District Staff Monthly E-Newsletter

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

Drake University Practicum Experience Survey

In an effort to improve practicum experiences, Drake University is collecting data from partnering schools. This is an anonymous survey and your participation is voluntary. The survey should take 5-7 minutes to complete.

WDMCS Smartphone App: Downloading and Selecting Schools


2019-20 Calendar at a Glance

The Board of Education approved the 2019-20 calendar. Below are a few highlights that the WDMEA and WDMCS administration wish to share.

Teachers will participate in FIVE professional pre-service days in August prior to the start of school, beginning Aug. 16. This decision was made to allow both students and certified staff to end the 2019-20 school year on Friday, May 29, 2020.

School starts Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. This decision was made to allow younger students and/or students who may be nervous about starting school to have one day in class prior to a full week of school.

Professional development days during the 2019-20 school year:

  • Monday, Oct. 14
  • Monday, Jan. 13
  • Monday, Jan. 20
  • Friday, Feb. 28
  • Friday, April 24

Winter Break: Monday, Dec. 23 - Wednesday, Jan. 1

Spring Break: Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 22.

View calendar at a glance >

WDMCS Strategic Plan: Start with WHY

WDMCS Branding: Logos, Style Guides, Etc.

Click this button to access WDMCS academics, activities, and Portrait of a Graduate graphics.

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Share Your Expertise as a Community Education Instructor

Community Education is always looking for great instructors and new ideas for classes in our programs.

  • Adventures provides fun classes, teachers, and enriching experiences for K-8 students after school, in the evenings, and on the weekends.
  • LEARNwest offers a wide range of classes for adults who want to expand their skills, make everyday life better, and try something new.
  • ParentQuest provides a variety of opportunities for parents and other caring adults as they navigate each child’s unique path to success in school and life.

If you would like to teach a class, please contact Sue Otte; 515-633-5007 or ottes@wdmcs.org.

Click here to propose a course.

WDMCS Athletics

View all upcoming winter sports events.

School/Community Relations

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Aaron Young