Community Education News

Summer Strings

written by Caroline Havekost, Community Relations Intern

Students participated in orchestra rehearsals, musicianship classes (including ear training and theory), and sectional rehearsals during their time at WDMCS Community Education’s Summer of Learning Music Program – Summer Strings. This program was an intensive study of orchestra music and listening skills. The class ended with a concert at Adventureland Park (pictured below). The program was taught by Matt Meyer, Curtis Barr, Abby Crisp, and Anne-Marie Webster.

 

Art Adventures Press Release

written by Caroline Havekost, Community Relations Intern

IMG_4998WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – WDMCS Community Education’s Summer of Learning is offering Art Adventures for students entering grades one through three, and grades four through seven.  Students will get creative while exploring a variety of materials, techniques, and artists. The program is offered in the mornings, afternoons, or full days.

Students entering grades first through third have the opportunity to learn from a variety of art mediums and inspiration from a multitude of famous artists. Each day a new art adventure awaits the students, whether it is underwater, in space, at the “zoo”, or at a farm.  The students have the opportunity to create different projects in the morning and afternoon sessions. This program is taught by Karen Kehoe at Fairmeadows Elementary. This session is full.

Students in grades four through seven have the opportunity to get inspired by famous artists and their artwork.  The class will start by looking at a famous artist and studying their work. Then the students will use what they have learned to create artwork of their own. Students will have a chance to explore with different types of media and work in different techniques for each lesson. Multiple projects will be created at each session and students will explore different projects in the morning and afternoon sessions. This program is taught by Erica Jaramillo at Crossroads Park Elementary.

Registration for grades four through seven is still open and can be found at http://www.wdmcs.org/commed/programs/youth/summer-of-learning/art-adventures/ or call (515) 633- 5001 for more information.

71 Children Taught Safety

written by Caroline Havekost, Community Relations Intern

This week marked the first and second sessions of the WDMCS Community Education Summer of Learning program, Safety Town. This week a total of 71 children went through and successfully completed the program at Hillside Elementary. The children learned about safety around strangers, fire, water, traffic, buses, and poison. Students also received the opportunity to experience the Safety Town village, and take a field trip to the West Des Moines police and fire stations.

Registration is still open for session three, June 17-21 from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., and session six, June 24-28, from 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  To register please go to www.wdmcs.org/commed/programs/youth/summer-of-learning/safety-town/ or call (515) 633-5001.

Show Choir Press Release

written by Caroline Havekost, Community Relations Intern

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WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – WDMCS Community Education is offering a show choir camp for both beginner and experienced students entering grades six, seven, and eight.  The beginners’ camp is designed to be a first-time show choir experience and will be appropriate for any student entering sixth or seventh grade.

Over a one-week period, students will learn a three-song set with appropriate choreography to match.  The singing aspect of the camp will focus on singing in unison and two part harmonies, as well as proper vocal technique.  The choreography will focus on learning large-group choreography and executing it, while singing at the same time.  Participants will present a free concert to family and friends on the final day of camp, Friday, June 21.

The experienced show choir camp is designed for students entering grades seven and eight who have had some experience singing in an organized chorus, with no dance experience required.  Students will also learn a three-song set with fun, appropriate choreography.  The singing aspect of this camp will focus on singing in two-three+ part harmonies, as well as proper vocal technique.  The choreography will focus on learning both large and small group choreography, and executing it, while singing at the same time.  Students will also present a free concert on the final day of camp, Friday, June 28.

For more information on dates, times, and locations and to register for either show choir camp, please visit http://www.wdmcs.org/commed/programs/youth/summer-of-learning/show-choir/, or call (515) 633-5007.

Kids in the Kitchen Press Release

written by Caroline Havekost, Community Relations Intern

comed_kids_in_the_kitchenWEST DES MOINES, IOWA – WDMCS Community Education is offering fun and creative program for students entering grades fifth through eighth.  Kids in the Kitchen is an instructional cooking class taught by Peri Halma.  The class will work on accurately measuring ingredients, following recipes, cooking a variety of delicious treats, and making a simple meal.  The program is offered in two sessions, the first from June 24-27 at Indian Hills Junior High, and the second from July 15-18 at Stilwell Junior High.

Registration is now open and can be found at http://www.wdmcs.org/commed/programs/youth/summer-of-learning/kids-in-the-kitchen/ or call (515) 633-5021 for more information.

Music Programs Press Release

written by Caroline Havekost, Community Relations Intern

comed_music_programs_orchestraWEST DES MOINES, IOWA – West Des Moines Community Education Department is offering several music programs this summer for students in fifth grade and above who are interested in advancing their skills.  Programs range in date and time, to accommodate more students.

Band bash is for students entering grades six through twelve.  This program provides an opportunity for instrumental music students to develop important skills to be members of elementary, junior high, and Valley High School band.  The program includes private lessons, as well as rehearsal band, with a concert to be held July 25.  Students will also have the opportunity to visit Adventureland to perform and enjoy the park.  This program is taught by Jon Lewis and Greg Simmons.

Summer Jazz Jam Workshop is for those students entering grades seven through nine who wish to learn how to play jazz, focusing on blues, swing, Latin and rock styles.  This program is four days long with an informal concert for parents, family, and friends on the last day.  This workshop is taught by Greg Simmons and guest teachers.

The third program, Summer Strings, is for those students entering fifth through ninth grade.  Private lessons and orchestra practice are offered to students.  The goal of private lessons is to help string students grow in their skills and prepare for more advanced study.  The lessons are taught by Curtis Barr and Joyce Payer.  Orchestra allows students to participate in rehearsals, musicianship classes (including ear training and theory), and sectional rehearsals.  This is an intensive study of orchestra music and listening skills.  The orchestra students will hold a concert at Adventureland on June 21.  The orchestra is taught by Matt Meyer, Curtis Barr, Abby Crisp, and Anne-Marie Webster.

Registration is now open for all of these programs.  For more information on specific dates, times, and locations please visit http://www.wdmcs.org/commed/programs/youth/summer-of-learning-/music-programs/#jazz-jam or call (515) 633-5001.

A WDMCS Tradition

written by Jess Lieb, Youth Programmer

ced_safety_townSafety Town is celebrating its 38th year in West Des Moines! The program has been teaching pre-kindergarteners about safety since 1975 and we are hearing from more and more parents that they took Safety Town when they were little!

Though the world has changed a lot in the last thirty-eight years, Safety Town is continuing to evolve and offer up-to-date safety awareness information and preventative practices to young children. This year we’ve teamed with the Hannah Geneser Foundation to offer information about window safety, and we will continue to cover safety around strangers, fire, water, buses, traffic, and poison. Children will also have an opportunity to learn through experiences in the Safety Town village, a field trip to the West Des Moines Police and Fire Departments, and various classroom activities.

Sign your child up today and carry on the Safety Town tradition!