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DMPS Art Exhibit Opens Thursday, February 18


The annual DMPS Art Exhibit opens Thursday, February 18 with a reception starting at 5:30 PM in the atrium of Capitol Square. Students, families, teachers and friends are invited to attend. Art works by hundreds of students at all grade levels and from all schools in Des Moines will be on display. The exhibit will be on display until March 1. The Capitol Square atrium is open daily from 5:30 AM to 8:30 PM.

More than 200 DMPS middle and high school students displayed their research projects at the 8th annual DMPS Science Fair.

Student-Researchers Shine at Science Fair


A crowd of nearly 600 were on hand last night at the Science Center of Iowa for the 8th annual DMPS Science Fair. Middle and high school students presented 202 different research projects (up from 189 the year before), whose topics were as diverse as the students themselves. Top finishers go on to the State science fair later this spring in Ames. To read and see more, including results, click here.


Central Campus Cafe Sets Spring Dates


The Central Campus Café and its award-winning student chefs will again share their creations when the café opens this spring on March 31, April 8, 14 and 21, and May 5, 6 and 12 in the state-of-the-art kitchens and multipurpose room at Central Campus. To get on a list to receive menus and reservation links, email: centralcampuscafe@gmail.com


“Selfies with Abe” Marks Lincoln’s Birthday


Lincoln High School was so excited about their namesake’s birthday that they celebrated a day early. A Lincoln impersonator stopped by school Thursday for the 2nd annual “Selfies with Abe.” Theodore Roosevelt may have said “speak softly and carry a big stick,” but Honest Abe told students to get out their selfie sticks. Check out our Flickr page for some awesome photos.


HR Presents to Council of Great City Schools


Dr. Anne Sullivan, Sheila Mason and Maureen Taylor were invited to present on recruiting strategies to the Council of Great City Schools. Highlights of their presentation included university partnerships, student-centered “grow your own teacher” programs, the annual Educator Fair, collaboration with Batelle for Kids, teacher-leadership pipelines, incentives, addressing licensing challenges, and data driven hiring practices.

DMPS student-athletes will be competing at the 2015 Boys' State Swim Meet on Saturday, February 14 in Marshalltown.

East, Lincoln, Roosevelt Head to State Swimming


Swimmers from East, Lincoln and Roosevelt qualified to compete in eight different events at the Iowa High School Boys’ State Swimming Meet. The State Meet gets underway at 12:30 PM this Saturday at the YMCA-YWCA in Marshalltown. For a list of DMPS student-athletes who qualified, and which event they will compete in, click here.

Holocaust survivor hugs a student after her presentation at Goodrell Middle School.

Holocaust Survivor Shares Story at Goodrell


A survivor of the Holocaust of Nazi Germany, Marion Blumenthal Lazan has written books, made documentaries and travelled the world to make sure people, especially the young, never forget. Today she made what was her fourth trip over the years to Goodrell Middle School, sharing her story and message of hope with students and teachers. Click here to read and see more.

Lincoln High School was selected as the host site of a National AVID Showcase Day.

Lincoln Hosts National AVID Showcase


AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a global nonprofit organization that operates with one guiding principle: hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge. For the past four years, Lincoln High School has been an AVID school, and today they hosted a national showcase on how the program has contributed to student success. Click here to read and see more.

King Elementary principal Peter LeBlanc will be the new principal at Goodrell Middle School beginning July 1.

King’s LeBlanc Named Goodrell Principal


Des Moines Public Schools is pleased to announce that Peter LeBlanc will be the next principal at Goodrell Middle School, one of the district’s International Baccalaureate World Schools. LeBlanc is well known in the DMPS community. He served as principal of King Elementary School since 2011, where he saw an increase in overall enrollment and English Language Learner students and led efforts that increased attendance and achievement. Click here to read more.

The district's new aviation technology facility was the crime scene for the Central Campus criminal justice class.

Central “Crime Wave” Continues for Class


Students in the criminal justice program at Central Campus are back on the case as they begin a new investigation of a mock crime scene. The latest is a triple homicide at the district’s aviation technology facility. Involving not only criminal justice students but also their peers in aviation, broadcasting and film, and biotechnology, it’s a unique hands-on lesson for future law enforcement officers. Click here to read and see more.

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Student-Researchers Shine at 8th Annual Science Fair

Earlier this week Drake University announced that Bill Nye, “the science guy,” will deliver the next in the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series. But that won’t happen until April 14th. Until then there’s always the Science Center of Iowa and Thursday night it again hosted the annual DMPS Science Fair, sponsored by the Des Moines … Read more »

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