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Brody Middle School is piloting an effort to make fire drills a better learning opportunity.

Brody: New and Improved Fire Drills


Is it a drill, or the real thing? It’s a common question when a fire alarm goes off. Working with the Des Moines Fire Department, Brody Middle School is piloting an effort to make fire drills a better training and learning opportunity for both students and staff. And after their final drill of the year this morning, Brody dedicated a section of their library to provide students with resources about planning for college and career. Click here to read and see more about today at Brody.


Educational Equity Committee Established


In an ongoing effort to improve employment and education experiences for a diverse body of people, DMPS has formed the Educational Equity Advisory Committee (EEAC). The committee is made up of a diverse group of teachers, students, parents and guardians, administrators and members of the community. To read more about the purpose of the committee, click here.

Briyana Carter of Roosevelt High School talks with the news media after winning the State 100m title, adding  to the legacy of Roughrider sprinters.

Carter Adds to Speedy Legacy at Roosevelt


When Roosevelt’s Briyana Carter broke the tape at the finish line of the 100 meter dash in the Iowa State High School Track & Field Meet Saturday, in a way she was running the anchor leg in a relay that started in 2011. How so? Carter is the latest in a growing line of fleet-footed Roosevelt sprinters. In fact, she’s the fourth Rider runner in the last five years to win the State 100m title. Click here to read more about the latest Roughrider to earn sprint glory.

2015 Iowa Track and Field Championships

DMPS Student Athletes Shine at State Track


A hearty congratulations to all of the DMPS student athletes involved in the 2015 Iowa High School Track and Field Championships this weekend at the Drake University stadium. Athletes from East, Hoover, Lincoln and Roosevelt qualified to compete in 26 events. To see photos from the event, click here.


DMPS Honors 100+ Retiring Employees


More than 100 retirees were recognized at a special luncheon at the Wakonda Club on Wednesday. Each was presented with a golden apple, and a note from their supervisor was shared with everyone in the room. Dr. Tom Ahart and Dr. Anne Sullivan offered their congratulations. Board President Cindy Elsbernd read a poem she wrote for the occasion. Click here to read and see more.


DMPS@108: A Day in the Life of a School District


On May 21, 1907 the Des Moines Independent Community School District came into existence when voters approved the consolidation of the East Des Moines and West Des Moines school districts. On May 21, 2015, communications director Phil Roeder commemorated the event by taking a series of “day in the life” photographs of DMPS, sharing 108 of those images. Click here to see more.


Students Weigh-In On Bakken Pipeline


In a culture where everyone seems to have an opinion on everything, more than 100 Brody Middle School students studying the Bakken Pipeline proposal learn the value of an informed opinion, and how to communicate that opinion appropriately to decision-makers in the community.  To read and see more, click here.


Imani, Martinez: Two Exceptional Graduates


The Des Moines Register featured eight exceptional seniors from the metro who are about to graduate. While we are proud of our hundreds of exceptional grads, this morning’s paper did feature two DMPS students: Kwizera Imani of North and Luis Martinez of Lincoln. Kwizera is heading to Iowa State University next school year to major in aerospace engineering while Luis is going to Harvey Mudd College  to study physics and mathematics. Click here to read more.


Perkins Carnival Raises Funds for School


With activities ranging from face painting to Plinko to duct taping, the annual Perkins Carnival was held last Friday at Perkins Elementary School. The event is organized by the school’s PTA, and funds raised this year will be used for improvements to the school grounds. See photos from the festivities on our Flickr page.


Staff Honored for Work on New Time System


At DMPS, a major effort led by our business and finance staff is leading the district into the future. Doing in six months what takes most organizations 2-3 years to complete, staff completed the implementation of a new employee time system, replacing one that was outdated and unchanged for years. For their work, including making software upgrades and improvements, the developer NOVAtime honored our staff with their SuperUser award. Click here to read more.

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For the Record

At Brody, Fire Drills Improve for Better Training, Learning

Des Moines Fire Marshal Jonathan Lund was sitting in a class at Drake University, working towards certification as an Executive Fire Officer, when a fire alarm went off. No one budged. People looked at each other questioningly. The teacher said what most were thinking: “It’s probably a drill.” In case it wasn’t, Lund did leave … Read more »

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