District News


Central Campus Cafe Open Thursday


Central Campus culinary students are preparing an excellent menu in advance of their Thursday, April 23 opening for lunch from 10:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended at the Central Campus Café, which is open select dates in the Spring and Fall. To reserve a table, click here.

David Borzo

Edmunds Art Teacher Featured at Relays


Drake University selected David Borzo’s design as Annual Alumni Print to commemorate the 2015 Drake Relays. Borzo is an art teacher at Edmunds Academy, and received his undergraduate and master degrees from Drake. “The poster is a full color rendition of images that come alive in (Borzo’s) stippling method and tell a genuine, timeless Drake story,” read a Drake news release.

Summer Meals

Number of DMPS Summer Meal Sites Grow


DMPS will again offer breakfast and lunch over the summer months to children 18 and younger. The number of sites has grown, and so have the number of meals served. Last summer, DMPS staff fed children 28,722 breakfasts and 79,698 lunches. DMPS has sponsored a summer meal program for more than 30 years. Click here for more information and a list of sites.

Roosevelt's Briyana Carter, pictured at last year's State track meet, posted a meet record in the 100m at the Jim Duncan Invitational earlier this year, held on the same track as the Drake Relays.

Track & Field Athletes Ready for Relays


Des Moines Public Schools will send a fleet-footed contingent to this week’s Drake Relays. Student-athletes from East, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt will be competing in sixteen different events starting on Thursday at this year’s Relays. Click here for a list of DMPS qualifiers, and a link to information about Drake Relays schedules, tickets and more.


Opening Night of Roosevelt Sharks Show


The Roosevelt Sharks performed the first night of their 89th annual synchronized swimming pageant on Thursday. Founded in 1926, the Sharks are the oldest high school synchronized swimming club in the nation. The Sharks also do community service, with each member volunteering at least 20 hours a year. Click here to see photos from the opening night show.


Merrill Mugs: Coffee Shop With a Lesson


There’s a new place in town to get your morning mocha or chai: Merrill Mugs. The coffee shop at the middle school is open from 7:45 to 8:30 on Friday mornings, providing customers with a great beverage and service, and students with a lesson in business and life skills. Click here to read and see more about Merrill Mugs.

Final touches are being made for opening day of the Central Campus FFA Plant Sale.

Ready, Set, Grow: Plant Sale Starts Friday


Friday morning the Central Campus FFA chapter opens its annual plant sale at the program’s greenhouse on County Line Road, next door to McCombs Middle School. The hours are Monday-Friday (8:00 AM – 6:00 PM) and Saturday (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM). The plant sale continues through June 6th. Click here to learn more about the program.

Hoover senior Susan Stacy (left) speaking at the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday.

Student-Poet Delivers Clarion Call on Education


DMPS was well-represented at the State Capitol yesterday, as hundreds gathered to advocate for public schools. Of the many strong and clear voices, perhaps none was stronger and clearer than that of Hoover senior Susan Stacy (pictured at left), whose poem “Emergency Response” was a clarion call for education. Click here to enjoy her work.


From the Schoolhouse to the Statehouse


DMPS was well-represented at the Capitol, urging lawmakers to support increased funding for public education. While the Superintendent and School Board members were on hand, it was the voices of students that were the loudest and clearest. In the morning, more than a hundred students were on the east steps of the capitol greeting lawmakers while throughout the day high school students lobbied legislators. Click here to see more.

Scavo Alternative Teacher of the Year

Scavo Teacher Named Educator of the Year


Congratulations to Randy Botkin of Scavo High School, named the 2015 Educator of the Year by the Iowa Association of Alternative Education. Randy has been with DMPS for 22 years, all of them in an alternative school setting. Click here to read more about this honor and other good things taking place at Scavo.

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For the Record

DMPS Track & Field Athletes Ready for Drake Relays

Des Moines Public Schools will send a fleet-footed contingent to this week’s Drake Relays. Student-athletes from East, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt will be competing in sixteen different events at this year’s Relays. Top DMPS athletes to watch include Roosevelt’s Briyana Carter, who has one of the top 100m times in the state this year. Earlier … Read more »

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