Informaline—April 10, 2017 Issue

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Important Dates

  • April 18: School Community Network Meeting, 9:15 a.m.
  • April 24: School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m. (at Western Hills Elementary)
  • April 24: School Board Regular (Business) Meeting, 7 p.m. (at Western Hills Elementary)
  • April 26: Grading Practices Task Force Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
  • April 28: Professional Development Day—No School

District to Eliminate Online Convenience Charge, Adjust Some Student Fees
Next year, families paying school-related fees online will no longer pay a convenience charge. All student fees will remain the same as last year, except textbook and nutrition services fees. Read more about 2017-18 student fees on our website.

Board Approves No Increase in Tax Rate
On Monday, April 3, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education adopted the district’s $198 million 2017-18 certified budget and set a steady tax rate at $13.27.

This is the same rate as last year, with no increase. The district continues to have the lowest tax rate in the metro area with the nearest rate 34 percent higher than the WDMCS.

For more information about the district’s budget, visit

WDMCS Teachers Test Student Prototype with NASA
Students and teachers from the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) are helping NASA solve a problem.

They designed a prototype of a satellite deployment system, which the teachers tested in a simulated microgravity environment at NASA’s Johnson Space Center last week.

Learn more about their real-life project-based learning on our website at

What Do You Think? District Website Survey
We are in the process of updating the website to reflect our new brand. Please take a few moments to answer these questions about the district’s website,

Take the survey at

See Project-Based Learning in Action!
You have a chance to see West Des Moines Community Schools’ New Tech program! Tours include classroom visits, project exploration, and student/teacher interview panels at elementary and junior high schools.

We welcome the chance to showcase what project-based learning can do to move students towards college and career readiness. If you would like to attend more than one tour, please do! Find tour dates and times on our website.


Reminder: No School April 28
There will be no school for WDMCS students on Friday, April 28. It is a professional development day for staff. District offices will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For other important dates throughout the school year, please see our Calendar at a Glance:

WDMCS Earns Excellence in Financial Reporting Award
The district has received its 32nd consecutive Association of School Business Officials International’s (ASBO) Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. The Certificate of Excellence was awarded for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The award confirms the district’s commitment to financial accountability, transparency, and integrity.

New Apparel and Spirit Wear Available to Order
A new web store with district apparel and athletic spirit wear is up and running! Each piece can be customized to feature the district or school logos. Choose “West Des Moines School and District Apparel” for apparel featuring the district’s new logo or “Tiger Athletics and Activities Apparel” for spirit wear with the tiger and the paw print.

Place an order at

Iowa Teacher of the Year Nominations Due April 25
Thousands of talented Iowa educators lead and inspire their students, but only one is chosen as the Iowa Teacher of the Year. The annual award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping to redefine education. Anyone can nominate a teacher who is making a difference.

The deadline to nominate the 2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year is April 28. Nomination forms can be found on the Iowa Department of Education’s website.