Stilwell Monday Message

Student and Family Communication

November - 11/15/21

Today is a BLACK Day!


We are in our final full week before Thanksgiving break. Students, please make sure you are getting all necessary work turned in to your teachers so your grades and missing assignments are all updated.


Please check out the information below for winter resources as well as many upcoming events and club meetings.


Important Upcoming Dates

  • 11/16 - 7th & 8th Grade Band Concert at Stilwell
  • 12/3: Winter Dance/social gather at Stilwell 5-7 pm
  • 11/24 - Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
  • 12/6 - Orchestra Concert at PAC
  • 12/10 - Choir Concert at PAC


Erica Whittle - Principal

Stiwell Winter Warmth Donations - a message from Student Council

We are accepting winter warmth items including winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens, blankets, hand warmers, and anything else that might keep someone warm this winter.


All donations will go to local homeless shelters and non-profits.


Please feel free to add these items to our donation bin located in the Stilwell front parking lot.

Free Thanksgiving Meal

Is your family or one you know of in need of support over the Thanksgiving Holiday? If so please click the link below to find support in ordering a free meal to be delivered to your home. The deadline to order is Wednesday, November 17 at 4:30 pm.


Free Thanksgiving Meal

Washington DC Trip

The deadline for registering for the 8th grade trip to Washington, DC has been extended to December 15. There is still time to get registered for this fun and educational event. Please see Mr. Bissinger if you have any questions!

Science Bowl

There will be a Science Bowl informational meeting this Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 2:45 in Mrs. Urban's Classroom

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.
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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!

Stilwell Winter Dance

The winter dance/special gathering will take place at Stilwell on Friday, December 3, 2021. The dance will run from 5-7 pm. Admission into the dance will be two canned food items or a piece of clothing to donate. Donated clothing cannot include any type of underwear, socks, shoes, or accessories. These donations will add to this month's donations for our school donation bin.