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Opening Night of Roosevelt Sharks Show


The Roosevelt Sharks performed the first night of their 89th annual synchronized swimming pageant on Thursday. Founded in 1926, the Sharks are the oldest high school synchronized swimming club in the nation. The Sharks also do community service, with each member volunteering at least 20 hours a year. Click here to see photos from the opening night show.


Merrill Mugs: Coffee Shop With a Lesson


There’s a new place in town to get your morning mocha or chai: Merrill Mugs. The coffee shop at the middle school is open from 7:45 to 8:30 on Friday mornings, providing customers with a great beverage and service, and students with a lesson in business and life skills. Click here to read and see more about Merrill Mugs.

Final touches are being made for opening day of the Central Campus FFA Plant Sale.

Ready, Set, Grow: Plant Sale Starts Friday


Friday morning the Central Campus FFA chapter opens its annual plant sale at the program’s greenhouse on County Line Road, next door to McCombs Middle School. The hours are Monday-Friday (8:00 AM – 6:00 PM) and Saturday (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM). The plant sale continues through June 6th. Click here to learn more about the program.

Hoover senior Susan Stacy (left) speaking at the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday.

Student-Poet Delivers Clarion Call on Education


DMPS was well-represented at the State Capitol yesterday, as hundreds gathered to advocate for public schools. Of the many strong and clear voices, perhaps none was stronger and clearer than that of Hoover senior Susan Stacy (pictured at left), whose poem “Emergency Response” was a clarion call for education. Click here to enjoy her work.


From the Schoolhouse to the Statehouse


DMPS was well-represented at the Capitol, urging lawmakers to support increased funding for public education. While the Superintendent and School Board members were on hand, it was the voices of students that were the loudest and clearest. In the morning, more than a hundred students were on the east steps of the capitol greeting lawmakers while throughout the day high school students lobbied legislators. Click here to see more.

Scavo Alternative Teacher of the Year

Scavo Teacher Named Educator of the Year


Congratulations to Randy Botkin of Scavo High School, named the 2015 Educator of the Year by the Iowa Association of Alternative Education. Randy has been with DMPS for 22 years, all of them in an alternative school setting. Click here to read more about this honor and other good things taking place at Scavo.


East High Presents “The Laramie Project”


The East High Theatre Department presents “The Laramie Project.” The play is based on interviews with residents of Laramie, WY following the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, and the perceptions people had of LGBT people. Performances will be on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, April 19 at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Click here to see photos of a recent dress rehearsal.


The Kennedy Center Comes to Cattell


Randy Barron is a dancer, choreographer and teaching artist with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. But on Tuesday he was giving lessons at Cattell Elementary School, one of five DMPS schools participating in in the Turnaround Arts program, thanks to a partnership with Des Moines Performing Arts. Click here to read and see more about another example of how DMPS is becoming a national model for arts education.


Spring Sports Seasons Are Heating Up


Besides the weather, the other good thing about Spring is that new high school sports seasons for soccer, tennis and track & field are all heating up. Yesterday Hoover and North faced off in both boys and girls soccer (including a boys’ game that was tied 0-0 after regulation and two overtime periods with the Huskies pulling off a 3-1 win in the shoot out). See photos from last night’s games on our Flickr page.


The Sharks: 89 Years of Syncro Swimming


America’s oldest high school synchronized swim team is celebrating its 89th year. The Roosevelt Sharks present their annual show on April 16-18 at 7:00 PM at the school’s natatorium. Tickets are just $5 and may be purchased in advance by clicking here. And click here to enjoy photos of last year’s performance.

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For the Record

Merrill Mugs, Hanawalt Arts: Busy West Side Morning

It’s a beautiful day all over town but an especially invigorating one on the west side of the district. The Merrill Mugs coffee shop is open for business on Friday mornings at Merrill Middle School (7:45-8:30) and, right around the corner, this particular Friday marked the 13th annual Fine Arts Day at Hanawalt Elementary. You’d be … Read more »

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