The Iowa Assessments are underway at schools across the state between now and April 10. At Goodrell Middle School, an assembly was held to help students prepare for their tests this week. Teachers performed skits with lessons on how to prepare, relax and focus. See photos from Goodrell’s assembly on our Flickr page.
Graduation data released by the State shows new highs at Des Moines Public Schools. The Class of 2014 at DMPS had a district-wide graduation rate of 81.68%, an increase of 2.52% over the previous year and the highest level since Iowa began using its current graduation rate formula in 2009. The graduation rate at the district’s five comprehensive high schools alone was 86.58%. Click here for more.
New Menu Item Selected for April
The Central Nutrition Center received great feedback on this month’s selection “Savory Beef Tips with Noodles”. Up next for review on April 16: “Santa Fe Pork on Flatbread”. Thanks to everyone who is participating in the school lunch feedback program. And remember you can see school menus and rate your meal anytime on the DMPS app under the “Dining” icon.
Born in a refugee camp in Tanzania, Kwizera Imani’s story begins half-a-world away from North High. Now a senior, Kwizera shared his story as the keynote speaker at the 2015 Iowa STEM Summit, talking about his experience with AP courses, aviation technology, the robotics team and more. What’s next for Kwizera? Studying aerospace engineering at Iowa State University. Click here to read what he had to say.
More than half of the middle school students from Des Moines Public Schools who qualified for the 2015 State Science and Technology Fair came home with awards for their research projects. Forty-nine students representing seven DMPS middle schools participated in the event, held on Friday at Iowa State University. Click here to see a list of the award winners.
Whether you are a Scarlet, Huskie, Rail, Polar Bear or Roughrider – or will be one soon – we encourage students to take advantage of the many opportunities to participate, compete and succeed. DMPS has expanded our summer sports camp offerings in 2015 for students from elementary through high school. Visit our athletics web site for a complete list a camp offerings along with registration information.
In spite of the debate about when the school year should start, at DMPS we wonder: when does it end? That’s because activities take place at our schools nearly every day of the year. Be sure to visit our Summer Programs web page to learn more about our summer offerings, from Metro Kids to meal programs to new sports camps.
Student-Author Earns National Recognition
Susan Stacy, a senior at Central Academy and Hoover High School (pictured with Prateek Oberoi 0f Hoover and Jenna Pokorny of Roosevelt), has earned national recognition in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2015. She will be recognized at a ceremony at world-famous Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 11. Susan takes creative writing as an independent study course at Central Academy.
Central Campus Fashion Design and Merchandising students took on the task of creating child-friendly costumes from bubble wrap for the annual ChildServe Bubble Ball. The theme this year is children’s animation, and by all accounts students rose to the challenge. Click here to see and read more.
National High School Coach of the Year Jason Negro spoke with DMPS coaches from all five high schools Wednesday night, as well as school-by-school works sessions with coaches at all five high schools throughout the week. It’s one more part of how DMPS is working to raise excellence throughout its athletics and activities. Click here to read and see more.