From college athletes and mascots to graduation gowns, students at Findley Elementary School were looking far ahead this morning, to the day when they graduate high school and go on to college. Thanks to Drake, Grand View, AIB and DMACC for their involvement with Findley’s College Madness Breakfast. Click here to read and see more.
Students who want to sign up to take an Advanced Placement exam must do so on or before Tuesday, April 1st. Registration forms can be picked up in the school counseling office and returned to the school bookkeeper. AP exams take place May 5-16. Click here for more information about registering for AP exams.
DMPS is pleased to announce that several veteran educators in the district are taking on new principal assignments starting next school year. The new assignments announced today are for Findley, Lovejoy, Phillips, River Woods and Walnut Street elementary schools. Click here to read more.
When it comes to debate, Roosevelt is becoming a dynasty. In addition to a slew of individual and team honors at the state and national level in recent years, in 2014 the Riders have claimed the debate “trifecta,” winning both the All-Iowa Speech and Debate titles this weekend on top of the IHSSA State Debate Tournament. Click here to read more.
The School Board will hold a regular meeting tonight beginning at 6:00 PM at Central Campus. Items on the agenda include presentation of the FY2014-15 preliminary budget, along with final plans for renovation of the 4th floor at Central Campus. The meeting will air on Mediacom channel 85 or 97.3. To download a copy of tonight’s agenda, click here.
A U.S. Senate committee hearing on early childhood education focused on how best to improve access for more families and children. The hearing, chaired by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin at the Mitchell Education Center, included testimony by Susie Guest, director of early education at DMPS. Click here to read and see more of Senator Harkin’s hearing.
Applications are now being accepted for Universal Preschool. This state-funded program provides access to high-quality preschool education programs for 4-year-olds. This serves over 1,100 children in Des Moines at our schools, DMPS Early Learning Centers, and partner locations. Click here to learn more and access the online application.
Parents: it’s not too early to make sure your child is ready to begin Kindergarten in the 2014-15 school year. Kindergarten Sign-Up is on March 26. Click here for more information, including how, when and where to sign-up your child for Kindergarten, and what information is required to complete this process.
Des Moines Public Schools has released its preliminary budget for fiscal year 2014-15, which will be presented at the March 11 School Board meeting. Public forums on the proposed budget are scheduled for Wednesday, March 26 and Saturday, March 29. Click here for more information about next year’s budget proposal.