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The Roosevelt robotics team

Roosevelt’s Robotics Team, aka Team Cloud 9


At the beginning of last night’s School Board meeting, Team Cloud 9 – the new robotics team at Roosevelt High School – talked about their work and presented their latest creation. A student-led initiative with support from their physics teacher, it’s one more example of the STEM opportunities at DMPS. Click here to read and see more.


Students to Eat Midwest Lunch Thursday


Food Specialist Michelle Burgess prepares Iowa corn, part of Thursday’s Midwest Menu to be served district wide. Students will eat chicken raised in Denison, corn from Griffieon Family Farms and Pheasant Run Farm, and apple crip sourced from 10 local apple orchards. To see and read more, click here.


Read the Latest DMPS Community Report


The October/November 2014 edition of the DMPS Community Report, our bimonthly newsletter, is now available online by clicking here. Our latest edition features reports on our record number of AP Scholars, big additions to technology in our elementary classrooms, expansion of middle school extracurricular activities, and much more.

Attend the NEW East High Senior Night on Thursday, October 23 at Williams Stadium beginning at 5:40 PM.

East Forfeit Changed to “No Contest” by IHSAA


The Iowa High School Athletic Association has informed Des Moines Public Schools that the forfeit forced upon the East Scarlets football team in their game last Friday against Ames High School is now a “no contest.” The game will not be considered a “win” for Ames or a “loss” for East on their records. Click here to read more.


Meet DMPS Students on National Journal Panel


Nosa Ali is from Sudan. Brenda Vasquez’s family emigrated from El Salvador. While their origins are different, their paths have brought them to Des Moines Public Schools. On Wednesday, they will serve as panelists on the National Journal’s “The Next America: Population 2043″ town hall meeting. Click here to meet Nosa and Brenda, and learn more about the event.


Show Support for East Scarlets at Senior Night


East Senior Night is now Thursday, October 23 at Williams Stadium. Come honor 66 seniors for their participation. Football players and cheerleaders will be honored at 5:40 and students in cross country, boys golf, band, color guard and steppers at half time of the 10th grade football game. Don’t let a wrong decision by the IHSAA get in the way of celebrating a great group of students; pack Williams Stadium.


East High Scarlets Forced to Forfeit


The East High School Scarlets have been forced to forfeit Friday night’s game because of unsubstantiated internet rumors about safety at the school. The only other options given by the IHSAA were to play in a couple of hours in Ames, or at Williams Stadium during daylight hours on Saturday. Click here for more.


DMPS XC Runners Compete at CIML Meet


Runners from DMPS high schools competed at the CIML cross country championship on Thursday. Congratulations to the Roosevelt girls on winning the team title and to Roughriders Megan Schott and Evan Haugh on winning the girls and boys individual crowns. See photos of the meet on our Flickr page.

Dr. Khush, the 1996 World Food Prize laureate, speaks with students in the Hoover STEM Academy.

Hoover Welcomes World Food Prize Laureate


Students at Hoover High School had a very special “substitute teacher” as Dr. Gurdev Khush, the 1996 World Food Prize laureate, paid a visit. He spoke to a group of science students and visited Hoover’s highly-acclaimed STEM Academy. Click here to read and see more about this unique learning opportunity.


Findley Students Get College Savings Accounts


Findley Elementary School students are thinking beyond high school. Every student now knows the year they will graduate — from college. The I Have A Dream Foundation gave each student a college savings account and will have special opportunities for families to earn dollars to fill them up. To read and see more, click here.

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Meet Team Cloud 9 aka the Roosevelt Robotics Team

Before its regular meeting began on October 21 the School Board was treated to a demonstration by the Roosevelt Robots. No, the west side high school hasn’t abandoned its longstanding nickname of Roughriders, a nod to its namesake, Teddy Roosevelt. The team that presented to the board was a deep-thinking robotics squad and even though … Read more »

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