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WDMCS Expands Online Learning Opportunities

HoC2015-7The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) will be offering our highest number of online learning opportunities yet for the 2017-18 school year.

The WDMCS Online Learning Committee was formed in 2014 to explore and expand online learning options for students in our district. The district offers several online courses for grades 9-12 at this time and provides an online learning approach called “blended learning” to fully support and guide students. Blended learning is a combination of face-to-face instruction, digital online instruction, and individualized one-on-one time.

The blended learning courses available for the 2017-18 school year are:

Valley Southwoods Freshman High School

  • General Science
  • Geometry B

Valley High School

  • AP Studio Art
  • Current Issues
  • Evolution of American Popular Music
  • Fundamentals of Writing
  • Geometry B
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Lifeguarding
  • Photo II: Principles of Digital Photography
  • U.S. History

More details about the individual course options are available in your school’s course catalog. You can also contact:

  • Carrie Jacobs, Valley High School instructional coach and district online learning coordinator, 515-633-4180
  • Erica Whittle, Valley High School associate principal, 515-633-4000


Watch the West Des Moines Community Schools website and social media for the rest of our three-part series on blended learning.

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Read “Blank Tales,” the Magazine Run by Valley Students

The cover of "Blank Tales" magazine.

The cover of “Blank Tales” magazine.

The first issue of “Blank Tales” magazine’s second edition is now available! The Valley High School student-run magazine is dedicated to increasing action towards ending homelessness. The students work toward their mission by sharing news about philanthropy in Des Moines and stories from homeless or previously homeless individuals in their magazine and e-newsletter and on the “Blank Tales” website.

“We want to show people that the money they donate actually makes a difference in people’s lives,” the students said on the site.

To read “Blank Tales, visit the “Blank Tales” website, You can also subscribe to the “Blank Tales” e-newsletter and get hard copies of the magazine at Valley High School, the West Des Moines Public Library, and local businesses.


Brad Rose Named Athletic Director of the Year

Brad Rose PortraitWest Des Moines Community Schools Athletics & Activities Department Director Brad Rose was named the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association (IHSADA) 2017 Athletic Director of the Year for the State of Iowa, as well as the 2017 Central District Athletic Director of the Year. Rose will be honored at the IHSADA State Convention in late March and at Valley High School.

During his 27 years as an educator, Rose has taught at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. He has served as an athletic director for 14 years and is in his eighth year in his current position.

As athletics and activities director in the WDMCS, Rose has assisted with improvements and additions at every district venue for athletics and fine arts, including Valley Stadium and the Staplin Performing Arts Center. He has also been involved in developing and acquiring new complexes, rooms, and equipment for several sports and the fine and performing arts.

Rose earned a State Award of Merit for outstanding leadership from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) in 2011. He also received NIAAA’s Jim Teff Achievement Award for excellence in creation and innovation in professional development in 2014.

Rose is a member of the NIAAA, the IHSADA, the Iowa Football Coaches Association, and the Iowa Baseball Coaches Association. He earned his Certified Athletic Administrator endorsement from the NIAAA in 2012. He currently serves as NIAAA Leadership Training Coordinator and is on the Board of Control for the IHSADA. He is a part-time instructor for Morningside College and Drake University and is also involved in the community as a youth sports coach. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Simpson College and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Drake University.