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WDMCS Board: Hires Principal, Curriculum Director and Approves Website Redesign

The West Des Moines Community School District Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, March 12, 2012, and took the following action:

  • Approved the hiring of Graham Jones as the principal of Jordan Creek Elementary beginning July 1, 2012;
  • Approved the hiring of Stephanie Wilson as curriculum director beginning July 1, 2012;
  • Approved the Kids West 2012-13 Parent Handbook; (more…)

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Students Teach Students About Bullying Prevention

Drew, a sixth grader at Crossroads Park Elementary, stands at a microphone in the gym before about 550 of his classmates.

Being in front of an audience is nothing new to him. Drew has been dancing since he was very young and has performed in such productions as the Iowa Dance Theater’s “The Nutcracker.”

Today, however, he won’t be dancing and the topic isn’t festive. Drew and about 15 of his classmates are performing a skit about bullying.

It is a topic Drew understands.

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WDMCS Board Approves 2012-13 Calendar, Winter Dance Contract

The WDMCS Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, and took the following action: (more…)

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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…)

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WDMCS Board Meeting Summary

The following is an informal summary of the actions of the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education at recent meetings. This is provided as a service to district staff and the public. This is not the official minutes of the board meeting, but a quick rundown of action taken. Official board minutes must be approved by the board per Policy 212.1 and then are posted on our website (www.wdmcs.org).

The WDMCS Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, and took the following action: (more…)

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WDMCS Board Reviews Program of Studies & More

The following is an informal summary of the actions of the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education at recent meetings. This is provided as a service to district staff and the public. This is not the official minutes of the board meeting, but a quick rundown of action taken. Official board minutes must be approved by the board per Policy 212.1 and then are posted on our website (www.wdmcs.org).

Crestview Spanish teacher Tammy Dann works with her students.

Workshop

The WDMCS Board of Education held a workshop on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. No action is taken at workshops. These meetings, which are open to the public, provide a time for board members to learn more about a topic or area of the district. During the November 7th meeting, the district’s Teaching & Learning Services department reviewed the Program of Studies Proposals for 2012-13. The documents presented are available here.

The program of studies includes courses or subject areas taught in grades K-12. The program of studies is reviewed each year. For the current review process, staff members submit course proposals, which are then reviewed by administrators, the Site Curriculum Council, the Teaching & Learning Services Advisory Council, the Teaching & Learning Services department, and the Superintendency. The district also conducts a regular review of curriculum used by the district. This review – or curriculum cycle – is included in the process (more…)

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WDMCS Board Reviews Community Education, Valley High School Bids

Meeting Summaries – Oct. 4 & Oct. 10

The following is an informal summary of the actions of the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education at recent meetings. These are provided as a service to district staff and the public. They are not the official minutes of the board meeting, but a quick rundown of action taken. Official board minutes must be approved by the board per Policy 212.1 and then are posted on our website (www.wdmcs.org).

The Board of Education of the West Des Moines Community School District held a workshop session on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. The meeting was informational only, providing an orientation session for new board members. No action was taken.

West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education

The Board of Education of the West Des Moines Community School District held a regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, and took the following action:

  • approved the consent agenda including minutes from the Sept. 19, 2011 annual & organizational meetings and the Sept. 19, 2011 and Sept. 28, 2011 special meetings, personnel resignations, recommendations, support staff new hires, certified staff initial contracts, and the Valley Voices and Valley Vox High School singers trip request to travel to St. Charles, Ill., March 9- 12, 2012 for a jazz festival for Vocalese and Vox ensembles;
  • held a public hearing on the proposed sanitary sewer easements at Valley Southwoods, which was publically noticed on Sept. 26, 2011. No objections were filed.
  • approved the Community Education Advisory Council roster for 2011-2012, which includes: (more…)

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Positioned Perfectly to Address Our Challenges

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NLn7yQumvo]I began my work in the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) on July 1 meeting with the school board, with staff and some community members. I have also had the opportunity to participate in several statewide education-related activities like the Governor’s Education Summit.

I recently had the opportunity to share with the district staff the five challenges for the WDMCS in the coming months and into next year that I have been able to identify so far:

  1. Changing leadership;
  2. Changing demographics;
  3. State/federal budget reductions;
  4. State educational reform; and
  5. NCLB reauthorization. (more…)

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Getting to Know Superintendent Peter Ansingh

I would like to begin by thanking you all for the warm welcome to West Des Moines and to the WDMCS. I hope to meet more of you as the school year progresses. Until then please let me share a little bit about myself.

As I have been able to share with some you, I claim to be a Dutchman; my family immigrated to this country when I was four years old. I grew up in the Seattle area and attended Pacific Lutheran University intending to follow in my father’s footsteps as a physician. That was not to be; I finished my four years with a new-found faith in Christ and a degree in chemistry.  I then went off to the University of Wyoming to pursue what I thought would be a career in petroleum engineering. After a couple of months in classes like muds and drilling, I walked over to the College of Education and asked what I needed to do to become a teacher. I finished the requirements for a teaching certificate and a master’s degree in chemistry. (more…)

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