Life in the WDMCS 9/4/12

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.

Crestview Elementary
Fifth grader, Jackie Martinez, made a charming diorama of a book she recently read, “Wedding Crasher” by Geronimo Stilton. Her diorama is displayed in the Crestview hallway along with wedding photos of the school staff. Nice work Jackie!

Sixteen fifth and sixth graders joined parent volunteers, Betsy LeBlonde and JoEllen Nadel, along with ELP teacher Maria Steffen for the opening night of Crestview’s new book club, Crestview Roaring Readers. The members will read and discuss a new book every two weeks. The group began meeting this summer and has grown to include more students; this year’s participants are: Faith Skinner, Isabella Nadel, Jacky Martinez, Delfina Mihura, Jodee Cooper, Barbara Nicholson, Olivia Carver, Andrea Perez, Max Stoaks, Shivani Chawla, Isabel Thomas, Gwyn Chilcoat, Barbara Nicholson, Lindsay Wirta, Ashley Tan, Grant Rieker, Kierra Luna.

 Hillside Elementary
The beginning of this school year for Hillside was unique because Hillside students were received at a temporary facility offered by the Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. In making the transition for 600 students and its assigned staff, collective planning and generous hosting were key factors in making the dramatic move a success. Out of this unforgettable experience for all involved, the school’s theme for the year has evolved into understanding and demonstrating appreciation which are important lessons in our lives. On August 20, Hillside Elementary scheduled its annual Ice Cream Social for students and their parents, giving them an opportunity to meet the Hillside principal, Dr. Robert Davis, and the Phenix principal, Ms. Andrea Boyd, along with the teachers and the supporting staff. Besides the students having an opportunity to find their rooms in a new venue, they were able to leave their supplies and enjoy an ice cream treat. Hillside’s “adventure” continued through the week with daily experiences facing changes in transportation, following a new schedule in the classroom, listening to introductions of new curriculum and becoming acquainted with a large facility. By Friday, the majority of students appeared fairly well acclimated to their new surroundings and showing independence in problem solving. Lastly, all the Hillside students and staff wore bright orange t-shirts featuring the theme HILLSIDE’S ADVENTURE WITH HOPE. The people of Hope are saluted by Hillside for offering their facility with hands of friendship and caring.

Jordan Creek Elementary
Jordan Creek first and second graders were excited to return to school to new lockers and tile flooring! Over the summer crews worked to install lockers in the first and second grade pod and tile flooring throughout the halls in the building.

Phenix Elementary
Last year Phenix Elementary was named Iowa’s healthiest K-12 school. This year, Phenix will continue its efforts in being the healthiest school in the state. Once again staff will be focusing on teaching students the value and benefit of living healthy. Every Wednesday at Phenix is Wellness Wednesday. The first half hour of the day is spent doing physical activity together. Wellness Wednesday teaches students the value of regular exercise. Phenix also promotes and teaches healthy eating. Again, this year, the school is the recipient of the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Grant. The grant provides a serving of fresh fruits and vegetables to each student every day.

In addition to exercising and eating right, there are other ways to make sure your child’s health is optimum. Regular visits to the doctor, dentist and optometrist are essential as well. This fall, Phenix will be partnering with AEA and the Smile Squad to provide students with dental and hearing screens. All students at Phenix will be screened for hearing at the end of September. In early October, the Smile Squad will be here to screen second and third grade students for dental issues. At Phenix Elementary, kindergarten students are required to provide a physical exam, immunizations, dental screen and vision screen upon registration. If you need assistance in obtaining any of these items, please contact your school nurse or school office.

Stilwell Junior High
Stilwell Junior High’s Tiger Archery Club had a very successful inaugural year. This summer the team competed in the Iowa Summer Games, winning the team gold medal in the middle school division. The team also had some outstanding individual archers. Ryan Johnston was the gold medal winner for the male middle school individual competition. Alina Husain won the gold medal, as well as Ella Bishop winning the bronze medal in the female middle school individual competition. Members of the Iowa Summer Games middle school gold medal team were Sarah Kuhlman, Robby Weissinger, Abby McCullough, Thomas Bonus, Tyler Peterson, Zoey Cobb, Alina Husain, Ashley Merkley, Ben Burright, Brandon Hartman, Dani Roth, Ella Bishop, Joe Brennan, Logan Schlee, Matt Belling, Nicole Marlett, Noah Tuttle and Ryan Johnston. The Tigers are looking forward to another successful year. The teams were coached by Cheryl McConnell, Tammi Zenti and Luis Suarez. WAY TO GO TIGERS!

Valley High School
Thanks to everyone who donated coins at the Waukee vs. Valley coin war at the varsity football game. The results are in….In total both schools raised $631.45, enough money to package 3,157 meals for the Meals from the Heartland Student Challenge! Valley raised $266.38 and Waukee $365.07. Way to go Tigers and Warriors!

Valley is sponsoring a blood drive Sept. 18 from 7 a.m.-2p.m. in the auditorium. If 125 units of blood are donated, the school will be awarded a $500 scholarship! Anyone who donates will be counted in to this total, so alumni, parents and community members, come on down! If you are interested, please contact Becky Krieg ( to make an appointment. Thank you for your support!

The Valley Tiger Football players are champions both on the field and off. The current 4A state football championship team participated in the Meals from the Heartland Student Challenge night on Aug. 29 at Hy-Vee Hall. The varsity football team and all five student trainers packaged thousands of meals during the two hour event. Valley football is very proud to have helped feed the hungry, both locally and worldwide.

Walnut Creek Campus
Staff at Walnut Creek Campus were welcomed with hellos and hugs as students walked through the doors of their new school on the first day of the 2012-13 school year. A year ago, they learned they would be moving into a newly renovated school building and today, students got to walk through the doors for the first time. Smiles were on the faces of everyone roaming the halls as they greeted friends and found where their classes would be. Students were shooting some hoops in the gym and enjoying breakfast in the cafeteria, both of which are the first the school has ever had. Walnut Creek Campus had called a converted church its home for the past 12 years. Classrooms were separated by partitions and there was no gym or cafeteria. After being used for many years as a swing school during renovations at elementary buildings across the district, the Clegg Park Elementary building became the new home for Walnut Creek Campus. An open house will be scheduled for alumni and the public to tour the new building.