Life in the WDMCS 5/28/13

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.

Crestview Elementary
After teaching for 31 years at Crestview Elementary, Sally Fort will be retiring at the end of this school year.  Sally taught third grade for 24 years, and then fourth grade to teach in a job share position. Sally also served in the mornings as a kindergarten assistant. She has served on many different district committees through the years, including Social Studies Adoption, Reading Adoption, Being a Writer, and United Way. During retirement Sally hopes to have time to start a new hobby, find her interests, and develop her talents. Crestview wishes Sally the best of luck in her retirement.

Breck Menz’s fourth grade class enjoyed painting after a recent Talking Canvas presentation.  The class enjoyed a discussion about “Fall Plowing” by Grant Wood and discussed painting their own piece.  The students were each given an art canvas to create their own masterpiece.

Hillside Elementary
The kindergarten classes at Hillside went on a fieldtrip to the Blank Park Zoo May 29. The children enjoyed the seeing the animals during the morning, followed by lunch together at Holiday Park.

Jordan Creek Elementary
Jordan Creek Elementary recently hosted a Challenge of the Books competition for WDMCS elementary schools.  Four schools had a combined 17 teams participate in the event.  Students read up to 20 books in order to prepare for the competition.  There were three teams that tied for first place, one team from Fairmeadows and two teams from Jordan Creek.

A group of Jordan Creek fourth and fifth grade students recently organized and facilitated their own I-Care Service Project at school to raise money for the Animal Rescue League (ARL).  The girls raised $362 by selling bracelets and pencil toppers they made. They are shown presenting their check to Lauren McGill from the ARL.

Phenix Elementary
Phenix third graders recently reviewed their library and research skills by playing Jammin’ Jeopardy.  The class was divided into six teams and played the game by stating their answer in the form of a question.  All questions had to do with material covered as part of their library/research instruction over the past year.  The students reviewed the sections of the media center, call numbers, books read aloud to them, parts of a book, sources of information, and other general questions about using a library media center.

Phenix third graders took their annual scuba diving field trip recently.  Scuba instructors from Leyden’s Dive Shop helped each student try to scuba at the Valley High School pool.  This is an experience that connects with the students’ study of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef.  Each child was able to put on a tank, regulator and swim in the pool with a certified diver.

Western Hills Elementary
The Kindergarten ESL students have been learning about transportation and safety.  Students sang songs, played board games, and read stories about different types of transportation to help remember vocabulary words.  These songs also helped the students with direction words.  Students completed an experiment with toy vehicles where they pushed, pulled and tried to roll the vehicles and discussed and wrote about how the vehicles moved. For the final project, students sorted transportation vehicles and created a class book to share about what we had learned during the transportation lesson.

Stilwell Junior High
On May 17, the team I students took a trip to Mitigwa.  The students participated in team building activities, survival strategies such as shelter building and fire building, and learned about map orienteering and compass reading. 

Valley High School
Carol Englemann’s advanced speech class created a Readers Theater story to perform in front of a live audience.  Students in fourth hour speech, performed for a class of kindergartners and two classes of second graders at Fairmeadows. Other classes also visited this week and performed for third grade and fifth grade students.

Valley took four of the six top prizes at the Iowa Poetry Association Contest.  Students also earned special congratulations at large from the High School Division judge.  First Place to Rae Gernant for “Expression Revolution.”  Second Place to Natalie Colosimo for “The Ballerina.”  First Honorable Mention to Neevetha Sivagurunathan for “The Science Experiment,” and Second Honorable Mention to Tricia Shi for “Fall” There are also students to be published in Lyrical Iowa 2013.  Those students include Alicia Meng’s “Identification Required,” Shaan Madhan’s “Relax,” Andrew Novitskiy’s “Standardized Testing,” and Isabella Judge’s “Watchful Guardian.”