- February 14, 2018
- February 14, 2018
Congratulations to Clive Learning Academy fourth-grade facilitator Lisa Dolan, who was featured in Clive Living Magazine this month. Check out page 14 to read about her and see quotes from some of her students!
- February 2, 2018
Seventh-grade Humanities learners from Indian Hills Junior High’s Project-Based Learning Network pathway have been learning about compassion and empathy in the community for several weeks. Teams of students have worked to become experts on populations in need in the community and volunteered with a huge variety of community organizations. Now, the students are hosting an Empathy and Compassion Awareness Convention at Valley West Mall on Jan. 29.
The students started with a problem statement:
How do we, as active members of our society, show compassion and empathy to raise awareness for marginalized groups so we can serve, inform, and persuade to make a difference in our community?
To best serve those populations, students did research and collected data before volunteering with organizations like Urban Bicycle, Blank Children’s Hospital, and the Iowa Homeless Youth Center. Now, they will work to inform and persuade the public about each group. The presentations will help the community learn and understand more about each group.
Join these Indian Hills learners as they present their findings at the Empathy and Compassion Awareness Convention, Valley West Mall, 3-7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 29.
Special thanks to the following organizations where students volunteered during this project:
- Bidwell Riverside Center
- Blank Children’s Hospital
- Central Iowa Shelter and Services
- Children and Families of Iowa
- NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Children’s Cancer Connection
- Clive Community Services
- Courage League Sports
- Des Moines Pride Center
- Disabled American Veterans
- Food Bank of Iowa
- Hawthorn Hill
- Iowa Homeless Youth Center
- Learning Disability Association
- Meals from the Heartland
- Opportunity on Deck
- Ronald McDonald House
- Rosedale Shelter
- Sportability of Iowa
- Unity Point Health Clinic
- Urban Bicycle Food Ministry
- Veterans Affairs
- Woodlands Creek Active Retirement Community
- Young Women’s Resource Center
- January 24, 2018
Students from Walnut Creek Campus were recognized by Governor Kim Reynolds during Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery’s Anti-Trafficking Day on the Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 17. The students were honored for the work they have done in their Teens Against Human Trafficking group. Governor Reynolds also signed a proclamation making January Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month. Congratulations to these hard-working students for this recognition and supporting the successful Anti-Trafficking Day on the Hill!
- January 24, 2018
Update from Feb. 3: Fifteen ensembles, and 161 total students, will represent Valley High School and Valley Freshman High School at the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) All-State Festival, Feb 16-17, at Iowa State University.
The Valley High School IHSSA All-State Contest performing entries are:
- One-Act Play, “Leaving Iowa.”
- Musical Theater, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
- Musical Theater, “A Little Princess.”
- Reader’s Theater, “A Murder of Crows: A Retelling of Hansel and Gretel.”
- Solo Mime, “Artemis and the Dragon: A Stolen Child.”
- Solo Mime, “Opus Siderum: Work of the Stars.”
- Solo Mime, “Yo-Yo Man: A Life on the Line…and he Gets the Girl.”
- Group Mime, “The Face Stealer: Platte River Valley, 1863, The Mecha Arrives.”
- Choral Reading, “Faithful Elephants.”
- Radio News, “AIR.”
- T.V. News, “Perspective: Stigma on Mental Illness.”
- T.V. News, “The Brunch Bunch.”
The Valley High School IHSSA All-State Contest special recognition entries are:
- Group Improvisation. (Directors: Joe VanHaecke, Amanda Pichler. Performers: Olivia Allard, Ellie Whisler).
- Musical Theater, “A Little Princess.”
- “Musical Theater, “Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe.”
The Valley Southwoods Freshman High School IHSSA All-State Contest special recognition entry is:
- Choral Reading, “The First Forest.”
From Jan. 20: Congratulations to the Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School teams that competed at the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) District Large Group Contest at Roosevelt High School on Jan. 20. Twenty-two out of 24 Valley teams and 9 out of 12 Valley Southwoods teams earned top “I” ratings and will advance to the IHSSA State Large Group Contest on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Waukee High School.
Valley High School entries performing at the state contest are:
One-Act Play, “Leaving Iowa.” Director: Kim VanHaecke. Assistant Directors: Cathy Divine-Koch, Caitlin Edwards, Amanda Pichler. Stage Managers: Marina Fredregill, Emily Hansen, Emily Schnoor. Cast: Hadley Abbas, Isaiah Aldiano, Whisper Arbs, Sally Beaty, AJ Bleskacek, Lizzie Brackett, Faith Breiholz, Claire Burnett, Savannah Burnham, Shannon Carroll, Lexi Chesley, Brianna Cole, Isabella Cook, Chloe Edwards, Jo Craven, Zoe Dunham, Edmond Falk, Gabe Ferren, Isabella Giudicessi, Olivia Hansen,Marleigh Heil, Ella Henricksen, Sasha Hentzen, Mekhia Hillgren, Alison Hisel, Jack Johnson, Melanie Joint, Jordan Kazeze, Nora King, Maya Knudsen, Gracia Koele, Jackson LaFleur, Carlyn Mann, Skylar Manna, Alainna McAuliff, Makyah Merrifield, Caire Meyers, Sydney Mixon, Suraj Moorjani, Zach Netteland, Halle Norton, Mya Nurse, Marisa Rethman, Emmy Richardson, Lauren Salloum, Sahithi Shankaiahgari, Ashlan Simpson, Macalya Smith, Jake Stegman, Bryce Stewart, Kya Stilwell, Rebecca Stockham, Ann Thomas, Mary Thomas, Carson Tow, Rylie Tu, Andrew VandeBerg, Skylar Vanden Bosch, Radha Velamuri, Hannah Walker, Hope Walker, Nick Wharf, Molly Wright.
Musical Theater, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Director: Megan Helmers, Bryan Gamboa. Stage Manager: Grace Basler. Cast: Riley Bartlett, David Bone, Ethan Glenn, Olivia Hansen, Alec Jessen, Camille Mireault, Jordan Potter, Claire Sattler.
Musical Theater, “A Little Princess.” Director: Megan Helmers, Bryan Gamboa. Stage Manager: Carrie Cassady. Cast: Rachel Forney, Avi Gedler, Lauren Johnson, Lizzie Napier, Olivia Ramaekers, Kate Raridon, Jacob Rhein, Maddy Swaim.
Musical Theater, “Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe.” Director: Megan Helmers, Bryan Gamboa. Cast: Landon Denker, Taylor Gion, Gunner Hawthorne, Preston Hayes, Marco Masteller, Jacob Soto, Cole Strelecki, Julie Van Kirk.
Reader’s Theater, “A Murder of Crows: A Retelling of Hansel and Gretel.” Director: Stacy Hansen. Stage Managers: Amy Wickenkamp, Rachel Spence. Cast: Zoe-Ella Anderson, David Bone, Katie Derouin, Cooper Earle, Nick Ellis, Maddie Hansen, Gunner Hawthorne, Quinn Herbert, Lauren Johnson, Emma Ksiazak, Alex Matthews, Lizzie Napier, Christian Patrick, Caitlyn Potter, Garrett Wheeler.
Solo Mime, “Artemis and the Dragon: A Stolen Child.” Director: Ted Van Deventer. Performer: Leann Grandia.
Solo Mime, “Opus Siderum: Work of the Stars.” Director: Amanda Pichler. Performer: Isabella Ksiazak.
Solo Mime, “Yo-Yo Man: A Life on the Line…and he Gets the Girl.” Director: Ted Van Deventer. Performer: Sam Sheffield.
Group Mime, “The Friendship: A Captain’s Rivalry.” Director: Ted Van Deventer. Performers: Zoe Dunham, Sarah Mele, Makyah Merrifield, Madeline Shumaker, Clayton Stein, Josie Williamson.
Group Mime, “The Callaghan Brothers and the Honor of the Kamikaze.” Director: Derek Claussen. Performers: Hans Bunn, Nick Ellis, Quince Harding, Marco Masteller, Alex Matthews, Jacob Soto.
Group Mime, “The Face Stealer: Platte River Valley, 1863, The Mecha Arrives.” Director: Derek Claussen. Performers: Emma Bohn, Cooper Earle, Bre Eigenheer, Riley Heil, Quinn Herbert, Liz Lau.
Choral Reading, “Faithful Elephants.” Director: Stacy Hansen. Stage Managers: Mia Claric, Lauren Anderson. Cast: Lindsay Amundson, Emma Bohn, Ethan Glenn, Preston Hayes, Liz Lau, Camille Mireault, Jordan Potter, Olivia Ramaekers, Kate Raridon, Jacob Rhein, Sam Sheffield, Cole Strelecki, Maddy Swaim, Julie Van Kirk, Andrew Voggesser.
Group Improvisation. Directors: Joe VanHaecke, Amanda Pichler. Performers: Bre Eigenheer, Carter Oakley.
Group Improvisation. Directors: Joe VanHaecke, Amanda Pichler. Performers: Hans Bunn, Omar Mustafa.
Ensemble Acting, “Chicken Salad.” Director: Charlie Reese. Cast: Olivia Allard, Katie Derouin.
Ensemble Acting, “There Shall Be No Bottom (A Bad Play for Worse Actors).” Director: Charlie Reese. Cast: Caitlyn Potter, Cole stephenson, Rebecca Stockham, Andrew Voggesser.
Radio News, “AIR.” Director: Glen Biermann. Stage manager: Lillian Barker. Performers: Lillian Barker, Riley Bartlett, Rachel Forney, Quince Harding, Jacob Smith, Clayton Stein, Garrett Wheeler.
Radio News, “CRME.” Director: Glen Biermann. Stage manager: Lillian Barker. Performers: Isaiah Aldiano, Aubrey Bier, Brianna Cole, Madeline Shumaker, Ashlan Simpson, Conner Smith, Cole Stephenson.
T.V. News, “Perspective: Stigma on Mental Illness.” Directors: Glen Biermann, Justin Smith. Performers: Zoe-Ella Anderson, Emily Ash, Jane Berg, Aubrey Bier, AJ Bleskacek, Faith Breiholz, Kailey Casper, Emily Ellinger, Gabe Ferren, Sydney Fisher, Omar Mustafa, Carter Oakley, Abby Ringgenberg, Caroline Smoldt, Morgan Tyma.
T.V. News, “The Brunch Bunch.” Directors: Glen Biermann, Justin Smith. Performers: Sally Beaty ,Savannah Burnham, Quinn Fox, Alec Jessen, Nick Johnson, Jamia Jordan, Sarah Lagomarcino, Kylie Miller, Allison Ohringer, Christian Patrick, Marisa Rethman, Kate Snodgrass, Ann Thomas, Taitum Torpy, Nash Willham.
Short Film, “Thinking Out Loud.” Directors: Darin Webb, Ken Winber. Cast: Jace Baker, Katie Balsley, Sarah Dorn, Nicole Embree, Joey Furnald, Sophie Hixson, Jack Johnson, Alyssa Joyce, Huda Kocher, Jackson LaFleur, Elizabeth LeMar, Patrick Pham, Yasmeen Musharafa, Nash Willham Jace Baker, Katie Balsley, Sarah Dorn, Nicole Embree, Joey Furnald, Sophie Hixson, Jack Johnson, Alyssa Joyce, Huda Kocher, Jackson LaFleur, Elizabeth LeMar, Patrick Pham, Yasmeen Musharafa, Nash Willham.
Entries that earned a Division 2 rating are:
Short Film. “Christmas Carol: Game of the Year Edition.” Directors: Darin Web, Ken Winber. Cast: Lawrence Byerly, TJ Edge, Skyla Manna, Keegan McCullough, Rose Nicewarner, Alana Scherer, Conner Smith, Andrew VandeBerg, Skylar Vanden Bosch, Ellie Whisler.
Ensemble Acting. “The Mercy Seat.” Director: Marnie Strate. Performers: Nora King, Keegan McCullough.
Valley Southwoods Freshman High School entries performing at the state contest are:
Group Mime, “The Affair of the Sea Goddess.” Directors: Cooper Earler, Quinn Herbert. Performers: Monia Ali, Joseph Maxwell, Avery Redford, Bryan Stewart.
Solo Mime, “Stranded: A Descent into Savagery.” Director: Leann Grandia. Performer: Ollie Smith.
Musical Theater, “Legally Blonde the Musical.” Director: Caitlin Dorsett. Cast: Abby Bishop, Ella Bishop, Alexa Cheguer, Allison Cook, Kaitlyn Forney, CeCe Grabinski, Eliza Sheffield, Sophia Valencia.
Ensemble Acting, “Please Have a Seat and someone Will Be With You Shortly.” Director: Marco Masteller. Performers: Quinn Kelly, Gabe Schebel.
Ensemble Acting, “Regina Flector Wins the Science Fair.” Director: Bre Eigenheer, Maddie Hansen. Performers: Cate Dolphin, Will Fox, Nate Gass, Gwen Sobrado.
Ensemble Acting, “The Midnight Club.” Director: Aaron Hunt. Performers: Ben Connolly, Hallie Madigan, Gabe Pruneda, Ollie Smith, Molly Wilkerson.
Choral Reading, “The First Forest.” Directors: Aaron Hunt, Sarah Beth Weinberg. Performers: Ethan Amptman, Lanie Anthan, Alexa Cheguer, Allison Cook, Quinn Emison Clair, Kade Ferchen, Kaitlyn Forney, CeCe Grabinski, Hunter Khongmaly, Ava Neppl, Sarah Norwood, Ellie Penick, Jack Renda, Eliza Sheffield, Jacie Stewart.
Group Improv. Directors: Joe VanHaecke, Amanda Pichler. Performers: Gavin Beedon, Hunter Khongmaly.
Short Film, “META.” Director: CoraLynn Gray. Cast: Gavin Beedon, Michael Cunninghma, Shabir Knox, Anrea Li, Ondrea Li.
Entries that earned a Division 2 rating are:
Musical Theater. “The Producers.” Director: Caitlin Dorsett. Cast: Lanie Anthan, Quinn Emison Clair, Joseph Maxwell, Ava Neppl, Mia Wells.
Group Improv. Directors: Joe VanHaecke, Amanda Pichler. Performers: Ella Bishop, Michael Cunningham, Quinn Kelly
Short Film. “Vroom.” Director: CoraLynn Gray. Cast: Kail Hassoun, Nick McCluskey, Oliver Parizek.
- January 23, 2018
Crestview School of Inquiry will add a Spectrum Light Table to its Makerspace, thanks to teacher-librarian Ann Reynolds. Reynolds applied for and won a $1,000 One Classroom at a Time grant from Local 5 and Bankers Trust. Representatives from both organizations surprised Reynolds and some of her students with the news on Friday, Jan. 19.
“I couldn’t be more excited for our kids to add this to our library!” Reynolds said in an email. “(It) will be a centerpiece in our library to facilitate STEAM learning for all ages.”
Private donations and instructional supply funds will supplement the grant used to purchase the table.
- January 22, 2018
Valley High School student-athlete Madi Kubik has been named the Gatorade Iowa Volleyball Player of the Year. She is the first Gatorade Iowa Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Valley High School.
Kubik’s selection distinguishes her as Iowa’s best high school volleyball player. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
The 6-foot-1-inch junior outside hitter recorded 544 kills, 247 digs, 34 service aces, and 33 blocks this past season, leading the Valley Tigers to the Class 5A state finals. A member of the U.S. Girls Youth National Team, Kubik was selected to the Elite All-State Team and was named the Class 5A Player of the Year. Kubik has also maintained a 3.68 GPA in the classroom and volunteered locally on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Meals From the Heartland, and youth volleyball camps.
“By the end of the season, Kubik was unstoppable, just lights out,” said Mary Beth Wiskus, head coach at Dowling Catholic High. “She’s a real six-rotation player who can play outside, middle, and back, and she was dominating at state. She was able to bring that team together.”
Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award, Kubik joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports. She will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support.
Congratulations to Madi!
- January 16, 2018
Because of severe winter weather conditions, all WDMCS schools will start two hours late Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. This means the Valley High School/Valley Southwoods finals schedule for Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, will be adjusted.
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 Finals Schedule
- Period 1: 10:20-11:50 a.m.
- Period 6: noon to 1:30 p.m.
- Lunch: Students can pick up boxed lunches as they leave.
- Buses arrive: 1:45 p.m.
- Make-up exams: 2-3:20 p.m.
- January 15, 2018