Informaline—Sept. 18, 2017 Issue

Note to Families with Email Addresses

We’ve learned that users have not been receiving emails from Infinite Campus Messenger, which is one way we distribute the “Informaline” newsletter. We’ve opened a ticket with Mediacom tech support, but are waiting for a resolution to the issue. In the meantime, you can see the “Informaline” here on the district website or add an email that does not use to your Infinite Campus profile. Keep an eye on this WDMCS Technology Department blog post for updates.

PDF | en español | Virtual Backpack/La Mochila Virtual

Important Dates
Oct. 9: Professional Development—No School
Oct. 26: End of First Quarter

Brennan, Poole, Wells Elected to School Board
Incumbents Elizabeth Brennan and Vicky Poole, Ed.D., and new Board member Jennifer Wells were elected to three open seats on the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education in the Sept. 12 school board election. The official tally of votes took place on Friday, Sept. 15.

Brennan, Poole, and Wells will be sworn in at the annual/organizational meeting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25, at the Learning Resource Center. The meeting will follow a reception honoring school board members at 6:30 p.m. the same day.

The Physical Plant and Equipment Levy was also renewed by the community. The approved levy will take effect immediately after the current levy expires in 2021 and last until 2031. Thank you for voting!

Valley Hall of Honor Unveiled at Homecoming
Principal Tim Miller announced the Valley High School Hall of Honor during halftime of the Valley vs. Johnston Homecoming football game. The Hall of Honor will recognize outstanding alumni, educators, and community leaders who, through achievements, endeavors, leadership, and character, are positive role models for the student body of the West Des Moines Community Schools.

Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 15, 2017. To learn more about the Valley Hall of Honor and submit nominations, go to

Dual Language Spanish Immersion Program
The WDMCS Dual Language Spanish Immersion program will start with incoming kindergarten students for the 2018-19 school year. It will be a 50/50 program where students learn in English and Spanish. There will be 13 open slots for Native Spanish speakers and 13 open slots for Native English or other language speakers.

Kindergarten registration is now open. Please check the “Dual Language Spanish Immersion Program” checkbox when registering a child for kindergarten. An application will then be sent to interested families. More than 10 families have already indicated an interest in the program, so we encourage families to register soon.

17 Valley Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Congratulations to Valley High School seniors Emma Bohn, Lucy Brown, Nathan Conte, Aarushi Dervesh, Christopher Jun, Chinar Kaul, Ariz Keshwani, Catherine Larson, Grace Matera, Keegan McCullough, Varun Myneni, Anvay Pradhan, Milan Sherman, Joseph Swanson, Shubham Tayal, Linh Tran, and Oliver Willham, who have all been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Valley High School graduate Grant Hurt is also a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.

Finalists will be announced in February, and students will be notified by the end of June if they have been selected as National Merit Scholars. Find out more about the National Merit Scholarship at

Classroom Snack and Party Treats FAQs
The West Des Moines Community Schools is making student health and wellness a top priority. To help guide the district in this effort, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education recently approved revisions to the district’s wellness policy (Policy 608.1).

These policy changes impacted the types of snacks and treats that can be distributed to groups of students. Find the approved snack lists and five FAQs at