Week of November 12

It is amazing that we only have 7 school days until Thanksgiving break!  This year is flying by!  We have some opportunities this week for those interested to connect and enjoy students and staff of Stilwell.

We have our next PAC meeting this Tuesday at noon in the Stilwell Media Center.  We will have a special guest, Dr. Remy, our Superintendent will be stopping in to do a Question and Answer with those who can attend.  I hope to see you there!

We have our first performance arts concert on Tuesday night.  Stilwell band 7th grade students will be performing in our auditorium starting at 6:30.  8th grade band will be performing at 8:00.

Finally, please join us for our first Friendsgiving Dinner at Stilwell Junior High on Thursday, November 15th from 4:00-6:00.  This event will take place in our cafeteria.  We would like to connect and get know you better in a relaxed environment.  Feel free to stop by or stay the whole time!  We ask that you bring a dish to share with everyone.  We will provide the utensils, plates and cups.

It should be a great week!


Week of October 29

A HUGE shout out to Mrs. Woods, Mr. Hunt, Mrs. Gedler and the whole cast and crew of Guys and Dolls!  It was a wonderful show!  I really enjoyed see our students showcasing their talents whether on stage or behind the scenes – it was a great production!

We will be starting the Winter Warmth Drive this week.  Please consider donating and supporting our members in our West Des Moines Community.  We will be collecting coats, hats, gloves, etc.  Thanks for your support!

Our teachers are working to finalize their grades for first quarter.  We will send out communication when our grades are posted.  If you have questions please reach out to your child’s teacher to follow up.

Finally, please join us for our first Friendsgiving Dinner at Stilwell Junior High on November 15th from 4:00-6:00.  This event will take place in our cafeteria.  We would like to connect and get know you better in a relaxed environment.  Feel free to stop by or stay the whole time!  We ask that you bring a dish to share with everyone.  We will provide the utensils, plates and cups.  If you are interested in joining please RSVP using the following link.

I hope you have a great week!


October 15

Good morning!

I have let a month fly by without much communication!  I apologize for my lack of activity!  We have been very busy here at Stilwell with Homecoming, Fundraising and most of important learning September was a blur!  As the calendar turns to October the activities and speed of school does not slow down.  I want to highlight a few things coming:

  • Parent – Teacher Conferences are this week.  You can contact the office if you need help scheduling a time to meet your child’s teachers
    • Tuesday, October 16th – 3:15-7
    • Wednesday, October 17th – 2-3:15
    • Thursday, October 18th – 3:15-7
  • Stilwell Play – Guys and Dolls is at the end of the month and tickets are now available.  The date and times of the shows are:
    • Friday, October 26th – 7:00
    • Saturday, October 27th – 7:00
    • Sunday, October 28th – 1:00
  • Communication Media completed our first edition of Tiger Tracks.  Our students did a great job!  Enjoy getting to know a little more about Stilwell!

It will be another fun filled month.  I love watching our students showcasing their talents!  Have a great end to your week!

Week of September 4

Dear families,

We had a great first full week of school!  We have spent the first seven days building in routines and communicating expectations for the year to come.  The excitement and energy was uplifting as I visited many classrooms this first week.  As we turn the page to week 2, school really kicks into gear with sports competitions getting started.  While the weather keeps us from getting out and enjoying Labor Day, here is a look at what is coming this week.

  • Thursday is our first night of competition for our fall sports, hopefully you can come cheer on the Tigers!
    • Cross Country is at Marshalltown starting at 4:00
    • Volleyball host Ames starting at 4:30
    • Football is at Valley Stadium hosting Ankeny starting at 4:30
  • We will be completing a few of safety drills this week during our Tiger Time.  We feel it is important to practice our Lock Down, Tornado, and Fire drills to ensure all know what to do in the event we have an emergency.
  • Our first PAC meeting is Tuesday, September 11th at noon in the Stilwell Media Center.
  • We are trying something new this year to help keep parents a little more connected and celebrate the great things that happen at Stilwell.  We are using #Stilwellshines to celebrate the good thing students and staff do each day.  Feel free to join in and help share all that is good and positive about our Stilwell community.

Enjoy your Labor Day and here is to another great week at Stilwell!

Eric Boyle, Principal


Week May 29

Can you believe we have arrived at the last day of the year?!  This will be my last post for the 17-18 school year.  Just a few thoughts to share as we say “good bye” for the summer.

Best of luck to each and every one of our 8th graders!  We are very proud of you and look forward to you graduating in four short years.  Parents, if your 8th grader is your youngest, I want to say “good bye” and “thank you” for the years I’ve been given to work with and get to know your child and family.

I want to thank each of you for helping us to complete another successful year.  Success is not always defined by everything going right.  Every day of school presented our 700+ students and nearly 90 staff members with exciting learning opportunities, engaging projects, amazing presentations, fun assemblies, activities that connected us to each other, and “Wow!’ student performances in the classroom, on the stage and in our community; but we also encountered frustrating failures, poor choices that resulted in tears and consequences, along with disappointing peer situations and shared sadness for and with students and staff who struggled with family losses, illnesses and frustrations.  I tell students (and parents) all the time, “I don’t expect perfection, I expect us to learn from our mistakes and try our best to limit or avoid the Big mistakes.”  As a school community we celebrated together, we learned together, and my hope is that each of grew stronger because of both types of experiences.  Thank you parents, guardians, students and staff for a successful year of learning growing stronger together!

Make it a great summer for you, your child and all those you encounter each day!

Week of May 4

It is AMAZING how quickly the month of April has flown by!  I hope everyone has been able to get out and enjoy the springtime weather.  The sunshine and warm weather continues to brighten the spirits of those around me.

As we look ahead, our performing arts programs are set to show their talents one last time.  Students have been working hard to prepare for their last shows of the year, so I hope you can join us. Here are the dates to mark on your calendar:

  • Tuesday, May 8th is our Orchestra concert at 7:00 at the PAC.
  • Tuesday, May 22nd is our final band performance.  7th grade will start at 6:30 followed by 8th grade at 8:00.

Finally, this week is Teacher Appreciation week.  I would encourage you to take time to drop an email, make a phone call, or write a note to your child’s teacher(s) to let them know how much they are appreciated.  They love to hear they are making a difference!  Thanks and have a great week!

March 30

Good morning!

Next Monday, Stilwell will start Iowa Assessments. Our students will be assessed in the areas of Reading, Science and Math. The two Reading assessments will be taken in your child’s Language Arts class. Wednesday we will run a modified schedule and take Science, Computation and the Tryouts section of the assessment during Tiger Time. These test sections during Tiger Time will run from 7:35-9:06. Finally, the Math section of the test will take place during your child’s Math class on both Thursday and Friday. During this week, it is extremely important that your child get plenty of rest, have a good breakfast and are on time for school each day. We have found these factors to be key for a successful testing experience. Thank you and I hope everyone has a great weekend!