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Life in the WDMCS 9/15/14

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

The Kindergarteners at Clive Elementary are off and running to a great school year!  They have learned so much about being safe, respectful, responsible and caring at school.  Kindergarteners have talked about three ways to read a book and have practiced read to self, A LOT!  This is what good reading looks like!

Crestview Elementary

It’s that time of year again!  We’re returning to school, filling out forms, and needing all sorts of information and papers. One place that collects a lot of your child’s information is the Nurse’s Office. Two of the most important pieces of information collected are your child’s immunization record and a yearly health update.  The immunization record is required by the State of Iowa and helps keep your child up to date with their immunizations.  It is very important to provide the nurse with your most recent immunizations and health information.  The health update form informs the nurse of important updates to your child’s health such as recent surgery, new allergies, new medications and more.  If you haven’t filled one out this year, please ask your school nurse for a form or find it at www.wdmcs.org/district/our-schools/registration/forms. Stop in and get to know your nurse!

Crossroads Park Elementary

The first Crossroads Park Tiger Council meeting was spent preparing the decorations for the school’s homecoming float. The students chose a jungle theme and had every child in the school trace and cut out their hand on a different color of construction paper to create the leaves for the jungle. Council members spent the morning putting them together and creating other decorations.

The Crossroads Park Fourth and Fifth Grade Book Club also held its first meeting of the school year. It is sponsored by the PTA and is held once a month on a Friday morning before school. At the meeting students made bookmarks, ate bagels and chose their first book to read, Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

 Hillside Elementary

Hillside Elementary students are sharing their artwork with the community.  Student artwork is being showcased at the Barnes and Noble on University Avenue in West Des Moines.  The first gallery show features fifth and first grade artwork. Fifth graders created abstract compositions inspired by the innovative work of the Italian futurist movement.  First grade artists painted expressive sunflowers like the artist Vincent Van Gogh. Featured artwork will be displayed through the month of September in the stores cafe and children’s section. Hillside art teacher, Pamela Ballard said, “We are really excited for the opportunity to have such a wonderful public display!  Congratulations to our artists for having their work selected.”

Students whose work is on display include fifth grade artists Teghan Bennett, Belinda Boafowah, Baillee Dawson. Talang DutTalang, Ian Gaunt, Lauren Jones, Norah Malfara ,Sophia Nelson, Madison Sandel, Olivia Stout, Jordyn  Reed and Zayah Williams; and first grade artists Annabelle Gallagher, Gabriel Hart, Audrina Jones, Ellie Logsdon, Sammy Mendoza-Vasquez, Eden Miller, Sofie Molina, Hayden Pottorff, Ariana Salcido and Addison Schnieders.

Jordan Creek Elementary

There is always something fun and exciting going on in the Jordan Creek Elementary Physical Education classes.  Over the past two weeks fourth through sixth grade students in Luis Suarez’ classes have been combining teamwork, problem solving and physical skills to complete some unique challenges.  Students must work together to solve such problems as “The Great Wall of Jordan Creek,” the “Earth ball,” the “Grand Canyon” and the “River Crossing.”  All of the challenges have some physical requirements such as balance, strength or flexibility.  Each challenge also requires teams to problem solve and work together as they would using the scientific method or solving for variables in math.  A large part of the focus centers on using positive encouragement, compliments and celebrating the team’s accomplishments.  It is a perfect opportunity to use the six pillars of Character Counts that are taught in all classes.  Parents were invited to come observe and many did, as did Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy, board member Milton Cole and various teachers from the building and the district.  Students also complete a summary which asks them what strengths, skills or qualities they bring to their team.  If they cannot think of one, their team members are quick to chime in and point out their talents.  During the River Crossing, team members are not allowed to touch the river of lava with any part of their body.  They have a scooter, a cone, a rubber ring and a rope to figure out how to get across.  Fourth grader Rylie Lewis, who is in a wheel chair, discovered this was a day she could use it to her advantage and became the “tow truck” for her team as they attached the rope to the scooter and she pulled them across the river.  One of the goals is to get off to a positive start and realize that all students are important to their team, their class and their community.  Most of the teams worked through the challenges and enjoyed the process.

Valley High School

Congratulations to the 2014 Homecoming Court: Moustafa Abdalla, Bailey Zoss, Sammy DeHaai, Samantha Danielson, Ali Baumann, Whitney Fuller, Keller Prien, Daniel Soto, Chase Koschmeder and Derek Pham. Mark your calendars for the Homecoming Parade, BBQ and Carnival beginning at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday. Friday’s football game with kick off at 7:30 p.m. with the King and Queen crowned at halftime. Stay tuned for fireworks after the game! Homecoming Activity Schedule