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Valley Design Studio Class Presents 2015 Fashion Show

The Valley High School Design Studio class presented its end-of-year fashion show, “Stitched,” on May 6, 2015, in the Valley Performing Arts Center. The 11 students designed lines that were modeled by their fellow students. The design students also modeled designs they had upcycled from formal gowns donated by a local retailer. Each design studio student was featured in a video before their line discussing the inspiration behind their collection and what they learned from the experience.


Fairmeadows Celebrates Cultural Arts Day

Fairmeadows Elementary hosted a Cultural Arts Day on Friday, May 1. Students rotated between classroom work and stations led by cultural ambassadors. The program was coordinated by CultureALL, a Des Moines non-profit that provides interactive experiences that help Iowans learn about other cultures. The stations at Fairmeadows included Irish folk dancing, the art of henna, Jordanian sand art, and Japanese fish printing. 



Valley Nurse Named Iowa School Nurse of the Year

melanie hicklin.jpgValley High School Nurse Melanie Hicklin was named the Iowa School Nurse Organization’s 2015 School Nurse of the Year. She has been a school nurse in the WDMCS for more than 20 years. She was nominated by Valley associate principal Dr. Erika Cook. Hicklin serves more than 2,000 students and families at Valley, and was recognized at the ISNO School Nurse Conference on April 10, 2015.

For School Nurse Appreciation Week this year, May 6-12, the district would like to thank Melanie Hicklin and the rest of our school nurses for the work that they do to keep students healthy.


WDMCS Students Earn Top Ratings at Solo/Small Ensemble Festival

Students in band, orchestra, and vocal music at Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School participated in the Iowa High School Music Association Solo/Small Ensemble Festival on April 18-19.

Students performing at the Solo/Small Ensemble Festival. Photo Credit: Andrea Masteller.

Students performing at the Solo/Small Ensemble Festival. Photo Credit: Andrea Masteller.

There were 15 entries from the Valley and Valley Southwoods band students. Ten of the entries were awarded the top rating of ‘Superior,’ and three received an ‘Excellent’ rating.

Senior Derek Pham was recognized as the Center Nine Outstanding Performer for his performance of Keiko Abe’s “Frogs” on marimba.

More than 100 Valley vocal music students participated in the festival. Fifty performances received the top ‘Superior’ rating, and 25 performances received ‘Excellent’ ratings. Twelve performances received ‘Good’ ratings.

Thirty-six Southwoods vocal music students also participated in 28 events. Eight received ‘Superior’ ratings, 17 received ‘Excellent’ ratings, and two received ‘Good’ ratings.

There were 24 orchestra entries from Valley High School and Valley Southwoods, with 15 soloists and nine ensembles. The students performed a variety of music from notable composers, including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

All nine ensembles and 12 soloists received the top rating of ‘Outstanding.’ The three remaining soloists received ‘Excellent’ ratings.

Senior violinist Hannah Willard also received ‘Best of Center’ recognition for her performance of the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto.

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Valley Senior Named to All-State Academic Team

Source: The Des Moines Register

Source: The Des Moines Register

Valley High School senior Ojas Pradhan was named to The Des Moines Register’s All-State Academic Team on April 26. Schools nominate graduating seniors who stand our for “achievements in academics, community involvement, and leadership.” Editors from The Des Moines Register then identify students for statewide or regional recognition.

Pradhan was one of 10 “outstanding students” recognized for Academic All-State recognition.

“I hope to get to a place in life where I can be happy with the decisions I’ve made,” Pradhan told the Register about his goals. “I want to feel like I accomplished everything that was within my reach.”


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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