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.

School Board Meeting Materials

School Board Information

School Board Meeting Calendar

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,

Take the survey at

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