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Sen. Harkin visits with 3rd grade students at Brubaker Elementary School.

Sen. Tom Harkin Visits Brubaker Elementary


Longtime friend of DMPS, Sen. Tom Harkin visited Brubaker on Wednesday to have a snack with students and talk to 3rd graders about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. Sen. Harkin is an author of the federal Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program, a catalyst for change in the fight against childhood obesity. Read more here.


“Addams Family” Takes the Stage at North


Gomez, Morticia and the entire Addams clan takes the stage this week as North High School presents “The Addams Family,” a musical comedy, from Thursday, October 30th through Saturday, November 1st. Shows are each evening at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults. Enjoy a preview from a recent dress rehearsal on our Flickr page.


Two DMPS Teams in Football Playoffs


After a week of controversy, East High School cruised into the playoffs beating Sioux City North, 62-35. The Scarlets will play Valley High School on Wednesday in West Des Moines. Lincoln High School joins them in the playoffs. Lincoln will play Ankeny High School in Ankeny on Wednesday. Good luck to both teams!

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Lucia Ruppert Earns Hoover Scholarship


Roosevelt senior Lucia Ruppert (pictured at left) is one of three Iowa students to win the Hoover Presidential Foundation’s Uncommon Student Award, a $5,000 scholarship. Lucia authored and self-published a book to raise money for the American Red Cross. Click here to read more about her project and why she was honored as an “uncommon student.”


“We Have All Been East High Scarlets”


The cheerleaders on hand may have represented all five DMPS high schools but the evening was about one thing: East High seniors. Click here to read and see more about a very special Senior Night event as Des Moines came together to celebrate our students, schools and community.


Riders, Rails Finish 1-2 at CIML Swim Meet


Congratulations to the Roosevelt Roughriders girls swim team on coming out on top at the CIML Metro Conference Swim Meet, followed by the Lincoln Rails. The conference championship was held yesterday at East High School. Enjoy photos of the competition on our Flickr page.

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Roosevelt Qualifies for State XC Meet


The Roosevelt girls cross country team finished third at last night’s qualifying meet at ISU, earning one of the coveted top 3 spots to qualify for State. Top individual honors went to the Rider’s Megan Schott. On the boys’ side, two Roosevelt runners – Evan Haugh and Abdisalan Omar – also head to State as both finished in the top 10 at the qualifying meet. The State XC Championship is next Saturday in Ft. Dodge.


Event Looks at Success, Challenge of Change


In 2043, the country will shift to minorities making up the majority of the population. DMPS is already there, with 53% of students being children of color. The National Journal noted DMPS’ successes and challenges in a series of recent articles, and this week the magazine and school district jointly hosted a town hall at Drake University to discuss. Click here to read more.

John Andres is the new chef and instructor at the nationally-recognized culinary arts program at Central Campus.

Central’s Culinary Arts Welcomes New Chef


When the Central Campus cafe re-opens next Thursday, it will be under the watchful and experienced eye of John Andres. The new chef and instructor at Central’s nationally-honored culinary arts program comes to DMPS by way of the Culinary Institute of America and several top kitchen posts. Click here to meet him and get this year’s cafe schedule.


Company Offers 700 Students Winter Gear


Athene U.S.A. delivered winter coats and boots to 700 elementary students at Cattell and McKinley. It’s wonderful news when you hear it once. But this will be the 21st year Athene U.S.A. has given winter coats to DMPS students. Iowa winters, well, you know… and many students walk or take the bus. Thank you, Athene!

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Sen. Tom Harkin Visits Brubaker Elementary

Sen. Tom Harkin looked more like a kind grandfather than a United States Senator as he sat at a table with 3rd graders in Mrs. Elrod’s classroom, all of them eating apple slices from a bag. He’s retiring at the end of this year, and came to see how the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program he … Read more »

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