District News

A photo of Stephanie Brennan smiling.

Lincoln Teacher Named Educator of the Year


Congratulations to Lincoln High School teacher Stephanie Brennan, who is being named Iowa Safe Schools Teacher of the Year. As one of her students says, “She has been an amazing supporter for the youth, helped us through all of our hard times, and has saved lives.” Click here to read more about Brennan’s honor.

East and Hoover football players prepare for the snap

Friday Night Lights On for 2016 Season


The 2016 high school football season kicked off Friday, August 26. Two intra-city games began the season as East visited Hoover and Roosevelt was at Lincoln. North hosted Waterloo East. The Scarlets topped the Huskies 36-13, the Rails edged the Rider 22-14, and the Polar Bears came away with a convincing 41-6 win. Click here to see photos.

Perkins elementary school parade.

Perkins Penguins Were on Parade Today


Principal Dan Koss led the Perkins Penguins on their annual parade around the neighborhood this morning, getting the new year off on the right foot at the elementary school. After the parade, everyone gathered in the gym for a school song and welcoming. Enjoy photos of the festivities on our Flickr page.

Collin Lane

Lane Joins Microsoft Education Experts


The Instructional Technology office at DMPS is a six-person team that works to help teachers make the best use of the latest advancements and innovations in the classroom. One member of the team, Collin Lane, was just named a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, a select group from around the world who collaborate on the application of Microsoft tools to education. Click here to read more about his work and recognition.

Hashie Award logo.

DMPS-TV Honored With 2016 Hashie Award


Thanks to the Social Media Club of Des Moines for recognizing the good work of DMPS-TV with a 2016 Hashie Award for the Best YouTube Channel! See the video work produced for Des Moines Public Schools by Kyle Knicley and Jon Lemons by visiting the DMPS-TV YouTube channel.

Girl posing for photo in front of school

A Bright Start to a New School Year at DMPS


The sun rose this morning on a brand new school year at DMPS. In fact, it was the start of the district’s 110th school year. Thanks to all of our students, parents, teachers and staff for a great first day, and for your support and dedication throughout the school year. We’ve posted more than 150 photos of the first day at several of our schools which you can enjoy on our Flickr page.

Boys playing football.

DMPS, Parks & Rec Offer Flag Football


Des Moines Parks and Recreation and DMPS are partnering to offer Youth Flag Football to students in grades 1-7. Teams will be divided into age groups: 1-2 grade, 3-4 grade and 5-7 grade. Practices will take place once a week with games played Saturday mornings at a neighborhood location. The registration period runs through September 9 with practices beginning on September 20. Visit the Parks & Rec web site for more information and to register.

Student holds a Lincoln high school tee shirt.

High Schools Welcome the Class of 2020


The Class of 2020 – how’s that for a perfect vision of four years from now? High school starts tomorrow for the latest batch of DMPS frosh and they’ve been receiving warm welcomes in the days leading up to their baptism at each of the district’s five comprehensive high schools, thanks in part to the work of the Link Crew. Click here to read and see more of a new class of 9th graders.

Jamie and Tim Robinson.

DMPS Siblings Share Kidneys and Careers


Jaime Robinson is a counselor/ behavior strategist at Morris Elementary School. Tim Robinson teaches kindergarten at Capitol View Elementary School. In addition to being siblings who share a passion for education, this summer break will be unlike any they’ll ever experience: Jaime donated a kidney to her brother Tim. Click here to read more about a pair of amazing DMPS educators.

Teachers meeting in a school library.

Schools for Rigor Underway at DMPS


When Weeks Middle School teachers gathered first thing this morning in the library there were bagels and donuts and water and coffee for them. But mostly there was rigor, of which there will be a steady diet during the new school year that begins Wednesday. Weeks is one of six pilot schools (along with North, Findley, Howe, Lovejoy and Perkins) in the adoption of the Schools for Rigor teaching and learning model. Click here for more.