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Life in the WDMCS 08/31/2015

Life in the WDMCS is a weekly feature that highlights what is happening at each of our buildings. If a school is not listed, there was no submission from that building this week.


Last Monday was the first day of school in the WDMCS district! Check out some fun photos of the day below.

The video of the “One Day More” parody flash mob performed at the Staff Welcome Back Event has gone viral! More than 30 educators representing every district building participated in the flash mob. Thank you and congratulations to the talented WDMCS employees who were part of this, especially Greg Hudson and Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy. The video and full parody lyrics can be found on YouTube, where it has surpassed 2 million views.

Jordan Creek
Meals from the Heartland holds its signature event, the Annual Hunger Fight, each year in late August.  Jordan Creek third-graders were lucky enough to be able to participate in this event on Aug. 26. The Annual Hunger Fight has grown to be the largest volunteer meal packaging event of its type in the world. During their time volunteering, the students and parents filled bags that would feed up to six people. The meal package included rice, soy protein, vitamins, minerals, and dried vegetables. They also had to use their math skills to perfectly weigh the bags, seal them and count them out before boxing them up.

Meals from the Heartland food packages are nutritionally balanced meals containing soy protein, vitamins and minerals. The meals that were made will be distributed locally and throughout the world to such places as El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Kenya, South Africa, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Jordan Creek students left feeling blessed to be part of such a wonderful event.

Six Things to Know About the School Community Network

The WDMCS is dedicated to involving our parents in what we do. We not only have active parent-teacher organizations in every school, we have several district-level groups that include parents. The School Community Network is one of those groups. Made up of parents, teachers, and administrators from across the district, the group provides an opportunity for a face-to-face exchange of ideas and information. Its members also help us share information about district with the community. Here are six things you may not know about the School Community Network

  1. The School Community Network provides a face-to-face exchange of ideas and information about all aspects of the district. Its members can also help answer your questions about the district.
  2. It has more than 30 members representing parents, teachers, and administrators from every school in the district. Members include two representatives from each school’s parent organization board.
  3. The network meets seven times a year.
  4. If you have an idea, want information about a certain topic, or want to share information with the district, your building representative can help.
  5. We live-tweet the meetings! Join us @WDMCS #schoolnetwork
  6. More information can be found at www.wdmcs.org/district/support-our-schools/school-community-network/ or by calling 633-5023.

Student Accounts for 15-16 Ready!

Student accounts for the 15-16 school year are ready!

Brighter Beginnings is Now Taking Registrations

Brighter Beginnings is now taking registrations for the fall session – September 8 through December 11. Brighter Beginnings is designed for parents or primary caregivers of babies and toddlers  who are looking to expand their parenting skills.

WDMCS Graduate Blogs About Week on Broadway

Recent Valley High School graduate Jessica Martens represented Iowa at the National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) in June. Competing at the awards in New York City was part of the Triple Threat Award Martens earned at the 2014-15 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards. The award is the program’s top honor for acting, singing, and dancing.

Martens and Iowa’s male Triple Threat Award winner, Lincoln Ginsberg of Cedar Rapids, traveled to New York with a Des Moines Performing Arts employee, Karoline Myers, to participate in the awards. They were able to take the trip thanks to a donation from Doug and Debbie West, and Martens agreed to blog about her experiences. (All photos provided by the Martens family.)


My Week at the National High School Musical Theater Awards
(Read about each day by clicking on the links!)

>> Day 1 — Wednesday, June 24


On the plane to NYC!

>> Day 2 — Thursday, June 25


All of us with Frank Wildhorn, a Broadway composer.

>> Days 3 and 4 — Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27


Our talkback with the cast of “An American in Paris.”

>> Day 5 — Sunday, June 28


Performing during my audition.

>> Day 6 — Monday, June 29

My roommate Marla and I at the end of the program.

My roommate Marla and I near the end of the program.

Staff Welcome Back Event Flash Mob is Awesome

Those of you who got see it in person are lucky. Everyone else is scrambling to share it, like it, and tell us how much they appreciated it!

The “One Day More” parody flash mob performed at the Staff Welcome Back Event last week has “inspired districts across our nation,” according to one Facebook commenter from New York. It has been featured on local news, the “Today” show, MTV.com, in “American Theatre Magazine,” and on “The Washington Post” website, among others. Thank you and congratulations to the talented WDMCS employees who made this happen, especially Greg Hudson and Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy!

The video and full parody lyrics can also be found on YouTube, where it has surpassed 3 million views. The performers are, in alphabetical order:

Deb Augspurger, Cheryl Bergman, Susan Bishop, Shelley Bohn, Jeanne Caldwell, Cassie Carpenter, Tamara Dark, Allyson Day, Ryan Deignan, Tory DeVries, Kathy Gedler, Clint Gentry, Haley Gibbons, Jessica Graves-Butler, Amy Hachmann, Kelly Hensley, Tyson Heuton, Heather Hope, Greg Hudson, Kelsey Hudson, Shannon Johnson, Adam Kent, Mary Kimpston, Brenda Kirschman, Heather Nail, Nick Nelsen, Ryan Penning, Wade Petersen, Amanda Pichler, Lisa Remy, Char Schueler, Carol Seid, Karen vanOostenrijk, Christie Wicks, and William Bird

Every district building was represented in the flash mob. If there are any missing flash mob participants, please email wadea@wdmcs.org.

Coverage of the flash mob:

The Des Moines Register: Original andFollow-up
ABC News
Broadway World
Daily Mail.com
Education World
Huffington Post
Malay Mail Online
Press Examiner
USA Today
The Washington Post

  • The YouTube video has been viewed more than 3 million times (yes, we’re excited).
  • The Facebook post has reached more than 190,000 people.
  • Tweets about the flash mob have been seen more than 50,000 times.

(Featured image photo credit: David Perrigo)

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Top Five Ways to Stay Informed This Year

Welcome back! As we start the 2015-16 school year, we want to give you an overview of the best ways to stay informed!

District Website
Keep an eye on this website: www.wdmcs.org! You’ll find new information and stories on the front page and tabs, and each school’s site will show school news.

Many schools have daily announcements that will arrive as emails sent directly to your inbox. You will also get newsletter notices and other updates.

Some schools also have newsletters. Watch your email, the district website, and your student’s backpack for the most current issue.

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:

Instagram and Pinterest
We are also connecting with you in two new places! Find us on Instagram @wdmcs_district to see photos of district life. We’d also love to see your Pins, so check out our Pinterest boards on Back-to-School, Reading Tips, and more from WDMCS District!

Welcome to the New School Year!

remylWelcome to the 2015-16 school year! I hope you had a fun and successful summer. I am looking forward to another school year filled with hope, joy, and excitement.

Our work this year will continue to be driven by our strategic plan initiatives in the following areas: Culture of Learning, Professional Learning, Teaching for Learning, and Systemness. We will continue to focus on teaching and learning so that our students graduate ready for college and career.

Last school year, we were one of the first districts in the state to receive the Teacher Leadership and Compensation grant. I was very impressed with the collaboration that happened as a result.

This year, we are the first district in the state to implement the New Tech Network educational model. Our district offers New Tech at two elementaries, and on one seventh-grade team at both junior high schools. District educators attended a summer conference where they learned New Tech skills and strategies and gained an even better understanding of the model.

All educators and families want to make a difference for students. I invite you to think about something written long ago. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” I am confident that we can go where there is no path and blaze a trail of success.

Welcome to the 2015-16 school year,
Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy

Back to School 2015-16

The first day of the 2015-16 school year is Monday, August 24, 2015.

Below is information to help you prepare your student(s) for the 2015-16 school year.

Back to School Toolkit contains links to registration forms and information for the 2015-16 school year. Please read through the information and complete the Acknowledgement of Review form.

Registration Dates and Times

2015-16 Calendar-At-A-Glance provides an overview of the 2015-16 school years dates. The full district calendar will be made available online mid-August and printed calendars will be distributed at either registration or welcome back events.

School Supply Lists

Forms for registration, health, and athletic forms can be found here.

Fees — including textbooks, nutrition, and transportation costs — are listed here.

Online Payments can be made here for transportation, Kids West, nutrition, and textbooks.

Immunization and Health Requirements

Community Education

Back to School Questions

How do I register a new student? How do I register my child for kindergarten? How do I update my address, phone number and/or email in Infinite Campus?