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Central Campus Open House Tonight


Fashion design to welding, culinary to aquarium sciences, Central Campus has it all, and now you can see it all!  Join us at Central Campus for our open house from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. as Block Party week continues.  Our students and staff will be demonstrating the skills they’ve learned in the programs that make Central Campus so popular.


Brody Students Kick Off Trash Bash


Originally planned in conjunction with Earth Day, but rescheduled due to weather, Brody Middle School held their inaugural Trash Bash today. Students combed Brody School Park searching for, collecting and disposing of trash. The event was part of Brody’s community service work as it becomes an International Baccalaureate school. Click here to see photos.


Central Campus Art Show Open


Sierra Starkey is serious when it comes to her photography. The high school senior adjusts the photos on her display board at Central Campus in preparation for Monday night’s art show opening. Not only is the public invited to view student work, students will also find out who wins first place in a variety of art categories. Tonight’s opening is 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., exhibits are up all week.


Scarlets Alumni: Reserve Your Seat Now


The 138th Annual East High All School Reunion is less than 3 weeks away. This year’s events include a Heritage Club lunch, golf classic, social hour and Scarlet Celebration at the Iowa Events Center: Veterans Memorial Ballroom. Don’t miss the fun, and giving away $150,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors! For more information, click here.


Mustangs Finish First in Relays Event


The Merrill Middle School Mustang 4×100 team finished 1st in the Drake Relay’s Friday. The Mustang boys set a personal record with a 47.58 time. The girls did well, too. Their team finished third overall, running their best time of the year with a 53.70. Congratulations to the Mustangs!


Tuesday is ACT Exam Day at DMPS


ACT Day: it’s an annual tradition at Des Moines Public Schools as the day when hundreds of high school juniors take – free of charge – the ACT college entrance exam. This year that day falls on Tuesday, April 28. DMPS was the first school district in Iowa to offer the ACT to all juniors. A reminder that there are no classes on Tuesday for students in grades 9, 10 and 12. Click here to read more.


Teen Summit Addresses Issues Key to Students


The district’s Urban Leadership program has spun off its annual Teen Summit, leading to similar events at each of the district’s home high schools. Roosevelt hosted its own on-campus version all day Friday, featuring a student-driven agenda of town hall discussions and creative workshops on topics of particular interest to teenagers. Click here to read and see more about the ideas students are raising to improve their education.

Roosevelt's Briyana Carter, pictured at last year's State track meet, posted a meet record in the 100m at the Jim Duncan Invitational earlier this year, held on the same track as the Drake Relays.

Roosevelt’s Carter Grabs Relays Title, Record


Congratulations to Roosevelt High School’s Briyana Carter on winning the 100m title on Friday at the Drake Relays. The Roughriders’ sprinter also tied Relays record with her win. Click here to read the Des Moines Register’s report on the race.

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Central Campus Prepares for Block Party


Monday marks the beginning of a week long celebration at Central Campus with the 2015 Student Art Show opening, followed by student tours of the building, a Spring Gala and the always popular 2015 Student Fashion Show. Central Campus is throwing open the doors and inviting the public in to explore! To see your invitation, click here.

A Half-Pint Poet steps to the mic at King's Family Night.

King School: Half-Pint Poets. Full-Size Hearts.


It was an extra special Family Night as King Elementary School. Iowa State University was on hand to talk about ISU4U, their tuition defrayal program for King and Moulton students. And the Half-Pint Poets made their debut, the next generation of Des Moines’ spoken word artists. Click here to read and see more about a special night at King.

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Tuesday is ACT Day at Des Moines Public Schools

ACT Day: it’s becoming an annual tradition at Des Moines Public Schools as the day when hundreds of high school juniors take – free of charge – the ACT college entrance exam. This year that day falls on Tuesday, April 28. This is the eighth year DMPS has been offering the ACT exam to all … Read more »

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