District Newsletters & Podcasts
We are ALL WDMCS Newsletters
Don’t miss out on all the important information for WDMCS families in our We are ALL WDMCS newsletters.
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Let's Talk WDMCS and Earning Your Stripes Podcasts
West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) hosts two podcasts. Let's Talk WDMCS digs deeper into education topics. Earning Your Stripes is hosted by Superintendent Matt Adams. In this series, Dr. Adams will interview students, staff, parents, and community leaders. Each plays an important role in supporting student success.
We are ALL WDMCS: 2023-24 Newsletters
- Sept. 15, 2023: Homecoming Week, health updates, student highlights, Welcome Week keynote speech, etc.
- Sept. 8, 2023: September events, ISASP results, annual notices, legislative updates for families, DEI updates, Raccoon River Rally race.
- Aug. 18, 2023: Celebrate staff Aug. 21, back-to-school events, child ID kits, etc.
- Aug. 4, 2023: Back-to-school events, Tiger Gala, handbooks, and more.
- April 7, 2023: April updates and calendar reminders, DEI updates, Preschool Palooza, fun summer opportunities, episode #7 of Earning Your Stripes podcast, Impact of Art, and more!
- March 3, 2023: new student board representatives, HERE! attendance campaign update, DEI updates, Jan/Feb video highlights, and more.
- Feb. 3, 2023: Black History Month, 2023-24 calendar, kids baking championship contestant, and more.
- Jan. 13, 2023: Digital backpack, no school dates, Community Education opportunities, Jazz Summit concert.
- Dec. 9, 2022: RISE food drive, fall district highlights video, parent/guardian guidance for social media accounts.
- Nov. 4, 2022: weather notifications test, Valley play, digital backpack, no school dates, episode #2 of Earning your Stripes podcast, equity updates.
- Oct. 7, 2022: digital backpack items, Superintendent Adams' Listening Tours, new Earning Your Stripes podcast, Homecoming highlights, fall conferences, and more.
- Sept. 9, 2022: New digital backpack, Homecoming Week, RISE mural reception recap, and more.
- Aug. 26, 2022: Back-to-school photos, Tiger Gala, COVID-19 guidelines, bus safety reminders, and more.
- Aug. 5, 2022: Welcome back message from Superintendent Adams, back-to-school events, new DEI executive director announced, and more.
We are ALL WDMCS: 2021-22 Newsletters
- May 27, 2022 — Summer opportunities, enroll for 2022-23, summer meals, and more.
- May 6, 2022 — New superintendent announcement, staff recognition, new library rules, Preschool Palooza, and more.
- April 1, 2022 — Impact of Art, ISASP testing, superintendent search updates, staff recognition, and more.
- March 4, 2022 — Return-to-Learn plan, superintendent search updates, Mental Health matters event, and more.
- Feb. 11, 2022 — vaccine availability, Black History Month videos, sub spotlight, and more.
- Jan. 14, 2022 — Return-to-Learn plan updates, health reminders, 2022-23 calendar, and more.
- Nov. 23, 2021 — Video message from Supt. Remy, 2022-23 calendar, COVID-19 updates, & more.
- Nov. 5, 2021 — School board election results, weekend fun with football playoffs and school plays, COVID-19 updates, and more.
- Oct. 19, 2021 — Weather notice test, plan for "snow days", LGBTQIA+ students family groups, National Principals' Month
- Sept. 24, 2021 — Homecoming, community updates, equity info., and more.
- Aug. 27, 2021 — COVID-19 safety plans and resources, first day of school photos, Valley football season opener details, and more.
- Aug. 6, 2021 — New administrators, COVID-19 update, back-to-school events, and more.
Earning Your Stripes Podcasts
Welcome to Earning Your Stripes, a special series featuring West Des Moines Community Schools superintendent, Dr. Matt Adams. In this series, Dr. Adams will interview students, staff, parents, and community leaders. Each plays an important role in supporting student success.
on 11/4/2022 Length: 10:48
Superintendent Adams talks with Valley Senior Mandy Overton about the importance of critical thinking and continuous learning as she prepares for life after high school.
on 10/6/2022 Length: 11:52
Superintendent Adams speaks with Valley High School senior Elliot Baughman.