Life in the WDMCS 3/25/13

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.

Jordan Creek Elementary The Jordan Creek Parent Club partnered with the school to sponsored an exciting Day of Science for the fifth and sixth grade students.  Students engaged in exciting hands on activities which included building air power rockets, catapults, super slime, and much more.  Josh Denhart, a former Valley chemistry teacher,  put on his Amazing Chemistry Show.

Drew Henderson, a third grader at Jordan Creek Elementary, was recently chosen as a Kid of Character at Jordan Creek’s all school Character Counts assembly that focused on the character pillar of responsibility.  Kelly McQueen, of State Savings Bank, presented Drew with a Kid of Character award, and a savings certificate to State Savings Bank.

In sixth grade at Jordan Creek, students have been learning new and exciting topics and are now learning algebra in math, food and nutrition in science, persuasive essays in language arts and studying government in social studies.  Once a week they have Code 411 where they talk about drugs, alcohol, vandalism, tobacco, smoking etc.  Code 411 has been an awesome experience for students. As you can see we have been very busy the past couple months learning new things.

Western Hills Elementary Western Hills fifth graders went on a field trip to the Iowa State Capitol and the Iowa Hall of Pride.  The field trip was a culmination of a unit study on democracy.  Students had the opportunity to have an intensive tour of the capitol as well as being able to climb to the dome.  They were able to see the House of Representatives working and were able to meet Representative Chris Hagenow on the floor of the House.  At the Iowa Hall of Pride, interactive, hands-on activities engaged the students keeping them busy.  The day ended with a visit from the American Legion about the American flag.

Stilwell Junior High A group of Stilwell eighth grade chorus students performed their solo festival selections for the West Des Moines Kiwanis Club.  The performance took place during a breakfast meeting on March 6. The singers were Luke Dawson, Tim Dorn, Brook Norwood, Mara Akers, Erica Lack and Emily Veatsch. Later that afternoon, those six singers and 23 others performed their solos at the Stilwell vocal solo festival.  Judges were Ryan Deignan and Heather Nail. All participants were honored with the top rating of division I, thanks to their hard work.  Tim Dorn and Jamie Hanson were awarded perfect scores and the honor of being best of center.

The Tiger Archery Team qaulified for the national tournament in Kentucky by finishing fourth overall in the state tournament at Hyvee Hall March 2.  They missedthe third place overall trophy and individual medals by only 36 points. Most archers shot a season high score. Ryan Johnston finished in fourth place state-wide for middle school boys. Mitchell O’Meara shot a 282 out of 300 possible and was fourth in the state for middle school boys. Stilwell alum and Valley Southwoods freshman Alina Husain shot a 286 and placed second for high school females in the state. Jordan Creek placed third in state-wide for elementary students. Great job Tigers!

Valley High School Congratulations to the following students who received (I) ratings at State Speech contest March 9: Dani Lipman, Catherine Leafstadt, Elizabeth Reed, Alex Johnson(9th grade), Lily Koufer, Hannah Todd, Hannah Beuse, Tyler Butel, Brooke Beatty, Lindsey Hohl, Annaliessa Michelotti , Jessica Martens. The following students were selected to perform at All State on March 25 at UNI: Alex Johnson, Review; Brooke Beatty, After Dinner; Elizabeth Reed, Expository Address; and Hanna Beuse, Poetry.

Please join the Valley Best buddies Team for the Best Buddies Friendship Walk Day at the Iowa Cubs April 14 at 10 a.m. You can join Team Valley High School under team captain Ryan Baker This event helps Best Buddies Iowa. Their hope is to bring more programing to the State of Iowa for individuals with special needs. Please share this with your friends and family and help us to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities. For more information please go to the following link and either Sponsor Team Valley High School or join our team!

Crestview Elementary Crestview fourth graders Eleanor Horak and Natalie Ulrich have completed reading all 21 Iowa Children’s Choice books.  Both girls are in the Awesome Sparkle Readers Book Club that meets weekly with Stephanie Horak at lunch and discuss books they read.  Eleanor chose the Dear America, “Like the Willow Tree” by Lois Lowry as her favorite, while Natalie enjoyed the science fiction thriller by Patricia C. McKissck.  Congratulations girls!

Have you ever thought about how difficult it would be to learn English if you were not a native speaker?  If you’ve ever looked up as you come in the front entrance of Crestview you may have noticed several clocks showing the times of countries around the world.  These are countries from which Crestview families originate.  They include the United States, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Ecuador, Argentina, Ghana, Bosnia, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Kenya, Russia, Sudan, Uganda, India, Pakistan, Myranmar, Vietnam and Korea.  We have numerous students from these areas at Crestview successfully learning the English language even though it can be so confusing at times! As you read these examples, think about how confusing it would be if you were not a native speaker:

  • The bandage was      wound around the wound.
  • The farm was used to produce produce.
  • The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  • He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  • The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  • Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

Crossroads Park Elementary Crossroads Park Elementary will hold a family potluck for its staff and ESL families April 18 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Each family is encouraged to bring a food dish from their culture to share. The school will provide paper products and drinks. There will be games for all to play. Raffle items such as books, puzzles, games, paper, pencils, markers, etc. will be up for lucky attendees to win.

Fairmeadows Elementary Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent Fairmeadows Elementary in the 2013 All-District Sixth Grade Honor Choir: Jordan Andrus, Emily Bartusek, Hanna Boeckenstedt, Noan Colby, Karsen Duve, Lexi Falco, Garrett Gallagher, Annie Grob, Cassie Larick, Sidney Mays, Skye Merrell, Lauren Munoz, Evan Pflughaupt, Linh Pham, Olivia Rainey-Madonia, Rylie Tu, Morgan Tyma, Skylar Vanden Bosch and Bailey Whitso. These musicians begin rehearsals March 29  and will be performing as part of the Honors Festival at Valley High School Auditorium on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. Also performing in this Honors Festival will be our Honor Handbell representatives, Garrett Gallagher, Jack Basart-Morse and Olivia Rainey-Madonia.  We are so proud of our Fairmeadows students!

Fourth graders in Deb Vail’s class at Fairmeadows have been working on an economics unit in social studies. Students wrote resumes, participated in a classroom job fair, applied for jobs in the building, and interviewed with their principal, Carol Seid. Additionally, students got paid Vail bucks for jobs performed throughout the building. However, they had to use most of their weekly salary to pay for services that they received daily such as voice lessons (music), a personal trainer (P.E.), catered lunch (school lunch), medical care (visits to the nurse), etc. Mr. Pearl, a Fairmeadows parent and local business owner, came to help students develop a business plan as part of a community service project associated with this unit. With his guidance, 4V Beading Co. raised $180 through the sale of the handmade, one-of-a-kind, bracelets they made and sold. All of the proceeds were donated to the Fairmeadows library.