Meet Your Neighbors: Raising Teenagers

Join us! This event is open to the public.Friends on bikes taking selfie before school

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | 6-8 p.m.
West Des Moines Public Library—Community Room
4000 Mills Civic Parkway | West Des Moines

Strong communities actively include and engage people of all backgrounds. Through panel discussions and Q&A sessions, “Meet Your Neighbors” will help long-term residents and newcomers interact and communicate. Inspired by groups around the nation hosting similar events, we believe the best place to learn about your new neighbors is from your new neighbors themselves.

For our second session in the “Meet Your Neighbor’s” series, we are excited to focus on the theme,
“Raising Teenagers.” In this session, the discussion will focus on how raising a teenager varies around the world and navigating the teenage years in a new country.

The evening will be hosted in conjunction with the Youth Justice Initiative (YJI). The mission of YJI is to provide and sustain restorative processes with youth in our community that promotes healing, increases accountability, and provides support.

The evening will be facilitated by ViewPoints, an interdisciplinary team that specializes in creating
opportunities for people to learn from one another in order to find innovative solutions to the problems individuals and communities face.

2018 Staff Recognition

Congratulations to WDMCS district staff who were recognized at the 2018 Staff Recognition Reception on May 10. Community Education staff members included: Jackie Ebling-30 years, Mildred Knee-30 years, Elizabeth Bruner-20 years, Philip Hamm-20 years, Sue Otte-20 years, and Gary Larson-15 years. Retirees Jackie Ebling, Rebecca Harless, and Mary Shelhamer were also honored. Thank you for your year’s of service.

three women being honored

Community Education’s retirees, (from left to right) Mary Shelhamer, Rebecca Harless, and Jackie Ebling.

Two women standing

Twenty-year honoree, Sue Otte, with Shahna Janssen at the Staff Recognition Reception.

Four women

Kids West honorees, (from left to right) Mary Shelhamer-retiree, Elizabeth Bruner-20 years, Amy Dvorak, and Jackie Ebling-20 years and retiree.


Seniors Come Home—Class of 2018

Seniors Come Home—Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Students who attended a West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) elementary are invited back for Seniors Come Home. This special event gives high school seniors the opportunity to visit their home elementary schools so teachers and fellow students can wish them well on their upcoming graduation. Seniors Come Home has been a tradition in the WDMCS for more than 25 years.

On Wednesday, May 23, graduating seniors are invited back to their home schools at the following times:

  • Jordan Creek and Western Hills at 2:20 p.m.;
  • Clive, Fairmeadows, and Hillside at 2:45 p.m.;
  • Crossroads Park at 3 p.m.; and
  • Crestview and Westridge at 3:15 p.m.

All retired elementary teachers and staff are welcome.

Seniors Come Home is coordinated by Rosemary Brandt (515-633-5012), Service Learning Coordinator. Service Learning is a program of WDMCS Community Education.