District News


Merrill’s New Wing Officially Open


Students and staff watch as Principal Alex Hanna cuts the ribbon on the new wing of Merrill Middle School. The addition makes room for more students to enroll at the International Baccalaureate school. A new, more secure entry and a handicap accessible elevator were also added to the school. Click here for more photos.


Tutoring Sign Up for Title I Students


Students who attend a Title I school in Des Moines may be eligible for tutoring services at no cost to their family. In order to be eligible students must attend one of the 25 Title I schools in Des Moines and meet low income guidelines. To learn more and to register, simply click here.

Callanan Middle School students get a unique lesson on stage at Des Moines Performing Arts with the Diavolo Dance Theater.

Stage Becomes Class for Callanan Students


Callanan Middle School students got a unique lesson in school and on stage this week as they had the chance to work with Des Moines Performing Arts and the Diavolo Dance Theater. Workshops focused on the tenets of teamwork, trust and communications, and the importance of them in all facets of life, including the classroom. Click here to read and see more.

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National Report Finds Success at Findley


A report released today by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities found big gains in schools taking part in the Turnaround Arts program. Findley Elementary School was one of the first eight schools to participate in the program and to be studied in this report, which highlighted gains in math and reading. Click here for more details on this national news.


Nour Saida Harzallah’s Other Side of the Story


Roosevelt High School Speech and Debate team member Nour Saida Harzallah agonized over giving her first speech, not because of nerves but because she was afraid of how Americans might react to it. Click here to read, in her own words, about the positive experience an exchange student from Tunisia is enjoying at DMPS.


Students Honored for MLK Essays, Art


The Forest Avenue Library held a MLK Day celebration where four students were honored as winners of an art and essay writing contest. Winning essay writers were Destiny Chea of Stowe Elementary and Samantha Harris of Cowles Montessori School. Raechel Gradford of Edmunds Elementary and Sean Head of Amos Hiatt Middle School won the art contest. See more here.

Members of North High's choir took part in a MLK Day celebration at their school on Monday evening.

MLK’s Niece Visits DMPS on MLK Day


A mix of school, religious and community groups and leaders gathered in the North High School auditorium on Monday evening for a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, including a speech by the late civil rights leader’s niece Alveda King. Click here to read and see more of this MLK Day commemoration.


Marine Biology Alum Discovering New Species


An alum of the aquarium science program at Central Campus is now developing new sea life in captivity. Noel Heinsohn is now an aquarist at the Long Island Aquarium in New York. Read more about his recent work at Reef.com.


See Hoover-Roosevelt Basketball Action


Check out photos from Friday night’s basketball double-header between Roosevelt and Hoover high schools. The Roughriders, led by Iowa State University signee Meredith Burkhall, won the girls’ game 50-29 while the Huskies, currently #2 in the Radio Iowa rankings, extended their record to 11-0 with a 52-38 win. See photos on our Flickr page.


Public Radio Reports on Dream2Teach


Iowa Public Radio today featured our Dream2Teach program, an initiative led by Sarai Tillinghast (pictured in the center at left) to encourage minority students to become teachers here in Des Moines. Be sure to catch the story on the IPR web site.

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Stage Becomes a Classroom for Callanan Students

There may be no grander example of partnership between a community’s private sector and its public schools than Des Moines Performing Arts’ APPLAUSE SERIES. APPLAUSE brings world-class performing artists and diverse art forms to DMPA stages throughout the school year for one-hour matinee performances that are tailored to suit school audiences. Each performance connects to … Read more »

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