Taylor Jorgensen, Yatara Martinez, Noah Quinn, and Damien Sinopoli work together to stack cups in a pyramid using rubber bands.

Life in the WDMCS 12/15/2015

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.

Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds kicked off Iowa’s Computer Science Education Week with a press conference held at Jordan Creek Elementary on Dec. 7. The conference was just one element of the district’s Hour of Code participation this year. Many WDMCS schools held Hour of Code events, and the district hosted an Hour of Code event at the Learning Resource Center on Dec. 10. Students and their families completed the one-hour coding tutorials provided on code.org. Information about furthering students’ learning and study of computer science was available from district curriculum directors.

Additional photos available on the district website and the district Flickr.

Crestview School of Inquiry
Fifth-grade learners at Crestview School of Inquiry competed to build the tallest free-standing tower using only spaghetti noodles, string, and tape. They also used a rubber band contraption to stack cups in a pyramid. These team-building activities help the learners to develop collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills, key components of the New Tech Network model. Learners reflected on the strategies used, teamwork, and the idea of failure after each activity.

Hillside Elementary
The Hillside Elementary School Girls Club prepared breakfast casseroles for the Salvation Army’s Feeding Program. They worked with volunteers to make 12 casseroles.

Jordan Creek Elementary
Jordan Creek Elementary dedicated Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 7-13, to the Hour of Code this year. Students of all grade levels took part in the Hour of Code by completing hour-long tutorials from code.org that teach the fundamentals of computer coding.