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Friday, August 11, 2017

Board of Education Meets Aug. 14

The 2015-16 West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education.

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education members (from right to left) Melinda Dunnwald, Tali Greenspon, Liz Cox, Vicky Poole, Ed.D., David Brown, Liz Brennan, and Jill Caton Johnson, Ph.D.

The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Board of Education will hold a workshop and regular business meeting on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines.

The workshop will start at 5:15 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

These meetings are open to the public.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

New Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement for Grades 7 & 12

 


(“No Shot, No School” PSA posted by the Polk County Health Department.
A transcript of this video is at the bottom of the page.)

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 (A,C,W,Y) vaccination.

Seventh- and 12th-grade students must submit documentation of the vaccine before the first day of school to start school on Aug. 23. There will be no grace/extension period for these requirements. Your school must have documentation for your child, or they will not be able to start school until documentation is submitted.

Note: The Polk County Health Department alerted the district to misinformation that was shared about the meningococcal vaccine required for students entering grades 7 and 12. The meningitis vaccine is NOT the same as the Tdap vaccine. The Tdap vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, not meningitis.

What “counts” as documentation?

  • The only acceptable form of documentation is a Certificate of Immunization. Healthcare providers should be able to provide a Certificate of Immunization to you after you get the vaccine.
  • If you have already received the vaccine and did not get a Certificate of Immunization, you should be able to access a copy of the certificate in the state’s immunization registry and have it signed.

Where can families turn in documentation?

  • With District Register Joy Zuber at the Learning Resource Center. Fax documentation to 515-633-5103.
  • To the Polk County Health Department, 1907 Carpenter Ave. Turn in documentation between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.
  • At your schoolPlease call your school about its summer hours.

You can receive the vaccine from your usual health care provider and at the Polk County Health Department. The vaccine will also be available at Clive Community Services’ Back to School Health Fair.

Find out more about the new meningococcal immunization requirement below.

New Meningococcal Immunization Requirement Fact Sheet

Print the Fact Sheet       en español

What is meningococcal?

  • Meningococcal disease is an illness caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitides which causes inflammation of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meninges) resulting in meningitis. This bacteria is not as contagious as the common cold or influenza, but can spread quickly by simply breathing the same air where an infected person has been. College freshman, especially those living in crowded residence halls, have shown a higher rate of infection.

What vaccine is required?

  • The only acceptable meningococcal vaccines are: MenACWY, MCV, MCV4, MCV4P (Menactra), MCV40 (Menveo), MPSV, or MPSV4 (Menomune). Documentation listing “meningitis vaccine,” meningococcal vaccine (NOS), Meningovax AC, MenHiberix, or Men B (Bexsero, Trumenba) will not meet the requirement.

What doses are required?

  • The change requires a one-time dose of meningococcal (A,C,W,Y) vaccine on or after 10 years of age for applicants in grades 7 and above., if born after September 15, 2004; and 2 doses of meningococcal (A,C,W,Y) vaccines for applicants in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received when applicants are 16 years or older.

What is the deadline to receive the immunization?

  • All incoming seventh-grade students must submit documentation of receiving the meningococcal vaccine (A,C,W,Y) before the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, or they will be excluded from attending school.
  • Incoming 12th-grade students who have not received any doses of the required vaccine must submit documentation of receiving the meningococcal vaccine (A,C,W,Y) before the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, or they will be excluded from attending school.
  • Incoming 12th-grade students who have received at least one dose of the required vaccine between ages 10 and 16, must receive the booster, or second dose, of the required vaccine by October 23, 2017. Students not receiving the vaccine booster by this date will be excluded from school.

There will be no grace/extension period for the implementation of these requirements.

Please contact your health care provider as soon as possible to complete this requirement mandated by the State of Iowa. Immunizations are also available by appointment at the Polk County Health Department, 1907 Carpenter Ave., Des Moines. Please call 515-286-3798 to make an appointment.

It is essential to provide documentation to your school nurse’s office as soon as the vaccine requirement has been met.

 

Video transcript: Meningitis is a life-threatening illness transmitted among teenagers. It’s not their fault. Teenagers spend a lot of time together, making it easy for meningitis to spread, especially in schools, dorms, and cafeterias. That’s why Iowa now requires all incoming seventh- and 12th-graders have a meningitis vaccination before they can start class. Call it the No Shot, No School rule. So keep them safe and smart. Get them an appointment with your health care provider today.

Monday, July 24, 2017

FCA Invites WDMCS to See “Woodlawn” on New Scoreboard

Valley High School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter invites West Des Moines Community Schools families to join them for a free message and movie on the new scoreboard at Valley Stadium at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Friday, May 12, 2017

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. Next year, it will be required for all districts to administer the state assessment in the spring. Because there are more districts who administer this assessment in the spring, evaluation of the assessment may take longer, and 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.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Early Dismissal on Last Day of School

This is a reminder that the last day of school for students—Friday, June 2—will be an early dismissal 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 start at its regular time and follow a Friday schedule but have an “early out” at its Wednesday “early out” time on the last day of school:

Elementary (except Crestview) 9:05 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
Crestview School of Inquiry 8:20 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.
Junior High 7:35 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Valley Southwoods Freshman High School 8:20 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Valley High School 8:20 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Walnut Creek Campus 9 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

 

Please note: Teachers will follow a different schedule.
See the last day of school schedule for teachers.

Friday, April 21, 2017

School Board Meets at Western Hills Elementary

Western Hills ElementaryThe West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Board of Education will hold a workshop and regular business meeting on Monday, April 24, 2017, in the Media Center at Western Hills Elementary, 600 39th Street, in West Des Moines.

The workshop begins at 5:15 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 7 p.m.

These meetings are open to the public.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

What Do You Think? District Website Survey

We are in the process of updating the website to reflect our new brand. Please take a few moments to answer these questions about the district’s website, www.wdmcs.org.

Take the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/district-website.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Iowa Assessments: Smart Testing Tips

WDMCS students in grades 3-8 and 11 will be taking the Iowa Assessments in late March and early April. Here are three expert tips that will help your child do his or her best on testing days:

  1. Make sure your child is well-rested and eats a good breakfast the day of the test.
  2. Students should dress in layers so they can stay comfortable during the test.
  3. Handle nerves before the test by stretching or taking a few deep breaths.

Keep these tips in mind on the following Iowa Assessments testing dates:

  • Elementary Schools: April 10-14
  • Indian Hills Junior High: March 27-31
  • Stilwell Junior High: March 27-31 and April 2-7
  • Valley Southwoods and Valley High School: April 6-13
  • Walnut Creek Campus: March 28-30

School Improvement Advisory Committee Meets April 4

academics_blc_stockphotoThe West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) School Improvement Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, April 4, 2017, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Fairmeadows Room at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines.

A link to the agenda is below.

The WDMCS School Improvement Advisory Committee is made up of both district staff and parents. The group serves as both the district’s school improvement advisory and equity committee. Its purpose is to make recommendations to the school board based on analysis of the district’s needs assessment data on:

  • Major educational needs
  • Student learning goals
  • Long range goals
  • Harassment of bullying prevention goals, programs, training and other initiatives
  • Multi-culture, gender fair issues and gifted and talented initiatives

School Improvement Advisory Committee

Agenda

 

Friday, September 23, 2016

School Board Elects Officers Sept. 26

The 2015-16 West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education.

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education.

The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Board of Education will hold a workshop and its annual and organizational meetings on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines.

The workshop begins at 5:15 p.m. in the Fairmeadows Room and the annual meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room. The organizational meeting will directly follow the annual meeting, but will be held in the Clive Room.

These meetings are open to the public.

School Board Meeting Materials

School Board Information

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