Updates for Stilwell Junior High School Families
March 27, 2023
Message from Principal Kuhnert
If you did not get to read the statement from Dr. Jok last week it sums up my feelings about our current experiences:
Working in partnership with each family and the community, it is the mission of the district to educate responsible lifelong learners so that each student possesses the skills, knowledge, creativity, sense of self-worth, and values necessary to thrive in and contribute to a diverse and changing world.
I have been fortunate to experience the diversity and generosity of the community in my short time at WDMCS. The commitment to providing inclusive, equitable, and excellent public education to every student is a collective effort, and I want to thank you all for choosing West Des Moines Community Schools.
I want to make clear my support for our LGBTQ+ students, staff, and families. Each member of our community deserves the right to human dignity, choice, identity, and the right to culturally affirming learning and working spaces. Standing with our students, staff, and families impacted by actions that morally exclude them is imperative because the diversity and belonging of each community member makes us better.
WDMCS, as a public school district, will continue to comply with all laws, including pending legislations. This does not absolve us from our responsibility to provide excellent public education to all students regardless of their race, color, creed or religion, ancestry, gender identity, citizenship, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, or other identity markers.
I call on all of us to continue centering the needs and humanity of each member of our community, especially the students we serve. Hate speech or dehumanizing language or actions violate board policies and need to be addressed accordingly. Together, we will continue striving to cultivate a thriving work and learning environment.
I am always reminded of the South African concept of Ubuntu which means “I am, because we are.” The late Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said, “A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, based from a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she (or they) belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.” Our humanities are interconnected, and anything that harms one member of our community harms all of us.
Thank you for choosing West Des Moines Community Schools. I appreciate you for sharing your gifts with us. #HereforKids
Dau Dut Jok, Ph.D., Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Thank you for your statement. We continue to embrace Ubuntu as we all live and grow.
Mitch Kuhnert- Principal
David Perrigo- Associate Principal
Families of Students of Color Support Group
When: 5:30-6:30 PM
12 Apr VALLEY HIGH - FORUM
10 May WDM LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER – FAIRMEADOWS ROOM
End of Third Quarter
The end of the Academic Third Quarter for Stilwell is March 31st.
IMPACT of ART
Please join us in celebrating K-12 West Des Moines Community Schools Student Artists.
Date: March 30th
Location: Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Pkwy.
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Nami- "Ending the Silence" Survey link
Second Step: 7th Grade: What is Harassment? 8th Grade: Understanding Bullying
Grade Checks in Advisory
Parents if you want to see our daily anouncements you can save this link:
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, a holy month for Muslims, who fast, pray and practice introspection during this time. In 2023, Ramadan begins on March 22nd and ends on April 21st with the celebration of Eid.
Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress
Stilwell ISASP Online Tools Practice (In Tiger Time): April 17th - 20th
Stilwell Testing: April 24th - 27th
ISASP Modified Schedule (Link)