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

FIRST Lego League Kickoff

This week marks the start of the 2016 FIRST Lego League (FLL) season! Woodside Middle School students who are interested in participating in FLL this year should plan to attend the Kickoff on Tuesday, August 30 at 2:45 PM  in the Woodside Media Center. At the Kickoff, students and coaches will take time to look through the competition manual and briefly discuss the robot game and the project challenge. Coaches will also have information for students to take home to parents regarding student availability for practices. Parents are welcome to attend the Kickoff meeting! Further announcements regarding the first practices will come out by the end of the day on Friday, September 2.


PBIS Camp at Woodside Middle School

Woodside Middle School began the year with PBIS Camp. Teachers reviewed school-wide SOAR expectations of being Safe, Open-Minded, Accountable and Respectful. Pictured from left: Jake Van Houten, Sierra Summers, Jenna Taylor, and Beau Sutton.


First Day of School Begins

Classes began Tuesday at Saydel Schools. Here Principal Brian Vaughan leads his students at Cornell Elementary with the Pledge of Allegiance.


District Recognition

Saydel is continuing to recognize businesses and individuals for their support by presenting them with certificates of appreciation. Superintendent Mr. Douglas Wheeler thanked VFW Post 9662 Auxiliary for their recent donation of school supplies, and he presented VFW representatives Linda Jones and Chris Cummings with a certificate during the Aug. 8 School Board meeting. Pictured from left: Douglas Wheeler, Linda Jones, Chris Cummings and School Board President Brian Bowman.


Interim Activities Director and High School Assistant Principal

Effective August 9, Ric Powell will serve as Interim Activities Director for Saydel Community School District. Please click on the link above to read about the process to replace our High School Activities Director / Assistant Principal. 


Board Sets 2017 Legislative Priorities

The Saydel School Board participated this year in the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) legislative policy process by talking about the impact on the state policy on the district and voting on resolutions for the next legislative session. Each school board prioritizes up to five resolutions.

They can be viewed here


upcoming events

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August 30 - Tuesday
First Day of Preschool
5:00 PM - Cross Country: JV/Varsity Invitational
5:00 PM - Volleyball: JV Triangular
5:00 PM - Volleyball: 9th Triangular
6:30 PM - Volleyball: Varsity Triangular
September 1 - Thursday
5:00 PM - Cornell PTO Wendy's Community Night
6:00 PM - Football: 9th Game
6:30 PM - Woodside PTO Meeting
September 2 - Friday
7:00 PM - Football: Varsity Game
September 3 - Saturday
9:00 AM - Volleyball: 9th Invitational
September 5 - Monday
No School - Labor Day
September 6 - Tuesday
4:30 PM - Football: 8th Game
5:00 PM - Volleyball: Varsity Triangular
5:00 PM - Volleyball: JV Triangular
5:00 PM - Volleyball: 9th Triangular
6:00 PM - PERL Informational Forum at Saydel
September 8 - Thursday
4:30 PM - Cross Country: JV/Varsity Invitational
4:30 PM - Football: 7th Game
5:00 PM - Volleyball: JV Game
5:00 PM - Volleyball: 9th Game
6:30 PM - Volleyball: Varsity Game
September 9 - Friday
Little Eagle Cheer Night
4:45 PM - Football: 9th Game
6:00 PM - PERL Informational Forum at Norwoodville
7:30 PM - Football: Varsity Game
September 10 - Saturday
8:00 AM - Volleyball: Varsity Invitational
September 12 - Monday
4:30 PM - Volleyball: JV Tournament
4:30 PM - Volleyball: 8th Match
4:30 PM - Volleyball: 7th Match
6:00 PM - School Board Meeting
6:00 PM - Football: JV Game
September 13 - Tuesday
6:30 PM - Cornell PTO Meeting
7:00 PM - PERL Special Election

Saydel Community School District