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.
(submitted by Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate’s office)
Two West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) teachers were recognized for organizing the district’s participation in the statewide Iowa Youth Straw Poll for the 2016 general election. Students voted on their choice of the 2016 general election candidates. The results were then totaled with results from other Iowa schools and reported on Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate’s website: https://sos.iowa.gov/youth/polI/resuIts.aspx.
Stilwell Junior High teacher Sherri Bogue.
Stilwell Junior High School teacher Sherri Bogue and Clive Learning Academy facilitator Skye Welch stepped up and registered to include WDMCS students’ voices in the statewide straw poll. As a result of their efforts, their students received a unique civic education experience. Former Valley High School teacher Tracy Johnson was also recognized for organizing participation in the straw poll while a Valley teacher.
Because of the leadership from Iowa teachers like Bogue and Welch, the Iowa Youth Straw Poll was nationally recognized this year, winning the National Association of State Boards of Education Award for Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education from the National Parent Student Mock Election. Additionally, the social media program, #IAparticipate, was a national top five
finalist for a Government Social Media Award.
Clive Learning Academy facilitator Skye Welch.
Pate sent these teachers a congratulatory certificate for their part in making the Iowa Youth Straw Poll nationally recognized.
“My thanks to all of the teachers and school administrators who helped make the Iowa Youth Straw Polls a huge success,” Pate said. “More than 250 schools and 56,000 students participated statewide. We could not have done this without the efforts of the teachers. The Youth Straw Poll was a fun, hands-on learning experience for students across the state that hopefully will encourage them become engaged in civics in their community.”
The Iowa Youth Straw Polls were the culmination of Caucus 101 and Elections 101—free, online, social studies curricula developed by Secretary Pate and written by Iowa teachers for Iowa students.
They are available for anyone to use at Elections101.org.
There were four teams from each school competing in the double-elimination competition.
Teams of students studied multiple science disciplines, including chemistry, physics, earth science, genetics, astronomy, human biology, botany, zoology, and taxonomy. Teams were coached by Indian Hills science teacher Shelly Urban and Stilwell science teachers Bryan Bacehowski and Ruth Henderson.
Many teachers and administrators volunteered their time as judges, timers, scorekeepers, and general supervision.
Stilwell Junior High is one of just five Iowa schools and the only junior high in Iowa to be nominated for recognition in the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program in 2017. Nominations are made primarily on the basis of student achievement as measured by the Iowa Assessments. For schools nominated for exemplary achievement, students at each tested grade must be in the top 15 percent of schools in reading and mathematics. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools in September 2017. Congratulations to Stilwell Junior High!
Please join Stilwell Junior High for a “tale as old as time,” Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” based on the Tony-nominated Broadway production and the Academy Award-winning Disney movie.
“Beauty and the Beast Jr.” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, which describes it as the “classic story” of “Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.”
Stilwell’s production includes some favorite Disney musical numbers and features eighth-grade students Kaitlyn Forney as Belle and Caleb Moore as the Beast. Eighth-grader Wyatt Glenn will play Gaston, with eighth-grader Chaim Moore as his sidekick Lefou. Eighth-grader Gavin Beedon will portray Belle’s father Maurice, and eighth-grader Lanie Anthan will play Mrs. Potts, an enchanted teapot in the Beast’s castle. A full cast and crew list can be found below.
Performances are at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 and Nov. 5, and at 1 p.m. on Nov. 6, at Stilwell Junior High, 1601 Vine St., West Des Moines. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in the school office or at the door.
Thirty-five West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) students were chosen to participate in the 31st Annual Opus Honor Choir this year. This is the highest honor for middle school vocal students in Iowa. More than 3,000 student recordings were submitted for 720 positions in the four Opus Honor Choirs. The WDMCS students chosen for Opus Honor Choir are:
Seventh- & Eighth-Grade Bass Clef Honor Choir Ethan Amptmann (Indian Hills, Grade 8) Nick Edgar (Indian Hills, Grade 7) Kade Ferchen (Stilwell, Grade 8) Wyatt Glenn (Stilwell, Grade 8) Andrew Hayes (Indian Hills, Grade 7) Jacob Henke (Indian Hills, Grade 8) Parker Johnson (Indian Hills, Grade 8) Will Johnson (Stilwell, Grade 7) Caleb Moore (Stilwell, Grade 8) Josh Nichols (Stilwell, Grade 8) Ethan Peer (Indian Hills, Grade 8) Drew Peterson (Indian Hills, Grade 8) Jack Renda (Stilwell, Grade 8) Henry Shires (Stilwell, Grade 8)
Seventh- & Eighth-Grade Treble Clef Honor Choir Lanie Anthan (Stilwell, Grade 8) Anna Behrens* (Indian Hills, Grade 8) Ella Bishop (Stilwell, Grade 8) Ashley Czipar (Indian Hills, Grade 8) Kaylee Davis (Indian Hills, Grade 8) Kaitlyn Forney (Stilwell, Grade 8) CeCe Grabinski (Indian Hills, Grade 8) Jenna Herting* (Indian Hills, Grade 8) Sophie Valencia (Indian Hills, Grade 8) Anna Welge (Stilwell, Grade 8)
Ninth-Grade Honor Choir Eric Amundson Brooke Boddicker Colby Christensen Carson Codel Chloe Edwards Peter Erickson Aviana Gedler Lauren Gilbert Mya Nurse Jacob Soto Andrew Voggesser