Life in the WDMCS 3/11/13

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.

Hillside Elementary Students at Hillside Elementary celebrated good character and other acknowledgements at their Success Assembly last Thursday afternoon. Students in each grade level were chosen to receive Character Counts! awards from their teachers for demonstrating the pillars of character. Perfect attendance awards were also given out for the second trimester. There was also entertainment with soloists from band, choir, and orchestra.

Jordan Creek Elementary In February, an artist from VSA Iowa-Arts for Children program visited Jordan Creek Elementary to conduct an art workshop with the preschoolers.  She brought plenty of Wiki Sticks for all of the children, and taught them how to make soft sculpture, by molding them into three dimensional shapes and designs.

At Jordan Creek we are excited to offer a small group to support siblings with a special needs brother or sister.  The group meets monthly with about 20 students in a small group and lunch format.  The kids are eager to share about their families and themselves and often will ask the group for advice.  The kids have a bond with each other and it’s neat to see the engagement and interaction among the group members. They like to know they are supported and other families are like theirs. At the end of the year, the group members and their siblings are invited to a fun event. Past events have been to Monkey Joes and Sky Zone and this year the kids are excited to invite their siblings to an end of the year bowling event.

Phenix Elementary Phenix   families enjoyed participating in Carnival Night ran by the Parent-Faculty Club.  This year’s carnival theme was Mystery.  Families enjoyed food by Carlos O’Kellys, played  games like Pick the Pocket and had their future read by a Fortune  Teller.  Great fun was had by all.

Indian Hills Junior High Congratulations to the Indian Hills Math Counts! team and their coach Sarah Gould . After only a few weeks of preparation, our team placed third overall! This qualifies us to move on to the state competition. Eight Indian Hhills students scored in the top 25 percent of all individuals, three of whom were in the top 10 individuals. The state competition will be held on March 22 at Drake University.

Stilwell Junior High Stilwell Junior High Team I held a Celebration Assembly by focusing on those with outstanding participation in school activities, honoring readers who read more than their English teacher Kay Woods, bestowing accolades to those with a perfect score on the team’s 150-word vocabulary test and applauding those students who made the team A and B Honor Rolls. Those students receiving academic recognition for their school work on Team I are Rheanne Ames, Raquel Anderson, Jamen Andrews, Jacqui Arriaga,  Nick Bartusek, Logan Benson, Joe Bernhard, Allie Brackett, Wil Brown, Anthony Burgos, Pam Chander,  Catherine Christian, Ryan Clemens, Emily Conard, Quinton Curry, Ari Cutler, Elizabeth Davidson, Jack Davis, Luke Dawson, Emma Degen, Adriana Dominguez, Evan Eastin, Chase Fury, Brandon Gliem,  Courtney Graham, Shay Griffith, Beth Hammond,  Jamie Hanson, Azsia Hobson,  Catie Judge, Baylie Katcher, Bri Klawonn,  Karley Kopaska, Sarah Kuhlman, Kamden Lee,  Jessica Lefler, Katie Lewis, Celine Lie,  Van Ly, BreAnna McCartan, Olivia McQuerry, Megan Maly, Elise Marguiles, Brennan Mastous, Jacob Mendoza, Naleesa Narayan, Brook Norwood,  Sam Oberander, Tin Pham,  Haritha Ponduri, Guowei Qi, Emir Rahic, Garry Reineke, Nezira Rizvanovic, Dani Roth, Connor Schatzberg,  Sydney Schweitzer, Delaney Smith,  Emma Sodder,  Emily Steimel,  Muhamed Stilic, Andy Thompson, Colin Tracy, Caleb Valez,  Lauren Weisshaar, Izzy Wilde, Katie Wilson, and Piper Wood.

Every month students who demonstrate the three cornerstones of Stilwell in their behavior are nominated by staff members to be featured in the Celebrating Stilwell Students program.  Students receive a coupon for a free lunch or a la carte menu item in addition to having their photo and accomplishments posted in the display case at school The cornerstones are: do your best, do the right thing, and treat others with respect.  Students now being honored are Grace Barker, Tim Dorn, Angela Wilkening, Catie Judge, Catherine Christian, Jessica Allen, Ben Studebaker, Miller McCoy, Kade Hatcher, Chloe Dryer, Jarred Gaudineer, Kon Lueth and Lillian Poulsen.

Valley High School Best Buddies from VHS attended the Spread the word to End the word at the state capital. Students met with various senators and worked to advocate for individuals with special needs. Afterwards students had their picture taken with Governor Branstad.

Clive Elementary In their social studies unit, fifth graders at Clive Elementary have been learning about the Revolutionary War and the events that lead to the war with Britain.  The main focus of this unit was to show students why the colonists felt it necessary to change the system of power and create a new government. Events such as the French and Indian War, the Stamp Act, the Sugar Act, the Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts, and the Boston Massacre were all introduced to the students. One of the most fun activities was the American Revolution simulation, where students had to choose between being a Patriot or a Loyalist, and give solid reasons why they were choosing that side.  During the simulation, students learned about the different conditions the Patriot and British soldiers experienced, paying special attention to the winter the Patriots spent at cold Valley Forge, while the British occupied Philadelphia, staying nice and cozy.  Students also were able to reenact the surrender at Yorktown, singing Yankee Doodle Dandle to the once arrogant British soldiers.  It has been a really great unit, and the students have really enjoyed examining the reasons behind how we become a free nation.

Crestview Elementary Crestview celebrated Read Across America with Dr. Suess. Each day, a teacher read a daily Dr. Suess quote. Classrooms that knew which Dr. Suess book the quote came from received a prize! Other activities we did to participate in Read Across America included reading Dr. Suess books aloud in classrooms, buddy reading, and logging reading minutes. To celebrate Dr. Suess’ birthday on Friday, students wore crazy socks and hats to school.

Crossroads Park Elementary Crossroads Park Elementary held its annual Fine Arts Day with local talent coming to the school and presenting to the students. Presentations included the Art of Jamming, a visiting author and cartoonist, Sally the Clown, cricut cardmaking, cupcake decorating, fish printing, graphic art, martial arts, Mexican tin retables and origami boxes.

Fairmeadows Elementary The 23rd Street Singers from Fairmeadows Elementary, under the direction of Deb Augspurger, recently hit the road with performances at the West Des Moines Public Library and Fountain West Health Care Center. They also held a concert for Fairmeadows students and the community at the school. The program included a variety of musical styles and dance choreography. Thank you to the chorus students and families for helping to “make beautiful music” at Fairmeadows!