Valley High School social studies teacher Dan Kelly is one of eight teachers who have been chosen for the 2017-18 fellowship program through the Center for the Study of the American Constitution (CSAC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kelly will have the opportunity to study the founding of the United States under the direction of experts including Professor John P. Kaminski of UW-Madison.
Valley High School’s Performing Arts Department presents its fall play, “Sweeney Todd,” by playwright Christopher Bond.
The inspiration for Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller, Bond’s “Sweeney Todd” introduces a psychological background for the psychopathic barber introduced in Victorian penny dreadful “The String of Pearls.” The play begins with Todd returning home and seeking revenge against Judge Turpin, who destroyed his family. Todd begins murdering his customers and goes into business with pie-maker Mrs. Lovett, who bakes the victims into her pies.
The play features senior Cooper Early as Sweeney Todd, senior Kate Raridon as Mrs. Lovett, and senior Ethan Glenn as Judge Turpin. Senior Christian Patrick plays the Beadle, another antagonist, while junior Alex Matthews plays Tobias Ragg, Todd and Lovett’s sidekick. Senior Lauren Johnson plays Todd’s daughter and Turpin’s ward, Johanna. Senior Jordan Potter plays Anthony Hope, a sea captain indebted to Todd who falls in love with Johanna.
More than 150 Valley High School students make up the rest of the cast and crew, with senior Amy Wickencamp as head stage manager, junior Emily Schnoor as head production manager, senior Chase Brown as master carpenter, and senior Mary Scout Cole-Duvall as master electrician.
Performances are at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 and 4, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 5, in the Staplin Performing Arts Center, Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines. Tickets are $7 and $10, and can be purchased through MIDWESTIX at www.midwestix.com or by calling 515-244-2771.
Forty-two West Des Moines Community Schools students were selected to participate in the 71st Annual Iowa All-State Music Festival Concert at 7:30 p.m.
on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum in Ames. The students were selected through a rigorous audition process that included students from throughout the state.
In addition, ninth-grader Marina Deyev (violin) and sophomore Min Hyuk Lee (cello) were selected as alternates.
Tickets to the Iowa All-State Music Festival Concert can be purchased at the Iowa State athletics ticket office or online at Ticketmaster.com. The concert will also be shown on Iowa Public Television at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. For more information on the Iowa All-State Music Festival, visit the IHSMA All-State website, ihsma.org/all-state-music-festival.
Congratulations to Valley High School seniors Emma Bohn, Lucy Brown, Nathan Conte, Aarushi Dervesh, Christopher Jun, Chinar Kaul, Ariz Keshwani, Catherine Larson, Grace Matera, Keegan McCullough, Varun Myneni, Anvay Pradhan, Milan Sherman, Joseph Swanson, Shubham Tayal, Linh Tran, and Oliver Willham, who have all been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Valley High School graduate Grant Hurt is also a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.
These students are now in competition to become National Merit scholars, earning a $2,500 scholarship. Of the 1.5 million entrants, about 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Academic records, school curriculum, test scores, an administrative recommendation, information about activities and leadership, and an essay are used in the judging process.
Finalists will be announced in February, and students will be notified by the end of June if they have been selected as National Merit Scholars.
Attire: No jeans, hats, chains, canes, athletic wear/jerseys, or costumes.
Homecoming Court 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.
Valley 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.
Morning 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.
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.
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.
Valley 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.