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Dream to Teach students gather at Grand View for a workshop.

Students Dream to Teach at Grand View


Dream to Teach partner Grand View University opened the doors of its new student center earlier this month to DMPS students interested in pursuing a career in education. The students heard from current Grand View education students, and current educators about the realities of being a college student and teaching in the real world. To read more about the workshop, click here.

Carver Elementary students enjoy some well-earned rest and a snack after harvesting produce from their school garden.

Students Celebrate Good Nutrition in October


From our school gardens to our lunchroom menus, Des Moines Public Schools students are celebrating good nutrition during Farm to School Month in October and National School Lunch Week, October 12-16. Growing and harvesting produce is just the beginning. To read more about how our learning extends beyond the classroom, click here.


RVM Vikings Hold Homecoming Parade


It was a beautiful day for Ruby Van Meter’s Homecoming Parade this afternoon.  The Roosevelt drumline provided the beat, and Za-Ga-Zig Shriners provided the wheels for the Vikings participants. Enjoy photos of this special event on our Flickr page.


Powder Puff, Toilet Paper and Homecoming


A little powder puff football and a lot of toilet paper … just part of the Homecoming festivities at Lincoln High School. The Rails’ junior and senior girls began the evening with their annual powder puff football game. The seniors won 19-0, but then the celebration moved to the school’s front lawn for some TPing. In a pep rally spirit, seniors chanted “2016-2016-2016!” with a natural response by the juniors of “2017-2017-2017!” See photos of the fun on our Flickr page. Good luck to the Rails against Sioux City West!

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Interview: Turnaround Arts at DMPS


While this was a big week for a couple of our Turnaround Arts schools, the fact is it’s been a big couple of years as DMPS has been an early leader in this new, national arts education initiative. STEAMed Magazine, a publication about science, technology, engineering, math AND arts education, recently interviewed Sarah Dougherty, the Turnaround Arts director at DMPS, about what the program means at several schools and how arts education is growing in the district. Click here to read the interview.


What’s in a Name? DMPS Namesakes & Mascots


From eight schools named after U.S. Presidents to a zoo full of mascots representing Huskies, Tigers, Wildcats, Eagles and more, the names and mascots of DMPS schools are a menagerie of characters and creatures. Our staff writer Mike Wellman cataloged both the variety and similarity of the symbols of schools throughout the district. Click here to read more.


Golfers Tee Off at Metro Invitational


It was a perfect morning for golf, or most anything taking place outdoors, as the Metro Golf Invitational got underway. Varsity golfers from East, Hoover, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt teed up this morning at Waveland Golf Course. Click here for photos of the event on the DMPS Flickr page.

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Iowa State Features Good Work at Scavo


The College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University has produced a video on how their alums – such as principal Rich Blonigan and case manager Mary O’Hearn (pictured at left) – are contributing to recent success stories at Scavo High School, including an increased graduation rate. Be sure to check out this good work underway at Scavo by viewing the video on YouTube.

Actor Kal Penn spent two days working with students at Harding Middle School.

Turnaround Artists Return to DMPS


Actor Kal Penn and members of Yo-Yo Ma’s ensemble Silk Road Project returned to DMPS this week as part of their work with our Turnaround Arts schools. Penn was at Harding Middle School and Silk Road were at Madison Elementary School for a couple of fun and rewarding days of arts workshops and performances, working with students and teachers. Click here to read and see more of this unique learning opportunity for Des Moines students.

Dr. Greg Barord releases two Allonautilus scrobiculatus (fuzzy Nautilus) with ultrasonic transmitters attached to the dorsal sides of their shells.

Teacher Makes “Rare” Discovery at Sea


DMPS teachers tend to spend their summers learning and growing in their fields. Dr. Greg Barord’s field is 300-1,600 feet underwater near the island Ndrova Island, Papua New Guinea, and his summer “vacation” made headlines around the world. To read and see more of his team’s discovery, click here.

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For the Record

Students Dream To Teach at Grand View

DMPS Dream to Teach students got a glimpse into the future at Grand View earlier this month, learning from college students and educators about the path to becoming a teacher. Wayne Ford, Alex Piedras and several Grand View students of color spoke to the Dream to Teach students in the new Grand View Student Center. “We wanted them to hear what college … Read more »

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