Informaline — Nov. 21 Issue

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Important Calendar Dates
Nov. 21: Community Education Advisory Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 23: No School
Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Day — No School
Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Holiday — No School
Nov. 28: School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m.
Nov. 28: School Board Regular (Business) Meeting, 7 p.m.
Nov. 30: Grading Practices Task Force Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

Board Continues to Study Facilities
The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education will continue to study various space allocation options, including moving sixth grade and preschool out of district elementary schools.

During a special workshop session held Oct. 30, the School Board asked Shive-Hattery Architecture and Engineering to return in December with estimates for construction and ongoing operational costs associated with such moves.

Initial feedback showed support for moving sixth grade out of elementary schools, while feedback was mixed for moving preschool out of elementary. Members agreed that no decision can be made at this time without further information.

Two additional special workshop sessions on the 10-year facilities plan are scheduled for Dec. 19 and Jan. 22 at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines.

For background on this study, please visit:

District and Valley Announce Equity Team Members
Two new groups are working with the district and Valley High School on education equity in our schools. The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Equity Team and the Valley High School Equity Team met for the first time on Thursday, Nov. 10. Each team includes students, parents, community members, and employees.

For a full list of equity team members and more information on the district’s equity work, please visit or call 515-633-5000.

WDMCS Safety & Emergency Management Plan: Prepare, Respond, Recover
Student safety and well-being is our priority at the West Des Moines Community Schools. We are committed to supporting safe and welcoming learning environments where your child can connect, explore, and learn.

The district has a comprehensive emergency management plan focused on planning, preparedness, response, and recovery. For an overview of our plan, please visit