We are ALL WDMCS
Nov. 4, 2022
Message from Superintendent Adams
WDMCS Weather Notice Test Wednesday, Nov. 9
The West Des Moines Community Schools is getting ready for winter weather and will be testing the notification system at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9. This system helps keep students and staff safe by providing notifications of inclement weather or emergency situation school closings.
The message will be sent out as a phone call, text message, email, and app notification. IT IS ONLY A TEST. The phone call will come from 515-633-5599, and the text message will come from 606-08.
TIP: Consider saving 515-633-5599 as a contact in your cell phone so you'll always know when there's an active WDMCS weather alert.
Do We Have Your Correct Contact Information?
Do you have a new cell phone number or email address? We need to have that information on file so when we send out emergency notices, you will receive them.
Update Your Contact Information in Infinite Campus
- Log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
- Click on the "More" link in the left navigation menu.
- Click the "Family Information" link in the center of the screen.
- Scroll to find the person's information you wish to update. You will be able to update cell phone, work phone, other phone, email address, and secondary email address fields.
- Click the "Update" button to save your changes.
Forget Your Infinite Campus Login?
To recover your username or reset your password for your Infinite Campus Portal account, go to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and use the "Forgot Password?" and "Forgot Username?" links under the login information.
To create an Infinite Campus account, please click "Sign up for an Infinite Campus account" or use the link below. Each parent/guardian should have their own Infinite Campus account.
Watch 'Peter and the Starcatcher' Nov. 4-6
Valley High School's Drama Family presents "Peter and the Starcatcher," based on Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels featuring the beloved character Peter Pan.
Directed by Valley Drama Director Aaron Westrum, the Tony Award-winning play upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan.
Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m.
Staplin Performing Arts Center
Valley High School
3650 Woodland Avenue, West Des Moines.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at www.midwestix.com.
Upcoming Community Opportunities
Our digital backpack lists a wide variety of events, classes, or other opportunities.
- Design a Children’s Book Character Nov. 8 at Hoyt Sherman Place
- Helping Families "InterACT" starts Nov. 9 (four weekly online sessions)
- Join Girl Scouts for Free Nov. 3 and 13 at the West Des Moines Public Library
- Parents Night Out Nov. 8 at Camp Fire Service Center
- Tiger Youth Wrestling Club starts Nov. 10 at Valley High School
Reminders: Upcoming No School Days
To help you plan, please review the following NO SCHOOL dates.
Monday, Nov. 7
PK-12 Students — No School (Crestview has school)
Secondary professional development and elementary conferences.
Wednesday, Nov. 23, through Friday, Nov. 25
Thanksgiving Holiday — No School
Thursday, Dec. 22, through Monday, Jan. 2
Winter Break — No School
Tuesday, Jan. 3
Professional Development Day — No School
Valley Grad Debuts Book Highlighting Notre Dame Football Career
The West Des Moines Public Library Friends Foundation is proud to present Iowa author John Mahoney. In his debut book "History Through the Headsets: Inside Notre Dame's playoff run during the craziest season in college football history," Mahoney, a safety for Notre Dame from 2017-20, discusses his first-hand experience inside Notre Dame's playoff run.
Mahoney is a 2017 graduate from Valley High School.
Tuesday, Nov. 22
The in-person event begins at 6:45 p.m. with wine and cheese, and the Zoom portion starts at 7 p.m.
Earning Your Stripes Podcast: Episode 2
WDMCS Equity Work
WDM Community Equity Conversations
Where Are We Now? Assessing the DEI Strengths and Opportunities in Our Community
Dr. Dau Jok, Director of DEI for West Des Moines Community Schools
Audrey Kennis, M.Ed., Director of DEI for the City of West Des Moines
Thursday, Nov. 17
Learning Resource Center
Long-Term Goal: Create lasting change in our local community, wherein participants gain deeper appreciation for all forms of diversity and generate a ripple effect that positively impacts the larger community in which we live.
Students Connect With Equity Leads at Fall Retreat
West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) equity leads and district administrators met for shared learning and relationship-building on Sept. 29, 2022. Students from Valley Southwoods, Valley High School, and Walnut Creek Campus shared their experiences through a student-moderated panel and small groups.
“(The) student panel was by far the best, biggest, and most important piece because that's really going to guide our work because that's really who we're here to serve,” Intercultural Outreach Coordinator Gianna Pugliese said. “Using these equity frameworks … and getting that student feedback is going to be instrumental in guiding us toward the right steps.”