Welcome to the WDMCS Virtual Backpack!

The West Des Moines Community Schools and our community partners are happy to welcome you to our Virtual Backpack! In our Virtual Backpack, you will find information about activities from the WDMCS, WDMCS Community Education, district- or school-affiliated groups, and nonprofit community organizations. Please enjoy exploring these district and community opportunities for learning, enrichment, engagement, and fun!

The flyers and events presented here are not school publications, nor are they in any way endorsed or sponsored by any school district. The Virtual Backpack is beingĀ provided only to inform WDMCS students, families, and staff of other available community activities and opportunities.

Courage League Sports Fall 2020 Programming

Date
November 27 (all day)
Location
Various community buildings or parks
Event For
All Students
Cost
$45 for 4 week session
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4021
Information
Courage League Sports is offering small group play for our special kids during this uncertain time. We work on sports, music and movement, fitness and tumbling activities.

Lifeguard Certification Courses

Date
December 30 (all day)
Location
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Event For
High School
Cost
$200.00
Organization
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Contact
Ann Peterson
Phone
515-471-8509
Information
This course prepares participants for employment at swimming pools. Highly trained lifeguards increase the safety of community pools and water parks. Course includes CPR which meets the state graduation requirement.

Form and Function

Date
October 1 - 6:45 p.m.
Location
Zoom (online)
Event For
middle school students
Organization
Bit By Bit Coding
Contact
Devin Von Arx
Phone
503-462-5709
Information
Form and Function gives middle schoolers the power to write real code! Our free, weekly after-school program transforms the web into their canvas. Interactive projects, demos, and individual help will teach you how to use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create your own unique website.

Uncommon Sense

Date
September 23 - 6:00 p.m.
Location
online
Event For
high school students
Cost
0 first month, $20 afterwards
Organization
Bit By Bit Coding
Contact
Sydney Von Arx
Phone
503-462-5740
Information
Uncommon Sense is a weekly after-school program where inquisitive high school students can learn, discuss, and apply techniques to make decisions based on evidence and reasoning. Students new concepts from decision theory to philosophy. It's free for the first month, and then $20 a month after.

Form and Function

Date
October 1 - 6:45 p.m.
Location
Zoom (online)
Event For
middle school students
Organization
Bit By Bit Coding
Contact
Devin Von Arx
Phone
503-462-5709
Information
Form and Function gives middle schoolers the power to write real code! Our free, weekly after-school program transforms the web into their canvas. Interactive projects, demos, and individual help will teach you how to use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create your own unique website.

Courage League Sports Fall 2020 Programming

Date
November 27 (all day)
Location
Various community buildings or parks
Event For
All Students
Cost
$45 for 4 week session
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4021
Information
Courage League Sports is offering small group play for our special kids during this uncertain time. We work on sports, music and movement, fitness and tumbling activities.

Jordan House Open House Tours

Date
December 27 - 11:00 a.m.
Location
2001 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Event For
Families, students of all ages
Cost
$5 for adults, $3 for students, Under 5 are free
Organization
West Des Moines Historical Society
Contact
Kelly Mayhew
Phone
515-225-1286
Information
Tour the Historic Jordan House, one of the oldest homes in Polk County, and stop on John Brown's Underground Railroad. 1+-hr guided tours at 11AM or 1PM each Friday, Saturdays (Memorial Day to Labor Day) & Sundays. $5 for adults, $3 for youth, under 5 are free.

Lifeguard Certification Courses

Date
December 30 (all day)
Location
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Event For
High School
Cost
$200.00
Organization
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Contact
Ann Peterson
Phone
515-471-8509
Information
This course prepares participants for employment at swimming pools. Highly trained lifeguards increase the safety of community pools and water parks. Course includes CPR which meets the state graduation requirement.