District News


RVM Vikings Hold Homecoming Parade


It was a beautiful day for Ruby Van Meter’s Homecoming Parade this afternoon.  The Roosevelt drumline provided the beat, and Za-Ga-Zig Shriners provided the wheels for the Vikings participants. Enjoy photos of this special event on our Flickr page.


Powder Puff, Toilet Paper and Homecoming


A little powder puff football and a lot of toilet paper … just part of the Homecoming festivities at Lincoln High School. The Rails’ junior and senior girls began the evening with their annual powder puff football game. The seniors won 19-0, but then the celebration moved to the school’s front lawn for some TPing. In a pep rally spirit, seniors chanted “2016-2016-2016!” with a natural response by the juniors of “2017-2017-2017!” See photos of the fun on our Flickr page. Good luck to the Rails against Sioux City West!

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Interview: Turnaround Arts at DMPS


While this was a big week for a couple of our Turnaround Arts schools, the fact is it’s been a big couple of years as DMPS has been an early leader in this new, national arts education initiative. STEAMed Magazine, a publication about science, technology, engineering, math AND arts education, recently interviewed Sarah Dougherty, the Turnaround Arts director at DMPS, about what the program means at several schools and how arts education is growing in the district. Click here to read the interview.


What’s in a Name? DMPS Namesakes & Mascots


From eight schools named after U.S. Presidents to a zoo full of mascots representing Huskies, Tigers, Wildcats, Eagles and more, the names and mascots of DMPS schools are a menagerie of characters and creatures. Our staff writer Mike Wellman cataloged both the variety and similarity of the symbols of schools throughout the district. Click here to read more.


Golfers Tee Off at Metro Invitational


It was a perfect morning for golf, or most anything taking place outdoors, as the Metro Golf Invitational got underway. Varsity golfers from East, Hoover, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt teed up this morning at Waveland Golf Course. Click here for photos of the event on the DMPS Flickr page.

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Iowa State Features Good Work at Scavo


The College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University has produced a video on how their alums – such as principal Rich Blonigan and case manager Mary O’Hearn (pictured at left) – are contributing to recent success stories at Scavo High School, including an increased graduation rate. Be sure to check out this good work underway at Scavo by viewing the video on YouTube.

Actor Kal Penn spent two days working with students at Harding Middle School.

Turnaround Artists Return to DMPS


Actor Kal Penn and members of Yo-Yo Ma’s ensemble Silk Road Project returned to DMPS this week as part of their work with our Turnaround Arts schools. Penn was at Harding Middle School and Silk Road were at Madison Elementary School for a couple of fun and rewarding days of arts workshops and performances, working with students and teachers. Click here to read and see more of this unique learning opportunity for Des Moines students.

Dr. Greg Barord releases two Allonautilus scrobiculatus (fuzzy Nautilus) with ultrasonic transmitters attached to the dorsal sides of their shells.

Teacher Makes “Rare” Discovery at Sea


DMPS teachers tend to spend their summers learning and growing in their fields. Dr. Greg Barord’s field is 300-1,600 feet underwater near the island Ndrova Island, Papua New Guinea, and his summer “vacation” made headlines around the world. To read and see more of his team’s discovery, click here.


Big Turnaround Arts Week at DMPS


DMPS is excited to welcome back our Turnaround Arts this week. Actor Kal Penn is at Harding Middle School today and tomorrow, working with students and teachers in several workshops. Tomorrow Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project returns to Madison Elementary School, where they will conduct music and dance lessons with 3rd and 4th graders. DMPS is proud to be an active participant in Turnaround Arts, which integrates the arts to support academic achievement across all areas of education.


Bonfire, Parade Marks Roosevelt Homecoming


The Roosevelt Roughriders play their homecoming football tonight, but the celebration heated up – literally – last night with an open house, neighborhood parade and bonfire. Enjoy photos from the event on our Flickr page.

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For the Record

What’s in a Name? DMPS Namesakes and Mascots

When news came that President Obama would be visiting North High School we started researching for presidential precedents. There was an unconfirmed report that Teddy Roosevelt visited with some Greenwood students when he came to town in 1910 to speak about education, but by that time TR was a former President. We were reminded of … Read more »

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