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 four non-negotiable goals:

  1. Student Achievement
  2. Enhancing Culture, Image and Relationships
  3. Maximizing the Use of Resources
  4. Demonstrate Innovation

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.

NIET TAP program video

District News

Saydel School Board Election News

Saydel Community & Families:

Please participate in the upcoming School Board Election, which will be held September 12, 2017. Voting locations based on place of residence will be the Saydel District Office or the Saylor Fire Department building.

We have three individuals running for three positions. While this race is not contested, I wanted to take a moment to encourage you to participate. School Board Elections state and nation-wide have traditionally low turnout.

The seven individuals who serve our community as School Board members put countless hours of unpaid time to ensure the best for the students of Saydel. They are responsible for ensuring a budget of close to $23.7 million is spent to provide quality programming and services in support of over 1,250 students and 240 employees.

The three School Board candidates are Julie Jennings, Roland Kouski, Jr. and Rob Strickler.

Please meet these individuals and have an opportunity to ask them questions at the upcoming Board Forum on September 7, 2017, at 6:00 PM.

Yours in Service,

Doug Wheeler, Superintendent


Saydel Registration Day Winner

Saydel Registration Day Winner

Congratulations to Patrick McPherren for being one of the prize winners during the Saydel Walk-in Registration Day. Patrick, who won a Casey's gift card donated from Woodside PTO, is pictured here with student Jacob McPherren and Julie McKibben, Director of Special Student Services and Special Education.


School Starts August 23

First day back to school for students is August 23.


upcoming events

August 19 - Saturday
9:30 AM - High School Football Film Review
August 21 - Monday
3:30 PM - Football Practice Grades 9-12
4:00 PM - Back To School Night Cornell Elementary
5:00 PM - Back To School Night Woodside 6-8th Grade
6:00 PM - Freshmen & New Student Orientation at Saydel High School
6:30 PM - Back To School Night/Orientation for Woodside 5th Grade
August 22 - Tuesday
3:30 PM - Football Practice Grades 9-12
4:30 PM - Volleyball: Varsity Invitational
6:00 PM - Football: JV Game
6:30 PM - Cross Country High School Parent Meeting
August 23 - Wednesday
Picture Day for High School
First Day of School
August 24 - Thursday
6:30 AM - Marching Band Morning Rehearsals Begin
4:30 PM - Volleyball: JV Invitational
4:30 PM - Volleyball: 9th Invitational
4:45 PM - Cross Country: JV/Varsity Invitational
August 25 - Friday
First Day of Kindergarten
4:45 PM - Football: 9th Game
5:30 PM - Football Middle School Parent Night
7:30 PM - Football: Varsity Game
August 28 - Monday
High School MAP Testing
5:30 PM - Volleyball Middle School Parent Meeting
6:00 PM - Football: JV Game
6:30 PM - Cross Country Middle School Parent Meeting
August 29 - Tuesday
High School MAP Testing
5:00 PM - Cross Country: JV/Varsity Invitational
August 31 - Thursday
First Home Volleyball Game
5:00 PM - Volleyball: 9th Match
5:00 PM - Volleyball: JV Match
6:30 PM - Woodside PTO Meeting
6:45 PM - Volleyball: Varsity Match
September 1 - Friday
7:00 PM - Football: Varsity Game
September 2 - Saturday
9:00 AM - Volleyball: 9th Match

Saydel Community School District