Please join us for a Colors for Cancer Fun Run/Walk 5k at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, hosted by Valley High School’s HOSA-Future Health Professionals chapter.
Registration is $20, and open until the day of the event. All proceeds will go to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
To take part, register online or pick up a registration form in the Valley office. Register by noon on Wednesday, Oct. 16, to receive a T-shirt. Otherwise, please wear a white T-shirt. Check-in will start at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event.
Canvas is the West Des Moines Community Schools’ official learning management system. It’s where you can access information like class syllabi, learning targets, student assignments, and grades.
Led by Carrie Jacobs, WDMCS online learning coordinator, the above video—which was recorded as a Facebook Live during the ParentQuest course—will help you create a parent observer account and learn how to activate the system to access information about what your child is learning.
If you have questions or would like additional support, please contact:
The West Des Moines Public Library will be closed to the public from Oct. 14-26 to prepare for its first major renovation of the building since the completion of West Des Moines City Hall in 2003.
The renovation will repurpose the library’s former coffee shop, create a dedicated young adult space, update public furnishings, and replace worn carpet and paint throughout the building. The work will also improve existing meeting rooms, add new meeting spaces, and upgrade staff work area furniture.
“We truly appreciate the support and patience of the community,” said Library Director Darryl Eschete. “We’re working to write a new chapter at the West Des Moines Public Library.”
During the closure, West Des Moines Library staff will:
Pull from the shelves and prepare to store around 30,000 lesser-used but essential items;
Change the computer system status of these pulled items to show them as unavailable and in storage;
Box and label the items in logical storage order;
Move and/or store furniture that would be in the contractors’ way in the part of the building in which they’re starting. (Note: Contractors will start on the second floor on the southeast side of the building, the side facing the pond.);
Repurpose the Millie Knee Classroom on the second floor for individuals seeking a quiet study area as the group study rooms on the second floor will be unavailable until summer 2020;
Relocate and reconnect as many public computers, printers, and copiers as possible; and
Move service desks to spots in the building that will allow staff to be available and keep patrons from having to walk too far to find help.
Book drops will be emptied as usual, so patrons can bring items back to the library, provided what they return can be left in the book drop. Otherwise, staff asks that patrons hold onto their checked-out items until the library reopens; they have avoided having any items come due during the closure.
The library project is projected to be completed in the spring of 2021, with contractors pausing during the summer of 2020 to allow for summer reading activities.
Want to know more about the renovation? Contact Library Director Darryl Eschete at 515-222-3409 or Darryl.Eschete@wdm.iowa.gov with questions or concerns and follow the library on Facebook and Twitter for photo updates!
Join West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) as we celebrate National School Lunch Week 2019 with music-themed menus, contests, and activities Oct. 15-18. The “School Lunch: What’s on Your Playlist?” theme spotlights the way today’s school cafeterias serve up healthy menu items students enjoy while offering increased choice and customization.
National School Lunch Week Menu
Monday: No School
Tuesday: Rockin’ Taco and Churro
Wednesday: Chart-Topping Corndog
Thursday: Totally Drummin’ Chicken Drummies
Friday: Jam Session Cheese Sticks
National School Lunch Week Contests
Pizza Party Contest
Each school has the chance to win a lunchtime pizza party by making their cafeteria reflect how much school lunch rocks. Students will work with WDMCS Nutrition Services and building staff to make their lunchrooms extra rock ‘n’ roll with decorations, activities, and maybe even costumes and karaoke. Schools that take part will be entered to win an all-school pizza party, with Pizza Hut pizza replacing the regular pizza as the hot lunch option on Friday, Oct. 25.
Elementary Bluetooth Speaker Giveaway
Students at our elementary schools also have the chance to win a color-changing iHome Bluetooth speaker. Every time a student eats school lunch during National School Lunch Week, one ticket with their name will be entered into a drawing for the speaker. To earn even more tickets, students can:
Submit lyrics to a song about loving school lunch (5 tickets)
Draw or color a picture of your favorite school lunch (5 tickets)
Share your favorite meal or school lunch memory on social media by tagging #wdmschoollunch (5 tickets)
At the end of National School Lunch week, the pizza party winner will be announced, along with two lucky students at each elementary school who will receive Bluetooth speakers.
WDMCS also invites family members to eat lunch in our schools during National School Lunch Week. If you would like to join your child, please call your child’s school to reserve a meal and find out specific meal times.
Thanks to our WDMCS Nutrition Services Department and our building staff for helping us celebrate National School Lunch Week and how much school lunch rocks!
Follow #wdmcslunchrocks, #NSLW19, and #SchoolLunchRocks to rock on with National School Lunch Week!
Nominations are now being accepted for the Valley High School Hall of Honor for 2020.
The nomination period lasts from Friday. Sept. 27 to Friday, Nov. 1.
The Valley High School Hall of Honor was established to recognize outstanding alumni, educators, and community leaders who, through achievements, endeavors, leadership, and character, are positive role models for the student body of the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS). These individuals have specifically dedicated their time and made significant contributions to the Valley High School community. Hall of Honor inductees are carefully selected by a committee of Valley and WDMCS staff and community members.
Must be an alumnus of Valley High School who, through various endeavors, is a positive role model for the student body and has been graduated from Valley High School for 10 years or more. The award may be given posthumously.
Must have contributed to his or her community in an exemplary manner by demonstrating leadership, character, and service to their local community and/or profession.
Must have achieved outstanding success in Academics, Arts, Activities, or Athletics.
Must be a role model that current and future generations of West Des Moines Community Schools students can emulate.
Valley High School Retired Staff Criteria
Must have been a staff member at Valley High School for 10 years or more. The award may be given posthumously.
Must be recognized as being a positive role model and person of character and have demonstrated leadership.
Must have been recognized as being a person of uncommon dedication, going beyond the call of duty to assist students, staff, and/or parents.
Must have retired or resigned before being considered for nomination.
Must be a patron/benefactor/community leader of the West Des Moines Community Schools or the West Des Moines community and have contributed to Valley High School in an exemplary manner. The award may be given posthumously.
Must demonstrate leadership, character, and service to their local community and be a positive role model and person of character for community members and West Des Moines Community Schools students to emulate.
Must achieve outstanding success in business, athletics, education, the arts, humanitarian efforts, community service, or other endeavors.