We are All WDMCS
April 1, 2022
Impact of Art Celebrates Students and Art Education
West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) students and families connected through student artwork at the district's Impact of Art event on Thursday, March 31. Students in grades K-12 exhibited their art and celebrated the importance of arts education with their families and other guests.
The annual event was held in March this year in part to highlight Youth Art Month, a celebration of the visual arts with the Council for Art Education. Youth Art Month encourages support for quality school art programs and recognizes skills developed through visual arts experiences like problem-solving, creativity, observation, and communication. This year’s theme was “Art Connects Us.”
ISASP Testing for Grades 3-11
WDMCS students in grades 3-11 will take the annual Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) tests the week of April 18-22. Based on schedules, some schools may also have testing the following week.
Parents/guardians received an initial email prior to spring break. Watch for more details in the coming days.
Conditions for Learning Survey
WDMCS is getting ready for students in grades 3-12 to take the annual Conditions for Learning survey. This is their chance to make their voice heard, and we intend to listen. The survey administration is required by the state’s plan to meet a federal law called the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Students will take the survey sometime between Tuesday, April 5, and Friday, April 29.
Superintendent Search Update
WDMCS is in the final stages of the superintendent search, with hopes of announcing the new superintendent within two weeks.
- April 1-2: Board conducts first round interviews.
- April 4: Board selects up to three finalists.
- April 6-8: Board conducts final interviews.
- Week of April 11: Board selects a preferred candidate.
Once a candidate is selected and confirmed, WDMCS will send out a formal announcement to our families, staff, and broader community.
Tigerlillies LIVE Water Show April 7-8
For the first time since 2019, the Valley Tigerlillies Synchronized Swimming Team will be performing LIVE!
April 7 and April 8
7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Valley High School pool
Adult tickets are $10, and student tickets are $5.
To purchase tickets in advance or to make a donation to the Tigerlillies program, please visit
Ticket pre-sales end Wednesday, April 6. Tickets (while available) will also be sold at the door on performance nights. Tickets will be limited to 300 per show. We can’t wait to see you LIVE!
Last Day of School Reminder
As of April 1, the last day of school for students and staff is Thursday, June 2, 2022. Although we have had some school cancellations or delays this year, we currently have enough hours in our academic calendar to prevent the need to extend the school year.
We are all hoping severe weather conditions are behind us for this school year!
2022-23 Enrollment Opens May 2
We are excited to announce our families can sign their students up for the 2022-23 school year starting Monday, May 2.
SIGN UP FOR SCHOOL ONLINE
Parents/guardians will log into Infinite Campus to:
- review/update family information
- update student health records
- review handbooks
WHAT ELSE IS NEEDED?
- sign up for busing
- access school supply lists
- pay 2022-23 fees
On-site enrollment support dates will take place in May as well as this summer for families who need interpreters or internet support.
Watch for more details later in April.
A Message from the 2022 Staff Recognition Committee
It goes without saying that we are so grateful and proud of the teachers and staff in our schools! Each May (with the last two years being exceptions), the WDMCS Staff Recognition Committee (comprised of grateful citizens) hosts a large afternoon celebration for all district employees. We also honor retirees and recognize significant years of service milestones.
This May 4 event is funded entirely by the community (as no tax dollars pay for this event), and we are asking for your help! All donation sizes are appreciated.
Please consider honoring our West Des Moines Community Schools teachers and employees with a contribution to this special event. Because we are non-profit and qualified 501(c)(3), all donations are tax-deductible.
On behalf of the Staff Recognition Committee, THANK YOU for your support of our teachers and staff!