While the perception from the latest NCLB Report Card is gloom and doom, the reality at DMPS is far different. The fact is Des Moines students are showing academic growth in reading and math at nearly every grade level and in every demographic group. Click here to read more about the good work of our educators and students.
Nearly a year after applying for the Governor’s STEM Council re-design grant, Hoover High School opened its doors for a gala Wednesday to celebrate the new STEM Academy. Guests enjoyed an evening of tours, socializing and hearing Hoover staff and students say “thank you” to those who have supported them in their journey. Click here to enjoy photos.
Technology planning is the culmination of a series of steps taken to support everything from the education in our classrooms to the operation of our schools. Looking toward the future, the district has begun work on a multi-year strategic plan to align our technology goals: the DMPS IT Blueprint. Click here to learn more.
Last night DMPS hosted the first-ever Middle School Football Jamboree. The event was not only about the action on the gridiron but also an example of the effort underway throughout the school district to expand access to a growing list of middle school activities. Click here to read and see more of the football jamboree and middle school activities.
Thanks to our partners at Mediacom Cable for their support of a public service announcement to promote Des Moines Public School as well as DMPS-TV. The district’s cable station is now in high-definition at Mediacom channel 12.1 or 812. Visit our YouTube channel to see the PSA online.
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 and shiny spats. First polish the footwork, then polish the shoes and the brass. Click here to read more.
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.
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.