Fourth Quarter Newsletter
Walnut Creek Campus
Note from the Principal
We have had a good year at Walnut Creek Campus. We have served so many students this year and have seen many students experience great success. It is hard to believe that the year will soon come to a close. We hope that all of you will be able to join us for our graduation celebration that will be held at the Valley Community Center at 7 pm on May 22. Every year it is a heartwarming experience for all of those that attend. Just a reminder that we will have our school resource officer and another staff member at the door that students enter through. If any students are under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, parents will be called to come pick up their student and they will not be able to participate in the graduation ceremony. We hope to see many of you at the last set of conferences April 24 from 4-8pm. Our pantry will be open for those who need personal hygiene items and food. The PTO will be holding a bake sale, as well, to raise money so they can provide lunch for the students and staff at our annual staff vs. students softball game. We thank you for the opportunity to serve your student and your family and we hope that all of you have a safe and great summer! For those parents of underclassman, we will see you at registration next August!
Dr. Kim Davis
Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, April 24th, 4-8pm
1020 8th St
West Des Moines, IA
Thursday, May 22nd, 7pm
Valley Community Center, 4444 Fuller Rd. West Des Moines, IA
- Email/give Carrie a copy of baby and senior picture by May 9 to be included in the senior slideshow portion of the ceremony. Pictures will be returned after the ceremony when students turn in their cap and gown.
- See Becky about testing/scholarship information.
- See office staff to make sure you have your past fees paid and to pay your graduation fee.
- Pick up your cap and gown from the office the week of graduation, before Thursday.
- All participating seniors must attend rehearsal 10:00-12:00 p.m. Thursday, May 22, the same day as the ceremony, at the Valley Community Center.
Students, along with Ted, are learning the basics of gardening. They have been working with the Alda and Bob Helvey Polk County Master Gardeners, who have donated their time, seeds, seedtrays, and soil. Students started by learning how to seed and transplant at the Polk County Master Gardeners Greenhouse in Altoona. Students have gone on to do their own seeding and transplanting of a number of different herbs and vegetables. May 10th the Walnut Creek Vegetable Project will be selling our herbs and vegetables from 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. They will be raising money for the Walnut Creek Food Pantry and to further our Vegetable Project at school.
Students, along with Chantel, are partnering with the Des Moines Playhouse to build sets and paint backdrops. They are also working on an event at WCC to raise money for the Playhouse.
Students, along with CJ and Alena, visited the capitol for GSA Student Day. Students are partnering with Valley's GSA to raise awareness for LGBT issues and plan a fundraising event this spring.
Homeless/ Hunger Group
Students, along with Perry and Lisa, are working to raise awareness for homelessness and hunger issues locally and globally. They recently held a clothing and food drive to gather collections for the WDM human services agency and a nonprofit that donates clothes to people in Sudan.
Students, along with Lynn and Laura, are working to help support the local animal shelters. Recently, they visited the Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary and have been making beds, treats, and toys for dogs and cats that are currently being sold at the Animal Lifeline Thrift Shop. All the proceeds will go to benefit the animals at Animal Lifeline. Animal Lifeline is a no kill-special needs animal shelter.
Students, along with Carrie, are working to build a recording studio at WCC. They are partnering with a WCC alumni, Chris Signs, to make a CD that will be available to purchase by the end of the school year.
Homeless/ Hunger Group
Lisa Demuth, Teacher
On April 10th and 11th, three of our staff members attended the Annual Iowa Association of Alternative Education State Conference, Dare to be Different(iated)—Think Like There is No Box. The event this year was held in Waterloo, Iowa. Rick Wormeli, the main keynote speaker is one of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America, is a national educational consultant and author. He shared his thoughts and ideas about creativity in the classroom. He encouraged the audience to make mistakes, to teach students to be innovators and problem-solvers through example. The second day keynote speaker was Kent Stock, teacher, coach principal, banker and the man who coached the Norway baseball which was depicted in the movie, The Final Season. His overall message was to live each day of your life following your dreams and to inspire students to follow theirs.
Concurrent sessions offered information about a variety of academic subject areas as well as sessions about relationships and the connection between the social-emotional aspects of an individual and academic performance.The conference offered staff the chance to share ideas and strategies in an effort to improve the present and future lives of our students. Given opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and glean techniques that have been useful and successful, participants came away from the conference with a renewed dedication to the mission of alternative education. The conference was hosted by the Iowa Assocaition of Alternative Education (IAAE) and three alternative schools including Waterloo Expo Adult Learning Center, Carrie Lane Alternative High School in Charles City, and Oasis in Osage. The 2015 statewide alternative education conference will be in Davenport, Iowa. Teachers who participated in the conference include: Tony Aunspach, Perry Kellogg and Lisa Demuth (who was also reelected to a board seat with the IAAE).
Becky Sinram, School Counselor
Spring is finally here and that means the end of the school year is around the corner! I have had a lot of meetings with students making sure that they are on track to reach the goals that they have set for themselves for this year-whether it be credits earned or GRADUATION. Rob, the Student Services Coordinator and I were lucky enough to attend a 2-day Circle Group Training that will allow us to better facilitate circles of support for our students. The last community college entrance test was administered at WCC and a number of our graduating seniors are ready to register for college classes as early as this summer. There’s a lot of excitement at my end of the building as students start to see all of their hard work for the year paying off!
From the Nurse's Office
I am pleased to announce we are having a Health Day 2014 on May 8th. This will be a fun and educational day when our students can attend many different sessions during the regular school day. The topics vary widely, and our presenters are professionals from the community who serve our youth. These are the topics: bullying, birth control, LGBTQ and gender understanding, depression and suicide, drug abuse, tobacco and electronic cigarettes, healthy relationships, STIs, financial health, safe driving, marijuana and synthetic drug abuse, yoga and meditation, healthy nutrition, being active getting good sleep, etc. If you have any questions or concerns, please call myself or Kim Davis, Principal. Thanks for your support!
Elena Sorenson, RN
- Wednesday, April 16: Alternative Schedule, Individual Meetings with Advisory Teachers
- Friday, April 18: No School, Staff Inservice Day
- Wednesday, April 23: School-Wide Service Learning
- Thursday, April 24: Parent Teacher Conferences, 4 - 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 30: Coffeehouse
- Wednesday, May 14: Staff Versus Students Softball Game
- Wednesday, May 21: Senior's Final Day
- Thursday, May 22: GRADUATION!!
- Thursday, May 26: No School
- Wednesday, May 28: Alternative Schedule, Individual Meetings with Advisory Teachers
- Wednesday, June 4: Last Day of School!!