District News


8 Commencements. 5 Days. 513 Photographs.


Between May 20-24, Des Moines Public Schools celebrated the Class of 2015 at eight commencement ceremonies, proud to present diplomas to students from all of our high schools. We are pleased to share photographs – 513 photos, to be exact – from all eight of our graduation events. Click here to see moments from some of the most special events of the school year.

Members of the Silk Road Ensemble, a project of famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, performed with students at Madison Elementary, a Turnaround Arts school.

Silk Road Leads to Madison Elementary


Madison Elementary welcomed members of the Grammy-nominated Silk Road Project, a nonprofit creation of famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma that includes members from 20 different countries. The musicians visited and performed with students on behalf of Turnaround Arts, an initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities that has established a stronghold in the Northside schools of DMPS. Click here to read and see more.

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.

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For the Record

Silk Road Leads to Madison Elementary School

They turned school inside out Wednesday afternoon at Madison Elementary School. An assembly in the courtyard behind the school with guests of honor hailing from Spain and Japan was really a concert featuring some brand new musicians playing brand new instruments they’ve been practicing on since the Des Moines Public Schools Foundation donated them in … Read more »

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