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Life in the WDMCS 11/12/12

Life in the WDMCS is a new 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.

Westridge Elementary
Fourth graders at Westridge Elementary are beginning a Colonial architecture paper structures in art class, inspired from their studies of the southeast part of the United States. They will be making a symmetrical 3D paper Colonial house with key elements such as mullioned windows, dormers, columns and pediments. Students will make a blueprint in their sketchbook and then transform their design into a 3D sculpture.

Fifth grade students at Westridge have been working very hard in General Music class to develop a program in observance of Veteran’s Day that was performed at Camp Dodge November 9. The theme of this year’s program was entitled “Partners in Patriotism.” This was the 13th annual concert for the Veterans. The same program was presented again for students and parents at Westridge Elementary. Joe Padilla, a recreational therapist from the VA, brought several veterans from the VA to the Westridge concert. 

Stilwell Junior High
Stilwell football intramurals are underway. After three weeks of playing, we will have the playoffs on Monday, November 19 at Valley Stadium for our annual Turkey Bowl!

Stilwell students took time from their study halls to create handmade Veteran’s Day cards. These cards were distributed to local nursing homes and care centers. The Hy-Vee on Grand also handed the cards out to veterans during their free Veteran’s Day Breakfast. Stilwell is proud to recognize our Veteran’s with these cards.

Every month students who demonstrate the three cornerstones of Stilwell in their behavior are nominated by staff members to be featured in the Celebrating Stilwell Students program.  Students receive a coupon for a free lunch or a la carte menu item in addition to having their photo and accomplishments posted in the display case at school.  The cornerstones are:  do your best, do the right thing, and treat others with respect.  Students now being honored are Cheyenne Raney, Justin Jones, Delanee Morris, Courtney Graham, Joe Bernhard, Muhamed Stilic, Sam Rogers, Trinity Zynda, Bo Colosimo, Lucy Brown, Kyle Martens, Sam Miyazaki, Nick Johnson, Quinn Herbert and Trinity Bierl.

Walnut Creek
Connor Armstrong and Alyssa Ragner were honored for their contributions to our school and the community by the Des Moines area optimist clubs. They were given certificates of appreciation “in recognition of upholding the dignity of youth, for showing sincere devotion to the welfare of others, and for generous and unselfish contributions to society.

Clive Elementary
Nearly 70 students at Clive Elementary applied to be a part of the Student Council. By splitting these students into two subgroups, they will all have the opportunity to make Clive the best place it can be and help our local community. Student Council members are responsible for counting and organizing Box Tops for Education, having a dialogue about issues they see as important at our school and brainstorming how to resolve these issues, and helping the community with service projects. The first service project of the year will be to hold a winter clothing drive. We will be collecting hats, scarves, mittens/gloves, winter coats, snow pants, and snow boots from December 3-14. Collection boxes will be put in the school lobby so you can donate new or gently used items. Let’s pull together to help all the kids in our community be warm this winter!

Crossroads Park Elementary
Kindergartners at Crossroads Park Elementary visited Howell’s Pumpkin Patch in Cumming, picking pumpkins, feeding the goats and running in the play area. The theme for the month was pumpkins and the class had previously discussed how pumpkins grew and how they could be turned into food. The book of the week was “Pumpkins,” which discussed how the family worked together to grow the pumpkin and then how they turned it into soup. They made connections too, to the Howell family and how they worked together on their farm to grow pumpkins.

The kindergarten classes at Crossroads Park had a fantastic fall party. Students made crafts, decorated cookies, ate candy and went on a parade throughout the school. Parents were invited to join in the festivities and students wore their best costume. In KA, Sara Schmidt wore a Wonder Bread costume and her associate, Carolyn Shields was the baker. In KB, Lisa Tasler and her associate, Lynn Bleeker, were the coconut trees from the children’s book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.” In KC, Jennifer Waring wore her traditional, orange, “Good Witch” t-shirt and her associate, Tiffany Cooper wore a “this is my costume” t-shirt.

Jordan Creek Elementary
Preschoolers at Jordan Creek Elementary visit Howell’s Pumpkin Farm on a cool fall day. The kids had a great time exploring the pumpkins, climbing the hay stacks, playing in the corn pool and feeding the goats.

Phenix Elementary
Students at Phenix learned about the importance of Election Day and the rights and responsibilities of citizens who vote. Librarian Kristy Skoglund set up a mock election at the Phenix library, complete with ballots and voting booths. Her students were led in a discussion about ballots, candidates and the importance of voting. Students enjoyed learning about and participating in the election process. In Mary Johnson’s classroom, second graders watched a video about the history and importance of voting in America, and discussed why every vote counts. In Jessica George’s class, second graders worked on different voting activities to help them learn about what it means to be able to vote. All in all, Phenix students were eager to discover more about the voting process and make sure their vote counts!