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Homecoming 2017: Sept. 11-16

Homecoming 2017 theme image.Homecoming 2017 festivities start next week and include activities for our schools, WDMCS families, and the entire community. This year’s homecoming theme is “Valleywood.”

All proceeds from homecoming T-shirt sales, the carnival, and the $5 barbecue, as well as any free-will donations, will benefit the 2017 WDMCS Homecoming charity: Colleen’s Dream Foundation.

Community events include:

  • Monday, Sept. 11: Powder Puff Football, 7:30 p.m., Valley Stadium
  • Thursday, Sept. 14: Homecoming Parade, 5:45 p.m.; Tiger Carnival/$5 Barbecue, 6:15 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 15: Homecoming Football Game vs. Johnston, 7:30 p.m., Valley Stadium, fireworks after the game
    • Get tickets: Tickets will be on sale at the stadium gate starting at 4 p.m. Grades K-8: $4. Grades 9-12 and adults: $6.

Some school-specific events are:

  • Friday, Sept. 15: Junior High Homecoming Mixer, 5:30-7 p.m., at Valley Southwoods
  • Valley High School Dress-up Days (Download the Homecoming Poster)
    • Monday: Movie Night Monday (Dress up in your pajamas.)
    • Tuesday: Character Tuesday (Dress as your favorite TV/movie character.)
    • Wednesday: Walk of Fame Wednesday (Dress for the red carpet or as your favorite celebrity.)
    • Thursday: Throwback Thursday (Dress from a different decade.)
    • Friday: Lions, TIGERS, and Bears (Dress in your spirit gear.)
    • There will also be a homecoming assembly and a DJ at lunch at Valley on Friday, Sept. 15.
  • Saturday, Sept. 16: Homecoming Dance, 8-11 p.m., Iowa Events Center (Hy-Vee Hall)
    • Get a T-shirt: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Sept. 7-8, outside the Valley cafeteria. T-shirts are $6.
    • Get tickets: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 13-15, outside the Valley cafeteria. Tickets are $10.
    • Volunteers are needed to chaperone the dance and sell tickets.Sign Up to Volunteer Online
    • Attire: No jeans, hats, chains, canes, athletic wear/jerseys, or costumes.

Homecoming Court

Photo of 2017 Homecoming Court. First row: Homecoming Queen candidates Emma Bohn, Bailey Burrell, Anna Correa, Caroline Smoldt, and Cassie Yardley. Second row: Homecoming King candidates David Bone, Yuet Both, Kade Hatcher, JJ Kapur, and Habibu Moise.Congratulations to the 2017 Homecoming Court! Homecoming Queen candidates are Emma Bohn, Bailey Burrell, Anna Correa, Caroline Smoldt, and Cassie Yardley. Homecoming King candidates are David Bone, Yuet Both, Kade Hatcher, JJ Kapur, and Habibu Moise.

Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School students will watch candidate videos and vote during advisory on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime of the Valley vs. Johnston Homecoming football game on Friday.

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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.

Get the details.

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Prom 2017 Information

This year’s prom will be held from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in downtown Des Moines.

The “Starry Night”-themed dance is for Valley High School and Walnut Creek Campus juniors and seniors and their guests. Guests must be under 21 to attend; guest request forms will be available in the office and are due April 14. Tickets will be on sale during lunch the week of prom and at the dance. Tickets cost $25 for all students except Valley and Walnut Creek seniors, who will get in free. All students must have a ticket and an ID to enter the dance. Formal attire is expected; jeans, hats, costumes, and athletic wear are not allowed.

Noah Barr, Jacob Bedia, Hanna Bush, Cayden Codel, Trent Gilbert, Austin Hinkle, Taylor Jones, Kamden Lee, Ellen Reed, Elena Soto, Cora Walker, and Genny Wyckoff make up the 2017 Prom Court. Junior and senior students will vote for prom king and queen on Tuesday, April 18, during advisory. The king and queen will be announced at the dance.

The after-prom party will take place from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. after the dance. This year’s theme is “Power Up For After-Prom.” Students must arrive between 11 p.m. and midnight to register and will not be allowed to re-enter once they leave. It is not necessary for students to attend prom to attend after-prom. Any guests must have been to the dance before the after-prom party and must attend after-prom with a Valley or Walnut Creek Campus student. There is no cost to attend after-prom.

After-prom entertainment will include a hypnotist, inflatables, mini golf, a movie, a silent disco, laser tag, a photo booth and other activities. Delicious food from vendors including Buffalo Wild Wings, Chick-fil-A, Jimmy John’s, and Dairy Queen will also be available. Prizes will be available all night, including a grand prize awarded at the end of the night.

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Valley Dance Marathon 2017

“Bad Dancing Saves Lives” at this year’s Valley Dance Marathon, 6-10 p.m., Friday, March 24.

This event is for Valley, Walnut Creek Campus, and Valley Southwoods students who want to make a difference in the lives of children. It is not just a dance or a marathon, but a celebration of life. 

Participants must register by March 8 to get a T-shirt, with a $10 registration fee. They will fundraise $20 or more to be donated to Children’s Miracle Network for the benefit of children in Iowa.  Additional information can be found in the dancer registration packet or by contacting

Dancer Registration Packet

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Students Launch “Profriend” Campaign

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WDMCS Graduation and Commencement 2016

Celebrating Our Graduates

The West Des Moines Community Schools proudly announces that 681 students will graduate from the district this year. Valley High School will graduate 593 seniors with traditional diplomas, plus 8 with Certificates of Attendance (foreign exchange students). Walnut Creek Campus will graduate 88 students. Sixty students will graduate with traditional diplomas, and 28 will graduate with core diplomas.

Who are the WDMCS graduates? Leaders: 17 Student Government members Volunteers: 121 Silver Cord Awards, 9 Presidential Volunteer Awards, 4 Teal Cord Awards AP Students: 32 took 5+ AP Exams, 71 AP Scholars, 1 National AP Scholar Scholars: 4 Honors Students, 10 Scholars of Distinction National Honor Society Members: 49 members National Merit Finalists: Andrew Austin, Joseph Brennan, Haley Gion, Alexa Kort, Quinn Nolin, and Samuel Throm

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Graduation and Commencement Information

Walnut Creek Campus Graduation
Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m.
Staplin Performing Arts Center at Valley High School (3650 Woodland Ave, West Des Moines)

Valley High School Commencement
Sunday, May 29, at 12:30 p.m.
Drake Knapp Center (2601 Forest Ave., Des Moines)
Livestream (The video will also be available to view at this link after the ceremony.)



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Prom 2016 Information

This year’s prom will be held from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in downtown Des Moines.

The “Great Gatsby”-themed dance is for Valley High School and Walnut Creek Campus juniors and seniors and their dates or guests. Guests and dates must be under 21 to attend, and request forms will be available shortly.

Tickets are $25, and free for Valley and Walnut Creek seniors. Tickets will be on sale the week of prom.

The After-Prom Event is at Valley High School on Saturday, May 21, from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. This year’s theme is “Party in the USA.”

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New Payment System Online Today!

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Feed the POD for the Food Bank of Iowa

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