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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…)

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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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Math and Reading For Breakfast

Eric, the father of a Westridge Elementary first grader, changed his morning routine today.

Instead of sitting at home for breakfast and then going to work, he was sitting on the floor of Ms. Robbins’ class listening to his son read.

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WDMCS Board: Teacher Training Earns Grad Credit & PD Plan Introduced

The WDMCS Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 9, 2011, and took the following action:

  • approved an agreement with Drake University School of Education to provide school personnel with staff development courses for Drake University graduate credit with $70 per credit hour paid to Drake University. It was noted that this agreement continues the district’s long and successful partnership with Drake in this initiative and is beneficial to staff and supports their on-going professional development; (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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Students Approved to Travel to China & Other Action at WDMCS Board Meeting

The following is an informal summary of the actions of the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education at a recent meeting. This is 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 regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, and took the following action:

  • approved the consent agenda including minutes from the Oct. 4, 10, and 12 meetings, personnel resignations, recommendations, support staff new hires, certified staff initial contracts, and two student trip requests: the Spotlight (Newspaper), Tiger Tales (Yearbook), and committed journalism students to travel to Iowa City, Iowa, on October 27, 2011 for the Iowa High School Press Association Fall Conference with costs covered by the Language Arts Department and Yearbook account; Indian Hills and Stilwell Junior High string students to travel to the People’s Republic of China – Beijing and Shijiazhuang March 14 – 22, 2012, with travel costs covered through  the Chinese Grand and student funding; (more…)

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