Week of September 18

It sure didn’t feel like Fall at Friday Night Football.  We had a great crowd and even better Homecoming victory!  Congratulations to our former Stilwellians, JJ Kapur and Caroline Smoldt on being named 2017 Homecoming King and Queen!

Even though Homecoming has passed, we still have plenty going on at Stilwell.  Here are a few things to note:

  • Monday is picture retake day
  • Tuesday we have an assembly to Kick Off our Magazine Sale
  • Wednesday is our Power Hour of selling magazines and cookie dough
  • Activities on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday – This link will show you Volleyball’s updated schedule

We are going to try and help those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma by doing a “Change Battle” with Waukee, Urbandale, and Johnston.  All schools are going to compete to try collect the most money this week.  After the totals are in, all four districts will pool our money together and donate to the Red Cross.  We hope students and families see this as a fun way to help those in need!

Finally, I would like to pass along a website to help you try and keep up with the ever changing world of social media and the apps your children maybe using.  Unfortunately, we have already had a few difficult situations involving social media and sharing inappropriate information with peers.  One app that was brought to our attentions is Live Me. There is also an option inside Snapchat, called Sarah that you may want to investigate.  In part of Snapchat students are part of a community forum where they are being mean and hurtful toward peers.  I strongly encourage you to be vigilant and get into your child’s phone from time to time.  Here is the link for your reference.   This site reviews apps, age appropriateness, and rating.

I hope you have a great week!

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Week of September 11

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!  It is crazy how jam packed this first month of school has been with activities.  That being said, Monday starts Homecoming Week!  Here are the themes for the week.

  • Monday: Pajamas Day
  • Tuesday: Favorite Team Day
  • Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday
  • Thursday: Team Color
    • T – Red
    • I – Orange
    • G – Yellow
    • E – Green
    • R – Blue
    • S – Purple
  • Friday – Spirit Day

There is a parade at VSW and carnival Thursday night at Valley Stadium.

Reminder we have our first PAC meeting on Tuesday at noon in the Media Center.  I hope to see you there!  It should be a great week!

Week of September 4

I hope everyone had a chance to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather!  We have our annual Open House this Thursday, September 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  This is a great opportunity for us to share with you what your student will be experiencing this year in his/ her different classes.  Few reminders about the night.

  • It is for parents
  • Your child should bring home a schedule for you to follow
  • You will start with TEAM time at 6:00 PM (location should be on the schedule)
  • We operate on a Day 1/ Day 2 schedule, so you may have to choose which class to attend

Unfortunately, we have moved our Open House from a Wednesday to a Thursday and have a few coaches that will be gone because of conflicts.  The following teachers will be sharing information about their class  via email.  Those teacher who will not be in attendance are:

  • Mr. Stein
  • Mr. Nichols
  • Ms. Lombardi
  • Ms. Svetska
  • Mr. Sorge
  • Mr. Pearce

We apologize for any inconvenience and will work to protect this date in the future.  Hope you have a great week!

Week of August 28

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  We had a great start to our school year last week!  Staff and students enjoyed getting back into the swing of things with a mix of team builders, assemblies and get to know you activities mixed throughout the three days.  As we get into the routine this week, we look forward to getting to know our new and returning students even more as we know how important positive relationships are to learning!

Here are a few activities to note for this week.

  • Monday we have Informational Meeting for our Play at 7:00 AM.  Here is the link to Mr. Hunt’s website for Suessical Jr.
  • Our first Dance is this Friday at Valley Southwoods from 5:30-7:00.  All money goes toward scholarships for future graduates.  We will escort students down to the stadium for the Waukee/ Valley football game after the dance.

Have a great week!

Week of August 21

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Well the start of the new year has finally arrived.  The staff and I had a great start on Friday connecting and talking about what makes Stilwell great.  The words that were shared were: family, student-centered, positive atmosphere, and high standards.  There was great energy and enthusiasm for the year ahead.  We are excited for you and your student(s) to join our Stilwell family, it’s going to be a great year!  I want to remind you of a few things before we begin on Wednesday.

  • Please review the drop off/ pick up flow chart.  We do not want students dropped off on Vine street.
  • If you haven’t registered, please contact the office ASAP
  • Students will get new schedules and IDs in Tiger Time on Wednesday
  • Bus passes should be arriving in the mail
  • 8th graders participating in fall sports need to have a physical and other paperwork turned in or they won’t be able to participate until completed

Enjoy your last day!  We will see you soon!

Important Dates Coming Up!

Stilwell Families,

It is AMAZING how fast a summer can zoom past!  In less than a month you send your children back to us!  We are excited for their return and our halls to be busy with energy and excitement that will soon fill our halls.  I wanted to highlight a few dates as we start August.

  • Registration dates are August 10th, 11th and 14th.
    • Registration times are 8-11:30 and 1-3 (August 10th and 11th)
    • This time is where students will get their schedules, supply list, locker combinations, chromebooks, pictures and get a chance to walk the halls.
  • August 14th is registration for new families or anyone who is unable to make it to registration on Thursday, August 10th or Friday, August 11th.  The hours for open registration are 3:00-7:00.
  • New Families orientation is for families new to Stilwell, who would like to learn more about the year ahead.  This presentation will run 6:00-7:00 in the Stilwell Auditorium.
  • If your son is going out for football, equipment gear checkout is Thursday, August 17th 8-10 in the Stilwell gym.
  • First day of school is August 23.

I hope you and your family have found the summer to be relaxing and fun!  Enjoy your last couple of weeks!

Take care,

Eric Boyle, Stilwell Principal