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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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Seeking Your Input About Special Education Services

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Seniors Come Home 2017


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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Know Your Rights as an Immigrant/Refugee

The Des Moines Public Schools and the Iowa Department of Human Rights Office of Latino Affairs is hosting “Know Your Rights as an Immigrant/Refugee” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Weeks Middle School, 901 East Park Ave., in Des Moines. There will be legal counsels who will inform attendees about their rights. In addition, there will be the following panel:

  • Ann Naffier, Immigration Attorney, Justice for Our Neighbors
  • Brynne Howard, Immigration Attorney, Justice for Our Neighbors
  • Sandra Sanchez, American Friends Service Committee
  • Sonia Reyes-Snyder, Oficina de Asuntos Latinos de Iowa

There will be two different sessions at the same time, one in Spanish and one specifically for refugees.

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WDMCS Personal Care Drive

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Students Launch “Profriend” Campaign

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All About Homecoming 2016

Homecoming 2016: September 19-24
“What’s Up, Valley?” This year’s homecoming festivities start Sept. 19 and include activities for our schools, WDMCS families, and the entire community. This year’s homecoming theme is “What’s Up, Valley?”

All proceeds from homecoming T-shirt sales, the carnival, the powderpuff football toss, and the $5 barbecue, as well as any free-will donations, will benefit this year’s homecoming charity: The Native Fund. The Native Fund was created by Ashton Kutcher and Dallas Clark. Their mission is to have Iowans help Iowans with natural disasters. Learn more about The Native Fund and how you can help online.

Community events include:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20: Powder Puff Football, 7 p.m., Valley Stadium
    • There will be a raffle and a football throw between games.
  • Thursday, Sept. 22: Homecoming Parade, 5:45 p.m., starts at Valley Southwoods; Carnival at 6 p.m. and $5 Barbecue at 6:15 p.m., in the Valley Stadium Parking Lot (rain location: Valley Southwoods)
    • Homecoming Parade Registration and Information (due Thursday, Sept. 15)
    • Homecoming Parade Route Map
    • The ninth-grade football game will also be taking place on Thursday, at 6 p.m. in Valley Stadium. All attendees should enter through the west stadium gate. Parking will be available in the west parking lot and the church parking lot.
  • Friday, Sept. 23: Homecoming Football Game vs. Fort Dodge, 7:30 p.m., Valley Stadium
    • Please note: The time of the game has been updated to 7:30 p.m. It was previously listed as 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 24: Homecoming Dance, 8-11 p.m., Iowa Events Center
    • T-shirts will be on sale outside the Valley Cafeteria from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, and Friday, Sept. 16. T-shirts are $6.
    • Tickets will be on sale outside the Valley Cafeteria from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, to Friday, Sept. 23. Tickets are $10.
    • Volunteers are needed to chaperone the dance and sell tickets. Sign Up Online
    • Attire: No jeans, shorts, hats, canes, jerseys, sandals, and/or costumes .

Forms for the parade, carnival, powderpuff football, and dance guests are all available in the main office at Valley. All forms are due Thursday, Sept. 15.

Some school-specific events are:

  • Friday, Sept. 23: Indian Hills Homecoming Mixer, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Valley High School Dress-up Days Download the Poster
    • Monday: Wake UP (Dress up in your pajamas)
    • Tuesday: Squad UP (Twin with your squad)
    • Wednesday: Surf’s UP (Dress up in your beach gear)
    • Thursday: Back UP (Throwback Thursday)
    • Friday: Pump UP (Tiger Spirit Day)
  • There will also be a homecoming assembly and a DJ at all lunches at Valley on Friday, Sept. 23.

Homecoming Court
Congratulations to the 2016 Homecoming Court candidates! The Homecoming Queen candidates are Elizabeth Ash, Nisha Cameron, Paige Murillo, Ellen Reed, and Genny Wycoff. Homecoming King candidates are Cayden Codel, Trent Gilbert, Rocky Lombardi, Benton Koele, and Jonathon Koele.

Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School will be watching a candidate video and voting during advisory on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime of the Valley vs. Fort Dodge Homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 23.

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Back to School 2016-17

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