District News

Sudents at National Book Festival

Delgadillo, Brazzle Tops at National Book Festival


We are so proud of Julio Delgadillo from North and Elhondra Brazzle from East for finishing 1st and 2nd, respectively, at the Poetry Slam at the Library of Congress National Book Festival. From among student across the country, Julio and Elhondra were selected to compete alongside poets from New York City, Washington DC, and Indianapolis (pictured at left with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden). It is very exciting to see two of our seniors shine on stage at one of the nation’s top literary events.

Retired teachers at McCombs Middle School

Alum Teachers Stroll McCombs Memory Lane


They are true originals. Retirees Dave McGinnis and Mike Walag were green teachers the day McCombs Middle School opened its doors for the first time in 1973. Now they’re back to check out the halls they once walked, and boy, are they having a good time. We tagged along. Click here to read the story and see photos.

Students at movie premiere

RunDSM Documentary Premieres in Theater


RunDSM had its own red carpet event this week when a new documentary called “RunDSM: The Doc” premiered at the Fleur Cinema. The full length feature was produced by local filmmaker Nick Strickland. The film received rave reviews! Click here to read more about this very special event.

St Paul police officer

Polar Bear Returns To High School


North High School alum Cortez Hull (’92) now walks the halls of Highland Park High School as police Officer Hull. When St. Paul Public Schools renewed its contract with the local police department, Officer Hull was quoted as saying “…it takes a village to raise a child. I am a part of that village.” Click here to read the full article.

Roosevelt senior Jacob Thompson

Roosevelt Senior Wins Yale Forensics Tourney


Roosevelt senior Jacob Thompson won first place at the Yale University Invitational last weekend, where he competed in Extemporaneous Speaking against 114 other competitors from around the country.  Jacob is ranked as one of the top high school extemporaneous speakers in the U.S. and was last year’s state champion Congressional debater, state champion in Extemporaneous Speaking, and third place finisher at the national championship.

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Iowa Seeks Input on State Education Plan


Last year, Congress enacted the Every Student Succeeds Act, which requires that states develop plans to address standards, assessments, accountability, and special help for struggling schools. The Iowa Department of Education is holding meetings across the state to gather public input as their plan is under development. The meeting nearest Des Moines is on Monday, September 26 at the Heartland Area Education agency (6500 Corporate Drive in Johnston) beginning at 5:00 PM. Click here for more.

Student standing next to airplane.

East High Grad Earns Carver Award


Estefany Argueta Herrera is a 2015 graduate of East High School. Now in her second year at Iowa State University, Estefany is one of 5 undergraduates to receive the George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service Award this week at Washington University in St. Louis. Awardees were named from each of the institutions where Dr. Carver attended or had an association: ISU, Lincoln University in Missouri, Kansas State University, Simpson College, and Tuskegee University.

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East’s Walling Leads Football Rushing Stats


As the high school football season nears the halfway mark a DMPS senior’s name is at the top of the state stat charts in two major categories. East High quarterback Rory Walling is leading Class 4A in rushing with 757 yards on only 85 carries, an average of 8.9 per try. He’s also tied for 2nd in Class 4A scoring with 10 touchdowns in four games, pacing the Scarlets to a 3-1 record. Visit athletics.dmschools.org for a schedule of all high school sports events.

Drinking fountain

DMPS: Maintaining Safe Drinking Water


With increased national attention on the issue of lead in drinking water, DMPS began a series of tests last April to ensure safe drinking water at our schools. As of today, following the collection and analysis of more than 1,440 samples from throughout the school district, no drinking water test result is above threshold recommended by health and environmental experts. Click here to read more about our testing process and our plan to maintain this high standard at all schools.

Girl in marching band uniform.

Marching Huskies Return to the Football Field


For five or six years at least, nobody’s exactly sure, Hoover High School has gone without a marching band. Then a few short weeks ago Hoover suddenly found itself without a band director. DMPS Fine Arts Curriculum Coordinator Ryan Rowley saw an opportunity and seized it, taking up the baton at Hoover and resurrecting the school’s marching band. We stopped by today’s practice as they prepare for Friday’s debut.