District News

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Issues & Arts Launch Teen Summit


This weekend’s 4th annual Teen Summit, brought to you by the Central Campus Urban Leadership program (with a little help from their friends at United Way, Gateway Market, Des Moines Social Club, Drake University and Brad & Kelly Edmister) kicked off this morning with sessions that range from contemporary issues to urban arts. Click here to read and see more, including about tomorrow’s performance at Drake University.

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Take Our Survey on School Hours Proposal


As announced last week, an idea being considered at DMPS is a change in our bell times, or school hours. The plan would change the current hours to better match what research shows to be the sleep patterns of children at different ages. DMPS realizes that these proposed changes would affect nearly everyone in the school district, and would like to invite you to participate in a survey. Click here to complete the survey online.

Girl bowling.

Bowlers on a Roll at State Tournament


In recent years, bowling has gone from a recreational pastime to a competitive sport for high school students, and bowlers from East, Lincoln and Roosevelt high school qualified to compete in today’s State Coed Tournament. Lincoln’s Hannah Duver (pictured at left) captured the state individual title as her team made their 4th consecutive appearance at the state tournament. Click here for more about the event and the results.

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Important Info for 7th and 12th Graders


Before our incoming 7th and 12th grade students can begin school in the fall, they must meet a new mandatory state vaccination requirement. Students without proof of vaccination or an exemption will not be allowed to attend classes. Click here to read more about what is needed, and where students can find assistance meeting this requirement.

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March 3 is National Speech & Debate Day


Some of Iowa’s top high school debaters, and their coaches, were on hand at this week’s School Board meeting for a resolution declaring March 3 as National Speech and Debate Education Day. From a growing number of high school students competing at the national level to now having debate in all of our middle schools, DMPS is committed to making an activity that provides experience in skills such as research and critical thinking accessible to more and more students.

Basketball players reaching for the ball.

Spotlight Turns to Postseason in Basketball


As the boys’ basketball season turns its attention to the postseason, two DMPS schools have been impressive in the stats column: Hoover (16-5) is the state’s top defensive team in Class 4A while North (16-5) is second in offense. While the Huskies and Polar Bears have first-round byes, East, Lincoln and Roosevelt are all in action tonight in postseason play. Click here for more details.

East High wrestler standing over opponent.

All DMPS Wrestlers Finish on the Podium


Seven DMPS wrestlers competed at the State tournament and seven finished on the podium! Congratulations to East’s Matthew Jordan (4th – 132lbs), Brock Espalin (5th – 126lbs) and Deville Dentis (6th – 138lbs); Lincoln’s Nathan Kahoe (7th – 106 lbs), Shawn Brown (8th – 152 lbs) and Tad Griffith (7th – 160 lbs); and North’s Shadrach Zarwie (7th – 126 lbs). Click here for photos from the State tournament.

Girl stepping off of school bus

Improving School Hours at DMPS


“It’s too early.” “I’m sleepy.” “Do I have to get up?” Students throughout history have probably said those words in one way or another. But it raises an important question: when is the best time to start the school day? DMPS is considering a change to our school hours, one that much research points to as being better for our students. Please click here to learn more about this proposal and share your questions or comments.

Girl looking at camera on stage.

A Night for the Arts at Park Avenue School


Park Avenue Elementary School hosted “A Night for the Arts” on Thursday. The theme for the evening at Park Avenue, an International Baccalaureate school, was Love/Peace/Finding Unity in the World. In addition to a musical program, the event featured art work by 4th and 5th graders, a video installation of students introducing themselves in Spanish, and free Love Peace Rock, small clay hearts created by 4th grade students to share the evening’s theme. Click here to enjoy photos.

Wrestler getting pinned

Wrestlers Off to Strong Start at State


All seven DMPS wrestlers have advanced and will be competing again tomorrow at State. East’s Deville Dentis and Lincoln’s Nathan Kahoe and Shawn Brown all won their first round matches, while Tad Griffith of Lincoln, Brock Esplain and Matthew Jordan of East, and Shadrach Zarwie of North all won their consolation matches. The Class 3A matches resume Friday morning at Wells Fargo Arena. Enjoy photos from today’s action on our Flick page.