It’s time to start thinking about your 2018-19 yearbook! Find ordering information and tips about senior portraits and ads below or at www.valleytigertales.com.
Yearbooks may be pre-ordered for $55 during registration or through student services until Dec. 31, 2018. Students who do not pre-order will not be able to purchase a book upon delivery.
Senior Portrait Instructions and Guidelines
Please make certain your photographer is aware of the photo requirements before your session.
Photo II students will be taking FREE senior yearbook photos during Encore on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Please get a pass from your Encore teacher and come to the Art Commons on the second floor (2324). Students cannot sign up for this Encore as the photo will only take a few minutes. Photo II students will edit and email the photo to the student and yearbook.
A head-and-shoulder shot is required. All clothing must adhere to the school dress code policy, and no props are allowed.
Photos must be vertical, in color, and high-resolution. They cannot be selfies or cellphone photos or have watermarks.
Submission and Confirmation
All senior photos must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, for inclusion in the 2018-19 yearbook.
You will receive a generic confirmation of receipt with a link to the shared folder of senior portraits.
Photos will appear in the shared confirmation folder within 10 business days of receipt.
To guarantee inclusion in the 2018-19 yearbook, please check the proof pages for accuracy between Oct. 26-Nov. 5.
To purchase an advertisement in honor of a senior, visit www.yearbookordercenter.com with the Valley code (3694) to design and create your own ad.
Parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors may purchase space to include messages, baby pictures, favorite photos, etc. Senior ads are one-fourth of a page and cost $55 per advertisement. Senior ad blocks are sold as individual units and cannot be combined, but one can purchase multiple blocks.
The deadline is Oct. 19, 2018 (or until all ad space is claimed).
Like usual, it has been all fun and games during physical education classes at Crestview School of Inquiry.
But this week, however, students teamed up with familiar faces: Their family members.
Crestview is taking part in “Take Your Parent to P.E. Week” — a national movement from the group Active Schools —which helps participating schools provide at least 60 minutes of P.E. before, during, and after school for all students. The week-long initiative lasts Sept. 24-28.
The support shown by Crestview parents and guardians has been overwhelming, P.E. teacher Christopher Amundson said. After four days, at least 120 adults have joined their students.
“It’s been an amazing response from our parents,” he said. “They’re active and having a blast. I’ve seen lots of smiling, laughing, and everyone having a good time.”
Crestview Principal John Villoti agrees.
“We haven’t had one parent not leave here who didn’t have a smile on their face,” he said.
Amundson added how this learning activity has helped Crestview enhance its welcoming environment for its community.
“We’re very inviting and willing for any parent to come in, help out, and watch what their kids are doing at Crestview,” Amundson said.
Check out photos from Day 4:
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Twelve Valley High School students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Congratulations to seniors Emily Ash, Will Golay, Natalie Groth, Braedon Kirkpatrick, James Meng, Maya Shah, Shuvethan Sivagurunathan, Darrell Smith, Katherine Snodgrass, Ryan Staub, Radha Velamuri, and Sukhman Virdi, who have all advanced in the competition for National Merit scholarships.
These students are now in competition to become National Merit scholars, earning a $2,500 scholarship. Of the 1.5 million entrants, about 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Academic records, school curriculum, test scores, an administrative recommendation, information about activities and leadership, and an essay are used in the judging process.
Finalists will be announced in February, and students will be notified by the end of June if they have been selected as National Merit Scholars.
Congratulations to 16 Valley High School students who earned perfect scores on individual sections of the ACT test this summer, according to ACT, Inc.
Jacob Amro—Reading, Essay
Emily Ash—Math, English
Darrell Smith—Reading, English
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a composite score is the average of the four test scores. Based on 2017 data, Valley High School’s average composite score of 24.6 exceeds both state and national averages. With an average composite score of 21.9, Iowa has the second-highest average ACT composite score in the nation among states that test a majority of their graduating seniors. The national average is 21.
West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) is excited to announce that a community partnership with the City of West Des Moines, Microsoft, and T-Mobile will provide about 200 low-income Hillside Elementary School students with portable wireless devices known as mifis.
If you plan to attend the Valley vs. Waukee varsity football game on Friday, Sept. 14 at Waukee Stadium, you are encouraged to bring canned-food items for a friendly competition between the Tigers and Warriors!
Donations on the Waukee side will go to the Waukee Food Pantry, and Valley’s donations will go to the West Des Moines Booster Pak.
Gates to the stadium open at 5:45 p.m., with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
Donations can be made until halftime. The final totals will then be tallied and the winning school will be announced at the end of the third quarter.