Cowles Montessori Principal Greg Grylls was doused with ice water in front of all of his students before the 2014 Peace Walk last week. He answered the ALS Challenge and challenged his students to go out and make the world a better place. Watch the video here. To see photos of the challenge and the peace walk, click here.
You can now find out what’s for breakfast and lunch at every school on every day of the year. You can even find out nutritional information. Just visit the Dining section on the new DMPS Mobile App. If you don’t yet have the app, Click here to download it for Apple or Android and learn more about its many features.
Last year, Hoover was one of four schools to receive grants from the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. This year Hoover’s STEM Academy puts the grant to use: a brand new classroom-of-the-future where students learn and collaborate on a range of lessons and projects. Click here to read and see more.
Records are meant to be broken. But at East High’s natatorium, that was literally the case as the wall of swimming records was falling apart. So as Matt Buchacker was working to become an Eagle Scout, he took on the project of restoring the Scarlet’s records in the pool. Click here to read more about Matt’s good work as a student and a Scout.
DMPS Football Season Kicks Off
Practice scrimmages are over and real games begin as the 2014 football season kicks off for DMPS high schools. For a schedule of all high school sporting events throughout the year, visit the DMPS Athletics web site.
September 13: Taylor Center Grand Opening
The dedication and grand opening of the Jesse Franklin Taylor Education Center is on Saturday, September 13 starting at 1:00 PM at 1801 16th Street. The brand new 45,000 square foot facility provides DMPS students with new preschool classrooms and a new home for our middle school alternative program, as well as space for community and neighborhood functions.
See Superintendent Tom Ahart accept the ALS Ice Bucket challenge from Scavo High School administrators and staff this morning. And who does he pass the challenge along to? The Des Moines School Board! Visit the DMPS-TV YouTube channel to watch the results.
In an effort to save energy costs paid by local taxpayers, DMPS, as it has for the past five years, is asking employees to pay a small fee if they choose to use personal appliances at work. The practice began in 2009-10 as a compromise to a proposed ban on all such appliances. Click here to read more about this on-going effort to save energy and money.
North football players are hoping to be leaders on the gridiron, but they are already leaders in the classroom. During the first week of classes, each player presented their teachers with a card intro-ducing themselves and promising to “help you make this the best class possible.” Polar Bears captain Tim Turner is seen at left presenting his card to teacher Jennifer Dryden.
The DMPS Flickr page went over the 5 million view mark today. Our online photo library has 12,762 images and counting. If a picture is worth a thousand words, and the average novel is 50,000 words, that’s equal to 255 volumes about our schools. But enough words and numbers: take a look at our Flickr page to see for yourself the great work of our teachers and students.