Jordan Creek students enjoyed the outdoors while sledding during physical education class. Sixth-grader Catie Johnson gives Ellie Greenspon and Lexi Ohringer a push down the hill.

Life in the WDMCS 02/17/15

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 Iowa World Language Association has named West Des Moines Community Schools teacher Amy Murphy as their educator of the year. Murphy, a teacher at Fairmeadows and Crossroads Park elementary schools, currently serves as chair for the World Languages Department in the district. She co-led a FLES study group on implementing iPads in the FLES classroom, according to the association’s website. Murphy also works with educators from around the state to help develop FLES programs in other districts.

Crestview Elementary

Kindergarten music class is a time to explore, hear and develop the beginning knowledge and skill to listen and be able to talk about what students have heard and what they are learning.  Students have been learning about rhythm and steady beat this week. They have been learning how to read rhythm notation and different ways to show their learning. One day, they played an echo game with Crestview music teacher William Bird where each student used rhythm sticks to play each rhythm as an echo and then from written music notation.

Jordan Creek Elementary

Students in Luis Suarez’s physical education classes had the opportunity to enjoy the Iowa winter with some awesome sledding the week of Feb. 2.  The hill behind the school has few obstructions and students are instructed where they can and cannot go. Suarez uses the activity for some great character lessons about sharing, taking turns and getting great exercise in the snow. Students have done a great job overall in observing safety rules to keep it a fun experience. When students learn to watch out for others, they become more aware of their fellow students and less focused on themselves.