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2016-17 School Calendar Public Hearing Oct. 26

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Walnut Creek Campus Commencement 2015


The West Des Moines Community School District proudly announces 59 students will graduate from Walnut Creek Campus this year. Forty -nine are participating in commencement. Thirty-three students will graduate with a traditional diploma, 14 will graduate with a core diploma, one will receive a diploma from Des Moines Area Community College, and one will receive a HiSET high school diploma equivalency.

Please join us in celebrating these graduates at Walnut Creek Campus’ 2015 commencement ceremony.

Walnut Creek Campus Commencement
Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m.
Valley Performing Arts Center (3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines)


Seniors Come Home – May 18, 2015

Students who attended a West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) elementary are invited back to Seniors Come Home. This special event gives seniors the opportunity to visit their home elementary school so teachers and fellow students can wish them well on their upcoming graduation. Seniors Come Home has been a tradition in the WDMCS for more than 20 years.

On May 18, graduating seniors are invited back to their home school at the following times:

  • Clive 3:30 p.m.
  • Crestview 3:15 p.m.
  • Crossroads 4 p.m.
  • Fairmeadows 3:45 p.m.
  • Hillside 4 p.m.
  • Jordan Creek 3 p.m.
  • Western Hills 3 p.m.
  • Westridge 4 p.m.

All retired elementary teachers and staff are welcome!

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National School Breakfast Week Contest

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Help Stop the Spread of the Flu

Washing Hands

Reports of the flu are on the rise statewide as West Des Moines Community School District students return to class this week. Parents and caregivers are being reminded of the warning signs of influenza in children and precautions that will help keep the virus from spreading at school and also at home.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports that the number of cases in Iowa has increased since students left for winter break. The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May.

Our school nurses are staying updated about this season’s illness and are monitoring reports. They are available to help your child if he or she becomes ill at school. Nurses will notify you if your child needs to be released from school.

Teachers and staff members also help prevent the spread of illness by teaching and reminding students about good hand-washing and cough-hygiene practices. You can help us by reinforcing these practices at home. These include:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

In addition, our custodial staff disinfects phones, doorknobs and light switches daily.

Knowing the signs of the flu – or influenza – is important. Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

If your child does become ill, the Iowa Department of Public Health recommends that you should consult your child’s doctor and children should stay home from school. Children should be fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT the help of fever-reducing medicines before returning to school.

Most healthy people recover from the flu without complications. However, some cases may become severe. Emergency warning signs that children need urgent medical attention include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

Working together, we can help keep students healthy and ready to learn. Below is additional information and resources about the flu that may be helpful.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school nurse or building principals.

Parent Resources:

Key Facts About Seasonal Flu (CDC)
Influenza – Frequently Asked Questions (IDPH)
The Flu: What To Do If You Get Sick (CDC)
Flu Guide for Parents (CDC)


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Boundary Committee Recommends New Map to Superintendency

At its Monday, Nov. 17 meeting, the Boundary Committee voted to recommend Map C5 to the superintendency.

Based on feedback from three public forums and an online survey, the superintendency developed two additional options – C4 and C5 – for the committee to review.

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The committee also recommended maintaining the current timeline to bring a proposal to the School Board on Monday, Nov. 24 and a final decision on Monday, Dec. 8.



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Boundary Committee Meets October 7

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WCC Regatta

Walnut Creek Campus students and staff raced their cardboard boats in the WCC Regatta on August 22 at the West Des Moines City Campus pond. A brief shower could not dampen the fun and competitive spirit of the entrants. The winning boat was from Laura Brooks’ advisory. CJ Matthews’ advisory won for most creative design and Lisa Demuth’s advisory won for team spirit.