Informaline — Oct. 31, 2016 Issue

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Important Calendar Dates
Nov. 5: Preschool Palooza, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Nov. 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends
Nov. 8: Election Day
Nov. 14: School Board Workshop, 5:15 p.m.
Nov. 14: School Board Regular (Business) Meeting, 7 p.m.
Nov. 14-18: American Education Week (Nov. 14-18)
Nov. 15: School Community Network Meeting, 9:15-11:15 a.m.
Nov. 15: End of First Trimester
Nov. 23: No School
Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Day—No School
Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Holiday—No School


Tiger Field Renovation Update
The $3.3 million renovation of Valley High School’s Tiger Field is expected to be completed mid-November.

The track surfacing was recently completed and striping will begin the week of Oct. 31. The field renovation project also includes:

  • new sports field lighting;
  • new bleachers and press box;
  • new long jump runways;
  • and the addition of two new shot put rings.

Read more about the Tiger Field renovation at


Know the Vote
Stay current with School Board decisions by following meetings on Twitter @WDMCS. For meeting agendas and minutes, visit or call 515-633-5023. The agendas and minutes of standing superintendent advisory committees are also available.


Join Us for Breakfast! Fresh Smoothies & Muffins
Your child is invited to join us for breakfast! On Thursday, Nov. 3, we will serve freshly blended orange-apple yogurt smoothies and blueberry-banana muffins baked at our very own bakery.

We serve breakfast at every school. Your child may join us 30 minutes before school starts for a delicious, nutritious start to the day. Breakfast is $1.70 for elementary students and $1.80 for junior high and high school students.

See what else we are serving up by calling your school or visiting


Weather Notification Test Results
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  • 15,635 calls and texts made
  • 781 messages sent/minute
  • 100% of emails received
  • 440 emails sent/minute
  • 10,400 people reached in 20 minutes

Thank you for helping us test our notification system and ensuring your information is accurate to assist us in keeping students in our district safe!


83 WDMCS Students Selected for Statewide Music Honors
More than 80 West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) student musicians have been selected to perform at two prestigious statewide music events this fall: the 31st Annual Opus Honor Choir Festival and the 70th Annual Iowa All-State Music Festival.

Congratulations to these WDMCS students!


You’re Invited to Preschool Palooza!
Join us for Preschool Palooza on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Hillside Elementary!

Children ages 2-6 will enjoy activities while their grown-ups gather information about early childhood opportunities and kindergarten registration in the West Des Moines Community Schools.


Profriend Week Celebrated Throughout District
The cities of West Des Moines, Clive, and Windsor Heights proclaimed Oct. 17-21 as Profriend Week following city council meeting presentations by students from Clive Learning Academy, Jordan Creek Elementary, Indian Hills Junior High, Stilwell Junior High, and Valley High School.

Learn more about Profriend Week at


Valley High School Presents “Oklahoma!”
This fall, Valley High School’s Performing Arts Department presents the classic Broadway musical “Oklahoma!,” the first collaboration between famed composing duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Read more about “Oklahoma!” at