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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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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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Top Five Ways to Stay Informed in the WDMCS

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!

1. District Website
Keep an eye on our district website, www.wdmcs.org! You’ll find new information and stories on the front page and tabs, and school news on each school site.

2. Email
Many schools have daily announcements that will arrive as emails sent directly to your inbox. You will also get emergency notifications and other updates.

3. Facebook and Twitter
The district is on Facebook and Twitter! Each school has its own Facebook page, and some are on Twitter. Like or follow us on these platforms to see feature articles, news items, and updates about life in the district.

Some Twitter accounts to follow:

4. Flickr, Instagram, and Snapchat
The Snapcode for the WDMCS district Snapchat account.We are also connecting with you through photos! Check out full albums on our Flickr account, or follow us on Instagram and Snapchat for snapshots of district life.

5. The “Informaline
The “Informaline” newsletter is one of the main places to find district news. It is a districtwide newsletter published about twice a month featuring district news and updates. It provides School Board meeting highlights and information relevant to all families.

Welcome to a new school year!

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Informaline—May 30, 2017 Issue

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Important Dates
June 2: Last Day for Students—Collaboration Schedule
Aug. 23: First Day of School

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 make preparations for the summer months and next school year. Each school will start at its regular time and follow a Friday class schedule but release students 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.

Pay Fees Starting Aug. 1, With No Convenience Charge
WDMCS families will not have to pay school fees for the 2017-18 school year until after Aug. 1. Starting with the 2017-18 school year, families choosing to pay online will not be charged a convenience fee for their transactions.

Please contact the WDMCS Business Services Department at 515-633-5000 with any questions.

Update on 1:1 in the WDMCS
The WDMCS will provide a Chromebook for every student in grades 3-12 starting in 2017-18. WDMCS will also use a new system to help students and families manage student learning next year. All non-New Tech courses will move to Canvas. More information will be provided to families in August. Learn more about 1:1 in the WDMCS and Canvas at www.wdmcs.org/2017/05/update-1-1-wdmcs.

Eat with Us this Summer
WDMCS is working with West Des Moines Parks and Recreation, West Des Moines Human Services, and the Walnut Creek YMCA to offer the Summer Food Service Program from June 6 to Aug. 11, 2017. See all meal service sites, dates, and times at www.wdmcs.org/news/summer-meal-service-2017.

Register for WDMCS Community Education’s Summer of Learning
Are you ready for a change of seasons? The WDMCS Community Education Summer of Learning Catalog is now available online at www.wdmcs.org/commed/programs/youth/summer-of-learning! The catalog includes class descriptions and a listing of all classes by grade level and time period. Learn more and register for great WDMCS Community Education Summer of Learning opportunities at www.wdmcs.org/commed/take-a-class.

First Day of School 2017-18
The first day of the 2017-18 school year will be Wednesday, Aug. 23. We look forward to seeing you in our hallways again! We wish all of our students a great last day of school on Friday, June 2.

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Informaline—May 15, 2017 Issue

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Important Dates
May 22: School Board Special Workshop Session, 5:30 p.m.
May 25: Last Day for Valley High School and Walnut Creek Campus Seniors
May 25: Walnut Creek Campus Graduation
May 28: Valley High School Graduation
May 29: Memorial Day—No School
June 2: Last Day for Students—Collaboration Schedule

New Math Materials for Grades K-8 Coming Next Year
WDMCS students in kindergarten through eighth grade will have new math materials next year. The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education approved Everyday Mathematics 4 materials for students in kindergarten through grade five and GoMath materials for students in grades six through eight. The materials—such as math journals, activity cards, a digital learning center, videos, and more—are aligned with the Iowa Core Standards and offer personalization for students. A snapshot of the approved recommendation is available online and more information for parents will be coming soon.

Thirteen Resources for Talking About “13 Reasons Why”
Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” based on the young adult novel by Jay Asher, has initiated a lot of discussion surrounding teenage mental health. In the series and book, the teenage characters learn their classmate’s reasons for dying by suicide after her death. There is concern in the suicide prevention community that the series glamorizes suicide and could be triggering, especially for young people.

The West Des Moines Community Schools counseling staff wants to provide all district families with resources to support discussions about suicide, trauma, and the “13 Reasons Why” series. Expert talking points, crisis resources, more information about the series, and other materials are available on our website.

No School Memorial Day
There will be no school for students on Monday, May 29, as it is Memorial Day.

Reminder: New Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement for Grades 7 & 12
The State of Iowa has passed a new law, requiring the meningococcal (specifically A,C,W,Y) vaccine for students entering grades seven and 12, beginning with the 2017-18 school year. All incoming seventh- and 12th-grade students will need to submit a completed Certificate of Immunization with the Meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination to avoid being excluded from school next year. Get the details at bit.ly/vaccine2017.

Congratulations to Our 2017 Graduates!
The West Des Moines Community Schools proudly announces that 678 students will graduate from the district this year. Get commencement dates and times, Seniors Come Home information, and more graduation information at www.wdmcs.org/news/congratulations-2017-graduates/.

Celebrating Our Students and Staff Members
Several West Des Moines Community Schools students and staff members were recognized for their recent achievements at the May 8 Board of Education meeting. Read the full student and staff recognition report, then help us celebrate these achievements by congratulating these students and staff members.

Controlled Prairie Burn to Take Place on Valley High School Campus
The district will conduct a prescribed burn of prairie areas on the Valley High School campus between May 1 and July 28. Safety is a top priority for the prescribed burn, which will occur as weather allows. West Des Moines emergency services will be notified prior to burning.

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. Because there are more districts who administer this assessment in the spring, 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.

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Informaline—May 1, 2017 Issue

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Important Dates
May 1-31: School Board Recognition Month
May 4: WDMCS Staff Recognition Reception, 4:30 p.m.
May 4: Last Day to Donate to Children of Agnes Yarlee
May 8: School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m.
May 8: School Board Regular (Business) Meeting, 7 p.m.
May 8-12: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 10: National School Nurse Day

Equity Update: District to Implement “Deep Equity” Framework
Next year, the WDMCS will begin systemic change to ensure equity for all students through the Deep Equity program.

After reviewing several frameworks, the students, parents, community members, and employees who make up the district’s equity committee recommended the Deep Equity framework to guide the district’s work. On Monday, April 24, the Board of Education approved a contract with Corwin Press, Inc., for services related to the Deep Equity framework. Read more about the district’s work regarding educational equity at www.wdmcs.org/category/equity.

Transportation Fees Set for 2017-18, Services to be Reviewed
The WDMCS Board of Education unanimously approved transportation fees for 2017-18 at its April 24 meeting. WDMCS families will see a slight increase in transportation fees, which had not changed for five years.

  • 2017-18 Transportation Fees
    • Quarterly One-Way Bus Pass: $64 (reduced-rate fee: $45)
    • Quarterly Two-Way Bus Pass: $123 (reduced-rate fee:$86)
    • Annual One-Way Bus Pass: $255 (reduced-rate fee: $178)
    • Annual Two-Way Bus Pass: $490 (reduced-rate fee: $343)

Find out more about the 2017-18 transportation fees and the review of services at www.wdmcs.org/2017/04/transportation-fees-set-2017-18-services-reviewed.

Last Day of School is a Collaboration Day
The last day of school for students, Friday, June 2, will be a collaboration 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 follow its regular collaboration schedule on the last day of school.

Tigers Welcome Public to New Field
The newly renovated Tiger Field located at Valley High School provides improved track and practice space for classes and athletic teams, and offers the community a location for outdoor fitness activities. Outside groups may reserve the Turf Field when it is not being used by Valley High School groups by contacting the West Des Moines Community Schools Community Education Facilities Office at 515-633-5060. For more information, please see the full Tiger Field usage guidelines.

Share Your Thoughts on Fine Arts Standards for Iowa
Iowa’s Fine Arts Standards Adoption Team is asking for feedback on the National Core Arts Standards. You can provide feedback through an online survey open through May 12 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZF7BCQY. Learn about other feedback opportunities at www.educateiowa.gov/article/2017/04/13/input-sought-fine-arts-standards.

School Fees to be Collected Starting August 1
WDMCS families will not have to pay school fees until after August 1, starting with the 2017-18 school year. The district and its schools will collect school-related fees, transportation fees, and breakfast/lunch account payments for the upcoming school year from August 1 to October 1. Pre-payments for the upcoming year are not allowed as they cannot be assigned to a student account until after July.

The change will allow families time to complete and submit free and reduced-priced fee applications before billing occurs. Learn more about the payment schedule at www.wdmcs.org/2017/04/school-fees-collected-starting-august-1. Please contact the West Des Moines Community Schools Business Services Department at 515-633-5077 with any questions.

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Informaline—April 10, 2017 Issue

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Important Dates

  • April 18: School Community Network Meeting, 9:15 a.m.
  • April 24: School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m. (at Western Hills Elementary)
  • April 24: School Board Regular (Business) Meeting, 7 p.m. (at Western Hills Elementary)
  • April 26: Grading Practices Task Force Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
  • April 28: Professional Development Day—No School

District to Eliminate Online Convenience Charge, Adjust Some Student Fees
Next year, families paying school-related fees online will no longer pay a convenience charge. All student fees will remain the same as last year, except textbook and nutrition services fees. Read more about 2017-18 student fees on our website.

Board Approves No Increase in Tax Rate
On Monday, April 3, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education adopted the district’s $198 million 2017-18 certified budget and set a steady tax rate at $13.27.

This is the same rate as last year, with no increase. The district continues to have the lowest tax rate in the metro area with the nearest rate 34 percent higher than the WDMCS.

For more information about the district’s budget, visit www.wdmcs.org/category/budget-2/.

WDMCS Teachers Test Student Prototype with NASA
Students and teachers from the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) are helping NASA solve a problem.

They designed a prototype of a satellite deployment system, which the teachers tested in a simulated microgravity environment at NASA’s Johnson Space Center last week.

Learn more about their real-life project-based learning on our website at bit.ly/WDMCS_NASA.

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, www.wdmcs.org.

Take the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/district-website.

See Project-Based Learning in Action!
You have a chance to see West Des Moines Community Schools’ New Tech program! Tours include classroom visits, project exploration, and student/teacher interview panels at elementary and junior high schools.

We welcome the chance to showcase what project-based learning can do to move students towards college and career readiness. If you would like to attend more than one tour, please do! Find tour dates and times on our website.

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Reminder: No School April 28
There will be no school for WDMCS students on Friday, April 28. It is a professional development day for staff. District offices will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For other important dates throughout the school year, please see our Calendar at a Glance: bit.ly/CalAAG-1617.

WDMCS Earns Excellence in Financial Reporting Award
The district has received its 32nd consecutive Association of School Business Officials International’s (ASBO) Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. The Certificate of Excellence was awarded for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The award confirms the district’s commitment to financial accountability, transparency, and integrity.

New Apparel and Spirit Wear Available to Order
A new web store with district apparel and athletic spirit wear is up and running! Each piece can be customized to feature the district or school logos. Choose “West Des Moines School and District Apparel” for apparel featuring the district’s new logo or “Tiger Athletics and Activities Apparel” for spirit wear with the tiger and the paw print.

Place an order at www.rokkitwear.com/landing/west-des-moines-community-schools/.

Iowa Teacher of the Year Nominations Due April 25
Thousands of talented Iowa educators lead and inspire their students, but only one is chosen as the Iowa Teacher of the Year. The annual award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping to redefine education. Anyone can nominate a teacher who is making a difference.

The deadline to nominate the 2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year is April 28. Nomination forms can be found on the Iowa Department of Education’s website.

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Informaline—March 27, 2017 Issue

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Important Dates
March 27: School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m.
March 27: Special School Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
March 29: End of Third Quarter
March 29: Grading Practices Task Force Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
March 31: World of Choices*
April 3: School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m.
April 3: School Board Regular (Business) Meeting, 7 p.m.
April 4: School Improvement Advisory Committee, 6:30 p.m.
April 5: Indian Hills Career Day
April 11: Stilwell Career Day*

(*Please note: This page and the PDFS on this page have been updated to reflect new dates for World of Choices and Stilwell’s Career Day.)

New Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement for Grades 7 & 12
The State of Iowa has passed a new law, requiring the meningococcal (specifically A,C,W,Y) vaccine for students entering grades seven and 12, beginning with the 2017-18 school year. All incoming seventh- and 12th-grade students will need to submit a completed Certificate of Immunization with the Meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination. Get the details at http://bit.ly/vaccine2017.

Start Your Child’s Kindergarten Adventure
If your child will be 5 years old on or before September 15, 2017, he or she will be eligible to start kindergarten in the fall of 2017. Parents and guardians of 2017-18 kindergartners are invited to Kindergarten Roundup at each elementary school. Please visit www.wdmcs.org/district/our-schools/registration/kindergarten/kindergarten-roundup/ or call your school for more information.

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. Get three expert tips that will help your child do his or her best on testing days at http://bit.ly/IA_2017.

Transportation Fees Reminder
Fourth-quarter transportation fees were due Tuesday, March 21, 2017. You can still make payments at your school or online at www.wdmcs.org/online-payments.

This is also a good time to change your child’s bus ridership details if needed. Please submit the “Make Change to Current Ridership” form at www.wdmcs.org/departments/transportation or contact the Transportation Department at 515-633-4902.

Summer Fun with WDMCS Community Education
Whether your children want to refresh their skills or expand their knowledge this summer, WDMCS Community Education provides a wide variety of activities to choose from! With many fun, enriching, and affordable learning opportunities available, you and your child will be able to find a program that sounds interesting, fun, and rewarding. Information about this year’s Summer of Learning programs is available at http://www.wdmcs.org/commed-news/summer-learning-2017/.

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Informaline—March 6, 2017 Issue

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Important Dates
March 6-10: National School Breakfast Week
March 6: School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m.
March 6: School Board Regular (Business) Meeting, 7 p.m.
March 10: No School
March 13: Spring Break Begins
March 20: Classes Resume

Reminder! Spring Break
Spring break is almost here in the West Des Moines Community Schools. There will be no school March 13-17 this year. There is also no school on March 10, the Friday before spring break. Classes will resume on
Monday, March 20. See this year’s calendar at a glance for more important dates: http://bit.ly/WDMCSCalendarGlance.

Start Your Child’s Kindergarten Adventure!
Join us at these great kindergarten events: http://bit.ly/KindergartenRoundup. Don’t have an incoming kindergarten student, but know someone who does? Share these dates to help them getting started.

Stilwell Nominated for National Award
Stilwell Junior High is one of just five Iowa schools and the only Iowa junior high school to be nominated for recognition in the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program in 2017. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/StilwellBlueRibbon

Level Up! Project-Based Learning Coming to Valley Southwoods
Next year, project-based learning is expanding to Valley Southwoods Freshman High School as it introduces its first “school-within-a-school.” Learn more about this innovative learning approach at www.wdmcs.org/academics/new-tech/.

Join Us for Breakfast!
WDMCS students can enjoy delicious Southwest Topped Toast on Tuesday, March 7 in celebration of National School Breakfast Week. We serve breakfast 30 minutes before the start of school. To sign up, call 515-633-5094 or visit www.wdmcs.org/departments/nutrition/.

Seeking Your Input
Don’t miss out! WDMCS families are invited to share their input as we continually work to improve our services. Parents/guardians are invited to take our Family Survey. Please check your email for a link to the survey or call 515-633-5023 for more information. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes and it will be open through March 13, 2017. Thank you for your invaluable insights!

School Board Sets Public Hearing on Budget
The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the district’s fiscal year 2018 budget at 7 p.m. on April 3, 2017, at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines.  A public hearing is held each year on the budget in accordance with Iowa code

School Board Reviews Search and Seizure Policy
On Monday, Feb. 27, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education held its first reading of Board policy 502.9P regarding the search of students’ lockers, backpacks, and more. The policy is part of a series of policies regarding student personnel that is under review this year. The School Board will take action on 502.9P at an upcoming meeting.  You may view proposed Policy 502.9 at http://bit.ly/Policy5029P.

Join WDMCS on Snapchat
West Des Moines Community Schools is now on Snapchat! Follow us for quick updates and live photos and videos of events happening the district. Add us on Snapchat with username WDMCS.

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Informaline—Feb. 20, 2017 Issue

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Important Dates
Feb. 20-23: Personal Care Collection
Feb. 21: School Community Network Meeting
Feb. 23: End of Second Trimester (Walnut Creek Campus and Elementary)
Feb. 24: Professional Development Day—No School
Feb. 27: School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m.
Feb. 27: School Board Regular (Business) Meeting, 7 p.m.
March 6-10: National School Breakfast Week
March 6: School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m.
March 6: School Board Regular (Business) Meeting, 7 p.m.
March 10: No School
March 13: Spring Break Begins
March 20: Classes Resume

WDMCS Becomes 1:1 District
Next year, the WDMCS will provide a Chromebook for every student in grades 3-12.
On Feb. 13, 2017, the WDMCS Board of Education unanimously approved a proposal to reallocate the district’s current Chromebook inventory of more than 5,000 devices from carts directly to students. Learn more at bit.ly/2llL5Dc.

Equity Committee Selects Framework
A team of students, parents, community members, and West Des Moines Community Schools employees selected a guiding structure for the district’s work to ensure equity for students at its meeting on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. The recommendation will be presented to the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education for approval. Learn more about the framework at bit.ly/EquityFramework.

Have You Heard? 2017-18 Calendar at a Glance Available to View
The 2017-18 Calendar at a Glance is now posted to the district website and available to view. Visit bit.ly/CalAAG-1718 to get a printable list of next school year’s important dates, in English and Spanish.

WDMCS Personal Care Collection This Week
Staff, families, and students are invited to participate in the WDMCS Personal Care Collection to help restock the Booster Pak pantries. Please bring your items to your building and place in the designated box. The most needed items are regular-sized shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, body wash, lotion, toothpaste, and lip balm. Thank you for your support for this very worthy cause!

WDMCS Presents Guest Speaker Paul Zientarski
The West Des Moines Community Schools Physical Education Department is excited to present Paul Zientarski, P.E. consultant and retired P.E. teacher from Naperville, Illinois. To learn more about how good health can support student success, please join us from 7-8 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the Community Room at the Learning Resource Center.

Ready, Set, Go! Five Kindergarten Readiness Tips
It’s time to start thinking about kindergarten! Experienced, professional WDMCS teachers have put together five tips to help you prepare your child. See all five tips, with activities, at bit.ly/WDMCS_K-tips.

Valley Cultural Awareness Week
Valley High School will be celebrating diversity with Cultural Awareness Week, Feb. 20-23. The week of cultural celebration, recognition, and awareness will include music, art, and food throughout the week, as well as special events like International Night. Please join us as we celebrate the many cultures represented at Valley High School! See a full schedule at bit.ly/2kx3nle.

Reminder: No School Feb. 24
There will be no school for WDMCS students on Friday, Feb. 24. It is a professional development day for staff. District offices will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For other important dates throughout the school year, please see our Calendar at a Glance: bit.ly/CalAAG-1617.

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