District News


District Begins Work on DMPS IT Blueprint


Technology planning is the culmination of a series of steps taken to support everything from the education in our classrooms to the operation of our schools. Looking toward the future, the district has begun work on a multi-year strategic plan to align our technology goals: the DMPS IT Blueprint. Click here to learn more.

The first-ever Middle School Football Jamboree highlights the effort by DMPS to increase middle school activities.

Football Highlights Middle School Growth


Last night DMPS hosted the first-ever Middle School Football Jamboree. The event was not only about the action on the gridiron but also an example of the effort underway throughout the school district to expand access to a growing list of middle school activities. Click here to read and see more of the football jamboree and middle school activities.

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Mediacom Highlights DMPS and DMPS-TV


Thanks to our partners at Mediacom Cable for their support of a public service announcement to promote Des Moines Public School as well as DMPS-TV. The district’s cable station is now in high-definition at Mediacom channel 12.1 or 812. Visit our YouTube channel to see the PSA online.


76 Trombones and More Take to the Field


Each of the district’s marching bands – North, East, Roosevelt and Lincoln – took the field on Monday for an event that was part workshop and part festival. Judges were present to watch the routines and offer feedback. Gone were the fancy uniforms and shiny spats. First polish the footwork, then polish the shoes and the brass. Click here to read more.


Academic Profile Reports Student Growth


First published last year, the District Academic Achievement Profile is an annual publication from DMPS that provides, under one cover, a review of a variety of assessment tools used during the previous school year on the growth being made by students at all grade levels. Click here to view a copy of the Fall 2014 edition.


Jesse Franklin Taylor Education Center Opens


The second new school in as many years, the Jesse Franklin Taylor Education Center, was dedicated on Saturday, honoring its namesake, longtime and celebrated neighborhood leader, Jesse Taylor. The new school will have preschool and middle school classrooms. For a video tour, click here. To see more photos of the opening, click here.

Ken Eaton Brody Dedication

Ceremony Honors Beloved Brody Teacher


Ken Eaton, a beloved speech/drama teacher at Brody Middle School for twenty years until his life was taken in a savage hate crime in 1988, was remembered in a ceremony in the school’s auditorium. Eaton’s daughter, Jennifer Eaton-Bertagnolli, established a foundation and made a donation in her father’s memory. To read more, click here.

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Elementary School Boogie Draws A Crowd


Students celebrated the new school year by painting their own jumbo tiger mascot, eating lots of pizza and dancing to music in the gym. Hundreds of people gathered at Madison Elementary School for the annual Boogie on the Blacktop, which was moved inside because of rain. To see more photos, click here.

AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary

AmeriCorps Celebrates 20 Years


Every year, nearly 100 people show up in Des Moines schools and help students grow and achieve more and enrich their school experience. Thanks to the dedicated AmeriCorps members who will serve DMPS students this year and Happy 20th Anniversary, AmeriCorps! For photos of the anniversary gathering, click here.

Members of the Roosevelt High School band perform at a tribute to the bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner.

Riders Mark 200 Years of Rockets’ Red Glare


On September 14, 1814 Francis Scott Key penned the Star Spangled Banner. On Friday, the band and chorus at Roosevelt High School led the student body in a stirring tribute to the bicentennial of the national anthem. Click here to read more about the special event put on by the Roughriders.

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For the Record

Football Jamboree Exemplifies Middle School Activities Growth

When future Roughriders and Polar Bears-to-be took the field last night to begin the first-ever DMPS Middle School Football Jamboree at East’s Williams Stadium, there was a strong whiff of brand new in the air. But the event was more than a beginning. It was also a culmination, a showcase that drew lots of attention … Read more »

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