Friday, March 21, 2014

Summer School

Walnut Creek Campus is proud to be offering summer school classes for the WDMCS district. To learn more click on the links below.


Course Offerings

Registration Form

Monday, March 3, 2014

International School Meals Day

March 6 will be the second annual International School Meals Day.  Since December 2010, the UK and US have been sharing examples of policies and practices in promoting healthy eating in schools.  With similar challenges and successes, both countries wanted to find a way to raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition amongst children and foster healthy eating habits both at home and at school.  These desires lead to International School Meals Day.  International School Meals Day helps to emphasize the connection between healthy eating, education and better learning.  The theme for this year’s International School Meals Day is “Food Stories”.  Stories relating to food are rich with tradition and culture.  Looking for a conversation starter?  Share a food story with your family.

Find more information at:

Register for Summer Enrichment Adventures (SEA)

Students may now enroll in Summer Enrichment Adventures 2014, a two-week summer program for high achieving, motivated students in the West Des Moines area who will be entering first through eighth grades next fall of 2014.

Twenty-nine course offerings span the areas of science, math, computer science, arts, cultures and more! The classes are coordinated by the WDMCS Extended Learning Program. Classes will be held at Western Hills Elementary from June 9- 20. Tuition is $90 per class ($80 per class for additional children in a family).

To be eligible, fourth through eighth grade students must either be participating in the Extended Learning Program or score at or above the 90th percentile on their Iowa Assessments core total. Students entering first, second and third grade who do not have test scores may enroll only if their classroom performance is consistently outstanding and they enjoy fast-paced, challenging experiences. Students outside of the West Des Moines School District must include a copy of their most recent Iowa Assessments scores.

Enrollment Forms

The enrollment deadline is April 11. For more information contact Marcia Sims at 633-5062 or

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Take Time For School Breakfast

The majority of Americans feel breakfast is important, but hectic mornings make it difficult to fit the meal in every day. In fact, 40 percent of moms say that their child does not eat breakfast daily, according to Kellogg’s Breakfast in America survey.

Numerous studies show that eating breakfast is essential to children’s ability to learn, stay healthy, focus and behave in school. March 3-7 Nutrition Services will be celebrating National School Breakfast Week.  Stop by your school cafeteria before school to have some breakfast and get ready for the day.  The breakfast menu can be found here . New items are being added to our menu. Stop by and join the fun.

On March 3, West Des Moines Nutrition Department will be acknowledging Dr. Seuss with a lunch in honor of his birthday.  Join us for One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Orange Fish and our take on Green Eggs and Ham.  Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

International Night – February 27

International Night: February 27, 2014

Valley High School Cafeteria
5-8:30 p.m. with performances start at 6:45 p.m.

International Night is an event open to the community that features a variety of cultural performances, a fashion show, and kid-friendly activities. Ethnic foods and desserts will be available for purchase at the event.

Admission is $3 for one person and $5 for two people. All profits are donated to charity. Bring your friends and family for a fun night celebrating world cultures!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Board to Decide 2014-15 Calendar Feb. 26

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. to take action on the 2014-15 school year calendar. This meeting is open to the public.

The Board has held two public hearings on two different calendar options. The first public hearing was held on February 10 on a draft calendar with a start date of Aug. 20. Based on the feedback gathered on the first proposed calendar, a second draft calendar with a start date of Aug. 13 was developed and another hearing was held on February 24.

The Board was scheduled to vote on the calendar February 24, but deferred a decision until February 26 in order to consider feedback gathered at the second public hearing.


Event: West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education Special Meeting
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Community Room, Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines



Board Information



Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Last District Strategic Planning Meeting Feb. 13

Strategic PlanningOn Thursday, Feb. 13, the West Des Moines Community Schools will hold the last of three strategic planning meetings. The meeting was originally scheduled for January 16, but was cancelled due to inclement weather. This meeting is open to the public.

The School Board, building principals and district administrators are conducting a strategic planning process to define where we as a district are headed over the next several years and how we will achieve our goals. The first two strategic planning meetings were held Nov. 26 and Dec. 3.

Event: West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education Special Meeting – Strategic Planning
Date: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Community Room, Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines



Board Information

Friday, February 7, 2014

Board Reviews Draft Budget-Reducing Options

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education will review a draft of the budget-reducing options at a workshop session at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10. The Board will also hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. These meetings are open to the public.

More than 200 total cost-saving suggestions were submitted by staff, parents, community members, building principals, district administrators, the employee unions and the Superintendent Advisory Committees, which include School Board members.

A final cost-cutting package recommendation is tentatively scheduled to go to the School Board in March.

The district plans to reduce approximately $3 million each year for the next two years based on preliminary budget estimates. The district is using a decision-making process call Tregoe to determine ways to reduce spending.

The West Des Moines Community Schools will hold three public meetings to provide district families and community members the opportunity to provide feedback on proposed budget cutting options. The community meetings will be held in the Community Room at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway on:

  • Saturday, Feb. 15 from 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 17 from 12-1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 7-8:30 p.m.

During the regular meeting, the School Board will hold a hearing on the proposed 2014-15 school year calendar, review midyear school improvement plans, and more. Links to the full agenda and board packet are below.

Event: West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education Workshop & Regular Meeting
Date: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
Time: 5:15 p.m. – Workshop; 7:00 p.m. – Regular Meeting
Location: Community Room, Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines


Packet (Reduction Options Start On Page 12 of Packet)

Board Information

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Payschool Balances May Not Reflect Recent Deposits

We are currently experiencing problems with student account updates to payschool (lunch and breakfast) accounts. Your student’s account balance may not reflect recent deposits. If information is needed on an account please contact nutrition services at (515) 633-5085, Thank you!