Stilwell Monday Message

Weekly Student and Family Communication

May - 5/10/21

Good Morning Stilwell students and families,

Good morning and happy odd day.

Students and families our last day of school is quickly approaching. Just a reminder that we will be dismissing three hours early on June 2nd from a normal Wednesday. This means students will be dismissed on June 2nd at 10:50 am. A sack lunch will be provided.

Students, please continue to show your grit and perseverance by turning in all pieces of learning to your teachers. We want your reported grades to reflect what you know and are able to do within each of your classes. If you are in need of help please speak with a trusted adult.

Erica Whittle - Principal

Weekly Events

  • Monday 5/10 - Boys and Girls Track at Marshalltown
  • Thursday 5/13 - Boys and Girls Track at Southeast Polk

Congratulations Stilwell Archers

Stilwell finished 12th in the nation in middle school 3D and 28th in the nation in middle school bullseye! In addition, Talyn Slater's 290 was good enough for him to finish 17th in the nation in the middle school boys division. We also had two archers finish in the top 50 in 3-D. 6th grader Owen Dettbarn was 44th in middle school boys for 3D and Ella Melco was 42nd in middle school girls for 3D.

Stilwell was the top middle school team from Iowa in both events. Our bullseye score places us in the top ten percent of teams in the country, 28th out of 288 in bullseye.

Stilwell's previous best finish at Nationals was 22nd in 3D and 34th in bullseye, both in 2017

Stilwell 21-22 School Supplies

Returning to Stilwell for 8th grade next year? If so, pre-order your school supplies through EPI. Visit and enter the code STI013. Order by June 12, 2021. Pre-ordered school supplies will be sent to Stilwell and provided to students.

Music Summer Program Opportunities

Summer Strings

For students entering grades 5-9

Students participate in orchestra rehearsals, musicianship classes (including ear training and
theory), and sectional rehearsals. This is an intensive study of orchestral music and listening skills, culminating with a concert on June 18. Program taught by Matt Meyer, Curtis Barr, Abby Hendricks, Xavier Quinn, and Jeanne Caldwell.

Session: June 7-18, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Location: Valley High School

Cost: $75

Sign up now at


Band Bash

For students entering grades 6-8

This two-week program meets for one hour each day and gives instrumental music students the opportunity to develop their rhythmic skills, strengthen their tone and playing technique, and polish their music reading skills in preparation for the school year. A concert will be held on June 18 at Valley High School.

Session: June 7-18, from noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Valley High School
Cost: $70

Sign up now at

Valley Boy's Soccer Camps

The Valley High School boys' soccer program is offering a variety of camps this summer! Each camp costs $100 and is held at Valley Stadium.

These camps focus on the basics and foundations of the game, with experiences benefiting both beginning and seasoned players. Led by Valley varsity boys' soccer head coach Aziz Haffar, camp staff will touch on the physical, technical, tactical, and physiological aspects of the game. Campers will have a balance of games, drills, and fun, with a free T-shirt and soccer ball included!

Camp Dates & Times

  • June 7-11: 9 a.m. to noon for ages 6-8 and 9-16
  • July 5-9: 9 a.m. to noon for ages 6-8 and 9-16
  • August 2-6: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for ages 6-8 and 9-16

For any questions about this summer's offerings, please email Aziz Haffar at


Stilwell Donation Bin - MAY

In the month of May, we will be collecting food to donate to the Eddy Davis community center near Holiday Park. Examples of items to donate are:

  • Canned food

Tuna, fruit, soup, vegetables, (etc).

  • Non-perishables
Nut butter, jerky, ramen, grains, rice, (etc)


This week will be focusing on Doing your Best in the classroom. This looks like active participation in class and turning in all practice and necessary pieces of learning to your teachers. Teachers will be recognizing students with PBIS reward points.
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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.

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

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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