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Sales from the first Merrill Market will go towards supporting a variety of community organizations.

Merrill Market Sales Help Others Profit


Thursday afternoon the cafeteria at Merrill Middle School was a strange mix of vibes from the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange to the midway at the Iowa State Fair. They’re calling it the Merrill Market, and the sales made there by students will help a variety of community groups profit. Click here to read and see more of the Merrill Market.


Hoover’s King: CIML Player of the Year


Congrats to Hoover High School guard Chris King on his selection as the CIML Player of the Year and to the Des Moines Register’s All-CIML Boys’ Basketball Elite Team. The Huskies’ senior averaged 18.6 points and made 68 3-pointers. Next stop for Chris and the Huskies? The State Tournament. Visit the Register’s web site for a complete list of student-athletes earning all-CIML honors.


DMPS Preschool Enrollment Begins


We’re excited to announce we’re beginning to accept preschool applications for the 2015-2016 school year. Head Start applications are being accepted now and Universal Preschool applications will be accepted beginning March 11. To find out more, click here.


North Students Wow Register Columnist


Des Moines Register columnist Daniel Finney dropped by a journalism class at North High School recently to talk with students (pictured at left), and came away more than a little impressed. As he writes in today’s paper, teacher “Jennifer Dryden’s journalism classroom is chocked full of inspiration.” Click here to read his entire column.


Kindergarten Sign-Up Begins March 11


The first day of Kindergarten 2015-2016 will be here before you know it! It’s an exciting time for staff and students, but it all starts with registration. Sign-up begins on March 11. Register soon to guarantee a spot in your neighborhood school. To find out where to register and what to bring, click here.


Hoover Huskies Head to State Tournament


Congratulations to the #3 Hoover Huskies on beating #5 Ankeny Centennial in the Substate final 56-33 and heading to next week’s Iowa State High School Boys’ Basketball Tournament! The Huskies will face Ames in their first round game on Wednesday, March 11 at 8:15 PM at Wells Fargo Arena. For more State Tournament details, visit the Iowa High School Athletic Association.


McCombs Students Learn About STEM Careers


McCombs Middle School students received hands-on learning at nearly a dozen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Presentations at the 2nd Annual STEM Career Day ranged from biodiesel to dietetics to microbiology. STEM is a big focus in Des Moines Public Schools as career fields expand. To see photos of the event, click here.

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Pi Beta Phi Gives Books to Findley, Perkins


Thanks to members of Pi Beta Phi sorority for holding a service event at Perkins Elementary School on Friday, providing each student with two free books to take home. Pi Beta Phi also donated nearly 1,000 books to Findley Elementary School as part of their work to promote reading. Enjoy photos from the reading event at Perkins on our Flickr page.

Northside Night 2014

Northside Tradition Continues This Week


Northside elementary schools Findley, Oak Park, Cattell and Madison will join with choirs from Harding Middle School and North High School to present an evening of inspirational music this Thursday night beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the North High School Auditorium. To read more about this display of Northside pride, click here.

Sweet Potato and Egg Bake is a new menu item being introduced in hot breakfast schools during National School Breakfast Week.

DMPS Celebrates Breakfast March 2-6


The 2015 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Make the Grade with School Breakfast” reminds everyone  that a healthy school breakfast sets up students for a day of learning and academic success. Our staff and students will celebrate with activities, food tastings and visits from Power Panther. To read more about it, click here.

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Merrill Market Sales Help Community Groups Profit

Thursday afternoon the cafeteria at Merrill Middle School was a strange brew of vibes from the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange and the midway at the Iowa State Fair. They’re calling it the Merrill Market and it’s this year’s variation on the theme first established three years ago in the Dollar Doing … Read more »

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