American Promise is a timely documentary film about urban education that raises more questions than it answers. Two free screenings were shown yesterday at the Fleur Cinema and the intermission between them was highlighted by a panel discussion led by DMPS students and administrators. Read and see more about the event here.
Eight DMPS students had the opportunity to present their research papers at the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute. From decreasing hunger in Burundi to improving the water supply in Haiti to the international trade policies of China, the students shared research on a range of topics. Read more about them and the event here.
The School Board holds a regular business meeting tonight beginning at 6:00 PM at Central Campus. The meeting airs on DMPS-TV Mediacom channel 85 or 97.3. Tonight’s meeting includes a study on staff compensation, a report on attendance boundaries, action on the early retirement option, and the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. For the complete agenda, click here.
Lincoln, East Earn Top Color Guard Marks
Congratulations to Lincoln and East for having two of the top color guards in the state. Both schools earned “I” ratings at the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Contest held on Friday at Wells Fargo Arena. In fact, Lincoln was just a half point away from having the top score at the competition. Click here for more information on the competition.
Governor Terry Branstad stopped by Greenwood Elementary School today to launch a new public awareness campaign by his STEM Advisory Council. While there, the Governor also got a first-hand demonstration of some of the many STEM education projects by Greenwood students. Read and see more about the event on our For the Record blog.
Hanawalt 5th Graders Win DMPS Quiz Bowl
Hanawalt 5th graders Bella Keefe, Noah Anderson, Cecile Lorenzen, Elena Busik and Sebastian Grannes earned first place in the the annual DMPS Quiz Bowl held on Friday, December 6. A special thank you to our Gifted & Talented staff for organizing this event for students from throughout the district.
Roosevelt’s Lily Nellans Sets National Record
Earlier today, the all-time National Forensic League’s points record was broken by Roosevelt senior Lily Nellans! Lily (pictured at the 2013 National Speech & Debate Tournament) set the new national record during the Patriot Games Classic speech and debate tournament at George Mason University. Congratulations to Lily and Roosevelt coach Harry Strong.
U.S. Senator Tom Harkin’s official reason to visit Cowles Montessori School was to get a first-hand look at how the Farm-to-School grant was being used. But, he also had a chance to visit every grade level at Iowa’s only public Montessori school. Read and see more of Senator Harkin’s visit to Cowles on our For the Record blog.
The distance from middle school to the opera stage was short for Merrill 6th grader Pierce Mansfield, who plays the lead role in the Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” performing this weekend at Hoyt Sherman Place. Read and see more about Pierce as we visit a dress rehearsal of the performance.
Congratulations to East High teacher Natalie Niemeyer and her students for earning a total of 18 individual awards from the Iowa High School Press Association for their yearbook, The Quill. East students picked up a total of four first-place awards. Click here to see a complete list of East’s yearbook student winners.