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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!

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Reading Skills Flourish in Kindergarten

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!

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Hillside Students Judge Valley Junction Art Show

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WCC Regatta

Walnut Creek Campus students and staff raced their cardboard boats in the WCC Regatta on August 22 at the West Des Moines City Campus pond. A brief shower could not dampen the fun and competitive spirit of the entrants. The winning boat was from Laura Brooks’ advisory. CJ Matthews’ advisory won for most creative design and Lisa Demuth’s advisory won for team spirit.

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PTO Works to Beautify School Grounds

Clive Elementary students and PTO members worked hard over the summer making some landscaping improvements on the school grounds.

Clive Elementary students and PTO members worked hard over the summer making some landscaping improvements on the school grounds.

Clive Elementary students and PTO members worked hard over the summer making some landscaping improvements on the school grounds.

Clive Elementary students and PTO members worked hard over the summer making some landscaping improvements on the school grounds.

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Crestview Students Start with Art

The school year started off in an artistic way for Crestview fifth graders, diving right into painting in art class.

The school year started off in an artistic way for Crestview fifth graders, diving right into painting in art class.

The school year started off in an artistic way for Crestview fifth graders, diving right into painting in art class.

The school year started off in an artistic way for Crestview fifth graders, diving right into painting in art class.

The school year started off in an artistic way for Crestview fifth graders, diving right into painting in art class.

The school year started off in an artistic way for Crestview fifth graders, diving right into painting in art class.

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Crossroads Park Helps Meals from the Heartland

Crossroads Park fifth graders give back to the community as the class participated in the Meals from the Heartland Packaging Event Aug. 28.

Crossroads Park fifth graders give back to the community as the class participated in the Meals from the Heartland Packaging Event Aug. 28.

Crossroads Park fifth graders Ava Hancock and Lourdes Moreno give back to the community as the class participated in the Meals from the Heartland Packaging Event Aug. 28.

Crossroads Park fifth graders Ava Hancock and Lourdes Moreno give back to the community as the class participated in the Meals from the Heartland Packaging Event Aug. 28.

Crossroads Park fifth graders Nathan Cooper and Julia Richards give back to the community as the class participated in the Meals from the Heartland Packaging Event Aug. 28.

Crossroads Park fifth graders Nathan Cooper and Julia Richards give back to the community as the class participated in the Meals from the Heartland Packaging Event Aug. 28.

Crossroads Park fifth graders Adam Wittey and Will Pixley give back to the community as the class participated in the Meals from the Heartland Packaging Event Aug. 28.

Crossroads Park fifth graders Adam Wittey and Will Pixley give back to the community as the class participated in the Meals from the Heartland Packaging Event Aug. 28.

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Recycling and Reviewing Our Way to Creativity

Students at Jordan Creek are busy reviewing and putting their tools, like the Elements of Art, in their tool buckets to prepare for another year of being fabulous artists. Students are beginning by reviewing line, shape and color in first and second grade in order to prepare for their work during the year ahead.  They will then begin creating their artworks, illustrating what they know about these Elements of Art that are the most basic building blocks of creativity.

Third through sixth grades are individualizing this year’s sketchbooks by customizing their covers using multimedia.  One of the opportunities they have during this time is an exploration station for papermaking with student teacher, Meghan Walck from the University of Northern Iowa with the supervision of veteran art teacher, Julie Martinez.  Students are recycling and reusing old scraps of paper from last year’s leftovers that have been sorted by color and are blending their way through the color wheel to make new, and fabulous, customized paper.  Some students may incorporate their handmade paper in their cover art for their sketchbook, while others may choose to use it as something to journal about or make another artwork from inside the sketchbook.

Jordan Creek second graders Emerson Nail, Ava Hall and Anjali Tripathy take their visual notes and learn how to draw a few new types of shapes with art teacher Julie Martinez.

Jordan Creek second graders Emerson Nail, Ava Hall and Anjali Tripathy take their visual notes and learn how to draw a few new types of shapes with art teacher Julie Martinez.

UNI student teacher Meghan Walck shows Jordan Creek fourth graders how to make paper from recycled paper scraps.

UNI student teacher Meghan Walck shows Jordan Creek fourth graders how to make paper from recycled paper scraps.

Grace Meyer, Drew Cooley and Ava Hall point out their knowledge of the color wheel and how they know that red and yellow make orange in the Jordan Creek art room.

Grace Meyer, Drew Cooley and Ava Hall point out their knowledge of the color wheel and how they know that red and yellow make orange in the Jordan Creek art room.

Jordan Creek second graders show what they know in a pre-assessment on shapes in art class.

Jordan Creek second graders show what they know in a pre-assessment on shapes in art class.

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Fifth Graders Work as a Team

Fifth grade students at Jordan Creek Elementary have been starting the year with more than just academics.  Students participated in team building activities at Valley Stadium the first week of school.  Teachers  Jeff Ver Helst, Adam Ponsor, Andrea Peters, and Jeri Daniels all planned activities for student participation.  All events required the students to work together and be supportive of each other in order to be successful.

Even though it was hot, the students completed the tasks and learned more about working together to be successful. Back in school the fifth graders are becoming familiar with their new schedules, routines and expectations.  They are discovering the new curriculum they will be studying this year, as well as making new friends.

Jordan Creek fifth grade students learn to pass the hoola hoop while not breaking the circle.  Teamwork and encouragement helped them be successful.

Jordan Creek fifth grade students learn to pass the hoola hoop while not breaking the circle. Teamwork and encouragement helped them be successful.

Jordan Creek fifth grade students learn to pass the hoola hoop while not breaking the circle.  Teamwork and encouragement helped them be successful.

Jordan Creek fifth grade students learn to pass the hoola hoop while not breaking the circle. Teamwork and encouragement helped them be successful.

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