October 28, 2020

Halloween Costumes are NOT to be worn at school on Thursday

No School this Friday, Oct. 30

No School Friday, Nov. 13

Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 25- 27

Upcoming Reminders ✔

Online Learners

Pick up day for school pictures and new curriculum

This Friday, Oct. 30, from 8-11 a.m., online learners can come pick up their school pictures and online learning materials.

  • Nov. 10-12—Online learners' virtual conferences
  • Nov. 11—Asynchronous learning day for Online Learners

In-Person Learners

  • Nov. 18—Asynchronous learning day for all in-person students.

No onsite in-person learning on this day due to parent/teacher virtual conferences. Classes will be held virtually.

  • Nov. 18, 19, & 23—In-person learners' virtual conferences.

Virtual Conferences

Online LearnersRegistration is open from Oct. 30 through Nov. 9. Please follow these instructions to schedule your conference on either Nov. 10, Nov. 11, or Nov 12. Your code is jefwz.

In-Person LearnersRegistration is open from Oct. 30 through Nov. 16. Please follow these instructions to schedule your conference for either Nov. 18, Nov. 19, or Nov. 23. Your code is e8386.

Step 1: Go to and enter the school code (Online jefwz) or (In-Person e8386)

Step 2: Enter your full name (designate one parent to register), your email address and your student’s full name(s).

  • Your email address is used to send you your conference time.

  • Select the number of students you want to book conferences for, and fill in their names.

  • Press the green “Go” button to go on to the next page.

Step 3: Select the grade and homeroom teacher for your child/children.

  • Press the green “Go” button to go on to the next page.

Step 4: Choose a time for each teacher. To choose conference times, click the checkboxes underneath the time.

  • Missing checkboxes mean that time has already been booked by someone else.

  • Press the green “Go” button to confirm your conferences.

Step 5: To exit the program click “Finished.”

  • If you would like to change your selection click “reschedule Conference.”

  • If you decide to reschedule your conference at a later time, simply log back in to, enter the access code and click on your name. It will pull up your confirmation page with the option of rescheduling or cancelling.

If you are unable to register online, please call the school at 633-5800. Your child’s homeroom teacher or a school employee will assist in scheduling your conference time.


Tuesday, Nov. 10

Online Learners—Look for a future signup for your retakes.

From the Nurse 👩‍⚕️

The nurse is in need of boys' and girls' pants size 12 and under. Leggings and sport type pants work best.


Overdue Library Books

Please return to school! Our library is still missing quite a few books that had been checked out from last year. Please search, find, and return those long lost books!

Dates for Online Student Book Pickup:

Please pick up between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 6: Last name A-K

Nov.12: Last name L-Z

Nov. 20: Last name A-K

Nov. 27: No Pick Up (Thanksgiving Holiday)

Dec. 4: Last name L-Z

Dec. 11: Last name A-K

Dec. 18: Last name L-Z

Dec. 25: No Pick Up (Winter Break)

Jan. 1: No Pick Up (Winter Break)

Jan. 8: Last name A-K

Jan. 15: Last name L-Z

Jan. 22: Last name A-K

Jan. 29: Last name L-Z


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Meet our new teachers

Name: Allie Hogan

Years in Education: First year teaching

College You Graduated From: University of Iowa

Family: My parents, Janine and Keith, and my younger sister, Kayly. My older brother, Nick. I also have a sweet pup named Lacey that lives with me here in DSM as well as another golden retriever at my parents house named Rizzo.

Where do you live? I was born and raised on the border of Illinois and Wisconsin where my family still lives. This summer I moved to Downtown Des Moines

Activities you enjoy outside of school? I love going on walks with Lacey, running far distances, going to new restaurants and learning new things about DSM, watching sports!

Fun Fact: I'm running my third marathon.

Name: Ally Fillmore

Years in Education: Art Teacher - 2nd year, as long as we still count last spring...

College You Graduated From: Luther College & UNI

Family: 2 Australian Shepherds and a Cockatiel

Where do you live? Ankeny

Activities you enjoy outside of school? Photography, pottery, canine agility, watching cheesy Hallmark movies :)

Fun Fact: I keep my Christmas tree up year-round and just change the decorations every month

Name: Brett Spahr

Years in Education: 11 classroom teacher, 2 subbing

College You Graduated From: Simpson College

Family: wife Robin, children Lily and Nina (both teens)

Where do you live? Waukee

Activities you enjoy outside of school? landscaping, gardening, reading (of course), gaming, outdoor walking

Fun Fact: I was the assistant entertainment director for a major cruise line back in the ', not the Love Boat.

Name: Brooke Bergman

Years in Education: First Year Teaching

College You Graduated From: Drake University

Family: My fiance (Matt) and my 1 year old daughter (Bria)

Where do you live? West Des Moines

Activities you enjoy outside of school? Traveling, being outside, hanging out with friends and family

Fun Fact: I am getting married on June 22, 2021!!

Name: Paige Miller

Years in Education: This is the beginning of my 7th year teaching

College You Graduated From: Bachelor's Degree in Education from The University of Iowa. Master's Degree in Education from Viterbo University

Family: My husband and I have been married for 19 years. I am the proud mom of three girls who are in 4th grade, 7th grade, and 10th grade.

Where do you live: My family and I live in Urbandale. I grew up in West Des Moines and attended WDMCS from kindergarten through 12th grade. I will always think of WDM as "home".

Activities you enjoy outside of school: Our family loves to travel! If we aren't on vacation we are probably planning our next vacation. I spend most of my time juggling activities for my girls. They are very active in dance and soccer. I love taking reformer pilates classes and eating my husband's homemade salsa fresh from our garden.

Fun Fact: I used to work at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida! I also have had the privilege of working with kids in Germany, Japan, and England

Name: Rachel McDermott

Years in Education: First Year Teacher

College You Graduated From: Iowa State University

Family: Mom (Dede), Dad (Jason), sisters (Becca & Anna) and brother (Sam). My boyfriend's name is Sean.

Where do you live? West Des Moines

Activities you enjoy outside of school? I enjoy singing and participating in musicals. I also like running and spending time with friends/family.

Fun Fact: I completed my student teaching in New Zealand!