To help with your child’s transition to all-day kindergarten, West Des Moines Community Schools dismisses kindergarten classes early from Aug. 23-Sept. 8. During the afternoon, kindergarten teachers schedule time to visit with families to get to know their students and how they can best help them at school.
The State of Iowa has passed a new law, requiring the meningococcal (specifically ACWY) vaccine for students entering grades seven and 12, beginning with the 2017-18 school year. All incoming seventh- and 12th-grade students will need to submit a completed Certificate of Immunization with the Meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination to avoid being excluded from school next year.
Two WDMCS elementary schools have been recognized for their work with Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), two programs that help schools support student success.
Crossroads Park Elementary School has been awarded the Emerging level of recognition for its outstanding PBIS work in the 2015–16 school year. The Iowa Department of Education’s PBIS and bullying prevention education program consultant and the Area Education Agency PBIS coordinator determined that Crossroads is doing excellent work based on products it submitted for review, data provided through the End of Year survey, and PBIS fidelity measures.
Teachers Elena Clark (l), Kim Dunbar, and Lisa Vernon, instructional coach Shana Olson, and Principal Graham Jones present “Extreme Makeover: PBIS Edition” at a conference.
Hillside Elementary was also recognized for its PBIS work. Principal Graham Jones, instructional coach Shana Olson, and teachers Elena Clark, Kim Dunbar, and Lisa Vernon presented their “Extreme Makeover: PBIS Edition” at a conference this spring.
Hillside also presented on its MTSS work at Collaborating for Iowa’s Kids’ annual Celebrate Iowa’s Success! Conference event in January. Jones, Olson, and teachers Gretchen Fackler, Mackenzie Nichols, and Suzanne Walsh were recognized for the presentation and the school’s MTSS success.
Congratulations to Crossroads Park Elementary and Hillside Elementary!