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Life in the WDMCS 03/23/15

Life in the WDMCS is a weekly feature that highlights what is happening at each of our buildings. If a school is not listed, there was no submission from that building this week.

Crestview Elementary

Fifth-grade student Ellen Stetson and sixth-grade student Vironika Khanna finished reading all of the 2014-15 Iowa Children’s Choice Award books. Stetson’s favorite ICCA book was “Hiss-s-s-s!” by Eric A. Kimmel, and Vironika liked “The Ghost of Graylock” by Dan Poblocki. Both students are avid readers, and Vironika is now reading “The List” by Siobhan Vivian. Ellen has moved on to “The 13th Reality” series by James Dashner. Crestview Elementary and other schools throughout the WDMCS and Iowa will vote for their favorite ICCA book during the week of March 23. They will also be voting on their favorite Goldfinch Award book (for K-3 readers) and Iowa Teen Award book.

Crossroads Park Elementary

The Crossroads Park Elementary Cool CREWs (Crossroads Respects Everyone Welcome) groups tied more than 50 fleece blankets for young patients at Blank Children’s Hospital. Laura Nailor, Crossroads Park ESL teacher, helped organize the activity, which was led by the Crossroads Park student council. All students were encouraged to donate materials for the project.

Jordan Creek Elementary

Jordan Creek’s sixth-grade band students performed at the solo festival at Hillside Elementary in February. All nineteen Jordan Creek students received the highest 1+ rating. Abby Ehrle, Lauren Graff, Kaci Kopf and Aditi Tripathy perfomed on flute; Abby Feldman played oboe; Makayla Houston and Michele Zhang completed on clarinet; Veda Amalakar and Zachary Smith played percussion; Braden Edwards, Joshua Nichol, Bryan Stewart and Sophie Vratsinas performed on alto saxophone; Marshall White and Jeremy Rye played trumpet; Sam Harper played trombone; and Neal Marlett competed on euphonium.

Abby Feldman, Sam Harper and Jeremy Rye were also selected to participate in the Sixth-Grade Metro Honor Band at St. Francis of Assisi School on Feb. 10. About one hundred sixth-grade students from more than twelve metro schools were selected to rehearse together for the day before presenting an evening concert.

The sixth-grade band students will combine with Western Hills Elementary and Hillside Elementary band students to create the Southside Band for their last concert of the year on April 14. All sixth-grade band students also auditioned for the All-District Sixth-Grade Honor Band, which will begin rehearsals at the end of April.

The Jordan Creek Elementary fifth-grade band students presented a holiday “YouTube” concert for their December performance. Parents and all other fifth-grade Jordan Creek students attended the concert. The group is now preparing for a concert in May with the Western Hills fifth-grade band. Each student is working to complete “Band All-Stars” studies by the May concert.

Read Across America Week also took place March 2-6, and Jordan Creek celebrated with different themes each day. Many students dressed as Thing 1 and Thing 2 for Twin Day and got to pose with the Cat in the Hat.