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West Delaware Middle School


West Delaware Middle School

1101 Doctor St.
Manchester, Iowa 52057

Office Hours: 7:30 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Phone: 563-927-3515
Press 2 for Middle School
Fax: 563-927-9115

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Activities Director

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West Delaware Middle School

Hello Hawk Fans!

West Delaware is a great place to be! I am so excited to be on your team here in Manchester! Our staff is very dedicated and great to work with!

A little bit about myself. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1992 with a BA in Secondary Mathematics Education. My first teaching position was in Burlington, CO at the middle school where I taught 6-8 Math and Computer Science. After 3 years, my wife and I moved to Riverside, Iowa where I taught high school and middle school mathematics at Mid-Prairie. I was also the varsity wrestling coach at M-P. In 2004, I stepped away from teaching for 1 year, to accept a position at ACT, Inc. in Iowa City as a Mathematics Test Consultant and Classroom Advisor. The position at ACT reminded me how much I love being in the school system. So, in 2005, I accepted a position at Western Dubuque as the 7-12 Athletic Director. In 2011, I transferred to Drexler Middle/Intermediate School (in the Western Dubuque system) as the assistant principal. And now, I am fortunate enough to be starting my 2nd year at West Delaware Middle School!

I look forward to continuing to get to know all of the students and parents better, and am excited for school to start! To turn our attention to our school, one of our building goals this year focuses around “Building Relationships”. You should be hearing your students talking about PBIS and digital citizenship in support of this goal. Our second building goal focuses around “Challenging Academics”. With this goal, staff will be working on differentiated instruction and learning labs. Our 3rd goal focus is 21st Century Skills. Staff will be introducing cooperative learning strategies and activities to help obtain this goal. Three very good, and lofty goals, that were created by our building leadership team.

If you would like more information on any of this, please let me know. Thank you for all that you do! I am very excited to be here!

Go Hawks!
Doug Koerperich

WDMS Offers

Welcome to West Delaware Middle School housing approximately 450 students in the 5th through 8th grade. We have a dedicated team of teachers and support staff, committed to providing a focus on relationships, challenging academics, and 21st century skills. Our staff and students value the support of families, the dedication of our volunteers, and the resources provided by our community.

We are very proud to be a PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports) school. PBIS is a framework that is designed to enhance academic and social behavior outcomes for all students by (a) emphasizing the use of data for making decisions; and (b) organizing resources and systems to improve implementation (TA Center of Positive Behavior Supports).

It is our goal to provide a safe and effective learning environment that meets the needs of all middle school age students. These attributes include an education that is; (a) developmentally responsive, (b) challenging, (c) empowering, and (d) equitable.

WDMS Activities

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West Delaware Vision


Multiple individuals at all levels demonstrate respect, trust, and integrity while working interdependently toward our goals.

Strategic Objectives

  • By supporting and teaching positive student behavior
  • By supporting and teaching appropriate social interactions
  • By enhancing adult to adult connections and communications

Challenging Academics

Educators use effective instructional practices to actively engage students in diverse learning opportunities that require critical thinking and problem solving in real world contexts.

Strategic Objectives

  • By deepening knowledge of instructional strategies
  • By intensifying active student engagement in rigorous and relevant content learning
  • By strengthening systems of teacher to teacher support, including Professional Learning Community, teacher leadership system, and multi-tiered systems of support

21st Century Skills

Students will acquire competencies necessary for 21st century living by developing skills in the areas of civic life, health, finance, technology and career readiness.

Strategic Objectives

  • By creating learning experiences in a real world context
  • By developing and applying career readiness skills