It was an extra special Family Night as King Elementary School. Iowa State University was on hand to talk about ISU4U, their tuition defrayal program for King and Moulton students. And the Half-Pint Poets made their debut, the next generation of Des Moines’ spoken word artists. Click here to read and see more about a special night at King.
Monday marks the beginning of a week long celebration at Central Campus with the 2015 Student Art Show opening, followed by student tours of the building, a Spring Gala and the always popular 2015 Student Fashion Show. Central Campus is throwing open the doors and inviting the public in to explore! To see your invitation, click here.
Eighth-grader Katherine Currier has been named Iowa’s 2015 Money Smart Kid. Her essay was selected from a statewide pool of 229 essays written by students in grades seven through eleven. As part of winning the financial literacy contest during Money Smart Week, Currier received $1,000 from the Iowa Bankers Association. To read a Business Record article about her, click here.
The Brave Voices of DMPS Students
Last night, in the grandeur of the Temple for Performing Arts and with not an empty seat in the hall, words were spat … snaps were snapped … and votes tallied to determine the six students to represent Des Moines at the Brave New Voices Festival. Congrats to North sophomore Julio Delgadillo on being crowned Grand Slam Champ. Click here to read and see more.
Students used all five senses to take a trip around the world at the 2015 World Language Festival. Colorfully clad dancers, games, crafts, treats and dress up gave students a taste of what is beyond our nation’s borders. The festival focused on encouraging students to study languages in their years with DMPS. For more fun photos of the event, click here.
It’s a busy weekend this week and next as several school district offices are moving to a new location at 2323 Grand Avenue. DMPS purchased the former Iowa Lottery Building last year. The move will enable expansion of the Walnut Street School, which shared a building with the district offices. Click here to read more about the move and get a “sneak peek” of the new DMPS offices.
Congratulations to Judy Pauley of Brody Middle School, James McNear of Roosevelt High School and Schelsy Smith of Findley Elementary School (pictured at left) who were honored today as Educators of the Year by the Rotary Club of Des Moines. Click here to read more about them and enjoy photos from the event.
Howe Elementary School celebrated their diversity with a culture day festival yesterday. Ambassadors from CultureAll presented cultural activities ranging from frozen fish printing to drumming and much more. Visit our Flickr page to enjoy photos from the event and see another example of how DMPS celebrates the diversity of our students, staff and community.
While yesterday was Earth Day, at Des Moines Public Schools every day is proving to be an opportunity to teach and practice conservation and energy efficiency. Click here to read and see more about how students commemorated Earth Day, from the teachings of a unique educational program at Central Campus to speaking out about factory farms to taking to the streets, or sidewalks, to spread messages about the environment.
Dream to Teach Students at DMPS
It was a fun and educational morning at the DMPS administrative offices. Students in the Dream to Teach program spent time “job shadowing” several staff members, asking great questions about the work of a school district. Dream to Teach mentors minority students who have an interest in pursuing careers in education. If this group of students is any example, we look forward to seeing the next generation of educators at work.