Life in the WDMCS 9/23/13
Life in the WDMCS 9/23/2013
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.
Kindergarteners at Clive Elementary are off and running to a great school year! They have learned so much about being safe, respectful, responsible and caring at school. They have also been learning about different elements of fictional books and talking about characters. A favorite character is Pete the Cat. The kindergarteners have loved reading Pete books and have even created their very own Petes. Pete the Cat is written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean.
Crossroads Park Elementary
Although the weather didn’t hold out for the parade, Crossroads Park students created a float representing Crossroads’ Homeland Pride. Thirty-three countries are represented by the students at the school. Students and staff had a fun-filled week with lots of spirit!
Valley football players and cheerleaders visited Crossroads Park to encourage students to come to the Homecoming game. They did a few cheers and gave out some beats, t-shirts and posters.
Students and staff at Fairmeadows Elementary got into the Valley Homecoming spirit by wearing pajamas, sporting crazy hair and hats, and wearing orange and black spirit wear. In addition to the Homecoming activities, the fourth graders went to the Jester Park prairie. They learned about the plants and animals that made the prairie their home. They went into a tipi and learned how important the bison was to the Native Americans. They also participated in games that taught them how animals adapted to their environment. It was a great learning experience!
Signups for those wishing to be a part of the Fairmeadows 23rd Street Singers 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. Most weeks students will be asked to attend either Monday OR Friday. However, in weeks before performances, all singers will need to rehearse on both Mondays and Fridays. A complete schedule for the entire year will be sent home with each child when he/she signs up. Rehearsals begin October 18 and continue through March 3. Thanks for your continued support!
Hillside Elementary students and staff will be working with special guests Susan Stauter, artistic director at the San Francisco Unified School District, and Patrick Bolek, founder and director of Project Momentum Lab, to further implement the school’s Artful Learning model. Hillside will be celebrating its 10th year of using the Artful Learning model as a means of improving student achievement. Hillside teachers will work with Susan Stauter to learn about conducting Readers’ Theatre which is a major component of the district’s new reading system. The training will assist teachers with integrating arts-based strategies into the Readers’ Theatre component. For more information on Artful Learning, visit http://www.leonardbernstein.com/artful_learning.htm.
Jordan Creek Elementary
Fifth graders at Jordan Creek elementary recently took a field trip to Thomas Mitchell park as a part of their woodlands unit in science. During their trip students learned to canoe, took a nature hike, used GPS to locate trees, identified carious trees and completed pond water studies. Students are studying the woodlands and types of trees which enabled them to identify trees on their hike. Teachers and parents grilled hot dogs and students enjoyed a picnic lunch. Fifth graders have also been studying map features and geographical features in social studies. The first math unit completed introduced exponents, square numbers, rules of division and factors. Reviewing reading strategies and choosing just right books has been a main topic in reading. Writing stories, poems and brainstorming a list of writing topics have kept the fifth graders busy as well.
Valley High School
The Valley High School Club and Activity Fair gave representatives from the wide range of clubs and activities at Valley a chance to provide students information and recruiting new members. Students are encouraged to join in the fun and join a club! VHS club and activity representatives also showcased themselves at the Homecoming Carnival.
Valley varsity football players and cheerleaders have been making visits to their former elementary schools. They either visited individual classrooms or participated in an all school assembly. The football players talked about good sportsmanship and how they use the pillars of character both on and off the field. Before they left the schools, the cheerleaders lead everyone in a cheer and encouraged the elementary students to bring their families to a Valley football game. We hope to see many of the elementary school students and their families at the next home football game!