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Life in the WDMCS 1/14/13

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.

Crestview Elementary
Seven Crestview students have been selected to have their artwork displayed as a part of the Impact of Art XXIII show at the Des Moines Art Center.  These student works and those of other students from West Des Moines will be on display through January 31 in the education wing of the Art Center.  The students who will be representing Crestview are first grader Emina Fetic, second grader Hector Gonzalez, third grader Marina Mihura, fourth grader Shivani Annapureddy, fifth grader Ashley Tan, and sixth graders Alexa Nelson and Gabe Lockin. A reception will be held in their honor on Thursday, January 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the education wing.  Congratulations to these students on their excellent artwork and for being chosen for this special honor!

Jordan Creek Elementary
Seven students from Jordan Creek Elementary have been selected to have their artwork displayed as a part of the Impact of Art XXIII show at the Des Moines Art Center.  These student works and those of other students from West Des Moines will be on display through January 31 in the education wing of the Art Center.  The students who will be representing Jordan Creek are kindergartner Noah Fajen, first grader Caitlyn Flewellyn, second graders Kaeden Davidson and Kaylie Rye, third grader Lukas Eastin, fourth grader Gretchen Triplett and fifth grader Job Vander Weide. This is the 23rd year that the Des Moines Art Center and West Des Moines Public Schools have collaborated to bring this show to the community.  Students and their families, friends and community members are invited to a reception on Thursday, January 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. to enjoy the show, light refreshments, and celebrate with the featured artists.

Iowa State punter and former Valley athlete Kirby Van Der Kamp visited fifth graders at Jordan Creek Elementary last week.  Kirby talked with the students about growing up in West Des Moines and attending school at Westridge, Stilwell, VSW and Valley High School.  He shared about sports and other activities he participated in while attending high school.  Van Der Kamp also talked with the students about his schedule for classes and football practices at ISU.   He answered questions from the students and signed autographs.

Members of the Iowa State gymnastics team visited with students at Jordan Creek Elementary before winter break.  Team members read to first, fifth and sixth graders.  They also talked with the students about their backgrounds, practices and schedules in college. The athletes took time to answer questions from the students.

Jordan Creek third graders simulated a shopping experience as part of their math lesson. In this activity students choose items to purchase and use estimation skills to decide how much to pay the clerk. The clerk in turn calculates the total and counts back change. This is one of many recurring activities that help students develop real life skills.

Phenix Elementary
Seven Phenix students have been selected to have their artwork displayed as a part of the Impact of Art XXIII show at the Des Moines Art Center.  These student works and those of other students from West Des Moines will be on display through January 31 in the education wing of the Art Center.  The students who will be representing Phenix are first graders Alex Cooper and Dakota Wintersheid; second graders Aisha Abdirahman, Ellen Larson and Branin Quinones; and third grader Jacob Cooper. A reception will be held in their honor on Thursday, January 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the education wing.  Congratulations to these students on their excellent artwork and for being chosen for this special honor!

Western Hills Elementary
The second graders in Susan Buising’s class recently completed a science unit on oceans. They studied the ocean zones, located the five oceans on a map, experimented with ocean spills etc. The unit was extended into writing class by choosing an ocean animal to study. The sixth grade buddies helped create an ocean animal in 3D and place it in the correct ocean zone on a class bulletin board. The sixth graders also helped take notes on the ocean animal and get the second graders started on rough drafts for an ocean report. Once the reports were in their final form, the students typed them so they can be included in a class book.

Stilwell Junior High
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 Ashley Merkley, Chase Stahl, Zoe Rand, Brook Norwood, Emily Steimel, Hallie Lawyer, Luke Sales, Emily Veatch, David Bone, Ashley Christenson, Riley Weissinger, Natalie Seguro, Ellen Erickson, Jennifer Yanqui, and Matthew Hsieh.

Stilwell and Indian Hills are celebrating World Language Week this week with a daily costume theme. Winners from each day with be featured in the 2012-13 yearbook. The winners will be chosen on Friday during lunch by several classroom teachers.  The theme this year is Many Languages:  One United Voice.  Special tiger time activities and multi-lingual school announcements all week long will promote World Language Week at Stilwell.  All teachers, students and school personnel are encouraged to join in the celebration.

Valley High School
Valley’s Kerrigan Owens will be representing the state of Iowa at the national contest for Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy contest.  She was selected after accomplishing a win at district and state level competitions. The national competition will be held in Washington, D.C., in March.