Students who want to sign up to take an Advanced Placement exam must do so on or before Tuesday, April 1st. Registration forms can be picked up in the school counseling office and returned to the school bookkeeper. AP exams take place May 5-16. Click here for more information about registering for AP exams.
Best Wishes to All for Spring Break
Best wishes to everyone for a relaxing and enjoyable Spring Break. See you back in school on Monday, March 24.
Applications are now being accepted for Universal Preschool. This state-funded program provides access to high-quality preschool education programs for 4-year-olds. This serves over 1,100 children in Des Moines at our schools, DMPS Early Learning Centers, and partner locations. Click here to learn more and access the online application.
Parents: it’s not too early to make sure your child is ready to begin Kindergarten in the 2014-15 school year. Kindergarten Sign-Up is on March 26. Click here for more information, including how, when and where to sign-up your child for Kindergarten, and what information is required to complete this process.
Playground Fire at Park Avenue School
At approximately 11:00 AM today, a fire was reported on the grounds of Park Avenue Elementary School, destroying the school’s playground equipment. Des Moines police and fire departments both responded immediately and the fire, which appeared to have been inten-tionally set, was quickly put out. Click here for more information.
DMPS is pleased to announce that David Johns, the school improvement leader at Meredith Middle School, will be the school’s next principal. He will succeed Cindy Flesch, who will become the principal at Hoover High School. Meredith and Hoover share a campus and collaborate on many initiatives. Click here to read more.
From life-size recreations of historical heroes to using a single dollar to make a difference in the community, Merrill Middle School used the last day of school before Spring Break to the fullest. Read and see more about Merrill’s Hall of Heroes and Dollar Doing Good project on our latest For the Record blog.
The Iowa Department of Education today released data on the four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2013 and the five-year rate for the Class of 2012. Des Moines Public Schools had increases in both rates, as well as a decrease in the dropout rate. Click here to read more about the progress at DMPS.