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Cowles Students Study Environment


Cowles Montessori students spent the day learning about the environment and their impact on the world around them. The day featured classes on water conservation, animal rescue and beekeeping among dozens of others.  To see photos of the students looking at insects and asking good questions about birds, click here.


Kindergarten Musical Features Farmers


At Downtown School, Mrs. Wheeler’s kindergarten students dressed up to hoedown!  The musical featured farmers, worms and everything you want to know about los pollitos.  The students have been learning about animals and life on the farm.  To see more fun photos of the day, click here.


East League of Legends Club Wants You


The East High School League of Legends Club wants you! The club is opening its doors to other students in the Des Moines area for its upcoming LAN party on May 17. Interested? Click here to check out the club’s video on YouTube and then contact teacher Nick Lenk for all the details.

Roger Hudson was honored for a half-century of service to DMPS.

End of an Era as Roger Hudson Retires


Roger Hudson’s half-century of service to Des Moines Public Schools – starting in 1965 as the district’s controller and then as administrator of the Des Moines Teachers Retirement System – is coming to an end. Click here to read more about Roger’s dedication to DMPS and the celebration of his well-earned retirement.

Panther Pride Chorus - Pleasant Hill Elementary

Panther Pride Chorus Sings National Anthem


Hats were off and hands were over hearts as the Pleasant Hill Elementary Panther Pride Chorus sang the National Anthem at the I-Cubs game at Principal Park. The chorus meets once a week under the direction of Scott Wiederstein. He said it’s great for students to have an opportunity to share their music. Click here to see more photos.


2014-04-17 Downtown School Grant Recipient

Downtown School Receives PTO Grant


Downtown School’s PTO has received a $5,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Des Moines.  The money will be used for new library furniture.  RCDM members often read to Downtown School students and donate books weekly to the library in honor of their keynote speakers.



Office Move Increases Downtown Classrooms


DMPS has made an offer of $1.6 million to purchase the current headquarters of the Iowa Lottery, located at 2323 Grand Avenue, to serve as the administrative offices for the school district. The move will allow DMPS to meet growing interest in educational choices in downtown Des Moines. Click here to read more about how this move benefits DMPS.

Merrill Middle School Students Celebrate Pan American Day at Drake

Merrill Students Enjoy Pan American Day


Merrill Middle School sent 15 students to Drake University for Pan American Day. The students say it was an exciting experience that connected them to cultures throughout the Americas.

To read about their experience and see photos of Drake’s Pan American performance artists, click here.


Schools Among Nation’s Top Energy Savers


DMPS learned today that three schools – McCombs, Moulton and Studebaker – were top finishers in the EPA’s 2013 Energy Star National Building CompetitionIn fact, Studebaker and McCombs finished 7th and 8th overall out of more than 3,000 buildings from across the nation that took part in the energy efficiency contest. Click here to read more.


ISU Prof Gives Boost to STEM Academy


Dr. Raj Raman of Iowa State University visits with students in Hoover’s STEM Academy. The ISU professor, who’s worked with Hoover teachers in establishing the STEM Academy, visited the high school for a discussion about engineering as one of the many science and technology fields of study. Click here to read more about today’s guest lecturer.

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For the Record

End of an Era as Roger Hudson Ends Half Century of Service

Roger Hudson came on the job as the Controller for the Des Moines Public Schools in 1965. Things were different then. There was no school aid formula for state education funding. Roger got into the middle of that. There really weren’t any computers. While he grappled with the district’s budget every year by counting beans … Read more »

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