News from the Woods

Welcome to Woodland Hills!

Welcome to Woodland Hills! We’re so excited about the start of this new school year and partnering with you in your child’s education. I believe it is the relationships formed and collaboration between the students, families, and staff that make a building special. I look forward to playing a role in fostering a learning environment conducive to high levels of learning at Woodland Hills.

We have several new students and families joining us this year as well as many returning students and families. I’m excited that you are at Woodland Hills, and I look forward to meeting or reconnecting with all of you!

Also new this school year, we are officially starting our Leader in Me journey with students! At Woodland Hills, we strongly believe that all students have leadership skills. The Leader in Me is an innovative, school-wide model that emphasizes a culture of student empowerment and helps unleash each child’s full potential. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People will be integrated into our current school traditions, systems, curriculum and culture, and work in close connection with our school-wide PBIS, guidance, and classroom curriculum. It is our goal for teachers and students to internalize the timeless leadership principles that nurture skills students need for success in the 21st century.

Mrs. Taggart and I are looking forward to another great year focused on learning for all students! The staff at Woodland Hills is dedicated to providing a quality education and a caring environment, and we’re proud to have a team of amazing teachers!

Please read below for reminders about traffic flow during arrival and dismissal. We appreciate your cooperation with these procedures and helping us keep students safe!


Mr. Shumaker, Principal

Arrival/Dismissal Reminders

There are two options for parents dropping off or picking up children at school.

First, you may park your vehicle in the parking lot and use the crosswalk at the main entrance to escort your child to or from your vehicle.

  • Children may not be in the parking lot without being accompanied by an adult.

  • Children will not be allowed to walk by themselves to your vehicle, but will remain on the sidewalk until you walk across for them. Please use the crossing guard at the main entrance.

Second, you may access the parent drop off/pick up lane.

  • Cars will be directed to pull forward to drop off/pick up students toward the front of the line as cars exit the drop off/pick up lane. This will keep traffic moving forward.

  • Parents in the pick up lane must stay in their vehicles.

  • Please do not pull in front of other cars or form a double lane by the curb to drop off/pick up students.

Please do not wait on 95th Street to access the parent drop off/pick up lane. If the parent drop off/ pick up lane exceeds the school property, please:

  1. Park in the school parking lot and use the crosswalk to accompany your child to and from your vehicle.

  2. Park in the school parking lot until you have an opportunity to pull in the parent drop off/ pick up lane.

Please be patient, the process is an efficient process when the procedures are followed.  It typically takes ten minutes or less to safely dismiss roughly 600+ Woodland Hills students. These procedures have been put in place to increase the safety of all children!

Curriculum Night — Tuesday, September 4

Curriculum Night is Tuesday, September 4 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This is a PARENTS only evening designed to provide more specific information about your child’s classroom and instruction. The schedule is as follows:

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm      Kindergarten & First Grade (presentations in each classroom)

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm      Related Arts (presentations in the library)

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm      Second & Third Grade (presentations in each classroom)

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm      Fourth & Fifth Grade (presentations in each classroom)

Raptor Visitor System

The Waukee Community School District uses a visitor management system called Raptor. This system will allow each school building to screen all visitors entering the building against sexual offender registries in all 50 states and establish a consistent sign-in process across the district.

All visitors must report to the main office upon arrival to the school. We will scan a driver’s license (or other government issued ID) and print a visitor badge. The visitor must also sign out of the office when they leave the building. The ONLY information kept in the screener is: first name, last name, and date of birth. Thank you for your help!

Attention: While you are in the building the evening of Tuesday, September 4, please feel free to stop by the office with your Photo ID and get scanned into our Raptor visitor system. This can significantly expedite the process of signing in on days when many parents are visiting school at the same time.

Picture Day

Mark your calendar! Picture Day is Friday, September 7. Look for more information on your child’s picture day order form that is coming home today. Visit to order pictures online — Woodland Hills Picture Day ID is: BN108516Q0

Volunteering/Visiting Woodland Hills

We welcome visitors and volunteers at Woodland Hills! Please feel free to join your child for lunch or volunteer any time except for the first two weeks of the school year.

To make every reasonable effort to provide a safe learning environment for our students, all prospective volunteers must complete an online volunteer form.  The form is found here online volunteer form.  It takes about 5 minutes to complete and must be completed before you can volunteer in any of Waukee CSD’s buildings.

A call/note to the teacher is appreciated so that schedules may be coordinated. Please do not expect a conference with your child’s teacher when class is in session. We discourage student’s siblings from visiting school with parents, as their presence becomes a distraction to learning.

Woodland Hills Party Dates

Fall: October 25 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Winter: December 21 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Valentine’s: February 15 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Fine Arts Dates

3rd Grade: December 13 @ High School 6:00 pm

4th Grade: January 31 @ High School 6:00 pm

2nd Grade: February 19 @ Woodland Hills TBA

1st Grade: April 4 @ Woodland Hills TBA

Kindergarten: May 2 @ Woodland Hills TBA

5th Grade: May 13 @ High School 6:00 pm

Waukee Elementary Student Handbook

The Waukee Elementary Student Handbook can be found on the district website at  Choose “Students and Parents” from the toolbar, then scroll down to “Handbook & Policies”.

Student Sign In/Sign Out

If your child must leave during the day due to an appointment, because he or she is ill, or for any other reason, please come to the office and sign him/her out.  We will call your child’s room and have him/her come to the office to meet you.

If your child comes back to school following an appointment, we ask that you sign him/her in at the office. Your child will be issued a pass from the secretary in order to return to their class. These safety and bookkeeping procedures will ensure that we have an accurate accounting of each of our students.

We thank you for your cooperation in this most important matter.

Party Invitations

It is the policy of the District that we cannot give out address or phone numbers of our students for any reason, including birthday party invitations.   It also our policy that party invitations may not be distributed at school. We also do not address or send out invitations for you. Please consult the Waukee student handbook.  It is available on the district website at .

Flowers /Balloons

Please do not have flowers or balloons delivered to school for your child.  We consider each moment of instructional time to be very precious and will not disrupt class for deliveries.  If delivered at school, they will not be given to your child until dismissal time. Please consult the Waukee student handbook.  It is available on the district website at .

Lost and Found

The Woodland Hills Lost and Found can be found outside the recess doors. Woodland Hills quickly accumulates a large quantity of jackets, coats, sweatshirts, hats, gloves and lunch boxes. Please check the Lost and Found area often. Twice a year – at Winter Break and Spring Break, anything not claimed is donated to a charitable organization.

Federal Title 1 – Parent Notification

Parents and Guardians:  Federal education legislation provides Title I funds to Woodland Hills Elementary School.  As a result of this legislation, you have the right to information regarding the qualifications of your child’s teacher, including: state licensure status, special endorsements for grade level/subject areas taught, and baccalaureate/graduate certification/degree.

Parents/guardians may request this information from the District Office by calling (515) 987-5161, or by sending a letter of request to Waukee Community School District, 560 SE University Avenue, Waukee, IA 50263.  Please contact Cindi McDonald, Superintendent, if you have any questions regarding this information.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Waukee Community School District has a policy designed to assure parents and students the full implementation, protection and enjoyment of their right under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.  A copy of the District’s policy is available for review in the office of the principal of all of our schools. This law requires the school district to designate as “directory information” any personally identifiable information taken from a student’s educational records prior to making such information available to the public.  The school district has designated the following information as directory information: Student’s name, participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; degrees and awards received. You have the right to refuse the designation of directory information with respect to your student  provided that you notify the school district in writing no later than September 15 of this school year. If you desire to make such a refusal, please visit the Waukee web site at .   Once there, choose ”New to Waukee”.  Next choose “Student and Parents” from the toolbar.  Then scroll down to “Forms”. Complete the FERPA form and return it to school by September 14.  If you have no objections to the use of student information, you do not need to take any action.


PTO Meetings

The PTO is looking forward to a great 2018 – 2019 school year.  Our first meeting will be held on Monday, September 10 at 6:30 pm in the Library.  At this meeting you will learn what our PTO does and how you can get involved in the various committees if you choose to. You are welcome to come to one or all PTO Meetings. It’s a great chance to get to know your school principal better, meet other parents, and get involved with your school. We hope you can join us!

Run for the Hills

The PTO is getting ready for our fifth annual Run for the Hills Fun Run. It will take place on Friday, October 5.  This will be our only fundraiser for the year. Packets and more information will be sent home with students on Friday, September 14.

We are currently looking for Fun Run sponsors. For a $300 contribution, the PTO will promote your company on the back of approximately 700 T-Shirts for students and staff, and on our Run for the Hills website. Deadline to be included is August 31. If interested, please email Gigi Nelson at or Briget  Johnson

Classroom Coordinators

Teachers are currently looking for classroom coordinators to help plan the 3 seasonal parties we have each year.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in this position.

If you have questions, please email the PTO at

Please “like” us on Facebook for lots of great Woodland Hills information:  Woodland Hills Elementary PTO – Waukee

560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701