day to Donate to Children of Agnes Yarlee
May 8: School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m.
May 8: School Board Regular (Business) Meeting, 7 p.m.
May 8-12: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 10: National School Nurse Day

Equity Update: District to Implement “Deep Equity” Framework
Next year, the WDMCS will begin systemic change to ensure equity for all students through the Deep Equity program.

After reviewing several frameworks, the students, parents, community members, and employees who make up the district’s equity committee recommended the Deep Equity framework to guide the district’s work. On Monday, April 24, the Board of Education approved a contract with Corwin Press, Inc., for services related to the Deep Equity framework. Read more about the district’s work regarding educational equity at www.wdmcs.org/category/equity.

Transportation Fees Set for 2017-18, Services to be Reviewed
The WDMCS Board of Education unanimously approved transportation fees for 2017-18 at its April 24 meeting. WDMCS families will see a slight increase in transportation fees, which had not changed for five years.

  • 2017-18 Transportation Fees
    • Quarterly One-Way Bus Pass: $64 (reduced-rate fee: $45)
    • Quarterly Two-Way Bus Pass: $123 (reduced-rate fee:$86)
    • Annual One-Way Bus Pass: $255 (reduced-rate fee: $178)
    • Annual Two-Way Bus Pass: $490 (reduced-rate fee: $343)

Find out more about the 2017-18 transportation fees and the review of services at www.wdmcs.org/2017/04/transportation-fees-set-2017-18-services-reviewed.

Last Day of School is a Collaboration Day
The last day of school for students, Friday, June 2, will be a collaboration day. This will give teachers additional time to get their rooms ready for the summer and make other preparations for the summer months and next school year. Each school will follow its regular collaboration schedule on the last day of school.

Tigers Welcome Public to New Field
The newly renovated Tiger Field located at Valley High School provides improved track and practice space for classes and athletic teams, and offers the community a location for outdoor fitness activities. Outside groups may reserve the Turf Field when it is not being used by Valley High School groups by contacting the West Des Moines Community Schools Community Education Facilities Office at 515-633-5060. For more information, please see the full Tiger Field usage guidelines.

Share Your Thoughts on Fine Arts Standards for Iowa
Iowa’s Fine Arts Standards Adoption Team is asking for feedback on the National Core Arts Standards. You can provide feedback through an online survey open through May 12 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZF7BCQY. Learn about other feedback opportunities at www.educateiowa.gov/article/2017/04/13/input-sought-fine-arts-standards.

School Fees to be Collected Starting August 1
WDMCS families will not have to pay school fees until after August 1, starting with the 2017-18 school year. The district and its schools will collect school-related fees, transportation fees, and breakfast/lunch account payments for the upcoming school year from August 1 to October 1. Pre-payments for the upcoming year are not allowed as they cannot be assigned to a student account until after July.

The change will allow families time to complete and submit free and reduced-priced fee applications before billing occurs. Learn more about the payment schedule at www.wdmcs.org/2017/04/school-fees-collected-starting-august-1. Please contact the West Des Moines Community Schools Business Services Department at 515-633-5077 with any questions.

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