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 News

  • Jul 2, 2024
    Career Exploration Day with Logo

    MSTM Career Exploration Day

    The Martensdale-St. Marys Community School District will be hosting a district wide Career Day on Friday, October 11, 2024.  

    We are looking for volunteers from all different professions to participate in vehicle / equipment displays, a College and Career Fair, or both.

    Friday, October 11, 2024

    Vehicle / Equipment Displays

    8:15am-8:30am: Vehicle / Equipment Set up

    8:45am-10:45am: Elementary Students

    10:45am-11:45am: Junior High & High School Students

    College / Career Fair

    1:00pm-1:30pm: Booth set up

    1:30pm-2:15pm: Junior High School Students

    2:15pm-3:30pm: High School Students

    3:30pm-3:45pm: Clean up

    If interested, please complete the following survey at this link:


    Please contact one of the following individuals with questions:

    Heather Nichols: [email protected]

    Gabrielle Stonebrook: [email protected]

    Emily Wood: [email protected]

  • Jul 1, 2024
    Registration Logo in Blue

    Complete Your Registration and Pay Fees Today

    Preparations are well underway for the 2024-2025 school year in and around the building and we look forward to welcoming your student(s) back on August 23, 2024.

    To ensure that we can serve all students to the best of our abilities, we need to know who to expect when we return on August 23, 2024.

    Register Today for the 2024-2025 School Year

    If you have not already done so, please register for the 2024-2025 school year here:

    JMC Registration Portal

    Complete Book Fee Payments for the 2024-2025 School Year

    In addition, we ask that you complete payments for your student(s) for the 2024-2025 school year here:

    RevTrak – Book Fee Payments

    Free and Reduced Lunch Applications Now Open

    For those that feel they qualify, please download the 2024-2025 Iowa Application for Free and Reduced School Meals here: 

    2024-2025 FRL Application

    Once complete, this form should be submitted to the Director of Nutrition Services, Cassandra Ackerson at [email protected]; you may also e-mail Director Ackerson with any questions or for assistance.

  • Jun 11, 2024
    Devil head with Notice of Publi Hearing

    Notice of Public Hearings - July 1, 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.

  • Jun 10, 2024
    MSTM Logo with SIAC under

    Now Accepting SIAC Applications for 2024-2025 School Year

    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.

  • May 31, 2024
    Softball Field

    Facilities Discussion: Softball Field set for June 6

    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.

  • May 24, 2024
    Summer Meal Flyer

    Summer Meal Information

    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