Walnut Creek Campus 2018 graduate Kyle Thompson has been fascinated with space since reading an astronomy book in second grade. His interests expanded to other areas of science, but space continued to captivate him. He had intended to study astronomy during his time at Valley High School, but learned in ninth grade that he would need to make a new plan. Transferring to Walnut Creek Campus in October of his junior year ended up being one of the main steps Thompson took.
Students who attended a West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) elementary are invited back for Seniors Come Home. This special event gives high school seniors the opportunity to visit their home elementary schools so teachers and fellow students can wish them well on their upcoming graduation. Seniors Come Home has been a tradition in the WDMCS for more than 25 years.
On Wednesday, May 23, graduating seniors are invited back to their home schools at the following times:
Jordan Creek and Western Hills at 2:20 p.m.;
Clive, Fairmeadows, and Hillside at 2:45 p.m.;
Crossroads Park at 3 p.m.; and
Crestview and Westridge at 3:15 p.m.
All retired elementary teachers and staff are welcome.
Seniors Come Home is coordinated by Rosemary Brandt (515-633-5012), Service Learning Coordinator. Service Learning is a program of WDMCS Community Education.
Students at Walnut Creek Campus are honoring the memory of Natalie Finn by collecting new pajamas for children in foster care and through a memorial scholarship. Pajama donations can be dropped off at Walnut Creek Campus by April 27 or can be ordered through an Amazon wishlist. When purchasing please select the option to “Ship To Walnut Creek Campus – Leah Lingren.”
Natalie would also have been a member of the graduating class of 2018. To honor a future cut far too short, her classmates have created a scholarship to be given to a student graduating from Walnut Creek Campus this year who best embodies Natalie’s best-loved qualities. Checks can be made out to the WDMCS Foundation and sent to Walnut Creek.
Let’s continue to create some light from the darkness of Natalie’s tragic death. Thank you in advance for your support.
The “An Enchanted Evening”-themed dance is for Valley High School and Walnut Creek Campus juniors and seniors and their guests. Tickets will be on sale during lunch April 18-20 and at the dance. Tickets cost $25 for all students except Valley and Walnut Creek seniors, who will get in free. All students must have a ticket and an ID to enter the dance. Formal attire is expected; jeans, hats, costumes, and athletic wear are not allowed. Guests must be under 21 to attend; students bringing non-Valley guests must have date request forms filled out and submitted by Wednesday, April 18, at 4 p.m.
Emma Bohn, David Bone, Bailey Burrell, Anna Correa, Cooper Earle, YJ Ha, Quinn Herbert, JJ Kapur, Liz Lau, Matt Lowe, Caroline Smoldt, and Maddy Swaim make up the 2018 Prom Court. Junior and senior students will vote for prom king and queen on Tuesday, April 18, during advisory. The king and queen will be announced at the dance.
Parents and guardians: Want to chaperone prom or sell prom tickets? Please sign up online or contact Julie Bebensee at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to sign up by email.
The 2018 Valley High School and Walnut Creek Campus After-Prom Party will take place from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Valley High School. This year’s theme is “The Greatest Show.” Students must arrive between 11 p.m. and midnight to register and will not be allowed to re-enter once they leave. It is not necessary for students to attend prom to attend the after-prom party. Any non-Valley or sophomore guests must register with and attend the after-prom party with a Valley or Walnut Creek student. There is no cost to attend the after-prom party.
Entertainment will include karaoke, a hypnotist, carnival games, laser tag, and many other exciting activities. There will be a pancake feed following the hypnotist. Great prizes will be available all night.
After Prom 2018 is also looking for parent volunteers and some Silver Cord student volunteers. Volunteers may help with set up, clean up, or the event itself. Can’t give of your time the weekend of the event? Please consider a snack/beverage donation instead.
The Walnut Creek Campus Teen Against Human Trafficking group at the capitol.
Students from Walnut Creek Campus were recognized by Governor Kim Reynolds during Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery’s Anti-Trafficking Day on the Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 17. The students were honored for the work they have done in their Teens Against Human Trafficking group. Governor Reynolds also signed a proclamation making January Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month. Congratulations to these hard-working students for this recognition and supporting the successful Anti-Trafficking Day on the Hill!