The Dick Bittner Sixth-Grade Memorial Track Meet will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at the Valley High School track, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines.
The 100-, 200-, and 800-meter races and the 4×200 relay will be held in the morning, along with the field events. The track meet will continue with three relays, the sprint medley, the 4×70 shuttle, and the 4×100 in the early afternoon.
Nutrition Services will provide breakfast and lunch to the students. Breakfast will be served as soon as the students arrive, and lunch will be served starting at 10:30 a.m. All students, visitors, and family members may use a school lunch account or cash to pay for lunches. Students will be able to get breakfast and lunch with a negative account balance.
A la carte items will be available all day long. Students must have enough money in their account to pay for any a la carte items or they may use cash to pay for a la carte items.
The West Des Moines Police Department would also like to remind attendees not to park in front of the mailboxes on 39th Street.
The track meet is the culmination of a physical education unit. Students have the opportunity to enter as many as four events. The West Des Moines Community Schools elementary physical education staff is proud to sponsor the event and invites families and staff to attend the annual Dick Bittner Sixth-Grade Memorial Track Meet.
Research indicates that kids pick up foreign languages more easily at a younger age. For her Scholars project, Valley High School senior Anna Correa has developed a fun website with engaging storybooks for elementary students interested in gaining exposure to English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. This free website provides several levels of vocabulary, grammar, and audio across different themes to get kids excited about learning new languages. Visit learnlinguo.com to start your language learning experience today!
Your participation is appreciated and will help measure the effectiveness of this program.
Valley High School student-athlete Madi Kubik has been named the Gatorade Iowa Volleyball Player of the Year. She is the first Gatorade Iowa Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Valley High School.
Kubik’s selection distinguishes her as Iowa’s best high school volleyball player. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
The 6-foot-1-inch junior outside hitter recorded 544 kills, 247 digs, 34 service aces, and 33 blocks this past season, leading the Valley Tigers to the Class 5A state finals. A member of the U.S. Girls Youth National Team, Kubik was selected to the Elite All-State Team and was named the Class 5A Player of the Year. Kubik has also maintained a 3.68 GPA in the classroom and volunteered locally on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Meals From the Heartland, and youth volleyball camps.
“By the end of the season, Kubik was unstoppable, just lights out,” said Mary Beth Wiskus, head coach at Dowling Catholic High. “She’s a real six-rotation player who can play outside, middle, and back, and she was dominating at state. She was able to bring that team together.”
Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award, Kubik joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports. She will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support.