District News

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Round Two of MAP Tests: Dec. 12 – Jan. 31


At DMPS, we embrace growth. In other words, we want to know whether our students are making gains academically throughout the school year. Because we value our students’ growth in the classroom, this year we began a new and improved way to measure their progress: the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP test. The second round of MAP tests will be given to students between December 12 and January 31. Click here for more about this important new educational tool.


Registration Opens for Educator Career Fair


Join us and learn more about the life changing opportunities available at Des Moines Public Schools. With the most career options and best benefits package in central Iowa, there’s no better place to start or continue a great career in teaching. This year’s fair incorporates information about all 60 DMPS schools, district programs and other employment possibilities available to new and experienced teachers. Click here to register in advance to secure a ticket to this annual opportunity!

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Students Throughout DMPS Give Thanks


It’s a short week at Des Moines Public Schools, but plenty long enough for a variety of traditional holiday mood-setting activities around the district. From Smouse hosting its 36th annual Thanksgiving feast to Lincoln using the holiday as a teachable moment in its Adult Living class to Oak Park students supporting a community meal, click here to read and see more of how students and schools marked the holiday.

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Football Players Earn All-State Honors


Congratulations to our high school football players who earned All-State recognitions from the Iowa Newspaper Association. North senior defensive lineman Calvonte Stallings and East senior linebacker Rory Walling (pictured at left in his other role as the team’s quarterback) both earned First Team honors. Roosevelt junior linebacker Kendell Jackson was a Second Team pick and East senior offensive lineman Anthony Arroyo was a Third Team selection.

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Students Jam at 17th Annual Jazzfest


Jazz bands from all five DMPS high schools gathered at Lincoln High School last night for the 17th annual All-City Jazzfest. Student-musicians performed before a full house in a unique event that brought together ensembles in a non-competitive setting to celebrate the art of jazz. Enjoy photos from the event on our Flickr page.

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What’s Old is New Again at Central


A couple of weeks ago Ben Molloy and his Central Campus homebuilding class removed bleachers from what used to be the Tech High natatorium. But they didn’t let all of that lumber and history go to waste. The class used the repurposed planks to build two playhouses that will go up for auction on eBay. And there’s enough wood left over to use in a full-scale house that the class is constructing near Easter Lake. Click here to read and see more.

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Projectors Transform the Classroom at DMPS


Over the past couple of years, DMPS has installed more than 2,100 interactive projectors in classrooms throughout the district. The Journal, a magazine the looks at how technology transforms education, reports on how this has changed and improved the way information is shared and presented at our schools. Click here to read the article.

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Jamboree Kicks Off Basketball Season


The high school basketball season kicked off for many teams in the Des Moines metro at the Kiwanis Basketball Jamboree, held Saturday at Valley High School. The boys and girls teams from East, Hoover, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt all competed at the event. Proceeds from this year’s jamboree went to the Ronald McDonald House. Click here for photos of the DMPS high schools in action.

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Winter is Coming: School Days and the Weather


The official start of Winter may be a month away, but weather doesn’t always check the calendar. With temperatures falling today in Des Moines, and snow falling in northwest Iowa, Superintendent Tom Ahart shares his annual reminder about how decisions are made when it comes to school and weather, as well as how you can receive notices of weather-related changes to the school day. Click here to read more about school days and weather.

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Enrollment Grows at DMPS for 2016-17


Enrollment trends continue to be positive at Des Moines Public Schools. While many urban school districts across the country have seen enrollment declines in recent year, DMPS has grown by nearly 400 students over the past year, now totaling just under 33,000 K-12 students. DMPS had a 1.2 percent increase since last school year, and a 5.6 percent increase in enrollment over the past ten years. Click here for more about enrollment and demographics at DMPS.