Life in the WDMCS 5/11/15
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.
Fourth grade students at Clive Elementary are working to find lines of symmetry and use geometrical vocabulary in math. Students had the opportunity to play games using mirrors to manipulate objects, find lines of reflection, and record their observations. Partner and small group work helps build students’ understanding of how to work together towards a common goal and they enjoy learning from one another in the process.
Crestview orchestra students performed in the Fifth-Grade Orchestra Festival on Tuesday, May 5. They performed a new piece, “Time Machine,” which was commissioned for the concert from composer Richard Meyer. Meyer was also a guest conductor at the festival. Sixth-grade orchestra students also had their spring concert on May 5, playing pieces including “La Rejouissance,” “Sahara Crossing,” and a medley of pieces from “The Pirates of the Caribbean” soundtrack.
Jordan Creek Elementary
The second grade students at Jordan Creek Elementary are studying plants during their science this month. They became familiar with the structure and functions of flowering plants and learned how to find the root, stem, leaf, bud, flower and the seed of a plant. They enjoyed comparing the changes that take place over time with different kinds of plants. The students developed a curiosity and interest in plants as living things during this fun science unit.
Fifth- and sixth-grade students at Jordan Creek Elementary competed in a Science Fair on May 8. The students who chose to participate developed and tested hypotheses in two categories: invention or investigation. They then presented their project and findings to a panel of teachers and at a science fair open to the public. Fifth-grader Carson Copple won the “Top of Category” award in invention for the robot he designed, and fifth-grader J.D. Ramsey won the “Top of Category” award for his investigation into how different substances affect teeth. Copple took first place in the fair overall. Other projects were as varied as a Rube-Goldberg machine, investigating hydraulics, and testing stain removers or different strategies in basketball.
Valley High School
The Valley High School Design Studio class presented its end-of-year fashion show on May 6 in the Valley Performing Arts Center. The 11 students designed lines that were modeled by their fellow students. The design students also modeled designs they had upcycled from formal gowns donated by a local retailer. Each design studio student was featured in a video before their line discussing the inspiration behind their collection and what they learned from the experience.