District News

Registration is Open for Summer of Learning Programs

Are you wondering how you’re going to keep your kids busy this summer? We have many fun, enriching, and affordable learning opportunities available!

Tiger Field Reconstruction Project Time-Lapse Video

A time-lapse of the Tiger Field construction at Valley High School, produced by Carl Sundermann, WDMCS Technology Department.

Clive Students Help Fund Celebration with Vendor Fair

Sixth-grade learners at Clive Learning Academy are hosting a vendor fair that will raise funds for a celebration on the last day of school. Students are working as entrepreneurs to create goods and services to sell at the fair in late April.

Each business group could apply for loans of up to $50. The students completed business plans and presented them to local business owners in the Des Moines metro area. The business partners gave each business feedback on their product idea, finances, and advertising plans.

Learn more and see photos at www.wdmcs.org/school-news/clive-vendor-fair.

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 in the March 6 issue of the Informaline 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!

Valley Junior JJ Kapur “Turbanates” the Single Story

Valley High School junior JJ Kapur was two years old when the September 11 attacks took place. His family was watching the news when he saw a picture of his father on the screen and pointed it out to his family.

It was actually a picture of Osama bin Laden.

Kapur does not remember this himself, but it was a turning point for his father, who realized how he and his family might be perceived. “My father was afraid that Americans would see his beard and turban and think ‘terrorist,’” Kapur said.

Kapur with his first place award at the Harvard National Forensics Tournament.

The story became the cornerstone of his speech, “Let’s Dance,” at the Harvard National Forensics Tournament in February. Following victories at the Barkley Forum for High Schools and the Minneapple Speech Tournament, the Sikh student again earned first place in the original oratory category, defeating more than 240 orators from around the nation.

Read the rest of Kapur’s story at www.wdmcs.org/school-news/kapur-turbanates-single-story.

Effective Grading Practices Task Force Meets Feb. 22

The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Grading Practices Task Force will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in the Community Room at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines. This meeting is open to the public.

Board Approves Teacher, Staff Agreements

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education has approved agreements with the West Des Moines Education Association (WDMEA) and the West Des Moines Educational Support Personnel (WDMESP).

The School Board approved the agreement with the WDMESP on Wednesday, Feb. 15 after administration held negotiations with the support staff union. The Board approved an agreement with the WDMEA, which represents teachers, at a 7 a.m. meeting on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, after two rounds of negotiations were held.

“We are committed to the success of our students,” said Superintendent Lisa Remy, Ed.D. “We value the expertise of our staff and understand the direct correlation between the quality of staff and success of students. We also understand the duty to continue to be effective stewards of taxpayers money and lead an efficient and effective organization. By honoring the WMDCS employees’ request to negotiate an extended contract, we were able to assuage their fears during this uncertain time so they can support and focus on instruction in the classroom as the district plans for the changes related to the collective bargaining legislation. We thank our employees for their work and together we can keep the focus on improving student learning outcomes in a high-quality workplace.”

 

WDMESP Agreement – Feb. 15, 2017

WDMEA Agreement – Feb. 17, 2017

 

Welcoming Schools, Resources for Teachers

Back to School SmileWe, in the West Des Moines Community Schools, have made a promise to our students that they will find where they belong. Our students represent more than 30 countries and have a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. Each and every child who comes through our doors must feel safe in our classrooms, hallways, playgrounds, and buses. To achieve this, we must continually gain understanding, awareness, and sensitivity to others’ experiences.

WDMCS Community Education Intercultural Outreach Coordinator Jeanna Bauer has provided resources to assist us in these efforts. The resources are available here.

Special School Board Meeting Feb. 17

The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7 a.m.. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in the Clive Room at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines. This meeting is open to the public.

School Board Meeting Materials

School Board Information

School Board Meeting Calendar

WDMCS Becomes 1:1 District

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Students working on Chromebooks.

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.

The project will be funded by existing curriculum funds and district technology funds. By reducing the number of classroom desktops and computer labs over time, existing funding sources will cover the costs to maintain students devices on a four-year cycle.  Support, repairs, check-in procedures, and more will be managed using the existing systems that were implemented for the district’s New Tech Schools.

For more information for parents and students will be coming shortly.

Information for staff members is available here: https://wdmtech.wordpress.com/11-study/