Oliver Parizek, sixth grade, during his interview for Crossroads Park's Biztown experience.

Life in the WDMCS 3/30/15

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.

Clive Elementary

Clive Elementary students wrapped up the Jump Rope for Heart program, which partners with the American Heart Association to fight heart disease, the leading cause of death in Iowa and Polk County. In addition to learning about heart health and activities in Physical Education class, the students raised a record $8,175.

Students from Cari Rothfus’ class raised the most money as a class, coming up with $909,25. All donations fund Iowa programs focused on research, prevention, and nutrition. Clive Elementary will also be receiving new Phys. Ed. equipment to continue to bring heart-healthy education to students.

Crestview Elementary

Crestview Elementary students Nina Dorr, Lili McKinney, and Cael Elmore all participated in the Metro Honor Band at St. Francis of Assisi School on Jan. 14, 2015. Students also participated in the Solo and Ensemble Festival. Jacie Davenport, Oscar De Avila, Nina Dorr, Cael Elmore, Zoe Givant, Alexandra Hernandez Ponce, Eleanor Horak, Lil McKinney, Drew Peterson, Natalie Ulrich, and Tayana Williams all received the highest rating possible. Other participants were Roopa Chawla, Sara Feiz, Henry Funk, Chloe Grandberg, Vironika Khanna, Thomas King, Gavin Mitchell, Christian Redemann, Karina Sanchez, and Shipra Tayal.

The 2015 challenge to read the full Iowa Children’s Choice collection is drawing to a close as Iowa students vote for their favorite books and get ready for next year’s books. Crestview students who completed the challenge reported their progress to teachers. Fourth-grade students Raegan Coobs and Georgia Mitchell and sixth-grader Lili McKinney finished reading this year’s ICCA collection during Spring Break. Coobs liked “Ninth Ward” by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Mitchell’s favorite book was “Pie” by Sarah Weeks, and McKinney’s enjoyed “The Ghost of Graylock” by Dan Poblocki.

Artworks by Crestview Elementary students are currently decorating the school hallways. Students chose a poem they wrote or found during a poetry unit and created an illustration for the poem using materials like watercolors, pencils, and pastels. They then combined the poems and illustrations using the Word Foto graphic design application. Students discussed the results, comparing traditional art methods with the technology-influenced art.

Crossroads Elementary

Crossroads Park Elementary students completed their Biztown unit on Feb. 27. Students spent the day simulating a city, working jobs and owning businesses. To prepare, they practiced budgeting and writing checks, and completed an interview with a volunteer. Ava Neppl was elected Biztown mayor, and Logan Keller was elected as the District Attorney.

“Biztown was one of my favorite sixth-grade experiences,” Neppl said. “It taught us responsibility and how hard our parents work every day.” Many other students commented that they felt they understood their parents’ daily lives better after the experience.

Jordan Creek Elementary

Second-grade students at Jordan Creek Elementary have been studying Native American culture in social studies. They learned that different cultures were largely dictated by region and environment. To better understand that mindset, students created rock habitats using only found materials and natural resources like boxes, twigs, leaves, and scrap craft materials.