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Brody Proves They Bleed Cardinal Red


The mascot at Brody Middle School is the cardinal, and on Wednesday several staff members and parents showed they bled their school colors. They participated in an after-school blood drive hosted by the LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa. Click here to read more.

On November 20 at 2:30, DMPS will be conducting a test of

DMPS Tests Message Systems


The safety, security and well-being of our students and staff is always a top priority. That’s why DMPS tested our automated message system Thursday afternoon. At approximately 2 p.m., a test message was sent to parents/guardians in one of five ways: Telephone, Text message, Email, Infinite Campus mobile app, and/or Infinite Campus parent portal. Click here to learn more.

Thanks to the Iowa Air National Guard, students in the Central Campus aviation technology program got an opportunity to get a first-hand look at the Scorpion experimental attack jet.

Aviation Students Check Out Experimental Jet


It’s been a high-flying week for the district’s aviation program. Tuesday night the program’s new facility was cleared for takeoff by the School Board. On Wednesday students were invited over for an up close look at the one-of-a-kind Scorpion aircraft by their neighbors at the Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing. Click here to read and see more.


Megan Schott to Run for Iowa State Cyclones


Another day, another Des Moines Public Schools student signs a National Letter of Intent! Congratulations to Roosevelt High School senior and 2014 state cross country champion Megan Schott on signing to run for Iowa State University.


Registration Opens for 2015 Educator Fair


DMPS is set to hire 200+ new teachers, nurses and associates for the 2015-2016 school year. DMPS is Iowa’s largest provider of K-12 education, offering students, families and staff the most and best choices in education. The Educator Career Fair will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. Participants can pre-register here.

The Merrill/Cowles mock trial team finished 9th at this year's state championship.

Merrill/Cowles in Top 10 at State Mock Trial


Congratulations to the Merrill/Cowles Mock Trial team, which finished 9th at the 2014 Middle School Mock Trial State Championship held this week in Des Moines. In addition to a top 10 finish, team member Louise Bequeaith was named one of the outstanding, all-state attorneys at the competition. Click here to read more.


Mizzou Tigers Gain North High Standout


North High School senior swimming standout Moriah Ross signed a letter of intent this afternoon to swim for the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. In the photo, the 17-year-old future Tiger poses with her family after putting pen to paper. Congratulations, Moriah!  Go Tigers!


DMPS Dining Adds New Pizza to Menu


Our culinary staff at the DMPS Food and Nutrition Center is constantly looking for ways to make school lunch healthier… and more delicious! In the photo, Executive Chef Chad Taylor shows off the district’s newest offering, Philly beef pizza. Students in middle school and high school will try it first on Wednesday.


Student-Musicians Head to All-State This Week


Congratulations to maestros representing Lincoln, North and Roosevelt high schools accepted into the All-State orchestra, band and chorus. For Roosevelt violinist Vaughan Hommerding, this is the fourth year in a row to be selected for this statewide musical honor. The All-State Music Festival gets underway this week at Iowa State University. Click here for a list of DMPS students chosen to perform.


Two of Iowa’s PAEMST Finalists at DMPS


For the third year in a row, two of Iowa’s finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are from DMPS. Molly Sweeney and Jessica Watson – both teachers at the Downtown School – are among seven Iowa teachers nominated for the nation’s top science and math educator award. Click here to learn more about them.

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Brody Proves They Bleed Cardinal Red

The business was blood on Wednesday afternoon at Brody Middle School, and business was good. When students dismissed there was a bloodmobile parked in the school parking lot, one of seven mobile units operated by LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa. Once things were set up inside there was a steady flow you’d have to say … Read more »

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