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.
We are pleased to announce that Nathan Ballagh has been approved as the new Westridge Elementary principal. Mr. Ballagh will begin his duties on July 1, 2015.
We are excited to have Mr. Ballagh as a member of our administrative team and the educational leader at Westridge Elementary School.
He is currently working at the Southeast Polk School district, where he has served for 11 years as an educator and administrator; most recently as junior high school administrator.
Mr. Ballagh earned bachelor’s degrees in history and education and a master’s degree in preK-12 principalship from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). He is continuing his post-graduate at UNI, working to obtain his superintendent’s license.
WDMCS Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy presented the recommendation to the WDMCS Board of Education at its May 11 meeting. For more information on school board meetings, please visit http://bit.ly/WDMCSBoardInfo.
Fourth-graders at Westridge Elementary have just completed a wonderful trip to Russia. They packed their suitcases, applied for passports, and boarded the plane for their two-week journey through this cold country. The students learned about Russian tourism, culture, geography, literature, animals, and history, and have done lots of great research. The highlights include learning about the Russian czars and making czar crowns, reading Baba Yaga fairy tales, touring the beautiful cities of Russia, and painting Russian Faberge eggs. According to Julia Krob from 4A, “Learning about the culture of Russia was very interesting. What I thought was really American was actually Russian.” Matt Schmalz from 4B feels that “Russia is very cool because it has lots of onion domes in architecture.” Ethan Rosendahl from 4C also enjoyed Russian culture. He liked learning about St. Basils Cathedral because “we talked about Ivan the Terrible and the architects who built it.”
Westridge fourth-graders were granted money from the PTA to purchase playground balls as part of an ELP project.
Westridge fourth-grader Tyler Emanuel noticed a shortage of playground balls in the pod bins this fall. Wondering if there was a way to get more balls for students to play with at recess, Tyler decided to make this quest the focus of an Extended Learning Program (ELP) project. His fellow classmates were excited by his presentation and joined him in making a funding request to the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at a Jan. 16 meeting. The group did an excellent job and the students’ request for the purchase of 54 playground balls and four pumps was approved by the PTA. After the meeting, ELP teacher Nancy Foley guided the group through the ball selection process and the students developed a plan to help ensure that the new equipment is properly maintained. The students will distribute the new playground balls to the kindergarten through sixth-grade classrooms in early February.