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Sweetheart Show to Feature Original Student Compositions


More than 140 Valley High School musicians will perform at the annual Sweetheart Show, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 and Feb. 11, in the Staplin Performing Arts Center. The Valley show choirs, men’s group A Cappella Reign, and selected soloists will perform original compositions by Valley students, as well as covers of songs by Elvis Presley, Sara Bareilles, Justin Timberlake, Shawn Mendes, Chance the Rapper, and more. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased at the door or online at There will also be a silent auction and raffle, starting at 6 p.m. both nights. For a preview performance, tune in to Channel 5 at noon on Feb. 3.


Intramurals – Dodgeball

Intramurals are starting soon! Calendars are posted around the school so take a look.

Dodgeball Schedual

Monday, Feb. 1
Thursday – Feb. 11
Monday – Feb. 15
Tuesday – Feb. 16
Monday – Feb. 22

All games will be at Rex Mathes until 3:30 p.m.. See Mrs. Zenti if you have any questions.

The first week of March will bring hockey!!!!


Petersen Named Teacher of the Year Finalist

Valley Southwoods Freshman High School teacher Wade Petersen showed up to his 2016 Iowa Teacher of the Year interview dressed as 16th century French leader Napoleon Bonaparte.


Valley High School Named to NFL Super Bowl Honor Roll

Valley High School alum and former National Football League (NFL) player Justin Hartwig will present Valley Principal Tim Miller, Activities Director Brad Rose, and Football Coach Gary Swenson with a commemorative Wilson Golden Football on Friday, Jan. 29. The presentation will take place during halftime at the Valley basketball game against Dowling Catholic, which starts at 7:45 p.m. at Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines. A reception with Hartwig, held in the Valley commons area, will follow the basketball game.

The football presentation is part of the NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll initiative, which recognizes schools and communities that contributed to Super Bowl history. High schools worldwide will receive one football for each player or head coach who graduated from their school and was on an active Super Bowl roster. The Honor Roll initiative, which will become an annual Super Bowl tradition, is one way the NFL is celebrating the upcoming Super Bowl 50 through the “On the Fifty” campaign.

Hartwig graduated from Valley High School in 1997. A three-sport athlete, he earned All-State honors and led the football team to the playoffs twice during his time playing for Valley. He was drafted in the 2002 NFL Draft and was in the starting lineup for the victorious Pittsburgh Steelers at Super Bowl XLIII (43) in 2009.

The NFL Foundation will also provide Super Bowl High School Honor Roll schools with a new character education curriculum and the opportunity to apply for grants that will support football programs. The Valley football program is led by 2012 Iowa Football Coach of the Year Gary Swenson. The varsity team has won five state championships in the past 12 years, most recently in 2011. They played in the 2015-16 semifinal game, ending the season with just two losses.

To see a video of Justin Hartwig’s presentation, visit the Valley High School Facebook page. More information about the “On the Fifty” campaign can be found at For more information about the Valley High School football team, please visit


Junior High Film Festival Showcases Creativity, Collaboration

It is awards season in show business, and now in the West Des Moines Community Schools district as well. Indian Hills and Stilwell junior high schools held their joint film festival last Thursday, Jan. 7.

The festival highlighted the students’ creativity and collaboration, and gave their parents a chance to view the finished films. To make the festival seem as professional as possible, junior high drama teachers Nicole Crawford and Allison Koontz set up a red carpet and gold Academy Award statue cutouts, and invited everyone to dress in formal wear.

The films covered a wide range of topics and genres, from supernatural comedies to dramas about bullying. The festival was judged by local experts, including Iowa High School Speech Association Film category judges and the owner of a local modeling and talent agency. The People’s Choice awards were voted on by students and staff at the school. They had heard about the films thanks to marketing campaigns organized by each production.

Best Drama: “Purpose”

Best Comedy: “99 Problems — This Demon is Every One”

Best Actor: “Suraj Moorjani, “99 Problems — This Demon is Every One”

Best Actress: Sarah Dorn, “Purpose”

Best Supporting Actor: Nate Loecher, “Damaged Goods”

Best Supporting Actress: Summer DeCamp, “99 Problems — This Demon is Every One”

Best Directing: Dayna Dunnwald, “TTYL”

Best Screenplay: “Damaged Goods”

Best Cinematography: “TTYL”

Best Editing: “Purpose”

Best Musical Score: “99 Problems — This Demon is Every One”

Best Costumes: “Stolen”

Best Use of a Prop: “Detention”

Best Ensemble: “Not It”

Best Publicity: “Purpose”

Best Make-It-Work Moment: “Student Stereotypes”

Indian Hills People’s Choice: “99 Problems — This Demon is Every One”

Stilwell People’s Choice: “Purpose”

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