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A thousand people gathered in front of East High School for a "Love Rally" to celebrate the school, diversity and each other.

Love Rally Repellent to “Hate Group”


When word came that an organization, considered a “hate group” by many, was going to protest at East High, how did students respond? With a Love Rally. It was an effective and positive repellent as the out-of-state protesters failed to show but thousands gathered in support of their school, diversity and each other. Click here to read and see more.

The Iowa State Capitol lit up at night.

Dr. Ahart’s Statement on Budget Proposal


The Iowa House of Representatives held a hearing last night on the state’s proposed education budget, which includes only a 1.25% increase in allowable growth for schools. Click here to read Superintendent Ahart’s statement on the proposal and the need for greater support of our schools to support the diverse educational needs of a diverse student body.


Hundreds of Students Gather for “Love Rally”


When a national “hate group” announces it is going to hold a protest at East High, what do DMPS students do? Hold a Love Rally. Hundreds of students from East were joined by their peers from high schools throughout the city over the noon hour in a celebration of their school, our diversity and each other. See photos of the rally on our Flickr page.


Learn More About What TLC Means for DMPS


DMPS has been awarded funds by the Iowa Department of Education, starting in the 2015-16 school year, through the state’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) system. Click here to find out more about how TLC will support our teachers and students, and how current DMPS educators can apply for new teacher leadership positions.


TONIGHT: Learn All About Moore


DMPS is preparing to re-open Moore Elementary School, but first parents have an opportunity to “learn more about Moore” at upcoming events. Informational sessions for parents will be held Monday and Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, as well as a pre-registration event on February 9. All will be at the Franklin Avenue Public Library. Click here to learn more.


Merrill’s New Wing Officially Open


Students and staff watch as Principal Alex Hanna cuts the ribbon on the new wing of Merrill Middle School. The addition makes room for more students to enroll at the International Baccalaureate school. A new, more secure entry and a handicap accessible elevator were also added to the school. Click here for more photos.


Tutoring Sign Up for Title I Students


Students who attend a Title I school in Des Moines may be eligible for tutoring services at no cost to their family. In order to be eligible students must attend one of the 25 Title I schools in Des Moines and meet low income guidelines. To learn more and to register, simply click here.

Callanan Middle School students get a unique lesson on stage at Des Moines Performing Arts with the Diavolo Dance Theater.

Stage Becomes Class for Callanan Students


Callanan Middle School students got a unique lesson in school and on stage this week as they had the chance to work with Des Moines Performing Arts and the Diavolo Dance Theater. Workshops focused on the tenets of teamwork, trust and communications, and the importance of them in all facets of life, including the classroom. Click here to read and see more.

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National Report Finds Success at Findley


A report released today by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities found big gains in schools taking part in the Turnaround Arts program. Findley Elementary School was one of the first eight schools to participate in the program and to be studied in this report, which highlighted gains in math and reading. Click here for more details on this national news.


Nour Saida Harzallah’s Other Side of the Story


Roosevelt High School Speech and Debate team member Nour Saida Harzallah agonized over giving her first speech, not because of nerves but because she was afraid of how Americans might react to it. Click here to read, in her own words, about the positive experience an exchange student from Tunisia is enjoying at DMPS.

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Love Rally Serves As Repellent to “Hate Group”

“The mosquitoes are coming, the mosquitoes are coming…” might as well have been the rallying cry last week when word came that a high-profile bunch of zealots from Kansas – an organization classified as a “hate group” by many – was zeroing in on East High School for reasons that were never clear. But thanks … Read more »

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