The Saydel Community School District has an excellent tradition of fostering positive relationships with students, parents and staff. Our daily focus is to meet the unique learning needs of each and every student. We are a district of approximately 1,300 students and provide a small school learning environment for our students. We keep our focus on three non-negotiable goals:
- Student Achievement
- Enhancing Culture, Image and Relationships
- Maximizing the Use of Resources
We are a TAP school and believe improving instruction and providing a viable and rigorous education for all students is paramount. TAP, The System for Teacher and Student Advancement is a rigorous professional development model that is implemented daily and weekly through class instruction and teacher leadership meetings. Our instructional model allows us to have two Master Teachers and five Mentor Teachers per building to support our career teachers. Saydel Community School District is an excellent 3A school district conveniently located in the north Des Moines Metro area.
Saydel Homecoming Royalty Court
Saydel Homecoming Royalty Court pictured from left: Grant Sassman, Keely Woods, Cole Riddlebarger, Carly Woods, Devin Porter, Lyndsay Bianchi, Hunter Jesse, Riley Backus, Chevy Kelley and Lacey Brown.
Western Day at Woodside
Woodside Middle School students dressed in their best western to celebrate Homecoming this week. Pictured from left: 7th grade teacher Annie Gallaher with students Austin Chally, Taylor Kouski, Trevor Lause, and Christine DelaCruz.
Scholastic Book Fair Oct. 4-6
Fifth grade students share their excitement about the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair to be held October 4-6 during parent/teacher conferences in the Woodside Middle School library. The fair will be open during school hours and conferences. Click Book Fair to shop online now until Oct. 11. Pictured from left: Rayann Richards, Dakota Harden, Kara Simonson, Kyle Adams.
Influenza Clinic at Saydel
Polk County Health Department will be in the Saydel District Office offering influenza vaccinations to students, staff, parents, siblings, and anyone else that wants to stop in for a vaccination. It will be Tuesday, October 4 from 4-7 pm. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Please bring your insurance card. Flu vaccine for uninsured is $20. Nobody is turned away for the inability to pay. A second clinic will also be held on Thursday, Oct. 6 at Cornell Elementary from 4-7 pm. If you have any questions, please contact the Saydel District Office at 515-264-0866.
Saydel Earns Food Service Silver Awards
The HealthierUS School Challenge is a USDA nationwide award program to recognize schools that promote and create healthier school environments through promoting good nutrition and physical activity. There are four levels awarded: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Award of Distinction. There are 43 schools districts in Iowa that are part of the HUSSC. Saydel High School and Woodside Middle School were awarded the Silver Level Award. Saydel Food Service Director Jessy Sadler, pictured middle, is shown here presenting the awards to Superintendent Mr. Douglas Wheeler, left, and Woodside Middle School Principal Joshua Heyer, right.
Cornell Students Win Bus Contest Awards
Durham Bus Services encouraged parents of Saydel students to turn in their transportation forms early this year and if they met the deadline, they were entered into a drawing to win prizes. Two Cornell Elementary students were the winners of the drawings. Iceland Comini, pictured front left, is a third grader who won four tickets to the Altoona Cinema and a $30 gift card to Jethroni's Pizza. Esequiel Hernandez, pictured front right, is a fourth grader, who won four tickets to the new Altoona Cinema and a $30 gift card to Culvers. Pictured in the back row with the winners are Cornell Principal Brian Vaughan and Durham Bus Services Supervisor Karen Smith. Having more early transportation registrations led to a very smooth transition of getting Saydel students to and from school.