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Construction Work Underway

New Middle School in Valley

On the rise. Active scene. The DC West Middle School construction project is well underway along the southeast side of the Valley campus. Crews continue to set pre-cast walls, in a project slated for completion in time for the . . . read more

Official: DC West Annual Report 2016

Small Schools, Big Opportunities

Communications Consultant Susan Stern | February 23, 2017

(Valley, NEBRASKA)  --  It's official - The DC West Annual Report 2016. The updated 14-page report gives an overview of the facilities' improvement project, covers district finances, the budget and levy amounts. An . . . read more

NeSA Notables!

Significant Stats

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | October 21, 2016

View the highlights. Final NeSA results from spring 2016.   NeSA results show DC West scored higher than state averages in reading, math and science. With math a key focus, our District is proud to score above average . . . read more

DC West Survey: Early Support for Another School Bond

Taxpayer Cost Remains Top Concern

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | October 21, 2016

By Susan Stern -- (Valley, NEBRASKA) - The results are in. A district-wide survey for DC West School Community Schools shows a majority of people would support paying some level of higher property taxes to pay for future capital improvement . . . read more

DC West Kicks Off 2016-2017 School Year

Watch Video!

Communications Consultant Susan Stern | August 17, 2016

(Valley, NEBRASKA)  -  DC West Community Schools kicked off the 2016-2017 school year with a new school theme - Falcons United. This moniker espouses the theme of togetherness and unity.  Students and teachers . . . read more

K-12th: School Starts Wednesday, Aug. 17th!

Open House, Early 1st Day Dismissal, Calendar, Preschool Relocates & More

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | July 20, 2016

(Valley, NEBRASKA)  --   Another school year is upon us! Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. is the official start date at DC West Community Schools for K-12th grade, with early dismissal at 11:45 a.m . . . . read more

New Student Registration Info

Attn: Parents/Guardians

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | July 20, 2016

(Valley, NEBRASKA)  --  Another school year is near at DC West Community Schools in Valley and Waterloo. Wednesday, August 17, 2016 is the start date for K-12th grade students with school commencing at  8:00 a.m. with . . . read more

Preschool Relocates to Valley | New Student Info

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | July 20, 2016

(Valley, NEBRASKA)  --  Students attending DC West Preschool this fall will be in portable classrooms located next door to DC West Elementary - in Valley. Over the summer, the distict relocated the early . . . read more

DC West Demolition/Renovation Project Underway

Summer Happenings!

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant

Waterloo & Valley Neb -  By Susan Stern --  A summer construction project is underway at DC West Community Schools. Construction crews have knocked down the walls of the ol’ preschool building in Waterloo . . . read more

Conclusion: Crowd-Pleaser! Middle School Science Fair

Watch Video Proof!

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | May 19, 2016

(Waterloo, NEBRASKA) -- By  Susan Stern  --  Young scientists in the making? The DC West Middle School Science Fair 2016 - was a crowd-pleaser.  All 8th graders received awards. The top three received medals. Top picks for . . . read more

Kudos to MS Rotary Honor Roll Winners!

Watch Video

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | May 4, 2016

(Waterloo, NE) - By Susan Stern --  Congratulations are in order! The Rotary Club of Omaha Wednesday honored three DC West Middle School 8th graders during a special luncheon at Century Link. Teachers, staffers and . . . read more

DC West Preschool Open Registration!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | April 21, 2016

Hip Hip Hooray! Preschool registration is tomorrow, Friday, April 22, 2016. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Waterloo campus, located at 800 N Front Street. But first, learn about last year's event, and discover all that DC West . . . read more

DC West Elementary's Spring Carnival A Success!

Watch Video

Communications Consultant Susan Stern | April 18, 2016

(By Susan Stern ) --  A hit. Great turnout! The 2016 annual Spring carnival at DC West Elementary School in Valley earned an A+ for - Friday family fun! In case you missed it, watch this video to get a glimpse of what you can look . . . read more

2015 Annual Progress Report

DC West District Residents Mailed This Week

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | March 7, 2016

(Valley, Nebraska) --  An envelope shall arrive early this week in the mail box of residents living in the Douglas County West Community School District. The 16-page presentation details the budget allocation, district . . . read more

It’s A Fact - DC West’s “One-Act” Makes History

3rd Place at State & Outstanding Technical Crew!

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | December 10, 2015

Updated Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 --  DC West High School's "One-Act" performers won 3rd Place at NSAA State Championships & also received the outstanding technical crew award. Congrats! By Susan . . . read more

Gadgets, Bolts & Higher Thinking!

DC West Robotics Solves Vexing Challenges

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | November 24, 2015

By Susan Stern -- (WATERLOO, Neb.) -- "We're creating engineers and innovators. The students are guided to think outside-the-box using new ideas instead of traditional or expected ones. This is very significant, the formation of . . . read more

NeSA Results + Key District Stats

Student Ethic Makeup, Attendance Rate, Teacher Experience

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | November 21, 2015

Take a look at the overall NeSA testing results in comparison with state averages in graphic number one. View graphic number two to see such interesting information as the ethic makeup of DC West Community Schools overall student . . . read more

Pomp & Circumstance Here & in Washington!

DC West Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon School

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | November 11, 2015

By  Susan Stern  --  (Valley, Neb.) -- It is a coveted national award! The U.S. Department of Education picked DC West Elementary School as one of 335 schools nationwide to receive the 2015 . . . read more

DC West Launches Birth to Age 3 Home Visitor Program

Education Starts Early

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | October 28, 2015

By Susan Stern –  (VALLEY, Neb.) –  Calling all parents with young ones in Waterloo and Valley. The DC West Community School District is looking for families with babies, mothers who are pregnant and young . . . read more

DC West Raises the Bar

ACT Scores Among Highest in Omaha Metro

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | October 22, 2015

By Susan Stern (VALLEY, Neb) ACT results from the class of 2015 show DC West graduates tied with Westside, tested higher than Millard Public Schools, Bennington and Omaha Central. DC West earned an average . . . read more

U.S Government Honors DC West Elementary!

Chosen as 2015 National Blue Ribbon School

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | September 29, 2015

(Valley, NEBRASKA) -- It is a coveted national award! The U.S. Department of Education announced today that DC West Elementary School is one of 335 schools nationwide to receive the 2015 National Blue Ribbon School designation for . . . read more

Big Announcement at 10 a.m. Today

DC West Elementary to be in National Spotlight

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | September 29, 2015

The National Department of Education in Washington, D.C. has a special announcement to make concerning DC West Elementary School in Valley! The great news shall be released during a press conference starting at at 10 a.m. . . . read more

DC West Congratulates Four 7th Graders

Invited to Take ACT or SAT Early

By Finnicum, Debbie | September 16, 2015

DC West Middle School would like to congratulate Michael Adair, Carson Harris , Ethan Maline   and Melody Vasa . These 7 th grade students have been chosen to participate in The Duke Talent Identification Program that . . . read more

DC West Looks to Future

After Bond Election Defeat

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | September 15, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Valley, NEBRASKA) --  “It is without a doubt disappointing news, the defeat of both bond issues that would have financed new construction and repairs of our four old schools. That said, the . . . read more

DC West Bond Election | 6:45 p.m. Unofficial Results

September 15, 2015

Here are the unofficial results of the DC West Bond Election as of 6:45 p.m. Source: Douglas County Election Commission. With 100% of the ballots counted, DC West has officially conceded defeat. Below are the uncertified . . . read more

DC West Bond Election | Unofficial Results as of 5 p.m.

September 15, 2015

Here are the unofficial results of the DC West Bond Election as of 5 p.m. Source: Douglas County Election Commission. read more

DC West Bond Election Today! Ballot Deadline 5 p.m.

DC West Live Coverage Tonight!

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | September 15, 2015

The day is here!  Today, Tuesday, September 15, 2015 is the DC West Bond Election Day! Voters shall decide the fate of Prop A and Prop B. The clock ticks. B allots must be returned to the Douglas County Election . . . read more

DC West Ballot Deadline Tuesday, Sept. 15

Ballot Boxes at Schools

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | September 8, 2015

To avoid paying postage, you may drop off your signed DC West Bond Election Ballot  in ballot boxes located on both campuses in Valley and Waterloo during morning school drop off and afternoon dismissal. . . . read more

It's official. The DC West Homecoming Queen & King Are...

Congratulations Royalty!

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | September 8, 2015

Congrats goes out to DC West Homecoming Royalty 2015! Their peers chose them for this honor of a lifetime. The royalty are Queen Maddie Wurth and King Sam Plotz (seen in the picture to the left). Also named were Princess Jessica . . . read more

Homecoming Parade, Pep Rally: Friday, Sept 4

Note to Middle School Parents/Guardians About Dismissal/Pick Up

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | September 1, 2015

Homecoming Friday, Sept. 4, 2015: Students will leave the Middle School in Waterloo Friday at 12:15 p.m. on buses headed for the DC West homecoming parade that begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Valley campus. Following the pep rally at . . . read more

Voter Registration Deadline Looms

DC West Bond Election Calendar Here!

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | August 28, 2015

 Voter Registration Looms | DC West Bond Election Friday, Sept. 4 until 6 p.m. is the deadline to register to vote in person at the Douglas County Election office in Omaha. It is located south of . . . read more

Latest Stats - DC West Pre-K-12th - Enrollment Up 6%

Elementary Up 9%

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | August 27, 2015

ACTUAL ENROLLMENT #’S - The Facts The following are actual enrollment numbers for the entire school district including ALL Preschool-12 th Grade - factual data that DC West Schools is required by law to report yearly . . . read more

Official Fact Sheet - DC West Bond Election

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | August 27, 2015

OFFICIAL: “DC West Bond Election”   HISTORY - The Facts The bond issue history began over two years ago over concerns about deteriorating buildings at the Valley and Waterloo campuses, state and federal code . . . read more

Show DC West Cheer - Homecoming Week Here!

Social Media Contest Underway Now! Watch Raw, Uncut Video

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | August 27, 2015

Exciting Times at DC West Community Schools!  Homecoming Week Runs All This Week! Aug. 31 - Sept. 4, 2015  is our District-Wide Homecoming Week Celebration - Hooray! Show Your DC West Pride Kids. Pre-K-12th students are . . . read more

Citizen Questions. DC West Answers

Sept. 15 Special Election | Two Bond Issues

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | August 18, 2015

Question:  What is needed, and who made that determination, were teachers involved? Answer:  A 12 month-long facility study took place at DC West during the 2013-14 school year. BCDM Architects spearheaded the study with . . . read more

BREAKING NEWS! Watch School Video Tours

Bond Issues: Research Shows People Prefer Video to Reading

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | August 16, 2015

(August 16, 2015)  -- Research shows people prefer watching videos than reading text. Brainshark reports video produces higher viewer retention, with 59% of business professionals like watching video versus reading . . . read more

DC West is Rapidly Growing

Enrollment Increase of 7% This School Year

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | August 15, 2015

ENROLLMENT GROWTH ON UPSWING DC West is growing! View the graphic to see DC West's enrollment increase from 2008-2015. The 8-year average growth is 4%. That said, we're experiencing a whopping 7% enrollment . . . read more

Educating Voters: DC West's Two Bond Issues

View Presentation to Valley City Council

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | August 15, 2015

( Aug. 2015 ) --  DC West Community Schools is committed to educating voters about the two Bond Issues and the Sept. 15, 2015 Special Election. View Superintendent Melissa Poloncic's power point presentation to the Valley City . . . read more

Extra. Extra. Read All About It! SPECIAL EDITION

DC West Post-Dispatch | Two Bond Issues

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | August 14, 2015

SPECIAL EDITION NEWSLETTER DC WEST'S TWO BOND ISSUES Pick up a copy of the Special Edition newsletter at DC West Schools and at businesses in Valley and Waterloo! Or, view the below PDF. Read>> Aug . . . read more

Architect Design Plans with Square Footage Info

DC West Bond Issues Plan of Action

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | August 13, 2015

(August 13, 2015)  --  Here are the design plans for the Waterloo and Valley campuses for both Prop A and Prop B. Note: Prop B applies to the Valley campus alone.  Get the details, here. Sept. 15, 2015 is election day. . . . read more

Architect Design Plans with Square Footage Info

DC West Bond Issues

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | August 13, 2015

Here are the design plans for the Waterloo and Valley campuses for both Prop A and Prop B. Note: Prop B applies to the Valley campus alone.  Get the details, here. Sept. 15, 2015 is election day. Ballots will be mailed to . . . read more

Preschool Open House Thursday, Aug. 13 5-7 p.m.

Print 2015-2016 Calendar

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | August 13, 2015

(Waterloo, Nebraska)  --  It's that time of year again! Douglas County West's Preschool Open House is Thursday, August 13 at 5-7 p.m. at the Waterloo campus.  The Early Education Center offers small classroom . . . read more

Architect Design Plans with Square Footage Info

DC West Bond Issues Plan of Action

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | August 12, 2015

Here are the design plans for the Waterloo and Valley campuses for both Prop A and Prop B. Note: Prop B applies to the Valley campus alone.  Get the details, here. Sept. 15, 2015 is election day. Ballots will be mailed to . . . read more

E-funds | Pay Lunch & School Fees Online

August 10, 2015

There's an easy way to pay for lunch and other school fees by  using your credit card or checking account. Parents/guardians of  DC West students can make payments online. It's quick and easy. First time users would . . . read more

Welcome Back DC West Students & Teachers

2015-2016 Calendars, E-Funds Registration Info

The school year is here!! Students first day of school was Thursday, Aug. 13 2015. Teachers reported Aug. 11.   School Calendars | Print/Save View 2015-2016 District Calendar View 2015-2016 . . . read more

What's Next? | DC West Board Calls Special Bond Issue (s) Election

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | July 24, 2015

By Susan Stern - July 24, 2015 -- The process moves forward. "We have received the official DC West Board of Education resolution calling for a special mail-in election for two construction bond issues. We are . . . read more

DC West Board Approves Resolution | Voters Decide Fate of Two Bond Issues

Communications Consultant | July 23, 2015

By Susan Stern - VALLEY, Neb. - The Douglas County West Community Schools Board of Education Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution that puts two construction funding bond issues on a special fall mail-in ballot. Election Day is Sept. . . . read more

Cost to Fix DC West Schools Unveiled

Susan Stern | July 15, 2015

July 21ST UPDATE: The DC West Board of Education unanimously approved Tuesday a resolution that puts 2 bond issues on a special mail-in ballot. Election day is September 15th. --- By Susan Stern --  “There is nothing here . . . read more

Monday July 13th DC West School Board Meeting

Facilities Modernization Plan & Dollar Amount to Be Presented

July 10, 2015

Monday July 13 th : Future of DC West Community Schools Facilities Construction Bond Issue Plan & Dollar Amount To Be Presented (Valley, Neb.) –The Douglas County West Community School Board of Education holds its . . . read more

Future Facilities Modernization Meeting

Attracts High Community Turnout

By Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | June 19, 2015

(Valley, NE) – June 19, 2015 – By Susan Stern --  A DC West Special Board of Education meeting held Wednesday night attracted a significant crowd of 70 people that district consultant BCDM Architect Kevin Schluckebier . . . read more

NOTICE: Special Board of Education Meeting, Community Input Sought

June 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         Friday, June 12, 2015          . . . read more

What a Hoot! DC West Elementary Raises Dollars - Hoops for Heart!

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | May 19, 2015

DC West Elementary Kids Dunk a Teacher for Good Cause What a hoot! DC West Elementary students raised over $9404 dollars for the American Heart Association for a cause called "Hoops for Heart." On Monday, May 18th . . . read more

High Dollar Scholarship Amounts Awarded to Graduating Seniors!

Susan Stern, Communications Consultant | May 18, 2015

DC West Graduating Seniors Earn 1.8 Million Scholarships The DC West Community School Board reported that over 1.8 (m) million in scholarships were awarded to Douglas County West High School graduating seniors' Class of 2015! . . . read more

Minor Storms Halt 5th & 6th Grade Track & Field Day

May 18, 2015

(Valley, NE)  --  A minor storm rolled through Valley on Friday, May 15th halting 5th and 6th Grade Track & Field Day. Students participated for less than an hour before heading into the gym to wait it out. . . . read more

5th & 6th Grade Track & Field Day Friday, May 15th | Pack Lunch

May 14, 2015

Track & Field Day Friday Pack a sack lunch & water bottle. Wear running shoes. Track and Field Day is Friday (tomorrow) May 15th for 5th and 6th graders, weather permitting. Here's all the info parents/guardians . . . read more

Record High Turnout! DC West Preschool Open House & Registration

May 13, 2015

A Success | DC West Preschool Open House Event! By Susan Stern --  Record high turnout. DC West Preschool teachers have reported, referring to the Spring Early Childhood Education Center Open House & Registration held on . . . read more

8th Graders Honored for Excellence

May 8, 2015

By Susan Stern Congratulations DC West 8th graders Elizabeth Hernandez, Blake Hutton and Ty Eggen!  All three were selected by their teachers to become downtown Omaha Rotary Club Honor Roll recipients from a class of . . . read more

Preschool Open House | Friday May 8th!

May 8, 2015

DC West Preschool Open House Friday, May 8th DC West Early Education Center | Preschool Class 2015 DC West Preschool CALL 402-779-2646 Location:  800 N. Front Street, Waterloo, . . . read more

Throw Up Your Hat, Per Se | Graduation Day Nears, Hooray

May 8, 2015

  High School Graduation is Sunday, May 10th at 2 p.m. in the high school gym . Fifty-four seniors . . . read more

BREAKING NEWS - DC West Falcons Post-Dispatch

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Calendar Note: Last Day of School Thursday, May 21st

April 23, 2015

DC West Middle School | April 2015 Thursday, May 21st is the last day of school for students and May 22nd for . . . read more

DC Middle School 8th Graders Toured UNO | Talked College

April 23, 2015

DC West 8th Graders Toured UNO | Talked College   . . . read more

DC West Goes Mobile | Download APP

April 23, 2015

  DC West Community Schools is proud to announce the release of a mobile application for android cell phones & tablets, iPhones, iPads and the like.    . . . read more

DC West Preschool Open House Friday, May 8th

April 23, 2015

DC West Preschool Open House Friday, May 8th DC West Early Education Center | Preschool Class 2015 DC West Preschool CALL 402-779-2646 Location:  800 N. Front . . . read more

DC West Summer Athletic Camp Forms Due Today | Friday May 8th

April 23, 2015

 View Summer Camp Schedule Print Registration Form     K-8th grade Athletic Summer Camps Deadline to hand in signed form is Friday, May 8th! Pay with e-funds read more

Exercise Balls Pop Up In 2nd Grade Classroom

April 23, 2015

  DC West Elementary - Mrs  Lyndsy Listenberger 2nd grade classroom . . . read more

Extra. Extra. Read DC West Community Schools Calendar Noteworthy Events!

April 23, 2015

View Here | Calendar of Notewort hy Upcoming Events !                   read more

Students Taking Standardized Tests

April 23, 2015

Students Taking Standardized Tests       By Susan Stern --  (Valley & Waterloo, NE) . . . read more

Teachers & Students Engaged | DC West's Digital District Developing

April 23, 2015

  Computer Time | DC West Elementary By Susan . . . read more

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