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Central Campus Prepares for Block Party

4/24/2015

Monday marks the beginning of a week long celebration at Central Campus with the 2015 Student Art Show opening, followed by student tours of the building, a Spring Gala and the always popular 2015 Student Fashion Show. Central Campus is throwing open the doors and inviting the public in to explore! To see your invitation, click here.

A Half-Pint Poet steps to the mic at King's Family Night.

King School: Half-Pint Poets. Full-Size Hearts.

4/24/2015

It was an extra special Family Night as King Elementary School. Iowa State University was on hand to talk about ISU4U, their tuition defrayal program for King and Moulton students. And the Half-Pint Poets made their debut, the next generation of Des Moines’ spoken word artists. Click here to read and see more about a special night at King.

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Goodrell’s Katherine Currier Knows Money

4/24/2015

Eighth-grader Katherine Currier has been named Iowa’s 2015 Money Smart Kid. Her essay was selected from a statewide pool of 229 essays written by students in grades seven through eleven. As part of winning the financial literacy contest during Money Smart Week, Currier received $1,000 from the Iowa Bankers Association. To read a Business Record article about her, click here.

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The Brave Voices of DMPS Students

4/24/2015

Last night, in the grandeur of the Temple for Performing Arts and with not an empty seat in the hall, words were spat … snaps were snapped … and votes tallied to determine the six students to represent Des Moines at the Brave New Voices Festival. Congrats to North sophomore Julio Delgadillo on being crowned Grand Slam Champ. Click here to read and see more.

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Students Celebrate Cultural Expression

4/24/2015

Students used all five senses to take a trip around the world at the 2015 World Language Festival. Colorfully clad dancers, games, crafts, treats and dress up gave students a taste of what is beyond our nation’s borders. The festival focused on encouraging students to study languages in their years with DMPS. For more fun photos of the event, click here.

A new sign is installed in front of the DMPS district offices at 2323 Grand Avenue.

DMPS On The Move to New Offices

4/24/2015

It’s a busy weekend this week and next as several school district offices are moving to a new location at 2323 Grand Avenue. DMPS purchased the former Iowa Lottery Building last year. The move will enable expansion of the Walnut Street School, which shared a building with the district offices. Click here to read more about the move and get a “sneak peek” of the new DMPS offices.

Judy Pauley of Brody Middle School, James McNear of Roosevelt High School and Schelsy Smith of Findley Elementary School were honored as Educators of the Year by the Rotary Club of Des Moines.

Rotary Club Honors Top DMPS Teachers

4/23/2015

Congratulations to Judy Pauley of Brody Middle School, James McNear of Roosevelt High School and Schelsy Smith of Findley Elementary School (pictured at left) who were honored today as Educators of the Year by the Rotary Club of Des Moines. Click here to read more about them and enjoy photos from the event.

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Howe Celebrates Diversity at Culture Day

4/23/2015

Howe Elementary School celebrated their diversity with a culture day festival yesterday. Ambassadors from CultureAll presented cultural activities ranging from frozen fish printing to drumming and much more. Visit our Flickr page to enjoy photos from the event and see another example of how DMPS celebrates the diversity of our students, staff and community.

While yesterday is Earth Day, at Des Moines Public Schools every day is proving to be an opportunity to teach and practice conservation and energy efficiency.

Earth Day is Every Day at Des Moines Schools

4/23/2015

While yesterday was Earth Day, at Des Moines Public Schools every day is proving to be an opportunity to teach and practice conservation and energy efficiency. Click here to read and see more about how students commemorated Earth Day, from the teachings of a unique educational program at Central Campus to speaking out about factory farms to taking to the streets, or sidewalks, to spread messages about the environment.

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Dream to Teach Students at DMPS

4/22/2015

It was a fun and educational morning at the DMPS administrative offices. Students in the Dream to Teach program spent time “job shadowing” several staff members, asking great questions about the work of a school district. Dream to Teach mentors minority students who have an interest in pursuing careers in education. If this group of students is any example, we look forward to seeing the next generation of educators at work.

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For the Record

King Elementary School: Half-Pint Poets. Full-Size Hearts.

Like shoppers in line for first crack at a hot new product they were waiting for the doors to open at yesterday’s afterschool Family Night event at King Elementary School. And what a celebratory circus of kids and their futures it was! Harding Middle School’s DJ Wolfpack was the ringmaster, setting the musical tone in … Read more »

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