District News


Thank You MidAmerican!


Thank you to Ken Setzkorn of MidAmerican Energy for attending Tuesday night’s School Board meeting and presenting Superintendent Tom Ahart with a check to the district for $549,968. The rebate was due to the district-wide energy efficiency and conservation efforts at Des Moines Public Schools.


Central Filmmakers Honored at Festival


Four Central Campus Broadcasting and Film students were among those honored and selected for viewing at the Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers 14th Annual Film Festival. Congrats to Helena Gruensteidl, who won a “Golden Eddy” award, along with Travis Reinders, Anna Steenson, and Kelby Halfpop. Click here to read and see more.


DMPS-TV is Now on Mediacom 12.1


DMPS-TV, the television channel for Des Moines Public Schools, can now be viewed on Mediacom Cable at channel 12.1 on televisions with digital tuners and on channel 85 on televisions using cable boxes. DMPS-TV can be viewed in approximately 61,000 homes in the Des Moines metro on Mediacom as well as on YouTube.


Hanawalt Honored For Tolerance Efforts


Hanawalt Elementary was designated a “Mix it Up” Model School by the Southern Poverty Law Center. It is one of 76 schools nationwide and the only Iowa school to receive the honor. The group called Hanawalt’s efforts “refreshing” and “extraordinary.” Click here to read more about Hanawalt’s work to break down the barriers between students.

McCombs' teachers and students took to the court to celebrate their support of the American Heart Association.

McCombs Celebrates Hoops for the Heart


The basketball season isn’t over yet, at least at McCombs Middle School. The school took to the court last Friday for some games between teachers and students, a little fun to celebrate McCombs raising more than $2,000 for Hoops for the Heart, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Read about the action on our For the Record blog.


Apply Now for Summer Programs


It may have snowed Monday morning, but it’s not too early to think about summer plans. Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, DMPS is pleased to announce summer programs available at eight middle schools beginning on June 9. For more information, and to apply online, click here.


Studebaker Elementary Aglow Following Tests


Studebaker Elementary blew off steam after the Iowa Assessments by getting up out of their desks and moving. Let’s Move was a fun week full of hats, pajamas, funky clothing, twin day and 80′s clothing day. The week ended with one of the most exciting events – the Glow Dance. Click here to see photos of the third annual school dance.


Attendance Areas to be Discussed by Board


Earlier this year, new attendance areas were proposed for elementary schools in Des Moines to better serve our students and meet the needs of our schools. After a series of public forums, the proposal will be discussed by the School Board on Tuesday. To learn more about the proposal, which would go into effect in 2015-16 if approved, click here.

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“It’s the best day ever!” at Hanawalt Elementary


Hanawalt Elementary School students put away their books, limbered up and pulled out the craft supplies for a day of fun. Today, the teachers are mimes, puppeteers, dancers and artists. “A Day in the Arts” is an annual event at the school going back almost two decades. Click here to see and read about the fun.


The Sharks: 88 Years and Still Swimming Strong


The Roosevelt Sharks are the nation’s oldest high school synchronized swim team, founded in 1926, and their annual pageant is currently underway at the Roosevelt High School Natatorium. The remaining performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:00 PM. Want a preview? Click here to enjoy photos from yesterday’s opening night performance.

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For the Record

Central Filmmakers Honored at Cedar Rapids Festival

The Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers hosted the 14th Annual Film Festival at the Collins Road Theatres in Marion, Iowa.  Among those honored and selected for viewing were four students from the Central Campus Broadcasting and Film program. Sophomore Helena Gruensteidl (Roosevelt) was honored with a “Golden Eddy” award, named for the motion picture pioneer Thomas … Read more »

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