Hillside kindergartners Anna Gilmore of Clive and Amiah Keith of Des Moines attend "Room on the Broom" at the Des Moines Civic Center.

Life in the WDMCS 2/29/2016

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.

Clive Learning Academy
KCCI meteorologist Jason Sydejko and a stormchaser from the Iowa Storm Chasing Network spoke to a third-grade Clive Learning Academy class on Feb. 25. The class got hear about Sydejko’s job and learned about natural disasters.

Crestview School of Inquiry
Tim Smith, author of the popular “Buck Wilder” series, visited Crestview School of Inquiry on Feb. 22. He talked about the importance of hard work when writing, completing schoolwork, and telling stories. “You don’t have to be the best in your class, but if you want to publish books, or be a great cook, accomplished musician or basketball player, you need to be the one who tries the hardest,” he told students. Read more here.

Crossroads Park Elementary
The entire Crossroads Park Elementary student body and faculty attended the iowa Energy game on Feb. 9. The game was the schoolwide reward for reaching the fundraising goal during the fall Race Day.

Hillside Elementary
Hillside Elementary kindergartners attended the matinee performance of “Room on the Broom” at the Civic Center in downtown Des Moines on Tuesday. They enjoyed learning about theater etiquette, the bus ride downtown, seeing the 2,700+ colored seats at the Civic Center, and especially the performance of a favorite children’s book.

Jordan Creek Elementary
Children’s author and former Jordan Creek teacher Michelle Eastman visited Jordan Creek and spoke to students in grades K-3. She read her book “The Legend of the Dust Bunnies” to the students and talked about her new book, “Absolutely Aggie.” She also encouraged the students to try their hand at storytelling!

Stilwell Junior High
On Feb. 24, students and teachers at Stilwell Junior High participated in a “Mix It Up” lunch. They were assigned table numbers and had the opportunity to get to know new friends through conversation starters and teacher trivia.

Valley High School
Valley’s wrestling team celebrated its Dual Team Class 3A Championship Sunday and congratulated Coach Travis Young for being named Class 3A State Coach of the Year by the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association.

Walnut Creek Campus
Walnut Creek Campus students, families, and staff recently held the annual Volleyball  Tournament and Chili Cook-off. They tasted different chili recipes, and there was a three-way tie for first place in the volleyball tournament.