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Elhondra’s and Julio’s Excellent Adventure


We are so proud of Elhondra Brazzle (East) and Julio Delgadillo (North) for finishing 1st and 2nd, respectively, at the Poetry Slam at the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Julio and Elhondra were selected to compete alongside poets from New York City, Washington DC, and Indianapolis. Click here to read about their whirlwind week, and how they keep their feet on the ground.

Greenwood Elementary School's new entrance

New Year Means New Entrances at Schools


The new school year at DMPS unveiled new or reconfigured entrances at 15 schools across the district. The on-going initiative is to make schools more welcoming for visitors as well as enhance safety and security. We stopped by Greenwood Elementary School and Brody Middle School to see the new “welcome mats” that were rolled out. Click here to read and see more about this work to make schools more welcoming and safer.

Graphic announcing AP Scholars

Students Honored for Success in AP Courses


Two hundred and forty DMPS students, from all five comprehensive high schools, have earned Advanced Placement Scholar honors from the College Board, the second most ever recognized at Iowa’s largest school district. Twenty students earned National AP Scholar recognition, up from 14 last year. Click here for more about how DMPS is a leader in AP opportunities.

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Supporting Males of Color Students at DMPS


A key part of the School Board’s oversight of DMPS are recurring “monitoring reports” received throughout the year that look at the work underway at Iowa’s largest, most diverse school district. At a recent meeting a report entitled Males of Color was presented, examining the experience and outcomes of African American and Hispanic male students. Read more about the data and plans shared with the Board.

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TRHS Alum, Hawkeye Great Duncan Passes


Our condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Randy Duncan, who died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. A member of the Roosevelt High School Class of 1955, he led the University of Iowa Hawkeyes to a Rose Bowl victory in 1959 before a 50+ year career as one of the state’s top attorneys. For more about Duncan, read our story about his 2013 induction into the Roosevelt Hall of Fame.

Group of students at Central Academy.

Seniors Named National Merit Semi-Finalists


Congratulations to Roosevelt seniors Maeve Greising, Shivani Kumaresan, Abbott LaPrade, Jade Miller, Aidan Palmer and Jack Romp on being chosen Semi-Finalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship competition, placing them among the top young scholars in the state and nation. The students, who also attend Central Academy, were selected based on their strong performance on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) test taken last year. Click here for more.

Student taking a piece of breakfast pizza

East Mondays Begin With Fuel Up First


Thanks to support from community partners such as the Des Moines Police Department, the Salvation Army, Viva East Bank, Habitat for Humanity and Polk County, the students at East High School can pick up a free breakfast on their way in to school every Monday morning. As the sun was rising on September 26, we stopped by to visit with volunteers and students as breakfast pizza was being distributed and the program was formally launched. Click here to read and see more.

Sudents at National Book Festival

Brazzle, Delgadillo Tops at National Book Festival


We are so proud of Elhondra Brazzle from East and Julio Delgadillo from North for finishing 1st and 2nd, respectively, at the Poetry Slam at the Library of Congress National Book Festival. From among student across the country, Julio and Elhondra were selected to compete alongside poets from New York City, Washington DC, and Indianapolis (pictured at left with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden). It is very exciting to see two of our seniors shine on stage at one of the nation’s top literary events.

Retired teachers at McCombs Middle School

Alum Teachers Stroll McCombs Memory Lane


They are true originals. Retirees Dave McGinnis and Mike Walag were green teachers the day McCombs Middle School opened its doors for the first time in 1973. Now they’re back to check out the halls they once walked, and boy, are they having a good time. We tagged along. Click here to read the story and see photos.

Students at movie premiere

RunDSM Documentary Premieres in Theater


RunDSM had its own red carpet event this week when a new documentary called “RunDSM: The Doc” premiered at the Fleur Cinema. The full length feature was produced by local filmmaker Nick Strickland. The film received rave reviews! Click here to read more about this very special event.