Want to learn how to create your own comic book or graphic novel? This hands-on class uses demonstration and lots of hands-on training to teach the basics of the entire creative process. This process includes concept, page layout, various pencil and ink techniques, as well as digital art. Class taught by Will Richer.
Mondays, 11/30-12/14 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., $42. Valley Southwoods Freshman High School, Room 254, #ADV09.
The Leonard Bernstein Center in New York has awarded Hillside Elementary School the Legacy School Award for its implementation of the Center’s Artful Learning approach for nearly 12 years.
Patrick Bolek, lead artful learning trainer, presented the award to Principal Dr. Robert Davis at the May 11 meeting of the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education. The school and its approach to learning was the feature of the School Board’s workshop that night.
Artful Learning is a school improvement model of the Leonard Bernstein Center. American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein’s vision was to use music and the other fine and performing arts as a means of instilling a lifelong love of learning in students. Artful Learning embeds the arts within the learning process through a carefully researched, concept-based, interdisciplinary model that has proven to increase comprehension in students as well as improve academic achievement
Hillside has used the Artful Learning model longer than any school in Iowa.
Hillside kindergartners expand their understanding of numbers with calendars, charts, clocks and more.
The kindergartners at Hillside Elementary were excited to get back to school and our daily routine. The start of a new year and many changes on the calendar present a great time to further our students’ understanding of numbers into the double digits using the calendar and the hundreds chart. We will also extend our exploration of numbers to the clock, reinforcing numbers to 12, counting by fives, and beginning concepts of telling time. January and February are always months of great growth in academic understanding for kindergartners. With routines established and behaviors developed, young children are open to new challenges and eagerly make connections across the curriculum. We are all excited to move into the next phase of our school year and anticipate a very productive 2015.
Reports of the flu are on the rise statewide as West Des Moines Community School District students return to class this week. Parents and caregivers are being reminded of the warning signs of influenza in children and precautions that will help keep the virus from spreading at school and also at home.
The Iowa Department of Public Health reports that the number of cases in Iowa has increased since students left for winter break. The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May.
Our school nurses are staying updated about this season’s illness and are monitoring reports. They are available to help your child if he or she becomes ill at school. Nurses will notify you if your child needs to be released from school.
Teachers and staff members also help prevent the spread of illness by teaching and reminding students about good hand-washing and cough-hygiene practices. You can help us by reinforcing these practices at home. These include:
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
In addition, our custodial staff disinfects phones, doorknobs and light switches daily.
Knowing the signs of the flu – or influenza – is important. Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
Fever of 100 degrees or higher* or feeling feverish/chills
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
If your child does become ill, the Iowa Department of Public Health recommends that you should consult your child’s doctor and children should stay home from school. Children should be fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT the help of fever-reducing medicines before returning to school.
Most healthy people recover from the flu without complications. However, some cases may become severe. Emergency warning signs that children need urgent medical attention include:
Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Not waking up or not interacting
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Fever with a rash
Working together, we can help keep students healthy and ready to learn. Below is additional information and resources about the flu that may be helpful.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school nurse or building principals.
Hillside first-grade ELL students did some baking. They enjoyed making candy pretzels using pretzels, Hershey kisses and M&Ms. Not only did they learn how to make a fun and easy treat, but they learned some new vocabulary that they are not exposed to every day.
Hillside first-grade ELL students show off their finished pretzel candies.
Hillside first-grade ELL students finish off their pretzel candies by pushing M&Ms into the warm chocolate kisses.
Hillside first-grade ELL students unwrap Hershey kisses to put in the middle of their candy pretzels.