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Back to School 2016-17

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! We look forward to seeing you in our hallways again, starting Wednesday, Aug. 24. The first day of school this year will follow the collaboration schedule and be an early out day. Please contact your school if you have any questions about the first day of school.

Here are several links that will help your family have a great year in the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS).

Back-to-School Toolkit, School Supply Lists & More

Make Lunch Payments and Pay Fees Online

  • Make a Payment: Easily make payments for nutrition, transportation, Kids West, and more online. Payments may also be made in person. Call 515-633-5000 for more information.
  • Ride the Bus: Sign up for bus transportation here.
  • Apply Online:  The application for free and reduced-price meals is now available online! Find instructions and the application here.

Check Your Calendar! Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Elementary Back-to-School Dates: Find your elementary school’s open house date and time here.
  • Secondary Back-to-School Dates: Find registration dates and times for high school and junior high here.
  • Calendar-At-A-Glance: The WDMCS online at-a-glance calendar is available now. It’s an easy-to-print document with all the important 2016-17 dates.
  • School-Year Calendar: The full 2016-17 calendar of events will be available online in mid-August at www.wdmcs.org/calendar.
    • Customize Your Calendar: Personalize your online calendar view by choosing the categories relevant to you.
    • New On-Demand Print Feature: Our full online events calendar will allow you to print a customized list of dates. (Preprinted yearly calendars will no longer be available due to budget reductions.)

Our printable Back-to-School information sheet also includes most of this information:

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See Something Different?
As you get ready for the 2016-17 school year, you will see the new district logo on our forms, handbooks, and more. Watch the district website and your email inbox for more information as we get closer to the first day of school. We are excited to share the story of our district with you!


For information about the first day of preschool and preschool programs in our district, visit the Tiger Cubs Preschool webpage.