About Our Schools

Located just minutes from the Des Moines area, the Martensdale-St. Marys Community School District is home to approximately 525 students.  Our Pre-K-12 students attend school in one building located in Martensdale, just east of Interstate 35 near Highway 92.  We are uniquely positioned to offer a public education in a small school atmosphere while still having easy access to all the amenities offered in the Des Moines metropolitan area.

The district encompasses 78 square miles across Warren and Madison Counties and includes the communities of Martensdale, St. Marys, Bevington, Cumming, Indianola, Norwalk, Prole, and St. Charles. Our students come from these areas and many others through open enrollment.

The Martensdale-St. Marys Community School District is community-focused, and we are proud of the opportunities we can offer our students in the areas of academics, performing arts, and athletics.

With the start of the 2024-2025 school year, the District will move to a four-day instructional week with students attending school Tuesday – Friday.

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Martensdale-St Marys Community School District

Notice of Public Hearings - July 1, 2024

Posted: Jun 11, 2024

On July 1, 2024, the Martensdale-St. Marys Community School District will hold two public hearings regarding the use of SAVE Revenue.

These two hearings will provide the District with revenue, in addition to that which it will ask the public to approve through a General Obligation Bond referendum in November, to complete a series of projects in the Martensdale-St. Marys Community School District.

These projects include:

  • HVAC Renovation in the existing building
  • Addition of a new, safe and secure single entrance on the north side of campus
  • Addition of a Bus Loop / Parking Lot
  • Addition of a Gymnasium
  • An allowance for new furniture throughout all classrooms
  • Science Room Renovations
  • Softball Field relocation and site improvements

Hearing #1

A public hearing will be held in the Media Center, 390 Burlington, Martensdale, Iowa, on July 1, 2024, at 5:00 P.M., on the proposal to issue approximately $2,500,000 School Infrastructure Sales, Services and Use Tax Revenue Bonds, which may be issued in one or more series over multiple fiscal years pursuant to Iowa Code Sections 423F.2 and 423F.4, for the purpose of providing funds to remodel, repair, and improve existing classroom space and to relocate the softball field, including site improvements, including costs of issuance and a debt service reserve fund if required by the purchaser.  Any bond proceeds remaining after completion of this project will be used for other school infrastructure projects as authorized by the School District's Revenue Purpose Statement.

Hearing #2

A public hearing will be held in the Media Center, 390 Burlington, Martensdale, Iowa, on July 1, 2024, at 5:00 P.M., on the proposal to use SAVE Revenue for the following athletic facility infrastructure project: to relocate the softball field, including site improvements.  The current estimated cost of this athletic facility infrastructure project is $1,300,000.

If you have questions regarding this matter, please contact Bill Watson, Superintendent at [email protected] or 641-764-2466.

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Martensdale-St Marys Community School District

Now Accepting SIAC Applications for 2024-2025 School Year

Posted: Jun 10, 2024

The School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) is a community group that gives stakeholder voice to school improvement goals and actions of the Martensdale-St. Marys Community School District.

Based on the committee members’ analysis of the needs assessment data, they will make recommendations to the Board about the following components:

1.      Major educational needs

2.      Student learning goals

3.      Curriculum, assessment, and instruction

4.      Long range and annual goals that include, but are not limited to, the state indicators that address reading, mathematics, and science achievement

5.      Bullying and harassment prevention goals, programs, training, and other initiatives

6.      Any other issues which relate to school improvement

The SIAC makes decisions based on the best interest of students aligned with the district’s mission and vision.

Here is the tentative agenda with meeting dates for the next school year:

September 25, 2024:  5:30pm – 6:30pm

Presentation of ISASP Results

Presentation of Conditions for Learning Survey

Portrait of a Graduate Work

Communication from School Work

November 7, 2024:  5:30pm – 6:30pm

Presentation on Bullying and Harassment

Finalize Portrait of a Graduate Work

Communication from School Work

February 11, 2024:  5:30pm – 6:30pm

Special Education Presentation

Title-I Reading Presentation

Communication from School Work

If you are interested in joining the SIAC, please send an e-mail indicating your interest with your name, connection to the school (i.e. student, teacher, parent, community member), and your contact information to Dr. Bill Watson at [email protected] by September 1, 2024.

The Board of Directors will approve the committee for the 2024-2025 school year at its regular meeting in September.

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Martensdale-St Marys Community School District

Register Today for the 2024-2025 School Year

Posted: Jun 6, 2024

Thank you for choosing Martensdale-St. Marys Community School District.

School registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open. Register your student here:  JMC Registration Portal

Before logging into JMC, please make sure the correct school year (2024-2025) has been selected.

Payment of registration fees is made through RevTrak and will be available beginning July 1, 2024.

We will hold In-Person Registration from 11:00am – 7:00pm on Thursday, August 8, 2024, at the school. Anyone needing assistance along with new families to the District that have not made prior arrangements to enroll their student should plan to register that day.

If you need assistance, please contact the Martensdale-St. Marys Community School District Central Office at 641-764-2466.

Please use a laptop or desktop computer to complete the online registration. Mobile devices are not compatible with this process. If you need access to a computer, please contact the Central Office for assistance.

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Martensdale-St Marys Community School District

Facilities Discussion: Softball Field set for June 6

Posted: May 31, 2024

As we continue to finalize our facilities plan in the District, one of the key components we have identified is that the softball field must move from the north side of the school in Martensdale. After discussions internally and with community members, we have identified a location here in Martensdale near the stadium where the new softball field will be relocated as part of this plan.

We will hold a public meeting on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at 5:30pm in the Media Center at the school to share the layout and receive input regarding the site.

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Martensdale-St Marys Community School District

Summer Meal Information

Posted: May 24, 2024

Hooray for summer! Recharge with free meals for kids 18 and under all summer long. Find your local summer meal site by texting FOOD or COMIDA to 304-304 or calling 2-1-1.

For more information, visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids #SummerMeals #SummerRechargeIA

See Summer Meal Locations in Indianola: Indianola Meal Locations

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Martensdale-St Marys Community School District

Congratulations to the Class of 2024

Posted: May 19, 2024

On Sunday, May 19, 2024, we celebrated as 50 students graduated from Martensdale-St. Marys High School. Members of the Class of 2024 are:

Autumn Ackerson, Carolyn Amfahr, Jayden Anthony, Ryane Becker, Dalton Black, Justin Bowen, Jaxson Bowlin, Benjamin Brenizer, Conor Cassady, Casey Choate, Christian Choate, Jeanie Choate, Silas Chopard, Tanner Davidson, William Denny, Jeron Eastwood, Makenna Fetters, Sarah Frost, Brynnly German, Campbell German, Emma Giles, Trysta Hagen, Nicholas Hanrahan, Nathan Harrell, Annie Haupts, Sampson Henson, Alissa Hornback, Grayce Hundertmark, Aidan Laird, Jessica Metcalf, Caelan Meyer, Rachel Miller, Logan Milligan, Madison Morris, Kade Mullins, Clark Murray, Riley Nichols, Cooper Oberbroeckling, Ava Oberender, Jack Osborn, Priscila Palacios, Auna Reines-Schmidt, Emma Russell, Keagan Searl, Sophia Shannon, Noah Sheridan, Aria Volz, Randall Walker, Leah Wolff, Madison Young