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Leaders from six DMPS schools gathered for a workshop as part of preparing to pilot the district's Schools for Rigor initiative.

Schools for Rigor Prepare for Launch


In March we reported on the plan to remake all DMPS schools into “Schools for Rigor” over the next three years. Six schools – North, Weeks, Findley, Howe, Lovejoy and Perkins – will be the first as part of a pilot program in 2016-17. Click here to read how school leaders are preparing for this major initiative designed to support both students and teachers, and improve education for all.


Paris? Milan? Central Campus Fashion Show


Is it a fashion runway in Paris? Milan? Nope, it’s right here in Des Moines at Central Campus. Enjoy photos on our Flickr page of the always popular, always stylish Central Campus Fashion Show. Click here to see our own version of Vogue and some amazing designs by our students.


Central Academy Teacher on Jeopardy!


By day, Jill Gilbert is a 7th and 8th grade English teacher at Central Academy. But next week she’s also a TV star, appearing on a special teachers’ edition of Jeopardy! She was one of only 15 teachers nationwide selected to appear on the popular game show, which will air locally on WHO-TV Channel 13 on Wednesday, May 4 at 3:30 PM. Click here for more.


Water Testing Info Available Online


Earlier this month, DMPS announced that the drinking water at all schools was being test for lead. The initial results are now available. Please visit water.dmschools.org for a searchable database with a summary of results for each school, information on the district’s testing protocol, links to outside experts, and more. While such testing is not required of school districts in Iowa, DMPS is taking this extraordinary step to further ensure the health and well-being of students and staff.


Classmates, Strangers Join Hands to Mourn


With a light mist falling from a grey sky, hundreds of students, teachers and community members gathered at North High School at a vigil for Kendall Foster. They came together to remember the sophomore student and basketball player, who died of a gunshot wound on Wednesday night, and to say no to senseless violence. As Principal Vukovich noted: “Kendall was a charismatic young student who was loved by many and will be sorely missed.” Click here for more.

Former Hawkeye and NFL football great Tim Dwight visited Edmunds and Hoover to talk with students about his work on renewable energy.

Dwight Talks New Goal: Renewable Energy


Tim Dwight is known best for scoring touchdowns, both as an Iowa Hawkeye as well as during his career in the NFL. These days he has a new goal: renewable energy. He visited with students at Edmunds Elementary School and Hoover High School about the possibilities of new energy sources and the importance of educating young scientists to work on these important issues. Click here to read and see more.

The marine biology department aquariums was one of the many unique programs the public got a look at during the annual Central Campus Open House.

Public Sees All Central Campus Offers


Central Campus is throwing its doors open to the public this week during its 4th annual Block Party. The event kicked off with on Art Show on Monday and continued Tuesday with an Open House, giving the public a chance to see first-hand the many one-of-a-kind educational programs available at Central. The festivities continue Thursday with the always-popular Fashion Show. Click here to read and see more.


City-Wide Middle School Track & Field Meet


A beautiful afternoon and a big crowd greeted young track and field athletes from all ten DMPS middle schools who were competing in the City-Wide Meet at East High’s Williams Stadium. Enjoy photos from the track meet on our Flickr page.

Roosevelt's Briyana Carter is the defending 100m Drake Relays champion.

Student-Athletes Ready for Drake Relays


DMPS will send a fleet-footed contingent representing all five high schools to this week’s Drake Relays. Student-athletes from East, Hoover, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt will be competing in nine different events at this year’s Relays. For more information, including a list of qualifiers and a link to the Relays web site, click here.

Dream to Teach students check out the DMPS-TV car during a day of job shadowing school district administrators.

Dream to Teach Students Job Shadow


Dream to Teach is the district’s innovative program aimed at encouraging minority students to pursue careers in education. On Friday, 70 students in the program took part in a job shadow to get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into running a school district outside of the classroom, learning about everything from human resources to business and finance to communications and more. Click here to read and see more.

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For the Record

DMPS Readies Schools for Rigor Pilot Project

In March we reported on the presentation to the school board of a plan by district administrators to officially remake all 60 DMPS schools into “Schools for Rigor” over the course of the next three years. A pilot cohort of the following six schools begins that implementation in 2016-17: North High Weeks Middle Findley Elementary Howe … Read more »

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