District News


Veteran Educator to be High Schools Director


DMPS is pleased to announce the appointment of a veteran principal, Kathie Danielson, as the district’s new Director of High Schools. She succeeds Alisa Farmer, who has accepted a position in Texas. Danielson was principal at Roosevelt High School and Callanan Middle School, and has been with DMPS since 1975. Click here for more.

Miss Iowa 2014 at Harding

Miss Iowa: Challenge Education Bias


Lincoln High School graduate and Miss Iowa 2014, Aly Olson, said students in other school districts are missing out on an advanced academic opportunity and a unique social education. To read about her platform and hear how she’s handled challenges from people who have misconceptions about Des Moines schools, click here.


We Need You: Graduation Walk 2014


On Saturday, August 23 Des Moines Public Schools, United Way of Central Iowa, and Wells Fargo are holding the sixth annual Graduation Walk. We invite you to volunteer for this important event. In one Saturday morning, you can help a young person make the best decision of their life: to graduate from high school. Click here to learn how you can help.

The start of the 2014-15 school year is getting near. Be sure to take care of the registration process.

Get the Details on School Registration


The start of the 2014-15 school year is getting near, which means school registration will be here even sooner. While most elementary schools are completing registration today, middle and high school registration is taking place between July 28 and August 12. Click here for the dates and times of registration for all secondary schools.

Miss Iowa 2014 Aly Olson

Miss Iowa 2014: One DMPS Success Story


Lincoln High School graduate Miss Iowa 2014 Aly Olson told Harding Middle School 6th graders growing up in Des Moines schools gave her an advantage.  She said being exposed to different cultures, while having access to an advanced education at Central Academy prepared her for the world beyond Iowa.  To see more photos, click here.


Sneak Peek of the Taylor Education Center


Construction is wrapping up at the Jesse Franklin Taylor Education Center. Des Moines Public Schools’ newest facility will house preschool classrooms as well as a new home for the district’s middle school alternative program. The building will open for the start of the 2014-15 school year. Click here for a sneak peek of the facility as construction nears the end.


No Cost Meal Program Expanded


Students at 35 Des Moines schools and three learning centers can now eat breakfast and lunch at no cost because of a special U.S. Dept. of Agriculture program targeting high poverty schools throughout the U.S. The move will ensure students are focused on learning and not on hunger. To see a list of schools and learn more about the program, click here.


Home Field Overhaul Raises Hope at North


North High School will start the next baseball season on more stable ground. A Major League Baseball grant will pay for irrigation and major reconstruction of their field. The anticipated result has the players and their new coach excited about the future of the program. Click here to read more.

Tech Camp Lt. Gov.

STEM Tech Camp ‘Intense’ Success


DMPS Tech Camp students show off what they’ve learned to special guest Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. The culminating event wrapped up an intense week of study involving 3D printers, drones and computer programming at Central Campus.   Click here to see and read more about the growing program.

Hoyt Cultural Event

‘Awesome’ Cultural Summer Inspires


Since June 9, hundreds of DMPS students have been on a world tour without ever leaving the district thanks to a new summer program that’s made believers out of the pleasantly surprised student-tourists. Click here to read more, see more photos and a video of Hoyt Middle School’s fun, summer adventure.

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For the Record

Miss Iowa: Challenge Education Bias

Miss Iowa 2014, Aly Olson, knows what it feels like to be exposed to bias and misconceptions. She shared an experience with Harding Middle School students in Des Moines this week. “I was telling someone I graduated from Lincoln High School in Des Moines and that person replied, ‘You don’t look like someone who graduated … Read more »

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