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Stilwell Junior High Named National Blue Ribbon School

Stilwell Junior High was named one of 342 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017 by the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday, Sept. 28. Stilwell is one of five Iowa schools and the only junior high school in Iowa to be recognized as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School.

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Principal Eric Boyle congratulates his school.

“This is an award celebrating our Stilwell community past and present,” Principal Eric Boyle said during a schoolwide assembly. “We have a wonderful culture here at this school, and it’s the people before us and currently here who have put these cornerstones in place that mean so much to this school…. I’m so excited for everyone and extremely proud to be a Stilwellian today.”

Boyle also thanked the school faculty and staff, the district superintendent and administration, as well as students’ families and Stilwell’s community partners.

Stilwell was recognized as an exemplary high performing school. Schools nominated for exemplary achievement must be among Iowa’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests to earn this coveted award. Students at each tested grade must be in the top 15 percent of schools in reading and mathematics.

“National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos told the honorees during a livestream announcement. “You are visionaries, innovators and leaders.”

All 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools are invited to celebrate this honor at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 6-7, 2017.

Congratulations, Stilwell Junior High!

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Focused on Student Wellness in the WDMCS

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Reminder: New Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement for Grades 7 & 12

The State of Iowa has passed a new law, requiring the meningococcal (specifically ACWY) vaccine for students entering grades seven and 12, beginning with the 2017-18 school year. All incoming seventh- and 12th-grade students will need to submit a completed Certificate of Immunization with the Meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination to avoid being excluded from school next year.

Get the details.

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8th Grade Valley Tiger Select Basketball Tryouts

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WDMCS Teachers Recognized by Iowa Secretary of State

(submitted by Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate’s office)

Two West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) teachers were recognized for organizing the district’s participation in the statewide Iowa Youth Straw Poll for the 2016 general election. Students voted on their choice of the 2016 general election candidates. The results were then totaled with results from other Iowa schools and reported on Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate’s website: https://sos.iowa.gov/youth/polI/resuIts.aspx.

Stilwell Junior High teacher Sherri Bogue.

Stilwell Junior High teacher Sherri Bogue.

Stilwell Junior High School teacher Sherri Bogue and Clive Learning Academy facilitator Skye Welch stepped up and registered to include WDMCS students’ voices in the statewide straw poll. As a result of their efforts, their students received a unique civic education experience. Former Valley High School teacher Tracy Johnson was also recognized for organizing participation in the straw poll while a Valley teacher.

Because of the leadership from Iowa teachers like Bogue and Welch, the Iowa Youth Straw Poll was nationally recognized this year, winning the National Association of State Boards of Education Award for Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education from the National Parent Student Mock Election. Additionally, the social media program, #IAparticipate, was a national top five
finalist for a Government Social Media Award.

Clive Learning Academy facilitator Skye Welch.

Clive Learning Academy facilitator Skye Welch.

Pate sent these teachers a congratulatory certificate for their part in making the Iowa Youth Straw Poll nationally recognized.

“My thanks to all of the teachers and school administrators who helped make the Iowa Youth Straw Polls a huge success,” Pate said. “More than 250 schools and 56,000 students participated statewide. We could not have done this without the efforts of the teachers. The Youth Straw Poll was a fun, hands-on learning experience for students across the state that hopefully will encourage them become engaged in civics in their community.”

The Iowa Youth Straw Polls were the culmination of Caucus 101 and Elections 101—free, online, social studies curricula developed by Secretary Pate and written by Iowa teachers for Iowa students.
They are available for anyone to use at Elections101.org.

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Junior Highs Hold First Science Bowl

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Students from Stilwell compete at the first junior high Science Bowl.

Nearly 30 eighth graders from Indian Hills and Stilwell junior highs competed in the first Indian Hills/Stilwell Science Bowl on February 25, 2017.

The winning teams were:

  • First Place – Team Apple Bottom Genes, with team members Dorothy Junginger, Joseph Maxwell, and Lucy Weis.
  • Second Place – Team Contagious Intelligence, with team members Joshua Nichols, Chain Moore, Emerson Porter, and David Mager.
  • Third Place – Team The Atoms Family, with team members Clara Mintzer, Sam Burns, Abby Feldman.

Indian Hills/Stilwell Science Bowl Competition Photos

There were four teams from each school competing in the double-elimination competition.

Teams of students studied multiple science disciplines, including chemistry, physics, earth science, genetics, astronomy, human biology, botany, zoology, and taxonomy. Teams were coached by Indian Hills science teacher Shelly Urban and Stilwell science teachers Bryan Bacehowski and Ruth Henderson.

Many teachers and administrators volunteered their time as judges, timers, scorekeepers, and general supervision.

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Stilwell Nominated for National Award

Stilwell Junior High is one of just five Iowa schools and the only junior high in Iowa to be nominated for recognition in the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program in 2017. Nominations are made primarily on the basis of student achievement as measured by the Iowa Assessments. For schools nominated for exemplary achievement, students at each tested grade must be in the top 15 percent of schools in reading and mathematics. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools in September 2017. Congratulations to Stilwell Junior High!

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Stilwell Junior High Presents “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”

Beautyandthebeast posterPlease join Stilwell Junior High for a “tale as old as time,” Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” based on the Tony-nominated Broadway production and the Academy Award-winning Disney movie.

“Beauty and the Beast Jr.” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, which describes it as the “classic story” of “Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.”

Stilwell’s production includes some favorite Disney musical numbers and features eighth-grade students Kaitlyn Forney as Belle and Caleb Moore as the Beast. Eighth-grader Wyatt Glenn will play Gaston, with eighth-grader Chaim Moore as his sidekick Lefou. Eighth-grader Gavin Beedon will portray Belle’s father Maurice, and eighth-grader Lanie Anthan will play Mrs. Potts, an enchanted teapot in the Beast’s castle. A full cast and crew list can be found below.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 and Nov. 5, and at 1 p.m. on Nov. 6, at Stilwell Junior High, 1601 Vine St., West Des Moines. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in the school office or at the door.

 

Full Cast & Crew List PDF

 

Full Cast & Crew List

NARRATOR 1……………………………………………..JOSEPH MAXWELL

NARRATOR 2……………………………………………..GABE SCHEBEL

NARRATOR 3……………………………………………..LAUREN TAYLOR

NARRATOR 4……………………………………………….QUINN KELLY

 

BELLE…………………………………………………………KAITLYN FORNEY

MAURICE…………………………………………………….GAVIN BEEDON

BEAST/PRINCE……………………………………………CALEB MOORE

GASTON……………………………………………………..WYATT GLENN

LEFOU……………………………………………………….CHAIM MOORE

SILLY GIRLS (4)………ALLISON COOK, ANA WELGE, SARAH NORWOOD, ABBY BISHOP

LUMIERE…………………………………………………….WILL JOHNSON

COGSWORTH………………………………………………JACOB BENCH

MRS. POTTS………………………………………………..LANIE ANTHAN

CHIP……………………………………………………………SUMMER DUNHAM

BABETTE…………………………………………………….ALEXA CHEGUER

MADAME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE…………………ELLA BISHOP

OLD WOMAN/ENCHANTRESS…………………………AVERY REDFORD

MONSIEUR D’ARQUE…………………………………….GABE PRUNEDA

 

VILLAGERS (including below: named ones will sing solo lines)

ARISTOCRATIC LADY……………………………………MARJORIE LEBLANC

SAUSAGE CURL GIRL……………………………………HANNAH GRALL

FISH MAN…………………………………………………….AVI KAUFMAN

EGG WOMAN…………………………………………………ALEXA NEWGARD

BAKER…………………………………………………………MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM

BAKER’S WIFE………………………………………………MIA WELLS

CANDLE MAN………………………………………………HUNTER KHONGMALY

HAT SELLER……………………………………………….OLIVIA BROWN

MILKMAID…………………………………………………..JC STEWART

SHEPHERD BOY…………………………………………..BEN AHLRICHS

BOOKSELLER………………………………………………ASMI PATEL

LADY WITH A BABY……………………………………..AUBRIE DEWES

BUTCHER……………………………………………………NATHAN BUZZELL

VILLAGER #1………………………………………………IAN CRITELLI

VILLAGER #2………………………………………………AMY SCOTT

VILLAGER #3………………………………………………LUKE WEEKLUND

VILLAGER #4………………………………………………GRETCHEN TRIPLETT

 

OTHER VILLAGERS (ENSEMBLE):

WILL FOX, Cynnava McAvoy, Caleb Foster-kruger, Ellie Burke, Rafe Axne, Veronica Wennerstrom, Kade Luinstra, Catie Johnson, Krithi singaram, Ellie Greenspon, Katie Stevens, Meredith Froerer, Bailey Pender, Bryan Stweart, Pradyumna Dahal, Ziona Foley, Emerson Porter, Anna Scott

 

TAVERN SCENE WAITRESSES……..SHELBY RICE, NAUTICA NELSON KEESEY

 

TAVERN SCENE DANCERS………….LORENA JACKS, LEXA EMANS, LAUREN LAKE, MIA RAND

 

WOLVES (gymnastics and dance)………..HALLIE MADIGAN, CARLY CHRISTENSON, ZOE SWANSON, ABBY EHRLE, CASSIDY EMANS, MIKENA PAGE

 

KNIVES (2)………………………………………..ASHLEY HOFFA, ANNA JACOB

FORKS (2)…………………………………………KEATON TENCH, ZANE COUGHENNOWER

SPOONS (2)………………………………………MADDY HALL, LAURA KIPNUSU

NAPKINS (10)…………………………………..MIA DUKLE, UMA DUKLE, ALEXANDRA WNUK, CORWYN LOVELL, LUKE NELSON, CHELSEA GALLENTINE, MAYA WILLIAMS, NOAH FERRON, KEELEY DOWNEY

PLATES( 3)………………………………………KENNEDY MEYER, KENNEDY HARRIS, KENNEDY LAWRENCE

PARFAIT BRUSH………………………………ARIA PULLEY

CHEEESE GRATER……………………………KACI KOPF

SUGAR BOWL…………………………………..AUSTYN HILTON

COFFEE POT…………………………………….LEXI OHRINGER

SPATULA…………………………………………TEGHAN BOOTH

WHISK…………………………………………….DAKOTA BROWN

SALT……………………………………………….SOPHI GAUTHIER

PEPPER……………………………………………NOELLE LONEY

PASTRY TUBE………………………………….OLLIE SMITH

OVEN MITT………………………………………JARED STEVENS

BUTCHER KNIFE………………………………JON RINEHART

FLOWER VASE………………………………….ABBY HILTON

RUG…………………………………………………NEAL MARLETT

FRENCH MAIDS (2)……………………………JOSIE KRAUSMAN, MIKELLE MURDOCH

 

 

HEAD STAGE MANAGERS…………………Sophia Vratsinas, Cate Dolphin, Makayla Houston

STAGE MANAGERS……………… Makayla Stone, Caylee Mae, Raelyn Acklin, Emily Quick, Caden Moore, Nadia Hadzic

SET MANAGERS……………………………………Carson Copple,  Michael Fox, Josh Mueldener

SET BUILD/PAINT CREW…………………………………………………………. Kendric Santos-Boggs, Charlie Temme, Claire Cosier, Sophia Weedman, Jude Boettger, Kauai Cua, Mia Basic, Ian Gaunt, Joey Feingold, Kaleb Sharon, Cole Ross, Olivia Nahas, Nathan Steimel, Taylor Swain, Allison Rickert, Kaleb Sander, Sammi Lara

PROPS MANAGERS…………………………………………Alajah Scott, Jalyn Wu, Katie Kilkenny

PROPS CREW:…………………………………………………… Maxwell Jensen, Bella Hager, Kelsey Erickson, Sam Harper, Reagan Mann, Sammy Umana-Suarez, Jennifer Berber, Jason Goding, Kayla Jones, Celia Kuster, Ronny Vallejo, Austin Smith, Alondria Berber

 

HAIR/MAKE-UP MANAGERS…………………………..……Mya Aleen, Brandi Barr, Ava Feeney

 HAIR/MAKE-UP CREW…….Madeline Hollander, Chayse Robison, Alicia Graves, Hailey Bierl, Meredith Young, Briyana Maddy, Ellie Carpenter, Bebe Hughes, Maddi Papin, Emma Linder, Risha Shetye, Molli McLaughlin, Brynlea DeGroote, Ava Coleman, Hanah Denhart, Helene Lenz, Tori Schott, Kyra McManus, Jyotika Sharma, Kielyn Nyberg, Abby Figueroa, Jazmyn Knudson

 

COSTUME MANAGERS…………………….Mya Sturdevant, Hannah Pratt, Leslie Dominguez

COSTUME CREW………………………………. Maren Stegh, Aislyn Kokichi, Sarh Haselhuhn, Ellen Mitchell, Lucy Weis, Riley Baldus, Maddie Phillips

LIGHT CREW MANAGER……………………………………………………….…Michael Kazma,  

LIGHT CREW………………………………………………………………………….. Reese Rubino, Henry Shires, Izumi Brown, Michael Swaim

SOUND CREW MANAGER………………………………………………………………Anne Judge

SOUND CREW…………………………………….……………….Audrey Johnson, Marshall White

 

PUBLICITY MANAGERS………………………Reagan Kuennan, Nicholas McClusky, Liana Reed

PUBLICITY CREW………………… Sam Fess, Libby Tharp, Maddie Cason, Alexandra Arellano, Kate Kelly, Dylan Fallacaro, Kara Westhoff, Ella Strause, Ashton Dilla, Atalie Harn

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School Board to Discuss Facilities at Special Workshop

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