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Focused on Student Wellness in the WDMCS

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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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8th Grade Valley Tiger Select Basketball Tryouts

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Making it a Great Day with High-Five Fridays

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Student receives high five from teachers as he walks into school.

How do you start your day? At Indian Hills Junior High, teachers welcome students to school with high fives and great music on High-Five Fridays.

See what our mornings are like here:


Don’t Miss Our “Chopped” Breakfast Competition!

Nutrition Cargill PSTR ChoppedContest photoOn Monday, March 6, 2017, Indian Hills eighth-grade students are invited to participate in our very own version of the Food Network’s “Chopped” reality cooking show.

Students can compete to make a healthy, delicious breakfast. Judges will be Sunny Fresh, Inc. Chef Brent Preppernau, Indian Hills Principal Shane Christensen, WDMCS Food Services Director Willow Dye, and one lucky student!

Students also have the chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. To be eligible, students must complete and turn in the breakfast trivia sheet to the main office.

Thank you to the WDMCS Nutrition Services department and Sunny Fresh Foods, Inc. for hosting the event!

The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) serves delicious, nutritious breakfasts and lunches at every school. Signing up for school lunch is an easy, convenient way to give your child a well-balanced and healthy meal during the school day. You can also give them a great start to the day by signing up for our breakfasts.

To learn more about our nutrition services, including menus, how to track what your child is eating, and how to set up a meal account, visit or call 515-633-5088.

Breakfast Trivia Sheet

Breakfast Contest Poster


Junior Highs Hold First Science Bowl

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Students from Stilwell compete at the first junior high Science Bowl.

Nearly 30 eighth graders from Indian Hills and Stilwell junior highs competed in the first Indian Hills/Stilwell Science Bowl on February 25, 2017.

The winning teams were:

  • First Place – Team Apple Bottom Genes, with team members Dorothy Junginger, Joseph Maxwell, and Lucy Weis.
  • Second Place – Team Contagious Intelligence, with team members Joshua Nichols, Chain Moore, Emerson Porter, and David Mager.
  • Third Place – Team The Atoms Family, with team members Clara Mintzer, Sam Burns, Abby Feldman.

Indian Hills/Stilwell Science Bowl Competition Photos

There were four teams from each school competing in the double-elimination competition.

Teams of students studied multiple science disciplines, including chemistry, physics, earth science, genetics, astronomy, human biology, botany, zoology, and taxonomy. Teams were coached by Indian Hills science teacher Shelly Urban and Stilwell science teachers Bryan Bacehowski and Ruth Henderson.

Many teachers and administrators volunteered their time as judges, timers, scorekeepers, and general supervision.

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Indian Hills Junior High Presents “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

Indian Hills Junior High proudly presents our student performance of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.”

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 3 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, March 4. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. All performances will be held in the Indian Hills auditorium.

“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” is based on the classic children’s book of the same name from C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” series. Indian Hills’ production features Olivia Lamphere as Aslan, Ava Neppl as the White Witch, and Charlotte Koufer, Nate Gass, Zoe Givant, and Max Johnson as Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter Pevensie, the four siblings who discover Narnia.

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School Board to Discuss Facilities at Special Workshop

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35 WDMCS Students Selected for Opus Honor Choir

Thirty-five West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) students were chosen to participate in the 31st Annual Opus Honor Choir this year.  This is the highest honor for middle school vocal students in Iowa. More than 3,000 student recordings were submitted for 720 positions in the four Opus Honor Choirs. The WDMCS students chosen for Opus Honor Choir are:

Seventh- & Eighth-Grade Bass Clef Honor Choir
Ethan Amptmann (Indian Hills, Grade 8)
Nick Edgar (Indian Hills, Grade 7)
Kade Ferchen (Stilwell, Grade 8)
Wyatt Glenn (Stilwell, Grade 8)
Andrew Hayes (Indian Hills, Grade 7)
Jacob Henke (Indian Hills, Grade 8)
Parker Johnson (Indian Hills, Grade 8)
Will Johnson (Stilwell, Grade 7)
Caleb Moore (Stilwell, Grade 8)
Josh Nichols (Stilwell, Grade 8)
Ethan Peer (Indian Hills, Grade 8)
Drew Peterson  (Indian Hills, Grade 8)
Jack Renda (Stilwell, Grade 8)
Henry Shires (Stilwell, Grade 8)

Seventh- & Eighth-Grade Treble Clef Honor Choir
Lanie Anthan (Stilwell, Grade 8)
Anna Behrens* (Indian Hills, Grade 8)
Ella Bishop (Stilwell, Grade 8)
Ashley Czipar (Indian Hills, Grade 8)
Kaylee Davis (Indian Hills, Grade 8)
Kaitlyn Forney (Stilwell, Grade 8)
CeCe Grabinski (Indian Hills, Grade 8)
Jenna Herting* (Indian Hills, Grade 8)
Sophie Valencia (Indian Hills, Grade 8)
Anna Welge (Stilwell, Grade 8)

Ninth-Grade Honor Choir
Eric Amundson
Brooke Boddicker
Colby Christensen
Carson Codel
Chloe Edwards
Peter Erickson
Aviana Gedler
Lauren Gilbert
Mya Nurse
Jacob Soto
Andrew Voggesser

*Also selected for a small group

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Students Launch “Profriend” Campaign

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