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.
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.
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.
Are you already thinking about the 2017-18 yearbook? Find ordering information and tips about senior portraits and ads below or at www.valleytigertales.com.
Yearbook Purchases Yearbooks may be pre-ordered for $55 during registration or through student services until Dec. 31, 2017. Students who do not pre-order will not be able to purchase a book upon delivery.
Senior Portrait Instructions and Guidelines All seniors must still have a photo taken during registration for identification cards and Infinite Campus records, regardless of senior photography submissions. The digital photography class will take senior photos free of charge, but you must make arrangements.
Please make certain your photographer is aware of the following requirements before your session. All senior photos must be emailed to email@example.com by Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, by 11:59 p.m. for inclusion in the 2017-18 yearbook.
POSING/ATTIRE: Head and shoulder shot required. No part of the head may be cut off. Whole-body shots, from-the-waist shots, and/or poses with other parts of the body, including hands or arms, are prohibited. All clothing must adhere to the school dress code policy.
No props. Other people, animals, sports equipment, chairs, instruments, cars, hats, costumes, and any other objects are not acceptable. No printing or watermarks allowed on the photo.
PHOTO/FILE FORMAT: Photos should be 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (standard wallet size). Vertical and color photos only. Photos must be in JPEG format with a resolution of 300 dpi. The JPEG file must be named/saved as the senior’s first and last name.
SUBMISSION: All photos must be submitted by the Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, deadline, no exceptions. We will not send confirmation emails. Once received, processed, and uploaded, photos will appear in the shared confirmation folder within 10 business days of receipt. Please check this folder to verify that we have uploaded the photo and that your senior’s legal name is spelled correctly. If your photo does not meet the requirements, you will receive a follow-up email with additional instructions. Infinite Campus photos will be used if no submission is received.
Senior Ads To purchase an advertisement in honor of a senior’s upcoming graduation, visit www.yearbookordercenter.com with the Valley code (3694) to design and create your own ad. Parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors may purchase space to include messages, baby pictures, favorite photos, etc. Senior ads are one-fourth of a page and cost $55 per advertisement. Senior ad blocks are sold as individual units and cannot be combined, but one can purchase multiple blocks. The deadline is Oct. 20, 2017.
Two WDMCS elementary schools have been recognized for their work with Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), two programs that help schools support student success.
Crossroads Park Elementary School has been awarded the Emerging level of recognition for its outstanding PBIS work in the 2015–16 school year. The Iowa Department of Education’s PBIS and bullying prevention education program consultant and the Area Education Agency PBIS coordinator determined that Crossroads is doing excellent work based on products it submitted for review, data provided through the End of Year survey, and PBIS fidelity measures.
Teachers Elena Clark (l), Kim Dunbar, and Lisa Vernon, instructional coach Shana Olson, and Principal Graham Jones present “Extreme Makeover: PBIS Edition” at a conference.
Hillside Elementary was also recognized for its PBIS work. Principal Graham Jones, instructional coach Shana Olson, and teachers Elena Clark, Kim Dunbar, and Lisa Vernon presented their “Extreme Makeover: PBIS Edition” at a conference this spring.
Hillside also presented on its MTSS work at Collaborating for Iowa’s Kids’ annual Celebrate Iowa’s Success! Conference event in January. Jones, Olson, and teachers Gretchen Fackler, Mackenzie Nichols, and Suzanne Walsh were recognized for the presentation and the school’s MTSS success.
Congratulations to Crossroads Park Elementary and Hillside Elementary!
Valley High School’s fall musical, “Oklahoma!,” has earned 16 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards. The musical won four production awards: Outstanding Musical Production, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Student Orchestra and Outstanding Community Engagement.
Nine student awards were also earned. Seniors Logan Benson as “Laurey Williams, Becca Dorsett as “Aunt Eller,” and Jared Fisher as “Curly McLain” all won Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role awards. Seniors Sam Galligan as “Andrew Carnes,” Kamden Lee as “Will Parker” and Nic Lovan as “Ali Hakim” and junior Ethan Glenn as “Jud Fry” earned Special Recognition for Performance in a Principal Role.
The “Cowboys” ensemble (seniors Carter Burmester, Zac Johnson, Owen Snyder and Jack Standefer; juniors Preston Hayes and Jordan Potter; and sophomore Cole Strelecki) and “Saloon Girls/Mourners” ensemble (seniors Quin Grabinski and Heather Stout and juniors Emma Bohn, Camryn Cline, Allison Hutchinson and Ellie Willse) also earned Outstanding Achievement as Featured Dancers awards.
Eight student teams also won Outstanding Achievement in a Creative or Technical Role team awards. Seniors Beth Hammond and Justine Williamson and juniors Brianna Cole, Jolynne Craven and Abi Whitford earned an Outstanding Achievement in Painting award. The Outstanding Achievement in Properties award will be presented to seniors Nora Raine and Isabella Vettese; juniors Kiona Dodson and Kathryn Rozanek; and sophomores Marina Fredregill, Jessica Haugen, Emily Schnoor and Emma Williams. Senior Brillian Qi-Bell and Cheyenne Raney; juniors Quinn Herbert and Amy Wickenkamp; and sophomores Hadley Abbas and Carrie Cassady earned the Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management Award.
An Awards Showcase will honor the students for their achievements at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 5, 2017. Students will perform an excerpt from “Oklahoma!” at the showcase and participate in a collaborative, interschool medley led by guest Broadway music director Adam Jones and choreographer Sara Brians. Tickets to the showcase start at $15 and are on sale now at DMPA.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300.
Started in 2012-13, the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards are presented by the Des Moines Performing Arts non-profit organization. Sixty schools will be recognized this year.
(submitted by Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate’s office)
Two West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) teachers were recognized for organizing the district’s participation in the statewide Iowa Youth Straw Poll for the 2016 general election. Students voted on their choice of the 2016 general election candidates. The results were then totaled with results from other Iowa schools and reported on Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate’s website: https://sos.iowa.gov/youth/polI/resuIts.aspx.
Stilwell Junior High teacher Sherri Bogue.
Stilwell Junior High School teacher Sherri Bogue and Clive Learning Academy facilitator Skye Welch stepped up and registered to include WDMCS students’ voices in the statewide straw poll. As a result of their efforts, their students received a unique civic education experience. Former Valley High School teacher Tracy Johnson was also recognized for organizing participation in the straw poll while a Valley teacher.
Because of the leadership from Iowa teachers like Bogue and Welch, the Iowa Youth Straw Poll was nationally recognized this year, winning the National Association of State Boards of Education Award for Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education from the National Parent Student Mock Election. Additionally, the social media program, #IAparticipate, was a national top five
finalist for a Government Social Media Award.
Clive Learning Academy facilitator Skye Welch.
Pate sent these teachers a congratulatory certificate for their part in making the Iowa Youth Straw Poll nationally recognized.
“My thanks to all of the teachers and school administrators who helped make the Iowa Youth Straw Polls a huge success,” Pate said. “More than 250 schools and 56,000 students participated statewide. We could not have done this without the efforts of the teachers. The Youth Straw Poll was a fun, hands-on learning experience for students across the state that hopefully will encourage them become engaged in civics in their community.”
The Iowa Youth Straw Polls were the culmination of Caucus 101 and Elections 101—free, online, social studies curricula developed by Secretary Pate and written by Iowa teachers for Iowa students.
They are available for anyone to use at Elections101.org.
Five students from Valley High School were among the record number of participants at the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute this year Mentored by Valley science teacher Brant Reif, the students joined 294 other students from 131 high schools at Iowa State University to explore critical issues related to global food security and discover academic and career paths in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
junior Marcus Chew—education in Chad
junior Brianna Cole—malnutrition in Laos
junior Jane Smeins—education in Zambia
sophomore Kate Snodgrass—plant science in Madagascar
sophomore Radha Velamuri—water and sanitation in Haiti
Then-Governor Terry Branstad spoke to the students about the importance of feeding the growing population during the event luncheon.
“I truly believe that there just may be one of you here today who will be able to follow in Norman Borlaug’s footsteps, who will make a similar breakthrough achievement, one that will help us meet the challenge of feeding the 9 billion people who will soon be on our planet,” he said. “For you students, it is your generation that must meet this challenge—which is perhaps the greatest challenge agriculture has ever faced.”
Watch a recap of the 2017 World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute: