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District Boundary Study

boundaryThis year, the West Des Moines Community Schools will study trends in student enrollment and review the location of school boundaries. The last boundary/enrollment study was completed by the district in 2007.

The boundary committee - made up of parents, staff, administrators and community partners - has been charged with sending a recommendation to the school board for its Dec. 8 meeting. Throughout the process you can stay informed through public forums (dates to be announced), emails, the Informaline, social media and on the district website. CLICK HERE FOR MORE


Stilwell Announcements, December 19, 2014 Day 1

Building Safety- Check In Procedures

Parents entering the building need to always check in the office first.

Parents Visiting A Classroom or Teacher

Please talk to an administrator to set a time up to meet with a teacher. Those kind of appointments need to be scheduled.

Parking Lot Safety

For the safety of our staff and students please slow down when you enter and exit the Stilwell parking lot.

Dismissal Info: Weather Related

With Iowa’s ever changing weather conditions, please discuss with your child a contingency plan if activities are cancelled or there is early dismissal – please let your child know if they should get on the bus or wait for a parent.

Parents-Important to Note  

If your student is going to be leaving early from school, please send a note with your student and they can come into the office at 7:25 a.m. to get a pass to leave when needed. This helps so we do not have to call into a classroom and disrupt learning time. If your student is coming in LATE, we do not answer phones during that time. Please send a note with them.



After School Expectations

As we move into the winter months, it is important to understand that all students MUST be under adult supervision while on Stilwell Campus. So, students have three options after school:

1) After the Bell with work to do until a parent picks them up or the 4 o’clock bus.
2) The Teen Center, student must sign in and out on the days they attend.
3) Head home either by obtaining a ride or walking home.
We can’t have students hanging out in front of the school or in the door ways unsupervised. Students who are congregating nears exits will be escorted to our “After the Bell” program where they will be asked to complete homework or free read. “After the Bell” is a structured study hall supported by two of our staff members and behavior expectations of students are similar to that of study halls during the school day. Thank you in advance for your assistance in providing a safe environment for all students.

Eric Boyle






Attention 7th and 8th graders interested in joining the Stilwell mime troupe: the mime show information meeting is Monday, January 5th at 7 am in the Drama Room! If you are considering performing or are thinking about joining a crew you MUST be at this meeting! This is the first day we get back from Winter break so do not forget! See Mrs Crawford with questions!!!!!!!!!!!!




 The Stilwell Media Center staff wants to wish you a happy holiday season by allowing, not 3, not 4, but 5 books for checkout over winter break!  Please stop into the media center this week to stock up on books for your days off. Also don't forget to return or renew overdue books before break.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open. You can also stop by, with teacher and librarian permission, during the school day Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, before and after school, or before and after the 8th grade vocal concert Thursday night. We hope to see you there!



“ The following Stilwell wrestlers have been voted by their teammates for these 4 awards:

Most Valuable Wrestler: Noah Micka

Most Improved Wrestler: Noan Colby and Nicky Trane

Hardest Worker: Tayler Grall

Captain: Jacob Schnoebelen


The Ironman award is given to wrestlers who never missed a practice or meet. This year we have two: Carson Lawrence and Brendan Nielsen


If you heard your name, please come down to Mr. Johnson’s office immediately to receive your certificate and have your picture taken. “



Girls Locker Room:

If your female student is missing some tennis shoes or a nice winter coat.  Have her check with Coach McConnell.  She has picked up 4 pairs of tennis shoes that were not locked up and winter coat.  Must describe the clothing or shoes to get them back.  PLEASE REMIND YOUR STUDENT TO LOCK THEIR LOCKERS.



Enjoy your break!

Forms 2014/15


School Supply Lists
Please see the below links for the school supply lists for your team.


Understanding and Preventing Suicide
Please find included a link to a website that gives valuable information about understanding and preventing suicide: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/suicide_prevention.htm#tip2


Valley Southwoods Curriculum Catalog - Coming Soon!

Valley High School Curriculum Catalog



Magazine Renewal Program 2013

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Register using our school online ID# :  818286

Questions on magazines ordered?  Call 877-289-6247

or email greatamerican@gafundraising.com


Dec. 21

First Day of Winter

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Dec. 22- Jan. 2

Winter Break


Jan. 8 Stilwell Parent Advisory Council Meeting, Noon
Jan. 19 No School Professional Development Day

View the Stilwell
Daily Announcements Here

Eric Boyle, Principal

Brady Weber, Assistant Principal


Kathryn Zaun, A-R

Brady Johnson , S-Z

Karen vanOostenrijk

Ann Stover

To email the teams:
T - STJHT@wdmcs.org
I - STJHI@wdmcs.org
G - STJHG@wdmcs.org
E - STJHE@wdmcs.org
R - STJHR@wdmcs.org
S - STJHS@wdmcs.org


Stilwell Junior High School
1601 Vine Street
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265-4322
515.633.6000/515.633.6099 fax