Valley Southwoods Newsletter

West Des Moines Community Schools | January 4, 2021

First Semester is still going!

We felt it was important to put this point first. Even though we have been out of school in the online environment since November 16th we still are not done with the first semester because it goes all the way up to January 15, 2021. This means students are in the same learning environment that you started the year with and that is how you will return to school tomorrow (January 5th). If you were onsite before November 16th you will return to school on Tuesday, January 5th. If you were online learning you will stay online until January 15th.

Families also need to know that we return to the onsite schedule so please check your teacher's Canvas page for the correct times to enter your classes.

Families are confused about having to declare what they want for 2nd-semester versus finishing the 1st semester. All families should have gotten an email that verified what you selected for the 2nd Semester but that will not start until January 19, 2021.

To support families that will be changing from online to onsite for 2nd-Semester we have set up two open tour dates for you to walk your schedule and find your classrooms. Those two times are Wednesday, January 13th from 2:45 pm - 4:45 pm and Monday, January 18th from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. We will have counselors, administrators and current student ambassadors avaialable for building tours or you can just walk the building on your own.

This again has been a crazy school year but we want you to feel as comfortable as possible if you will be joining us mid-year!


Mitch Kuhnert and Haley Hockensmith

Upcoming Events

  • January 6th- Facebook Live "Road Map to Registration" 6:00 pm
  • January 13th- Building Tours for new onsite students 2:45 pm-4:45 pm
  • January 15th- Boy's Track Mandatory meeting 7:45 am in Room 260F
  • January 18th- Building Tours for new onsite students 8:00 am-3:30 pm

Winter Sport are Back!

Just a reminder to spectators. Covid 19 has still impacted our Winter Sports. Parents of participating students will get two passes to purchase tickets for our winter sports. We are still limiting access to only family members with passes but you still have to pay for the tickets at the door.

Valley Southwoods Freshman High School

Valley Southwoods is the ninth-grade high school in the West Des Moines Community Schools.

See past newsletters on our website.

Principal: Mitch Kuhnert

Associate Principal: Haley Hockensmith