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Fourth Graders Learn About Prairie Life

Jordan Creek fourth graders recently enjoyed a day at Red Feather Prairie by Saylorville Lake. The naturalists from Polk County Conservation led the group in a variety of activities to teach students about the plants and animals found on the prairie, and how the Native Americans and early pioneers experienced prairie life. They saw first-hand some of the most common prairie grasses in Iowa, Big Blue Stem and Indian Grass. They enjoyed going on an insect hunt and playing the Thicket Game. Fourth graders also learned about animals that live on the prairie, including animals that no longer live in Iowa, such as the bison and wolf. They learned how the Native Americans used every part of the bison, even the buffalo “chips.” One of the favorite activities was working with a small group to build a tipi, and then sitting inside an actual tipi. Even though Red Feather Prairie is small, 173 acres, it gave us a good idea of how Iowa once looked when our state was once part of the Tall Grass Prairie.

Polk County Naturalist Patrice Petersen-Keys shows Jordan Creek fourth graders a wolf skin during a recent trip to Red Feather Prairie.

Polk County Naturalist Patrice Petersen-Keys shows Jordan Creek fourth graders a wolf skin during a recent trip to Red Feather Prairie.

Jordan Creek fourth graders Grayson Earle, Mallory Kitt, Jacey Jones, Maddy Baumann, Ryan Kuennen, and Ryan Foust enjoy a trip to Red Feather Prairie, learning about plants and animals found on the prairie.

Jordan Creek fourth graders Grayson Earle, Mallory Kitt, Jacey Jones, Maddy Baumann, Ryan Kuennen, and Ryan Foust enjoy a trip to Red Feather Prairie, learning about plants and animals found on the prairie.

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Teachers Collaborate in Monarch Project

Crestview’s Spanish teacher Tammy Dann, 2nd grade teacher Tonya McCarville and the school librarian Ann Reynolds collaborated to raise and launch 10 Monarch butterflies this fall. With handmade screen covered tomato cages in McCarville’s classroom and a hallway display case, students watched the caterpillars munch on milkweed, spin their chrysalis’ and transform into butterflies. Senora Dann utilized the opportunity to discuss the process in Spanish and students of all grades watched the daily progress between classes in the hallway display. Students of various grades saw these delicate creatures take their first flight over the course of several weeks’ time.

Crestview students learned about the life cycle of Monarch butterflies and recently released 10 butterflies they had cared for.

Crestview students learned about the life cycle of Monarch butterflies and recently released 10 butterflies they had cared for.

Crestview students learned about the life cycle of Monarch butterflies and recently released 10 butterflies they had cared for.

Crestview students learned about the life cycle of Monarch butterflies and recently released 10 butterflies they had cared for.

Crestview students learned about the life cycle of Monarch butterflies and recently released 10 butterflies they had cared for.

Crestview students learned about the life cycle of Monarch butterflies and recently released 10 butterflies they had cared for.

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ELL Potluck Brings Families Together

The fourth annual Clive English Language Learner (ELL) Potluck was held recently for families and staff. Families were able to meet other Clive families that speak additional languages other than English and share some delicious foods. Over 175 people were in attendance. There was time to informally meet and talk with temporary principal, Dr. Diebel, many of Clive’s teachers, Clive’s PTO representatives and resource people from our community: DMACC ( adult ESL classes); Evelyn K. Davis; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Unity Point; West Des Moines Human Services; Hispanic Educational Resources; and district representatives. The student winner of a MP 4 Multimedia Player was Maryan Said. It was a great time where staff and families were able to meet, talk, and share dinner together in a relaxed atmosphere.

The fourth annual Clive English Language Learner (ELL) Potluck was held recently for families and staff. Families were able to meet other Clive families that speak additional languages other than English and share some delicious foods.

The fourth annual Clive English Language Learner (ELL) Potluck was held recently for families and staff. Families were able to meet other Clive families that speak additional languages other than English and share some delicious foods.

The fourth annual Clive English Language Learner (ELL) Potluck was held recently for families and staff. Families were able to meet other Clive families that speak additional languages other than English and share some delicious foods.

The fourth annual Clive English Language Learner (ELL) Potluck was held recently for families and staff. Families were able to meet other Clive families that speak additional languages other than English and share some delicious foods.

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Back to School Night Videos

Our wonderful teachers have recorded their Back to School Night presentations!

Kindergarten, Miss Boruff – http://goo.gl/cSdnBI

Kindergarten, Mrs. Cheeley & Mrs. Miller – http://goo.gl/0yI1V2

First Grade – http://goo.gl/F3EMQH

Second Grade, Miss Kirk – http://goo.gl/YUo4Si

Second Grade, Ms. Rothfus – http://goo.gl/7oOKE7

Third Grade – http://goo.gl/UOF8TH

Fourth Grade – http://goo.gl/yY8ehk

Fifth Grade – http://goo.gl/9vhYv9

Sixth Grade – http://goo.gl/ZWMyc2

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Jordan Creek Students Help Lead Class for Teachers

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Positive Team Concepts in Physical Education

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.

Jordan Creek fourth grader Rylie Lewis discovered her wheelchair was an advantage is a recent physical education class. She helped “tow” her fellow teammates during a “river crossing’ team activity.

Jordan Creek fourth grader Rylie Lewis discovered her wheelchair was an advantage is a recent physical education class. She helped “tow” her fellow teammates during a “river crossing’ team activity.

Jordan Creek students try to conquer the “Great Wall of Jordan Creek” in physical education class.

Jordan Creek students try to conquer the “Great Wall of Jordan Creek” in physical education class.

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Students Share Artwork with Community

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.

Sunflowers painted by First Grade students at Hillside Elementary are on display through September at Barnes and Noble.

Sunflowers painted by First Grade students at Hillside Elementary are on display through September at Barnes and Noble.

 

Artwork by 5th grade students at Hillside Elementary is on display at the Café at Barnes and Noble through the month of September as part of their gallery show.

Artwork by 5th grade students at Hillside Elementary is on display at the Café at Barnes and Noble through the month of September as part of their gallery show.

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Clubs/Activities Hold First Meetings

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.

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