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Valley Graduate Tanner Stine Stars on Nickelodeon

When Tanner Stine was eight years old, he told his mom he wanted to be a movie star. jc_TannerStine_1

The 2013 Valley High School graduate is on his way to reaching his goal. This fall he is starring as “Oyster” in Nickelodeon’s “The Thundermans.”

  • Click here to see Tanner Stine as “Oyster” in Nickelodeon’s “The Thundermans.” The show airs Saturdays at 8 p.m.
  • See his return to Valley High School here.

Now living in Los Angeles, the 19-year-old Stine recently returned home to watch the premiere of his appearance in the TV show, and to stop by Jordan Creek Elementary to have lunch with his younger brother Dawson. He also visited his friend Abbie Kliegl at Valley High School and younger brother Chase, who is a senior at Valley.

Coming back to school was nostalgic for Stine.  “The biggest thing I noticed is how much smaller it is,” Stine said of Jordan Creek Elementary compared to when he was younger.

Although Stine knew early on he wanted to be an actor, it was not his only interest. After being in plays at the Des Moines Playhouse in fifth and sixth grade, he changed his focus in seventh grade and started to play football.

jc_TannerStine_lunch2“I love football and I still watch it today and wonder if I should have played football instead of coming out to L.A.,” Stine said. He was a junior when Valley High School won the state championship in 2011. Stine said he has great memories of playing football, but it wasn’t easy. He worked hard to improve while playing second string for most of high school.

Things changed his senior year. He become a starter for the Valley football team and competed in the IMTA (International Modeling and Talent Association) in Los Angeles, where he won Junior Male Actor of the Year and Junior Male Model of the Year.

Stine was signed right away with an agent. He moved to California and started attending Santa Monica College. He also started auditioning and got a part for one episode on Nickelodeon’s “The Haunted Hathaways.” He later auditioned for the “The Thundermans.”

“It was like a one audition deal,” Stine explained of his audition for “The Thundermans.” “They filmed it and the casting directors in the room liked what I did. A few days later they called and said you booked it. I said, ‘No call back?'”

He was initially hired for only two episodes, but the show kept calling him back. He ended up filming eight episodes.jc_TannerStine_teacher

In addition to acting, Stine attends Santa Monica College. Looking back on his education, Stine said what has helped him the most is learning that hard work leads to success.

“I think that was the biggest lesson for me in school was learning that the effort you choose to put into things is what you are going to get out,” he said. “I believe that you can do whatever you want to do — it’s just a matter of how hard you work to get it.”


Topics: Student Achievements, Uncategorized

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WDMCS Audits Communication Efforts

As any high school student who has done a research paper will tell you, one of the first steps to completing the project is to do your research.

The same is true when developing a plan to improve communications.

This is why the West Des Moines Community Schools recently conducted a communications audit. The ComAuditPresnetation_3purpose was to assess the effectiveness of the district’s current efforts to provide information to parents, staff, students and community members; see where it can make improvements; and provide recommendations to make those improvements.

There were eight recommendations that came out of the report:

  • Recommendation 1: Reframe WDMCS’ approach to communications to ensure more strategic communication.
  • Recommendation 2: Develop a culture of communication.
  • Recommendation 3: Incorporate marketing/branding strategies to build WDMCS’ reputation as a leading school district.
  • Recommendation 4: Expand outreach to community stakeholders.
  • Recommendation 5: Update crisis planning to include current communication techniques.
  • Recommendation 6: Grow WDMCS’ use of social media as a communication tool.
  • Recommendation 7: Re-evaluate current communication tools to effectively reach internal and external stakeholders.
  • Recommendation 8: Align the communication goals and strategies of the district with Community Education’s on-going communications.

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While the district is already working on many of these areas to make improvements, the audit provides specific focus and suggestions that can be implemented over a two to three year period. In fact, the next step will be to develop a strategic communications plan and timeline to implement the recommendations provided.
Also helpful are the key findings of the audit:

Our strengths are our:

  • Education Programs
  • Strong Teachers and Administrators
  • Supportive Community

Our challenges are:

  • A perceived wealth and status disconnects stakeholders from changing demographics and budget realities
  • Community, parents, staff call for more consistency within WDMCS
  • Increasing engagement of all stakeholders in decision-making processes

The audit was conducted by the National School Public Relations Association (NSRPA) and involved a document review, surveys and focus groups representing the school board, community citizens, parents, students, support staff, administration, community leaders and teachers.

WDMCS Communications Audit Report – Full Report

WDMCS Communications Audit Report – Summary/Presentation

NSPRA Contract

WDMCS Strategic Communications Plan


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Budget for Valley High School Project revised

On March 26, 2012, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education adopted a revised budget for the Valley High School renovation project. The new total project budget is $66.4 million. This is a $3.8 million increase over the $62.6 million budget approved by the board in December 2010.

The increased total budget allows the district to maintain several key features of the new auditorium and renovated fine arts wing in Phase 3, but also reflects modifications made to reduce some costs in these areas. (more…)

Topics: Education

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WDMCS School Board Approves Courses, DINA Plan, Facility Project Bids

The WDMCS Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, and took the following action:

  • accepted all the K-9 Curriculum Cycle, Indian Hills and Stilwell, and Valley Southwoods 2012-13 Program of Studies proposals. (more…)

Topics: Education

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