District News

63 Valley Students Receive AP Scholar Awards

Valley High School had 63 students recognized by the College Board as Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars in recognition of exceptional achievement on AP Exams taken in May.

National AP Scholar
Ojas Pradhan

AP Scholar with Distinction
Aaron Buelow, Nolan Dahm, Keaton Denker, Alexis Faust, Lawrence Feng, Elsa Klein, Sunita Kolareth, Dani Lipman, Michael Litscher, Charles Napier, Kellen O’Connor, Ojas Pradhan, Rishi Shah, Arun Velamuri, Ravjot Virdi, Satya Yaramati and Breanne Zbylicki

AP Scholar with Honor
Suryatej Akavaram, Alejandro Buentello, Brody Diehn, William Sipfle, Allissa Smith, Benjamin Swanson, Ryan Thompson, William Wood and Samantha York

AP Scholar
Hanna Anderson, Marisa Anfinson, Claudia Athens, Dinka Brdar, Jessica Brown, Collin Coffey, Lauren Conte, Rachel Cron, Victoria Cunningham, Kathryn Daft, Camryn Dreyer, Hunter Feldman, Collin Franzen, Liam Fultz, Katie Galles, Grant Gullickson, Abdul-Hadi Issa, Sofia Jordan, Emma Carolyn Kazeze, Chase Koschmeder, Benjamin Kruse, Savannah Mendenhall, Skylar Monahan, Cody Motz, Clara Ortgies, Jared Paine, Kayla Phalen, Lauren Phalen, Isabelle Pierotti-May, Elizabeth Reed, Anja Schepp, Dominique Senteza, Sonya Shah, Megan Smith, Nolan Underwood, John Vincent and Cooper Warner

Valley High School offers more than 20 Advanced Placement courses. Enrollment in these courses has grown by 50 percent in the past two years. In 2013, the school earned a spot on the AP District Honor Roll.

AP provides students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers. More than 3,800 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores.

Students Stomp Out Bullying

Students around the district traded their Tiger orange for blue in support of Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention. The national campaign is part of Stomp Out Bullying, a national bullying and cyberbullying prevention organization for kids and teens.

Some of the activities around the district included

  • Fifth graders at Western Hills wrote positive notes on all students’ lockers.
  • Valley Southwoods students talked with Jordan Creek Elementary students on how to be and “upstander.”
  • Jordan Creek students made footprints and wrote on them how they would be an “upstander” and what they could do to leave positive footprints at their school.
  • Hillside Elementary students “banded” together and wore blue wristbands.

Parents, guardians, school staff and other caring adults in your child’s life all have an important role to play in preventing bullying. Ways you can help your child include:

  • Talk about what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely.
  • Reinforce that any kind of bullying behavior (physical, verbal, emotional and/or cyber bullying) is unacceptable. Make sure your child knows how to get help and who they can go to as a trusted adult for help.
  • Keep the lines of communication open. Check in with your kids often. Listen to them. Know their friends, ask about school, and understand their concerns.
  • Encourage kids to do what they love. Special activities, interests, and hobbies can boost confidence, help kids make friends, and protect them from bullying behavior.
  • Model how to treat others with kindness and respect.

We also encourage you to check out the following bullying prevention websites for many wonderful tips and bullying prevention resources to use with your child.

Boundary Committee Meets Oct. 7

The West Des Moines Community Schools Boundary Committee will continue its study of the district’s enrollment and boundaries at 6:30 p.m. on October 7 in the Media Center at Valley Southwoods Ninth Grade High School. This meeting is open to observers.

Valley Graduate Tanner Stine Stars on Nickelodeon

When Tanner Stine was eight years old, he told his mom he wanted to be a movie star.

The 2013 Valley High School graduate is on his way to reaching his goal. This fall he is starring as “Oyster” in Nickelodeon’s “The Thunderman’s.”