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. The library will be available to students after school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays only, and only from 2:45 to 3:30, to take AR tests. STUDENTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY PARENTS WHEN TAKING AR TESTS AFTER SCHOOL ON THESE AFTERNOONS.
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 2:45 – 4:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is open to all interested fourth- and fifth-grade students. There is a fee.
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.
Chess Club is an after-school activity run by parent volunteers. There is no fee. Students learn the fundamentals of the game and compete with each other. All students in grades 2 through 5 — even those without any experience with chess — are welcome to attend. The Chess Club will run from September 6th to May 15th. It meets Friday afternoons from 2:45 – 3:30 p.m. in the Art Room. There will be matches during the school year against other local schools. To sign up for the club, email Michael Ireland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. To find out how to get involved at Willow Creek, keep an eye out for the parents' meeting flyer that will be sent out later this fall.
Intramurals is an after-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 2:45 – 3:30 p.m. in the Gym and begin in September. Students participate in many fun games and activities. Intramurals is a great place to be active. No signup is required.
2nd & 4th Mondays - Second Grade
Tuesdays - Third Grade
Wednesdays - No Intramurals
Thursdays - Fourth Grade
Fridays - Fifth Grade
Jump Rope Club
Jump Rope Club is open to all Willow Creek students, K-5. The club meets after school on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month from 2:45 – 3:30 p.m. For more information about Jump Rope Club, please contact our P.E. teacher, Doug Heacox, at email@example.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 on select Mondays from 2:45 - 3:15 p.m., September through May. During the year writers will gain newspaper background knowledge, learn how to interview, write articles, edit, and publish their very own electronic 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.
If you have any questions, please contact Miss Tokarchik at 720-554-3956 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Lego Robotics teams are being finalized and will be meeting from the first week of September until mid-December. Teams meet on various days of the week from 2:45 - 4:30 p.m. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
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.
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.
The Council consists of at least two representatives from each third, fourth, and fifth grade class. Fourth and fifth graders can run for Student Council leadership positions (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer). Representatives make the commitment to participate in fundraisers, school programs, and community service projects.
The faculty sponsors are Michelle Alden and Sherri Bonds.
This Year's Projects:
- Giving Tree, December
- Smencils and Candygram fundraiser, February
- Student Developed Week To Be Determined, March or April
- Green Ribbon Week to raise money for World Wildlife Fund
- Fundraiser for St. Baldrick's Childhood Cancer Foundation
Other clubs NOT sponsored by Willow Creek are offered to Willow Creek students and meet at our school. If you are interested in these fee-based clubs, please stop by the front hall for their flyers.