One group of Hillside students moves without leaving the floor while performing for their classmates.

Life in the WDMCS 11/30/2015

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.


All sixth-grade students in the West Des Moines Community Schools came together to compete in the Sixth Annual Steve France Volleyball Tournament. Boys’ and girls’ teams filled the Valley High School Field House. Teams competed in rotation and encouraged each other on with banners, signs, and positive cheers.

Hillside Elementary

Hillside Elementary sixth-graders got to work with two teaching artists from the Pilobolus dance collective. The dancers worked with the students to teach them how to “harness the creative potential of groups” and to promote trust and respect in their relationships. Students got to try several dance techniques and perform them for their classmates.

Fourth-grade students at Hillside Elementary created animal puppets and used them to perform the annual Iktomi plays, which center on a Lakota trickster spirit. Hillside third-graders, families, and district staff were all invited to view the plays performed by each class on Nov. 24.