Preschoolers Jose Vargas and Dived Bawi hold up roots they found on the playground as part of their trees unit.

Life in the WDMCS 09/28/2015

Life in the WDMCS is a weekly feature that highlights what is happening at each of our buildings. If a school is not listed, there was no submission from that building this week.


David J. Brown, Liz Cox, Melinda Dunnwald, and Jill Caton Johnson, Ph.D., have officially been elected to the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education.

The Polk County Auditor’s Office conducted the official vote canvass on Friday, Sept. 11, and the elected Board members were sworn into office Monday, Sept. 21.

Crestview School of Inquiry

Crestview School of Inquiry preschool students have been studying trees this year. As part of the unit, students have been discovering different parts of the trees and outside and studying them.

Valley High School

Journalists from 20 countries visited a Valley High School Advanced Placement (AP) World History class on Friday, Sept. 25. They visited Iowa as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, which brings professionals who have been identified as having contributed to the progress of their field to the U.S. Each reporter met with students in two AP World History classes taught by Kelsey Hudson and two American Heritage classes taught by Greg Hudson and Cameron Gale.  The reporters were from Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, China, Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Italy, Nigeria, Paraguay, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, Tunisia, and Turkey.