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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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Club Choice Fund Raiser

Club Choice Fund Raiser packets went home on Friday, September 22.  Orders are due Monday, October 2.  Checks should be made out to Crestview PTC.


17 Valley Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Congratulations to Valley High School seniors Emma Bohn, Lucy Brown, Nathan Conte, Aarushi Dervesh, Christopher Jun, Chinar Kaul, Ariz Keshwani, Catherine Larson, Grace Matera, Keegan McCullough, Varun Myneni, Anvay Pradhan, Milan Sherman, Joseph Swanson, Shubham Tayal, Linh Tran, and Oliver Willham, who have all been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Valley High School graduate Grant Hurt is also a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.

These students are now in competition to become National Merit scholars, earning a $2,500 scholarship. Of the 1.5 million entrants, about 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Academic records, school curriculum, test scores, an administrative recommendation, information about activities and leadership, and an essay are used in the judging process.

Finalists will be announced in February, and students will be notified by the end of June if they have been selected as National Merit Scholars.


Crestview T-Shirt Sales

Crestview T Shirt sales are going on now.  Order deadline is Wednesday, September 13. Checks should be made payable to Crestview PTC.



School Pictures – September 15

Crestview school pictures are scheduled for Friday, September 15.  All checks should be made payable to Lifetouch.  Pictures can be paid for online by going to and using picture day id BN807476Q0. Lifetouch Picture Form



Homecoming 2017: Sept. 11-16

Homecoming 2017 theme image.Homecoming 2017 festivities start next week and include activities for our schools, WDMCS families, and the entire community. This year’s homecoming theme is “Valleywood.”

All proceeds from homecoming T-shirt sales, the carnival, and the $5 barbecue, as well as any free-will donations, will benefit the 2017 WDMCS Homecoming charity: Colleen’s Dream Foundation.

Community events include:

  • Monday, Sept. 11: Powder Puff Football, 7:30 p.m., Valley Stadium
  • Thursday, Sept. 14: Homecoming Parade, 5:45 p.m.; Tiger Carnival/$5 Barbecue, 6:15 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 15: Homecoming Football Game vs. Johnston, 7:30 p.m., Valley Stadium, fireworks after the game
    • Get tickets: Tickets will be on sale at the stadium gate starting at 4 p.m. Grades K-8: $4. Grades 9-12 and adults: $6.

Some school-specific events are:

  • Friday, Sept. 15: Junior High Homecoming Mixer, 5:30-7 p.m., at Valley Southwoods
  • Valley High School Dress-up Days (Download the Homecoming Poster)
    • Monday: Movie Night Monday (Dress up in your pajamas.)
    • Tuesday: Character Tuesday (Dress as your favorite TV/movie character.)
    • Wednesday: Walk of Fame Wednesday (Dress for the red carpet or as your favorite celebrity.)
    • Thursday: Throwback Thursday (Dress from a different decade.)
    • Friday: Lions, TIGERS, and Bears (Dress in your spirit gear.)
    • There will also be a homecoming assembly and a DJ at lunch at Valley on Friday, Sept. 15.
  • Saturday, Sept. 16: Homecoming Dance, 8-11 p.m., Iowa Events Center (Hy-Vee Hall)
    • Get a T-shirt: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Sept. 7-8, outside the Valley cafeteria. T-shirts are $6.
    • Get tickets: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 13-15, outside the Valley cafeteria. Tickets are $10.
    • Volunteers are needed to chaperone the dance and sell tickets.Sign Up to Volunteer Online
    • Attire: No jeans, hats, chains, canes, athletic wear/jerseys, or costumes.

Homecoming Court

Photo of 2017 Homecoming Court. First row: Homecoming Queen candidates Emma Bohn, Bailey Burrell, Anna Correa, Caroline Smoldt, and Cassie Yardley. Second row: Homecoming King candidates David Bone, Yuet Both, Kade Hatcher, JJ Kapur, and Habibu Moise.Congratulations to the 2017 Homecoming Court! Homecoming Queen candidates are Emma Bohn, Bailey Burrell, Anna Correa, Caroline Smoldt, and Cassie Yardley. Homecoming King candidates are David Bone, Yuet Both, Kade Hatcher, JJ Kapur, and Habibu Moise.

Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School students will watch candidate videos and vote during advisory on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime of the Valley vs. Johnston Homecoming football game on Friday.

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Shuttle Service for 10th-Grade Student Drivers, Sept. 5-8

Valley parking lotValley High School was recently notified that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints parking lot at 3301 Ashworth Road. will be resurfaced Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 5-8. This parking lot is currently used by approximately 100 10th-grade students.

To accommodate these students, we have worked with the WDMCS Transportation Department to offer shuttle service from Valley Southwoods to Valley these four days. Both morning and afternoon shuttles are available. Please review the list of times and bus numbers to ensure your student takes the correct shuttle.

Who can take the shuttle?
All 10th-graders who regularly park at the church parking lot.

Where should I park at Valley Southwoods?
By the tennis courts.

Where do I catch the shuttle?
Walk to the bus concourse on the east side of Valley Southwoods.

Back side of a yellow school busMorning Shuttle Times/Bus Numbers to Valley High School

  • 7:45 a.m., Bus 80
  • 7:55 a.m., Bus 60
  • 7:55 a.m., Bus 9
  • 8:05 a.m., Bus 7

*Look for a “Valley Shuttle” sign on the bus window.

Afternoon Shuttle Times/Bus Numbers to Valley Southwoods

  • 3:20 p.m., Bus 64
  • 3:20 p.m., Bus 80
  • 3:20 p.m., Bus 97

*Look for the “VSW Shuttle” sign on the bus window.