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Informaline—Dec. 4, 2017 Issue

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Join WDMCS at “Jammin’ for Joe Turner” Benefit
The Stilwell Junior High Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is hosting a benefit for WDMCS colleague Joe Turner and his family as he undergoes aggressive treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.  There will be a silent at 6 p.m., followed by a concert at 7 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 16, in Valley High School’s Staplin Performing Arts Center. The event is free, and the PAC will be accepting free-will donations. Please join us in supporting the Turner family on Dec. 16! Learn more.

Get Ready for Winter with WDMCS
Despite recent warm temperatures, winter break is almost here! This year, there will be no school Dec. 21–Jan. 1. All district offices are closed Dec. 25, Dec. 26, and Jan. 1. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

As we head into December, families should be prepared for potential winter weather. Please review our weather closings procedure and make sure your preferred contact information and methods are entered into Infinite Campus.

Four Valley High School Students Earn Top ACT Scores
Valley High School senior Varun Myneni earned a top composite score of 36 on the ACT test, according to ACT, Inc. This is the highest score possible on the college readiness exam. The national number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, but only about one-tenth of 1 percent of students receive a top score. In addition, Valley junior Ryan Staub earned a perfect score of 36 on the English portion of the test, and seniors Zoe-Ella Anderson and Rebecca Stockham earned scores of 36 on the reading section. Congratulations to these accomplished students!

Board Policies Now on eBoards
WDMCS Board policies were recently transferred to eBoards, an online system the district has used for Board meetings for several years. Policies can be accessed at www.wdmcs.org/district/school-board/policies or at bit.ly/wdmcs-policies-eboards. You do not need an eBoards login to access the policies. Please contact Board Secretary Peggy Epstein at 515-633-5025 or epsteinp@wdmcs.org with any questions.

Visit the Instructional Materials Center at Its New Location!
The Carol Taggart Instructional Materials Center (IMC) is a resource center available to West Des Moines Community Schools volunteers, educators, and staff, as well as educators of other school districts, nonprofits, churches, and daycares. Visit its new location at WDMCS Operations Building, 2102 Delavan Drive, West Des Moines, to use die cuts, bookbinders, laminators, magnet sheets, and much more. Get the full hours, a price list, and more.

Questions? Contact Marcia Sims at 515-633-5062.

Survey: West Des Moines Housing Needs Assessment
The City of West Des Moines is currently developing a Housing Needs Assessment to determine if the city offers the right mix of housing for residents and individuals who may be planning to move to the community. Information gathered from this survey will guide the housing investment policy and actions over the next several years.

You are invited to take a few moments and answer an online survey so the city will have strong representation from all areas of West Des Moines. Your comments will remain anonymous, and all survey responses will be compiled by an outside vendor. The City of West Des Moines thanks you for taking the time to help ensure there are appropriate housing options available for residents in the years ahead.

>> Take the survey.

WDMCS Students Give Thanks for Local Police
Partnering with a generous community family, the West Des Moines Community Schools helped give thanks for the officers who keep our community safe just in time for Thanksgiving. Elementary students wrote and decorated thank you notes for local police officers in early November. The notes were delivered by the community members at a breakfast for police during the week of Thanksgiving.