A student shows her parents her portfolio at the Westridge Portfolio Breakfast

Life in the WDMCS 6/2/2014

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.


West Des Moines School’s Nutrition Department will be providing free meals to children under the age of 18 this summer! Every day, a hot and cold lunch option is available as well as a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, arrangements can be made to have infant formula, baby cereal and baby food available for children under the age of one if requested in advance. This summer, meals will be served at six different sites Monday through Friday beginning Monday, June 9 and running every week until Friday, August 8. All sites will be closed Friday, July 4.

  • Crestview Elementary – Breakfast from 7:45-8:15 a.m. and lunch from 11-11:45 a.m.
  • Hillside Elementary – Breakfast from 7;45-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11-11:45 a.m.
  • Valley High School – Breakfast from 8-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:15 a.m.-noon
  • Phenix Elementary – Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • American Legion Park – Lunch from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Rex Mathes School – Lunch from noon-12:30 p.m.

There are no income requirements or registration necessary. Any child under age 18 is welcome to come eat. For more information, contact the West Des Moines Community School’s Nutrition department at 515-633-5085 or check the West Des Moines School’s homepage for updates at www.wdmcs.org. Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like West Des Moines Schools, to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. For more information about the national Summer Food Service Program, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer.

Clive Elementary

On Wednesday, May 28, the Clive Elementary ISPIN committee held the fourth annual Summers Rock! event on the Clive School playground. This year was bigger and better than ever with lots of food, family, and fun, including a dunk tank where several teachers and principal Brandon Pierce took the plunge. Lion’s Club members came and cheerfully served sweet icy snow cones, and the Windsor Heights Foundation popped up some fabulous popcorn. Also there to help us celebrate were the Windsor Heights Fire Department, Windsor Heights YMCA, Urbandale Library, and Monkey Joes! Face painting and student work displays made the crowd very happy. Topping it all off with some cheese and sour cream was our principal partner in this event, Windsor Heights HyVee, who donated most of the ingredients for the fabulous walking tacos that everyone enjoyed! A huge thank you to all who participated in this awesome event celebrating our year of learning at Clive!

Crestview Elementary

On May 18, Valley Junction hosted their annual Spring Art Market.  Art work from Crestview students and other students in the West Des Moines Community Schools was on display. Regional artists and craftspeople had their booths located up and down 5th Street in the heart of Historic Valley Junction.  Musical entertainment was also part of the festivities.  Children’s art activities and artists’ demonstrations took place throughout the day. It was a beautiful day and so much fun to see student artwork alongside the many booths of professional artists and craftspeople. Crestview’s proud participants included: Melisa Mehmedovic, Avery Davenport, Ariyana Cao, Christian Redemann, Jacie Davenport and Myah Woltz.  Congratulations!

The Crestview Elementary Library will be open to Crestview students and their families on Tuesday nights from 5-7 p.m. throughout the summer. A light supper will be provided along with guest musicians on June 10 and 24, July 8 and 22 and Aug. 5.

Crestview Gives Back was inspired by Camryn Storbeck’s zest for life. Camryn’s first grade teacher, Michelle Dodd, spoke on behalf of her classmates and teachers, dedicating a newly planted red bud tree in Camryn’s name. All the children blew bubbles in celebration of her life. Throughout the afternoon, Clive civic leaders and servants along with Crestview staff and community members donated blood. A fire truck, ambulance and police cars were displayed for children to see and learn about. Donated clothes and household items were given to Crestview families. The Windsor Heights HyVee provided supper and Princesses from Little Princess Parties stopped in to “chat it up” with school children. Crestview strings played in the cafe while families shopped the bake sale. Special thanks to Nurse Jacobson and her committee for putting on this community wide event in memory of Camryn Storbeck and to the entire Storbeck family for their support in doing so.

Hillside Elementary

First graders at Hillside are ending the year by competing in the Amazing Race.  Over two days 15 teams  competed in 20 challenges that covered what students have learned since first grade began in August.  Challenges included the Attribute Train Game, Fluent in First Grade, More than a Pretty Pattern,  Whose Number is It Anyway, and many more events in math, science, social studies, and reading as well as specials like PE and music.  During the race students faced road blocks, speed bumps, and detours which involved completing additional challenges.  In math students added the team totals and graphed the results.  The Race was a great way for students to use the information they had learned in first grade, build teamwork, and have fun.

Jordan Creek Elementary

The Tiger Cub preschool classes as Jordan Creek Elementary have been busy finishing up the school year.  The classes traveled to the Raccoon River Nature Center to learn about insects and other little critters.  The afternoon classes were able to go to the Blank Park Zoo for the last field trip of the school year!  Each class had a wonderful end of the year classroom party where they enjoyed snacks and a slide show of the year in pictures with their families.

Westridge Elementary

Kindergartners at Westridge Elementary had a great time showing their parents all the hard work they completed in their first year of school at the Kindergarten Portfolio Breakfast. Parents were invited to enjoy breakfast as their student showed them all of the art and school work they compiled into their kindergarten portfolios.