Students learned about Japanese fish-printing for Fairmeadows Cultural Arts Day.Students learned about Japanese fish-printing for Fairmeadows Students learned about Japanese fish-printing for Fairmeadows Cultural Arts Day.Cultural Arts Day.

Life in the WDMCS 5/4/15

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 WDMCS Sixth-Grade All-District Orchestra completed its annual tour on Tuesday, April 28. The group played concerts at four different schools. The orchestra is made up of sixth-grade string students from all the elementary schools in the district and rehearses Wednesday mornings before school.

Crestview Elementary

Seven Crestview Elementary sixth-grade students earned seats in the 2015 WDMCS Sixth-Grade Honor Orchestra. This is the highest honor sixth-grade students can achieve in the elementary orchestra program. The Crestview Honor Orchestra members were violinists Shivani Annapureddy, Oscar DeAvilla and Kassandra Vite; violists Dasha Gaydayenko and Keyah VanZee; and cellists Noah Mack and Eliza Sheffield.

Adriana Cao, Madeline DoBesh and Kaylyn Le, all Crestview Elementary fifth-graders, read all 15 of the 2014-15 Iowa Teen Book titles. The students decided to complete the lists as a challenge after finishing the 23 Iowa Children’s Choice book list. The students agreed that “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs and “The Raft” by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen were their favorite Iowa Teen Book choices.

Fairmeadows Elementary

Fairmeadows Elementary hosted a Cultural Arts Day on Friday, May 1. Students rotated between classroom work and stations led by cultural ambassadors. The program was coordinated by CultureALL, a Des Moines non-profit that provides interactive experiences that help Iowans learn about other cultures. The stations at Fairmeadows included Irish folk dancing, the art of henna, Japanese fish printing, Jordanian sand art and West African drumming.

Stilwell Junior High

Stilwell Junior High students and staff participated in Go the Distance Day on Friday, May 1. The day was part of the Live Healthy Iowa Kids program, part of the Iowa Sports Foundation. Stilwell students and staff started their Go the Distance Day by rotating between six stations: dynamic stretching, Insanity, line dancing, power yoga, tae kwon do, and 10-second circuits. Each station was led by a different staff member.

Valley High School

Valley High School’s Performing Arts Department presented the classic “The Wizard of Oz” as its spring musical May 1-3. The musical, directed by Stacy Hansen, was the first Valley High School musical to be performed in the new Performing Arts Center. Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School students and staff made up the cast, crew and musicians. Fourth-grade students from the majority of the district elementary schools were also cast as munchkins. More information and the full list of cast and crew members can be found here: