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!

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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!

Week of November 20

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I had the privilege to represent Stilwell last week in Washington, DC!  Mrs. Matthias, Dr. Remy, and I went out to the Blue Ribbon Ceremony.  It was a wonderful trip and such and honor to be able to represent this great community.  I wanted to highlight a few things shared while we were there.  Winning the Blue Ribbon is the equivalent to winning and Oscar or making the NBA/ NFL!  It is such an exclusive club, we make up .5% of all the schools across the country.  Again, I just want to thank our staff, students, and parents for partnering to make Stilwell a great place to have fun and learn!  Here is a picture of the Blue Ribbon plaque and a photo of Mrs. Matthias, Dr. Remy, and me at the ceremony.

Here are a few highlights for the upcoming week:

  • Monday – Girls Basketball @ Johnston
  • No School – Wednesday through Friday

I can’t believe we are already to Thanksgiving!  Have a great holiday!

Week of October 30

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I would like to give a “shout out” to Mr. Hunt and Mrs. Woods and all of the cast and crew of Seusscial Jr.   They did an amazing job and put on a great weekend of shows!  I hope you were lucky and were able to see the performance.

It is amazing that we are in the full swing of our winter sports!  Both Wrestling and Girls Basketball have their first competitions this week.  I would like to wish all of our athletes the best of luck as they start their seasons.

Finally, Mrs. Matthias, Dr. Remy, and I will be headed to Washington DC on Sunday to participate in the Blue Ribbon Ceremony on November 6 and 7.  The luncheon and award ceremony will take place Tuesday, November 7th 11:30-3:30 and will be live streamed for those not in attendance.  The link is:

https://player.cloud.wowza.com/hosted/np5lsnby/player.html

Have a great week!

Week of October 16

I am sorry I missed posting last week!  It is amazing how a week can get away from you!  Remember we have conferences this week on October 17-19.  You can register now for a spot to talk to your child’s teacher.  If you have any questions you can always contact the front office.  We hope to see you!

Seussical Jr. is our Fall play and tickets went on sale at the end of last week.  We have three shows this year.  The shows are Friday, October 27th at 7, Saturday, October 28th at 7, and October 29th at 2.  You can get your tickets by contacting the main office.

It’s getting colder outside, so you know what that means, it’s time for the Winter Warmth Drive.  Come help your community by donating gently used outerwear.  We will accept coats, boats, snow pants, hats, gloves, and blankets.

Finally, our first issue of Tiger Tracks is hot off the press.  Here is the link.  Have a great week!