A student holds up her diagram of an atom in Silver

Life in the WDMCS 4/20/15

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 kindergarten students are exploring 2-D and 3-D shapes in math. Students practiced building flat shapes like squares and triangles with toothpicks and marshmallows. The students then built 3-D cubes and triangular prisms by connecting the 2-D shapes.

Crestview Elementary

Sixth-grade students at Crestview Elementary constructed 3-D atom models for the Chemical Interactions unit. Each student picked one atom from the periodic table, calculated the number of subatomic particles, then created a mobile and poster about the atom to present to the class. They were encouraged to be creative with the supplies used to construct their atoms.

Jordan Creek Elementary

The Special Education teachers at Jordan Creek Elementary have been going into each sixth-grade classroom once a week to educate students about diversity and disabilities. The sixth-graders have learned about autism, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, Spina bifida, and cerebral palsy. They will learn about anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and dyslexia later in the year. Guest speakers and individuals with each disability have come to talk to the classes. The discussions have focused on the similarities between people, despite their differences. The goal is to continue a culture of respect and awareness that will educate students and create advocates.

The fourth-grade students at Jordan Creek Elementary have been studying Russia. They have learned about Russian culture, government, sports, geography and history. The students are looking forward to a Russia Day Celebration. They will learn more about Russian by participating in a Russian play, songs and dances, and eating some Russian foods.

Western Hills Elementary

Western Hills Elementary held its first annual Dance Dance Revolution Competition in April. All students learned the dances during Physical Education, and representatives from each class competed in the schoolwide event. Teachers also competed, with grade representatives competing against each other. The final four competitors were Principal Beth Thornton, first-grade teacher Terry Soto, third-grade student teacher Britney Wolgast, and fifth-grade student Dustin Thomas. Thomas finished the competition in first place and earned a trophy that will be displayed in his classroom for the rest of the school year.