District News

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Half Pints. Whole Hearts. Complete Amazement.


Students from Capitol View, Findley, Garton, Hillis, King, Morris and Stowe elementary schools gathered tonight at Central Campus for the Half Pint school vs. school poetry slam. It was a performance to be remembered by these young spoken word artists, part of Movement 515. And congratulations to the crew from Stowe for earning the coveted Golden Boom Box. Click here to read and see more.

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Huskies, Polar Bears in Epic Basketball Games


The North Polar Bears traveled across town to face the Hoover Huskies for what amounted to two epic basketball games and two wins for the visitors. The North girls’ team held off a last second shot for a 44-43 win, and in a match-up between two of Iowa’s top boys’ team it took overtime to determine the winner, with the Polar Bears ending up on top 65-61. See photos from the games on our Flickr page.

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East Shares “Secrets” of AP Computer Course


The notion of secrecy used to be almost implicit in the word code. Not anymore. AP Computer Science Principles is a new course being taught at East High School, and on Thursday afternoon students joined with peers in 180 countries around the world in the Hour of Code, part of Computer Science Education Week to raise interest in programming and technology. Click here to read more about East’s leadership in computer science education.

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Two Schools Join AP Diploma Program


Central Academy and Roosevelt High School will join approximately 1,000 schools worldwide to implement AP Capstone, an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success: research, collaboration, and communication. Central Academy and Roosevelt will be the first two high schools in the metro area to offer this opportunity for students. Click here to learn more.

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DART Seeks Input on Future Public Transit


DMPS partners with DART to provide thousands of bus rides to our students each week. Would expanded bus service, increased frequency, or longer hours of operation benefit you or your students?  DART is now collecting feedback from the public on three transit plans for the future. Visit the DART web site between now and December 20 to learn more about the proposed plans and complete a brief survey to provide your input and feedback.

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Weeks Holds 6th Annual Science Fair


More than 700 students in grades 6-8 grade presented their semester’s research last night during the 6th annual Science Fair at Weeks Middle School. And thanks to more than 50 volunteer judges who helped out with this exhibit of student brain power. Enjoy photos from Weeks’ Science Fair on our Flickr page.

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Female Wrestlers on Rise in Iowa


According to Iowa Wrestling, girls competing in high school wrestling is on the rise. In fact, they report the sport has seen an increase of nearly 29% in female participants since last year. And the school with the most girls on its wrestling team? Lincoln High School (team members Jolynn Harris, Eh Ku Ku, Annatastacia Larpenter, January Paw, Chloe Pearson pictured at left). East and Roosevelt both have female members of their wrestling teams, too. Click here to read more.

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Harding Celebrates Cultures at Open House


Harding Middle School held an open house Monday night to celebrate their school’s cultural diversity and raise global awareness. Regional foods were served in the cafeteria, cultural ELL projects were on display in the library, and dances were performed by the Siklee Team and Los Ninos del Tepeyac Danza Folklorica in the auditorium. Enjoy photos from the event on our Flickr page.

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Band Extravaganza Recruits Rails Players


Mention recruiting and what comes first to most minds are college sports and the military, not musicians. But Tuesday morning at Lincoln High School an annual event demonstrated that the fine arts too must make their sales pitches to youngsters while they’re still weighing their extracurricular options before they reach the high school fork in the road. Click here to read and see all about the Lincoln Band Extravaganza.

Advocates for Des Moines Public Schools will gather at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 23.

Parents Host Legislative Breakfast on Saturday


The Community Legislative Action Team, a group of DMPS parents and concerned community members, is hosting an event with Polk County area legislators to discuss issues important to schools at Des Moines Public Schools. A Legislative Breakfast is scheduled on Saturday, December 10, from 9-10 AM at Central Campus. Click here to RSVP to attend the event.