District News

This summer, take advantage of the opportunities provided by the 21st Century Community Learning Center program.

Enjoy Summer With Our 21CCLC Programs


This summer, take advantage of the opportunities provided by the 21st Century Community Learning Center program. DMPS is pleased to announce we will once again offer free summer programming at Callanan, Harding, Goodrell and Weeks middle schools between June 5 and July 14, 2016. Click here to learn more and to register online.

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400 Student-Musicians at All-City Festival


More than 400 student-musicians from every DMPS middle school came together yesterday for the All-City Middle School Music Festival. After an afternoon of rehearsals, the orchestra, band and choir performed an evening concert in the Jacobson Exhibition Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Thank you to Marjorie Spevak, long-time patron of the festival, and guest conductors Michele Senger, Steve Day, and Brent Peterson. Visit our Flickr page for photos from the concert.

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Public Forums on 17-18 Budget are Scheduled


Des Moines Public Schools administrators and the School Board are at work on developing the FY 2017-18 budget, which goes into affect on July 1. As historically low funding for public education creates significant long-term challenges DMPS and public education in all of Iowa, the district is holding a series of four public forums on the budget over the next two weeks. Click here for a schedule of the forums and information on the proposed budget.

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District Earns National Finance Honors


Two national public financial organizations – the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) – have recognized Des Moines Public Schools for excellence in financial reporting and accountability. It’s the ninth year in a row that Iowa’s largest school district has been recognized by both organizations. Click here to read more.

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Spring Break Program Got Kids in the Kitchen


Students attending Spring Break Metro Kids at Hubbell Elementary School got to participate in Kids in the Kitchen, an Iowa State University program that partnered with Plymouth Church to provide nutrition and cooking instruction. We stopped by Wednesday to catch students making a ‘salad in a bag’ for a healthy snack. Click here to see more on our Flickr page.

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Deadline to Register for AP Exams Approaches


An important component of Advanced Placement courses is the AP exam, which can lead to credit at many colleges and universities. The deadline to register for the 2017 AP exams is Monday, March 27. Students who do well on AP exams enjoy advantages once they reach college. Click here to learn more about the exam and how to register.

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North Readies for 2nd Annual Polar Bear Gala


From academic decathlons and robotics to basketball and wrestling, there are a lot of good things to celebrate at North High School this year. So it’s time for a celebration. The North High Activities Department and Booster Club are pleased to announce the 2nd annual Polar Bear Gala on Saturday, March 25 from 5:30-10:00 p.m. at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Former Board Member Going Strong at 100


He was the valedictorian of Lincoln’s Class of 1935, the founding dean of Drake’s School of Divinity, and a School Board member during turbulent years in the 1960s and 70s. And after 100 years, John McCaw is still going strong. After the celebration of his centennial birthday, we spoke with Dr. McCaw about his decades of service to education and the community. Click here to read more.

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North’s Locure Voted Player of the Year


Congratulations to North High School sophomore point guard Tyreke Locure on being voted the Prep Hoops Iowa 2017 Player of the Year! As Prep Hoops noted about Tyreke: “He’s a special player with big things ahead.” The Polar Bears returned to the State Tournament this year for the first time since 1991.

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T&F Teams Compete at Iowa State Classic


It’s been a fast Spring Break for many DMPS student-athletes … literally. Track and field teams from East, Hoover, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt were in action at the 24th annual Iowa State High School Classic. The indoor track meet was held at the Lied Recreation Center on the campus of Iowa State University. Girls competed on Monday. We posted photos on our Flickr page from Tuesday’s boys competition.