Valley High School’s first-semester finals will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10; Thursday, Jan. 11; and Friday, Jan. 12. The adjusted finalsschedule is below. Please be aware that if a class completes a final before the scheduled final date, students are not required to attend that class period. Please review this schedule as a family to make sure students know their schedules and are as prepared for finals as possible.
Day 1—Wednesday, Jan. 10
11:30 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
Buses arrive at 2:35 p.m.
Day 2—Friday, Jan. 12
11:30 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
Buses arrive at 1:45 p.m.
Day 3—Tuesday, Jan. 16 (Times Updated for Two-Hour Delay)
Valley High School senior Varun Myneni earned a top composite score of 36 on the ACT test, according to ACT, Inc. This is the highest score possible on the college readiness exam. The national number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, but only about one-tenth of 1 percent of students receive a top score.
In addition, Valley junior Ryan Staub earned a perfect score of 36 on the English portion of the test, and seniors Zoe-Ella Anderson and Rebecca Stockham earned scores of 36 on the reading section.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a composite score is the average of the four test scores.
Valley Southwoods Freshman High School’s Performing Arts Department presents its fall play, “Treasure Island,” in a new adaptation by Ken Ludwig.
Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure novel, Ludwig’s “Treasure Island” features larger-than-life characters like the evil Blind Pew, the dangerous Billy Bones, and bold female pirate Anne Bonney. At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time.
Valley Southwoods’ production features ninth-graders Gavin Beedon as Jim Hawkins, Aisling Hallahan as Long John Silver, Avery Redford as Blind Pew, Gwen Sobrado as Billy Bones, and Ellie Wellman as Anne Bonney.
More than 50 Valley Southwoods Freshman High School students make up the rest of the cast and crew, with Katie Kilkenny, Mia Rand, and Sophia Vratsinas as stage managers.
Performances are at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 and 18, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 19, in the Staplin Performing Arts Center, Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and can be purchased at the door.