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Author Shares Stories of Journeys to Iowa


Zakery’s Bridge: Children’s Journeys From Around The World To Iowa isn’t a primer on the global makeup of DMPS, but it could be as students from nearly 90 countries attend our schools. Author Kay Fenton Smith shared her book about immigrant students at Meredith Middle School this week. Click here to read more about this learning experience.



Hanawalt Students Help Governor Branstad


Hanawalt Elementary Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts were at the Capitol for the Governor’s weekly press conference. The Governor and Lt. Governor were joined by the Iowa Parks Foundation and the Green Ribbon Commission to present a pilot project focused on a 100 year strategy for Iowa parks. See more photos, here.


Toys Reach ELL Students at Moulton


Moulton Elementary 3rd grade English language learner Luis Gonzalez-Sanchez tries his hand at maneuvering a Wayang Golek (wooden doll puppet) from West Java. He’s one of many ELL students exploring the cultures of the world through play. To see more fun toy photos, click here.


Dream to Teach Seeks Students, Mentors


Dream to Teach student candidates are meeting their mentor teachers and embarking on a journey that will hopefully lead them, full-circle, back here to a teaching career at DMPS. There are still openings for students who are interested in pursuing teaching degrees. To learn more, click here.


Look Out Bad Guys. Super Heroes at East.


We like to think of our teachers and students as super heroes. At East High School yesterday they even dressed the part. To celebrate their Homecoming festivities, students and teachers came to school dressed as their favorite super hero or cartoon character. Enjoy photos of these Scarlet characters on our Flickr page.


DMPS, Gallup Partner on the 2014 Student Poll


For the second year in a row, DMPS is excited to take part in the Gallup Student Poll. Gallup is one of the preeminent public opinion organizations in the world, and DMPS is pleased to continue this partnership to learn more about the hope, engagement, and well-being of our students. Click here to read more about this important opportunity for students.

Scott Carlson (l), president of Iowa Restaurant Association, presents the 2014 ProStart Educator of Excellence Award to Elaine Wolf.

Central Chef Honored for Legacy


Central Campus chef emeritus Elaine Wolf was presented with the 2014 ProStart Educator of Excellent Award by the Iowa Restaurant Association. The award recognizes Wolf’s success at building Central’s culinary arts programs into one of the best in the nation, and honors the legacy she leaves behind at the school. Click here to read more.

Park Avenue Pie

PTA Fundraisers Often a Sweet Success


Park Avenue Elementary Principal Dianna Anderson and three of her teachers volunteered to be hit in the face with pie for a Parent Teacher Association fundraiser. PTAs at many of the district’s 60 schools raise thousands of dollars annually for special projects in our schools and classrooms. To see more Park Avenue fun, click here.


What’s for Lunch? Ask the DMPS Mobile App


You can now find out what’s for breakfast and lunch at every school on every day of the year. You can even find out nutritional information. Just visit the Dining section on the new DMPS Mobile App. If you don’t yet have the app, Click here to download it for Apple or Android and learn more about its many features.

Larry Beall (center) is joined by students in receiving the Impact Award from the Iowa Energy Center.

Central’s Beall Earns Energy Impact Award


Central Campus teacher and director of the Iowa Energy and Sustainability Academy Larry Beall (pictured in center at left) was presented with the 2014 Impact Award by the Iowa Energy Center. The award recognized his leadership in educating students about issues related to energy, conservation and sustainability. Click here to read more.

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Author Shares Stories of Children’s Journeys to Iowa

Zakery’s Bridge: Children’s Journeys From Around The World To Iowa isn’t a primer on the global makeup of Des Moines Public Schools, but it could be. With students from nearly 90 countries attending DMPS, many know a thing or two about journeys from around the world to Iowa. Zakery’s Bridge is a collection of nine … Read more »

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