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Meet DMPS Students on National Journal Panel


Nosa Ali is from Sudan. Brenda Vasquez’s family emigrated from El Salvador. While their origins are different, their paths have brought them to Des Moines Public Schools. On Wednesday, they will serve as panelists on the National Journal’s “The Next America: Population 2043″ town hall meeting. Click here to meet Nosa and Brenda, and learn more about the event.


Show Support for East Scarlets at Senior Night


East Senior Night is now Thursday, October 23 at Williams Stadium. Come honor 66 seniors for their participation. Football players and cheerleaders will be honored at 5:40 and students in cross country, boys golf, band, color guard and steppers at half time of the 10th grade football game. Don’t let a wrong decision by the IHSAA get in the way of celebrating a great group of students; pack Williams Stadium.


East High Scarlets Forced to Forfeit


The East High School Scarlets have been forced to forfeit Friday night’s game because of unsubstantiated internet rumors about safety at the school. The only other options given by the IHSAA were to play in a couple of hours in Ames, or at Williams Stadium during daylight hours on Saturday. Click here for more.


DMPS XC Runners Compete at CIML Meet


Runners from DMPS high schools competed at the CIML cross country championship on Thursday. Congratulations to the Roosevelt girls on winning the team title and to Roughriders Megan Schott and Evan Haugh on winning the girls and boys individual crowns. See photos of the meet on our Flickr page.

Dr. Khush, the 1996 World Food Prize laureate, speaks with students in the Hoover STEM Academy.

Hoover Welcomes World Food Prize Laureate


Students at Hoover High School had a very special “substitute teacher” as Dr. Gurdev Khush, the 1996 World Food Prize laureate, paid a visit. He spoke to a group of science students and visited Hoover’s highly-acclaimed STEM Academy. Click here to read and see more about this unique learning opportunity.


Findley Students Get College Savings Accounts


Findley Elementary School students are thinking beyond high school. Every student now knows the year they will graduate — from college. The I Have A Dream Foundation gave each student a college savings account and will have special opportunities for families to earn dollars to fill them up. To read and see more, click here.


New Addition at Merrill Nears Completion


Renovations at Merrill Middle School are mostly complete, giving Spanish language teachers and students permanent space and making the building more secure and handicap accessible. It also means an opportunity for more students to attend the International Baccalaureate World School. To see and read more, click here.


Weeks Students Win Snow Plow Contest


Weeks Middle School 8th graders captured 1st place for middle schools in the city-wide snow plow painting contest. Students designed and painted a snow plow shovel to highlight the city’s efforts to inform and prepare citizens for a snowy winter season. Nice work!


National Journal Town Hall on Demographics


The National Journal is publishing a series called The Next America: Population 2043, about issues relating to the changing demographics in communities such as Des Moines. The magazine is also holding a Town Hall in Des Moines on Wednesday, October 22. Click here to learn more about this event and register to attend.


Danish Gymnastics Flips, Leaps Wow Students


Watching Danish gymnasts and their incredible flips and leaps can certainly leave you feeling like Supergirl! The Gymnastics Performance Team, a touring gymnastics group from Denmark, performed for Cattell, Carver and Goodrell students at Grand View University today. Click here to see why students loved the show.

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Different Paths, Similar Destinations: Nosa Ali & Brenda Vasquez

Like many Des Moines students, Nosa Ali and Brenda Vasquez have taken very different paths to arrive at a very similar place. For Nosa, she along with her parents and seven siblings arrived in the United State a little more than a decade ago, from Sudan by way of Egypt. Brenda’s parents emigrated to the … Read more »

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