District News

Preschool Palooza on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to noon

Children ages two to six enjoy fun and educational activities while their grown-ups gather information about early childhood opportunities, such as preschool programs and kindergarten enrollment in West Des Moines Community Schools.

WDMCS Taking Action to Address Education Equity

The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) recently released its plan to address education equity in its schools. “Race & Equity in Our Schools: Action Steps for Positive Change” outlines short- and long-term action steps the district and Valley High School will take during the 2016-17 school year and beyond.

Celebrate “Profriend Week” Oct. 17-21

The cities of West Des Moines, Clive, and Windsor Heights have proclaimed Oct. 17-21 as Profriend Week following city council meeting presentations by West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) students.

Students from Clive Learning Academy, Jordan Creek Elementary, Indian Hills Junior High, Stilwell Junior High, and Valley High School presented the Profriend campaign to the West Des Moines, Clive, and Windsor Heights city councils. Along with faculty members and WDMCS Board of Education Vice President Melinda Dunnwald, the students shared the history of the Profriend campaign and talked about the campaign’s kickoff event, when more than 1,400 students spelled out the word “friend” on Valley Stadium field. They also discussed the importance of the campaign’s main goal: to positively impact the conversation about bullying by promoting kindness and friendship in action.

The students also suggested potential ways the cities could join them as kindness ambassadors. Partnership ideas included creating positive “friendprint” artworks, identifying “friendly” public spaces and business, sponsoring walks and runs, and creating friend-themed community art events or projects.

Please join the West Des Moines Community Schools and the cities of West Des Moines, Clive, and Windsor Heights as we celebrate Profriend Week!

Learn more about Profriend on the campaign website at wdmcsprofriend.com.


Staff Weather Notification Test on Nov. 22


The West Des Moines Community Schools conducted a test of its weather notification system on Oct. 25. The School/Community Relations Office sent the message to all district families and staff, but a filter prevented district staff without children in the district from receiving the message.

We will conduct a second notification test to ensure all staff members can receive messages during school closings at 7 p.m. on Nov. 22.

If you have not done so already, update your contact information in Infinite Campus using the staff directions above.

National School Bus Safety Week 2016: Payments Due!

National School Bus Safety Week is taking place this week, Oct. 17-21! To make sure all bus riders continue to have safe transportation, take this chance to make sure your transportation plans are in place for the second quarter. Second quarter transportation fees are due Wednesday, Oct. 19. Fees can be paid at your child’s school or through the online payment system at www.wdmcs.org/online-payments/.

This is also a good time to change your child’s ridership details, if needed. Please complete and submit the “Make Change to Current Ridership” form at www.wdmcs.org/departments/transportation if you would like to make changes. You can also contact the Transportation Department at 515-633-4902.

Remember to thank your bus driver and practice safe bus riding this week during National School Bus Safety Week!