In observance of Memorial Day, we honor the namesakes of several of our Des Moines public schools, past and present, with a photo essay of their final resting places. Visit our Flickr page to see the photos and a brief history of the names behind many DMPS schools.
Vernon “Paul” Young was supposed to be a member of the Class of 1942 at North High. But on December 8, 1941 – a day after Pearl Harbor – he left school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Today, during North’s Class Day, to recognize the Class of 2013, Paul Young was among those in a green cap and gown and presented with an honorary diploma. Read and see more here.
Des Moines Public Schools is pleased to announce that the Summer Meal Program will begin on June 10 at several sites throughout the community. Children 18 or under may receive a free meal. Most locations serve lunch and some serve both breakfast and lunch. Click here for information about dates, hours and locations.
Congratulations to the first members of the Class of 2013: students in our District-Wide Programs who were presented with their high school diplomas at a ceremony Wednesday afternoon at North High. Photos from all eight of our commencement ceremonies will be posted throughout the week on our Flickr page.
Good luck to East and Roosevelt as they continue on tonight in soccer substate postseason play. The Scarlets beat Indianola in the first round and face Ankeny; the Riders beat Council Bluffs Lincoln and now face West Des Moines Valley. See photos from both teams first round substate games on our Flickr page.
Des Moines Public Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of three educational leaders for the state’s largest school district: Kevin Biggs as principal of Roosevelt High School, Deb Markert as principal of Hoyt Middle School, and Corey Harris as the Middle School Director. Read more here.
DMPS-TV is expanding it’s programming, and one of the new features is a regular report on athletics. The first episode of this seasonal show features the Activities Directors from each high school talking about recent highlights of teams and student-athletes. See “Sports” on Mediacom channel 85 or 97.3 or on our YouTube channel.
Preliminary plans are being presented for a new education center located at the site of the former Casady Elementary School. The new center will include an early childhood learning center as well as a middle school educational program. To see plans for this new facility and other DMPS building projects, simply click here.
On this day in 1907 – by a vote of 3,081 to 943 – the community approved the formation of the Des Moines Independent Community School District, bringing together what at one time was as many as 20 school districts in the city. In honor of the district’s 106th anniversary, enjoy a gallery of 106 historical photos of DMPS through the years on our Flickr page.