Western Hills first graders collecting bugs during a trip to Jester Park

Life in the WDMCS 10/7/13

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.

Clive Elementary first graders listen to a story during a field trip to the Urbandale Public Library.

Clive Elementary first graders listen to a story during a field trip to the Urbandale Public Library.

Clive Elementary
First graders at Clive Elementary went on a trip to the Urbandale Public Library. Morgan Miller, the teacher librarian, organized this exciting trip.  Students were exposed to all the wonderful resources contained within the library.  They listened to a story in the story time room, were given a tour of the library, and got to go behind the scenes to see how books were returned to the library and put back on the shelves.  The trip was organized to encourage the students to use the library and all it has to offer.  The students were excited about this trip and really wanted to touch and explore everything!

Cameron French, Emily King and Camryn Storbeck peek in at the butterflies they had raised from caterpillars.

Cameron French, Emily King and Camryn Storbeck peek in at the butterflies they had raised from caterpillars.

Crestview Elementary
First graders at Crestview have been studying about insects. Students received their own caterpillar to care for while watching it grow and change into a butterfly.  Students released their butterflies outside the school. Students also had the opportunity to extend their learning of insects by going on a field trip to Jester Park.  Students enjoyed a nature scavenger hunt, an insect walk and a brief talk on spiders.

Crestview Sixth grader, Isabel Thomas, recently finished reading and reporting on all 25 of the Iowa Children's Choice Award books.  Her favorite was “Love, Aubrey” by Suzanne LaFleur.

Crestview Sixth grader, Isabel Thomas, recently finished reading and reporting on all 25 of the Iowa Children’s Choice Award books. Her favorite was “Love, Aubrey” by Suzanne LaFleur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crestview Sixth grader, Isabel Thomas, recently finished reading and reporting on all 25 of the Iowa Children’s Choice Award books.  Her favorite was “Love, Aubrey” by Suzanne LaFleur.  One of Isabel’s many favorite pastimes is curling up to a good book. She writes more online school library reviews than any other student in the school.  Congratulations to you, Isabel!

 

 

 

Jordan Creek second graders learn about the Iowa Senate during a trip to the Capitol building.

Jordan Creek second graders learn about the Iowa Senate during a trip to the Capitol building.

Jordan Creek Elementary
Jordan Creek second graders visited the State Capitol after completing a unit on the Constitution.  Classes had learned about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  The field trip visit included viewing the State of Iowa Constitution and seeing the Senate where bills become law.  Students also enjoyed visiting the memorials and monuments on the capitol grounds and picnicking on the West Terrace.

 

Western Hills first graders have some fun bug collecting during a trip to Jester Park after learning all about insects.

Western Hills first graders have some fun bug collecting during a trip to Jester Park after learning all about insects.

Western Hills Elementary
First grade at Western Hills has been busy learning all about insects.  Students are having a great time mixing both outdoor and indoor experiences during this unit.  Classes have had the opportunity to go on insect safaris, tracking down grasshoppers, dragonflies and butterflies, just to name a few.  Students have learned all sorts of new facts about insects that have allowed them to compare and contrast to other beings in the animal kingdom.  One of the highlights of this unit was a field trip out to Jester Park where students went on an insect scavenger hunt, an insect nature walk and a bug hunt in the tall grasses.

Westridge Elementary
Westridge is celebrating Fall Fitness Day on Wed., Oct. 9.  This adds to the states goal of becoming the Healthiest State. The school has a set of exercises and walking activities planned for each grade level.  Please make sure your child comes to school in shoes that are appropriate for movement.  We will be “moving” rain or shine.  Thank you!