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Paris? Milan? New York? Try Central Campus!


We’ve posted nearly 300 photos from last night’s always fashionable Central Campus Fashion Show. Check out the great designs and works created by our students that are worthy of any runway in Paris or Milan or New York. Click here to see more on the DMPS Flickr page.

A student is fitted with a bike helmet.

Bike Safety Focus at Walnut Street School


Summer is just around the corner, and that means more kids on bikes. Thanks to Bike World, the Walnut Street School staff and the PTO, kindergarten students now have a new appreciation for bike safety, and shiny new helmets to start the summer. Click here to learn more about how this project came together and see additional photos.

Students in Read to Succeed t-shirts.

Read to Succeed Reports on Progress


One year ago Read to Succeed was launched at Greenwood Elementary School. Today the program’s sponsor, United Way, and DMPS came together at Willard Elementary School to provide a progress report on the initiative to improve student reading skills as well as urge community members to take time to read with children. Click here to read and see more about the event and how you can help.

Students on stage during performance.

Spring Theater Calendar Full at DMPS


Spring is always an artsy time of year in the district. Year-end concerts by bands and orchestras and choirs ring out like heralds for the coming summer. Portfolios burst at their seams with visual creations. But this spring is also overflowing with theatrics as dozens of plays and musicals are being performed by students across all grade levels. Click here for a review of Findley’s recent production of Sleeping Beauty and more about the theater scene at DMPS.

Athlete jumping over hurdle.

High School Athletes Ready for Drake Relays


Student-athletes representing East, Hoover, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt high schools will be competing in 13 different events at the 2017 Drake Relays. Click here for a list of DMPS qualifiers, and a link to schedule and ticket information for this year’s Drake Relays.

Students sitting on a bench.

Meredith Wins Regional Iowa Knowledge Bowl


Meredith Middle School competed in the Regional Iowa Knowledge Bowl at the Ankeny DMACC campus on Monday. The 7th Grade A team won the event, competing against 13 other top teams from around Central Iowa. The champs, pictured at left, are “Coach” Bryan Berg, Uyen Pham, Andrew Milne, Sean Houchins-McCallum, Sophia Mordini and Billy Dang. Way to bring home the gold!

Boy winning race

Middle Schools Compete at All-City Track


A blustery afternoon and a big crowd greeted hundreds of track and field athletes from all ten DMPS middle schools on April 24, competing in this year’s City-Wide Meet at East High’s Williams Stadium. We’ve posted more than 70 photos from the meet on the DMPS Flickr page.

U.S. Olympian Leo Manzano running with students.

Olympian Shares Stories, Strides with Carver


Leo Manzano was born in Mexico, grew up in Texas and ran as a U.S. Olympian. He’s crossed all sorts of finish lines: track, college, citizen-ship. The silver medalist, who has raced on every continent except South America and Antarctica, visited Carver Elementary on Monday to run laps with students on their new track and share a personal backstory that resonates in a district as diverse as DMPS. Click here to read and see more.

Musician playing instrument with students.

The Hypnotic Brass Meets Hoover Brass


The Des Moines Civic Center became a classroom for Hoover band director Ryan Rowley and ten of his brass musicians on Friday. They had the opportunity to take a master class from the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, an award-winning group of musicians who combine jazz, funk and hip-hop to take the classic brass ensemble in a new direction. After some individual and small group work, the musicians – professionals and students alike – took to the stage to jam on one of the group’s songs. Click here to see more.

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Scavo to Become a Trauma Sensitive School


Studies have shown childhood trauma can affect everything from the way a student behaves to a student’s ability to learn. Thanks to the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, Scavo High School teachers and staff will soon be learning new techniques to help students affected by trauma reach their academic goals. Click here to learn more about the grant.