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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.


Career & Tech Education Continues to Grow


Central Campus is recognized as one of nation’s top career and technical education programs. From marine biology to aviation technology to fashion design, it offers programs found at few schools. And it continues to expand and improve. Click here to read more about the new courses being offered for the first time starting this year.


Fall Brings College Reps to North High School


Senior Jenny Torres is deciding where she’ll begin her pre-med studies. The future dermatologist is one several hundred North High School seniors who will talk with recruiters from almost 70 schools. To read more about this opportunity students have spent several days preparing for, click here.

Metro Volleyball is helping 180 DMPS girls learns the ins and outs of the court.

Metro Volleyball Helping Young Athletes


Over the past 11 years, Metro Volleyball has grown from helping 18 girls to now more than 170 learn the ways of the court. We stopped by a recent session at Callanan Middle School to see how 4-6 graders are learning the sport through our Community Education department. Click here to read and see more.


Elementary Schools Pick a Better Snack


Participating elementary school classrooms will have a professional “snack lady” or “snack guy” visit with fun, engaging, delicious lessons about eating more fruits and vegetables. September lessons featured melons. Students practiced different physical activities, learned about melons and tasted fresh, local cantaloupe on a pretzel stick.

A Broadway League grant to Des Moines Performing Arts will benefit the five Turnaround Arts schools at DMPS.

Broadway Grant Helps Turnaround Arts Schools


The bright lights of Broadway are helping to brighten the education of our students. The Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway theater industry, today awarded a grant Des Moines Performing Arts for their work with Cattell, Findley, Harding, Madison and Oak Park schools, the five Turnaround Arts schools at DMPS. Read more here.

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DMPS Takes Part in the 2014 Gallup Student Poll

For the second year in a row, Des Moines Public Schools 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. DMPS is joining thousands of other schools and districts across the nation in measuring … Read more »

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