Monday, October 21, 2013

Helping Students, Supporting Teachers

The district is researching ways to improve student achievement by offering leadership roles for teachers in the area of instruction. Our educators serving as instructional leaders could model effective teaching strategies, work directly in the classroom with teachers to help students learn, share research and much more. There are different ways, or models, that school districts use to provide leadership roles for teachers. The district has established a Teacher Leadership Committee to study these models. It has also applied for a state grant designed to help districts pay for this research. The committee may select a model to use in our district and apply for an additional state grant to implement a teacher leadership model. For more information, please visit

Monday, September 30, 2013

District to Test Phone Notification System Oct. 18

Winter weather is approaching! The district will be conducting a test of its emergency notification system Fri., Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. This is ONLY A TEST.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • The caller ID on your phone will show the number 515-633-5599.
  • The phone call is made through Infinite Campus Messenger, so your phone number must be entered into IC in order to receive the call.
  • If you do not receive a test call, please contact your school office to let them know you did not receive a call and would like to update your Infinite Campus information. You can also update your information by following the instructions below.

What if I have a phone number that is not listed and I want to add it?

You can call your school office to have them update it for you, or follow these instructions to submit a request for the update:

I don’t have an Infinite Campus account. How do I change my weather notification preferences?

You can call your school office and they can change your preferences for you.

Friday, September 20, 2013

New School Board Members Sworn in Sept. 23

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education will hold its annual and organizational meetings on Monday, Sept. 23. A reception honoring retiring board members and board members elect will also be held. More information on the reception is below.

Board Reception Invitation

During the annual meeting, the board will be asked to approve the annual treasurer’s report and accept the school board election abstract. In addition, they will consider Walnut Creek Campus’ application for a planning grant to study competency-based education. See the link below for the full agenda.

At the organizational meeting, new board members Tali Greenspon and Vicky Poole and re-elected member Elizabeth Brennan will take the oath of office. In addition, the board will elect a president and vice-president for the 2013-14 year.


Board Packet

Board Information

Sunday, September 15, 2013

No School Monday, September 16

There is no school on Monday, September 16. Classes resume on Tuesday, September 17.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Parents, Staff Meet with Interim Superintendent

The WDMCS Building A Learning Community Committee will meet Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the West Des Moines Public Library (2nd Floor Classroom).

The committee will meet with new Interim Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy to share vision, goals and plans for the 2013-14 school year and answer questions. Members will also review the district’s recent communications audit report and share upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month activities.

This meeting is open to the public.

The WDMCS Becoming a Learning Community 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


Friday, September 6, 2013

School Board Meets Sept. 9

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education will hold a regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 9. This meeting is open to the public.

The board will review current construction projects and several contracts and hold two closed sessions. See link below for full agenda.


Board Packet

Board Information

Homecoming 2013 Schedule and Information

Homecoming has many district-wide activities in which both our schools and the larger community are involved. The following information about Homecoming is from the Valley Student Government.

  • Homecoming Parade Registration Form (pdf)
  • Homecoming 2013 Schedule: Dates are September 16-21, 2013. Please see more detailed schedule below. Information includes district-wide/community events, as well as some Valley-specific activities.

Homecoming 2013 – September 16-21, 2013

Theme: Across the Universe

Monday, September 16:  No School
Tuesday, September 17: Dress-Up Day:  Under the Sea (Hawaiian Outfits/Fish)

  • 6 p.m. Dunk Tank – Lower Parking Lot of Valley Stadium
  • 6:30 p.m. Powder Puff Football Game – Valley Stadium

Wednesday, September 18: Dress-Up Day: Home Land Pride

Thursday, September 19: Dress-Up Day: Out of this World Day— (aliens, stars)

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dance Tickets ($10/$15 at dance) on sale – Valley
  • 5:45 p.m. Parade – Around Valley Stadium
  • 6:15 p.m.  BBQ ($5)- lower parking lot of Stadium or VSW Cafeteria (rain location)
  • 6:15 p.m. Carnival – lower parking lot of Stadium or VSW Gym (rain location)

Friday, September 20: Dress- Up Day: Spirit Day

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Dance Tickets ($10/$15 at dance) on sale – Valley
  • 7:30 p.m.:  Football Game and Coronation at half-time – Valley Stadium
  • After Game: Fireworks – Field by Valley Stadium

Saturday, September 21:  “Dance Across the Universe” from 8- 11 p.m. at Hy-Vee Hall

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Buy Friday’s Football Game Tickets Early

The Valley Athletic Office will be pre-selling tickets for the Valley vs. Dowling game on Thursday (9/5) and Friday (9/6) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.. Tickets are $6 for ninth grade up and adults, and $4 for K-8 students. Valley High School students with VAT’s do not need to purchase a ticket. Buy your tickets early and avoid the long lines on game night!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Stranger Danger: Incident Near 68th Street and Reite Ave., Windsor Heights

The following information was provided to us this morning from the Windsor Heights Police Department:

On August 29, 2013 at approximately 8:30pm, a juvenile female was approached in the area of 68th and Reite in Windsor Heights by a stranger in a pickup.

The victim stated that the stranger drove by her twice, then stopped and told her to get in the truck. The victim ran away and called 911. The Windsor Heights Police Department had officers in the area and the victim was picked up by a police officer just two blocks from where she started running.

Officers were unable to locate the suspect vehicle. The victim described the truck as an older red pickup with loud exhaust. She described the driver as an older white male with a white beard and white hair.

Police are on alert around the Des Moines area looking for this subject.

If you have any information to help identify this individual, please contact the Windsor Heights Police Department at 515-286-3632 or Polk County Crime Stoppers.

Parents are encouraged to speak with their children about safety practices. If you are out walking try to be in a group. If you see anything suspicious call 911.

Stranger Danger Rules Resources

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Registration Open for LEARNwest Fall Classes

LEARNwest 2013 Fall Catalog In the summer, many people keep a more relaxed, slower pace while enjoying their time with family and friends, but when fall hits, it’s a good time to step out of summer and fall into learning. LEARNwest provides many opportunities for you to do just that!

Whether you’re looking to continue a hobby or try something new, LEARNwest courses offer a variety of topics at an affordable price—located at area schools and business in your own backyard! You can even take classes online through UGotClass and stay in the comfort of your own home.

LEARNwest Catalog

Registration Information