Applications are now being accepted for Universal Preschool. This state-funded program provides access to high-quality preschool education programs for 4-year-olds. This serves over 1,100 children in Des Moines at our schools, DMPS Early Learning Centers, and partner locations. Click here to learn more and access the online application.
A U.S. Senate committee hearing on early childhood education focused on how best to improve access for more families and children. The hearing, chaired by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin at the Mitchell Education Center, included testimony by Susie Guest, director of early education at DMPS. Click here to read and see more of Senator Harkin’s hearing.
Parents: it’s not too early to make sure your child is ready to begin Kindergarten in the 2014-15 school year. Kindergarten Sign-Up is on March 26. Click here for more information, including how, when and where to sign-up your child for Kindergarten, and what information is required to complete this process.
Des Moines Public Schools has released its preliminary budget for fiscal year 2014-15, which will be presented at the March 11 School Board meeting. Public forums on the proposed budget are scheduled for Wednesday, March 26 and Saturday, March 29. Click here for more information about next year’s budget proposal.
More than 400 voices from Cattell, Findley, Harding, Madison, North and Oak Park schools took part in last night’s 2nd annual Northside Night Vocal Music Concert. The big concert was matched by big news that all schools feeding into North will now take part in the federal Turnaround Arts program. Read and see more about Northside night here.
DMPS is pleased to announce that Isaiah McGee will be joining the district as Equity Coordinator. McGee is currently at the Iowa Department of Education where he is responsible for facilitating equity audits and providing technical assistance to address achievement gaps in Iowa schools. Click here to read more about his appointment.
Theater students at Lincoln High School had the chance to take part in a workshop on improvisation hosted by the Whirled News Tonight troupe. The unique lesson was made possible thanks to our partners at Des Moines Performing Arts. Read and see more on our For the Record blog.
East basketball coach Sam Powell (pictured at left) gets the student body fired up at a pep rally before the Scarlets take the court at the Iowa High School Girls’ Basketball Tournament. East faces Waterloo West in their first round game. Read and see more of East’s pep rally on our For the Record blog.
No one can accuse Bobby Washington of thinking small, and he probably doesn’t need reminding to carry his books home from school. After all, the Callanan Middle School student has his sights set on the elimination of illiteracy. Click here to read how this 7th grader set up a non-profit corporation to provide books to schools in Africa.