Life in the WDMCS 9/24/12

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
The kindergarteners at Clive Elementary are off and running to a great school year! They have learned about being safe, respectful, responsible, and caring at school. There have been many opportunities for hands on learning experiences and activities. Students have really enjoyed using white boards to practice writing, pointers to read big books and lots of fun manipulatives like buttons and pattern blocks for math. Congratulations on the beginning of an awesome school year!

Crossroads Park Elementary
Crossroads Park Cougar Council and the Crossroads Park student body celebrated homecoming week with fun activities. The high light of the week was the student council decorating a float for the homecoming parade. The theme was Valleywood: A Premier at the Big Screen. Cougar Council always likes to include all of the students in building the float. This year the council voted to have each class make a star with all of the students’ and the teachers’ names on it. The Student Council and their parents also sold spirit wear to help students and families get into the mood of supporting the Valley Tigers.

 Hillside Elementary
Fourth Graders at Hillside spent an artful afternoon appreciating Grant Wood and his contributions to our world. The class has taken its Prairie/Midwest unit and developed it through the Hillside Bernstein Artful Learning unit. The concept is Balance. The essential question is how do we create balance in our world? The class applies this to the Midwest and its impact on agriculture; to the ever shrinking prairie; and to their own lives. While students read books about Grant Wood and his journey to fame, they talked about how he got his needs met and kept his life in balance. All 100 fourth graders watched a Power Point on the American Gothic Friday afternoon, and then created a parody, a popular way people continue to keep America’s most famous painting alive. In addition, they used one of his famous landscape paintings, Stone City, to create our own Midwest landscapes. When teacher Felicia Twit asked her ELP students to reflect on their experience Abby Feldman said, “I liked being artistic with the landscape design. It helped me think of funky patterns for future projects.” Mia Rand added, “It was inspirational to make a copy of what a famous painter does!”

Jordan Creek Elementary
Jordan Creek Elementary sent 120 fourth graders to join the hunger fight August 30. As a service project, Jordan Creek packaged meals for Meals from the Heartland. The students helped, along with many others, package 5.1 million meals. In an assembly line, students filled bags with rice, soy protein, dried vegetables and vitamins. After the bags were filled, the students weighed, sealed and packaged the bags to be sent to places across the globe. The students learned the importance of helping others in need and made a connection with children who may not be as fortunate as they are.

Phenix Elementary
Have you noticed? Take a look around Phenix Elementary and you will see Phenix students doing their best! Families and teachers are working to put good things into practice for students. With the use of PBIS, a researched based system, Phenix students are aware of the targeted behaviors, inside and outside. The Tiger Paw is a reminder of the four goals our students work toward every day: Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be Kind and Be a Good Listener. The concept of the Tiger Paw is to help make our school improvement plan successful for families, students and staff.

Stilwell Junior High
Stilwell Junior High physical education department has developed Tiger Fit Club as a part of their curriculum. Every Wednesday in physical education class is Tiger Fit Club. The program was developed to compliment Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative. Students, teachers, administrators and parents are invited to come on Wednesday and be a part of Tiger Fit Club. The first fit club day was Cardio Max. The program is developed to allow students to work at their own fitness level and emphasize that all types of fitness are a lifelong journey.

A record number of Stilwell Students have signed up to participate in this semester’s I-Care program, with 117 students showing that they really care about their community! The I-Care program gives students a chance to leave school once a week, during a study hall, and participate in community service. This year the students are helping out at Apple Tree Learning Center, Phenix Head Start, Manor Care Health Services, the BackPak Buddies program, the Eddie Davis Community Center and the Jordan Creek Animal Hospital.

Stilwell Junior High has lots of extracurricular activities for students to be involved in. Intramurals meet every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:45-3:45 p.m. Sports offered this year are lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee, kickball, football, dodge ball, hockey, ping pong, basketball, whiffle ball, soccer, volleyball and badminton. Dates will be posted around the school and shared in the daily announcements. SWEAT (Starts With Exercise, Attitude and Teamwork) is from 6-7 a.m. in the gym and weight room. Students can work out in the weight room, work on their skills for various sports or use the gym from exercise. Finally, the Teen Club is a club for teens, run by teens. The group conducts fundraisers for Furry Friends Refuge and the MDA. The club meets from 2:45-3:30 p.m. two Fridays a month.

Valley High 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.

Homecoming week was great! If you would like to see all of the fun photos from the week, check out our Facebook page.