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Valley Individual Speech Team Earns 22 Top Ratings

The 2017 IHSSA Individual Speech team.

The 2017 IHSSA Individual Speech team.

The Valley High School IHSSA Individual Speech team, which earned 22 “I” ratings at the State speech contest during spring break. Six students were selected to perform at the All-State Festival at UNI on March 20:

  • sophomore Alex Matthews—Acting
  • junior JJ Kapur—Spontaneous Speaking, Original Oratory
  • junior Marisa Rethman—Literary Program
  • senior Grace Barker—Storytelling
  • senior Kyra Berg—Solo Musical Theater
  • senior Julie Sisler—Acting

Congratulations to the entire IHSSA Individual Speech team—and special congratulations to Grace Barker, who has performed at All-State four times in Storytelling.



Clive Learners Help Fund Celebration with Vendor Fair

Sixth-grade learners at Clive Learning Academy are hosting a vendor fair that will raise funds for a celebration on the last day of school. Students are working as entrepreneurs to create goods and services to sell at the fair on Thursday, April 6.

Each business group could apply for loans of up to $50. The students completed business plans and presented them to local business owners in the Des Moines metro area. The business partners gave each business feedback on their product idea, finances, and advertising plans.

Geoff Wood, founder of Des Moines workplace community Gravitate, was one of the business partners who visited Clive. He included his experience in Gravitate’s March 8 newsletter, writing:

It was enjoyable and I learned a lot about what is on the mind of today’s 6th graders. For instance there is a thing called “slime”—which is apparently very popular—and any product involving candy is perceived to have a good chance at success, as one student told me, “all kids like candy”. Good point (I told her that most adults do, too).

The sixth-grade business groups will begin production and advertising after spring break. All profits from the fair will go towards the students’ last day of school celebration.

You’re Invited to the Vendor Fair!

Join us at the sixth-grade vendor fair from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, in the Clive Learning Academy Gym, 1600 73rd St., Windsor Heights. 


Valley Senior Guowei Qi Named 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar

Valley High School senior Guowei Qi, of West Des Moines.

Valley High School senior Guowei Qi, of West Des Moines.

Valley High School senior Guowei Qi has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school leaders by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. One of just two 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars from Iowa and 150 total 2017 Scholars, Qi was selected from a pool of nearly 86,000 initial applicants. Coca-Cola Scholars are awarded a $20,000 college scholarship for demonstrating superior leadership, service, and academics, as well as positively affecting others in their communities.

“Guowei Qi is part of a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors that have shown a steadfast commitment to educational excellence, leadership and service to the school and community,” said Claude Nielsen, Chairman of the Board of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to name Mr. Qi as a 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar.”

Qi is invited to travel to Atlanta, Georgia, for Scholars Weekend in April. He will have the chance to participate in a Leadership Development Institute to further develop his leadership skills, tour local landmarks, engage with former Coca-Cola Scholars and participate in a group community service project. He is also invited to attend a banquet in the Scholars’ honor. Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation and Chairman of the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees, will serve as the featured speaker.

Congratulations to Guowei Qi!


Valley Boys’ Basketball Team State Tournament Runners-Up

UPDATE from March 11: Congratulations to Coach B.J. Windhorst and the Valley boys’ basketball team on a terrific season and state tournament. The team lost 64-50 to Iowa City West in the championship game on Saturday, March 11. The Tigers ended the season 21-5 overall.

UPDATE from March 9: The Valley High School boys’ basketball team defeated Des Moines North High School 57-55 in its state tournament quarterfinal game on March 8.

The team now advances to its third Class 4A state semifinal appearance in the last four years. The Tigers will compete against Sioux City East at 3:15 p.m., Friday, March 10, for the opportunity to play in the state championship game.

Tickets for Friday’s semifinal game will be on sale in the Valley High School athletics & activities office from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. All tickets are $10.

Congratulations to the boys’ basketball team!

From March 6: Congratulations to the Valley High School boys’ basketball team, which defeated Hoover High School on Feb. 28 to earn the seed 2 spot for the state tournament.

Valley will play its first state tournament game against Des Moines North High School at 8:15 p.m., Wednesday, March 8. The Valley High School athletics & activities office will be selling tickets to the game from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. All tickets are $10.

See the full bracket.



Don’t Miss Our “Chopped” Breakfast Competition!

Nutrition Cargill PSTR ChoppedContest photoOn Monday, March 6, 2017, Indian Hills eighth-grade students are invited to participate in our very own version of the Food Network’s “Chopped” reality cooking show.

Students can compete to make a healthy, delicious breakfast. Judges will be Sunny Fresh, Inc. Chef Brent Preppernau, Indian Hills Principal Shane Christensen, WDMCS Food Services Director Willow Dye, and one lucky student!

Students also have the chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. To be eligible, students must complete and turn in the breakfast trivia sheet to the main office.

Thank you to the WDMCS Nutrition Services department and Sunny Fresh Foods, Inc. for hosting the event!

The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) serves delicious, nutritious breakfasts and lunches at every school. Signing up for school lunch is an easy, convenient way to give your child a well-balanced and healthy meal during the school day. You can also give them a great start to the day by signing up for our breakfasts.

To learn more about our nutrition services, including menus, how to track what your child is eating, and how to set up a meal account, visit or call 515-633-5088.

Breakfast Trivia Sheet

Breakfast Contest Poster