School Messages

Needs Assessment - Community Input Needed

posted May 8, 2017, 9:58 AM by Joe Hegland

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 and identify our next steps.  


This year we are working to update our Strategic Objectives within our Vision, so we are seeking multiple sources of input and feedback from our community. We have already conducted a needs assessment survey in which we sought input from our staff, students, and our community; we have invited the community to become a “Student for a Day”; and we continue to work with our leadership teams to identify strengths and needs as well.


We have compiled all of this information to identify our greatest strengths and direction for the future.  As a community member, your input is very important to us.  We would like to invite you to participate in a community meeting in which we will present our preliminary findings and ask for your ideas of what else is needed.


Our discussion will be May 18, 2017, from 5:30-7:00 in conjunction with our School Improvement Advisory Committee meeting in the High School Media Center.


Please join us!


End of School Year

posted Mar 23, 2017, 12:51 PM by Joe Hegland   [ updated May 19, 2017, 12:41 PM ]

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.

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.

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 maurerh@nicc.edu or Gena Gesing, Director of Career and Intermediary Programs at gesingg@nicc.edu.

 

West Delaware High School listed in Newsweek

posted Aug 21, 2016, 6:44 PM by Joe Hegland   [ updated May 19, 2017, 12:12 PM ]

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

Rural Bus Registration for 2016-17 School Year

posted May 2, 2016, 11:58 AM by Joe Hegland   [ updated May 2, 2016, 11:59 AM ]


West Delaware's Project Lead the Way Courses

posted Jan 29, 2015, 3:29 PM by Joe Hegland   [ updated Jan 29, 2015, 3:29 PM ]

Please watch this video if you would like to know more about our Project Lead the Way Classes at West Delaware.  The video was made by Scott Litterer and offers a showcase and information about our programs.

Letter from Brad Buck

posted Dec 17, 2014, 8:36 AM by Joe Hegland

Dear Iowa parents,

Reading is essential to your children’s success in school and in life. In Iowa, we are working to make sure all children read well by the end of third grade, which is the pivotal time when students go from learning to read to reading to learn.

Research shows that children’s third-grade reading skills can predict their future success, and proficient readers are more likely to graduate from high school and earn a good living. However, nearly 1 in 4 Iowa third graders did not meet reading expectations last year, according to state test results. We must help our students improve their reading skills.

That’s why identifying struggling students starting in kindergarten and providing intensive intervention form the centerpiece of a 2012 state law to improve literacy. Iowa’s new early warning system for literacy is helping schools across the state screen students, monitor their progress, and provide reading interventions in preschool through third grade.

Making sure parents or guardians are notified when their children need help and providing resources that families can use at home also are part of Iowa’s 2012 law. I want to be sure you are aware of a state website where you can find those resources:
https://iowacore.gov/parents-community

This website includes a link to great materials provided by the Iowa Reading Research Center that will help you understand and work with your child on specific literacy skills. You can easily find activities based on your child’s grade level or reading skill on the center’s Family Resources page:
http://www.iowareadingresearch.org/literacy-resources/teacher-family-resources/

It is critical for us to work together early – especially in kindergarten, first and second grades – to make sure students develop the skills they need to succeed in reading. Starting in May 2017, children who are identified as substantially deficient in reading by the end  of third grade must attend a summer reading program, or they will be retained in third grade unless they qualify for an exception. Prevention, not retention, is what everyone wants.

Giving Iowa students a world-class education is critical in today’s knowledge-based economy, but that’s not possible unless they can read. I look forward to working with you on this historic effort to help Iowa children read by the end of third grade. Thank you for helping us to meet this goal.

Respectfully,

Brad Buck, Ph.D.

Director, Iowa Department of Education


To download the official letter, please choose the link below.

Your Life Iowa: Iowa's Bullying and Suicide Prevention Hotline

posted Oct 14, 2013, 12:34 PM by Joe Hegland   [ updated Oct 14, 2013, 12:35 PM ]

Your solution to Bullying and Suicide Prevention

Click here to open up a flyer on the topic.

1-10 of 10