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Informaline—Jan. 16, 2018 Issue

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Important Dates
Jan. 15: Professional Development Day—No School
Jan. 16: End of First Semester and Second Quarter
Jan. 16: Raptor System Districtwide Launch
Jan. 17: First Day of Second Semester/Third Quarter
Feb. 19: Professional Development Day—No School

Superintendent Remy Earns Community Award for Making a Difference
Superintendent Lisa Remy, Ed.D., has been chosen as one of the “17 from ‘17” by the Des Moines’ Western Suburbs Business Journal. The 17 recipients were nominated and chosen as “people making a difference” in the communities of Waukee and West Des Moines during 2017. Congratulations to Superintendent Remy!

Jan. 8 School Board Meeting Highlights
Below are a few highlights from the Jan. 8 WDMCS Board of Education meeting. The Board approved student trip requests, purchase of one general education and two special education buses, a contract with Frontline Education for an Employee Evaluation Management Module (Charlotte Danielson) subscription, and the letter of acceptance for the completion of Tiger Field.

During the Board workshop prior to the meeting, Board members heard a full recommendation of the 10-Year Facilities Plan Framework from Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy. The Board will vote on the recommendations at the Jan. 22 board meeting.

District Newsletters Going Online
Starting with our next issues, the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) district and staff newsletters will no longer come to your inbox or be printed. Instead, articles will be posted online individually on an ongoing basis so you can read them when it’s most convenient for you.

Stay up-to-date on our district websiteFacebook, and Twitter. Learn where to look for news at www.wdmcs.org/2018/01/district-newsletters-going-online.

Six Valley High School Students Earn Top ACT Scores
Valley High School seniors Marcus Chew and Aarushi Dervesh earned top composite scores of 36 on the ACT test, according to ACT, Inc. In addition, junior Maya Shah earned a perfect score of 36 on the English section of the test, and seniors Craig Davis and Emma Bohn and junior Camryn Mears earned perfect scores on the reading section of the test. Congratulations to these accomplished students!

Clive Community Services Offers Free Clinic Opportunities
The Clive Community Services Free Clinic provides walk-in health care services free of charge for individuals who are otherwise unable to pay for services. Starting in February, the Clive Community Services free clinic will be open every Monday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. It will also be open during the same time on Monday, Jan. 22.

Pediatric patients can be seen anytime the clinic is open. For those who wish to see a pediatrician, one will be available at the clinic the first and third Monday of each month starting in May.

Learn more about Clive Community Services online.

Reminder: Visitor Management System Launch Jan. 16
WDMCS will use visitor check-in system Raptor throughout the district starting Jan. 16. Information about Raptor will be available in various languages for visitors at each WDMCS school building. Learn more about Raptor at bit.ly/raptor-wdmcs.

Community Education Hosts Equity Speaker/Author Jennifer Harvey
WDMCS Community Education is hosting equity speaker and author Jennifer Harvey, from 7-9 p.m. on Jan. 30, at the Staplin Performing Arts Center. She will be discussing her new book, “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America.” As our district and community seek to better understand and address issues of equity, this is an opportunity for us to learn and be part of this important conversation.

We want to save a spot for you! Please let us know that you are planning on attending the event and if you would like to purchase a book by registering at bit.ly/rwk_registration.

Virtual Backpack
Don’t forget to check out all the engaging district and community opportunities in our revamped online Virtual Backpack!