District News

Life in the WDMCS 09/14/2015

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.

Jordan Creek Elementary

Problem-solving is the same process in the brain whether it’s in math or Physical Education. To help students build problem-solving skills in a concrete, fun way, Jordan Creek phys. ed. teachers set up the Jordan Creek Ninja Warrior challenge for students.  Students have been participating in both individual and team problem-solving challenges as part of Jordan Creek Ninja Warrior. They have set up challenges like the “Alphabet Balance Beam,” where students must arrange themselves in alphabetical order on a balance beam, without anyone falling off, and “River Crossing,” which requires teams to use various equipment to cross an imaginary lava river without falling in. After working in teams, students have the opportunity to test their skills on some difficult (but fun) personal challenges.

Students also practice using positive encouragement of their teammates and celebrate their success each time they overcome a challenge. Team rules require all members to participate and encourage each other, and remind teams that everyone on the team is important. Developing traits like perseverance, determination, honesty, caring, teamwork, creative problem-solving, and trust are important aspects that student need to develop for the future.  Just as with adults, the process takes a little practice, but students become more creative thinkers and problem solvers after facing the various challenges.

Valley High School

Valley High School held its annual Club and Activity Fair on Friday, Sept. 11, from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. About 40 clubs participated, formed around interests as diverse as American Sign Language, coffee, lacrosse, and robotics. Each club set up a decorated booth and talked with interested students about their club’s mission, meetings, and events.

Adventures After School and Weekend Learning Opportunities

final_coverLast spring, we surveyed WDMCS district parents about the dates, times, and locations of our Adventures classes, and had a great response. We want to thank you for your insight and let you know you have been heard. You will notice that the Adventures classes look a little different this fall with later class times that enable students to more easily participate in classes at buildings other than their home school. We are also offering many new and different learning opportunities for grades K-9, such as more art classes, technology classes, Parent/Child Cooking, and Yoga. Thank you for your input, and we hope to see your child in one of our Adventures classes this fall!

View All Adventures Opportunities 

Grades K-6 Global Catalog (pdf)

Register Online

Learn More About WDMCS Community Education’s Adventures program.

Questions? Please contact WDMCS Community Education at 515-633-5001.

Valley Students Named 2015 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Valley High School seniors Andrew Austin, Joseph Brennan, Haley Gion, Alexa Kort, Quinn Nolin and Samuel Throm have all been named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists.

Brown, Cox, Dunnwald, Johnson Elected to School Board

UPDATED with official results: The official results of the Sept. 8 school board election show incumbent David J. Brown, Liz Cox, Melinda Dunnwald, and Jill Johnson as the top vote-getters for four seats on the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education.

School Board Election Photo


School Board Election Results 2015 FINAL_website

The Polk County Auditor’s Office conducted the official vote canvass on Friday, Sept. 11, and the elected Board members were sworn into office Monday, Sept. 21.

Don’t Forget to Vote!

School board elections are Tuesday, Sept. 8. Read about the candidates and find your polling place.

Clive & Crestview Schools Renamed

This year two schools in the West Des Moines Community School District have new names.

Using the School Wi-Fi on Personal Devices

Students are welcome to bring personal Wi-Fi devices to school. Two Wi-Fi networks are available. Find out how to access both networks on the West Des Moines Community Schools Technology blog.

NOTE: These directions do NOT apply to district owned devices or for New Tech students with Chromebooks.  It is strictly for personal devices.