District News


Books Come to Life at The Downtown School


Madeline and Clark the Shark were two of a who’s who of children’s literary characters at The Downtown School today. Students dressed up as their favorite book characters, sharing their love of reading and a little bit about themselves in the process. Book Character Day comes around once a year in the Spring. To see more fun costumes, click here.


High Schools Move Up Iowa AP Index


For the third year in a row, all five comprehensive high schools are listed among the state’s top 50 high schools on the Iowa Advanced Placement Index. In fact, all five high schools are in the top half of the index, prepared by the University of Iowa, with each school matching or moving up from last year’s ranking. Click here to read the full story.


‘My Name Is Jamaal … I’m White’


National Public Radio featured East High teacher Jamaal Allen as part of their Race Card Project, a series of conversations in which thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six just words. Mr. Allen talks about why he was named Jamaal, and some of the assumptions people have made over the years based on a name. Visit NPR’s web site to read or listen to his interview.


Antonio Mireles: Next Big Thing in Boxing


WHO-TV Channel 13 News profiled Lincoln High School’s Antonio Mireles. The 6′ 8″ and 250 lb senior may be the next big thing in boxing. He’s a two-time Iowa Golden Gloves winner who is heading to Las Vegas next week for the national Golden Gloves tournament. Click here to see WHO-TV’s story on Antonio.

Davis Evans (middle) pauses on the red carpet with his Award of Excellence at the Iowa Motion Picture Awards.  Kara Richards (left) and Rachel Augustine (right) were cast members in the film entitled “Them.”

Central Student Wins Motion Picture Award


Central Campus Broadcasting and Film student Davis Evans picked up an Award of Excellence from the Iowa Motion Picture Association for his sci-fi film titled, “Them”. To read about how he accomplished his goal, and see the film that is growing in popularity at local festivals, click here.

A DMPS 5th grader volunteers to caddy for PGA professional Tom Pernice, Jr.

From the First Tee to the 18th Green


More than 250 students from Cowles, Howe, Stowe and Studebaker were at the Wakonda Club today, taking part in media day for the Principal Charity Classic. The four schools participate in The First Tee, a program that teaches golf as well as life lessons. Students got a clinic from PGA pro Tom Pernice, Jr. and took turns caddying for him. Click here to read and see more.


Paris? Milan? Manhattan? Central Campus!


When it comes to fashion, the runways of Paris or Milan or New York City had nothing on Des Moines this week. The ever-popular Central Campus Fashion Show was a beautiful production of light, video, sound and fantastic clothing. Hundreds of people turned out to see what our talented students created. Congratulations to the production and design students and the teachers and staff who supported them. Click here to enjoy photos of the show.


DMPS To Offer Online Registration in July


Beginning July 1, DMPS will offer online registration for new families and families currently within the district. The move makes registration more convenient for parents and streamlines the district’s records keeping process. To learn more about online registration and find answers to frequently asked questions, click here.


Hundreds Attend Hoyt Comic Book Night


Hundreds of students and family members got together at Hoyt Middle School for Comic Book Night. From good food to comic books, games, caricature drawings, face painting and more, the event was a celebration of the school year and a promotion of literacy efforts. Plus, it coincides with Saturday’s National Free Comic Book Day (thanks to local comic book stores and artists who took part in the event). Click here to enjoy photos from Hoyt.


Rotary Club Awards Student Scholarships


Congratulations to Katelynn Cox (East), Hannah Marks (Roosevelt), Esperanza Vargas Macias (North), Faith Gaye (Hoover), Bailey Swackhamer (Scavo) and Andre Flatt (Lincoln) for being awarded $8,000 scholarships from The Rotary Club of Des Moines Foundation. Click here to see photos of today’s event at the Wakonda Club.

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Central Student Wins Motion Picture Award

The Iowa Motion Picture Awards were held May 2nd at the Pella Opera House, and going home with the top prize in the student category was Davis Evans. Davis is a Central Campus senior from Southeast Polk enrolled in Broadcasting and Film. Using the aid of approximately ten crew members, he crafted a sixteen minute … Read more »

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