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

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.


upcoming events

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September 26 - Monday
4:30 PM - Volleyball: Varsity Tournament
4:30 PM - Volleyball: 7th Match
4:30 PM - Volleyball: 8th Match
4:30 PM - Football: 8th Game
6:00 PM - School Board Work Session
6:00 PM - Football: JV Game
September 29 - Thursday
Cross Country: Middle School Invitational
4:30 PM - Volleyball: 7th Match
4:30 PM - Volleyball: 8th Match
5:00 PM - Cross Country: JV/Varsity Game
5:00 PM - Volleyball: JV Match
5:00 PM - Volleyball: Varsity Match
5:00 PM - Volleyball: 9th Match
September 30 - Friday
4:45 PM - Football: 9th Game
7:00 PM - Football: Varsity Game
October 1 - Saturday
Five Seasons Marching Invitational in Cedar Rapids
8:00 AM - Volleyball: Varsity Invitational
October 3 - Monday
4:30 PM - Volleyball: 7th Game
4:30 PM - Volleyball: 8th Match
5:00 PM - Cross Country: JV/Varsity Invitational
6:00 PM - Football: JV Game
October 4 - Tuesday
Book Fair at Woodside
4:00 PM - Flu Shot Clinic at District Office
4:00 PM - Parent/Teacher Conf
4:30 PM - Volleyball: 7th Match
4:30 PM - Volleyball: 8th Match
October 5 - Wednesday
5:30 PM - Public Focus Group for Activities Director Candidate Selection
October 6 - Thursday
Book Fair at Woodside
4:00 PM - Flu Shot Clinic at Cornell Elem
4:00 PM - Parent/Teacher Conf
4:15 PM - Football: 8th Game
4:30 PM - Volleyball: Varsity Game
5:45 PM - Football: 7th Game
October 7 - Friday
No School - Teacher Professional Development Day
4:45 PM - Football: 9th Game
7:30 PM - Football: Varsity Game
October 8 - Saturday
Valleyfest & Showdown
Volleyball: JV Tournament
9:00 AM - Volleyball: Varsity Tournament
9:00 AM - Volleyball: JV Tournament
October 10 - Monday
4:00 PM - Cross Country: Middle School Conference
4:30 PM - Cross Country: JV/Varsity Conference
4:30 PM - Volleyball: 7th Match
4:30 PM - Volleyball: 8th Match
6:00 PM - School Board Meeting

Saydel Community School District