District News

Bird's eye view of a choir.

Lincoln, Roosevelt Musicians to All-State


Student-musicians from Lincoln and Roosevelt high schools will be represented at this year’s All-State Music Festival. Auditions were held at six regional sites around the state last weekend by the Iowa High School Music Association. The students will participate in the annual All-State Music Festival at Iowa State University on November 17-19. IPTV will broadcast their concert beginning on Thanksgiving Day. Click here for a list of the student-musicians from DMPS.

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Central Campus Café Opens Thursday


The award-winning Central Campus Café opens for select dates this season beginning Thursday in the school’s multi-purpose room. This week’s menu features Crème du Barry, Spinach Salad, Fried Onion-Breaded Chicken Sandwich, Meat Loaf and two yummy dessert choices! To learn more and make a reservation, click here.

Students fix boat trailer.

Students Help Club with Soccer Goals


Central Campus Welding and Auto Collision students are helping the Northwest Soccer Club with their goals, in more ways than one. The club has no field house. So, students are reconstructing an old boat trailer for use by the club to transport aluminum soccer goals from field to field throughout the Fall and Spring soccer seasons.

Members of the East High rugby team

East Wins State Girls Rugby Championship


Congratulations to East High School’s rugby team on winning the 2016 State Girls Championship this weekend. The Scarlets defeated top-seeded Valley 21-14 to bring home the title. East senior Patience Murray was also named the tournament MVP! For more information about the championship, visit the Iowa Youth Rugby Association web site.

Jodi Grant, Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance

How Staying After School Benefits Students


Jodi Grant, Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance, visited Cattell Elementary School for a first-hand look at after school programming at DMPS. Click here to read about how staying after school has gone from being punishment years ago to being a benefit for parents but also a way to enrich the educational experience for students.

High school cross country runners

Roosevelt’s Prentice Heads to State XC


Thursday was the last day of the season for most cross country runners as State Cross Country Qualifying Meets were held across Iowa. Distance runners from East, Hoover, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt competed on the DMACC campus in Ankeny. Congratulations to Roosevelt sophomore Harry Prentice (pictured at left as he nears the finish line), who qualified for State for the second year in a row. See photos from the meet on our Flickr page.

A student asks a question of college athletes

Iowa State Cyclones Visit Willard Wildcats


With an undergraduate and two graduate degrees from Iowa State University, Willard Elementary School principal Julie Kruse is a proud Cyclone. So when she bumped into the ISU athletic director at a recent football game she couldn’t resist inviting the Cyclones for a visit. Several athletes stopped by school today for a Q&A session with students as well as a scrimmage in the gym. Click here to read and see more.

Roosevelt volleyball game

Riders Volleyball Advances in Postseason


The Roosevelt High School volleyball team cleared the first round of postseason play, sweeping Southeast Polk to win the regional quarter final Class 5A match on Wednesday night. The Roughriders (31-19) will face Dowling next Tuesday at 7:00 PM.  Visit the IGHSAU web site for volleyball tournament information and see our Flickr page for photos from Roosevelt’s match.

Students standing near a squad car

Criminal Justice Students On The Case


The bad news: the victim of a mock (repeat mock!) homicide at Central Campus was a DMPS security officer. Evidence at the scene indicated that the perpetrator may be a clown, an appropriate suspect for a mock crime given the nation-wide creepy clown hoax on social media. The good news: the Criminal Justice program is on the case. Now in its second year, the program has more than doubled in size. Click here for more about the program and this unique lesson.

Man and girl shaking hands

World Food Prize Feeds Students Opportunities


The World Food Prize has been referred to as the Nobel Prize of agriculture and food science. Headquartered in Des Moines, the WFP also feeds students at DMPS with many science-related opportunities. This week, two scientists from Africa, in town for WFP events, spoke with students at Central Campus and Hoover High about their fields of study. Click here to read more about this special opportunity for students in Des Moines.