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Life in the WDMCS 4/13/15

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.

Clive Elementary

Clive Elementary kindergarten students plant sunflower seeds for a science unit every spring. The students learned the parts of a flower and what flowers need to grow. The hands-on science unit helped students learn responsibility skills as they learned how to grow a flower. The students observed, watered, and wrote about their flowers weekly, and will take them home to give to their mothers for Mother’s Day.

Crestview Elementary

Seventeen fifth-grade Crestview Elementary students participated in the grade-level Math Bowl. Students had to solve 25 problem-solving questions accurately on a white board. Amanda Fowler, Benjamin Mann, Meredith Reiker, Natalie Thomas, Jasmyn Tran, and Lincoln Whitaker correctly solved the most problems and will move on to represent Crestview at the district Math Bowl in May.

The Crestview participants were Daniel Carillo, Angel Carpenter, Savana Carpenter, Grace Derouin, Maddie Dobesh, Cael Elmore, Derek Frommelt, Zoe Givant, Van Hlawn, Khen Par, Sui Par, and Zing Sung. Two sixth-grade students who are native Spanish-speakers, Kevin Alvarado and Oscar De Avila, assisted at the competition.

Western Hills Elementary

Western Hills Elementary fifth-graders have been learning about the westward movement in U.S. history. Each class visited Living History Farms to learn what it was like to live on a farm and attend a one-room schoolhouse. They completed traditional school lessons and household chores. Each student dressed in traditional pioneer clothing and packed authentic lunches for the trip. In preparation for their next unit, on the Civil War, the students visited the State Historical Building for the “The Civil War Ends” program on April 10. Students participated in various breakout sessions about the Underground Railroad, flags and music of the time period, visits with Civil War re-enactors, and Iowa connections to the Civil War.