Welcome to 5th Grade!

do this again-2.jpgMy name is Jeff VerHelst. This is my 15th year at Jordan Creek. In 1999, I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. I was born and raised in Boone, Iowa. Currently I live in Ankeny with my wife Gayle, 9 year old son Ethan and 5 year old daughter Katelyn. I enjoy spending time outdoors camping, fishing and hunting. I also enjoy spending time at church running the Sound Board and Computer. This past summer we spent time as a family in Branson as well as quality time at the pool.
This year, students in 5A will be in their homeroom for the majority of the day for Reading / Writing, Math and most Science unites. Students will switch to Mrs. Daniels' room for Social Studies at the end of each day. For two Science units, 5A Students will switch to Mr. Ponsor's room. Spanish will be taught by Mrs. Sherwood in their homeroom for 1 hour a week.
Please take time to explore my WIKI page. This is where I will post important forms and information. The screen to the left are different pages to keep you up to date on what’s going on. The class calendar will have any assignments they had that day. I also try and post things that we did so parents my keep up with what we are doing. The class information tab gives you basic information about the 5th grade. There will also be tabs for Reading / Writing, Math and Science.
I encourage you to register and join the page. However, it is not required to view the page. By registering, it will inform you when changes have been made as well as allow you to take part in discussion threads. I want to thank you for taking your time to look through the information and be sure to check in often. If you have any questions please don't ever hesitate to contact me.


8/27/2013 - Attached is the power point from Meet the teacher night.




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This is just another tool we will try and use this year to keep our families in fifth grade up to date on what we are doing. Please consider following us on Twitter @JeffVerHelst. We are looking forward to a great year.


Every member of the fifth grade pod should make every effort to follow these expectations:

  • Come to class prepared to learn.
  • Participate positively in classroom discussions and activities.
  • Always respect yourself, other, and your surroundings.



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Jeff Ver Helst

4105 Fuller RD

West Des Moines, IA 50265

515.633.5260

verhelstj@wdmcs.org