Monday, August 18, 2014

Uniformed Officers in the Schools


It’s back to school time for students of the West Des Moines Community School District.  One of the highest priorities of the West Des Moines Police Department is to provide a safe and secure environment for the children and members of our community.  With that priority in mind officers of the department will be present, in uniform, at most of the schools in the West Des Moines Community School District, within the City of West Des Moines, during the first week of school and periodically throughout the year.  This uniformed presence will supplement our School Resource Officers and our Community Education and Outreach Officers that currently work in our schools.  Students, teachers, parents, and the community will see an increase in marked police cars in and around the schools and the adjacent streets beginning on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

We would like to remind the community of the following:

  • Please slow down and obey all of the traffic laws in and around our schools.  There will be an increase in pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic when school starts.  Be aware of, and slow down, near our crosswalks.  The safety of our children as they come to school and return home is paramount!
  • Please watch for school buses, their warning lights, and stop signals.  The safety of our children as they are picked up and dropped off from the schools buses and bus stops needs to be a priority for drivers.  We need all drivers to obey all of the laws associated with schools buses so that we can prevent the tragedy of a child being struck by a vehicle.
  • Please refrain from texting while driving and any other activity that distracts your ability to safely and defensively drive your vehicles.
  • Parents, please utilize the appropriate child safety seat as you transport your children in your vehicles.  If you need any assistance with the installation, or have questions about the requirements of the law, please contact our department.  We have Child Safety Seat Technicians that are specifically trained and certified in this area and are very willing to help with installations or questions. They can be contacted at 515-222-3320.
  • We would also ask that you talk to your children and give them guidance and strategies on how to deal with stranger danger incidents.  We want to encourage the immediate reporting of all suspicious persons and acts that occur involving the children of our community.  If you need some guidance in that area, please contact the West Des Moines Police Department or seek out a teacher or staff member from the West Des Moines Community School District.  If a suspicious act is in progress please call 911 for immediate assistance.

If we all follow these guidelines our community, specifically our children, will have a safe and enjoyable school year.  If you have a non-emergency question please contact the West Des Moines Police Department at 515-222-3320.

New Safety Procedures at Valley Stadium

What would the start of the school year be without a trip to Valley Stadium to see the Tigers on the gridiron and the Marchmasters’ halftime show? In an effort to make these exciting games and other events at the stadium safe and enjoyable for everyone, we will be implementing new safety procedures at Valley Stadium this season.

These procedures will begin with the Dial Bowl on August 21:

  • There will be no drop offs. Elementary students must be accompanied by an adult to enter the stadium.
  • Junior high and high school students may attend without an adult only if they present a valid student ID.
  • All bags, purses and backpacks entering the stadium will be checked. If you will be bringing any of these items into the stadium, please enter through the Bag Lines at the north and west gates.
  • There will be no loitering behind the stands.
  • No balls of any kind will be allowed into the stadium.

These safety procedures were developed in coordination with the West Des Moines Police Department and Valley Stadium security personnel.

Thank you for joining us in our continued efforts to make Valley Stadium a safe, festive and fun atmosphere. Go Tigers!

Monday, August 4, 2014

District Strategic Plan Approved

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education approved a strategic plan for the district on news_idea_stockphotoJune 23, 2014.

Providing personalized learning, offering 21st century learning environments, expanding internships for student with businesses, establishing externships for staff in businesses, and creating and sustaining a business/school partnership for implementation of a New Tech High are just some of the work identified in the plan.

The strategic plan outlines the following areas of focus for the next five years:

  • Culture for Learning
  • Professional Learning
  • Teaching for Learning
  • Systemness

The School Board, building principals and district administrators conducted the strategic planning process during public meetings held on November 26, 2013, December 3, 2013 and February 13, 2014.

Input on a draft of the plan was gathered from employees at meetings held at each district building. Administration also gathered feedback from parents through the School Community Network and Building a Learning Community meetings.

The School Board will review the district’s progress on a regular basis throughout the year.

District Strategic Plan

Monday, May 5, 2014

Nutrition Account FAQ

Q: I used to get low balance email reminders when my student’s account was low. How do I set up low balance email reminders with the new system?

A: ParentOnline lets you view your student’s account balance, set up low balance alerts, view his or her account history (both debits and credits) and set food restrictions.

To create a ParentOnline account:

  • Go to
  • Click the blue “CREATE AN ACCOUNT” arrow.
  • Once your account is created, add your student(s) to your account,
  • Click Low Balance Alert and type in the dollar amount that you want an automated email sent to you when he/she falls below that amount
  • Click Save.

More answers to your frequently asked questions

Friday, April 25, 2014

Notice of Public Hearing – Fairmeadows




Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the West Des Moines Community School District will hold a public hearing on the 28th day of April, 2014, at 7:00 o=clock P.M. central time, in the Media Center at Crossroads Park Elementary, 1050 50th Street, West Des Moines, Iowa, on the conveyance of real property, pursuant to Iowa Code Sections 279.8 and 297.22.  The real property is locally described as:


27 feet right-of-way adjacent to current right-of-way for 19th Street located 33 feet from the centerline of 19th Street; AND 10 feet right-of-way adjacent to the current right-of-way for Prospect Avenue currently located 25 feet from the centerline of Prospect Avenue; AND 10 feet of right-of-way adjacent to the current right-of-way for 23rd Street currently located 25 feet from the centerline of 23rd Street, all in the City of West Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa (“Property”).


At the time and place set for the public hearing, interested individuals will be given the opportunity to express their views, both orally and in writing, on the following:


Proposal to convey an interest in the Property to the City of West Des Moines for valuable consideration.


The proposal may be subject to conditions as may be stated either in the proposal, the Resolution of the Board of Directors of the West Des Moines Community School District, or documents entered into between the parties.


A copy of the proposal may be reviewed at the office of Secretary of the Board of the West Des Moines Community School District, Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa.


After the public hearing, the Board may make a final determination to accept or reject the proposal as submitted, or upon condition that certain terms be changed, or the Board may defer action on any or all of the proposals until a subsequent meeting.



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Safe Drug Disposal Drop on April 26, 2014

Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the West Des Moines Police Department, 250 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265.

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the Untied States. As a matter of public safety, properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone’s responsibility. Disposing of medications through collection programs helps to keep the environment safe from both water and ground contamination.

Medication access by our young people and other abusers have revealed that they easily obtain them through medicine cabinets of family and friends. Now citizens won’t have to wait for a special take-back day to clean out their medicine cabinets.

Citizens looking to dispose of unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can now visit the safe and secure permanent drop-off location at the West Des Moines Police Department.



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Summer of Learning

coverWDMCS Community Education’s Summer of Learning programs are now open for registration. Our Summer of Learning programs provide fun and enriching educational experiences during the summer months for students completing grades K-12. A variety of learning opportunities are offered including:

Art Adventures grades 1-7* – Students will get creative while exploring a variety of materials and techniques!

Band Bash grades 6-12* – Band Bash offers private lessons and rehearsal band to help students develop important skills needed for joining their school band.

Be the Boss! Youth Entrepreneur Camp grades 5-6* – Students will experience hands-on entrepreneurship through a variety of highly interactive classroom activities, guest speakers, and a tour of a local business.

Bricks 4 Kidz grades 1-7* – These camps utilize LEGO® Bricks to demonstrate math, science, language arts, and social studies concepts in a fun and creative way!

Jazz Jam grades 7-9* – Students will focus on beginning to intermediate jazz improvisation.

Jump Start grades 1-5* – Jump Start uses themed learning to help students refresh their academic skills for the upcoming school year, while enriching their summer with art, computers, P.E., and science.

Kids in the Kitchen grades 5-8* – Students will have fun learning how to accurately measure ingredients, follow a recipe, and cook a variety of delicious food!

Safety Town Kindergarten* – Safety Town introduces safety awareness and preventative practices to young children through interactive activities such as visits to the West Des Moines Fire and Police Departments.

Safety Town Volunteering Grades 6-7* – Safety Town volunteers assist young students as they are introduced safety awareness and preventative practices through a variety of interactive activities.

Science Exploration grades 1-7* – These classes let students explore a variety of stimulating science subjects!

Show Choir Camp (Beginning) grades 6-7 – This camp is designed to be a first-time show choir experience and will be appropriate for any student entering into 6th or 7th grade. No organized singing or dancing experience needed.

Show Choir Camp (Experienced) grades 7-8 – This camp is designed for students who have had some experience singing in an organized chorus with no dance experience required. It’s a great way for them to keep singing and dancing even though school is out!

Sneak Peek kindergarten* – This morning program gives children a peek at kindergarten by offering the opportunity to experience the activities and daily routines of a typical school day.

Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) grades 1-7* – SAIL offers refresher classes in reading, writing, and math, as well as enrichment opportunities such as chess, computers, art, science, and much more!

Summer Strings grades 5-9* – Summer Strings offers both private instrumental lessons and instruction in an orchestra setting.

Volunteer Opportunities for students finishing grades 9 and up.*

Youth Tech Inc. Grades 5-12* – Offers a variety of interactive computer camps that focus on providing creative and fun ways to develop technology skills.

*Grade entering fall 2014.

Learn More

Register Online

Monday, April 7, 2014

Building a Learning Community Committee Meets Tuesday

academics_blc_stockphotoThe West Des Moines Community Schools Building A Learning Community Committee will meet at the time and date noted below. 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

Event: WDMCS Building A Learning Community Committee
Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Fairmeadows Room, Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265-5556


Becoming a Learning Community Committee




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: