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Life in the WDMCS 03/09/15

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

Third-grade art students at Clive Elementary are studying architecture and design in their weekly art classes with teacher Alecia Eggers. They then used their new knowledge to create projects like painted skylines and craft stick structures. “I’m making a blueprint for my own house,” third-grader Roland Clouse said. “It’s kind of hard, but I’m learning a lot about blueprints.”

Clive Elementary second-graders are studying movement in the popular balance and motion unit. Students are observing objects as they balance, spin, and roll, and comparing the movements. Families are also being encouraged to explore the concepts at home with their students using household objects and toys.

Crossroads Park Elementary

Crossroads Park Elementary students dressed as their favorite book and movie characters for spirit week. The school was visited by pirates, Harry Potter, Olivia the Pig, and Pete the Cat, among others.

Crestview Elementary

Music teacher Ruth Dorr is teaching Crestview Elementary students to use movement to learn about music. Playing games and dancing help them to internalize the music skills they are learning in class, and give them a great opportunity to expend energy indoors during the winter months. First-graders are using puppets to improvise singing conversations, playing circle games, and learning rhythmic dances. Older students are playing games that involve advanced rhythms, extended scales, and improvisation.

The Crestview Elementary Tiger Choir attended the Valley High School Sweetheart Show on Feb. 12. The fifth- and sixth-grade students got to see performances from the Ignition and Choralation Valley show choirs, as well as performances by soloists, small groups, and other vocal ensembles. The students were excited to see older siblings and Crestview alums on stage. They used their inspiration to fuel a rehearsal for their own show, “Jazz in the Spring,” which was presented to parents and friends on March 3.

Students from Kirsten Garland’s class and Adam Nidey’s class at Crestview Elementary participated in the “Read to Me” program. Students visited the residents at the Deerfield and Walnut Ridge retirement communities and read their favorite picture books to residents. They also talked to them about the residents’ school experiences, learning from and connecting with people from a different generation.

Jordan Creek Elementary

Jordan Creek Elementary fourth-graders celebrated the history of Mardi Gras in the southeastern U.S. Students learned about the cultural background and traditions of the Mardi Gras festival and celebrated by decorating masks and sampling the traditional King’s Cake.

Jordan Creek Elementary first-grader Lucas Lettington, second-grader Joshua Myers, and third-graders Sonja Henderson, and Anna Eastin were all recently honored as Kids of Character at the all-school Character Counts caring assembly. The students all received a Principal’s Award and got to invite a friend to a “lunch bunch” with Principal Graham Jones and Assistant Principal Brian Vaughan.

The Jordan Creek String Quartet performed at the Central Iowa VA Hospital on Wednesday, March 4. The quartet’s members are fourth-grader Claire Gu (violin), sixth-grader Dorothy Junginger (viola), fifth-grader Nick Meyer (cello), and WDMCS orchestra teacher Matt Meyer (violin).

Valley High School

Valley High School students in Carol Engelmann’s advanced speech class performed readers theater-style speaking for classes at Fairmeadows, Crossroads, and Clive elementary schools this spring. The stories taught students about being nice, making new friends, and dealing with bullying.