Stilwell Monday Message

Weekly Student and Family Communication

Monday - 3/22/2021

Good Morning Stilwell students and families,


Welcome back from Spring Break. We hope you had a restful time. Today will be an EVEN day.


As we begin our final span of school before the summer break, we would highly encourage you and your student to review any supplies they may be in need of within the classroom (paper, pencils, pens, etc.), if your family is in need of support, please reach out to a teacher, counselor, or school administrator.


We'd also like to share that Stilwell’s PBIS work earned ‘Honor’ status from the Iowa Department of Education. Please click here for more information.


Below you will see a link to our ISASP testing schedule. We will begin testing in April and our on-site and online learners will be tested on different days.


Erica Whittle - Principal

PBIS FOCUS

This week will be focusing on appropriate mask-wearing and mitigation in the halls and classrooms. Please make sure to have both your nose and mouth covered. Teachers will be recognizing students with PBIS reward points.

WDMCS Imapct of Art 2021

As with many events this year, the annual K-12 Impact of Art show is virtual. March is Youth Art month and this is our time to celebrate the achievements of talented student artists in our district and highlight our visual arts program. Please take a moment to celebrate the vital role of art education as well as our WDMCS student artists!


2021 Impact of Art Slide Show


List of Student Artists


Valley Debate

During the first weekend of March, the Valley Debate team competed in the Iowa Forensic League State Finals. Two Valley seniors won the championship in their divisions. 7th Grader Landon Stull also competed in the Lincoln-Douglas division and was a quarterfinalist. Awesome work Landon and thank you for representing Stilwell.

Stilwell Donation Bin

Stilwell’s new donation bin is a Student Council led initiative that is trying to bring much-needed items to the local community.


For our first collection we asking for the following:

  1. Personal Care items: Will be used in our community
    1. Items collected include shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, body wash, lotion, toothpaste, Femine products, and lip balm.
  2. Shoes: Will be donated to citizens in Sudan
    1. Old or New

8th Grade Track

The sign-up for the 8th-grade boys and girls track teams are located on your students' PE canvas page. Full practice will start the Monday after Spring break. A reminder that if your student has not been out for a sport yet they will need to have a physical and have that uploaded to FamilyID before they can start.
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Parking Lot 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 local business as a place to pick-up your child.
  • Do not drop off your student or stop for any reason along Vine Street.
  • 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 and on Vine St.

Student Council Announcement: Pennies for Patients

The Stilwell Student Council has chosen to partner with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as their fundraiser for the 3rd Quarter. To help promote this month-long event we are having each Tiger Time on the 6 teams (T.I.G.E.R.S.) compete against each other to see who can raise the most money. Due to our current situation with Covid-19 we will be hosting this event entirely online until March 31st. To find your student's Tiger Time homepage use the following link and search for their teacher in the bottom left-hand corner. Thank you for your support!

- Stilwell Student Council

Reminder for In-Person Students

If your student is signed up this semester to be an “in-person” learner, your student cannot choose to learn “online” due to convenience, illness, or weather unless the district determines that we all move to online learning for that day. Students will be counted absent and will need a parent call to excuse.

This should be done in the usual way through our attendance line at 633-6000. You may leave a message 24 hours a day and we ask that you give your student’s name, student ID number, and what grade they are in so we may update their attendance. Thank you!

After the Bell

After the bell is an additional opportunity at the end of the day to get support with learning from a certified teacher. It will start on Tuesday, September 8th in the Stilwell cafeteria. Students will receive an additional snack using social distancing and are welcome to stay until 4:00 pm. After the bell will run each week Monday-Thursday. For more information please contact Mr. Peter Bissinger at bissingerp@wdmcs.org.

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.
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