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

Mark your calendars for first quarter's parent teacher conferences! If you are unable to attend please feel free to email or call your student's teachers to get an update on their progress this quarter. Please call 633-6400 for contact information.

Introducing New Staff Members

Rob Kinney, Student Services Coordinator

My name is Rob Kinney and I am the new Student Services Coordinator at Walnut Creek Campus. For the past 14 years I was a social studies teacher in Council Bluffs, with a focus on US History. During that time I also worked as a basketball coach, working with athletes from the freshman to varsity level. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing golf, following any Chicago sports team, and spending time with my family. We are fairly new to the Des Moines area and I feel very lucky to be a part of the Walnut Creek Campus staff. I look forward to working with your student this year and helping them be as successful as possible!

Becky Sinram

Hi, I am Becky Sinram (some of you may recognize me as Becky Krieg, but I was lucky to meet a great guy and got married last spring). Along with that change I also have the opportunity to become the school counselor at Walnut Creek Campus. I have been a science teacher for the past 13 years. My first five years in Waverly, IA and then the last eight years here in West Des Moines at Valley High School. I also spent some time last year in the success center at Valley Southwoods. I coach Girls Cross-Country for Valley and enjoy spending any time that is left with friends and family. I am really excited to be here at Walnut Creek and look forward to working with you and your student!

Cathy Nicolella

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!

Around school...

WCC Cardboard Boat Regatta
Living History Farms Leadership Trust Course

Staff Notes

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

What an exciting start to the school year! It’s so great to see all the students again after a long, relaxing summer! My number of students is higher than ever. I’m getting to know some great new kids while watching so many of them improve their skills! I had many students that improved so much in their goal areas last year, that goals were dropped and some were exited from special education all together. This is always exciting because so many students feel as though special education is a life sentence. I’m here to prove them wrong! With sustained effort, goals can be met. It’s such a boost to the student’s self-esteem to see their hard work pay off!

Health Information

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


Donations Needed

Our WCC personal hygiene pantry is in need of donations. Shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, new socks, etc. can be donated to the main office anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

  • 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