District News


Thanksgiving Wishes to the DMPS Community


Happy Thanksgiving wishes to all of the students, staff and families of Des Moines Public Schools. A reminder that there are no classes, and school and district offices are closed, on Thursday and Friday. We will see everyone back in school – and back online – on Monday, December 1. Enjoy your holiday!


Wright Transforms Into “Gallery of Arts”


Wright Elementary School welcomed parents and families yesterday for their second annual Gallery of Arts. Each classroom became an “individual gallery” of themed art projects based on units of study including dependence, consequence, courage, interdependence and relationships. Enjoy photos of the event on our Flickr page.


Register: DMPS Students Represent the World


In today’s Des Moines Register, be sure to read Mike Kilen’s story “Des Moines Students ‘Represent the World.’” The article looks at the growing diversity and changing demographics of the district, including some challenges but also the many advantages this means for our schools and education. Click here to read the article. (Photo: Rodney White/The Register)


Hot Jazz on a Cold Night at Lincoln High


The 15th annual All-City Jazzfest was held at Lincoln High School on the evening of Monday, November 24th. More than 100 student-musicians from all DMPS high schools performed in big bands and jazz combos at the concert. Enjoy photos from the event on our Flickr page.


Oak Park Adds Color to Thanksgiving Feast


In art class, students at Oak Park Elementary have been coloring pictures for families to enjoy while eating at the annual Parks Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The feast is served free of charge on Thanksgiving Day at Chuck’s Italian Restaurant, no questions asked. To see some of our artists and colorful drawings, click here.

The first measurable snow of the 2014-15 school year begins to collect on playground equipment at Greenwood Elementary School.

Superintendent Ahart on Deciding “Snow Days”


As Winter draws near – and with winter weather already in the air – be sure to read Superintendent Ahart’s note on the decision-making process at DMPS about “snow days.” Be sure to see the bottom of the page and how you can be the first to know about weather-related announcements by following DMPS on social media and our mobile app.


Registration Open for 2015 Educator Fair


DMPS is set to hire 200+ new teachers, nurses and associates for the 2015-2016 school year. DMPS is Iowa’s largest provider of K-12 education, offering students, families and staff the most and best choices in education. The Educator Career Fair will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. To reserve your interview now, click here.


Culinary Program Featured in Register


The Register’s food columnist stopped by the Central Campus Café and had nothing but good things to say about Chef John Andres and his team of students who open up the café several times a year to showcase what they’ve learned about cuisine. Read more here.


Brody Proves They Bleed Cardinal Red


The mascot at Brody Middle School is the cardinal, and on Wednesday several staff members and parents showed they bled their school colors. They participated in an after-school blood drive hosted by the LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa. Click here to read more.

On November 20 at 2:30, DMPS will be conducting a test of

DMPS Tests Message Systems


The safety, security and well-being of our students and staff is always a top priority. That’s why DMPS tested our automated message system Thursday afternoon with a test message was sent to parents/ guardians in one of five ways: phone, text, email, Infinite Campus mobile app and/or Infinite Campus parent portal. Click here to learn more.

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A Note from Superintendent Ahart About Winter Weather

As Winter draws near – and with winter weather already in the air – the following is a note from Superintendent Tom Ahart on the decision-making process at Des Moines Public Schools about “snow days.” Be sure to read the bottom of this page and see how you can be the first to know about … Read more »

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