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ISU Prof Gives Boost to STEM Academy


Dr. Raj Raman of Iowa State University visits with students in Hoover’s STEM Academy. The ISU professor, who’s worked with Hoover teachers in establishing the STEM Academy, visited the high school for a discussion about engineering as one of the many science and technology fields of study. Click here to read more about today’s guest lecturer.


Lovejoy Celebrates Cultural Night


Lovejoy Elementary students were immersed in fun this week when they celebrated our likenesses and differences at the Cultural Fair. They picked up their passports and wandered through different countries within the school learning all about other cultures through art, music and dance. Click here to view more photos on the DMPS Flickr page.


Walnut 5th Graders “Share the Planet”


At an International Baccalaureate school, Walnut Street students learn about life beyond the classroom. Their capstone project explored hunger, civil rights/ equality, deforestation, bullying, access to technology, children’s rights, homelessness, and community activism. Click here to read  and see more of their presentation at Central Library.


Hoyt, Brubaker Release Wishes into the Sky


Hoyt and Brubaker students released balloons from their track this week to share support and good wishes for fellow student Dakota McDonald, who is suffering from brain cancer. Students wrote a note on each balloon and some made cards for Dakota, who was in attendance. To see more photos, visit the DMPS Flickr page.


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.

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For the Record

ISU Professor Gives Boost to Hoover’s STEM Academy

When Dr. Raj Raman agreed to drive down from Ames this morning where he wears a lot of hats at Iowa State University (Associate Professor, Associate Director of Educational Programs; Office of Biorenewables Programs, Director of Graduate Education; Biorenewable Resources & Technology Interdisciplinary Graduate Program) to speak at Hoover High School, he figured to be … Read more »

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