District Staff Monthly E-Newsletter

Wednesday, Nov. 6 , 2019

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Canvas Overview Podcast

Listen as Online Learning Coordinators Carrie Jacobs and Abby Cunningham share how Canvas was chosen and why it is important for students, staff, and parents.

West Des Moines Community Schools

WDMCS Canvas Overview Podcast by West Des Moines Community Schools

New WDMCS Brand Management Process

West Des Moines Community Schools implemented a new brand management process earlier this fall. We first rolled this out to coaches, then to employees connected to a WDMCS club/organization. We now are sharing with all WDMCS employees.

All WDMCS employees are required to follow the WDMCS brand guidelines for use on signs, apparel, websites, collateral, and any other promotional products. Parent groups, teams, and clubs were asked to go through a registration process so we could understand the types of groups working with our brand.

While individual employees do not need to register, you do need to understand what steps to take when you work with a project that uses any WDMCS logos or references the district and/or individual schools.

  • Step 1. Review Brand/Logos Guide. That will give an overview of our new process and the "why" behind the changes. Review guide >
  • Step 2. Reference the WDMCS Style Guides when working on a project. Download the Athletics/Activities Style Guide and District Style Guide.
  • Step 3. Submit all designs to School/Community Relations for review/approval. This includes ALL projects... whether they have an official WDMCS logo on them or not.
  • Step 4. Send the Vendor Information link to ANY vendors you wish to work with so they can also register with WDMCS. All vendors must register annually. A list of approved vendors is listed on the Vendor List page.

Members from the School/Community Relations Department would be more than happy to speak with you to answer questions. We look forward to working with you this year!

WDMCS Athletics Website

View all upcoming winter sports events.

Des Moines Performing Arts Discounted Tickets

West Des Moines Community Schools employees will now receive 10% discounts to select performances of Willis Broadway Series touring shows. Other discounts are also available on other events. Visit www.dmpa.org/etix, select our school district from the dropdown, and use promo code EGROUPS1920 to obtain these savings. This season’s Broadway tours include "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Come From Away," "Anastasia," and "Wicked."
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November ProFriend Message

November 13 is World Kindness Day and we'd like to expand the theme for the entire month.

November—WDMCS Kindness Month

Send a thankful thought or positive "shout out" to someone who needs to hear it. This can go to a student, parent, staff member, bus driver, support staff, administrator, volunteer, grandparent—and the list goes on. One way to send a note is through WDMCS Thank You Notes.

Take the time to let someone else know that what they do matters and they are noticed in a positive manner. Enjoy the month of kindness!

We are WDMCS Newsletters

Check out previous editions of We are WDMCS.

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:

  • Nov. 13
  • Nov. 26

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

School/Community Relations

Laine Mendenhall-Buck


Alexandra Wade



Aaron Young