Walnut Creek Campus
First Quarter Newsletter
Note from the Principal
Allow me to welcome you to the 2013-2014 school year at Walnut Creek Campus. We have approximately 150 students currently enrolled. Of those, approximately 50 are new this year. We are really enjoying meeting our new students and are very impressed with how kind and respectful they are. Many are working very hard in order to complete their courses for first quarter. We know that without being in attendance and working diligently, course completion and thus graduation is not possible. Please communicate with us if you have concerns about your student academically or personally/socially and we will do the same. We would like to thank all of you for allowing us to work with your student. We are a committed staff that truly enjoys working with students and their families. We will have four communiqués with parents/guardians in this manner throughout the year. Hopefully, the information that is provided will help you to know what is going on in our school so you can have conversations with your student about the various topics/issues. I hope to see all of you at our parent/teacher conferences that are held each quarter and at our PTO meetings (we send reminders about when they are). Here’s to a great year!
Dr. Kim Davis, Principal
Parent Teacher Conferences
Tuesday, Sep. 24th 2013 at 4-8pm
1020 8th St
West Des Moines, IA
Introducing New Staff Members
Rob Kinney, Student Services Coordinator
My name is Cathy Nicolella and I am so excited to be a part of WCC. This is a school where I’ve always wanted to work. Prior to this I was at Phenix Elementary. Most of my spare time is devoted to two very spoiled dogs. I enjoy spending time outdoors gardening or inside on a cold day cooking! I have been an active Hospice volunteer for several years. Please stop by or call if I can ever be of assistance!
Cardboard Boat Regatta
WCC started off the new school year with a bang! The advisory groups spent the first week creating a cardboard boat out of a refrigerator box and then raced them at the lake behind West Des Moines City Hall. Congratulations to the overall winners of the Regatta, Lisa's advisory group!! Congratulations also go out to Tony's group for best school spirit and Lynn's group for most creative.
Meals for the Heartland
For our first quarter service learning project, students and staff joined 15,000 other volunteers at Wells Fargo Arena to put together 5,171,040 meals. The meals packaged were provided to malnourished and food insecure people internationally as well as locally by meal distribution partners like Convoy of Hope, DMARC, and Food Bank of Iowa.
Living History Farms
WCC students and staff spent an afternoon at Living History Farms Leadership Trust Course where the students participated in various leadership and belonging activities.
Cardboard Boat Regatta
Meals for the Heartland
Chantel Karns, Science & Art Teacher
Many new and exciting thing are happening in room 1102! Drama students are diving into learning about different characters found in plays! Forensics are comparing all the different types of fingerprints that could be used to solve crimes. Chemistry has learned that electrons are where all the magic happens in Chemistry!
David, Math Teacher
One of the many “myths” about Walnut Creek Campus (WCC) is that there is no daily homework. While it is true that we don’t often require homework, we do encourage students to use their free time to do homework and further their education. At WCC, we strive to enable students to learn and accomplish much of their formal high school education during the class day. That is, students attending every day, using their block class time wisely and performing well through the 9-week session can often complete and achieve success in their classes. We know that not all students work at the same pace. Some students need more time while others need less to achieve such success. Therefore, while homework is not a required part of WCC curriculum, we consistently encourage students to use some of their free time during the day, evenings and weekends to further their education by doing homework. For most classes, teachers at WCC can assist students in identifying and taking work home each school night.
Laura, Special Education Teacher
Visiting Nurse Services has many services available to the community to meet social and health needs. Many of these services are low cost or free. There is a link to a very comprehensive community resource list on their website.
http://www.vnsdm.org/resources-directory.php (List of many other websites and resources)
http://www.vnsdm.org/resources/CommunityResourceDirectory.pdf (This is a 200+ page directory of many, many resources available in the community)
Broadlawns’ community resource booklet:
http://www.broadlawns.org/pdfs/BMC_Community_Resource_Final_Copy_9-12-12.pdf (18 page printable booklet)
Primary Health Care has numerous health clinics throughout the Des Moines area, as well as dental clinics, HIV clinic, Low cost pharmacy, behavioral health services, and outreach services (including homeless services).
Please feel free to call my office if you need assistance in obtaining services, or are not sure where to look for help.
Elena Sorensen, RN
WCC School Nurse
- Tuesday, September 24, 2013: parent teacher conferences 4-8 p.m.
- Thursday, September 26, 2013: picture retakes, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- Monday, October 7, 2013: PTO meeting, 6:15 p.m.
- Monday, October 14, 2013: no school, staff professional development day
- Thursday, October 24, 2013: 1:00 early out, last day of first quarter
- Friday, October 25, 2013: 1:00 early out, first day of second quarter
- Tuesday, November 5, 2013: Iowa assessments/senior job shadows & college visits
- Thursday, November 7, 2013: Iowa assessments/senior job shadows & college visits