District Staff Monthly E-Newsletter

Wednesday, Oct. 23 , 2019

WDMCS Athletics Website

View all upcoming fall sports events.

2019-20 Hall of Honor Video Promotion

Valley Hall of Honor Nominations Open

Nominations are being accepted for the Valley High School Hall of Honor through Friday, Nov. 1.

The Valley High School Hall of Honor was established to recognize outstanding alumni, educators, and community leaders who, through achievements, endeavors, leadership, and character, are positive role models for the student body of the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS).

Learn More and Nominate >

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SafeSchools Training Open Lab

You can complete your SafeSchools training at any of our open labs at the Learning Resource Center.


Join us 1-4:30 p.m. on:

  • Oct. 30
  • Nov. 13
  • Nov. 26

SafeSchools training must be completed by the end of day Friday, Nov. 29.

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Your school can now order custom "We Choose Kind" T-shirts. See examples of the new design and color options. If your school would like to order shirts in bulk for staff or students, you can either work through your parent group or contact School/Community Relations to learn more.
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Schedule Your Demo Teacher Visit

A demonstration teacher plans, demonstrates, and discusses the effective use of evidence-based instructional practices and strategies to increase student achievement.

A demo teacher is an excellent resource for teachers interested in viewing new methods, materials, and instructional strategies that, through research, have proven to increase student achievement.

Steps to Schedule a Visit

  1. Visit the WDMCS website to view topics and teacher schedules.
  2. Contact the teacher(s) directly via email/in person and set up a date that works for you both.
  3. Complete the Demo Teacher Request Form.
  4. Mark your absence request in Aesop. Use the absence reason “demo teacher visit.” The accounting code will be taken care of behind the scenes.
  5. Enter your absence into Applitrack.
WDMCS Branding: Logos, Style Guides, Etc.

Access WDMCS academics, activities, and Portrait of a Graduate graphics through Google Drive.

School/Community Relations

Laine Mendenhall-Buck


Alexandra Wade



Aaron Young