DMPS earned recognition in several categories for its communications efforts in the National School Public Relations Association’s annual Publications and Electronic Media Awards competition. The district earned a total of seven awards, including two Awards of Excellence. Read more and see the winning entries here.
The next generation of reporters is in the making at the Summer Journalism Academy, a program started 13 years ago by the University of Iowa and DMPS. We followed along with these aspiring journalists on a visit to the Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary. Read and see more on our For the Record blog.
Free Student Tickets for USA Track & Field
The USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships return to Des Moines this week and, thanks to Principal Financial Group, tickets are complimentary for K-12 students! Tickets are available at the Iowa Hall of Pride (Iowa Events Center) from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM daily. There is a limit of two tickets per student, and students must show a school ID to claim a ticket.
Board Meets at 6:00 PM
The School Board will hold a regular business meeting tonight starting at 6:00 PM at Central Campus. Items on the agenda include a monitoring report on student achievement, a review of the 2013 legislative session, and staff compensation for 2013-14. For a copy of the complete agenda, click here.
In 1993, Andy Hansen launched the Summer Honor Band Camp. Twenty years later the musical education experience for middle school students is bigger and better than ever. Read and see more about the 180 students participating in the camp this month, and why it began in the first place, on our For the Record blog.
This is the inaugural year of the All-City Speech and Debate Team, named for the first time by coaches of the high school programs. Special congratulations to co-captains Miles Menninga (East), Carolyn Evans (Roosevelt) and Nathan Leys (Roosevelt). See a complete list of All-City honorees and why this was begun to promote speech and debate here.
Casady played many roles over the past century: elementary school, administrative offices, and home to early childhood and alternative education programs. This summer the building will be demolished and a new education center built in its place. But first, photographer Jon Lemons captured some last looks inside Casady School. His photos are on our Flickr page.
Des Moines Public Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Vukovich, the vice principal at North High School, as the school’s next principal. He will succeed Matt Smith, who becomes the Executive Director of Learning Services and Student Activities for DMPS on July 1. Read more about the news here.
A couple of weeks ago, nearly 1,800 students received their high school diplomas at eight separate commencements throughout Des Moines. Next week, DMPS-TV will broadcast a replay of each graduation ceremony as well as have each available for viewing on our YouTube channel. For complete details, click here.