Crisis Management, Grant Application and Math Contest


Building Visits

I continue to visit buildings throughout the district. This past week I was able to spend time at Stilwell Junior High, Fairmeadows, Crossroads Park, and Crestview. I was able to visit with each of the principals and walkthrough the buildings. Once again I was able to see the many wonderful things going on in our classrooms. Students were engaged in the learning activities prepared by their teachers. We are very fortunate to have a great group of teachers who are guiding students in their learning.


Crisis Management Leadership Summit – “Summit II”

On Thursday, Jan. 30, Elaine Watkins-Miller and I attended the Crisis Management Leadership Summit.  The agenda included the following: 

1. Introductions, Chief Shaun LaDue, West Des Moines PD

2. Scope and importance of the issue, SSRA Barry Ferguson, FBI

3. Comments & Objectives from the City Emergency Management Coordinator, Chief Don Cox, West Des Moines FD

4. Update on public safety, Captain T.K. Ouverson, West Des Moines PD

5. Update on Federal programs, Dr. Pitzen, DHS & representative from the FBI

6. Lessons learned from previous events, FBI, DHS, local first responders

7. Review of the “Roadmap,” Captain T.K. Ouverson, West Des Moines PD

8. Collaborative efforts completed and/or needed, all participants

9. Final thoughts – open forum, Chief Shaun LaDue, West Des Moines PD


I felt the summit was very informative. The learning will help guide our emergency management work in the district. The summit also allowed us to connect with others who can support our work.



Special Board Meeting Feb. 5

There is a special Board meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the LRC.


REMEMBER! Rescheduling Strategic Planning Meeting

The rescheduled strategic planning meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 13 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. This meeting was originally scheduled for January 16th, but was cancelled due to inclement weather and challenging road conditions.


Check Your Calendar! Upcoming Board Meetings

•             Feb. 10, 2014: Workshop (5:15 p.m.) & Regular Meeting (7 p.m.), Learning Resource Center

•             Feb. 24, 2014: Workshop (5:15 p.m.) & Regular Meeting (7 p.m.), Learning Resource Center



No report.



TLC Grant Application Submitted

The Teacher Leadership and Compensation System grant has been submitted to the Department of Education online. Kudos goes to our committee members.  They put in countless hours and effort to develop cohesive and transformational opportunities for our teachers, and our students.  This is a group of extremely professional and dedicated educators who have been willing to share their reflective insight, feedback and expertise with others to benefit the profession of education. Notification of grant awards throughout the state will occur in March, 2014.



We have begun our negotiations process with WDMEA and WDMESP.  Jim Hanks is our chief negotiator with the WDMEA.  The initial proposal was received from the WDMEA on January 29, 2014.  The district will present our initial proposal on February 12.  Negotiations with WDMESP occurs Monday, February 3.  Carol Seid will be the chief negotiator with Paul Bobek with the WDMESP.



DMACC West Information Technology (IT) Pathway Course Program

West Des Moines Community Schools has seven students enrolled in the spring term for the DMACC IT Pathway courses. There are three students from Valley High School and four students from Walnut Creek Campus that are attending classes in the program. The IT Pathway was approved through the Program of Studies process in spring 2013. There are four classes that WDM students will take through the Academy. These are Introduction to System Administration-Linux Server Networking, Telecommunications I, Introduction to Programming Logic, and Introduction to Computer Security.


Secondary Staff Professional Development Day, February 21, 2014

Final preparations are being made for the February 21st professional learning day for secondary certified staff. The focus of the day will be how to differentiate instruction using technology tools and resources. We are looking forward to the day.  For more information please visit the registration site or our Feb 21st PD day info page


West Des Moines Elementary School Students Placed in 1st and 4th Place in Polk County Math Contest

Congratulations to Fairmeadows and Western Hills students who scored in 1st and 4th place in the Sumdog Polk County Math Contest!  Click the link below to see the results>>


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