The sun rose this morning on a brand new school year at DMPS. In fact, it was the start of the district’s 110th school year. Thanks to all of our students, parents, teachers and staff for a great first day, and for your support and dedication throughout the school year. We’ve posted more than 150 photos of the first day at several of our schools which you can enjoy on our Flickr page.
Thanks to the Social Media Club of Des Moines for recognizing the good work of DMPS-TV with a 2016 Hashie Award for the Best YouTube Channel! See the video work produced for Des Moines Public Schools by Kyle Knicley and Jon Lemons by visiting the DMPS-TV YouTube channel.
Des Moines Parks and Recreation and DMPS are partnering to offer Youth Flag Football to students in grades 1-7. Teams will be divided into age groups: 1-2 grade, 3-4 grade and 5-7 grade. Practices will take place once a week with games played Saturday mornings at a neighborhood location. The registration period runs through September 9 with practices beginning on September 20. Visit the Parks & Rec web site for more information and to register.
The Class of 2020 – how’s that for a perfect vision of four years from now? High school starts tomorrow for the latest batch of DMPS frosh and they’ve been receiving warm welcomes in the days leading up to their baptism at each of the district’s five comprehensive high schools, thanks in part to the work of the Link Crew. Click here to read and see more of a new class of 9th graders.
Jaime Robinson is a counselor/ behavior strategist at Morris Elementary School. Tim Robinson teaches kindergarten at Capitol View Elementary School. In addition to being siblings who share a passion for education, this summer break will be unlike any they’ll ever experience: Jaime donated a kidney to her brother Tim. Click here to read more about a pair of amazing DMPS educators.
When Weeks Middle School teachers gathered first thing this morning in the library there were bagels and donuts and water and coffee for them. But mostly there was rigor, of which there will be a steady diet during the new school year that begins Wednesday. Weeks is one of six pilot schools (along with North, Findley, Howe, Lovejoy and Perkins) in the adoption of the Schools for Rigor teaching and learning model. Click here for more.
For the first time in recent history, DMPS had a booth at the Iowa State Fair: the state’s largest provider of education teaming up with one of the state’s most iconic events. Based on the response, taking part in the Fair was a blue ribbon-worthy opportunity for the district as dozens of families registered for school and thousands of people stopped by the booth. Click here to read and see more.
A big congratulations to Roosevelt senior Shana Liu on winning top prize at the Iowa State Fair’s Bill Riley Talent Show! The pianist’s award-winning performance was of the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 by Franz Liszt. Click here to read the Des Moines Register’s article about her prize-winning performance. (Photo by the Register.)
For students such as Hoover’s Mai Dang (pictured at left), summer may be a break from the classroom but not from learning. Several DMPS students spent part of the summer break conducting scientific research in areas ranging from genetics to DNA purification to biofuels production to phytoplankton. Click here to read more about how students continue to learn over the summer.
School Board chair Rob Barron (center) accepts the Iowa Environmental Excellence Award from Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa DNR director Chuck Gipp. DMPS was recognized for our energy stewardship efforts which have been a wise financial decision as well as an opportunity to educate and prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s energy and environmental challenges. Click here for more about our latest honor.