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Retired Educator Earns Cong’l Gold Medal


For three decades, John Tedore served as a teacher, coach and vice-principal for Des Moines Public Schools. On Tuesday, his service in the U.S. Army will be recognized as his World War II unit is presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the nation’s highest honors. Click here to read more of his amazing story.


DMPS 3rd Fastest-Growing District in Iowa


The Iowa Department of Education released the official enrollment figures for the 2014-15 school year, showing a slight increase in the number of public school students for the fourth year in a row. Des Moines Public Schools was noted as the third fastest-growing school district in the state over the past five years, with an increase of 1,421 students. Click here to read the DE’s press release.

Executive Chef Chad Taylor recieves feedback on an Asian dish from a group of Burmese students at Meredith Middle School.

DMPS Chef Tests New Asian Cuisine


Ever wonder what goes into choosing the food we serve for lunch? It’s a long process that involves committee meetings, safety testing and focus groups. In the photo, Executive Chef Chad Taylor is getting feedback on an Asian dish from Burmese students at Meredith Middle School. To read about their reaction, click here.


Moulton Earns WOI, Banker’s Trust Grant


Thanks to the efforts of ELL teacher Kelly Militello, Moulton Elementary School is the recipient of a One Classroom at a Time grant from WOI-TV and Banker’s Trust. The $1,000 award will support the school’s Cultural Night event, to be held on Thursday, May 7. Click here to visit WOI-TV’s web site and learn more about the award.


Broadcasting Students Produce Snack TV Spot


Central Campus Broadcasting students are producing radio and TV ads encouraging kids to eat healthier. The Pick a Better Snack messages encourage elementary students to choose fruits and vegetables for snacks instead of junk food, and to get active. To learn more about the program, click here.


Roosevelt Seniors Up For National Honor


Congratulations to Roosevelt High School seniors Carson Cary, Harry Crane and Rachel Schneider on being named by the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars as candidates for the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Click here to learn more about this prestigious national honor.

Anna Steenson, 18, is a Central Campus Broadcasting and Film student from Roosevelt High School.

Central Campus Student Wins Biofuels Prize


Congratulations Broadcasting and Film student Anna Steenson (Roosevelt) for winning the top prize in the Iowa Renewable Fuels video contest. Anna’s two minute video touts the benefits of Iowa’s connection to the production of ethanol and biodiesel fuels. To read more and see her award-winning video, click here.


Register Soon to Attend “Newest” School


The newly renovated Moore Elementary School will re-open to students for the 2015-2016 school year. The $6.6 million renovation includes the latest in classroom technology and school security, a new gymnasium and a new playground. Pre-registration begins on February 9. Click here to learn more.

A thousand people gathered in front of East High School for a "Love Rally" to celebrate the school, diversity and each other.

Love Rally Repellent to “Hate Group”


When word came that an organization, considered a “hate group” by many, was going to protest at East High, how did students respond? With a Love Rally. It was an effective and positive repellent as the out-of-state protesters failed to show but thousands gathered in support of their school, diversity and each other. Click here to read and see more.

The Iowa State Capitol lit up at night.

Dr. Ahart’s Statement on Budget Proposal


The Iowa House of Representatives held a hearing last night on the state’s proposed education budget, which includes only a 1.25% increase in allowable growth for schools. Click here to read Superintendent Ahart’s statement on the proposal and the need for greater support of our schools to support the diverse educational needs of a diverse student body.

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Retired DMPS Educator Earns Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Service

How many DMPS retirees can say they played Big Ten football and baseball (co-captaining a conference championship team), fought at Anzio in World War II in a unit later portrayed in a Hollywood film that starred William Holden and Cliff Robertson, and were awarded the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor Congress can bestow … Read more »

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