First published last year, the District Academic Achievement Profile is an annual publication from DMPS that provides, under one cover, a review of a variety of assessment tools used during the previous school year on the growth being made by students at all grade levels. Click here to view a copy of the Fall 2014 edition.
Each of the district’s marching bands – North, East, Roosevelt and Lincoln – took the field on Monday for an event that was part workshop and part festival. Judges were present to watch the routines and offer feedback. Gone were the fancy uniforms with the plumed hats and shiny spats. First you polish the footwork; then you polish the shoes and the brass. Click here to read more.
The School Board holds a regular business meeting tonight at 6:00 PM at Central Campus. Items on the agenda include plans for the new aviation center, a monitoring report on student achievement, and the election of officers for 2014-15. Click here to download a copy of the agenda.
It’s time for the annual Des Moines Public Schools Middle School Football Jamboree. It’s your first look at a fresh crop of talent as they take to the gridiron to engage in decades-old rivalries. Don’t miss your chance to scope out the next rising star as the teams battle it out tonight at East High School’s Williams Stadium starting at 5 p.m.
The second new school in as many years, the Jesse Franklin Taylor Education Center, was dedicated on Saturday, honoring its namesake, longtime and celebrated neighborhood leader, Jesse Taylor. The new school will have preschool and middle school classrooms. For a video tour, click here. To see more photos of the opening, click here.
Ken Eaton, a beloved speech/drama teacher at Brody Middle School for twenty years until his life was taken in a savage hate crime in 1988, was remembered in a ceremony in the school’s auditorium. Eaton’s daughter, Jennifer Eaton-Bertagnolli, established a foundation and made a donation in her father’s memory. To read more, click here.
Students celebrated the new school year by painting their own jumbo tiger mascot, eating lots of pizza and dancing to music in the gym. Hundreds of people gathered at Madison Elementary School for the annual Boogie on the Blacktop, which was moved inside because of rain. To see more photos, click here.
Every year, nearly 100 people show up in Des Moines schools and help students grow and achieve more and enrich their school experience. Thanks to the dedicated AmeriCorps members who will serve DMPS students this year and Happy 20th Anniversary, AmeriCorps! For photos of the anniversary gathering, click here.
On September 14, 1814 Francis Scott Key penned the Star Spangled Banner. On Friday, the band and chorus at Roosevelt High School led the student body in a stirring tribute to the bicentennial of the national anthem. Click here to read more about the special event put on by the Roughriders.