School Messages

Keystone LitCamp

posted Apr 20, 2017, 12:40 PM by Joe Hegland

Keystone will be hosting LitCamp (a family literacy night for grades PK-5) on May 5, 2017, from 5-8 p.m.  More information can be found here

School Supplies

posted Apr 18, 2017, 5:44 AM by Joe Hegland

WDABC is once again offering supply packs for parents.  Attached is the order form.  They are due on April 28th.

End of School Year

posted Mar 23, 2017, 12:51 PM by Joe Hegland

Students will not be required to make up the most recent snow day cancellation at the end of the year.  The last student day will be Friday, May 26.  

If there are additional weather cancellations, the end of the school year calendar will be adjusted to make up all missed days.

Student of the Day

posted Mar 2, 2017, 8:02 AM by Joe Hegland

Dear Community Member: 

We are proud of the many positive aspects of West Delaware Schools and the work that is being done by faculty and students. However, we know that we must always focus on improvement and creating an even better school for our community. 

Five years ago we worked together as a school and community to develop a Vision for our schools. We identified priorities in the areas of Relationships, Challenging Academics, and 21st Century Skills. We continue to work toward that Vision every day, but now it is time to take a deeper look to determine how we are progressing. 

To help us evaluate our progress, we would like to invite you to experience West Delaware Community Schools as a student. We believe that by inviting community members to experience a day as a West Delaware student, the community will gain important perspective on what happens in a 21st century classroom and will be better prepared to give us feedback on areas for improvement. We also believe you will greatly enjoy this experience! 

As a community member, your input is very important to us. No preparation is needed; we only ask for your time and your willingness to participate. We ask that you commit at least half of a school day to this process so that you can get a full picture of a day in the life of a student. This opportunity will be available until April 28. 

Please RSVP to Laurie Buchheit at the West Delaware Central Office, (563) 927-3515, to make arrangements for your day as a student! 

Dr. Kristen Rickey Superintendent

Driver's Education Course for Summer 2017

posted Feb 15, 2017, 11:09 AM by Joe Hegland

Please check the attachment below to find information about the Driver's Education course this summer.  Forms are due by Friday March 24th.

17-18 Board Approved Calendar

posted Feb 14, 2017, 10:31 AM by Joe Hegland   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 2:34 PM ]

Attached here is the School Board Approved Calendar for the 17-18 school year.

Changes include the following:
  • MLK birthday became a teacher work day/hours make up day if needed
  • Full day professional development day in the fall moved to October 4
  • Winter full day professional development moved to January 3
  • Graduation moved to Saturday instead of Sunday (time has not yet been determined, but the day is a significant change).
  • We have two built in snow days instead of three

We continue to have weekly early dismissals, and we have attached an FAQ to help people understand why.


posted Oct 19, 2016, 9:14 AM by Joe Hegland

The high school Inklings have moved to an online newspaper.  Please come and check out all the cool changes. 

PowerSchool App Setup

posted Sep 15, 2016, 6:36 PM by Joe Hegland   [ updated Sep 15, 2016, 6:38 PM ]

There is a great PowerSchool App for Parents and Students to use.  However, it can be difficult to setup. We wanted to help share how to get it working to check grades and attendance on your mobile device.  Please click on the document that is attached to help you out.

West Delaware Students Have the Opportunity to Earn Their Welding (GMAW) Career Pathway Certificate Upon High School Graduation

posted Sep 12, 2016, 8:22 AM by Joe Hegland

Did you know West Delaware High School students could obtain their Welding (GMAW) Career Pathway Certificate by the time they graduated high school? West Delaware and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) offer several dual credit welding courses taught at the high school by instructor, Seth Harms. The classes include Blue Print Reading; Intro to Welding, Safety & Health of Welders; Basic Arc Welding (SMAW);  Basic Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW); and Flame/Plasma Cutting Fundamentals. Credits earned from completing these classes can be applied toward obtaining a Welding (GMAW) Career Pathway Certificate or a one-year Welding diploma with NICC. Graduates with this Career Pathway Certificate are workforce-ready upon high school graduation.

In addition, students have the option of obtaining their Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Quality Practices and Measurements (#51297) certification. This national certification is the gold standard for front-line industrial training. The next class begins on Oct. 3 at the UIU/NICC Manchester Regional Education Partnership Center.

Students who are enrolled in the Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link program by December of their junior year can take the MSSC Quality Practices and Measurements course at no cost. Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link is a program at the college that exposes students to high-demand career areas and sets them on the pathway to career and education success. Benefits of this program include cost savings for students and parents, working with a Career Coach to find the right post-graduation plan for them, as well as the opportunity to participate in a nationally-recognized, highly visible U.S. Department of Labor grant that showcases great students in northeast Iowa.

For more information regarding the Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link program for West Delaware students or the Welding (GMAW) Career Pathway Certificate with NICC, contact Holly Maurer, UIU/NICC Manchester Regional Educational Partnership Center Director at or Gena Gesing, Director of Career and Intermediary Programs at


West Delaware High School listed in Newsweek

posted Aug 21, 2016, 6:44 PM by Joe Hegland

West Delaware High School is one of Newsweek's "America's Top 500 High Schools" for 2016. #3 in Iowa! #291 in the US!

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