Informaline—May 15, 2017 Issue

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Important Dates
May 22: School Board Special Workshop Session, 5:30 p.m.
May 25: Last Day for Valley High School and Walnut Creek Campus Seniors
May 25: Walnut Creek Campus Graduation
May 28: Valley High School Graduation
May 29: Memorial Day—No School
June 2: Last Day for Students—Collaboration Schedule

New Math Materials for Grades K-8 Coming Next Year
WDMCS students in kindergarten through eighth grade will have new math materials next year. The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education approved Everyday Mathematics 4 materials for students in kindergarten through grade five and GoMath materials for students in grades six through eight. The materials—such as math journals, activity cards, a digital learning center, videos, and more—are aligned with the Iowa Core Standards and offer personalization for students. A snapshot of the approved recommendation is available online and more information for parents will be coming soon.

Thirteen Resources for Talking About “13 Reasons Why”
Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” based on the young adult novel by Jay Asher, has initiated a lot of discussion surrounding teenage mental health. In the series and book, the teenage characters learn their classmate’s reasons for dying by suicide after her death. There is concern in the suicide prevention community that the series glamorizes suicide and could be triggering, especially for young people.

The West Des Moines Community Schools counseling staff wants to provide all district families with resources to support discussions about suicide, trauma, and the “13 Reasons Why” series. Expert talking points, crisis resources, more information about the series, and other materials are available on our website.

No School Memorial Day
There will be no school for students on Monday, May 29, as it is Memorial Day.

Reminder: New Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement for Grades 7 & 12
The State of Iowa has passed a new law, requiring the meningococcal (specifically A,C,W,Y) vaccine for students entering grades seven and 12, beginning with the 2017-18 school year. All incoming seventh- and 12th-grade students will need to submit a completed Certificate of Immunization with the Meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination to avoid being excluded from school next year. Get the details at

Congratulations to Our 2017 Graduates!
The West Des Moines Community Schools proudly announces that 678 students will graduate from the district this year. Get commencement dates and times, Seniors Come Home information, and more graduation information at

Celebrating Our Students and Staff Members
Several West Des Moines Community Schools students and staff members were recognized for their recent achievements at the May 8 Board of Education meeting. Read the full student and staff recognition report, then help us celebrate these achievements by congratulating these students and staff members.

Controlled Prairie Burn to Take Place on Valley High School Campus
The district will conduct a prescribed burn of prairie areas on the Valley High School campus between May 1 and July 28. Safety is a top priority for the prescribed burn, which will occur as weather allows. West Des Moines emergency services will be notified prior to burning.

Iowa Assessments Results to Be Available in Fall 2017
West Des Moines Community Schools students in grades 3-11 recently completed the Iowa Assessments. These assessments include tests in mathematics, reading/Language Arts, and science. Most Iowa districts administer the Iowa Assessments in the spring. Because there are more districts who administer this assessment in the spring, it is anticipated that we will not receive the assessment results prior to the end of this school year. You will receive your child’s results early in the 2017-18 school year. If you have specific questions about the Iowa Assessments, please contact your child’s building principal.