New entrances were installed at all eight West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) elementary buildings this summer. Modifications to the entrances include a double-door locked entry and require all visitors to access the school through the main office.
Many West Des Moines Community Schools athletic teams are known for their skills and successes, but few have seen such rapid growth as the Tiger Archery Club. With more than 300 members less than 10 years after its creation, the club has experienced both popularity and competitive success.
The Dick Bittner Sixth-Grade Memorial Track Meet will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at the Valley High School track, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines.
The 100-, 200-, and 800-meter races and the 4×200 relay will be held in the morning, along with the field events. The track meet will continue with three relays, the sprint medley, the 4×70 shuttle, and the 4×100 in the early afternoon.
Nutrition Services will provide breakfast and lunch to the students. Breakfast will be served as soon as the students arrive, and lunch will be served starting at 10:30 a.m. All students, visitors, and family members may use a school lunch account or cash to pay for lunches. Students will be able to get breakfast and lunch with a negative account balance.
A la carte items will be available all day long. Students must have enough money in their account to pay for any a la carte items or they may use cash to pay for a la carte items.
The West Des Moines Police Department would also like to remind attendees not to park in front of the mailboxes on 39th Street.
The track meet is the culmination of a physical education unit. Students have the opportunity to enter as many as four events. The West Des Moines Community Schools elementary physical education staff is proud to sponsor the event and invites families and staff to attend the annual Dick Bittner Sixth-Grade Memorial Track Meet.
Research indicates that kids pick up foreign languages more easily at a younger age. For her Scholars project, Valley High School senior Anna Correa has developed a fun website with engaging storybooks for elementary students interested in gaining exposure to English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. This free website provides several levels of vocabulary, grammar, and audio across different themes to get kids excited about learning new languages. Visit learnlinguo.com to start your language learning experience today!
Your participation is appreciated and will help measure the effectiveness of this program.
A Jordan Creek Elementary classroom will gain three 3-D pens, thanks to a $1,000 One Classroom at a Time grant from Local 5 and Bankers Trust. Fifth-grade teacher Aaron Pals was awarded the grant on Wednesday, March 21. Representatives from both organizations surprised Pals and his students with the news.
Pals plans to use the 3-D pens to bolster his students’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects.
“(STEM) may be a new interest area so that they can understand something just a little deeper… maybe have an interest that will take them further, into high school and college and even their professional lives,” he told Local 5.
The students were excited about the grant and brainstormed things they could draw with the 3-D pens, from toy cars to miniature houses. See our Snapchat story about the grant here or on our Snapchat, @wdmcs.