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:

  1. Student Achievement
  2. Enhancing Culture, Image and Relationships
  3. 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.

District News

Grading is Changing


Grading Is Changing at Saydel Community School District.

Please attend ONE of the Parent Information Sessions February 18 5:30 pm OR 6:30 pm at Saydel High School Auditorium.

Saydel is striving for 100% parent participation. Please sign in when you arrive.


5th Grade VFW Essay Contest Winners

Earlier this school year the fifth grade students wrote essays for our local women's auxiliary of the VFW 9662. Essays are judged at the local, district and state levels and monetary prizes are given. We are excited to announce that we had 3 winning essays and one essay went all the way to winning second place at the state level. Deric Van Houten's essay took 3rd place in the local level, Madison Rogers's essay won 2nd place in the local level, and Emily Majerus's essay won 1st place local, 1st place  district, and 2nd place at the state level. Congratulations! Pictured from left, front row: Deric Van Houten, Madison Rogers and Emily Majerus. From left, back row: 5th Grade Teacher Erin Ogden, VFW Representative Elaine Podner, 5th Grade Teachers, Katie Mary, Mallory Stubbers and Marsha George. 


Polk County / Prairie Meadows Gives Back

The Saydel Schools appreciates the ongoing support from the Polk County Board of Supervisors and Prairie Meadows. This support is based on the number of students in our district and averages $16,000 per year to support special district initiatives. The electronic signs at each building are the most visible improvement purchased with this additional funding. This year, safety upgrades including two-way radios, employee ID badges and the Raptor visitor check-in systems were purchased with these funds. We thank the Polk County Supervisors: Robert Brownell, Steve Van Oort, Tom Hockensmith, Angela Connolly, and John F. Mauro for their ongoing support as well as Gary Palmer, President & CEO of Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, for making these funds available. Pictured from left: Saydel Superintendent Douglas Wheeler, Saydel Board Member Melissa Sassman, Robert Brownell, Saydel Board Member Roland Kouski, Jr., Saydel Business Manager Ryan Eidahl, Tom Hockensmith, Steve Van Oort, and Gary Palmer. 


upcoming events

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February 16 - Tuesday
4:30 PM - Boys - 9th - Basketball
4:30 PM - Boys - 9th - Basketball
5:45 PM - Boys - JV - Basketball
5:45 PM - Boys - JV - Basketball
7:30 PM - Boys - Varsity - Basketball
February 17 - Wednesday
Varsity - Wrestling
6:00 PM - Athletic Boosters
7:00 PM - Girls - Varsity - Basketball
February 18 - Thursday
Varsity - Wrestling
February 19 - Friday
Varsity - Wrestling
February 20 - Saturday
Varsity - Wrestling
7:00 PM - Girls - Varsity - Basketball
February 22 - Monday
8:00 PM - Boys - Varsity - Basketball
February 23 - Tuesday
Music Concert - Kindergarten
February 25 - Thursday
6:30 PM - 6-12 Music Concert
7:00 PM - Boys - Varsity - Basketball

Saydel Community School District