Fairmeadows kindergartners show their Book Boxes

Life in the WDMCS 9/22/14

Life in the WDMCS 9/22/14

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.

Fairmeadows Elementary

Kindergartners at Fairmeadows Elementary had an Open House Event for students to show their families around the classrooms and meet other families.Students in Joan Miller’s kindergarten class had an opportunity to take home their completed book boxes. The book boxes will be used to store the many types of reading that is sent home each week for practice. Students had a surprise in their boxes as they found special sharing bags sewn by their teacher associate, Anne Baumhover. These bags will be used to carry their weekly sharing item.

 Hillside Elementary

Students in Physical education have started the year learning about teamwork, how to be a teammate and good sportsmanship. The students have participated in various team building challenges in their Physical Education classes. Some of the activities have been Team Cheer, Mission Impossible, Centipede and Team Juggle. These activities help the students develop relationships and build confidence working with their classmates.

Jordan Creek Elementary

Jordan Creek first through third graders have been learning how to think like detectives. As a part of the Extended Learning Program, students in the primary grades are introduced to different types of thinking. Jennifer McLaughlin, the ELP teacher, teaches lessons in each of the primary classrooms. The lessons have a specific type of thinking as its focus. To begin the year, students have been introduced to Dudley the Detective. He represents detective thinking. Which consists of organizing clues, taking time to think about the clues and coming up with one correct answer. Throughout the year the lessons will focus on inventor, scientist, magician and storyteller thinking. These classroom lesson reinforce the higher level thinking that is emphasized in the primary classrooms.

Valley High School

Congratulations to Ojes Pradhan who was awarded a scholarship during the Greater Des Moines National Council on Youth Leadership (NCYL) 22nd Annual Youth Salute. Other Valley students honored during the ceremony were Hanna Anderson, Julia Anderson, Jillian Belieu, Andrew Denkinger, Jacob Goetz, Jeffrey Goetz, Daly Hardy, Benjamin Kruse, Allison Levis, Maria Lind, Hira Mustafa, Kayla Phalen, Elizabeth Reed, Jake Rodgers, Aimee Rodin, Dominique Senteza, Katherine Smoldt, Miranda Strelecki, Arun Velamuri, Ravjot Virdi, Annie Weinberg, Satya Yaramati and Brianne Zbylicki.