Life in the WDMCS 9/17/12

Life in the WDMCS is a new weekly feature that will highlight 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
What’s new in the library at Clive Elementary? There are so many new and wonderful things in the Clive library this year. Along with a new teacher librarian, Morgan Miller, the school’s library has new furniture, a new reading carpet, new shelving and many more things to come this year. Clive students will be coming once every other week for instructional time in the library. Signage will soon be posted in the library to make it easier to locate favorite books or subjects.

Crossroads Park Elementary
Crossroads Park Cougar Council has a few fun activities planned for Homecoming Week. The week will begin with sales of Valley attire. Crossroads Cougar Council will sell the gear to staff/students Monday thru Wednesday inside the front doors of Crossroads Park from 8:40-9 a.m. Each day of the week they will also celebrate with a dress-up day that follows the homecoming theme Valleywood: A Premiere at the Big Screen. The days are as follows: Monday – Dress like a Movie Star (boas, tiaras, etc.); Tuesday – Wear Sunglasses Day; Wednesday – Dress like a Rock Star/ Singer (jacket, necklace, microphone, etc.); Thursday – Dress like a character from Harry Potter, Twilight or Hunger Games; Friday – a Spirit Day, wear black and orange for the Tigers!

The Cougar Council is also preparing a float for the Homecoming Parade Thurs., Sept. 29 at 5:45 p.m. This year the council voted to have each class make a star with all of the students’ and the teachers’ names on it. Crossroads Cougar Council students, their parents and faculty members will be riding/walking with the float. We invite all families to come support Crossroads Park in the parade.

Fairmeadows Elementary
Signups for those wishing to be a part of 23rd Street Singers at Fairmeadows Elementary will begin in October. This lively chorus is open to all fifth and sixth grade students who enjoy singing and choreography. Rehearsals will be on Monday and Friday mornings from 8-8:55 a.m. in the general music room. Most weeks students will be asked to attend either Monday or Friday (not both); however, 2-3 weeks before performances, all singers will need to rehearse on both Mondays and Fridays. If you have a preference as to whether your child is a part of the Monday rehearsal group or the Friday rehearsal group, please have your child indicate so on the signup sheet and every effort will be made to accommodate those wishes. A complete schedule for the entire year will be sent home with each child when he/she signs up. Rehearsals begin October 19 and continue through March 4. Thanks for your continued support!

Jordan Creek Elementary
Jordan Creek second graders began the school year learning about the U.S. Constitution. Students learned what the Constitution is and why it is important to all U.S. citizens. They learned about the concept of rights and responsibilities. The class then worked together to write a classroom constitution that listed their rights and responsibilities at school. They also illustrated a classroom book, “We the Kids,” after they learned about the preamble of the Constitution. Following this, students learned about the role of the U.S. President. Finally, students made connections to living in a community as they demonstrated their understanding of citizens’ rights and responsibilities in different community settings, such as in their family, school, city, state, country and planet.

Phenix Elementary
The beginning of the new school year brings a re-energized staff and student body to Phenix Elementary Early Childhood Center. Staff and students will once again be working with the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) expectations. These include being responsible, being safe, being kind and being a good listener. Expectations for each area of the building were presented to each class on a rotation that included the lunchroom, hallways, bathroom areas, before and after school areas and classroom. Paper tiger paws are given out to students demonstrating these expectations and placed into bowls for a drawing that is held every Wednesday.

Indian Hills Junior High
The Zephyr Team spent two cloudy early fall days at Living History Farms, but thankfully the rain held off for most of the trip. The students participated in hands-on activities to help them understand how daily work was done in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and to help point out how technology has made our lives much easier. Some highlights of the trip included working with farm animals to learn about horsepower, compounding old fashioned body sprays, performing daily farm chores, making apple cider, riding an old fashioned tractor and model T car and making a broom to take home in the broom factory. The students got to know their Zephyr teammates better while forming new friendships.

Stilwell Junior High
Stilwell women’s choir will have its first practice at 7 a.m., Wed., Sept. 19. Women’s choir is a co-curricular singing group that is open to all seventh and eighth grade female chorus members. There is no audition, all female chorus members are welcome. Women’s choir will perform in the Stilwell vocal concerts, which take place December 4 at 7:15 p.m. and December 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Stilwell auditorium. The group is under the direction of Kathy Gedler.

Valley Southwoods
Valley Southwoods is participating in the dress up days for Homecoming week as well as attending the many different activities planned throughout the week. Each day has a theme and VSW added its own days to boost participation: Monday is Harry Potter vs. Twilight or lazy sweats day, Tuesday is Men in Black day or twin day, Wednesday is Disney Day or 80’s day, Thursday is Superhero day or wear your favorite sports jersey day, and then Friday is Tiger Spirit Day.

The Homecoming dance is Saturday (Sep. 22) at Hy-Vee Hall from 8-11:00 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday in the forum during lunch. Please note that this dance is a semi-formal attire affair, so no jeans, shorts, hats, canes, jerseys, sandals, tennis shoes or costumes allowed.

Picture re-take day is Friday, September 21 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. for all freshman that haven’t had their picture taken or would like to get a new photo taken.

Valley High School
It’s Homecoming Week! This year’s them is Valleywood: A Premiere at the Big Screen. Make sure to join in the fun at all of our special events this week! Proceeds from the events will benefit West Des Moines Human Services. Monday is the Basketball Bonanza at 6:30 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. Cost is $2 to see grannies vs. VHS female faculty; Homecoming King Candidates vs. Homecoming Queen Candidates; and VHS boys basketball team vs. VHS male faculty. The Pancake Dinner will be Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. in the north gym. Come cheer on the volleyball team and enjoy some pancakes between games. Cost is $3 per meal. The Homecoming Parade will begin at 5:45 p.m. Thursday. The route will begin at Valley Southwoods, go down Fuller Road to Mills Civic Pkwy and in the upper west parking lot at the stadium. The BBQ will follow at 6:15 p.m. in the stadium parking lot. Cost is $3 per meal. The Powder Puff football game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Don’t forget to attend the football game vs. Indianola! Freshman game is at 4:45 p.m. and varsity starts at 7;30 p.m. Valley and VSW students are invited to the Homecoming Dance Saturday from 8-11 p.m. at Hy-Vee Hall. Tickets are on sale at the school.

Do you know what your teen knows? What does your teen’s world look like? Valley High School and Employee Family Resources invite all district parents to Let’s Start the Conversation on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the media center. They will discuss technology/social media, social influences, substance abuse and developmental assets. EFR will provide data which parents can use in directing conversations with their teens. It will be a very informative evening intending to help empower parents to help students be successful.

Walnut Creek
Students at Walnut Creek participated in their first Service Learning day Sept. 12. Students volunteered at various locations around the city including Drake Head Start where they assembled literacy packets, and the Trails at River Place in Des Moines where they helped beautify a section of the trail. Students who stayed at school were also able to serve by making cards and assembling homeless kits for the Central Iowa Shelter and making fleece baby blankets for the House of Mercy.