Jordan Creek Tiger Cubs students Ali Younes, Aythan Hayes, Breck Hurst, Avery Small, Lalithh Madan-Prasad, Mackenzie Hilts practice with rhythm sticks.

Life in the WDMCS 11/16/2015

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 Learning Academy

Fourth-grade students at Clive Learning Academy have been researching and learning about therapy dogs for their project-based learning unit, which centers on acquiring a therapy dog for the school. They have focused on several different research areas, including therapy dogs at other schools, dog care, and therapy dog uses and training. Students are creating fact-filled presentations to share with their parents, a panel of experts, and the school director, Andrea Bocook, on Nov. 20.

Crestview School of Inquiry

Crestview fourth-grade learners kicked off their first New Tech Network project, Invention Convention, this fall. Learners researched inventors and innovative thinkers and identified the reasons behind inventions. Mr. Mike Colwell from Square One Des Moines joined fourth graders to share his expertise guiding entrepreneurs. Learners presented their prototypes for his feedback and suggestions. Invention Convention was wrapped up by presenting possible solutions to peers.

Jordan Creek Elementary

Preschoolers at Jordan Creek Tiger Cubs are studying music. Music helps students work on all areas of development: intellectual, social, emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. Teacher Ingrid Anthan has been teaching the students about the joy of music using rhythm sticks and other instruments.