Walnut Creek Campus

Fourth Quarter Newsletter

Note from the Principal

We have had a good year at Walnut Creek Campus. We have served so many students this year and have seen many students experience great success. It is hard to believe that the year will soon come to a close. We hope that all of you will be able to join us for our graduation celebration that will be held at 7 Flags Event Center at 7 pm on May 23. Every year it is a heartwarming experience for all of those that attend. Just a reminder that we will have our school resource officer and another staff member at the door that students enter through. If any students are under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, parents will be called to come pick up their student and they will not be able to participate in the graduation ceremony. We hope to see many of you at the last set of conferences. Our pantry will be open for those who need personal hygiene items and we will have some clothing items to give away. The PTO will be raffling off some great prizes, as well, to raise money for student activities. We thank you for the opportunity to serve your student and your family and we hope that all of you have a safe and great summer! For those parents of underclassman, we will see you at registration which will be August 7.

Dr. Kim Davis

2013 Graduation

Thursday, May 23rd, 7pm

2100 NW 100th St # 200

Clive, IA

Senior/Graduation Information

  • Rehearsal: Thursday, May 23rd 10:00 am at 7 Flags Event Center
  • All work must be turned in by Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Baby pics/Senior Pics for Slideshow to Carrie by May 3rd
  • Cap and Gown Pick up – Monday, May 20-Wed, May 22 in office
  • Graduation fees - $35 pay in office before or when picking up cap and gown
  • Senior Meeting to go over details: April 22, 2013 in Media Center 11:45-12:15;
  • See Bret for info and to fill out green Senior Info Form if you can’t be there
  • Scholarship Deadlines: Grabinski and Prairie Meadows – April 5th & Other WCC Scholarships – May 3rd

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, April 25th, 4-8pm

Walnut Creek Campus, 1020 8th St. West Des Moines, IA

Parents and guardians please join us at WCC for the 4th quarter parent teacher conferences. If you are unable to make it, please email or call your student's teachers.

Around School...

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Staff Notes

Large Group and Individual Speech Contests 2013 Wrap Up

What a successful year we had in speech at Walnut Creek! In large group speech we entered in two categories, group mime and short film. Both groups made it to State! The mime was entitled, The Blacksmith and the Last Campaign of Prince Llywellyn, included DeAntre Kelly, Gabe Mason, Maddie Prine, Sam Mooreland, and Wyatt Mylan. The mime earned a I rating at state. The short film, The Accidental Hipster, starred Connor Armstong and Wyatt Mylan, and included Gabe Mason, Maddie Prine, Abi Kemp, Jarrod Wallace, and many other Walnut Creek students as extras. The short film received a II rating at state. In individual speech, two students competed. Gage Espich went to districts in the category of storytelling and Seth Felder made it to state in improve. A big congratulations to all those who participated! If you are interested in participating next year, please see Ted or Chantel.

Ted VanDeventer,

Social Studies Teacher


The newest addition to the Walnut Creek Science Department is Chemistry I and II. Chemistry I started in 3rd quarter and is now on to Chemistry II. Students are beginning to tackle the mole - and I don't mean the ground dwelling kind. They are determining what exactly is that mole and why it is important in Chemistry. The mole will follow them through the end of the quarter. We are very excited to be able to offer these new classes with the addition of the science lab in the new building.

Chantel Karns,

Science & Art Teacher

Online Learning Opportunities

For the past two years, WCC has offered the core social studies classes, US History, Government, and Economics using a hybrid online curriculum. Students are still assigned to a block and work face-to-face with a teacher in the room, but the curriculum is all completed online, including conversations with the teacher. Many students have been successful with this curriculum as it gives them the ability to complete the work at their own pace, giving them the opportunity to earn more credits towards graduation. This curriculum also is helpful to students who struggle to attend on a regular basis for various reasons so they can work from home as their time allows. As a teacher, this has changed my whole perspective of teaching. I am no longer teaching a class during one block and moving to another class for another block. I find that I am teaching 24/7 as students are able to email questions at any time of day and I find many teachable moments throughout my day. I love having such open communication with my students and have found that I am more aware of what they are each individually learning rather than seeing them as a whole class.

Carrie Jacobs

Social Studies, Art, & Technology Teacher

Upcoming School Events

  • April 17--passion day in advisory
  • April 19--no school, district staff development day
  • April 24--school-wide service learning day has been canceled, we will have a regular early out schedule with an IP day
  • May 1--Coffeehouse and salsa competition
  • May 8--no regularly scheduled classes, students will be arranging for individual meetings with their advisor
  • May 15--staff versus students softball game and lunch
  • May 22--seniors last day to turn in completed work for graduation
  • May 27--no school, Memorial Day
  • June 5--last day of school, moved from May 31 due to snow days