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Eagle Scout Restores East’s Records, Pride


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.


Have a Great Holiday Weekend


Best wishes for Labor Day, and enjoy the first holiday weekend of the 2014-15 school year. A reminder that there are no classes at Des Moines Public Schools on Monday, September 1 and that all school and district offices are closed. See you back in school, and back online, on Tuesday.


DMPS Football Season Kicks Off Tonight


Practice scrimmages are over and real games begin as the 2014 football season kicks off tonight for DMPS high schools. Lincoln is at North with a 7:00 PM game time. Hoover hosts Urbandale and East plays Roosevelt (at Drake Stadium); both games at 7:30 PM. 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.

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Superintendent Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge


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.

Des Moines Public Schools is a national leader in energy efficiency thanks to the collaborative effort of administrators, teachers and staff.

Energy Contribution Enters 5th Year


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 Leaders On and Off the Field


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.


DMPS Flickr Page Passes 5 Million Views


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.

Superintendent Tom Ahart and Principal Barb Adams with Findley student at a Principal Charity Classic event at Wakonda.

Findley a Big Winner Thanks to Golf Tourney


Superintendent Tom Ahart and Principal Barb Adams along with a dozen Findley Elementary students were special guests today at the Wakonda Club, where they were presented with a $100,000 donation from the Principal Charity Classic. The funds will support the school’s new Dreamer Academy. Click here to read and see more about this special event.


Vote: Perking Up the Perkins Playground


In honor of its 75th anniversary, Wellmark is giving back to the communities they serve by awarding $7,500 to ten projects that will improve community health. One of those projects is “Perking Up the Perkins Playground.” Show your support for Perkins, and learn more about the project, by clicking here. One vote allowed per day between now and September 7.

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Hoover STEM Academy Gets to Work in New Home

When Hoover High School received one of the first STEM grants awarded by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council less than a year ago, the mindset of the school’s STEM Academy Director, Maureen Griffin, immediately shifted from theory to drawing board. Her mandate was to put the money toward designing the classroom of the future; to … Read more »

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