Informaline Oct. 19, 2015


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​Snow Day! Update Your Information to Get Notifications
Winter weather is approaching! The district will be conducting a test of its emergency notification system at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The call will come from 515-633-5599. Read more about the test call on the district website.

Staplin Center Dedication Nov. 12
Join the West Des Moines Community Schools for a celebration of the arts as our community dedicates the Staplin Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. This event is free and open to the public.

The dedication honors Dr. Phyllis Staplin, who served as a district curriculum director for 33 years and provided enduring support to every facet of the district’s fine arts program.

The evening will feature student artwork, a youth dance performance, and performances by Valley band, drama, orchestra, and vocal students.

Don’t Miss the Learning, Service & Fun Community Education Offers
The WDMCS Community Education department connects people, ideas, and resources. In her annual update to the School Board on Oct. 12, Community Education Director Shahna Janssen provided program and service highlights. View the full infographic report online, or find out more at

Learn More. Learn Often. with the LEARNwest Program
LEARNwest is a program from WDMCS Community Education for adult learners who want to expand their skills and try something new. There are still openings for fall classes, offered evenings and weekends, so check out the Fall 2015 catalog and sign up today!

Wheels on the Bus: School Bus Drivers Say Kids Best Part of the Job
Did you know that WDMCS bus drivers safely transport about 3,600 students each day? In one school year, they drive more than 700,000 miles. National School Bus Safety Week, from Oct. 19-23, is a time to raise awareness of bus safety and celebrate the dedication of our bus drivers. We asked them what their favorite part of being a bus driver or assistant is. Read some of our favorite answers: English | Spanish.

Trick or Treat! Ten Tips for Staying Safe on Beggars’ Night
Beggars’ Night is from 6–8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, for most WDMCS families. Whether you and your family will be trick-or-treating or not, here are 10 tips will help keep the night safe for everyone. Get more tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before going door-to-door!

Valley 2015 Graduate Ojas Pradhan Top Iowa AP Scholar
Recent Valley High School graduate Ojas Pradhan was named a State AP Scholar, making him one of two top Advanced Placement Program® (AP) students in the state.

The College Board also recognized 181 other Valley students for their high achievement on the AP Exams taken in May 2015. Read the full list online.