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Event Looks at Success, Challenge of Change


In 2043, the country will shift to minorities making up the majority of the population. DMPS is already there, with 53% of students being children of color. The National Journal noted DMPS’ successes and challenges in a series of recent articles, and this week the magazine and school district jointly hosted a town hall at Drake University to discuss. Click here to read more.

John Andres is the new chef and instructor at the nationally-recognized culinary arts program at Central Campus.

Central’s Culinary Arts Welcomes New Chef


When the Central Campus cafe re-opens next Thursday, it will be under the watchful and experienced eye of John Andres. The new chef and instructor at Central’s nationally-honored culinary arts program comes to DMPS by way of the Culinary Institute of America and several top kitchen posts. Click here to meet him and get this year’s cafe schedule.


Reminder: No Classes on Friday, October 24


A reminder that Friday, October 24 is a Teacher Educator Quality Development Day. There are no classes for all students, and associates do not report to work. Teachers must report and DMPS offices are open.


Support East Tonight at Williams Stadium


Reminder: East High School seniors will finally get their Senior Night at tonight’s sophomore football game. Don’t let a bad decision by the IHSAA diminish their spotlight. Join us as we recognize our senior football players and cheerleaders at Williams Stadium tonight at 5:30. Go, Scarlets!


Company Offers 700 Students Winter Gear


Athene U.S.A. delivered winter coats and boots to 700 elementary students at Cattell and McKinley. It’s wonderful news when you hear it once. But this will be the 21st year Athene U.S.A. has given winter coats to DMPS students. Iowa winters, well, you know… and many students walk or take the bus. Thank you, Athene!

The Roosevelt robotics team

Roosevelt’s Robotics Team, aka Team Cloud 9


At the beginning of last night’s School Board meeting, Team Cloud 9 – the new robotics team at Roosevelt High School – talked about their work and presented their latest creation. A student-led initiative with support from their physics teacher, it’s one more example of the STEM opportunities at DMPS. Click here to read and see more.


Students to Eat Midwest Lunch Thursday


Food Specialist Michelle Burgess prepares Iowa corn, part of Thursday’s Midwest Menu to be served districtwide. Students will eat chicken raised in Denison, corn from Griffieon Family Farms and Pheasant Run Farm, and apple crisp sourced from 10 local apple orchards. To see and read more, click here.


Read the Latest DMPS Community Report


The October/November 2014 edition of the DMPS Community Report, our bimonthly newsletter, is now available online by clicking here. Our latest edition features reports on our record number of AP Scholars, big additions to technology in our elementary classrooms, expansion of middle school extracurricular activities, and much more.

Attend the NEW East High Senior Night on Thursday, October 23 at Williams Stadium beginning at 5:40 PM.

East Forfeit Changed to “No Contest” by IHSAA


The Iowa High School Athletic Association has informed Des Moines Public Schools that the forfeit forced upon the East Scarlets football team in their game last Friday against Ames High School is now a “no contest.” The game will not be considered a “win” for Ames or a “loss” for East on their records. Click here to read more.


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.

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Event Highlights Successes, Challenges of Changing Population

In the year 2043, the country is on track to shift to minorities making up the majority of the population. DMPS is already there, with 53% of our students being children of color. The National Journal noted DMPS’ successes and challenges in a series of recent articles – including one that looked at “Why Des Moines … Read more »

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