District News


Budget Forums on Saturday, Thursday


Two public forums will be held over the next week on the preliminary budget for next year: one on Saturday, March 28 at 9:00 at the DMPS Operations Center and the other on Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 PM at Central Campus. An overview of the proposed budget will be given along with an opportunity for questions and comments. Click here for more budget information.


Former Boy Soldier Speaks at Roosevelt


Roosevelt English teacher Emily Bollinger, whose class is reading the memoir of a boy soldier, brought the lesson to life on Thursday when she hosted Ishmael Beah, a former child fighter from Sierra Leone. He spoke of his experiences being forced to become a soldier in his nation’s civil war at age 5. Click here to read more about his remarks.


Tornado Car “Dorothy” Visits Stowe


The Iowa Storm Chasing Network brought their new, virtually indestructible storm chasing car “Dorothy” to Stowe Elementary for a talk about severe weather. The car, which storm chasers liken to a tank, is fit with hydraulics that drop a shield to the ground and prevent a tornado from easily picking up and turning over the vehicle.


Students Rehearse for All-City Music Fest


Hundreds of band, orchestra and chorus members representing all DMPS middle schools are getting ready for their All-City Music Festival performances. But first … rehearsal. The All-City Music Festival performance is this evening at 7:00 PM at the Jacobson building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Enjoy photos from this afternoon’s rehearsal on our Flickr page.

Parents and students were lobbyists-for-a-day, advocating for public education funding at the State Capitol.

Parents, Students Turn Up Heat at Capitol


Parents and students gathered at the Iowa State Capitol with a simple and clear message: fund public education! More precisely, it’s time for lawmakers to end their stalemate and support 4% allowable growth for school funding. Click here to read and see more of yesterday’s event, and learn how you can make your voice heard by state lawmakers.

Executive Chef Chad Taylor shows off a new lunch menu item: Savory Beef Tips and Noodles.

What Do You Think of School Lunch?


The DMPS Central Nutrition Center is seeking out your opinion about Thursday’s new menu item, Savory Beef Tips and Noodles. Students will be asked to open up their DMPS app and give the meal a star rating or tweet their thoughts using the @DMPS_Dining handle. Click here to learn more about the dish and how to make it at home!


Students Practice Drills for Severe Weather


A job well done by students throughout the district during the statewide tornado drill, part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. We stopped by Edmunds Elementary School to take some photos of what students and staff do to stay safe in the event of an actual tornado (and thanks to Brian O’Keefe from the Des Moines Fire Department for stopping by to make sure things were done right). See more photos on our Flickr page.


NSBA Presents Magna Award to DMPS


School Board members Teree Caldwell-Johnson, Cindy Elsbernd, and Connie Boesen attended the National School Boards Association meeting last weekend, and were presented with the 2015 Magna Award. NSBA honored DMPS for our Graduation Walk, a grassroots efforts to raise awareness about the importance of graduating high school. Click here to read more about the award and program.


Iowa Assessments Get Underway Next Week


Between March 30 and April 10, DMPS students in grades 3 through 11 will take the Iowa Assessments. Measuring academic achievement with the Iowa Assessments is one way to help students succeed by providing information on their accomplishments in areas such as reading, mathematics, and science. Click here for more information.

Parents are encouraged to visit the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday afternoon to show their support for education.

Parents Turn Up H.E.A.T. for Education


Hanawalt’s Education Advocacy Team (H.E.A.T.) is inviting parents throughout Des Moines and across Iowa to speak out in support of public education in Iowa. From petitions and letters to a rally at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 25, click here to find out how to make your voice heard in support of Iowa schools.

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Former Boy Soldier Shares Story with Roosevelt Students

Roosevelt High School 9th graders have been reading A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. Thursday afternoon that bestseller came to life when Mohamed Sidibay traveled all the way from Sierra Leone, West Africa by way of George Washington University in Washington D.C. to speak with them about his own parallel … Read more »

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