Stilwell Monday Message

Student and Family Communication

November - 11/1/21

Today is a Black Day!

Happy November! on Wednesday this week, we will be hosting our picture retakes! Please come dressed and ready for retakes if you would like!

We are also extremely excited to present our fall musical Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.,” based on Disney’s film and Broadway show. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Stilwell office.

Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie, who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. Come and enjoy this new adaptation of the beloved story that will open up “a whole new world” for everyone!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • 11/3/21 Picture Retakes

Erica Whittle - Principal

Mental Health Club

Looking for a safe place to discuss mental health that affects junior high students with your peers? Join us every Wednesday after school. We will have a guest speaker from Employee and Family Resources (EFR). For questions see Mr. Johnson in the counselor's office.

7th & 8th Grade After School Yearbook Club

Interested in helping with the Stilwell yearbook? Like to take photographs? Curious about advertising? Writing? Proofing? Going to events? No experience necessary! Join the after-school Yearbook Club. We will meet every other Tuesday after school from 2:45 to 3:00 PM in the school library. If you cannot make the meeting but would like to join, contact Mrs. Payton.

First meeting October 26th

Email Mrs. Payton at

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.

  • 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!