Informaline Feb. 29, 2016


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School Board Continues Study of Grading Practices, Annual Achievement Report
The WDMCS Board of Education discussed district grading practices and the annual student achievement report at two recent meetings.

The school board will meet again at 5:30 p.m. tonight, Feb. 29, to continue its research and discussion on grading practices.

Read more about the Board’s work on our district website at

The Board meets for workshops and regular business meetings the second and fourth Monday of each month. These meetings are open to the public. The district Twitter, @WDMCS, also live-tweets the meetings for those who cannot attend in person.

Spring Break March 14-18
Spring Break is almost here! There will be no school March 14-18 this year. There is also no school on March 11, the Friday before Spring Break. Classes will resume on Monday, March 21.

See the Calendar at a Glance on the district website at

Fruit Smoothies, Freshly Baked Muffins, and Prizes Served Up March 7-10
WDMCS students can enjoy fruit smoothies and freshly baked muffins, win prizes, and celebrate the most important meal of the day at breakfast parties March 7-10. Learn more about the contests, special menus, and prizes like signed NFL memorabilia offered as part of National School Breakfast Week at or by calling 515-633-5094.

Join us for breakfast! Come to your school’s cafeteria 30 minutes before the start of school.

New Payment System Online Today!
The new WDMCS Online Payment system is available today for families. The new online system is designed to provide a safe, convenient way to pay school fees, transportation fees, and add money to your child’s nutrition account.

To use the new system, please make sure you have an Infinite Campus account. If you don’t have an account or are unsure, please contact your child’s school and the office staff will be happy to help you.

The WDMCS Online Payment system is available at If you need assistance, please call 515-633-5000.

WDMCS Reads Author to Visit March 31
The West Des Moines Community Schools invites our community to a presentation and book signing by “The Crossover” author, Kwame Alexander, at 7 p.m, Thursday, March 31, in the Staplin Performing Arts Center, Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines. This event is free and open to the public.

With one more month to read “The Crossover” before Alexander’s visit, pick up at the book at:

  • West Des Moines Public Library, 4000 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines;
  • Clive Public Library, 1900 NW 114th St., in Clive;
  • Urbandale Public Library, 3520 86th St., in Urbandale; or
  • Barnes & Noble, 4550 University Ave., in West Des Moines.

Find out more at

Tips for Connecting with the Teenage Brain
The first part of our “Understanding the Teenage Brain” series emphasized the importance of connecting with your teenage child. As all parents and guardians know, building and maintaining a relationship with a teenager can be easier said than done. We came up with 10 tips for connecting with your teenager, helped by Valley High School counselor Karla Hardy; district teacher-leader Carrie Jacobs; and two representatives from the Youth Justice Initiative’s Resiliency Project, Ashlee Swinton and Clarice Wireman. The first tip is:

Believe in your family.
Our sources encouraged parents to be confident in their own parenting. Hardy reminds parents that they are not defined by their children, and children are not defined by their actions. No one parents perfectly, and no one does it the exact same way. You have to find the right style for you and your family.

For more resources and nine more great tips, visit