Every School Every Thursday Carver Carver Community School’s ELL department has been working on the following: In kindergarten we are using words from our Picture Word Inductive Model (PWIM) Poster to write our sentences. Our current poster is one which features the city of Des Moines. We are focusing on using the transportation words of car, van, and bus. We have gone on to include other words as roof and sky. Students are having great success with making new sentences and practicing their phonemic awareness, letter and sound recognition. After writing these sentences, we are reading them in our small groups to practice our fluency and comprehension while reading. All of this has led us to great discussions and writing about what we see in the city. rd In 3 grade we are working on fluency. With this topic we have been exploring and practicing reading with meaning and expression. Before reading with our partners, we think about how we would say this as if we are speaking with a friend. Our voice usually goes up in pitch to stress a word, phrase, or to ask a question, and go down, in a lower voice when pausing for a comma or to stop for a period. This can also help us to communicate better. The students have all had fun making their voices go up and down, to make the listener help to feel the words, and sense how th the reader is feeling. No robot reading here. Our 5 grade groups have been reading about famous people, and also reading some autobiographies. We even practiced and had fun writing one of our own. It was exciting to find out interesting information about each other. All of us have been very busy. Just think of all of the interesting facts we will have to add to our autobiographies by the time we graduate from high school! Cowles An assembly for the environment- Friends at the YMCA presented to students at Cowles about being an ECO-kid. Students were taught ways to be economically friendly at school and in your neighborhood to an all school assembly. Buying and selling- Pre-k students learn the value of money as they hold their own flea market. Recycled items were brought to school for the flea market as the students have the opportunity to make purchases using pennies. Manners and chivalry... Lower level students were given lessons on etiquette at the table. During their lunch, students were given the opportunity to practice how to pass food around the table appropriately, where to place your napkin, and how to carry on conversations. With spring, the emergence of birds. Pre-K students discussed parts of a bird and what makes a bird different from a mammal. They examined matching cards and are learning the names of many different birds. In the outside environment the children paint hummingbirds. Solar energy... Upper level students were given the task to build a model car using solar power. Each student was given a solar panel and motor to design with. Students had to discover how to transfer the energy from the motor and sun to drive the wheels. Systems of the body... Middle School students have been assigned to thoroughly research a body system. They are researching the parts, the functions of all the parts, the diseases and treatments of the system, the current research into their system, and the means to keep that system healthy. They are becoming experts and will be presenting Power Points and answering questions about their system at the end of next week. Downtown th th The 5 grade students participated in the 40 Anniversary Earth Day Trash Bash Event held in the downtown area on Thursday, April 22. Small groups were assigned a street nearby the school th to clean up. After the clean up, there was a celebration at the Simon Estes Theater area. Our 4 th and 5 graders used recycled materials to make awards for the Trash Bash. Entries were judged and the top ten were chosen to be given out at the ceremony as prizes. These students were honored at the event beginning at 4:00 p.m. On Thursday, April 29 McDowell/Mathis group will be th performing a DTS Weather News presentation based on their project study of Storms. Six 5 graders participated in the Drake relays for their age group on Friday, April 23at the stadium. The relay team consisted of Bailey Irvin, Cora Brooks, Selena Sykes, Willis Gaer, Jacob Blobaum and Connor Johnson. Edmunds Ginny Smith’s second grade class will be shooting their yearly videos this Thursday thanks to a friend’s Prairie Meadows film crew. This year’s them is Poet’s Café. The students have been learning many different types of poetry for expression in feeling and emotion and to work on fluency in reading. They will each be performing three of their own original poems in front of a student/parent audience. This is the sixth year for this project to promote fluency and expression in reading. Each year the students create their own written work that is edited, practiced, and performed in front of a film crew and students. The performances are then made into a polished video thanks to our friends at PM and each child is given one as a keepsake. It is a unique experience for them that helps them to understand the importance of writing, editing, and reading for fluency! Findley Findley students are working toward a goal of reading 10,000 books outside of school during the 2009-10 school year. Students are writing down the books they are reading and turning in their completed “logs” as often as they can. There are many incentives for students to read more. They can win t-shirts, bookmarks and other assorted prizes while they work to become better readers. The whole school will enjoy a pizza party courtesy of John Deere Credit when the 10,000 book goal is reached. We know that the more we read, the better we read and Readers are Leaders! th Students and their families enjoyed a family reading night on April 25 . Each family in attendance learned more about how to help their children become better readers. Homework kits were distributed to families in attendance. They included supplies to help students complete their homework and literacy games for the whole family. Garton This year Garton Elementary has participated in the Kidstriders Program that promotes health and fitness for students through walking. The goal of the program is to have students walk anywhere from a half marathon (13 miles) to a full marathon (26 miles.) Students who achieve this goal participate in the GRAND BLUE MILE VICTORY RUN held during the Drake Relays. This year students will run ¼ mile with three-time Olympian, Suzy Favor-Hamilton. Here are the Garton students who have worked hard all year to achieve this goal: Andrea Cordero Kourteney Cropp Brandon Derry Veronica Gonzalez Hailey Heck Katie Johnson Yer Lee Toni McPhee Htee Moo Janyia oliver Nanbey Tennih Moncia Thavonkham Jessica Yang Zach Zielstorf Greenwood An Art Show of student work will be displayed from April 27-29 throughout the school. Parents and the community are invited to stop by to see the art on display and too see what other students have created this year. Each student in the building has a piece of art on display. Greenwood parent, Troy Levich, is working in Katie Pilcher and Joni Ibb-McConnell’s classrooms presenting a Junior Achievement program called Neighborhoods. He incorporates hands-on activities that help the students to understand that a neighborhood is where they work, live and play. This is his third year presenting the Junior Achievement curriculum to second grade. On th th th Tuesday, April 27 , the 4 and 5 grades presented their music program, Of Mice and Mozart. Kindergarten is working with the story The Napping House by Don and Audrey Wood. Children are building a napping house and placing characters in their houses. The teachers are focusing on teaching the verbs from the story such as the words snoozing, dozing, slumbering, and snoring. The classes are learning the sound the letters –ing make. The students will be doing some problem solving beginning with how many feet are in the napping house and ending with discovering how many feet are in their own houses. First graders went on a field trip to the Aviation Lab at the Des Moines International Airport, and first grade students held a Wheel-O-Rama after finishing their “Force and Motion” unit in Science. After doing many investigations on how things move and roll, students were asked to make their own cars to show what they have learned. Many students came up with very creative ideas in making their cars. After making their cars, the three first grade classrooms held a Wheel- O-Rama where students were able to roll them down a ramp. Each students roll was marked. The winners from each class than had a roll-off to see whose car would roll the farthest. Students had an exciting time cheering on their classmates and showing what they had learned in Science! Hanawalt Hanawalt students enjoyed working with professional artists on April 16. Eighteen Iowa artists, including several Hanawalt parents or grandparents, spent the day providing workshops. Students traveled form one artistic venue to the next. Some workshops combined music and movement, others included printmaking, ceramics, painting, pastels, and many more. Kindergarten students created clay fish, made puppets, and even created Circus Critters based on Alexander Calder’s art. The annual A Day in the Arts is funded through private donations, the Hanawalt PTA, and the Kids and Culture Grant provided by the Greater Des Moines Foundation. As one student said, “This is the best day ever!” Hillis st Hillis PTO is sponsoring a spring carnival at Hillis on Saturday, May 1 from 4:30 – 7:00. The Duck Pond, Can Smash, Face Painting and even a Dunk Tank will be the fun activities available to students, families and our community. Come and enjoy a fun evening on the Hillis lawn and support our Hillis PTO and students! Hubbell Hubbell PE teacher, Tom Swanson took a team of Fifth graders to the Elementary School Relay at Drake Relays. They ran Friday, April 23rd in the evening. The four students participating were Tavien Gardner, Tiffany Koger, Johnny Reuanthong and Noah Grimes. Fifth graders are finishing up their unit about how they express themselves. They developed a poster about themselves and shared them with the class. They shared their qualities and goals as well as things they did that showed risk taking. Kim Glynn, Hubbell Music teacher had students give two great performances on Thursday, April 15th.The Kindergarten and First grade classes performed music about transportation in their program entitled “Way to Go”. Also grades two and three carried on the Hubbell 100 year celebration by performing Disney songs that were popular from the past 40 years in their program. Four English teachers from Taiwan visited Hubbell the week of April 20th. They shared their culture with the school and community as they visited classrooms and learned about the Hubbell Community. Over 100 students involved in the Hubbell Walking Club qualified for the Kidstriders Victory Run held downtown during the Drake Relays on Tuesday, April 20th. Jackson The Literacy Leader and Reading First Support staff along with classroom teachers are going into the classrooms practicing their “structural analysis” through the content areas. The LL and RF support person need to combing the phonics with a content area. They are using earth day as their science content area in kindergarten. The children are working on the letter “y”, and the teachers are bringing in articles in their “green” bags and showing the kindergartners items that begin with “y” and discuss why a “yam” and a “yard”, and a banana that is yellow would be good for the environment. The lessons continue all week involving the “Earth Day” theme. Jefferson Poetry is a great way to practice fluency. Fluency is the ability to be able to read accurately, with expression, and with understanding. In honor of April being Poetry month, a Poetry Read was rd sponsored by Mrs. Pamela Olson’s 3 graders and held in the performance area with seven rd Kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms sharing a variety of poems with their 3 grade friends. Third graders made poetry books which they shared with these friends. Mrs. Olson’s students copied 3 of their favorite poems and wrote 2 of their own to put in their poetry book. During project art time, the students illustrated the poems in their books. Second graders shared either poems they wrote choosing from several types of poetry or they brought their favorite poem st to share. The 1 grade classrooms brought a poem from their poetry center that they had chosen and practiced so they were fluent and accurate. The kindergarteners brought their poem journals to the Poetry Read to share. The kindergarteners add a new poem to their journal every 6 days. Madison Twelve Madison fourth and fifth grade students participated in the DMPS Elementary Honors th Chorus at Central Campus on Saturday, April 17 . These students rehearsed with a guest clinician and performed a concert for their friends and family at the end of the day. The following students were:Tina Ho, Callista Bates, Alyssa Henderson, Itacia Sholley, Jennifer Ortiz, Nytierra Harris, Kathryn Scott, Ryan Nutt, Taylor Taulbee, Jonathan Praseutsack, Samantha Anderson, and Sydni Chandler. Monroe With the assistance of our friends and volunteers from Lenscrafters Jordan Creek children at Monroe Elementary had their vision screened recently. Those who failed the screening are referred to an eye doctor for further evaluation. Children without insurance are referred to OneSight, a charitable program developed and funded by the Luxottica Group, which includes local eyecare providers including Lenscrafters, Pearle Vision, SunGlass Hut, Target Optical and Sears Optical. Routine vision screening is important. Many abnormalities are treatable if discovered early, and if left untreated, can lead to vision loss and blindness. Oak Park Fifth grade students have been reading biographies in whole group and guided reading groups. In math, they are learning about collecting data and analyzing it. Some have even created their st own experiments. One experiment was a comparison of how many steps 1 graders took th compared to 5 graders for the same distance walked. After the students compiled their data they figured out range, mean, and median to determine which group took the most steps, the least steps, and why. Our fifth grade students will participate in a recognition ceremony on Monday, June 7, 2010 at 6:30 PM. We will celebrate their accomplishments and wish them well as they leave us to start middle school in the fall. In the library, students have been reading about severe weather, including tornadoes and lightning. Students had the opportunity to further explore about lightning with a Lumin Disk. We would like to thank the DMPS Library Support Group for generously donating a set of Iowa Children’s Choice Award books to our library. Park Avenue From bubbling volcanoes to popping popcorn, the demonstrations given by Park Avenue’s fifth th grade class were amazing! Last month 5 grade students at Park Avenue Elementary held a Science Fair to present experiments they had done for their International Baccalaureate unit of study. Many students, parents and teachers attended the event. We want to thank everyone for coming! Perkins The children at Perkins Academy have just finished a clay unit.The fifth and third graders made big billed birds with the clay. The birds have been painted a variety of colors. There is no hiding place for these birds. Fourth graders have made pockets to hang on the wall. Just a pocket is a bit boring so we made the pocket act as a mouth and added a nose, eyes, hair, ears, and whatever else one could think of. Second graders were busy making animals. There are a lot of wild animals but we still have the family dog, cat, and bunny. I even saw some elephants that had colorful polka dots on them. First graders tried something new. They made pinch pots with four legs, an animal head, and a tail shaped as a handle. All in all a fun and learning experience for everyone. Phillips th Congratulations to the Phillips 5 grade relay team. They had the opportunity on April 23 to participate in the Drake Relays. Students running were Rory Walling, Frank Sawhill, Roger Rumbaugh, Jarod Harrison and alternates Taylor Wood and James Tyler. We are proud of you! th th Phillips 4 and 5 grades performed songs and a mini musical for family and friends on April 22. A big thank you to music instructor Sheri Williams and band instructor Jim Goodwin. River Woods River Woods, Capitol View, and Moulton will be enjoying April Break Wed., April 28 – Friday, April 30. Classes will be in session Monday, April 26, and Tuesday, April 27. Registration for all th students for the 2010-2011 school year will be Thursday, May 13 , from 1 – 7 P.M. All families are asked to bring proof of their home address at the time of registration. Samuelson The fourth graders at Samuelson Elementary had the privilege of spending the morning at the th Des Moines Art Center on Friday, April 16 . The Des Moines Art Center provided the transportation and the guides for the children to see the outstanding permanent collection of the art center. Samuelson Art Teacher, Mrs. Sharon Campbell prepared students with slides of the art and architecture before the tour. The students and staff appreciated this opportunity. Smouse Great things are happening in Mrs. Dodd’s classroom this year! They have introduced a word wall and students are having great success with it, they are spelling and saying all the words. Students are using the computer to write about topics they choose and are learning a lot about the students as a result. th Some of our Smouse Students participated in the Special Olympics on April 14 ; we celebrated th with a ribbon ceremony on Friday April 16 for those students that did their best in the track and field events, In May some of those students will also be going onto State Competition. Congratulations and good luck to Airionna, Marie, Claude, Jessica, Taylor, Maria, Cole, Ashton, Gabrielle, Noah P., Daniel, Mark S., Jaycie, and Donisha. The Smouse Knights of the Week traveling trophy went to Ms Blume’s classroom for demonstrating excellent Fieldtrip expectation th skills on April 12 to the San Jose Taiko Performance at the Civic Center. Way to Go Ms. Blume’s Class!! Stowe Stowe second grade students recently attended an opera based upon the life of George Washington Carver at the Historical Building. After attending the opera, students rotated through various learning activities staged throughout the museum. Students were involved in writing songs, making paper, and learning about dance as means of expression. Additionally, they talked about architecture and how buildings are put together. A professional architect was the guide for that session. The opera and the additional sessions were great connections to the trans- disciplinary unit students have been exploring, which is “How We Express Ourselves”. Stowe is an International Baccalaureate candidate school, and students work to connect ideas and understandings across subject areas. In this case connections were made for literacy, math, social studies, music, and P.E. Stowe students and staff wish to thank Maureen Korte of the Iowa Historical Museum for allowing us to attend this exciting learning experience. We also wish to thank Target Corporation for funding our bus expenses through a grant for arts related field experiences. Studebaker Mary from Waste Management visited second grade classes on April 21 to do a presentation about recycling. She informed the students on what can be recycled and how to recycle. She also let them know about what just needs to be thrown away. It was a great way to get students thinking about their environment and how they can help keep it clean. It was very timely with Earth Day on Thursday! nd Earth day was celebrated Thursday, April 22 at Studebaker Elementary. The students participated in many activities to heighten their awareness of taking care of our Earth. Some of the activities included a trash pickup in the surrounding school area, and a school wide song to celebrate our Earth. Staff and students wore Earth conscience shirts to share the message. th Last Wednesday April 14 some of the students in Jane Sandin’s room participated in the West Central Special Olympics. The events were held in Indianola at the Simpson Track and Field. The students placed st st nd in the following events: 50 Meter Dash: Montez C. 1 Place, Caleb M. 1 Place, Victor G. 2 Place, nd st rd st Softball Throw: Montez C. 2 Place, Caleb M. 1 Place, Victor G. 3 Place, and Jayde H. place 1 in the th Walk w/Me and 4 in the Tennis Ball Throw. Montez and Caleb are eligible to participate in the State Special Olympics later in May. Willard Willard Elementary fourth graders enjoyed an art-filled afternoon at the Art Center last week. Willard Elementary PTO and staff continue to plan for Family Fun Night in May! With a theme like Wild, Wild West and Pioneer’s contributions students and families alike are sure to have stomping good time! Also coming in May is Willard’s Literacy Celebration. This will be a school wide festivity including events such as; Poetry Reading & Reader’s Theater. Families will be invited to help celebrate. Windsor For the past several months Windsor students collected monies to help the earthquake victims of Haiti. Pictured here are two third grade students, Kylie Williams and Amy Nguyen holding the check. Windsor K-Kids helped to organize this school-wide project. Windsor students participated in the city-wide Battle of the Books competition held last Friday, th April 16 . Windsor students were elated to win the final round of competition, which was held at the downtown public library. Team members were: Cade Warren, Ellie Alexander, Emma Gardner, Emma Reese, Jade Alexander, Matt Voss and Nyamal Gatlyak. Not pictured: Olivia st Helton and team leaders: Bev Smith and Kim Helton. After receiving the 1 place award, Mr. Jones treated the students to ice cream at one of their business partners, Windsor Heights Dairy th th Queen. The entire 4 and 5 grade classes formed a congratulatory human tunnel to welcome them back to school. Wright This spring has been rich in artful experiences for Wright Elementary Students. Fifth grade students had the opportunity to view the Youth Symphony concert presented at the Des Moines Civic Center and came back to the school to reflect on citizenship and becoming patrons and participants of the arts. Fourth grade students have begun their next Artful Learning unit by experiencing the George Washington Carver Opera at the Historical building. Students were able to interact with performers and were introduced to the composer who was present for the th performance. Selected fourth and fifth grade students participated Saturday April 17 at Drake University as members of the Honors Choir Festival; and third grade students are completing their final singing assessments as a part of the district wide music literacy program. These students will perform at a district-wide sing-a-long to promote life-long music making in May. MIDDLE SCHOOLS Brody th The 8 grade students at Brody Middle School are spending a little bit of time thinking about Earth. As part of Earth Day, the students will be taking part in a few Earth Day activities. All of th th the 8 grade students received a letter to take home with them on Monday, April 19 . The letter outlined what they would be doing for Earth Day. On the back of the letter, was an inventory about what the students and their parents can do at home to help the Earth. A few examples of things families can do to help with protecting the environment are: unplug appliances when they are not being used, let your dishes air dry in the dishwasher, check the weather stripping on doors and windows, turn off the water when you brush your teeth, and shop with a reusable bag. As a reminder to the students about taking care of the Earth, each student will receive a reusable shopping bag. Callanan rd Congratulations our Battle of the Books Team as they finished 3 at the district competition. The team members are: Kenna Bell, Emma Bernstein, Jadzia Cox, Katie Crisman, Elizabeth James, and Destinie Nemmers. Their coaches are sixth grade reading teachers Kathy Murphy and Cara Schwarz. Way to go! th As term 5 comes to a close, the 8 graders prepare for their last term as middle school students. Term 5 grades will be submitted this week. Your student should be receiving a report card within the next few weeks. However, you do not need to wait for your child’s report card to check his/her grade. The eighth grade team frequently updates grades on infinite campus, and we urge parents to use this valuable tool to monitor their child’s progress. With one term left, there is still a lot of learning to be accomplished before making the leap to high school. This week in class Mr. Joseph is having students launch rockets as they come to the end of the astronomy unit. Mrs. Coop’s science classes are working on cells. They have built models of cells and are presenting the models to the class. Her language arts classes are reading Silent Spring in observation of Earth Day being this week. Mrs. Braun’s language arts classes are previewing and selecting books for literature circle, as well as learning the different roles involved in literature circle. The civics classes taught by Mr. Young are taking a test over the executive branch and will begin the judicial branch. Mrs. Gray’s civics classes are examining careers. Her math classes are working with square roots. Meanwhile, Mr. Wade’s classes are working with graphing and exponents. Goodrell th th On April 6 and 7 the students and staff at Goodrell Middle School partnered with Holmes Huyndai to package 21,168 meals for Kids Against Hunger. This is the second year that the partnership has taken place. Goodrell raised $1,600 and Holmes more than doubled the amount in order for this many meals to be packaged. The event took place at school during students’ Healthy Choices class. Some students packaged meals while others viewed a video of Max Holmes’ visit to Haiti a few years ago, students wrote notes of encouragement to the Haitians, and decorated the boxes in which the meals were packaged. To raise the $1,600 students and staff donated money to “Change for Haiti.” Students gave $.50 to use their electronics at lunch or $1.00 to have a staff member bus their tray. They also made donations in their Pride Times. Staff donations included the profits of a jewlry sale and a $1.00 donation to wear jeans to school. A school-wide doge ball tournament was held where both student and teacher teams competed. All entry fees were donated to Kids Against Hunger as well. 6th graders recently took a field trip to the National Animal Disease Research Center in Ames. While there, they participated in many different lab stations dealing with topics like immunology, pathology, microbiology and others. The most popular station was the fistulated cow. This is where most of the kids placed their hand and ARM into the stomach of a living cow! Scientists observe how different foods get digested by the cow through the use of this "holey" cow! The 7th Grade science classes finished balancing chemical equations and are now in the process of learning about the three types of rocks and the rock cycle. Students were supposed to bring a rock for homework. Then students used resources given to search what they have for a rock. They needed to answer informational questions like where their rock came from or how it was formed. Students also found a challenge answering questions that dealt with how did your rock get to Des Moines, how old is your rock, are there myths or folklore associated with your rock, or what is your rocks favorite TV or movie show. The students then used all their information to create a "Facebook" page for their rock. The page is a Microsoft Word template that was given to each student through the laptops. The students are enjoying locating pictures, creating posts, and developing their profile page for their rock. Science classes will then move into the theory of plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes before moving on to the prairie plants and their structures. Students will research types of plants and animals that are located in the prairie. They will also learn about native and non-native plants. We hope to get out and use the plants that we have in our courtyard for observing and learning. Goodrell students in Healthy Choices Class have been doing "off the ground training" - they are climbing their rock wall and cargo net and NEW this year they are climbing a rope ladder, a knotted rope , and a vertical rope as well. Eighth grade students of Ms. Lansing and Mrs. Tollari are reading Jack London's The Call of the Wild to examine the idea of how a person's world view and experiences shape who he/she becomes. Students are also working on expository How-To writings, including writing a letter to a seventh grader on how to be a great eighth grader as well as writing a How-To for others to follow regarding a task each student is personally passionate about. The seventh grade global studies classes recently completed a trade unit to answer the question “How are we connected?” They studied the effects of economic needs and wants on individual and group decisions and factors that create patterns of interdependence in the world economy. The teachers prepared a game show to kick off the unit using “The Price is Right” game to compare prices of like items around the world. Students inquired about where their “stuff” is made and why. They participated in games and simulations of free and fair trade, and finally, they researched an import from creation to purchase by the consumer to culminate the unit. 7th grade Global Studies students are doing a mini unit on the 2010 Census. They are learning what the Census is, who is counted, how to use the data from the census and the diversity of the United States. Mrs. Kockler's 7th grade red team math students are using the cup and ball game called Ballero to learn about experimental probability, measures of central tendency and making histograms, circle graphs, scatter plots and stacked bar graphs. Harding th Warren G. Harding Middle School hosted its 4 annual NASA Science Family Night on Thursday, th April 15 . Advanced Science teacher, Mark Schnurstein organized the event with the help of the science department and a representative from NASA. Over 330 student and family participants had an opportunity to hold a genuine moon rock, make gack, operate a flight simulator, play science-related computer games, explore a star lab, launch stomp rockets, and play with student created robots. In addition, there was a display of student created art in the main lobby, a display of student science fair projects in the cafeteria, and a book fair in the library. Hoyt th On Friday, April 30 Hoyt will be having a career fair. It will be from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. The career fair is intended to engage and help students connect classroom subjects to the workplace. Students will have an opportunity to learn about careers in areas such a science, math, social studies, foreign language, art, and music. They will learn about career pathways, college credited classes, and other educational programs offered by Des Moines Public School District. In addition, students will learn about the education/training requirement needed for various careers, meet professionals from various career areas and possibly apply for volunteer, job shadowing, internship, and/or opportunities. McCombs th McCombs 8 graders invaded Iowa college campuses today. Through the Gear Up grant students boarded charter busses to Iowa State University, Grandview University, DMACC, Simpson College, and La James. The students represented McCombs well, asking many intelligent questions about post-secondary education. Students enjoyed the sun walking around while touring the campuses. At La James, students had the opportunity to have nails, make-up, and hair done. At Grandview students learned about multicultural opportunities in student life and also got to record greetings at the university’s radio station. Overall, students got an opportunity to see themselves pursuing higher education. Meredith We want to congratulate all the students who cpmpeted in the Battle of the Books district nd competition. They received 2 place. The students were: Kyle Erickson, David Jordan, Zoe Wissler, Emily Hestbech, Paden Sheumaker, Katlyn England, and Renee Elliott. th The 8 Grade Chorus toured the Iowa State University campus and sang in a rehearsal with the Iowa State Singers. It was a wonderful experience for all of them. th On April l9th, 40 6 grade students accompanied Mrs. Weeks and some parent volunteers to Des Moines University. The students met with Dr. Craig Candy and medical students to learn about forensic science using real human organs. The students had to write an essay to apply for The trip. Before leaving Meredith the students enjoyed a wonderful meal, donated by The Olive Garden. th th th Sisters for Success took l8 6 , 7 , and 8 graders on April l6 for an overnight retreat at the Wildwoods Hills Ranch. They did a lot of team building activities that brought the girls closer together. There was a famous recording artist there, T’boz, from the group TLC. The girls Got lots of pictures with her, and they really enjoyed the retreat. th The 8 grade Algebra classes are finishing up work with compound interest and exponential functions. One Algebra class is working on figuring the cost of giving Meredith a “make over” by figuring costs of carpet and paint and designing logos for each grade level wing. The other pre-algebra classes are studying geometry. May 5 - 2 hour early dismissal 11 – Spring Band Concert 7pm at Hoover 17 – Husky Alliance –Hoover 7pm Vocal Music Concert 7pm Hoover Merrill Get ready for a flourish finish to the year when the Merrill performance groups present their spring concerts. The Merrill orchestra starts us off with beautiful melodies on May 3 at the beautiful Sheslow auditorium on the Drake campus. Concert begins at 7:00, come celebrate string music at its finest. The Merrill Mustang choir will be performing song and dance numbers that will make you want to leave your seat and join along. Some of the favorites include: Be the Light, Kids on Broadway, Thank you very much (Scrooge)the Nicest Kids in Town (Hairspray) and We Go Together (Grease) Concert is in the Merrill Auditorium at 7 on May 10. The Band finishes us off this year with a grand concert on May 25. Come hear our youth players as they play many old favorites. HIGH SCHOOLS East Teachers at East High School talked to their advisory students about going to college and informed the students about the colleges they attended. Teachers all dress in their school colors. Linn Morris and DeAnn Hebert both attended Iowa State University and proudly wore their red and yellow. East High will have a garage sale on Saturday May 22, to raise money for Project Sewing Machine and a new screen for the auditorium. Pictured are Natasha Schoborg and Nijay Gaines, they are both going to participate in Project Sewing Machine next year. East High bags will be sold for $10, and people will be able to fill the bags with items of their choice. There will also be several general tables of school organizations selling. The sale will be from 7 am -11 am. th Donations will be welcome for the sale the week of May 17 . Large items should not be brought st to the school before Friday, May 21 . If anyone has questions, they can contact Sally DeGooey or DeAnn Hebert. The Des Moines Public schools competed in the Grand Blue Mile Corporate Challenge and got rd 3 place. The Team was made up of Luke Spencer, Tim Schott, and Kelly Parriott. To celebrate Earth Day Thursday, April 22nd, East High’s FCCLA (Family, Career,Community Leaders of America) members cleaned up trash on the school grounds after school. They also th planted flowers and weeded the beds in front of the 9 Grade Academy. FCCLA is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. This is East’s second year having and FCCLA chapter. FCCLA has over 220,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters from 50 state associations and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945, formerly known as Future Homemakers of America (FHA), the name changed July 7, 1999 to better represent what FCCLA members accomplish. FCCLA is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities help members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities. Lincoln Biology students in Larry Beall’s classes are beginning their study of anatomy and physiology with a unit on the nervous system. They concentrated on vision. This included a lab on eye anatomy. Bio II students are studying the respiratory system. They just completed a lab on lung capacity which compared tidal volume with capacity. Students in Aaron Stevens’ World History classes took a personal look at the impact of World War II on Lincoln High School. Students went to the Main Hallway in front of the glass cases where they spent time studying the mural containing the names of Lincoln High School students who served on active duty during the years 1941-1945. The class was responsible for tracking several key details, including the number of Gold Star students (killed in action). Red Star students (wounded, missing, or POWs), and Blue Star students (released POWs). The students also tried to estimate the total number of students on the board (the most accurate measurement was between 1,850 – 1,900), and looked for recognizable last names (there were many). In a follow-up discussion, many in each class acknowledged that they’d walked down the hallway numerous times without ever noticing the mural. At the end, students were given an extra-credit opportunity in which they could interview or gather information about a family member or acquaintance who has served in combat, whether in World War II or a more recent war. Students could then place the information in a one-page summary and turn it in for extra points. Students in Linda Thomson’s Modern American Literature classes are reading and discussing The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. The novel is based on the Vietnam War and O’Brien’s experiences and observations about the war as a PFC. In preparation for reading the novel students researched various topics on the Vietnam War and summarized their findings. Advanced Placement Literature students are reading and discussing 1984 by George Orwell. Class discussions over the novel focus on individual rights versus governmental control and the power of language to manipulate and distort the truth. Students are also completing a semester project over a modern novel of their choosing. The project includes six specific assignments which students must complete over their respective novel. These assignments include a literary analysis essay, a personal response document, a summary over three literary criticism articles about the novel and/or author, examples of parallel materials that support the novel, a study guide, and background information about the novel and author. Students will hand in the th completed project on May 14 . Twelve GEAR UP students attended DMACC’s “Health and Public Services Career Expo” on Friday, April 16, 2010. The students received a tour of the Health and Public Services building at DMACC and spent the day exploring the following career areas: Respiratory Care, Pharmacy Technology, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Optometric Technology, and Nursing. The GEAR UP students were given the opportunity to meet with both DMACC students and professors to ask questions about the various Health and Public Services careers offered at DMACC. Highlights of the Expo were the hands-on activities offered to teach students more about the career programs. On Friday, April 16th, twenty GEAR UP students interested in science and engineering visited the campus of Iowa State University (ISU) to be “Engineers for the Day.” Ten students were given the task of designing and building the tallest tower they could using spaghetti and mini- marshmallows. The others were asked to “Toy with Technology,” building a programmable robot from Lego’s. The highlight of the trip was the 3D presentation of the virtual reality simulator used at ISU. The students enjoyed their time on campus and the chance to experience science and engineering firsthand. Twenty GEAR UP students in the “Health, Education and Public Service” career academy will be given the opportunity to explore nursing careers on Friday, April 23, 2010. The students will tour Mercy College and talk to Admissions staff about entrance requirements, college preparation, and the many careers available in the nursing field. Following this campus tour, students will walk to Mercy Hospital where they will have the opportunity to tour the Mercy One helicopter, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Unit. Following the visit to Mercy, the GEAR UP students will travel to Des Moines University (DMU) where the students will be given the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities at DMU’s Iowa Simulation Center. Sue Angell’s French 1 Classes have been learning how to say food names in French. The students have created menus for their own restaurants, using all French words. They are currently acting out skits in French that they have written themselves for their class. Brenda McConahay’s Family and Consumer Science foods classes have been busy learning new skills. Foods I finished Grain Foods Group and the Baking Unit. Cooking pasta is always popular and determining the “al dente” stage of cooking allowed the students to make a product that was tender and firm. Also the FCS students baked and decorated cupcakes that were delivered to many of the teachers at Lincoln Main. This allowed them to understand and enjoy the benefits of preparing “gifts” from the kitchen. Foods and Nutrition II classes continued to study foods from other cultures as they discovered delicious recipes from the Asian culture. Egg Rolls were prepared and enjoyed last week and a variety of main dishes will be enjoyed this week as we discover new tastes and ingredients used in the recipes. Vocal Music students participated in the Solo/Ensemble Contest hosted by Lincoln on April 17. Choir student’s participated in 35 total vocal events and specific groups received the following awards: Madrigal Choir, a perfect score, Chamber Choir, a “1” rating. The following Soloists received a Division “1” : Aly Olson, Caleb Peterson, Jessica Taylor, Taylor Tovrea, Zach Jones, Annamarie Bellegante, Sydnie Tarter, and Patrick Rush. The following Ensembles received a Division “1”: Boys Double Quartet – Zach Jones, Tony Thonesavanh, Sam Langfritz, Jesse Salmon, Jake Strong, Caleb Ceretti, and Caleb Peterson, (Brandon Louis, Director); Women’s th Quartet – Aly Olson Kourtney Richards, Kelsey Edwards, Sydnie Tarter; 9 Grade Duet – Jessica th Richter, Allison Richter; 9 Grade Trio – Jessica Richter, Josie Bowen, and Allison Richter; Women’s Trio – Crystal Conrelius, Ali Skartvedt, and Bethany Kucharo. Roosevelt th On Wednesday, April 14 Professor Anthony Arnone, Cellist of the University of Iowa faculty spent the morning at Roosevelt High School working with 9 of the cellists that will be playing in th the State Solo and Ensemble Festival that occurs on Saturday, April 17 at Dowling High School. He worked individually with these students to further refine their presentations for judging that will occur at the this statewide Festival. It is a unique learning opportunity for Roosevelt musicians to have a teacher of this stature come to Des Moines and work with them. The Great Lakes US Navy Rock Band performed at Roosevelt on Wednesday, April 21 Amelia Martin signed a letter of intent for George Mason University in college forensics on Wednesday, April 21st. Amelia has been accepted into George Mason’s Scholar's Program meaning she is ranked in the top 40 of all incoming freshman. George Mason University has been in the Top 20 in college forensics for the past 30 years straight. Roosevelt students participated at state contest Saturday at Dowling Catholic High School. The following is a summary of the vocal music performances. Vocal solo participants were: Freshmen Hannah Carlson - Division I Superior Rating, Maureen Lyons Superior Division I Rating,Madeline Palmer-Chase Superior Division I Rating, Deanna Satin Sophomores Alex Schaeffer Division II Rating, Chris Henry, Juniors Bridgit Albright Superior Division I Rating,Kevin Brown Superior Division I Rating, Wes Ketcham Division II Rating, Sarah Larson Superior Division I Rating, Kate Percival Division II Rating,Will Parmenter,Elizabeth Pruchnicki Superior Division I Rating, Madi Pote Superior Division I Rating, Rebecca Cooks Division II Rating Seniors Britney Cameron, Kevin Browm Superior Division I Rating, Napoleon Douglas Superior Division I Rating Amy Duong Division II Rating Napoleon Douglas was honored with the "Outstanding Performance Award" for the center (Best of Center) and will perform on the Outstanding Performers recital at Iowa State University Music Hall May 11th Congratulations Poe ! His score was one point short of a perfect ballot. The Roosevelt Chamber Choir Superior Division Rating ! Two points short of a perfect ballot! Bridgit Albright Emily Baker Britney Cameron Hannah Carlson Richardo Collins Heaven Cunion Christopher Diest Napoleon Douglas Amelia Duong Erin Elliott Hailee Hopkins John (Mac) Irvine Samuel Jones Amanda Kanehl Wesley Ketcham Sarah Larson Alec Leners Jordan Morrow Will Parmeter Kate Percival Elizabeth Pruchnicki Alex Schaeffer Leeza Thompson Alexandra Young Central Campus Four of seven student films produced by the Central Campus Broadcasting and Film Program have been nominated for recognition by the Iowa Motion Picture Association. The IMPA Awards Show is the culmination of a full day of workshops and events held at the downtown Holiday Inn st on May 1 . Recipients are: Jessie Hixenbaugh (documentary–Living With a Gift), Atticus Swartwood (short film–The Cold Tub), Bradley Meyer, Ariel Pomerantz, and Lauren Morrisey (short film–Katy Don’t Cry), and Lucas Baty (music video–I’m Impressed). The films and awards will be on display at the Central Campus Art Show scheduled for May 18 in the lobby of Central Academy. In May, high school students Trevor Stoakes, 18 (Valley) and Ben Thomas, 17 (Home Schooled) will be awarded one-hour free flight instruction each for academic excellence. The Aviation Technology Lab of the Des Moines Central Campus hosted an academic competition among the high school and college students enrolled in the Airframe/Powerplant program. Ben Thomas solved an electrical circuit problem by designing and building a test circuit able to switch on a low- voltage light, while simultaneously blocking voltage to a separate light. Ben used knowledge of Ohm’s Law and the Lab’s test equipment to solve the problem. Ben is a second-year Lab student, 17 years old, and a home-schooled junior. Trevor Stoakes solved a problem of calculating the volume of a latex balloon filled with helium after it was exposed to sub-zero temperatures. The problem only allowed the students to measure the initial diameter and the initial temperature. Trevor used the Gas Laws learned during the Lab’s Physics unit to solve the problem. Trevor is a first-year Lab student, 18 years old, and senior at Valley. CONGRATULATIONS!! 25 Iowa Central College students toured the Aviation Facility on April 21. They were fire science students. In addition, 75 students, teachers and parents from Greenwood school visited to tour the facility and then toured the airport fire truck and watch it spray water. The following Early Childhood Careers Students led groups of students from McKinley Elementary to over 20 career programs at Central Campus: Kaylynn Burgett, Lincoln, 11 Samantha Clark, Hoover, 11 Amanda Ingoli, North, 11 Regan Klug, Lincoln, 11 Ashley Lawrence, Hoover, 12 Jose Marquez, Lincoln, 12 Mara Mauk, East, 11 Heather Vogel, Hoover, 11 Katie Wilson, Lincoln, 12 Students experienced Central Campus “Hands on” by screen printing their own t-shirts with Graphic Communications students. McKinley students and staff are pictured with Central Campus Early Childhood Careers students as well as Graphic Communications student (Lincoln 12) Jackie Culbert who designed the shirt and helped students screen print. Students also worked with Broadcasting students as TV and radio crew members. It was an exciting day for fifth graders to gain insight regarding the many tuition-free career programs Central Campus offers its students. On April 20 over 70 Park Avenue students attended a career-focused event at Central Campus with Park Avenue Counselor Sara Waljasper, teachers and parents. It was an exciting day to learn about future careers. Highlights of the day include a photo shoot in which each student participated with Commercial Photography students and Instructor Denise Wicker. Students also worked directly with CADD students and Instructor Marcia Elliot designing their own houses on computers. On Friday, April 23 all North freshmen visited Central Campus to learn about career programs at Central Campus. Each group of students was accompanied by their Polar Time Teachers who toured to also learn about Central Campus programming. This informational day was focused on student to student interaction as Central Campus Program Ambassadors talked directly with North students to share their experiences. st Seventy-five students, teachers and parents visited Aviation Wednesday, April 21 from Greenwood school. They toured the facility and then toured the airport fire truck. It was an exciting day for all. Aviation Instructors are Jerry Bradley and Ric Graves. Scavo Campus Students in Carl Stamey and Steve Peters Community Based Social Science class recently toured the traveling Abraham Lincoln exhibit from the State Historical Building. The emphasis was on how Iowa was connected to Lincoln as he became one of the most remembered Presidents in United States History. Using a variety of CRISS principles and strategies, students were led through a series of inquiry based projects as they toured the 50 foot long exhibit. Then later that day they created presentations on information they had learned and researched events in Iowa to give them a better understanding of the impact Lincoln made on Iowa. The students then followed up the exhibit with a visit to the monuments and memorials on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol as they compared and contrasted them using higher level inquiry skills. The two days were culminated by finishing at the Lincoln and Tad monument on the grounds of the Capitol with a discussion of how that memorial ended up in Iowa. Ruby Van Meter Sallie Hedgepeth, a Ruby Van Meter teacher, was selected by the Des Moines Rotary Club as the 2010 Special Educator of the Year. Congratulations to Sallie for the recognition given to her work with students with disabilities and her efforts in promoting and accomplishing volunteerism and community service with her students. During the past few weeks, the students in Alissa Hefty’s middle school classroom have been listening to the book Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. It is the story of a young girl who went into hiding with her family during World War II. Students have worked on their listening skills and then answered comprehension questions. The focus was on the main character, where the story take place, what happened, and why are we reading the story. The students use assistive technology to answer the questions with a communication book or a voice output communication aid. During the beautiful spring weather, the students enjoy listening while being outside. Ruby Van Meter is already making preparations for next year. This is the time of year that we start assigning students to classrooms and figuring out any schedule changes. All the preparation ahead of time helps students with their transitions from one teacher to the next. The most of the RVM students participated in the regional Special Olympics in Indianola on April th 14 . Seventy-two (54 in track and field; 18 swimmers) won blue ribbons for first place. They will th st go on to the Special Olympics State Games on May 20 and 21 in Ames. Congratulations to all our athletes and good luck to those who will be going to Ames. Orchard Place Students in the middle school classes of Ms. Pat McCombs, Ms. Kathie Arlaud, and Ms. Susie Carlson have live insect larvae in their rooms! In science they are studying about insects, and will be observing the larvae over the next few weeks to note changes over time. Science concepts that will be explored include the four stages in the life of a butterfly, as students are learning what each stage looks like and also what happens to the larvae in each stage. The larvae will become Painted Lady butterflies, to be released outdoors as soon as the temperatures are nice and warm.