District News


Students Rehearse for All-City Music Fest


Hundreds of band, orchestra and chorus members representing all DMPS middle schools are getting ready for their All-City Music Festival performances. But first … rehearsal. The All-City Music Festival performance is this evening at 7:00 PM at the Jacobson building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Enjoy photos from this afternoon’s rehearsal on our Flickr page.

Parents and students were lobbyists-for-a-day, advocating for public education funding at the State Capitol.

Parents, Students Turn Up Heat at Capitol


Parents and students gathered at the Iowa State Capitol with a simple and clear message: fund public education! More precisely, it’s time for lawmakers to end their stalemate and support 4% allowable growth for school funding. Click here to read and see more of yesterday’s event, and learn how you can make your voice heard by state lawmakers.

Executive Chef Chad Taylor shows off a new lunch menu item: Savory Beef Tips and Noodles.

What Do You Think of School Lunch?


The DMPS Central Nutrition Center is seeking out your opinion about Thursday’s new menu item, Savory Beef Tips and Noodles. Students will be asked to open up their DMPS app and give the meal a star rating or tweet their thoughts using the @DMPS_Dining handle. Click here to learn more about the dish and how to make it at home!


Students Practice Drills for Severe Weather


A job well done by students throughout the district during the statewide tornado drill, part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. We stopped by Edmunds Elementary School to take some photos of what students and staff do to stay safe in the event of an actual tornado (and thanks to Brian O’Keefe from the Des Moines Fire Department for stopping by to make sure things were done right). See more photos on our Flickr page.


NSBA Presents Magna Award to DMPS


School Board members Teree Caldwell-Johnson, Cindy Elsbernd, and Connie Boesen attended the National School Boards Association meeting last weekend, and were presented with the 2015 Magna Award. NSBA honored DMPS for our Graduation Walk, a grassroots efforts to raise awareness about the importance of graduating high school. Click here to read more about the award and program.


Iowa Assessments Get Underway Next Week


Between March 30 and April 10, DMPS students in grades 3 through 11 will take the Iowa Assessments. Measuring academic achievement with the Iowa Assessments is one way to help students succeed by providing information on their accomplishments in areas such as reading, mathematics, and science. Click here for more information.

Parents are encouraged to visit the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday afternoon to show their support for education.

Parents Turn Up H.E.A.T. for Education


Hanawalt’s Education Advocacy Team (H.E.A.T.) is inviting parents throughout Des Moines and across Iowa to speak out in support of public education in Iowa. From petitions and letters to a rally at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 25, click here to find out how to make your voice heard in support of Iowa schools.


North’s Academic Warriors Earn Awards


North High School sent some of its sharpest minds to the Academic Decathlon, and the students didn’t disappoint. The team trained for rigorous tests in subject areas including art, music, science, language/literature, math, economics, and social studies. Read about the team and the decathlon results, click here.

Cindy Elsbernd KRNT 18 March 2015

Board Chair Talks of Education Stalemate


School Board chair Cindy Elsbernd was a guest yesterday on “Insight on Business” on KRNT Radio, talking about the political fight over education at the Iowa legislature and what the current stalemate could mean for students and schools in Des Moines and throughout Iowa. You can listen to the show online by clicking here.

Students in the Dream to Teach program spent Spring Break getting some special training at Grand View University.

Spring Break Lessons for Future Teachers


Dream to Teach is a newer program at Des Moines Public Schools, aimed at minority students who have an interest in becoming teachers, providing support to help them pursue careers in education. Students in the program used Spring Break to expand their skills thanks to Grand View University. Click here to read more about their experience.

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Parents, Students Turn Up H.E.A.T. at State Capitol

It was business as usual at the Iowa Statehouse Wednesday afternoon. Until… At 2:30 a rally in support of increased state funding for public schools convened on the main floor, right outside the governor’s offices. It was organized by H.E.A.T (Hanawalt’s Education Advocacy Team) and drew support from around the district – the whole state, … Read more »

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