Life in the WDMCS 2/3/14

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.

Clive Elementary

Clive’s yearbook design takes on a new look each year, as there is a group of very creative sixth graders taking on the role of photographers, sales managers and designers. This year’s photographers (Nailah Cortez, Sarah Beslagic, Melissa Nakyeyune, Hira Bhujel, Maddy Shumaker, Kaitlyn Clarke, Mariel Castillo, Melisa Huskic, Quade Keenan, Maggie Hurley-Boyd, Lydia McClure, Dante Manuel, Lindsey DeLeon, Sierra Webster, Medina Sivac and Sarah Amro) have been busy since October hunting down the best shots during every day school routines as well as at special events, such as Fun Night. The sales managers (Edna Harris, Amy Huynh and Dante Garcia) help to advertise the yearbook and keep track of orders. The design team (Saige Clayton, Sarah Amro, Sarah Beslagic, Elea Cooper, Medina Sivac, Edna Harris and Kaitlyn Clarke) has been diligently meeting each week after school to create unique pages to make this book an original. We can’t wait to see the final results in May!

Crestview Elementary

First graders celebrated their 100th day of school at Crestview Elementary by doing many fun activities. They made cereal necklaces and wrote newspaper articles with facts about 100. Students reflected on what being 100 years old might be like. They got to experiment with different ways to count and make the number 100.

Crossroads Park Elementary

Crossroads Park PTA held an Innisbrook fundraiser. The Innisbrook Company offers a selection of gift wrap, paper, supplies, bags, ribbons and bows. Crossroads Park students sold a total of $5,897. The PTA rewarded our top selling students an opportunity to be principal for the day. The top selling salesmen were Alison McDonnell, Nicholas Edgar and Alec DePhillips. Sarah Sadler’s fourth grade class was the top selling classroom and were rewarded an ice cream party.

A few talented Crossroads Park students recently had the opportunity to share their art work at various locations in the metro area. Art Work at Farm Bureau: third graders Drew Sueppel, Tatum Bartlett, Alexa Norton, Elliot Baughman, Christina Yu, Logan Maanum; fifth graders Alec DePhillips, Oliver Parizek, Star Mendez, Ashwin Dervesh, Ellie Penick, Isabelle Hancock, Danielle Socarras, Callie Kreps, Haley Kreps, Grace Zimmerman, Luke Johnson, Erin Baedke, Joe Templeton; Art Work at the Des Moines Art Center during January: Aiden Maanum, Jacob Agnew, Fatma Tawr, Angelica Haase, Emily Lindner, Emily Spears, Anna Rader, Katie Richards, and Mary Thomas.

Fairmeadows Elementary

First graders at Fairmeadows have been learning about the continent of Africa. Students have studied the different vegetation zones in Africa including the four different layers of the rain forest, animals that live on the savannah and the Sahara desert. They have also learned about different customs and have compared and contrasted their lives to the lives of children in different African countries. Students enjoyed listening to a Fairmeadows parent present about what it was like to grow up in Kenya. The first graders especially enjoyed seeing a handmade galimoto! Finally, students completed a report on the African animal of their choice. They researched their animal, used a graphic organizer to collect their information, wrote their report and added a detailed illustration.

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 and pencil, and have their picture taken for display. Students included for the month of February are: Loren Maxwell, Kellen Parizek, Andrew Revas, Ariana Romero, Raegan Reuter, Brooklyn Peterson, Brandon Weaver, Makenna Paul, Kaia Redford, Laney Schultz, Conrad Yates, Izzie Carr, Diego Tapia, Cecelia Stegh, Tiana Tolson, Lauren Sander, Sam Lechtenberg, Piper Harris, Brian Bevington, Tiffany Sheets, Adalyn Offerman, Anh Ky Pham, Kevin Quito, Jannika Rydje, Briana Carenza, Brayden Messerschmidt, Kierstin Larson, Tommy Chapman, Gia Blazer, Oliver Strauss, Abbie Welbes, Diana Aguirre, Kenneth Yanque, Xander Harlow, Chaim Moore, Jake Duve, Mia Wells, Joe Maxwell, Chris Tu, Brayden Hart, Sydney Tu, Drew Danner, Logan Kha, Ayden Johnson, Katie Newman, Sarah Dorn and Jimmy Alba. Congratulations!

Jordan Creek Elementary

All of Jordan Creek first grade classes enjoyed spending part of the 100th Day of First Grade doing fun learning activities in each of the four classrooms. Each student was able to demonstrate a color or shape pattern on a special pair of 100 Day glasses; make the number 100 on a number grid using clues of how many tens and how many ones; sing a 100th Day song/poem and write or draw on a pennant some things each student has learned; and exercise by doing different movements, including their January Jumping Jacks…100 at a time.

Phenix Elementary

Students in Physical Education classes are learning about balance, strength and flexibility through the gymnastics and tumbling unit. Students have had the opportunity to explore a wide variety of movements through the use of the balance beam, parallel bars and vault. During February and March classes will be trying to raise money for the American Heart association by learning how to jump rope and developing new jump rope skills. They will be learning jumps with short and long ropes. They will be strengthening their own hearts and lungs by doing a variety of cardiovascular activities.

Westridge Elementary

Second graders at Westridge are completing their Native American unit in social studies with a home project. Students have been learning that Native American culture was largely dictated by the region in which they lived. Students designed a pet rock for this activity. They have been using their imaginations to create a home suitable for their rock. Students were asked to use only the resources they currently have at home to create this environment. The goal of this activity is for the students to understand how available resources affect the style of home the Native Americans made in each region.

Westridge Elementary will be hosting Your Pre-Teen and Social Media, a series for parents starting on February 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This series will be held at the school’s media center and is open to all parents in the WDMCS district. This FREE event will focus on the use of social media by elementary-aged students. Speaker Raylee Melton, a Westridge parent and expert on social media, will design future sessions in this series based on the needs of her audience. This is a free event, but we will be accepting donations to support the Booster Pak Program (cash or boxes of cereal). For free tips and event details visit

Valley High School

Valley’s Design Studio students will be hosting a model clinic Feb. 15 for elementary aged girls. Participants in the clinic will be pampered by Design Studio students by having their hair styled and makeup done and will learn to walk like a professional model. They will then put on a fashion show at 11 a.m. in the VHS cafeteria. All family members are encouraged to come and cheer on their little model. Cost is $20, which includes a photograph of your model, a certificate of completion and a T-shirt commemorating the day. Registration must be received by February 7.

Congratulations to our Competition Cheer Squad for placing fifth NATIONALLY at the National Cheerleaders Association Jr. and Sr. High School Nationals in Dallas, Texas! We are very proud of how they competed with teams from all over the nation! Team members are Sammie Bullington, Leah Carlson, Carter Forrest, Ashley Freeman, Taylor Glade, Bri Hagar, Jenna Hanson, Kaitlyn Harrington, Ashley Joos, Carissa Just, Maggie Laws, Natalie Lawyer, Makenna Lloyd, Haley Melz, Amanda Merck, Mackenzie Moran, Kayla Phalen, Meenu Raja, Bre Reeves, Megan Renkel, Megan Schnoebelen, Kaylee Shelton, Claudia Stewart, Jessica Studer, Sara Wetzel and Taylor White. Coach – Beth Ferguson.

Congratulations to Tej Akavaram and Isabelle Pierotti-May, who were recognized Youth of the Year by the Chinese Association of Iowa. Both of them have been in the VHS Chinese Lion and Dragon team for the past three years and participated in community performances and Mid-West Competition, where the team won second prize. They are currently in Chinese III and Tej has won the study abroad scholarship in 2013 summer to spend 6 weeks intensive study over China. Youth of the Year recognizes the young people who serve and make a difference in our community and they will be honored for their selfless acts and character development.