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!

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February 12

Is anyone else done with snow?  I was hopeful we were going to survive another winter with very little snow.  Boy, was I wrong!  I am glad to see our temperatures are on the rise this week!  A couple of things to highlight in the next week:

  • Thursday, February 15th we have our 6th to 7th parent meeting.  There will be a student/ parent/ teacher panel for Project Based Learning at 6:15.  The overview of everything Stilwell starts at 7.
  • Friday, February 16th we have our Valentine’s Dance.  The dance is 5:30 to 7.

Finally, remember we are a week away form Spring Parent Teacher Conferences.  Please schedule a time slot with your child’s team.  If you have questions, you can contact Mrs. Stover or Mrs. Thompson in the office for assistance.  Hope to see you next week!

February 5

I apologize for letting a few weeks slip away.  It is amazing how quickly you can fall behind on your blog!  February tends to be a very busy month at Stilwell.  We have our normal day to day operations going on, plus we start to look towards next year.  We have a few dates I would like to highlight.

  • 7 to 8 Parent Night on February 8th at 7:00 in Stilwell Auditorium
  • PBL Parent/ Student panel on February 15th at 6:15 in Stilwell Auditorium
  • 6 to 7 Parent Night on February 15th at 7:00 in Stilwell Auditorium

During these meetings we will highlight courses, activities, and all things Stilwell.  Mr. Johnson has visited with all 7th graders about next year and reviewed course offerings.  Be on the lookout for a course request form in your child’s backpack.

Our Parent – Teacher Conference are February 20-22.  An email was sent out last week with the directions on how to sign up to discuss your child’s progress for third quarter.  If you have questions or need help, you can contact the main office.

With everything going on, this month will fly by!  I hope you have a great week!

Week of January 15

Dear Parents,

 

As we start second semester, the staff and I are going to start the process of moving to a Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) school with the plan to have full implementation at the start of 2018-2019 school year. PBIS is a multi-tiered approach to teaching and supporting social skills, emotional well-being, and behavior. When fully implemented, PBIS improves social, emotional, and academic outcomes for every student. PBIS is already used at every elementary school and Indian Hills Junior High in West Des Moines.

 

What does this mean for this school year? We will spend the first two weeks of the second semester reviewing and practicing school expectations. We will share with students our response to inappropriate behavior, or poor choices, and work to do a better job highlighting our students who are following Stilwell’s Three Cornerstones: do the right thing, do your best, and treat others the way you want to be treated. Our goal is to create consistency throughout the building, provide clarity for all, and continue to grow the strong climate and culture we have here at Stilwell. If you have questions or want to learn more on how to support, please let us know. Thanks!

Thursday, January 11

Good morning!

In light of the weather and snow day, I wanted to let you know our first semester will be extended an additional day next week.  The end of this week and beginning of next week will proceed as follows:

  • Friday, January 12: First Semester Day 1
  • Monday, January 15:  NO SCHOOL for Students
  • Tuesday, January 16: First Semester Day 2
  • Wednesday, January 17: Start of Second Semester, Day 1

Students should take time over the next few days to check out their semester two schedule in Infinite Campus.  Please take care and be safe today!

Eric Boyle

January 8

Welcome to 2018!  I hope everyone had a great start to the New Year!  I can’t believe we are in the final week of first semester.  Our semester comes to an end on January 12th.  I would encourage your child to make sure they are not missing any assignments, and if they have questions, please reach out to his or her teacher.  We have no school on Monday, January 15th as it is a teacher work day.  When second semester starts on January 16th, remember schedules could change slightly because of new elective or block classes.  Your child will be getting a new schedule in their Tiger Time when they return to school on Tuesday.  Finally, I would like to pass along a website, Smartsocial.com,  to assist with the ever change world of social media.  I hope you find this to be a useful resource.  Have a great week!

December 18

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I can’t believe how busy and fast this month brings with it.  I apologize for missing the last few weeks.  We have just three days left before break and a lot to get done before we put our school year on pause. 

I would like to highlight a possible leadership opportunity for your child.  I am convening my first Principal Advisory Council.  This is an opportunity for student voice to be heard and have input on rules and policies for Stilwell.  My hope is we will meet once a month for the rest of the year.  If your child would be interested, they can access an application either at the front office or by this link.

Attention all 8th grade New Tech Parents:

We recently learned that parents of New Tech students have a new site to visit to access Echo. To see how your child is doing in his/her New Tech classes, go to https://pdwdmcs.echo-ntn.org/. Click on the three dots that are located on the top, right-hand corner of the screen (do not click “login”). A small screen will pop up, and you will click on “application login”.

If you have logged into Echo in the past, use the same username and password from before. If this is your first time logging into Echo, your username and password is the email address you have on file with the district and on Infinite Campus. If you have issues logging in, go to https://goo.gl/forms/IZisrep7K9Y02YXm2.

Below are some resources to support you as you navigate through Echo:

Also, do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers if you have any questions.

I hope everyone has a great week!