Informaline—Nov. 20, 2017 Issue

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Important Dates
Nov. 22-24: Thanksgiving Holiday—No School
Nov. 27: Classes Resume
Nov. 27: School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m.
Nov. 27: School Board Regular (Business) Meeting, 7 p.m.

WDMCS School Board Visits Valley High School
Valley High School hosted the Nov. 13 Board of Education workshop and meeting. During the workshop, Board members heard presentations highlighting the purpose and progress with Encore, a weekly opportunity for students to receive additional support or enrichment in various content areas. They also received a tour of the Valley’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classroom and program. Two students shared highlights of what they are learning, and Board members gained insight into how the CNA program provides cost savings to families. They wrapped up the workshop with a student-prepared meal at Café V.

During the Board meeting, Valley Southwoods Freshman High School Project-Based Learning Network learners presented results from a fall project. Valley teacher Brenda Engstrand also introduced Latino students who competed in a history competition at the University of Iowa.

During the superintendent’s report, Amy Yurko from BrainSpaces presented preliminary results from the community survey on the 10-year facilities plan. In addition, Dr. Remy updated Board members on the Valley High School principal search timeline.

Several Board policies were approved, with the exception of proposed policy 912, which was delayed for additional review. This new policy addresses registered sex offenders.

District Staff Focuses on Culturally Responsive Teaching
Administrators and staff from every building continued the district’s staff equity training on Nov. 9-10. Deep Equity’s Benjie Howard and Victoria Romero facilitated the training. Staff reflected on their personal cultural identities, explored cultural competence, and evaluated and planned how to apply culturally responsive teaching in their schools. Staff also learned about the Youth Equity Stewardship (YES!) process WDMCS students are participating in. District staff will continue their training on Jan. 30 and March 29, 2018. To learn more, visit bit.ly/wdmcs-equity.

Seeking Spanish-Speakers for WDMCS Immersion Program

Registration for the first year of the WDMCS Dual Language Spanish Immersion Program is now open! We are seeking incoming kindergarten families who:

  • speak Spanish
  • want to be part of this fantastic opportunity to learn to speak, read, and write English and Spanish at the same time

The program will start at Western Hills Elementary in 2018-19, adding a section each year as the original class continues through elementary school. Students will learn in English half the day and Spanish half the day. Taught by a bilingual teacher, immersion students will approach native-like levels in second-language listening comprehension and reading by the end of sixth grade. If you or someone you know is interested, you can learn more by:

  • Visiting bit.ly/wdmcs-immersion.
  • Calling Western Hills Elementary Principal George Panosh at 515-633-5900.
  • Calling Family Liaison and Language Interpreter Belén Warnemunde at 515-633-4660.

Register for 2018-19 Tiger Cubs!
Tiger Cubs Preschool registration for the 2018-19 school year is now open. Tiger Cubs Preschool provides an opportunity for your child to develop readiness skills for kindergarten through age-appropriate activities and experiences. Find out more and register your child at bit.ly/tiger-cubs1819.

Student Webpage Survey
We are currently in the process of customizing the student page, and we value your input. Please take a few moments and share your ideas: bit.ly/websitesurvey-student. Watch your inbox: We will be sending surveys out to staff and families later this year.

Notice Anything Different About Me? See the New WDMCS Virtual Backpack
Earlier this month, we launched a new district website, and with that site comes a fresh take on the Virtual Backpack! New features make it easier for WDMCS families to find the great opportunities our community has to offer and faster to submit community events. Check out www.wdmcs.org/virtual-backpack to find frequently updated community opportunities, an easy-to-use online submission form, and other features that make it easier than ever to find or submit the great activities available in our community.