District News


Scarlets Alumni: Reserve Your Seat Now


The 138th Annual East High All School Reunion is less than 3 weeks away. This year’s events include a Heritage Club lunch, golf classic, social hour and Scarlet Celebration at the Iowa Events Center: Veterans Memorial Ballroom. Don’t miss the fun, and giving away $150,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors! For more information, click here.


Mustangs Finish First in Relays Event


The Merrill Middle School Mustang 4×100 team finished 1st in the Drake Relay’s Friday. The Mustang boys set a personal record with a 47.58 time. The girls did well, too. Their team finished third overall, running their best time of the year with a 53.70. Congratulations to the Mustangs!


Tuesday is ACT Exam Day at DMPS


ACT Day: it’s an annual tradition at Des Moines Public Schools as the day when hundreds of high school juniors take – free of charge – the ACT college entrance exam. This year that day falls on Tuesday, April 28. DMPS was the first school district in Iowa to offer the ACT to all juniors. A reminder that there are no classes on Tuesday for students in grades 9, 10 and 12. Click here to read more.


Teen Summit Addresses Issues Key to Students


The district’s Urban Leadership program has spun off its annual Teen Summit, leading to similar events at each of the district’s home high schools. Roosevelt hosted its own on-campus version all day Friday, featuring a student-driven agenda of town hall discussions and creative workshops on topics of particular interest to teenagers. Click here to read and see more about the ideas students are raising to improve their education.

Roosevelt's Briyana Carter, pictured at last year's State track meet, posted a meet record in the 100m at the Jim Duncan Invitational earlier this year, held on the same track as the Drake Relays.

Roosevelt’s Carter Grabs Relays Title, Record


Congratulations to Roosevelt High School’s Briyana Carter on winning the 100m title on Friday at the Drake Relays. The Roughriders’ sprinter also tied Relays record with her win. Click here to read the Des Moines Register’s report on the race.

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Central Campus Prepares for Block Party


Monday marks the beginning of a week long celebration at Central Campus with the 2015 Student Art Show opening, followed by student tours of the building, a Spring Gala and the always popular 2015 Student Fashion Show. Central Campus is throwing open the doors and inviting the public in to explore! To see your invitation, click here.

A Half-Pint Poet steps to the mic at King's Family Night.

King School: Half-Pint Poets. Full-Size Hearts.


It was an extra special Family Night as King Elementary School. Iowa State University was on hand to talk about ISU4U, their tuition defrayal program for King and Moulton students. And the Half-Pint Poets made their debut, the next generation of Des Moines’ spoken word artists. Click here to read and see more about a special night at King.


Goodrell’s Katherine Currier Knows Money


Eighth-grader Katherine Currier has been named Iowa’s 2015 Money Smart Kid. Her essay was selected from a statewide pool of 229 essays written by students in grades seven through eleven. As part of winning the financial literacy contest during Money Smart Week, Currier received $1,000 from the Iowa Bankers Association. To read a Business Record article about her, click here.


The Brave Voices of DMPS Students


Last night, in the grandeur of the Temple for Performing Arts and with not an empty seat in the hall, words were spat … snaps were snapped … and votes tallied to determine the six students to represent Des Moines at the Brave New Voices Festival. Congrats to North sophomore Julio Delgadillo on being crowned Grand Slam Champ. Click here to read and see more.


Students Celebrate Cultural Expression


Students used all five senses to take a trip around the world at the 2015 World Language Festival. Colorfully clad dancers, games, crafts, treats and dress up gave students a taste of what is beyond our nation’s borders. The festival focused on encouraging students to study languages in their years with DMPS. For more fun photos of the event, click here.

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Tuesday is ACT Day at Des Moines Public Schools

ACT Day: it’s becoming an annual tradition at Des Moines Public Schools as the day when hundreds of high school juniors take – free of charge – the ACT college entrance exam. This year that day falls on Tuesday, April 28. This is the eighth year DMPS has been offering the ACT exam to all … Read more »

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