Stilwell Monday Message

Student and Family Communication

October - 10/18/21

Today is an ORANGE day!

The end of our first quarter of school is just ten days away. Students have been working hard to show evidence of their learning in each of their classes. Please remember that if you have missing work or need support to please reach out to your teacher or a trusted adult here at Stilwell. Students are also welcome to stay at Stilwell after school and attend After the Bell in the cafeteria. After the bell runs until 4:00 pm each afternoon except Fridays.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • 10/25 - Virtual Conferences (no school day and no virtual learning)
  • 10/29 - Career Day
  • 10/29 - Students can wear school appropriate costumes (faces must be visible)
  • 11/3/21 Picture Retakes

Erica Whittle - Principal


Please make sure you sign-up for a virtual or phone conference. Please visit to select the time on October 25th.

WDMCS - Family Support Groups

  • To best support underserved/underrepresented students, West Des Moines Community Schools has partnered with district families to create support groups for adult family members and caring adults of students of color and LGBTQIA+ students. Both groups will launch in the 2021-22 school year and will provide parents, guardians, and other caring adults with support networks and opportunities to learn, grow, and share resources.

  • Mission

    The mission of the WDMCS Family Support Groups is to support, educate, and advocate for vulnerable and underrepresented student groups in WDMCS. We believe that organizing and connecting is a form of self-care and an act of self-preservation for ourselves and our families:

    • Support: We provide support for parents/guardians so that we can nurture our children to be strong and resilient, proud of their identities.
    • Education: We are a resource for educating our community in areas of race, ethnicity, racism, gender, and sexual orientation in our pursuit of equity, inclusion, and diversity.
    • Advocacy: We advocate for our own children and all vulnerable student groups in the district, specifically by working with building equity leads and equity teams.

    For more information on meeting times, please visit the following link

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Drop Off & Pick-Up Protocol

We understand our parking lot drop-off and pick-up process can be time-consuming. However, we need all families to follow the procedures to ensure our students are safe. Please remember these guidelines:

  • Do not use the back parking lot and blacktop in the back of the building.
  • Do not use the local business as a place to pick up your child.
  • Do not drop off your student or stop for any reason along Vine Street or Grand Avenue.
  • Do not pull into the bus lanes along Vine Street.
  • Do not allow your student to exit the vehicle until you have pulled up to the curb in the parking lot.
  • Please drive slowly through the parking lot.

Stilwell Student Handbook 20-21

Throughout this year you may have questions, need clarifications, or might need to see who you can turn to for help. Please start with the Junior High Schools Handbook.

Stiwell PBIS Focus of the Week

This week we will be paying special attention to appropriate hallway behavior. We ask that students are in their classroom seats and ready to go!