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Life in the WDMCS 5/27/2016

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 Learning Academy
Clive Learning Academy sixth-graders hosted the annual Duane Brown Fun and Be Fit Day on Thursday, May 26. Students in preschool through fifth-grade were able to participate in stations from tug of war to sponge relays and flag tag during the active day.

Students at Clive Learning Academy explored the language, art, and culture of Mexico in Spanish class as they celebrated Cinco de Mayo with Sra. Gallentine.  Clive Learning Academy first-graders learned to introduce themselves and talk about their ages before making festive sombreros.

Clive Learning Academy students and teachers celebrated Earth Day by creating a collaborative sculpture with the help of visiting artists Pam Dennis and Ryk Weiss. Made of willow branches, recycled paper, yarn, metal, and cloth, the sculpture will soon decorate a hallway in the school.

Clive Learning Academy fourth-graders brought artifacts from their countries (Bosnia and Mexico) to collaboratively build this display for fellow learners to see. Ethnic clothing, books, money, and jewelry is on display in the main hallway and enjoyed by all.

Crestview School of Inquiry
Shelly Reed Thieman, a published poet from Des Moines, recently spoke with three classes of fourth-grade students at Crestview School of Inquiry about the haiku poetry form. She shared its history and the writing process and provided examples. Thieman also helped learners enjoy writing, rewriting, and collaborating. The students were able to share their haiku poems with her and each other.

Fairmeadows Elementary
Fairmeadows Elementary students Andrew Frizzell, Anthony Ellis, Steffen Poulsen, Andrew Croft, Gabby Thompson, Addy Kastli, Luke Hickling were recognized for the outstanding essays they wrote for the American Legion Flag Essay Contest. Rick Hammen, commander from West Des Moines American Legion Post #620, presented the awards and recognized fifth-grade teacher FNAME Wolcott as Post #620’s Teacher of the Year.

Hillside Elementary
Third- graders at Hillside Elementary visited Blank Park Zoo in conjunction with their Australian unit. They learned about animals of the Australian outback and what the animals eat and do to survive. Hands-on learning and real-life experiences helped solidify this unit’s learning in their curious minds.

Jordan Creek Elementary
Fifth-graders at Jordan Creek toured the Iowa State Capitol building. They learned about the history of the building and the variety of materials used to build it. They also made connections with their study of government as they visited the House and Senate chambers and even walked the nearly 100 steps to view the top of the dome. It was a fun way to learn more about the state government and Iowa’s history.

An all-school papier–mâché unit is wrapping up at Jordan Creek ElementaryStudents in grades 1-6 created their own personal instrument from mainly recycled and repurposed supplies like newspapers, toothpicks, beds, and starch. The art pieces were modeled from real musical instruments, and the students were able to connect the instruments to their curriculum.

Stilwell Junior High
Seventh-grade New Tech students at Stilwell Junior High recently redesigned classrooms to improve student learning. They learned about area and perimeter while redesigning the spaces. This problem-based learning project included measuring the available spaces, creating blueprints, and presenting designs to the classroom’s teacher. The teachers then picked the best redesign of their room to use as a guide for remodeling the room.

Stilwell Junior High drama students visited Hillside Elementary kindergartners and told stories with puppets, costumes, and props.