About Jordan Creek Elementary
A Message from Principal Orsini
Jordan Creek Community,
Welcome to the 2023-24 school year! I am excited for the start of the school year and look forward to working with all of the wonderful students and families in our school community. Our ongoing partnership as a team of teachers, parents, support staff, and administration is the key to ensuring the success of every student.
Jordan Creek Elementary serves approximately 650 students in preschool through sixth grade. Our building mission statement drives all that we do daily in growing leaders at Jordan Creek, as we believe every student we serve is a leader! “We will lead with compassion, learn with a purpose, and make a difference!” Our school provides educational opportunities that will prepare students for their secondary and post-secondary education, careers, and life beyond Jordan Creek. There is a strong emphasis on each child reaching their full potential through differentiated instruction and evidence-based practices. The Jordan Creek staff is committed to our district vision of fostering a “caring community of learners that knows and lifts every child.” I feel fortunate to work alongside our talented and dedicated team of educators.
This is my third year as the principal at Jordan Creek and 21st year in education. I graduated from The University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and hold endorsements in K-8 Reading, K-8 Social Studies, and PK-12 Gifted and Talented. I also earned a Master’s degree in Effective Teaching and Learning and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Drake University. My educational experiences have included teaching second grade, fifth grade and Gifted & Talented. I also had the opportunity to serve in West Des Moines Community Schools as an instructional coach, curriculum facilitator, and assistant principal. My husband Marshall and I are the proud parents of two children, Robert and Charlotte, who both attend WDMCS.
Thank you for the privilege of being a part of your child’s educational journey. If you have questions, thoughts, or ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact me. To schedule an appointment with me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office. Jen Harris, principal secretary, can schedule an appointment for you. We are better together!
Jordan Creek Information
4105 Fuller Road
West Des Moines, IA 50265-5318
HOURS: 9:05 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
COLLABORATION SCHEDULE: Wednesdays 9:05 a.m.-3:10 p.m.
PRESCHOOL: 9:05-11:50 a.m. and 1:10-3:55 p.m.
Annie Orsini, principal
Dr. Jeanette Barnes, assistant principal
Jordan Creek History
Jordan Creek Elementary School was dedicated on September 13, 1992 and was known as Phenix-Jordan Creek Elementary School for the first year. The school was very unique in that students who filled the classrooms came from almost every school in the district. Many of the students attended Westridge, whose boundaries included the Jordan Creek neighborhood until the new school opened. A large contingent of students and families from Phenix Elementary School attended the new school for the 1992-93 school year while their school (the oldest elementary school in the district) was closed for extensive remodeling. Thus, the name Phenix-Jordan Creek Elementary School recognized this combination of school neighborhoods.
Jordan Creek Elementary School was the first building of a planned two-school campus (Valley Southwoods) with adjacent municipal buildings (West Des Moines Public Library and City Hall) all serving a growing residential neighborhood. Red and brown brick, with geometric blue roof accents, developed a color palette that harmonized with the subsequent development of the city/school campus as it has become known.
The school pinwheels "families" of 24 similar grade classrooms around a focal point open media center.