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Reminder: New Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement for Grades 7 & 12

The State of Iowa has passed a new law, requiring the meningococcal (specifically ACWY) vaccine for students entering grades seven and 12, beginning with the 2017-18 school year. All incoming seventh- and 12th-grade students will need to submit a completed Certificate of Immunization with the Meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination to avoid being excluded from school next year.

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2016-17 Sixth-Grade Track Meet Info.

The Dick Bittner Sixth-Grade Memorial Track Meet will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, at the Valley High School track, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines.

The 100-, 200-, and 800-meter races and the 4×200 relay will be held in the morning, along with the field events. The track meet will continue with three relays, the sprint medley, the 4×70 shuttle, and the 4×100 after lunch. “Chariot Race” and “Champion’s Run” events will also take place after the 100-meter dash.

Nutrition Services will provide breakfast and lunch to the students. Breakfast will be served as soon as the students arrive, and lunch will be served starting at 11 a.m. A la carte items will be available all day long. All students, visitors, and family members may use a school lunch account or cash to pay for lunches. Students will be able to get breakfast and lunch with a negative account balance, but they must have enough money in their account to pay for any a la carte items.

See the menu 2017 Sixth-Grade Track Meet Lunch Menu

The West Des Moines Police Department would also like to remind attendees not to park in front of the mailboxes on 39th Street.

The track meet is the culmination of a physical education unit. Students have the opportunity to enter as many as four events. The West Des Moines Community Schools elementary physical education staff is proud to sponsor the event and invites families and staff to attend the annual Dick Bittner Sixth-Grade Memorial Track Meet.

Approximate Schedule of Events
9:30-10:15 a.m. 200M Dash 14 heats (7 girls, 7 boys)
10:15-10:40 a.m. 800M Run 4 heats (2 girls, 2 boys)
10:40-11:15 a.m. 100M Dash 14 heats (7 girls, 7 boys)
11:15-11:45 a.m. 4x200M Dash 8 heats (4 girls, 4 boys)
11:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Shuttle Relay 16 heats (8 girls, 8 boys)
12:20-1 p.m. Sprint Medley 8 heats (4 girls, 4 boys)
1-1:40 p.m. 4x100M Relay 8 heats (4 girls, 4 boys)
1:45-2 p.m. Awards

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Encourage Your Child to Read with First Page Friday

Fifth-grade Jordan Creek Elementary students read the first pages of books during First Page Friday.

Fifth-grade Jordan Creek Elementary students read the first pages of books during First Page Friday.

Fifth-grade students at Jordan Creek Elementary and Fairmeadows Elementary have been meeting with their teachers and teacher librarians for “First Page Friday,” a reading activity that gives students the opportunity to experience new books and genres. The students read the first page of several books, then choose one of the books to finish and share with their classmates. They can also share the first page of a book they like with the group.

“It’s all about reading for enjoyment and becoming a lifelong reader,” said Jordan Creek Elementary teacher librarian Kristy Skoglund said. “We wanted to expose students to more books,
and we wanted them to enjoy books.”

Jordan Creek Elementary teacher librarian Kristy Skoglund reads to fifth-graders during First Page Friday.

Jordan Creek Elementary teacher librarian Kristy Skoglund reads to fifth-graders during First Page Friday.

Jordan Creek fifth-graders Will Larson and Tag Booth both said First Page Friday has helped them find books they otherwise would not have read. Larson said he decided to participate in First Page Friday because he trusted his teacher’s recommendations.

“I like that it is a community of people who like to read,” he said.

Skoglund and Jordan Creek fifth-grade teacher Jeri Daniels gave the following tips for trying out First Page Friday at home:

  1. Ask your child what they are reading and what it is about.
  2. Just read! Show your child your “reading life” and read in front of them, whether it is an e-book, a paper book, or an audiobook.
  3. Access the West Des Moines Community Schools Online Library through the AEA. It has more than 1,000 free e-books and audiobooks. Ask your school librarian for the user ID and password to access this free library!

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School Board to Discuss Facilities at Special Workshop

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Students Launch “Profriend” Campaign

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Dick Bittner Sixth-Grade Memorial Track Meet

The Dick Bittner Sixth-Grade Memorial Track Meet will be held from (;30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at the Valley High School track, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines.

The 100-, 200-, and 800-meter races and the 4×200 relay will be held in the morning, along with the field events. The track meet will continue with three relays, the sprint medley, the 4×70 shuttle, and the 4×100 after lunch.

Nutrition Services will provide lunches to the students. Students, staff, and parents may use a school ID number or cash to pay for lunches.

See the menu 2016 Sixth-Grade Track Meet Menu

The West Des Moines Police Department would also like to remind attendees not to park in front of the mailboxes on 39th Street.

The track meet is the culmination of a physical education unit. Students have the opportunity to enter as many as four events. The West Des Moines Community Schools elementary physical education staff is proud to sponsor the event and invites parents and staff to attend the annual Dick Bittner Sixth-Grade Memorial Track Meet.

UPDATE May 10, 2016: After observing the radar and news, the track meet will proceed this Tuesday, May 10, as long as there is no lightning sighted.

Approximate Schedule of Events
9:30-10:15 a.m. 200M Dash 14 heats (7 girls, 7 boys)
10:15-10:40 a.m. 800M Run 4 heats (2 girls, 2 boys)
10:40-11:15 a.m. 100M Dash 14 heats (7 girls, 7 boys)
11:15-11:45 a.m. 4x200M Dash 8 heats (4 girls, 4 boys)
11:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Shuttle Relay 16 heats (8 girls, 8 boys)
12:20-1 p.m. Sprint Medley 8 heats (4 girls, 4 boys)
1-1:40 p.m. 4x100M Relay 8 heats (4 girls, 4 boys)
1:45-2 p.m. Awards

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“Buck Wilder” Author Visits Crestview School of Inquiry

BuckWilder3Tim Smith, author of the Buck Wilder series, visited Crestview School of Inquiry on Feb. 22.

“See this eraser? It’s your best friend!” he told students as he talked about the importance of revising their work.  “You don’t have to be the best in your class, but if you want to publish books, or be a great cook, accomplished musician, or basketball player, you need to be the one who tries the hardest.”

Smith went on to explain he was not the top student in school, but when he worked hard, he was able to meet goals he had for himself.

Smith has written books on fishing, boating, camping and animal wisdom along with paperback chapter books about ants, bees, fish and other aspects of nature. Smith’s books not only make kids laugh, but are designed to inspire kids to set goals for themselves, as well as make informed decisions to preserve our natural resources.

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New Payment System Online Today!

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Sumo Bot Construction, Ages 8-15

scheme_0102Do you love to watch robo-warriors in action? This hands-on course will provide step-by-step instruction for building your own sumo bot from the supplied kit (no soldering necessary). Your bot will be “programmed” to battle other robots in the arena. You will learn how to control DC motors, bluetooth receivers, LEDs, infrared transmitters, and sonic range detectors. Parents are encouraged to become part of the learning experience, and can participate as an assistant. No special technical training or knowledge is required. Students must bring a laptop and the $30 material fee due to the instructor at the first class.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3/1-4/14, no class 3/15 & 3/17, 5-7 p.m., $59 plus $30 material fee due to the instructor. Indian Hills Junior High Media Center, #ADV62.

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For more information about the Adventures program please visit our website at http://www.wdmcs.org/commed/programs/youth/adventures/

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Crestview School of Inquiry Power Restored

UPDATE, 11:42 a.m.: Power has been restored at Crestview School of Inquiry!

11:15 a.m.: Crestview School of Inquiry is currently experiencing a power outage. MidAmerican Energy has been contacted, and backup lights are being used. Phones at the school are currently working, but may not continue to work.  Updates can be found here on the district website and on the Crestview School of Inquiry Facebook page.

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