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Senior Connor Enochs has been a constant presence in the recent success of East baseball.

East’s Enochs Factor in Scarlets’ Success


East High School has competed in the State Baseball Tournament two of the past three years. A constant presence in the recent success of the Scarlets has been senior Connor Enochs. We profile Connor, whose coach says is “the best player I’ve ever coached,” and look at East as they prepare to pursue a State title this week at Principal Park. Click here to read more.

Several DMPS high school baseball players earned All-Conference and All-District honors.

Players Earn District, Conference Honors


Postseason accolades for the cream of the DMPS baseball crop are starting to roll in on the eve of the 2015 State Tournament. Student-athletes from East, Hoover, Lincoln and Roosevelt earned baseball recognitions. The East High Scarlets return to State this year, where they will face Iowa City West on Wednesday in a 7:30 PM quarterfinal game at Principal Park in downtown Des Moines. Click here to read more.

Hillis, Monroe students get a taste of the State Fair during a recent Metro Kids Carnival.

Metro Kids Carnival Celebrates Summer


Students in the Metro Kids summer program at Hillis and Monroe elementary schools got an early sampling of the State Fair this week as the two schools came together for a summer carnival. From cotton candy to dunk tanks, students spent the day enjoying some good, old-fashioned fun. Click here to read and see more about the event.


Roosevelt Senior Honored by Iowa ACLU


Congratulations to Roosevelt senior Glori Dei Filippone (pictured with sign at left) on being named the recipient of the Robert Mannheimer Youth Advocacy Award by the ACLU of Iowa. She was honored for her work in helping to organize a “love rally” last January in response to a protest planned by a national hate group. Hundreds of students celebrated the diversity of the district and community. Click here to read a Des Moines Register profile about Glori and the award.


At the Intersection of Joy and Learning


Students across the district are rounding out their summer school experience with educational and fun fieldtrips like this one to the Science Center of Iowa. From cutting wooden toys in the mini-workshop and building Legos designs, to air pressure rockets and aeronautics, Hillis students explored hands-on exercises and educational games.

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East Scarlets Head to State Baseball Tourney


Congratulations to East on qualifying for the 2015 State High School Baseball Tournament. The Scarlets defeated Johnston 4-1 in the Substate finals and will face Iowa City West in the first round on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 PM at Principal Park. Visit the Iowa High School Athletic Association for more information about the State tournament.


Free Hotline Connects Families with Doctors


Students who have a primary care doctor are healthier. And healthier students learn better at school. So, connecting your family with a doctor and/or dentist is essential. The Polk County Health Department can help. To get free help with insurance, and finding a doctor before school starts, click here.


Smiles Speak to Summer Camp Success


Hundreds of DMPS kids left video games behind and spent their summer learning, giving and playing at middle schools across the city. The summer culminated in an event that kept toes tapping, hands drumming and smiles coming. To read more about the summer camp kids will be talking about well into the school year, click here.


Online Registration Help Available at School


Online registration opened on July 1 and about 4,500 students successfully registered within the first two weeks. Elementary school families with questions or those without access to technology can visit their neighborhood school on July 30, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. for help. To see dates and times middle and high school families can find one-on-one assistance, click here.


Hanawalt Elementary Welcomes New Principal


Des Moines Public Schools is pleased to announce the hiring of Kelly Schofield as the new principal of Hanawalt Elementary School. She replaces Andrew Burg, who left to pursue other opportunities. Schofield hails from Hendersonville, NC, and brings with her more than two-decades of experience as a classroom teacher, adjunct college professor and elementary school principal. Click here to read more about Des Moines’ newest principal.

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For the Record

Senior Connor Enochs: Constant Presence in East’s Baseball Success

Two years ago when the East High Scarlets advanced to the state tournament there was a feeling of having arrived ahead of schedule. The team was loaded with talented juniors, and the disappointment of losing in the state semifinals was tempered by the tantalizing fact that all of the key pieces would return in 2014. … Read more »

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