District News

Perrigo to be Recommended as Associate Principal of Valley

staff_Perrigo_2014The West Des Moines Community Schools announces that David Perrigo will be recommended for appointment as associate principal of Valley High School. Perrigo will begin his duties on July 15.

“We are very excited to have Mr. Perrigo join us at Valley High School,” said Valley Principal Tim Miller. “His educational experiences and knowledge will serve him well as he assists us in striving for the continuous improvement we all are working towards within our school community.”

Perrigo is currently the middle school and high school principal at Collins-Maxwell Community Schools where he served for a year. Prior to his position at Collins-Maxwell, he had worked at Edmunds Elementary in the Des Moines Public Schools since 2007 as dean of students for four years and principal for two years.

He has experience in the WDMCS as a teacher in the Four Oaks Alternative School for the 2006-07 school year. He was also an at-risk coordinator at South O’Brien Community Schools and an elementary physical education teacher at Sergeant Bluff-Luton.   Perrigo brings a breadth of coaching experience, coaching boys and girls basketball, football and golf throughout his career.

He received his master’s degree in educational leadership from Viterbo University in 2010 and his bachelor’s degree in K-12 physical education/health education from Northwestern College in 2002.

Current Valley High School Associate Principal Robert Boley announced his resignation in June to become principal at Woodward-Granger High School.

WDMCS Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy will present the recommendation to the WDMCS Board of Education at its July 14 meeting.
Information on school board meetings.

West Des Moines Top 10 Best Small Cities for Education

news_wrparentchildWest Des Moines has been named as one of the Top Ten Best Small Cities for Education in America by the real estate blog Movoto.org.

“This city was at the very top in the way of high school graduation rate…. and they did so with test scores that ranked eight out of 10. Not bad for our only Iowa representative in the top 10,” according to writer Laura Allan.

According to the site, overall the city had “very positive scores that indicate a great educational environment.”

To see the full list and to learn more about Movotog.org criteria, visit www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/best-small-cities-for-education/

 

New Students Can Register All Summer Long

staff_lrc_ZuberJ.jpgHi, I’m Joy Zuber, District Registrar for West Des Moines Community Schools.  I take care of registering all new students to the district in kindergarten through grade 12.  You may call to make an appointment or just stop by my office at the Learning Resource Center to start the registration process for your student.

Please remember to bring residency verification, birth certificate and immunizations.  Even though there are new family registrations dates in August, I am able to start registering your student once you can provide residency verification.

Start the Registration Process Now

Don’t Let Summer Be a Bummer – June 30

Summer is a fun time for students with camps, summer jobs, vacations and spending time with friends. But summer can also be a dangerous time as it is generally when authorities see increased alcohol and illegal substance abuse by teens.

Don’t Let Summer Be a Bummer! Employee and Family Resources (EFR), in partnership with Valley High School, is hosting a community forum to discuss ways to help keep kids safe during the summer months. Join us Monday, June 30 from 7-8 p.m.

Join EFR and Valley staff in the Valley Media Center to learn how to “Not Let Summer Be a Bummer,” a  free event featuring Kathi Berry, mother to a victim of drunk driving, along with a panel of professionals to discuss ways to help young people make safe and healthy decisions and reduce underage drinking in the community.

High school students are welcome to attend with their parents or guardians as it will be a very informative evening.

Life in the WDMCS 6/2/2014

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.

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West Des Moines School’s Nutrition Department will be providing free meals to children under the age of 18 this summer! Every day, a hot and cold lunch option is available as well as a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, arrangements can be made to have infant formula, baby cereal and baby food available for children under the age of one if requested in advance. This summer, meals will be served at six different sites Monday through Friday beginning Monday, June 9 and running every week until Friday, August 8. All sites will be closed Friday, July 4.

  • Crestview Elementary – Breakfast from 7:45-8:15 a.m. and lunch from 11-11:45 a.m.
  • Hillside Elementary – Breakfast from 7;45-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11-11:45 a.m.
  • Valley High School – Breakfast from 8-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:15 a.m.-noon
  • Phenix Elementary – Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • American Legion Park – Lunch from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Rex Mathes School – Lunch from noon-12:30 p.m.

There are no income requirements or registration necessary. Any child under age 18 is welcome to come eat. For more information, contact the West Des Moines Community School’s Nutrition department at 515-633-5085 or check the West Des Moines School’s homepage for updates at www.wdmcs.org. Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like West Des Moines Schools, to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. For more information about the national Summer Food Service Program, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer.

Clive Elementary

On Wednesday, May 28, the Clive Elementary ISPIN committee held the fourth annual Summers Rock! event on the Clive School playground. This year was bigger and better than ever with lots of food, family, and fun, including a dunk tank where several teachers and principal Brandon Pierce took the plunge. Lion’s Club members came and cheerfully served sweet icy snow cones, and the Windsor Heights Foundation popped up some fabulous popcorn. Also there to help us celebrate were the Windsor Heights Fire Department, Windsor Heights YMCA, Urbandale Library, and Monkey Joes! Face painting and student work displays made the crowd very happy. Topping it all off with some cheese and sour cream was our principal partner in this event, Windsor Heights HyVee, who donated most of the ingredients for the fabulous walking tacos that everyone enjoyed! A huge thank you to all who participated in this awesome event celebrating our year of learning at Clive!

Crestview Elementary

On May 18, Valley Junction hosted their annual Spring Art Market.  Art work from Crestview students and other students in the West Des Moines Community Schools was on display. Regional artists and craftspeople had their booths located up and down 5th Street in the heart of Historic Valley Junction.  Musical entertainment was also part of the festivities.  Children’s art activities and artists’ demonstrations took place throughout the day. It was a beautiful day and so much fun to see student artwork alongside the many booths of professional artists and craftspeople. Crestview’s proud participants included: Melisa Mehmedovic, Avery Davenport, Ariyana Cao, Christian Redemann, Jacie Davenport and Myah Woltz.  Congratulations!

The Crestview Elementary Library will be open to Crestview students and their families on Tuesday nights from 5-7 p.m. throughout the summer. A light supper will be provided along with guest musicians on June 10 and 24, July 8 and 22 and Aug. 5.

Crestview Gives Back was inspired by Camryn Storbeck’s zest for life. Camryn’s first grade teacher, Michelle Dodd, spoke on behalf of her classmates and teachers, dedicating a newly planted red bud tree in Camryn’s name. All the children blew bubbles in celebration of her life. Throughout the afternoon, Clive civic leaders and servants along with Crestview staff and community members donated blood. A fire truck, ambulance and police cars were displayed for children to see and learn about. Donated clothes and household items were given to Crestview families. The Windsor Heights HyVee provided supper and Princesses from Little Princess Parties stopped in to “chat it up” with school children. Crestview strings played in the cafe while families shopped the bake sale. Special thanks to Nurse Jacobson and her committee for putting on this community wide event in memory of Camryn Storbeck and to the entire Storbeck family for their support in doing so.

Hillside Elementary

First graders at Hillside are ending the year by competing in the Amazing Race.  Over two days 15 teams  competed in 20 challenges that covered what students have learned since first grade began in August.  Challenges included the Attribute Train Game, Fluent in First Grade, More than a Pretty Pattern,  Whose Number is It Anyway, and many more events in math, science, social studies, and reading as well as specials like PE and music.  During the race students faced road blocks, speed bumps, and detours which involved completing additional challenges.  In math students added the team totals and graphed the results.  The Race was a great way for students to use the information they had learned in first grade, build teamwork, and have fun.

Jordan Creek Elementary

The Tiger Cub preschool classes as Jordan Creek Elementary have been busy finishing up the school year.  The classes traveled to the Raccoon River Nature Center to learn about insects and other little critters.  The afternoon classes were able to go to the Blank Park Zoo for the last field trip of the school year!  Each class had a wonderful end of the year classroom party where they enjoyed snacks and a slide show of the year in pictures with their families.

Westridge Elementary

Kindergartners at Westridge Elementary had a great time showing their parents all the hard work they completed in their first year of school at the Kindergarten Portfolio Breakfast. Parents were invited to enjoy breakfast as their student showed them all of the art and school work they compiled into their kindergarten portfolios.

Phenix Holds Open House June 4

phenix2Phenix Early Childhood Center will hold an open house on Wednesday, June 4 from 3-6 p.m. to honor the building’s 75 years as a school. The current structure was built in 1939 and was at one time the only elementary school in West Des Moines. It currently serves students in kindergarten through third grade.

Families, alumni and community members are invited to take a look back at the building’s history through displays and a self-guided tour of the school. There also will be refreshments and children’s activities. The Phenix Parent Faculty Club will be selling t-shirts to raise funds for a newly established scholarship to assist a Phenix student in continuing his or her education after high school.

This is the building’s last year as a school due to recent budget reductions and it is currently for sale by the school district. For more information on Phenix Early Childhood Center, please visit:

Phenix Early Childhood Center

Life in the WDMCS 5/27/14

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.

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West Des Moines School’s Nutrition Department will be providing free meals to children under the age of 18 this summer! Every day, a hot and cold lunch option is available as well as a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, arrangements can be made to have infant formula, baby cereal and baby food available for children under the age of one if requested in advance. This summer, meals will be served at six different sites Monday through Friday beginning Monday, June 8 and running every week until Friday, August 9. All sites will be closed Friday, July 4.

  • Crestview Elementary – Breakfast from 7:45-8:15 a.m. and lunch from 11-11:45 a.m.
  • Hillside Elementary – Breakfast from 7;45-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11-11:45 a.m.
  • Valley High School – Breakfast from 8-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:15 a.m.-noon
  • Phenix Elementary – Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • American Legion Park – Lunch from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Rex Mathes School – Lunch from noon-12:30 p.m.

There are no income requirements or registration necessary. Any child under age 18 is welcome to come eat. For more information, contact the West Des Moines Community School’s Nutrition department at 515-633-5085 or check the West Des Moines School’s homepage for updates at www.wdmcs.org. Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like West Des Moines Schools, to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. For more information about the national Summer Food Service Program, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer.

Clive Elementary

Special Education students at Clive Elementary are gearing up for a trip to Adventureland.  In preparation, the students have been working on a variety of activities and skills that will allow their trip to not only be fun, but meaningful at the same time.  The students have been focusing on skills including: patience, cooperation, safety, and teamwork.  Along with a variety of social skills activities, the students have also been working on applying their knowledge of money to real-life spending situations.  The students are looking forward to not only riding rides and playing games, but also building on skills they have been practicing all year.

Crossroads Park Elementary

Third graders from Crossroads Park recently took their annual trip to Farm Bureau, their business partner.   After the short ride to the Farm Bureau headquarters on University Avenue in West Des Moines, students met up with the groundskeeper.  He showed them around the FB property, including a visit to the volunteer garden that was begun this year, with all the vegetables harvested to be donated to the local food bank.  After that they observed the prairie plantings located on the property and were told about some of the native plants that would have been in Iowa in the time of the Native Americans.  From there students went to the flower beds on the properties, and each took turns planting impatiens and begonias.   After each of the students got to plant, a walk was taken around the lake on the Farm Bureau property to get some exercise and see the sights in nature.  All students and their families are invited to come back to see the flowers as they grow and walk around the lake anytime!

Jordan Creek Elementary

The first graders in Lynn Hunt’s class are writing about old and new friends.  They have been rechecking the 175 sight words for first graders and most of them are confidently reading all 175! They are having the most fun preparing for their Reading Celebration next week.  It is so enjoyable hearing the readers use expression. They are also going to the computer lab to practice writing skills regularly and play math games when they have time.  One of their students brought in an ant farm. What a busy colony! It is a great example of the four things every habitat needs for animals to survive.  The students are patiently waiting for their praying mantis egg sac to hatch. Some warm sunshine is needed to encourage them to come out.

Second grade students at Jordan Creek are currently studying the country of Japan.  Through this study, students are learning about the geography, and the about the people and their customs.  Students learn to eat with chopsticks and learn about their food and holidays.  They spent time discussing the schools and education in Japan, as well the literature. They studied the sports and arts of Japan, and finally, students compared and contrasted living in the United States to living in Japan.  The students will complete a picture scrapbook with their comparisons.

A string ensemble of fifth and sixth grade students from Jordan Creek Elementary, led by director Matt Meyer, performed for veterans and staff in the lobby of the main hospital at the Central Iowa VA Health Care System on May 21.  The ensemble included Caroline Ash (viola), Wyatt Eiler (cello), Dorothy Junginger (viola), Sarah Norwood (violin), Kevin Qi (cello) and Andrew Voggesser (bass).

Stilwell Junior High

Stilwell Junior High Team I met to learn about Valley Southwoods as they transition to freshman status in the fall.  Ninth graders Piper Wood and Quinton Curry, gave their advice about high school and answered the students’ questions.  After that the team held a Celebration Assembly by focusing on those with outstanding participation in school activities, honoring readers who read more than English teacher Kay Woods and applauding those students who made the team A and B Honor Rolls for third quarter. Those students receiving Academic Recognition for their school work on Team I are as follows:  Rachel Aksamit, Viridiana Alba, Caley Backstrom, Maria Barbosa, Maggie Baughman, Abigail Beal, Jedeh Bohn, David Bone, Tyler Bruinekool, Michael Bryan, Angela Cary,  Logan Castle, Natalie Cela-Quito,  Kaleb Dale, Preston Doerrfeld, Chloe Dreyer,  Cooper Earle, Alisson Espinoza, Bethany Evans, Drew Falco, Sydney Fisher, Ruby Fultz, Adamarys Gamboa,  Austin Graff, J. LeAnn Grandia, Kelcie Hale, Emma Haupert,  Deja Haynes, Matthew Hsieh,  Kameron Jirak, Nick Johnson, Jared Jones, J. J. Kapur, Mia Klaric, Kyle Koeller, Brenna Kokichi-Williamson, Grayson Leaders, Grace Lincoln, Joey McNunn, Jackson Miller,  Susanna Moore,  Hannah Olson, Alex Peterson, Riley Plummer, Katie Reha, Marisa Rethman, Ali Rudolf,  Noah Samples, Abigail Scott, Ben Spence, Ryan Starner, Hannah Taylor, Devon Tedder, Jack Tellner, Elliot Thornton, Nash Willham, Carly Wyble, Jennifer Yanqui and Eloysa Zarate.

Stilwell Junior High Team I students took a trip to Mitigwa, participated in team building activities and survival strategies such as shelter building and fire building. They learned about map orienteering and compass reading as well. Several Mitigiwa volunteers shared information on pioneering, blacksmithing, buck skinning, and much, much more!

Valley High School

Valley High School drama teacher Stacy Hansen gave her technical theatre students a peek at what a career in theatre might be like when they gave their second semester portfolio project presentations to theatre professionals from the metro area. Each student selected a script and designed the lighting, set and costume components.  Additionally, they created the marketing, property and sound designs for each individual play. The presentations were judged on delivery, summary of the play, analytical explanation of their choices and creativity of their production concept. Judges for this year included Beenie Stein, Assistant Attorney General for Iowa; Nathan Ritz, Director of Talent for the Development Workforce Inclusion in the Youth Leadership Institute of Greater Des Moines; Ron Lambert, co-founder and former artistic director of StageWest, former board member and president of the Iowa Community Theatre Association; Janie Westendorf, owner of Curtains Up Costumes in Sigourney; Ryan VanEvery, WOI commerical director; Suzy McLellan, publisher; Denis Hildreth, Central Academy instructor; Emily Kimpston, Valley alum currently attending Iowa State University; Jocelyn Coffman, Valley alum currently attending the University of Iowa; Spencer Gilbert, Valley alum currently attending the University of Iowa; Ben Weinberg, Valley alum currently attending Drake University; Tracy Edwards, WDMCS substitute teacher; and Caitlin Edwards, Valley alum currently attending the University of Iowa.

VHS Students Sweep Video Contest

L to R: Karen Jones (Unity Point Health), Tory DeVries (VHS art teacher), Andrew Dickerson, Hanna Anderson, Tara Efobi, Cameron Cooper, Izzy Templeton, Joe Anderson, Jessica Lacroix (Unity Point Health)

L to R: Karen Jones (Unity Point Health), Tory DeVries (VHS art teacher), Andrew Dickerson, Hanna Anderson, Tara Efobi, Cameron Cooper, Izzy Templeton, Joe Anderson, Jessica Lacroix (Unity Point Health)

Students at Valley High School placed first, second and third in the UnityPoint Health Teen Video Challenge to create a 90-second public service announcement on distracted driving.

The team of senior Cameron Cooper, senior Tara Efobi and junior Hanna Anderson won the competition and will have the opportunity to work with UnityPoint marketing staff to re-shoot their video and create a billboard for the company’s new One Second campaign which will focus on distracted driving and how one second can change your life.

The video will appear on Unity Point’s website and social media as well as be used in training.

1st Place – Cameron Cooper, Tara Efobi and Hanna Anderson
2nd Place – Andrew Dickerson
3rd Place – Izzy Templeton, Alex Elmitt and Talia Torpy
Honorable Mention – Joe Anderson; Braze Nolin and Admir Djedovic

Nominate Someone for the Susan Asklof Award Today!

Who in the WDMCS has been your source of enthusiasm and inspiration for well-being? Let others know how special this person is by nominating them for the 2013-2014 Susan Asklof Enthusiasm Award.

Here’s how:

  • Fill out the Susan Asklof Award Nomination Form>> http://ow.ly/vfoG7
  • Complete the form and return it to Julie Lundy at the LRC by Friday, May 30.

Since the award’s inception in 1991, it has been a testament to all of the quality individuals who have blessed, influenced and encouraged students, families and colleagues in the West Des Moines School District. Please take the time to continue this tradition and nominate an individual in our district who deserves to be recognized.

Contact: Julie Lundy, WDMCS Community Education, 633-5006

Life in the WDMCS 5/19/14

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.

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The Valley Orchestra Guild will hold its annual Instrument Return/Rental Night on Tues., May 27 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Valley orchestra room. Students may re-evaluate, resize or re-rent their instruments. The cost to rent an instrument is $75 per year plus a $100 refundable deposit. If you have questions, please contact Michele Stevens at 710-4468.

West Des Moines School’s Nutrition Department will be providing free meals to children under the age of 18 this summer! Every day, a hot and cold lunch option is available as well as a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, arrangements can be made to have infant formula, baby cereal and baby food available for children under the age of one if requested in advance. This summer, meals will be served at six different sites Monday through Friday beginning Monday, June 8 and running every week until Friday, August 9. All sites will be closed Friday, July 4.

  • Crestview Elementary – Breakfast from 7:45-8:15 a.m. and lunch from 11-11:45 a.m.
  • Hillside Elementary – Breakfast from 7;45-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11-11:45 a.m.
  • Valley High School – Breakfast from 8-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:15 a.m.-noon
  • Phenix Elementary – Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • American Legion Park – Lunch from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Rex Mathes School – Lunch from noon-12:30 p.m.

There are no income requirements or registration necessary. Any child under age 18 is welcome to come eat. For more information, contact the West Des Moines Community School’s Nutrition department at 515-633-5085 or check the West Des Moines School’s homepage for updates at www.wdmcs.org. Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like West Des Moines Schools, to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. For more information about the national Summer Food Service Program, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer.

Clive Elementary

Once a month, kindergartners at Clive Elementary get together with their second grade reading buddies to read. The kindergarteners and second graders both love reading to their reading buddy, and the second graders are great reading role models to the younger students. Having the older children demonstrate their reading fluency and joy of reading is a great way to get the kindergarten students more interested in reading and advancing their reading skills. At the beginning of the year in the reading buddy program, the second graders start off doing all of the reading to their kindergarten buddy. As the year advances, and the kindergarteners become more proficient in reading, the second graders and kindergarteners will take turns reading to each other. We have also enjoyed the nice weather by reading outside in the grass, which the students greatly enjoy. The reading program is yet another way to teach the kids to love reading, and to show them just how fun reading can be.

Crestview Elementary

Twelve students represented Crestview Elementary at the district’s annual Spanish Quiz Bowl. This competition is for students who are not native Spanish speakers. Kids who are good at Spanish, work hard in class and demonstrate a good attitude were invited to go to the Spanish Quiz Bowl. These teams competed against teams from other schools around the district. The Crestview teams were fourth graders Benjamin Mann, Finn Nadel, Jasmyn Tran, Katie Stahl; fifth graders Payton Lombardi, Ericka Elston, Natalie Ulrich; and sixth graders Levi Butler, Nathaniel Thomas, Zerrick Gurley, Nate Willcockson. The sixth graders who are native Spanish speakers, work hard in class and have a good attitude were invited to help run the competition. Those students were Eric Paniagua and Stacey Sanchez.

Crestview Elementary will have Wellness Day on Friday, May 30. This day allows kids be involved in fun activities and also activities that help the students improve their health and well-being. Presenters include Hy-Vee Dieticians, Walnut Creek YMCA, Clive Fire and Police Departments, Clive Parks and Recreation, Zumba and many others. This is a fun and educational day for the students at Crestview. If you would like to volunteer to help, please email Mr. Amundson at amundsonc@wdmcs.org.

Fairmeadows Elementary

Staff and students at Fairmeadows are focusing on being people of good character. The staff at Fairmeadows chose students they felt were showing the pillars of character in all parts of the school day. These students showed the staff they are responsible, respectful, trustworthy, fair, caring and good citizens. Students received a special certificate, pencil, and have their picture taken for display. Students included for the month of May are: Taylor Harris, Isabelle Beargeon, Emma Foster- Kruger, Harlow Blaser, Casey Ross, Daltry Hughes, Aiden Maina, Valerie Medina, Maya Crncevic, Laiya Kha, Miranda Alba, Meadow White. Bryan Williams, Lily Johnson, Biahna Weigandt, Austin Allen, Dulce Macedo, Hayden Fenimore, Owen Frizzell, Nic VanArkel, Kaden Derry, Haley Auen, Neil Madigan, Tyler Anderson, Elliott Oleson, Ben Fess, Keeley Hill, Charile Givant, Logan Hodge, Emerson Drake, Will Rubach, Abby Whitson, Cam Lechtenberg, Diana Agirre, Mikelle Murdock, Aldin Odzakovic, Taylor Engleman, Liam Feeley, Laura Kipnusu, Samuel Hanson, Raelyn Acklin, Alex Broughton, Aubrie Dewes, Ethan Whitham, Sam Aung, Mary Deyva, Cream Ruangwet, Jonathan Rojas, Kassidy Grissom, Alex Ling, Kolbe Luinstra, Kaitlyn Miller, Aidan Drake, Dylan Majeres, Kayleigh Lewis and Josh Yencer. Congratulations!

Hillside Elementary

The district hosted its 31st Annual Math Bowl on May 8th at Indian Hills Jr. High. Each classroom teacher in grades 3-6 selected two students from their homeroom to participate in the event. Students are selected on their interest in math and math problem solving abilities. Marshall Jarnagin 6th grade and Kauai Cua 4th grade received a special award for placing in the TOP 10% in the district. The following students were selected to attend: William Adams, Faraja Mukome, Grant Gilmore, Cora Waterman, Ethan Joy, Shivam Sharma, Conner Franklin, Ty Betts, Kauai Cua, Olivia Stout, James Malcolm, Teghan Bennett, Taylor Coe, Ian Gaunt, Reagan Demmon, Henry Shires, Hannah Felsen, Maisy O’Hern, Mia Rand, Jake Reuss, Austin Jarnagin, Maya Williams, David Gaunt, Sayvion Hines, Avi Gedler, Caleb Crawford, Marshall Jarnagin, Clayton Adamson, Perla Reveles and Zak Fleischman.

Jordan Creek Elementary

Fifth grade students at Jordan Creek Elementary visited the Iowa State Capitol Building and the State Historical Building as a component of their social studies units. Students have studied the government systems and U.S. history throughout the year. While in the Capitol building, the students took guided tours and were able to sit in the court room, the representative and senate houses, climb to the top of the dome, and visit the library. Students were also met by Representative Trimble, who had previously visited the students in their school. Fifth graders also visited the Historical building and were able to make connections to the units they have studied throughout the year. Students saw Conestoga wagons, Civil War displays, a woolly mammoth, different regions in nature, as well as other displays. These fifth graders are finishing their U.S. history study as they year winds down. They are completing a pioneer simulation in social studies. Science units have them creating a project about the changing earth. They will be studying rocks and minerals as their last topic. Learning about pre-algebra concepts, measuring the area of circles, and determining volume of 3-D figures includes some of the math topics they are working on. They will be starting end of the year assessments soon. Students are also competing reading units, performing Reader’s Theatre plays, reading and writing poetry, and competing biographies. Art sketchbooks are also being completed as well as fitness testing. Students in class 5A recently said good bye to their student teacher and 5B had a Drake practicum teacher that finished her work with the students as well. Fifth grade band students toured and presented concerts at Jordan Creek, Westridge, and for their parents. They were also able to eat lunch at the mall after their performances.

Valley Southwoods

Valley Southwoods held its annual Tiger of the Month Recognition Breakfast to honor students who had been selected as a Tiger of the Month throughout the school year. VSW teachers and administrators collaborate to choose a candidate who contributes to VSW in a positive way each month. Students are selected for exhibiting a positive attitude towards learning; taking pride in their school work; being compassionate, cooperative, encouraging and inclusive of others; and making responsible choices. Students honored at the breakfast were Heather    Stout, Jordan Aguirre, Grace Worlie, Cassidy Potter, Hanna Bush, Osman Smajlovic, Aidan Morrow, Anna Crawford, Megan Maly, Carlos Perez, Jackson Gallentine, Hallie Lawyer, Samuel Galligan, Evan Westman, Jessica Studer, Shamicka Delerme, Emily Veatch, Cayden Codel, Cole Hahn, LaKendra Punteney, Sarah Friesth, Samuel Cox, Caleb Fox, Kaycie Tilton, Parker Jensen, Alyssa Danley, Hunter Schueler, Hannah Fuller, Alanna Maxwell, Quinton Curry, Anna Peterzalek, Ryan Hill, Kamden Lee, John Mahoney, Christopher Loyd, Kate Jaros, Abigail Kigin, Max Edmondson, Alyssa McKinney, Leila Hagan, Alexandra French, Grace Blazevich, Luke Bonner, Kade Kuehl, Ally de la Rosa, Julius Cooper, Jacob Bedia, Logan Maxwell, Brendan Roe, Sam Maudsley, Chase Stahl, Sonia Moorjani and Rachel Greene.

Valley High School

Valley High School doubled its donations from the previous year at the student council’s annual blood drive. Students and staff donated 107 pints of blood, saving 307 lives. Of the 156 individuals who signed up to donate, 123 were first time donors.

Valley senior Kyra Cooper was selected to receive a 2014-15 NSLI Youth Scholarship to study Arabic abroud in the summer of 2014. Her program will take place in Muscat, Oman, through the America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. The program emphasizes rapid language acquisition in a language immersion environment by combining in-class language instruction, a comprehensive cultural program and homestays. The NSLI Youth Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Government through the Bureau of Educatinoal and Cultural Affairs.