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Kwizera Imani: Refugee to STEM Keynoter


Born in a refugee camp in Tanzania, Kwizera Imani’s story begins half-a-world away from North High. Now a senior, Kwizera shared his story as the keynote speaker at the 2015 Iowa STEM Summit, talking about his experience with AP courses, aviation technology, the robotics team and more. What’s next for Kwizera? Studying aerospace engineering at Iowa State University. Click here to read what he had to say.

Forty-nine DMPS middle school students qualified for the 2015 State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa.

Students Honored at State Science Fair


More than half of the middle school students from Des Moines Public Schools who qualified for the 2015 State Science and Technology Fair came home with awards for their research projects. Forty-nine students representing seven DMPS middle schools participated in the event, held on Friday at Iowa State University. Click here to see a list of the award winners.


New Summer Sports Camps at DMPS


Whether you are a Scarlet, Huskie, Rail, Polar Bear or Roughrider – or will be one soon – we encourage students to take advantage of the many opportunities to participate, compete and succeed. DMPS has expanded our summer sports camp offerings in 2015 for students from elementary through high school. Visit our athletics web site for a complete list a camp offerings along with registration information.


Make Plans for Summer at DMPS


In spite of the debate about when the school year should start, at DMPS we wonder: when does it end? That’s because activities take place at our schools nearly every day of the year. Be sure to visit our Summer Programs web page to learn more about our summer offerings, from Metro Kids to meal programs to new sports camps.


Student-Author Earns National Recognition


Susan Stacy, a senior at Central Academy and Hoover High School (pictured with Prateek Oberoi 0f Hoover and Jenna Pokorny of Roosevelt), has earned national recognition in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2015. She will be recognized at a ceremony at world-famous Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 11. Susan takes creative writing as an independent study course at Central Academy.


Fashion Students Focus on Bubble-Wear


Central Campus Fashion Design and Merchandising students took on the task of creating child-friendly costumes from bubble wrap for the annual ChildServe Bubble Ball. The theme this year is children’s animation, and by all accounts students rose to the challenge. Click here to see and read more.


Coach of the Year Works With Coaches of DMPS


National High School Coach of the Year Jason Negro spoke with DMPS coaches from all five high schools Wednesday night, as well as school-by-school works sessions with coaches at all five high schools throughout the week. It’s one more part of how DMPS is working to raise excellence throughout its athletics and activities. Click here to read and see more.


Madison Cultural Night Shines Light on Arts


Madison Elementary celebrated its Cultural Night, featuring drumming, song, and dance from around the world. The school’s event is part of a growing emphasis on arts education. Madison is one of five schools participating in the Turnaround Arts program, an initiative sponsored by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Click here for more photos of the event.


‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Visits North High School


North High School journalism teacher Jenn Dryden knows how to jump at an opportunity. When she ran into Brandon Jones, star of ABC’s Pretty Little Liars, who was filming at the Iowa statehouse, she invited him to visit her classroom.  He accepted!  Click here to see more of the star’s visit to North High School this week.


Budget Forums on Saturday, Thursday


Two public forums will be held over the next week on the preliminary budget for next year: one on Saturday, March 28 at 9:00 at the DMPS Operations Center and the other on Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 PM at Central Campus. An overview of the proposed budget will be given along with an opportunity for questions and comments. Click here for more budget information.

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Meet North’s Kwizera Imanai: From Refugee to STEM Keynoter

Kwizera Imani’s story begins a half-a-world away from North High School, where today he is a senior. When the Rwandan genocide of the early 1990s spread to other states, Kwizera’s parents fled their home in Burundi to seek refuge in nearby Tanzania, where he was born in 1997. Growing up and attending school in a … Read more »

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