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Before Break, “Reindeer Games” at Brody


Before beginning the holiday break last Friday, students and staff at Brody Middle School enjoyed some “reindeer games” (aka dodgeball, basketball and more) to celebrate the end of the year. Enjoy some photos of the Cardinals’ fun on our Flickr page.


All the Best: Have a Great Winter Break


As 2014 comes to a close and we look forward to 2015, thank you to our staff, students and the community for contributing to the success of education in Des Moines. Happy holidays and best wishes for an enjoyable Winter break. We look forward to seeing everyone back in school – and back online – on Monday, January 5.


Wright 3rd Graders are Santa’s Helpers


Wright Elementary School 3rd graders are using a school bus as their sleigh, delivering handmade gifts to sick children and the elderly, and packing meals for the hungry. This day of service is part of their Artful Learning unit on courage. To see the Beads of Bravery they delivered to Blank Children’s Hospital, click here.


TLC Will Mean $10 Million for DMPS


DMPS has been awarded funding under the state’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation System, the Iowa Department of Education announced today. This will mean approximately $10 million per year in funding, and support nearly 100 new positions, to improve classroom instruction and raise student achievement. Click here to learn more.


It Was Sink or Swim Today at Central Campus


After splitting into teams to design and build cardboard-and-duct-tape boats, today was the moment of truth for Prep Academy students as they set off to sail (or sink) in their creations. The 7th grade regattas launched in the Central Campus pool. Click here to see photos of this unique lesson in team building.

Science Bound students at Callanan Middle School prepare to launch a weather balloon.

All Systems Go at Cape Callanan Balloon Launch


There are school science projects, and then there is the space program at Callanan Middle School. Students in the school’s Science Bound program, a partnership with Iowa State University, launched another weather balloon to the edge of space this morning. Click here to read and see more about this unique learning opportunity at DMPS.


An Evening of Giving at Hiatt Middle School


Hiatt Middle School students and staff will do more than sing carols to their families Thursday night. They will host the entire community for an evening of giving. Warm coats, hot food, holiday crafts and many warm wishes will go home with families in need. Click here to learn more about this special evening.

A judge takes a close look at a student's entry in the Cowles Montessori Science Fair.

Inquisitive Minds Shine at Cowles Montessori


Science fairs have been going on throughout the district this semester as curious students design and execute projects with an eye towards qualifying for the DMPS event this winter. On Tuesday, it was Cowles Montessori’s turn as a host of judges reported for the tough duty of determining who will move on and who heads back to the drawing board. Click here to read and see more.

Hoover jazz students take part in a master class with members of the Grammy-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

Hoover Huskies Are Some Cool Cats


Hoover High is officially the home of the Huskies, but it’s also becoming widely known as the den of some pretty cool cats. They’re the jazz combos that jam and tour and study and practice under the direction of Randy Hoepker, and lately they’ve been especially busy. Click here to read more about the success of these young performers.


Read the Latest DMPS Community Report


The latest edition of the DMPS Community Report is now available to download or read online. This issue features stories on 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year Clemencia Spizzirri of Merrill Middle School, introduces the principal of the soon-to-reopen Moore Elementary, highlights a number of student and staff recognitions, and more. Click here to get the latest edition.

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All Systems Go at Cape Callanan Weather Balloon Launch

There are school science projects and there are school science projects. And then there is the space program at Callanan Middle School. Wednesday morning, after first calling ahead to the FAA per protocol, Science Bound teacher Anson Bonte and his crew of Cougars launched the school’s third weather balloon in 18 months, an occasion that … Read more »

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