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Summer Adventures in Learning 2015 Press Release

sail_press_release_2015WDMCS Community Education is offering a week-long program called Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) that offers refresher classes in reading, writing and math, as well as enrichment classes like chess, computers, art, science, and much more. This program is offered to grades 1–7. By offering four different class times throughout the day, SAIL gives students and parents the ability choose classes that not only fit their needs and interests, but their schedules as well. Students can take one or two classes, or attend the whole day by taking four classes and staying for lunch and recess.

Classes run 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., July 6–10, at Jordan Creek Elementary, 4105 Fuller Road, West Des Moines. Grades listed for each class indicate the grade students will be entering in the 2015-16 school year.

Creative Courses

Art 101, 12:30–1:55 p.m., grades 4–7

Students will gain inspiration from famous artists and their art, then create their own artwork. They will have the chance to explore different types of media and work with different techniques during each class.

Art Discoveries, 8:45–10:10 a.m., grades 2–3

This class will make art of every kind through many different mediums, from watercolor to papier-mâché to charcoal. Students will create original artwork from their own imaginations.

Art Exploration, 10:15–11:40 a.m., grades 3–5

Students will explore many different approaches to art while experimenting with a variety of art mediums, like charcoal, watercolors, and papier-mâché. The class will look at many different sources of inspirations and explore their own individual inspirations.

Art, Music and Movement, 8:45–10:10 a.m., grade 1

This class will experience a wide variety of activities while creating puppets, performing plays, building sculptures, and experimenting with paint and chalk. Students will also learn songs and dances to go along with them.

LEGO® Creations, grades 1–7

Students in this fun, creative class will create masterpieces based on popular children’s books. First, the class will listen to a popular book and then create a plan based on it. After getting creative with LEGO® bricks, students will share their creations with the entire class.

  • Grades 1–2 — 8:45–10:10 a.m.
  • Grades 5–7 — 10:15–11:40 a.m.
  • Grades 3–4 — 12:30–1:55 p.m.

Math Courses

Challenge Math, grades 2–5

This class makes math fun and challenging using games, puzzles, and new concepts. The class focus is on district benchmarks and standards.

  • Grades 2–3 — 10:15–11:40 a.m.
  • Grades 4–5 — 12:30–1:55 p.m.

Developmental Math, grades 2–7

This class will sharpen math skills learned throughout the school year with math games and activities that are grade-level appropriate. Students will refresh their skills using real-life applications, Everyday Math games, and different mathematical strategies.

  • Grades 4–5 — 8:45–10:10 a.m.
  • Grades 6–7 — 8:45–10:10 a.m.
  • Grades 2–3 — 10:15–11:40 a.m.

Everyday Math Games, grades 2–7

Students will spend time playing games to build math skills. Games are aligned and incorporated into the Everyday math curriculum and enforce concepts taught in the curriculum.

  • Grades 5–7— 10:15–11:40 a.m.
  • Grades 2–4 — 12:30–1:55 p.m.

Mega Math, 10:15–11:40 a.m., grade 1

Students will review kindergarten math concepts and prepare for first grade. Learn concepts like numeration, operations, patterns, and geometry through songs, games, and books.

Reading and Writing Courses

Reader’s Theater, grades 2–5

This class is a fun way to enhance students’ reading fluency, listening skills, confidence, and social skills. Students will perform different scripts and roles throughout the course.

  • Grades 4–5 — 8:45–10:10 a.m.
  • Grades 2–3 — 2–3:30 p.m.

Reading Adventures, 12:30–1:55 p.m., grades 2–3

Students will review reading strategies covered during the year and strengthen skills to prepare for next year through several hands-on activities.

Reading/Writing Strategies, 2–3:30 p.m., grades 4–5

This class will teach new strategies for reading content, improving writing skills, and solving reading problems. Students will work on reading various genres, guided reading activities, and writing in different styles.

Reading/Writing Success, 10:15–11:40 a.m., grades 6–7

This class will teach new strategies for reading content fluently, solving reading problems, and improving reading skills. Students will work on vocabulary, reading for meaning, and understanding the story and storytelling. Students will also learn about the full writing process and writing concepts like voice, word choice, and sentence fluency.

Seuss-cessful Writing, 2–3:30 p.m., grades 2–3

Students in the Seuss-cessful Writing class will read favorite Dr. Seuss books and complete creative reading, writing, and science activities that correlate with the books.

Sports Spectacular, 10:15–11:40 a.m., grades 2–4

This class will teach students about fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reader’s theater, and math story problems all about sports and teamwork. Students will be up and moving while participating in team-building activities and games throughout the course.

Science Courses

Camping Adventures, 8:45–10:10 a.m., grades 2–3

This class will learn about nocturnal animals like bats, owls, and fireflies through hands-on activities. They will also discover nature and the outdoors through various experiments.

Fun in the Sun, 12:30–1:55 p.m., grades 1–2

This class will encourage students to explore the summer season through water experiments and more. Students will develop their problem-solving skills while working together on hands-on experiments and having fun. The creative projects will use a variety of materials and can be shared at home.

Science Adventures, grades 2–7

Students will explore the world around them and learn how various things work the way they do. Using observational skills and creative investigations, this class will explore the science of the world we live in.

  • Grades 5–7 — 8:45–10:10 a.m.
  • Grades 2–4 — 10:15–11:40 a.m.

Super Duper Science, 12:30–1:55 p.m., grade 1

This class will explore the world of science by working with “gack.” Students will mix primary colors, make predictions and classify bugs.

Technology Courses

Computer Adventures, 10:15–11:40 a.m., grades 1–2

This class will sharpen students’ computer skills as they have fun drawing, writing and recording on the computer.  They will also discover fun, new sites on the Internet while inscreasing their technology skills.

Computer Coding & Programming, 12:30–1:55 p.m., grades 5–7

Students in this class will learn about the “Hour of Code” and many other opportunities to learn computer coding online. The class will experiment with the basics and teach students how to practice coding at home.

iPad Adventures, grades 1–7

Students who take this class will explore the iPad, while discovering fun, educational apps and learning new tricks!

  • Grades 1–3 — 12:30–1:55 p.m.
  • Grades 4–7 — 2–3:30 p.m.

PowerPoint Potential, 2–3:30 p.m., grades 4–7

This class will teach students to take homework, reports, and presentations to a new level that will dazzle teachers. Learn how to illustrate words with graphics and create animation in your presentations.

Technology Fun, 8:45–10:10 a.m., grades 3–4

Students will use computers for subjects like math, social studies, and language arts. They will learn programs like Kidspiration, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word, practice navigating the Internet and typing skills and read books online.

General Knowledge Courses

Camp First Grade Foundations, 2–3:30 p.m., grade 1

Students will enjoy a fun camp experience while focusing on first grade readiness skills. We will review kindergarten math concepts, reading, and writing through various activities, games, and songs. Students will leave camp prepared for their first-grade year.

Chess, grades 1–7

Chess is a fun way to develop strong critical-thinking skills. Students will learn the basics of the game, including strategy and play, from chess coach Ben Munson.

  • Session 1 — 8:45–10:10 a.m.
  • Session 2 — 10:15–11:40 a.m.

Sign Language, grades 1–7

Students in this class will explore a quiet and expressive way to communicate. They will learn the alphabet, basic vocabulary, simple phrases, and the basics of fingerspelling. The class will also sign to music and learn about Deaf culture.

  • Grades 4–7 — 12:30–1:55 p.m.
  • Grades 1–3 — 2–3:30 p.m.

Where Are We?, 2–3:30 p.m., grades 1–3

This class will teach students how to use maps and globes while studying where they are in the world. Students will also learn how to travel and how to read maps using a legend and cardinal directions. They will have the opportunity to make their own creative maps to take home.

For more information about SAIL, call 515-633-5001 or Click Here.

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“It will be celebrated…with pomp and parade…bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” — John Adams on July Fourth celebrations

The Fourth of July is this Saturday, and there are tons of great options for celebrating in Iowa. How will your family celebrate the day? Let us know on the WDMCS Community Education Facebook page.

Art Adventures 2015 Press Release

art_adventures_press_release_2015WDMCS Community Education’s Summer of Learning is offering Art Adventures for students entering grades 1–7.  Students will get creative while exploring a variety of materials, techniques and artists. The program is July 13–17 and is offered in the mornings, afternoons, or full days.

Students entering grades 1–3 have the opportunity to use a variety of art mediums and take inspiration from a multitude of famous artists. Each day, a new art adventure awaits the students, whether it is an underwater exploration, a “trip” to space, or a safari at the zoo. Students have the opportunity to create different projects, both 2-D and 3-D, in morning and afternoon sessions. This program is taught by Deb Flagg at Jordan Creek Elementary, 4105 Fuller Road, West Des Moines.

Students in grades 4–7 will get inspired by famous artists and their artwork. The class will start by looking at famous artists 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 experiment 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 2-D projects in the morning session and 3-D projects in the afternoon session. This program is taught by Erica Jaramillo at Crossroads Park Elementary, 1050 50th St., West Des Moines.

Registration is still open and can be found here. Call (515) 633-5001 or click here  for more information.