Accelerated Reader™ is a user-friendly computer-based program that encourages many children to read. All Willow Creek students in grades two through five may participate in the program. It is a popular program with many of our students and can assist with reading comprehension. Students read books and take tests on any of the networked computers throughout the building.
Multiple studies show that students who study music get better grades and have a higher graduation rate than those who do not. The Cherry Creek Elementary Instrumental Music Program provides a band class at Willow Creek in the Music Room from 7:55 – 8:45 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. This is open to all interested fourth and fifth grade students. For more information about band class, please visit their website here.
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books is a fun extracurricular activity offered for
fourth and fifth graders. It is a reading incentive program where
students read books and work together during competitions to demonstrate their
knowledge of the books they have read. Team members read at least 7 out of 15 books selected for this year's competition. Teams will be formed and compete against each
other by answering questions related to the 15 books. Teams score points
for correctly identifying the book and author. The winner of the Willow
Creek battle will move on to compete against other elementary schools at the
district competition. For more information about Battle of the Books, click here.
Chess Club is a before-school activity run by parent volunteers in the library. Students learn the fundamentals of the game and compete with each other. All students — even those without any experience with chess — are welcome to attend. Starting on September 15, the Chess Club meets Thursday mornings at 8:00 am in the Library. There will be competitions during the school year and at least one off-site tournament. If your child would like to participate, please email Chase Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org with your child's name, skill level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced - feel free to guess) along with the parent's name and email.
Destination ImagiNation is an international problem-solving competition for students that promotes three lifelong values: creativity, teamwork, and problem solving. It encourages students to cooperatively devise solutions to challenges and then present them in unique and creative ways. Willow Creek has participated in Destination ImagiNation for many years and has an excellent record of success. For more information about Destination Imagination, click here. To find out how to get involved at Willow Creek, join us for a parents only kickoff meeting Tuesday, September 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the library.
The Foreign Language Program is an extracurricular activity sponsored by the PTO. Classes in French, Spanish and Chinese are offered to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. These classes meet once a week before school from 8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Register online at www.bikepathlearning.com. For more information, email Charnie Bledsoe at email@example.com.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a running club for girls in third, fourth, and fifth grade. It meets this fall on Mondays and Fridays after school, from 3:45 - 5:00 p.m., from September 12 through November 14. The club will resume in the spring. For more information about Girls on the Run, click here.
Intramurals is a before-school activity that is open to grades 2-5, Monday through Friday. There are no intramural activities on Wednesday due to staff meetings.
Intramurals are held from 8:15 – 8:50 a.m. and begin on September 1. Students participate in many fun games and activities. Intramurals is a great place to be active. No signup is required.
Jump Rope Club
Jump Rope Club is open to all Willow Creek students, K-5. The club meets after school on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. and will start practice on September 12. For more information about Jump Rope Club, please contact our P.E. teacher, Doug Heacox, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This martial arts program teaches traditional Tae-Kwon-Do and Oki-Ryu Kenpo. This class teaches self-discipline and focus, encourages school and family values, and teaches goal setting and respect for everyone. The class meets after school on Fridays from 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. in the gym. If you have any questions please e-mail Tyler at TylerWeaverSr@aol.com.
Kids, Ink. is a newspaper written by children for children. Members of Kids, Ink. work throughout the year to write articles about Willow Creek happenings. They also create game pages, comic strips, interesting fact bulletins, and develop surveys that are important to Willow Creek students. Throughout the year, members will research topics of interest, cover school events, set-up interviews, and edit and electronically publish newspapers.
Third, fourth and fifth grade students meet every other week, as they gain newspaper background knowledge, learn how to interview, write articles, edit, and publish their very own newspaper. In addition to the meetings, Kids, Ink. members have to make the time commitment to work on their individual articles outside of school. This unscheduled time may include setting up and completing interviews, writing drafts, meeting with other newspaper members, and gathering information and research for future articles. While Kids, Ink. members work very hard, they also have a great time.
This is a unique, confidence-building, creative arts program run by KidzArt. Examples of titles of some of the classes held are "Famous Artists", "International Inspiration" and "Furry & Feathered Friends". For more information about this class please check out their website at www.highlandsranch.kidzart.com or contact Amy Klein at 720-519-0901. This class is held on Thursdays in the Art Room from 7:35 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
Our Lego Robotics teams have been finalized and will be meeting until late winter. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
MAD Science Club
This is an interactive, one hour before-school program for grades 1-5 with themes around particular areas of science, including such topics as rocketry, magnets, polymers, and even the science of toys. In each class, students are encouraged to give science a try and build their very own model rockets, periscopes, Mad Science putty and more. Children even get to take home their science experiment to show Mom and Dad! Classes meet on Tuesdays from 7:55 - 8:55 a.m. in the art room. If you have questions, please call Mad Science at 303-403-0432.
The "MADD" in MADD Hatters stands for Music, Art, Drama and Dance. MADD Hatters is one of our most popular programs and is sponsored by our teachers and staff. Fourth and fifth grade students act in the play, create scenery and costumes, and run the lighting system. MADD Hatters meets after school and produces a musical each year in the fall. For more information, contact our Music teacher, Annie Bennett, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Math Club invites students from second to fifth grade who enjoy working on challenging problems to join the club. Children are welcome to join at any time and the club is open to any student at any level of mathematical ability, as students work at their own pace. The Math Club is in the process of obtaining a new manager, and for the 2016-2017 school year this club has not yet begun. Please watch for its start date in the PTO Sunday Blasts.
Under the guidance of our PTO, parent volunteers provide our students with a variety of multicultural experiences. Many of these take place during Red Ribbon Week.
Spelling Bee Club
This is the place for those students interested in participating in the school and district spelling bees. Third, fourth, and fifth graders may attend any or all of these meetings to hone their skills. This club is looking for a parent to take over leadership, and is not yet meeting for the 2016-2017 school year.
Student Council meetings are established in the beginning of the school year. It is open to any student, grades 3-5, interested in working together for Willow Creek. In the past, these students have participated in several community service projects, raised funds to purchase items for the school, shown appreciation for staff and teachers, communicated important information to their peers, and helped develop and encourage school pride and spirit. For more information, check out Student Council's webpage here.