District News

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.

Teacher holding locks of hair.

Brody Steps Up for Cancer Patients


A lot of good things are happening at Brody Middle School, such as this morning’s 4th annual “Through This Together” assembly, an even in support of patients and families facing cancer. Among the events highlights were volunteers who had their hair cut by La’James College stylists to show their support and donate to Locks of Love. Click here to read and see more.

Roosevelt high school bowling team.

Bowlers Qualify for State Tournament


Congratulations to the Lincoln Rails girls team and the Roosevelt Roughriders boys team on their qualification for the state high school bowling tournament. In addition East junior Dylan McFarland and Roosevelt freshman Hunter Gloden qualified to compete as individuals. The tournament will be held next Wednesday, February 22nd, at Plaza Lanes here in Des Moines. Click here for more information.


Walnut Street student handing out heart-shaped cookie.

WSS Takes Valentine’s to the Skywalk


Students at the Walnut Street School took their Valentine’s Day wishes outside of the classroom and on to the downtown skywalk today. After decorating skywalk windows with signs that read things such as “You’re Beautiful” and “Smile, It’s Contagious,” they then greeted downtown office workers over the lunch hour with free heart-shaped cookies. Click here for photos of their generosity.

Two students decorating cookies

Love (of Cookies) in the Air at Central Campus


Love of cookies was in the air Monday morning in the kitchens of the Central Campus Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management program where romance was rolling off the assembly line in the form of Valentine’s Day cookies. The program received orders for $1,000 worth of the holiday treats and Chef John Andres and his students were busy scooping, baking, frosting and bagging the goodies for customers all over the district. Click here to read and see more.

High school wrestler being pinned

East, Lincoln, North Wrestlers to State


Congratulations and good luck to DMPS wrestlers who qualified in district competition over the weekend for this week’s state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena: Brock Esplain, Matthew Jordan and Deville Dentis from East; Nathan Kahoe, Shawn Brown and Tad Griffith from Lincoln; and Shadrach Zarwie from North. Click here for more information about the 2017 State Wrestling Tournament.