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.
Thanksgiving Lunch at Cornell
Superintendent Mr. Douglas Wheeler and Cornell Principal Brian Vaughan helped serve Thanksgiving lunch to Cornell Elementary students. Each year the district's Child Nutrition Department cooks a full Thanksgiving meal for students. This year the meal included: turkey and noodles, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, hot roll and apple crisp.
Outgoing School Board Members Honored
Superintendent Douglas Wheeler recently presented appreciation plaques to outgoing Board of Education members. Honored for their years of service to the district were Paul Breitbarth, Ray Livingston, and Rob Stephenson. Paul and Ray both served for 11 years and Rob served for four years. Mr. Wheeler said it is difficult to quantify the contribution of these three individuals. He commented, “The time and sacrifice it takes to serve on a school board is immeasurable, but I am sure these individuals would tell you the satisfaction of serving is equally immeasurable. I was inspired by the service and dedication of Paul, Ray, and Rob. Paul was instrumental in the completion of the Bond project, Ray displayed tireless dedication through his work with the athletic department, and Rob provided a great perspective to the work we were doing to improve systems of academic support. I want to thank them for their service and support to the students of Saydel and personally thank them for their support of me and our new administrative team.”
Eagle Innovators Learn Benefits of Composting
The Eagle Innovators FLL team has researched bananas and how they are disposed of at schools after a lunch. They came up with a plan to create a compost pile that can be used to supplement the school garden.The League consists of 9 Woodside students. This provides students an opportunity to problem solve multiple tasks and work as a collaborative group to come up with innovative solutions.The team has an opportunity to showcase this years' learning by competing in local regional competitions.
Woodside Students Present Mock Trial
The Woodside Middle School students recently presented a mock trial case for the Saydel School Board called “State of Iowa vs. Ty Tanney.” These students recently participated in the Iowa Regional Mock Trial Competition at the downtown Community Choice Credit Union Community Center. Woodside was one of 40 middle school teams competing. The team received the trial information after Labor Day and met every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday for two to three hours learning about courtroom procedures and protocols. Attorney Molly McPartland volunteered her time and expertise to coach these students, along with Carolyn McCauley and Kelsey Coy. Their time, dedication, and hard work turned them into strong believable attorneys and witnesses. Mock trial is designed to introduce students to our legal system by providing a challenging, academic competition. The program offers students an opportunity for personal growth and achievement, emphasizing the importance of research, presentation, and teamwork.
Cornell Students Take a Stand, Lend a Hand
Cornell Elementary welcomed National Anti-Bullying Speaker Kevin Horner as their guest speaker on Wed., Oct. 28.
Horner is trained in making presentations to students and adults across the Midwest about the issues of bullying, either as bullies, targets or as a bystander. In his presentation, titled, “Speaking up for those who won’t speak up for themselves,” Horner defined what bullying is, what it sounds like, how it feels and what it looks like. He also shared safe ways to report bullying.
Horner is a three-time “People’s Choice” award winning ventriloquist and a magician. He uses both of those skills as well as being a gifted communicator to inspire a heart change for one of the most important messages for kids in our world.
According to the National Education Association, it is estimated that 160,000 kids per day skip school due to being a victim of bullying behaviors. It has been estimated that more than two million youth in the U.S. are involved in bullying either as bullies, victims or both. According to Debra Pepler of York University in Canada the average time for a bullying episode on the playground is every 37 seconds. Horner shared startling statistics like this and offer ideas for lowering them during his presentation.