Week of January 28

Well the weather outside is frightful!  It has been an interesting start to 2019.  Reminder tomorrow, January 31st, is a 2 hour late start.  Please make sure your child leaves the house equipped for the elements.

Mr. Johnson will be working with our 7th graders this Thursday going over course request forms and previewing what offerings are available to students as they prepare for 8th grade.  Please be on the look out for this form.

We have our 7th to 8th parent night on February 7th at 7:00 pm in the Stilwell Auditorium.  We will have an overview of everything 8th grade and answer any questions parents may have about course offerings and athletics.

Our 6th to 7th grade parent meeting will February 12 at 7 pm in the Stilwell Auditorium.  This meeting will be an overview of course offerings and ways for 7th graders to get involved at Stilwell.

Finally, Stilwell will host the 3rd Annual Science Bowl this Saturday at Stilwell.  The competition starts at 9 and runs until there is one team standing.  The championship round usually starts a little after lunch.  I encourage you to come on out and support both Indian Hills and Stilwell students as they showcase their Science knowledge!

I hope you have a great week!  Please stay safe and warm!

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Week of January 14

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  If you love snow, I hope you found nothing but joy as it fell on Saturday.  As for me, it is a reminder we have a long way to go before we are done with winter.  As we start second semester, I have a few things to highlight:

  • Students should have gotten new schedules on Friday.  For most students nothing change for others it would be a slight change to block classes or electives.
  • We have our Parent Advisory Council meeting tomorrow at noon in the Stilwell Media Center.  We are trying something new and going to do a Facebook Live event in case you can’t attend.
  • We have our 2nd Quarter Recognition Assembly during Tiger Time on Friday.  This a celebration of students in variety of activities and athletics.
  • Boys Basketball has their first basketball game at Timberline in Waukee on Tuesday, January 15th at 4:00.

Finally, we will communicate when are grades are final via campus messenger.  It is amazing to think we are at the half way point!  I don’t know about you, but time sure flies when you are having fun!  Have a great week!

Week January 7

I hope everyone had a great start to the new year!  I know the first three days back from break flew by!  It was great to have the student and staff back bringing tons of energy and excitement for hopes of a great 2019!!  As we start a new year we are about to wrap up our first semester.  Here are a few things to note about the end and start of second semester:

  • First Semester ends January 11 – students should be checking grades and touching base with teachers to complete any missing work
  • No School on January 14th
  • Second Semester starts January 15th – students may have some slight changes to their schedules based on selected electives.  Students will get a print out of their new schedules during TT.
  • Grades should be completed and posted with in the week of the 15th.  An announcement will go out to notify families of final grades.

It’s amazing we are already talking about the end of a semester!!  Time flies when you are having fun!  Have a great week!

Week of December 17

I hope everyone had a chance to get out and enjoy the Spring like weather!  Just a couple of reminders as we inch closer to Winter break and the end of first semester.

  • Our last day of school prior to the new year is Friday, December 21st. If your child/family is leaving for break prior to December 21st, please notify Ann Stover, our attendance secretary so she can mark accordingly and not bug you on your break.
  • Our second semester starts January 15th.  Students have a couple more weeks to tie up any loose ends in regards to their grades.  If your child is missing work, please encourage them to make contact with their teachers about the work that needs to be completed.

On Friday, December 21 Stilwell will be having a PBIS celebration.  As you may know, this year Stilwell has started the PBIS program. Part of being a PBIS school is having whole school celebrations throughout the year.  

On Friday, we will have our first celebration of the year.  On that day we will run a condensed schedule, with classes being 33 minutes long.  At 1:30 we will begin our celebration time. During this time students, will have the option of playing dodgeball with teachers, watching a movie in the auditorium, or playing board and card games in the cafeteria.   

This time is meant as a celebration of the students’ hard work for first semester. With that in mind we will also be advising some student to use this time to get caught up on late and missing school work to improve their grade before the semester ends.  Students with excessive late or missing work have been informed that they may miss part of or all of the celebration to get caught back up. If a student makes up their work prior to the 21st, they will be allowed to participate.

We are so thankful for such a great start to the year with this group of students, and are excited to share that gratitude with students during our celebration on Friday!  It will be a great way to end 2018!

Happy Holidays!!

Week of December 3

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break!  Amazingly, we have arrived to December.  On November 28th, we hit midterm for second quarter.  Students with failing grades had letters sent out at the end of the week to communicate current struggles.  If your child received this letter, I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher to problem solve solutions.  The end of the semester is January 11th.  There is still time to turn things around!

As we look to the next three weeks we have a lot of activities to finish out 2018!

  • Orchestra Concert on December 3rd at 6:00 at the Performing Arts Center at Valley
  • Girls Basketball has three more home games. Those dates are December 4th, 6th, and 11th
  • Wrestling will host home events on December 10th and 17th
  • Vocal music performances will be December 10th at the Performing Arts Center with 7th grade starting at 6:00 and 8th grade 8:00

It is a busy three weeks leading up to Winter break on December 21st.  I hope the weather cooperates and we can finish 2018 strong!  Have a great week!

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!