Phenix third graders took their annual SCUBA diving field trip, practicing with a certified instructor in the Valley pool.

Life in the WDMCS 5/12/14

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.


The district 31st Annual Math Bowl included 209 participants from grades 3-6 representing all of the district’s elementary schools. Students scoring in the top 10 percent of their grade level were third graders Shreya Joshi (JC), Katelyn Coons (CL), Brenna Gion (WR), Lily Nelson (CL) and Cale Ortner (CL); fourth graders Abhushan Pradhan (WH), Oscar Andersen (WR), Noemie Dhont (CR) and Kauai Cua (HD); fifth graders Cael Elmore (CV), Drew Hedrick (WH), Shandhan Sureshbabu (JC), Asmi Patel (JC) and Jared Chmelka (WR); and sixth graders Animesh Joshi (JC), Sarah Montgomery (WR), Marshall Jarnagin (HD), Andrew Suh (WR) and Adam Wince (WH).

Crestview Elementary

On Tuesday, May 27, Crestview with be holding an event in memory of first grader Camryn Storbeck. Special guests will be onsite including Children’s Cancer Connection, Clive Fire Department and Clive Police Department.  LifeServe will be onsite for a blood drive; call (515)633-5704 to set up an appointment.  Walk-ins are welcome!  Windsor Heights Hy-Vee will be selling a meal beginning at 4 p.m. for $5.  The meal includes your choice of hot dog, brat or hamburger/cheeseburger with chips and drink.  There will also be a No Sale Garage Sale with various items available to families including clothing (infant-adult), toys and household items.  Please join us for this event!

Crossroads Park Elementary

Music is so important to Crossroads Park third and fourth graders, that Music Matters was the theme of their recent concert.  This creative theme told the story of two students new to Crossroads Park who didn’t have music in their previous schools. Students sang songs to show these new students how important music is and how one can learn things through music.  For example, songs included lyrics about how math is used, how music can reinforce social studies (songs about the President and the 50 states), science (recycling), learning new languages, social skills (gratitude) and  PE (how music can get your body moving). Fourth graders also presented their recorder playing skills. Ever student had a job other than singing as well.  Some students were speakers, instrument players, sign holders, choreographers or dancers.

Fairmeadows Elementary

Second grade students at Fairmeadows made some memorable outdoor experiences by going to Jester Park and exploring some of Iowa’s best habitats like the woodland, prairie, and pond. Students were able to compare and contrast habitats/animals in these different settings and meet with knowledgeable naturalists during their educational field trip.

Hillside Elementary

Hillside Elementary students and staff used the Lorax theme by Dr. Seuss to celebrate Earth Day.  Upper grades found time to meet with their “buddy classrooms” (lower grades) to show support for environmental protection.  Most classes had their students watch “The Lorax” eBook followed by an activity to demonstrate an understanding of environmental protection.

The kindergarten classes at Hillside are planning several end-of-the-year events, including a field trip to the Blank Park Zoo and a picnic at Legion Park.  The classes will be walking to the park at 4th and Vine together. It will be a time to relax, play on the equipment, and enjoy games together over the lunch hour. Parents are asked to provide a sack lunch for their child. Kindergartners and their sixth grade Tiger Pals will meet one last time to make kites, decorate sidewalks with end-of-the-year messages, and enjoy ice cream treats.  This will culminate a year of monthly activities where students cooperated on various projects.

Jordan Creek Elementary

The 6th graders at Jordan Creek Elementary went to Engeldinger Marsh and Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt on May 2.  Students walked through a marsh and went canoeing.  They also fished for aquatic life, where students found frogs, snails and even crayfish!  Students also had a scavenger hunt around Chichaqua, where they looked for animal tracks, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and more.  Some students even found snakes!  One final activity students participated in was service learning that involved tough work and trees.  Students cut down willow trees that are an invasive species in the marsh.  A lot of sixth graders said this was their favorite field trip at Jordan Creek and definitely recommend checking out these Polk County parks! – Written by Jordan Creek sixth graders rooke Boddicker and Lily Overstreet

The   Jordan Creek Kids Care Club met for its final meeting of the year, celebrating with breakfast and then recapping all the ways the Kids Care Club helped to put good Character into action all year.  Principal Graham Jones and Assistant Principal Brian Vaughan were guest speakers, sharing the importance of serving others and challenged each of our Kids Care members to continue to find ways to serve others in their daily lives going forward. Mr. Jones and Mr. Vaughan handed out Principal’s Award certificates to each Kids Care Club member as a way of recognizing all the efforts they have put forth this year on behalf of our school. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped out throughout the year, and a very special thank you to Melinda Dunnwald for all her help behind the scenes to organize each month’s meeting’s guest speaker, talking points and service project for the club to complete. Also, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Kids Care Club members helped to make and hang all the “Our Teachers Are Super Heroes” signs and banners around the front entryway of the school. They also signed an appreciation card and put it in the staff lounge with the breakfast provided by the PFC.

Congratulations to Andy Waters, Veda Amalkar and Animesh Johi for their winning entries in the Jordan Creek Science Fair. Students had eight weeks to research, gather materials, collect data, prepare a display and write a presentation. They were judged on neatness of display, use of graphics and use of artifacts. Students with an investigation project were also judged on their verbal presentation for stating a problem, background research, hypothesis, procedure, results and conclusion. Students with an invention project were judged on their use of problem, research, materials, demonstration and conclusion in their verbal presentation.

Phenix Elementary

Phenix third graders took their annual SCUBA diving field trip.  SCUBA instructor Steve Kitchen from Leyden’s Dive Shop put together a group of volunteer divers.  They helped each child try SCUBA at the Valley High School pool.  This is an experience that connects with their study of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef.  Each child was able to put on a tank, regulator and swim around the pool with a certified diver.  It was an experience they won’t soon forget!