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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

Read With Me Program Awards $1,000 to Cornell Elementary

Read With Me Program Awards $1,000 to Cornell Elementary

Cornell Elementary School was chosen for the February's Read With Me Program. The Read With Me Program is a partnership between EMC Insurance and KCCI News 8 in Des Moines. Each month, EMC donates $1,000 to an Iowa school to use in its library, and the winning school is featured on KCCI-TV. The library at Cornell will use these funds to purchase new fiction and nonfiction books for PreK-4th grades. The funds will also be used to create a reading corner in the library. Thank you to both EMC Insurance and KCCI News 8! Pictured from left: Cornell Elementary School Principal Brian Vaughan, Saydel Curriculum Director Mary Salazar, Saydel District Librarian Nichole Foxhoven, KCCI Anchor and Reporter Marcus McIntosh, EMC Insurance Representative Nicole Herman and Jester Insurance Representative Nolan Grimm.


Reading Rewards at Saydel High School

Reading Rewards at Saydel High School

Saydel High School library brought the library into the hallway for a day! Students were able to check out a book and enter to win prizes from local restaurants and colleges! The response was overwhelming, and the students enjoyed checking out the newest books that were bought for the library. Keep on reading Saydel Eagles! Pictured from left are Saydel students Jennifer Gardner and Taylor Perry, Library Associate Holly Robinson, District Librarian Nichole Foxhoven, and student Alexah Lewellin.


2018-2019 School Calendar Approved

The school board approved the school calendar for the 2018-2019 school year at the board meeting on 2/12/2018.

The calendar committee provided great input.

The main driver for the calendar the last 3 years has been the new law requiring the first day of school to be no earlier than August 23rd. Due to this requirement this puts the end of school after Memorial Day weekend.

The 2018-2019 calendar can be found here.


Pre-K Registration is Open

Pre-K registration is now open. Make sure to follow the correct link for 3 year old and 4 year old registration on the linked page.


Notice to Bidders - HS Boiler Replacement Project

If interested please see our notice regarding our HS Boiler Replacement Project.


upcoming events

February 19 - Monday
4:30 PM - Basketball: Boys 8th Game
4:30 PM - Basketball: Boys 7th Game
5:45 PM - FCA
6:30 PM - Kindergarten Parent Information Night
8:00 PM - Basketball: Boys Varsity Districts
February 20 - Tuesday
6:00 PM - Festival of Music
6:00 PM - Music
6:30 PM - Boy Scouts
February 21 - Wednesday
6:00 PM - Athletic Boosters
6:30 PM - 4-H Club
February 22 - Thursday
4:30 PM - Basketball: Boys 7th Game
4:30 PM - Basketball: Boys 8th Game
5:30 PM - Girl Scouts
6:30 PM - Woodside PTO Meeting
6:30 PM - Woodside PTO
6:30 PM - Boy Scouts
February 23 - Friday
6:30 PM - Music
February 24 - Saturday
6:00 PM - Daddy Daughter Dance
6:00 PM - Mother Son Laser Tag
February 25 - Sunday
February 26 - Monday
6:00 PM - Regular School Board Meeting & Work Session
6:00 PM - Banquet
7:00 PM - 8th Grade Parent Meeting, Course Registration at HS
February 27 - Tuesday
Art Show
3:15 PM - Woodside Solo Festival
3:15 PM - Middle School Solo Contest
4:00 PM - Music
5:30 PM - Parent Meeting
6:30 PM - Boy Scouts
February 28 - Wednesday
Art Show
March 1 - Thursday
Parent Teacher Conferences
Art Show
9:00 AM - Music
4:00 PM - Parent-Teacher Conferences
5:00 PM - Cornell PTO Wendy's Night
5:00 PM - Art Show
6:00 PM - Parent Meeting
6:30 PM - Boy Scouts
March 2 - Friday
Art Show
March 3 - Saturday
Art Show
March 4 - Sunday
Art Show
8:00 AM - Music
March 5 - Monday
Art Show
8:00 AM - Music
5:45 PM - FCA

Saydel Community School District