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Summer of Success for North High ROTC


It was a summer of success for the North High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC Rifle team as they competed at several tournaments, bringing home the team title at the National Junior Olympics and winning the Daisy National Air-Gun Championships for the third year in a row. Read more about a successful summer for North ROTC.

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Hillis Uses Dirt to Teach Responsibility, Nutrition


Hillis Elementary students and their families are tending a garden, learning about healthy eating and what it takes to grow food. ”It’s ultimately about empowerment for our students and setting the stage for a healthier future!” said arts teacher David Borzo. Click here to look at some great photos of the kids in the garden.


IB Diploma Programme Yields 100% Graduation


Congratulations to our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme staff and students. Central Academy graduated 100% of their seniors this year while the nation’s graduation rate average rested at 78%. The IB Diploma is an internationally recognized degree with strong ties to top colleges and universities.

Moulton Garden

Moulton Students Grow 100+ Pounds of Produce


This week Moulton Elementary students distributed 111 pounds of produce they’d grown in their garden over the summer.  The produce was free for the community but many families made donations to pay for next year’s garden.  This year’s harvest included cucumbers, squash, carrots, onions, beets, kale, and a variety of herbs.


Veteran Educator to be High Schools Director


DMPS is pleased to announce the appointment of a veteran principal, Kathie Danielson, as the district’s new Director of High Schools. She succeeds Alisa Farmer, who has accepted a position in Texas. Danielson was principal at Roosevelt High School and Callanan Middle School, and has been with DMPS since 1975. Click here for more.

Miss Iowa 2014 at Harding

Miss Iowa: Challenge Education Bias


Lincoln High School graduate and Miss Iowa 2014, Aly Olson, said students in other school districts are missing out on an advanced academic opportunity and a unique social education. To read about her platform and hear how she’s handled challenges from people who have misconceptions about Des Moines schools, click here.


We Need You: Graduation Walk 2014


On Saturday, August 23 Des Moines Public Schools, United Way of Central Iowa, and Wells Fargo are holding the sixth annual Graduation Walk. We invite you to volunteer for this important event. In one Saturday morning, you can help a young person make the best decision of their life: to graduate from high school. Click here to learn how you can help.

The start of the 2014-15 school year is getting near. Be sure to take care of the registration process.

Get the Details on School Registration


The start of the 2014-15 school year is getting near, which means school registration will be here even sooner. While most elementary schools are completing registration today, middle and high school registration is taking place between July 28 and August 12. Click here for the dates and times of registration for all secondary schools.

Miss Iowa 2014 Aly Olson

Miss Iowa 2014: One DMPS Success Story


Lincoln High School graduate Miss Iowa 2014 Aly Olson told Harding Middle School 6th graders growing up in Des Moines schools gave her an advantage.  She said being exposed to different cultures, while having access to an advanced education at Central Academy prepared her for the world beyond Iowa.  To see more photos, click here.


Sneak Peek of the Taylor Education Center


Construction is wrapping up at the Jesse Franklin Taylor Education Center. Des Moines Public Schools’ newest facility will house preschool classrooms as well as a new home for the district’s middle school alternative program. The building will open for the start of the 2014-15 school year. Click here for a sneak peek of the facility as construction nears the end.

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Summer of Success for North ROTC Air Rifle Team

It was a summer of success for the North High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC Rifle team as they competed at several national tournaments. The team traveled to Ohio to compete at the National Junior Olympics Air Rifle Championships and the CMP National 3P Air Rifle Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio. In the Junior Olympics, … Read more »

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