Archery team members from the West Des Moines Community Schools compete at a recent tournament.

Life in the WDMCS 1/18/2016

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 Valley High School, Indian Hills Junior High, Stilwell Junior High, and Jordan Creek Elementary archery teams recently competed at tournaments in Albia and East Union.

Clive Learning Academy
Clive Learning Academy first-graders are learning about the importance of having a way to communicate without electronics. One speaker talked to learners about a Boy Scout trip to the Boundary Waters, while another explained how projectors use light and sound to communicate. The first-grade learners then invented their own communication devices that use light and sound to send a message.

Crestview School of Inquiry
First-graders at the Crestview School of Inquiry took a field trip to the State Historical Museum of Iowa in early January. They learned about mammoths, vintage planes and cars, Iowa’s natural resources, and more.

Sixth-grade learners at the Crestview School of Inquiry won time in Maker Space via a library drawing on Jan. 13. They worked together on projects using beads, magnets, origami, LEGO® bricks, and obstacle courses.

Hillside Elementary
The Hillside Elementary Student Council volunteered at Meals from the Heartland on Jan. 12. They packaged more than 12,000 meals for people all over the world as part of their continued service work.

Kindergartners at Hillside Elementary are learning about shapes through movement. They learned to identify and draw shapes, then used elastic bands and their bodies to create shapes the size of students.

Jordan Creek Elementary
The Jordan Creek Elementary Kids Care Club worked with Gabe Carlson from Upward Sports and four Kohl’s Employees from the Kohl’s Associates in Action program to create fleece blankets. The tie-blankets were distributed to Joppa, the U.S. Center for Refugees, and the YMCA Transitional Housing Campus.

Indian Hills Junior High School
Indian Hills students have been working in the science lab. They worked together to craft debates and start chemical reactions using Bunsen burners.