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Ghoulish Flash Mob by Harding Students


A little something for Beggars’ Night and Halloween: a ghoulish flash mob courtesy of students from Harding Middle School. Students in the school’s performing arts troupe put on their best scary faces for a spontaneous performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at Capitol Square. Enjoy photos on our Flickr page.


Harding Student is “Honorary Fire Fighter”


When the Des Moines Fire Department paid a visit to Harding 6th grader RJ Adams home for a small fire recently he not only paid close attention to their work but then made sure smoke detectors were installed in his home. The DMFD paid a visit to his school today, this time to honor him as an “Honorary Fire Fighter.” Click here to read and see more.


Roosevelt Riders Head to State XC Meet


Good luck to the Roosevelt girls cross country team as they compete for a team title at the 2014 Iowa High School Cross Country Championship. The Riders are led by senior Megan Schott. On the boys’ side, two Roosevelt runners – Evan Haugh and Abdisalan Omar – also qualified individually for the State championship. The meet is this Saturday in Ft. Dodge.

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.

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Harding Student Named “Honorary Fire Fighter” by DMFD

If Harding Middle School 6th grader Robert Adams Jr. hasn’t decided on a Halloween getup yet he’s got a good, authentic start on one now. Thanks to Brian O’Keefe and the Des Moines Fire Department he can easily dress the part of a firefighter. And, according to O’Keefe, RJ already knows how to behave as one. … Read more »

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