Because of severe winter weather conditions, all WDMCS schools will start two hours late Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. This means the Valley High School/Valley Southwoods finals schedule for Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, will be adjusted.
About 200 family members, community members, and school faculty attended the Indian Festival hosted by Valley Southwoods Freshman High School Humanities students on Jan. 4. Learners from the Project-Based Learning Network school-within-a-school Woods Academy spent three weeks researching and planning presentations on topics like politics, education, religion, and society in India. Each team created colorful displays featuring visual and interactive elements to help them educate attendees on their topics and answer the three driving questions of the course:
Where can I find the humanity in people who are different from me?
How can I be a good neighbor to people from all cultures in my local community?
How can I go into the world to learn from and contribute to others within the framework of their culture?
A Valley Southwoods Freshman High School Humanities learner presents at the Indian Festival.
Indian Festival attendees make notes at a booth about “Health and Death” in India.
A crowd of students learn about “Indian Arts” at the Valley Southwoods Humanities class Indian Festival.
Valley Southwoods Humanities learners teach Indian Festival attendees about “Marriages in India.”
Valley Southwoods Freshman High School’s Performing Arts Department presents its fall play, “Treasure Island,” in a new adaptation by Ken Ludwig.
Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure novel, Ludwig’s “Treasure Island” features larger-than-life characters like the evil Blind Pew, the dangerous Billy Bones, and bold female pirate Anne Bonney. At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time.
Valley Southwoods’ production features ninth-graders Gavin Beedon as Jim Hawkins, Aisling Hallahan as Long John Silver, Avery Redford as Blind Pew, Gwen Sobrado as Billy Bones, and Ellie Wellman as Anne Bonney.
More than 50 Valley Southwoods Freshman High School students make up the rest of the cast and crew, with Katie Kilkenny, Mia Rand, and Sophia Vratsinas as stage managers.
Performances are at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 and 18, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 19, in the Staplin Performing Arts Center, Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and can be purchased at the door.
Forty-two West Des Moines Community Schools students were selected to participate in the 71st Annual Iowa All-State Music Festival Concert at 7:30 p.m.
on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum in Ames. The students were selected through a rigorous audition process that included students from throughout the state.
In addition, ninth-grader Marina Deyev (violin) and sophomore Min Hyuk Lee (cello) were selected as alternates.
Tickets to the Iowa All-State Music Festival Concert can be purchased at the Iowa State athletics ticket office or online at Ticketmaster.com. The concert will also be shown on Iowa Public Television at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. For more information on the Iowa All-State Music Festival, visit the IHSMA All-State website, ihsma.org/all-state-music-festival.