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Panther Pride Chorus Sings National Anthem


Hats were off and hands were over hearts as the Pleasant Hill Elementary Panther Pride Chorus sang the National Anthem at the I-Cubs game at Principal Park. The chorus meets once a week under the direction of Scott Wiederstein. He said it’s great for students to have an opportunity to share their music. Click here to see more photos.


2014-04-17 Downtown School Grant Recipient

Downtown School Receives PTO Grant


Downtown School’s PTO has received a $5,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Des Moines.  The money will be used for new library furniture.  RCDM members often read to Downtown School students and donate books weekly to the library in honor of their keynote speakers.



Office Move Increases Downtown Classrooms


DMPS has made an offer of $1.6 million to purchase the current headquarters of the Iowa Lottery, located at 2323 Grand Avenue, to serve as the administrative offices for the school district. The move will allow DMPS to meet growing interest in educational choices in downtown Des Moines. Click here to read more about how this move benefits DMPS.

Merrill Middle School Students Celebrate Pan American Day at Drake

Merrill Students Enjoy Pan American Day


Merrill Middle School sent 15 students to Drake University for Pan American Day. The students say it was an exciting experience that connected them to cultures throughout the Americas.

To read about their experience and see photos of Drake’s Pan American performance artists, click here.


Schools Among Nation’s Top Energy Savers


DMPS learned today that three schools – McCombs, Moulton and Studebaker – were top finishers in the EPA’s 2013 Energy Star National Building CompetitionIn fact, Studebaker and McCombs finished 7th and 8th overall out of more than 3,000 buildings from across the nation that took part in the energy efficiency contest. Click here to read more.


ISU Prof Gives Boost to STEM Academy


Dr. Raj Raman of Iowa State University visits with students in Hoover’s STEM Academy. The ISU professor, who’s worked with Hoover teachers in establishing the STEM Academy, visited the high school for a discussion about engineering as one of the many science and technology fields of study. Click here to read more about today’s guest lecturer.


Lovejoy Celebrates Cultural Night


Lovejoy Elementary students were immersed in fun this week when they celebrated our likenesses and differences at the Cultural Fair. They picked up their passports and wandered through different countries within the school learning all about other cultures through art, music and dance. Click here to view more photos on the DMPS Flickr page.


Walnut 5th Graders “Share the Planet”


At an International Baccalaureate school, Walnut Street students learn about life beyond the classroom. Their capstone project explored hunger, civil rights/ equality, deforestation, bullying, access to technology, children’s rights, homelessness, and community activism. Click here to read  and see more of their presentation at Central Library.


Hoyt, Brubaker Release Wishes into the Sky


Hoyt and Brubaker students released balloons from their track this week to share support and good wishes for fellow student Dakota McDonald, who is suffering from brain cancer. Students wrote a note on each balloon and some made cards for Dakota, who was in attendance. To see more photos, visit the DMPS Flickr page.


Thank You MidAmerican!


Thank you to Ken Setzkorn of MidAmerican Energy for attending Tuesday night’s School Board meeting and presenting Superintendent Tom Ahart with a check to the district for $549,968. The rebate was due to the district-wide energy efficiency and conservation efforts at Des Moines Public Schools.

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Merrill Students Celebrate Pan American Day

Merrill Middle School, an International Baccalaureate school, sent 15 students to Drake University this week to visit Spanish language classes and witness cultural music and dance as part of Pan American Day festivities. Pan American includes all of the Americas – North, South and Central. “At a glance, our cultures look very different,” said Mitch Majre, a Merrill … Read more »

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