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School Pictures – September 15

Crestview school pictures are scheduled for Friday, September 15.  All checks should be made payable to Lifetouch.  Pictures can be paid for online by going to and using picture day id BN807476Q0. Lifetouch Picture Form



Homecoming 2017: Sept. 11-16

Homecoming 2017 theme image.Homecoming 2017 festivities start next week and include activities for our schools, WDMCS families, and the entire community. This year’s homecoming theme is “Valleywood.”

All proceeds from homecoming T-shirt sales, the carnival, and the $5 barbecue, as well as any free-will donations, will benefit the 2017 WDMCS Homecoming charity: Colleen’s Dream Foundation.

Community events include:

  • Monday, Sept. 11: Powder Puff Football, 7:30 p.m., Valley Stadium
  • Thursday, Sept. 14: Homecoming Parade, 5:45 p.m.; Tiger Carnival/$5 Barbecue, 6:15 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 15: Homecoming Football Game vs. Johnston, 7:30 p.m., Valley Stadium, fireworks after the game
    • Get tickets: Tickets will be on sale at the stadium gate starting at 4 p.m. Grades K-8: $4. Grades 9-12 and adults: $6.

Some school-specific events are:

  • Friday, Sept. 15: Junior High Homecoming Mixer, 5:30-7 p.m., at Valley Southwoods
  • Valley High School Dress-up Days (Download the Homecoming Poster)
    • Monday: Movie Night Monday (Dress up in your pajamas.)
    • Tuesday: Character Tuesday (Dress as your favorite TV/movie character.)
    • Wednesday: Walk of Fame Wednesday (Dress for the red carpet or as your favorite celebrity.)
    • Thursday: Throwback Thursday (Dress from a different decade.)
    • Friday: Lions, TIGERS, and Bears (Dress in your spirit gear.)
    • There will also be a homecoming assembly and a DJ at lunch at Valley on Friday, Sept. 15.
  • Saturday, Sept. 16: Homecoming Dance, 8-11 p.m., Iowa Events Center (Hy-Vee Hall)
    • Get a T-shirt: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Sept. 7-8, outside the Valley cafeteria. T-shirts are $6.
    • Get tickets: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 13-15, outside the Valley cafeteria. Tickets are $10.
    • Volunteers are needed to chaperone the dance and sell tickets.Sign Up to Volunteer Online
    • Attire: No jeans, hats, chains, canes, athletic wear/jerseys, or costumes.

Homecoming Court

Photo of 2017 Homecoming Court. First row: Homecoming Queen candidates Emma Bohn, Bailey Burrell, Anna Correa, Caroline Smoldt, and Cassie Yardley. Second row: Homecoming King candidates David Bone, Yuet Both, Kade Hatcher, JJ Kapur, and Habibu Moise.Congratulations to the 2017 Homecoming Court! Homecoming Queen candidates are Emma Bohn, Bailey Burrell, Anna Correa, Caroline Smoldt, and Cassie Yardley. Homecoming King candidates are David Bone, Yuet Both, Kade Hatcher, JJ Kapur, and Habibu Moise.

Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School students will watch candidate videos and vote during advisory on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime of the Valley vs. Johnston Homecoming football game on Friday.

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Shuttle Service for 10th-Grade Student Drivers, Sept. 5-8

Valley parking lotValley High School was recently notified that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints parking lot at 3301 Ashworth Road. will be resurfaced Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 5-8. This parking lot is currently used by approximately 100 10th-grade students.

To accommodate these students, we have worked with the WDMCS Transportation Department to offer shuttle service from Valley Southwoods to Valley these four days. Both morning and afternoon shuttles are available. Please review the list of times and bus numbers to ensure your student takes the correct shuttle.

Who can take the shuttle?
All 10th-graders who regularly park at the church parking lot.

Where should I park at Valley Southwoods?
By the tennis courts.

Where do I catch the shuttle?
Walk to the bus concourse on the east side of Valley Southwoods.

Back side of a yellow school busMorning Shuttle Times/Bus Numbers to Valley High School

  • 7:45 a.m., Bus 80
  • 7:55 a.m., Bus 60
  • 7:55 a.m., Bus 9
  • 8:05 a.m., Bus 7

*Look for a “Valley Shuttle” sign on the bus window.

Afternoon Shuttle Times/Bus Numbers to Valley Southwoods

  • 3:20 p.m., Bus 64
  • 3:20 p.m., Bus 80
  • 3:20 p.m., Bus 97

*Look for the “VSW Shuttle” sign on the bus window.


Kindergarten Early Dismissal, Aug. 23-Sept. 8

To help with your child’s transition to all-day kindergarten, West Des Moines Community Schools dismisses kindergarten classes early from Aug. 23-Sept. 8. During the afternoon, kindergarten teachers schedule time to visit with families to get to know their students and how they can best help them at school.

Find out more and get the full schedule at

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Focused on Student Wellness in the WDMCS

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Valley Students Honored as Citizens of Character

Slide image: Students Dayna Dunnwald and JJ Kapur being honored at the 2017 Iowa Citizens of Character award event.

Valley High School sophomore Dayna Dunnwald and senior JJ Kapur at the 2017 Iowa Character Awards event.

Congratulations to Valley High School senior JJ Kapur and sophomore Dayna Dunnwald, who were honored at the 2017 Iowa Character Awards event on Friday, July 21.

Kapur was named a 2017 Citizen of Character; Dunnwald earned an honorable mention in the same category. They join more than 100 Iowans who have been recognized by the Robert D. and Billie Ray Center for showing good character and demonstrating the Six Pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS!: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship.

See a full list of awards recipients.

Watch Kapur’s award recipient video.



Two Valley Students Achieve Perfect ACT Scores

Valley High School seniors Christopher Jun and Joseph Swason earned perfect composite scores of 36 on the June 10, 2017, ACT test, according to ACT, Inc. This is the highest score possible on the college readiness exam. Seniors Anna Correa, Aarushi Dervesh, Catherine Larson, Alex Peterson and Nash Willham and junior Ryan Staub earned scores of 36 on one or more of the subject tests on the June 10 test.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. The national number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, but only about one-tenth of one percent of students receive a top score.Based on 2016 data, Valley High School’s average composite score of 24.2 exceeds both state and national averages. With an average composite score of 22.1, Iowa has the highest average ACT composite score in the nation among states that test a majority of their graduating seniors. The national average is 20.8.

Based on 2016 data, Valley High School’s average composite score of 24.2 exceeds both state and national averages. With an average composite score of 22.1, Iowa has the highest average ACT composite score in the nation among states that test a majority of their graduating seniors. The national average is 20.8.

Congratulations to these students!


FCA Invites WDMCS to See “Woodlawn” on New Scoreboard

Woodlawn movie imageValley High School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter invites West Des Moines Community Schools families to join them for a free message and movie on the new scoreboard at Valley Stadium at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

The movie shown will be “Woodlawn,” described by Common Sense Media as a “Heartwarming fact-based drama about faith, race, football.”

Valley’s FCA chapter invites families to bring lawn chairs and blankets and join them on the field for a free outdoor night at the movies, weather-permitting. The Valley Stadium concession stand will be open.

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Reminder: New Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement for Grades 7 & 12

The State of Iowa has passed a new law, requiring the meningococcal (specifically ACWY) vaccine for students entering grades seven and 12, beginning with the 2017-18 school year. All incoming seventh- and 12th-grade students will need to submit a completed Certificate of Immunization with the Meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination to avoid being excluded from school next year.

Get the details.

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Valley High School Student Council Earns Second Honor Council Award

The Valley High School Student Council has earned an Iowa Association of Student Councils (IASC) Honor Council Award for the second consecutive year. It will receive special recognition at the Iowa Student Leadership Conference in Des Moines on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.

The Honor Council Award recognizes student councils that present evidence of having an effective and progressive council organization in a variety of areas. Student councils compile and submit an application and scrapbook, which are scored by a committee of IASC Advisory Board members. A student council must receive a minimum of 80 points to receive the “Honor Council” award.

Valley High School’s 2016-17 Student Council was led by President John Mahoney and Vice President Brendan Roe. Additional members of the Executive Cabinet were Shubham Tayal (Secretary of Academics), Kate Sullivan (Secretary of Activities), Kathryn Crowley (Secretary of Arts), Jack Hamborg (Secretary of Athletics), Caitlin Mills (Secretary of Communications), Ethan Ellinger (Secretary of Finance), and Jocelyn Westerhold (Secretary of Philanthropy).

Senior class representatives were T.J. Foley, Hannah Fuller, Trent Gilbert, Brian Gu, Meier Lipman, Lizbeth Salinas-Reyes, Emily Steimel, Jessica Studer, Izzy Wilde, and Ginny Wyckoff.

Junior class representatives were Emma Bohn, Michael Bryan, Marcus Chew, Aarushi Dervesh, Taylor Gion, Quinn Herbert, Emily Johnson, Jamia Jordan, Ariz Keshwani, Carter Oakley, Anvay Pradhan, Jacob Rhein, Ann Thomas, Linh Tran, and Nancy Truong.

Sophomore class representatives were Alivia Agey, Jane Berg, Helen Gould, Thomas Hathaway, Savannah Hunt, James Meng, Maya Shah, Kate Snodgrass, Greta Stewart, Suzy Thomas, Suhkman Virdi, and Blaise Wittern.

Valley High School’s 2016-17 student council sponsors were art teacher Tory DeVries, special education teacher Jill Egger, and family and consumer science teacher Kelli King.