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Hot Jazz on a Cold Night at Lincoln High


The 15th annual All-City Jazzfest was held at Lincoln High School on the evening of Monday, November 24th. More than 100 student-musicians from all DMPS high schools performed in big bands and jazz combos at the concert. Enjoy photos from the event on our Flickr page.


Oak Park Adds Color to Thanksgiving Feast


In art class, students at Oak Park Elementary have been coloring pictures for families to enjoy while eating at the annual Parks Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The feast is served free of charge on Thanksgiving Day at Chuck’s Italian Restaurant, no questions asked. To see some of our artists and colorful drawings, click here.

The first measurable snow of the 2014-15 school year begins to collect on playground equipment at Greenwood Elementary School.

Superintendent Ahart on Deciding “Snow Days”


As Winter draws near – and with winter weather already in the air – be sure to read Superintendent Ahart’s note on the decision-making process at DMPS about “snow days.” Be sure to see the bottom of the page and how you can be the first to know about weather-related announcements by following DMPS on social media and our mobile app.


Registration Open for 2015 Educator Fair


DMPS is set to hire 200+ new teachers, nurses and associates for the 2015-2016 school year. DMPS is Iowa’s largest provider of K-12 education, offering students, families and staff the most and best choices in education. The Educator Career Fair will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. To reserve your interview now, click here.


Culinary Program Featured in Register


The Register’s food columnist stopped by the Central Campus Café and had nothing but good things to say about Chef John Andres and his team of students who open up the café several times a year to showcase what they’ve learned about cuisine. Read more here.


Brody Proves They Bleed Cardinal Red


The mascot at Brody Middle School is the cardinal, and on Wednesday several staff members and parents showed they bled their school colors. They participated in an after-school blood drive hosted by the LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa. Click here to read more.

On November 20 at 2:30, DMPS will be conducting a test of

DMPS Tests Message Systems


The safety, security and well-being of our students and staff is always a top priority. That’s why DMPS tested our automated message system Thursday afternoon with a test message was sent to parents/ guardians in one of five ways: phone, text, email, Infinite Campus mobile app and/or Infinite Campus parent portal. Click here to learn more.

Thanks to the Iowa Air National Guard, students in the Central Campus aviation technology program got an opportunity to get a first-hand look at the Scorpion experimental attack jet.

Aviation Students Check Out Experimental Jet


It’s been a high-flying week for the district’s aviation program. Tuesday night the program’s new facility was cleared for takeoff by the School Board. On Wednesday students were invited over for an up close look at the one-of-a-kind Scorpion aircraft by their neighbors at the Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing. Click here to read and see more.


Megan Schott to Run for Iowa State Cyclones


Another day, another Des Moines Public Schools student signs a National Letter of Intent! Congratulations to Roosevelt High School senior and 2014 state cross country champion Megan Schott on signing to run for Iowa State University.

The Merrill/Cowles mock trial team finished 9th at this year's state championship.

Merrill/Cowles in Top 10 at State Mock Trial


Congratulations to the Merrill/Cowles Mock Trial team, which finished 9th at the 2014 Middle School Mock Trial State Championship held this week in Des Moines. In addition to a top 10 finish, team member Louise Bequeaith was named one of the outstanding, all-state attorneys at the competition. Click here to read more.

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For the Record

A Note from Superintendent Ahart About Winter Weather

As Winter draws near – and with winter weather already in the air – the following is a note from Superintendent Tom Ahart on the decision-making process at Des Moines Public Schools about “snow days.” Be sure to read the bottom of this page and see how you can be the first to know about … Read more »

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