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Informaline—Oct. 16, 2017 Issue

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Important Dates
Oct. 16: Career and Apprenticeship Showcase, 4-6:30 p.m.
Oct. 16-20: CogAT Testing for Third Grade
Oct. 17: School Community Network Meeting, 9:15 a.m.
Oct. 20: Second Quarter Transportation Fees Due
Oct. 23: School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m.
Oct. 23: School Board Regular (Business) Meeting, 7 p.m.
Oct. 26: End of First Quarter

Winter Weather! Notification System Test Oct. 24
 West Des Moines Community Schools is getting ready for winter. To help keep students and staff safe, we provide notifications of inclement weather or emergency situation school closings. We will be conducting a test of this weather notification system at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Read more about the test call.

You’re Invited to Preschool Palooza!
Join us for Preschool Palooza on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Hillside Elementary!

Children ages 2-6 will enjoy activities, while their grown-ups gather information about early childhood opportunities and kindergarten registration in the West Des Moines Community Schools.

WDMCS Students Explore Equity in Arts-Based Program
More than 50 students from Valley High School, Walnut Creek Campus, and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School had the opportunity to attend their first equity training session on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Learn more about the arts-based equity training. Students will participate in three total days of training during the 2017-18 school year in order to build a greater understanding of equity, diversity, and issues of social justice.

National School Bus Safety Week: Bus Payments Due!
National School Bus Safety Week is taking place Oct. 16-20! To make sure all bus riders continue to have safe transportation, take this chance to make sure your transportation plans are in place for the second quarter. Second quarter transportation fees are due Friday, Oct. 20. Fees can be paid at your child’s school or through the online payment system.

This is also a good time to change your child’s ridership details, if needed. Please complete and submit the “Make Change to Current Ridership” form if you would like to make changes. You can also contact our Transportation Department at 515-633-4902.

Remember to thank your bus driver and practice safe bus riding this week during National School Bus Safety Week!

Flu Shots Available Oct. 17 and Nov. 14
As we head into flu season, two West Des Moines Community Schools buildings will host flu shot clinics open to the entire community:

  • Oct. 17: 3:30-7:30 p.m. at Crestview School of Inquiry, 8355 Franklin Ave., Clive
  • Nov. 14: 4-7:30 p.m. at Hillside Elementary School, 713 Eighth St., West Des Moines

All students, families, and community members will be able to receive flu shots at either clinic.

Dual Language Immersion Program Seeking Native Spanish Students
The WDMCS Dual Language Spanish Immersion program will start with incoming kindergarten students for the 2018-19 school year at Western Hills Elementary. It will be a 50/50 program where students learn in English and Spanish. We are still seeking to fill the 13 open slots for Native Spanish speakers. The deadline to indicate an interest in this program is Dec. 15, 2017. Learn more about the program and how to register.

WDMCS Teacher Kelsey Hudson Wins Award for “Impact of Islam” Lesson Plan
Valley High School social studies teacher Kelsey Hudson received the Don Fett Award for Outstanding Lesson Design at the Iowa Council for the Social Studies Conference on Oct. 2. Hudson’s lesson plan, “The Impact of Islamic Iberia on Western Civilization,” seeks to help students understand the importance of medieval Andalusian achievements through a Document-Based Question. Congratulations to Hudson on her accomplishment and her continued commitment to the students at Valley High School. Learn more about her award. Watch for more information about this lesson as Hudson prepares to teach it in her classes this November.

We Want Your Input!
Facilities Planning Framework Timeline Set
WDMCS will be working with administration, staff, students, families, and the community this fall to gain feedback in laying the groundwork for the development of a 10-Year Facilities Plan. Topics include preschool needs, whether to move sixth grade out of elementary buildings, project-based learning environments, and other key initiatives. The resulting framework is scheduled to be presented to the Board of Education in early January. If you are interested in being part of a parent or community focus group either Nov. 14, 15, or 16, please RSVP at bit.ly/facilities-focus-groups by Friday, Nov. 3.

Survey Seeks Input Regarding Principal Replacement
Valley High School Principal Tim Miller will retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year. WDMCS has hired a search firm to support the search and recruitment of the next Valley High School principal. Part of the process includes gaining community feedback on the desired characteristics of the individual who will fill this role. To participate in this survey, visit bit.ly/valley-principal-survey.

Fall Classroom Party Ideas
With the changes this school year to the district’s wellness policy, we wanted to send helpful ideas for planning your fall parties. You can order Harvest Cookies that meet the nutrition guidelines through WDMCS Nutrition Services. We also encourage non-food celebrations, which can include games, music, and physical activities. Get fun ideas to help make your fall party a hit!

Adding Tools to the Toolbox: WDMCS Teachers on How Professional Development Helps Students
West Des Moines Community Schools teachers spent Oct. 9 learning and collaborating in a variety of ways to improve student achievement. See what they had to say about the professional development on Oct. 9:

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WDMCS Students Explore Equity in Arts-Based Program

More than 50 students from Valley High School, Walnut Creek Campus, and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School had the opportunity to attend their first equity training session on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The students took part in Youth Equity Stewardship (YES!), an arts-based education program that is part of the Deep Equity framework chosen to guide the West Des Moines Community Schools’ equity work.

Youth Equity Stewardship Co-Founder/Executive Director Benjie Howard—son of Deep Equity creator Gary Howard—and Creative Director Wade Colwell-Sandoval led students through discussions and activities designed to help them examine their personal cultures and journeys. Songs, poems, and interactive activities supported the students’ learning.

In order to establish Tone and Trust, the first phase of Deep Equity training, students first worked together to create community agreements, guidelines for discussion that help to create a welcoming environment. WDMCS students’ community agreements included respecting the golden rule, assuming good intent, listening to understand, and collaborating. They also discussed stewardship and their personal strengths and growth areas as stewards in the community.

The students then completed an activity district staff experienced during their training in July. Students examined the statement “We, the people,” from the U.S. Constitution. They compared and contrasted the groups of people it represented in 1787—white, male property-owners—with the people present in the room. Then, they evaluated on a scale from zero to 100 percent how well the country has done making Constitution ideals accessible to all people. WDMCS students were approximately spread from 10 percent to 60 percent. They discussed social progress in small groups before representatives presented their thoughts to the entire group. The workshop ended with a discussion about what diversity is and a reflective poetry-writing activity. Students were given the opportunity to share these poems with the entire group. It was a powerful and emotional way to culminate the day’s activities.

Students will meet again on Jan. 24 and April 18 to continue their training. They will participate in three total days of training during the 2017-18 school year in order to build a greater understanding of equity, diversity, and issues of social justice.

Topics: Equity

Informaline—Oct. 2, 2017 Issue

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Important Dates
Oct. 9: Professional Development—No School for Students
Oct. 10-13: National School Lunch Week
Oct. 26: End of First Quarter

Dunnwald Elected School Board President
The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education elected Melinda Dunnwald as its president and Jill Caton Johnson, Ph.D.  as its vice president on Monday, Sept. 25.

The Board also appointed Dunnwald to serve as the Board’s representatives on the district’s School Community Network, which is a committee of parents, teachers, and administrators. Board member Vicky Poole, Ed.D., was appointed as the Board’s representative on the West Des Moines Community Schools Foundation, and Liz Cox was appointed as the Board’s representative on the Iowa Association of School Boards’ Delegate Assembly.

Learn more about our 2017-18 Board of Education.

How To: Authorizing Google Drive in Canvas
So teachers can easily share Google Docs with students, student Canvas accounts can access Google Drive. As more classes start to use Canvas, some students have had difficulty authorizing their Google Drive in Canvas.

To help students authorize Google Drive accounts through Canvas, West Des Moines Community Schools Online Learning Coordinator Carrie Jacobs has provided a detailed how-to complete with screenshots. Students and families can access these instructions at bit.ly/authorizedrive.

If these steps do not complete the authorization, or if you need assistance, please contact Jacobs at 515-633-5159 or jacobsc@wdmcs.org.

No School for Students Oct. 9 While Teachers Collaborate
Students have the day off from school on Monday, Oct. 9, while teachers spend the day learning and collaborating in a variety of ways to improve student achievement.

Teachers serving students in grades 3-12 will be involved in training with Canvas, our district’s online learning system where course information and resources are stored. Teachers serving students in grades K-2 will be participating in learning around small group reading instruction. In addition, some New Tech project-based learning facilitators will be engaging in learning centered on Echo, the learning management tool supported by New Tech Network, as well as engaging in project development and building professional learning. Some secondary facilitators will also experience a project simulation with the support of community partners from Shive-Hattery and Food Dudes.

Teachers will be able to put their learning directly into action when students come back to school on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Read more about teachers’ Oct. 9 learning.

Join Us for National School Lunch Week Oct. 10-13!
To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, the West Des Moines Community Schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week from Oct. 10-13. Families are invited to eat lunch with their children during National School Lunch Week. If you would like to join your child, please call your child’s school to reserve a meal and find out specific meal times. Students will also be able to participate in these activities throughout the week: “I Tried It” Bingo Tuesday, Wacky Meal Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, and Frozen Fruit Cup Friday.

Learn more about how WDMCS is celebrating National School Lunch Week at bit.ly/NSLW2017.

Mediacom Denying WDMCS Campus Messenger Emails
Mediacom is blocking families with @mchsi.com email address from receiving emails from Infinite Campus Messenger. This includes daily announcements, the “Informaline” newsletter, and other messages from messenger@wdmschools.org.

We have an open ticket with Mediacom tech. support and are waiting for a resolution to the issue. In the meantime, families can add an email address that does not use @mchsi.com to Infinite Campus or access announcements and “Informaline” online.

We plan to communicate with affected families using methods other than Infinite Campus Messenger. Please watch the WDMCS Technology Department blog for updates at wdmtech.wordpress.com.

Heart Rate Monitors Provide New Data for Supporting Student Health
This school year, students in grades 4-12 have been introduced to a new physical educational technology and curriculum system called the Interactive Health Technologies Spirit System. This new technology engages students in the latest heart rate monitor and assessment technology available today.

The heart rate monitors are worn during P.E. and are designed to help students gain instant feedback on their effort. This program also engages and educates students on a variety of fitness activities that optimize fitness, coordination, and self-confidence.

Data collected through the monitors will assist P.E. teachers and families as they help students develop and attain health goals. Learn more at bit.ly/spiritsystem.

You’re Invited to Preschool Palooza!
Please join us at our fifth Preschool Palooza, 9:30 a.m to noon, Saturday, Nov. 4, at Hillside Elementary! Children ages 2-6 will enjoy fun and educational activities while their grown-ups gather information about early childhood opportunities, such as preschool programs and kindergarten enrollment in WDMCS. All activities and snacks are free.

For more information, visit bit.ly/preschool_palooza.

 

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Dunnwald Elected School Board President

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education elected Melinda Dunnwald as its president and Jill Caton Johnson, Ph.D.  as its vice president on Monday, Sept. 25.

Dunnwald was elected in 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Iowa State University and her master’s degree in business communication from the University of St. Thomas. She was a top sales performer as well as sales manager at the Xerox Corporation and an adjunct instructor at Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. Dunnwald and her husband, Jeff, have two children: Dayna is a sophomore at Valley High School and Drew is a ninth-grader at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School.  

Jill Caton Johnson, Ph.D., was also elected in 2015. She is a professor of education and director of off-campus teaching and learning programs at Drake University, and is a former fourth-grade teacher at Crestview School of Inquiry (then Crestview Elementary) in the West Des Moines Community Schools. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Iowa, and her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction, literacy education from the University of Minnesota. She and her husband, Tom, have two children: Jack is a sophomore at Valley High School and Caton is an ninth-grader at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School. Johnson is also a member of the United Way Education Cabinet.

Each year, the School Board chooses a president and vice president. The president presides at all meetings of the board, signs contracts and school district warrants approved by the Board, and more. The vice president serves in the absence of the president.

The Board also appointed Dunnwald to serve as the Board’s representatives on the district’s School Community Network, which is a committee of parents, teachers, and administrators. Board member Vicky Poole, Ed.D., was appointed as the Board’s representative on the West Des Moines Community Schools Foundation, and Liz Cox was appointed as the Board’s representative on the Iowa Association of School Boards’ Delegate Assembly.

Read more about our board members on our district website at www.wdmcs.org/district/our-school-board/members.

Topics: School Board News

Informaline—Sept. 18, 2017 Issue

Note to Families with @mchsi.com Email Addresses

We’ve learned that @mchsi.com users have not been receiving emails from Infinite Campus Messenger, which is one way we distribute the “Informaline” newsletter. We’ve opened a ticket with Mediacom tech support, but are waiting for a resolution to the issue. In the meantime, you can see the “Informaline” here on the district website or add an email that does not use @mchsi.com to your Infinite Campus profile. Keep an eye on this WDMCS Technology Department blog post for updates.

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Important Dates
Oct. 9: Professional Development—No School
Oct. 26: End of First Quarter

Brennan, Poole, Wells Elected to School Board
Incumbents Elizabeth Brennan and Vicky Poole, Ed.D., and new Board member Jennifer Wells were elected to three open seats on the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education in the Sept. 12 school board election. The official tally of votes took place on Friday, Sept. 15.

Brennan, Poole, and Wells will be sworn in at the annual/organizational meeting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25, at the Learning Resource Center. The meeting will follow a reception honoring school board members at 6:30 p.m. the same day.

The Physical Plant and Equipment Levy was also renewed by the community. The approved levy will take effect immediately after the current levy expires in 2021 and last until 2031. Thank you for voting!

Valley Hall of Honor Unveiled at Homecoming
Principal Tim Miller announced the Valley High School Hall of Honor during halftime of the Valley vs. Johnston Homecoming football game. The Hall of Honor will recognize outstanding alumni, educators, and community leaders who, through achievements, endeavors, leadership, and character, are positive role models for the student body of the West Des Moines Community Schools.

Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 15, 2017. To learn more about the Valley Hall of Honor and submit nominations, go to www.wdmcs.org/schools/valley/hall-of-honor.

Dual Language Spanish Immersion Program
The WDMCS Dual Language Spanish Immersion program will start with incoming kindergarten students for the 2018-19 school year. It will be a 50/50 program where students learn in English and Spanish. There will be 13 open slots for Native Spanish speakers and 13 open slots for Native English or other language speakers.

Kindergarten registration is now open. Please check the “Dual Language Spanish Immersion Program” checkbox when registering a child for kindergarten. An application will then be sent to interested families. More than 10 families have already indicated an interest in the program, so we encourage families to register soon.

17 Valley Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Congratulations to Valley High School seniors Emma Bohn, Lucy Brown, Nathan Conte, Aarushi Dervesh, Christopher Jun, Chinar Kaul, Ariz Keshwani, Catherine Larson, Grace Matera, Keegan McCullough, Varun Myneni, Anvay Pradhan, Milan Sherman, Joseph Swanson, Shubham Tayal, Linh Tran, and Oliver Willham, who have all been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Valley High School graduate Grant Hurt is also a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.

Finalists will be announced in February, and students will be notified by the end of June if they have been selected as National Merit Scholars. Find out more about the National Merit Scholarship at bit.ly/valley-nms1718.

Classroom Snack and Party Treats FAQs
The West Des Moines Community Schools is making student health and wellness a top priority. To help guide the district in this effort, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education recently approved revisions to the district’s wellness policy (Policy 608.1).

These policy changes impacted the types of snacks and treats that can be distributed to groups of students. Find the approved snack lists and five FAQs at www.wdmcs.org/departments/nutrition/classroom-snacks.

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School Board Reception Sept. 25

The Wes Des Moines Community Schools will hold a reception on Monday, Sept. 25, from 6:30-7 p.m. honoring its school board members who are concluding their service and those who are beginning a new term. The reception will be held at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines, and is open to the public.

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education will welcome new member Jennifer Wells, who joins the seven-member board, which also includes newly re-elected members Elizabeth Brennan and Vicky Poole, Ed.D. The remaining members of the Board are David J. Brown, Liz Cox, Melinda Dunnwald, and Jill Caton Johnson, Ph.D.

Tali Greenspon is concluding her term on the school board. She served the school district for four years.

For more information about the school board, please visit www.wdmcs.org/district/our-school-board.

 

Topics: School Board News

Brennan, Poole, Wells Elected to School Board

Incumbents Elizabeth Brennan and Vicky Poole, Ed.D., and Jennifer Wells were elected to three open seats on the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education in the Sept. 12 school board election. The official vote canvass took place on Friday, Sept. 15.

Brennan, Poole, and Wells will be sworn in at the annual/organizational meeting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25, at the Learning Resource Center. The meeting will follow a reception honoring school board members at 6:30 p.m. the same day.

The Physical Plant and Equipment Levy was also renewed by the community. The approved levy will take effect immediately after the current levy expires in 2021 and last until 2031.

 

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WDMCS Superintendent Response to DACA Repeal

This week, the White House announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA offers protections for young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. Nearly 800,000 DACA recipients are currently able to work and study in the U.S. due to the protections the program offers.

DACA Recission Fact Sheet

WDMCS Mission

In the West Des Moines Community Schools, our mission is to graduate students who can “thrive in and contribute to a diverse and changing world.” We are part of that diverse world. Our students represent more than 30 countries and have a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. Our mission applies to all of our students; regardless of background, each of them has the potential to thrive in and contribute to our community.

Our focus in the West Des Moines Community Schools is helping all students achieve that potential. Students will remain our focus, and we will continue to empower each of them to learn, grow, and succeed.

As we work together toward our mission, we must remember that diversity strengthens us. We will not tolerate racism or bigotry. Students, teachers, families, and staff members must respect one another, even when we do not agree and especially when events in our country highlight our differences rather than the things we have in common.

Recognizing and fostering each student’s potential is something that must be lived out each day. Let us work together in educating responsible lifelong learners who can thrive in and contribute to our community. We all can contribute to reaching this goal for our schools, our community, and our students.

Sincerely,
Lisa Remy, Ed.D.
Superintendent
West Des Moines Community Schools

Topics: Equity, Superintendent

School Board Election 2017

School board elections will be held this year on Tuesday, Sept. 12. There will be three seats on the ballot, as well as a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) renewal.

Election Results     Learn About PPEL     How to Vote

The School Board

A boy holds a sign that says Vote!The school board represents the parents and citizens of our community. In the West Des Moines Community Schools, school board members are elected at-large, or represent the entire school district. They receive no compensation for their service.

Each school board member is elected for a term of four years. Terms are staggered to ensure continuity of leadership.

Candidate Information
The filing period for school board candidates ended at 5 p.m. on July 30. The following individuals have filed nomination papers. Follow the links to profiles from “The Des Moines Register.”

  • Incumbent Elizabeth Brennan, 804 38th St., West Des Moines, is currently a preschool teacher at Montessori Children’s House in West Des Moines. She is a former West Des Moines Community Schools ESOL teacher and Valley High School graduate.
  • Incumbent Vicky Poole, Ed.D., 12844 Clark St., Clive, retired from the West Des Moines Community Schools where she served as Valley High School principal (2000-11) and associate principal (1996-2000).
  • Kelly Davydov, 4812 Stonebridge Circle, West Des Moines, serves as a program manager for the Family Development and Self-Sufficiency Program, an Iowa Department of Human Rights in-home service for low-income families with children birth through 18.
  • Jennifer Wells, 508 25th St., West Des Moines, is executive director of Please Pass the Love, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing school-based mental health supports. She is also an adjunct professor at Drake University and taught special education at Western Hills Elementary, Hillside Elementary, and Indian Hills Junior High.

Current Board President Tali Greenspon is not seeking re-election.

Public School Board Candidate Forums
Iowans for Public Education Forum, 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the WDMCS Learning Resources Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. Iowans for Public Education invites the public to meet all the candidates for the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education and get the chance to ask them a question.

The PPEL Renewal

Voters will be asked to renew the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy—$1.34 per $1,000 of taxable property value. This levy will not increase property taxes. West Des Moines Community Schools has depended on this levy for more than 60 years.

Funds generated will be used for:

  • Purchasing education technology
  • Updating computer systems as needed
  • Safety improvements
  • Building repairs and renovations

Learn more with our Understanding PPEL Fact Sheet.

Remember to Vote on Sept. 12

Polling hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Find Your Precinct Number (Polk County)

Find Your Polling Place     Register to Vote Online     Get an Absentee Ballot 

Please see the following websites for additional information:

Topics: School Board News

Informaline—Aug. 28, 2017 Issue

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Important Dates
Aug. 28-Sept. 8: Kindergarten Early Dismissal
Aug. 28: School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 28: School Board Regular (Business) Meeting, 7 p.m.
Sept. 4: Labor Day—No School
Sept. 5: First Day of Tiger Cubs Preschool

Welcome! A Message from the Superintendent

The beginning of a new school year is one of my favorite times of the year. I hope you were able to enjoy opportunities for fun and learning with your children this summer. As we begin this new school year, I am filled with hope, vision, and excitement.

This year has brought many new district administrators to the West Des Moines Community Schools. They have been working to learn our system and get to know each other this summer, and I know they are excited to meet each of you. As a district, we will be focusing on effective grading practices, equity, and 1:1 implementation this year. We will share progress updates on these topics with you throughout the year.

Thank you for joining us for the 2017-18 school year. We will work every day to teach your children new things and challenge them with interesting questions. I wish you a year filled with great success and great learning!

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year,

Superintendent Lisa Remy, Ed.D.

Reminder: Kindergarten Early Dismissal, Aug. 23-Sept. 8

To help with your child’s transition to all-day kindergarten, West Des Moines Community Schools dismisses kindergarten classes early from Aug. 23 to Sept. 8. Find the early dismissal schedule and more information on our district website.

If you have questions about the kindergarten early dismissal, please contact your school’s main office. For questions about kindergarten early dismissal transportation, please contact the WDMCS Transportation Department at 515-633-4902.

Top Five Ways to Stay Informed

Welcome back! As we start a new school year, we want to give you an overview of the best ways to stay informed in the West Des Moines Community Schools! Here are the top five ways to stay connected:

  1. District Website
  2. Email
  3. Facebook and Twitter
  4. Flickr, Instagram, and Snapchat
  5. The “Informaline”

Get more details on our website at www.wdmcs.org/2017/08/top-five-ways-stay-informed-1718.

Meningitis Vaccine Reminder

The State of Iowa has passed a new law, requiring the meningococcal (specifically A,C,W,Y) vaccine for students entering grades 7 and 12, beginning with the 2017-18 school year. All seventh- and 12th-grade students who have not already done so need to submit a completed Certificate of Immunization with the Meningococcal (A,C,W,Y) vaccination. Students will be excluded from school until their Certificate of Immunization is submitted to their school.

Find out more about the meningitis vaccine requirement at bit.ly/vaccine2017.

Update on WDMCS Facilities Plan

At the Aug. 14, 2017, West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education workshop session, the WDMCS School Board and district administrators received a report from Shive-Hattery Architecture Engineering Consulting Firm. The firm presented updates from previous board workshop discussion related to infrastructure changes needed to support a shift from the current K-6 elementary model. This included options for the removal of sixth grade from the elementary buildings and inclusion of additional Pre-K programs throughout the district.

In addition, Shive-Hattery presented costs associated with ensuring all elementary buildings included a secure entrance. The Board gave district administration direction to move forward with planning secure entrances to all eight elementary schools prior to the 2018-19 school year.

The board then directed district administration to develop the framework and vision for a new 10-year plan, which would include community input prior to January 2018.

Focused on Student Wellness in the WDMCS

The West Des Moines Community Schools is making student health and wellness a top priority. To help guide the district in this effort, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education recently approved revisions to the district’s wellness policy (Policy 608.1).

These changes focus on districtwide health initiatives, including:

  • providing access to healthy nutritional food and beverage options for all activities within the school day.
  • fostering daily physical activity that embraces a healthy lifestyle.

Find the district snack lists and more information about the student wellness policy at bit.ly/wellness1718.

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