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Calendar of Events

September 6 -- Labor Day.  No classes in any Polk County school.

September 14 -- Annual School Elections

Polk County Schools have scheduled fall parent/teacher conferences.  Be sure to check with your school for its schedule of dates and times for your child.

October 13-14
-- Des Moines Schools Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 18-21 -- Southeast Polk Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 25-29 -- Ankeny Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 9 and November 11 -- Saydel Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 11 and November 18 -- Johnston Parent/Teacher Conferences
February 16 and February 17 -- Bondurant-Farrar Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences to be scheduled by individual buildings at Urbandale and West Des Moines Schools.  Also check with North Polk and Polk County private schools for their conference schedules.


SUCCESS -- This school-based youth services program is predicated on the belief that students are best served when their social, emotional, and behavioral needs are met as well as their academic needs.  It is offered year-round on a prenatal to age 21 basis, is available in 31 Des Moines schools (15 elementary, 10 middle schools, five high schools, and Scavo Campus.)
Contact your child's school or visit the SUCCESS website.

Student Assistance Program (SAP) --
The SAP of Employee & Family Resources offers students, parents and school personnel assistance to help them work through a wide range of concerns and problems that interfere with daily living.  Families with a student in a primary or secondary school district or college in Polk County might be eligible to receive SAP services at no cost.  Call 244-6090 to determine eligibility.

Cornerstone Recovery --  Cornerstone is a licensed mental health facility that specializes in working with mental health and substance abuse issues, serving both males and females between the ages 12-18. Cornerstone is located between Des Moines and Ankeny.  Services include residential, outpatient, day treatment and aftercare.  For more information, call 515-289-2272  or visit

JEL (Just Eliminate Lies ) -- The Iowa Legislature, when creating the Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control, stressed the importance of youth involvement in reducing tobacco use among young people in Iowa.  Organized in 2000, JEL's goals are to change the general social attitude toward tobacco use, raise awareness through education, create effective counter-marketing, protect the rights of all Iowans from secondhand smoke, and support cessation among the young tobacco user so they quit or never begin using tobacco.

This newsletter is made possible by a  Safe & Drug Free Communities grant funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.