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DMPS@108: A Day in the Life


On May 21, 1907 the Des Moines Independent Community School School District came into existence. It was on this date 108 years ago that voters approved the consolidation of what were then known as the East Des Moines and West Des Moines school districts. On May 21, 2015 our communications director, Phil Roeder, commemorated the event by taking a series of “day in the life” photographs of DMPS, and sharing 108 of those images from throughout yesterday. Click here to see more.


Students Weigh-In On Bakken Pipeline


In a culture where everyone seems to have an opinion on everything, more than 100 Brody Middle School students studying the Bakken Pipeline proposal learn the value of an informed opinion, and how to communicate that opinion appropriately to decision-makers in the community.  To read and see more, click here.


Imani, Martinez: Two Exceptional Graduates


The Des Moines Register featured eight exceptional seniors from the metro who are about to graduate. While we are proud of our hundreds of exceptional grads, this morning’s paper did feature two DMPS students: Kwizera Imani of North and Luis Martinez of Lincoln. Kwizera is heading to Iowa State University next school year to major in aerospace engineering while Luis is going to Harvey Mudd College  to study physics and mathematics. Click here to read more.


Perkins Carnival Raises Funds for School


With activities ranging from face painting to Plinko to duct taping, the annual Perkins Carnival was held last Friday at Perkins Elementary School. The event is organized by the school’s PTA, and funds raised this year will be used for improvements to the school grounds. See photos from the festivities on our Flickr page.


Staff Honored for Work on New Time System


At DMPS, a major effort led by our business and finance staff is leading the district into the future. Doing in six months what takes most organizations 2-3 years to complete, staff completed the implementation of a new employee time system, replacing one that was outdated and unchanged for years. For their work, including making software upgrades and improvements, the developer NOVAtime honored our staff with their SuperUser award. Click here to read more.

5 days + 8 events + 1,600 graduates = Class of 2015!

5 Days. 8 Events. 1600 Graduates. Class of ’15!


5 days + 8 ceremonies + 1,600 graduates = the Class of 2015! We are counting the days – make that hours – until what may be the best events of the school year: high school commencements. Click here for a reminder about the date, time and location for all eight DMPS graduation ceremonies.


DMPS Middle Schools Stellar Award Winners


Friday night, 150 DMPS middle school students were recognized at the 2015 Stellar Awards.  The awards ranged from Community Service to Perseverance to Perfect Attendance. The Weeks jazz band and spoken-word poet Devante Witherspoon (Goodrell) provided entertainment. Thanks to our sponsors, students arrived in stretch limousines. To see and read more, click here.


Graduation Rate: A Community Achievement


In case you missed it, Superintendent Tom Ahart and Mary Sellers, president of United Way of Central Iowa, wrote in this morning’s The Des Moines Register about the graduation rate increase at Des Moines Public Schools (up 9 percent in just six years!), and how it represents great work by our students and teachers as well as an achievement of the entire community. Click here to read their guest editorial


Students Qualify in 26 Events at State Track


Congratulations to DMPS students representing East, Hoover, Lincoln and Roosevelt who have qualified for the 2015 Iowa High School Track & Field Championship. DMPS will be represented in 26 different events. The State Track & Field Championship is held Thursday, May 21 through Saturday, May 23 at Drake Stadium. Click here for a list of State meet qualifiers from Des Moines high schools.

From planting gardens to painting murals to removing, Service Day at Hiatt Middle School was all about improving the school and neighborhood.

Hiatt: Learn to Serve and Serve to Learn


From planting gardens to painting murals to removing, Service Day at Hiatt Middle School was all about improving the school and neighborhood. Working with Viva East Bank, Hiatt’s effort is a great example of how schools are good neighbors in supporting the community and teaching young people the importance of giving back. Click here to read and see more about a big day at Hiatt and on the east side.

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For the Record

Students Weigh-In On Bakken Pipeline Controversy

By now the Iowa Utilities Board may be wondering what hit it. Wednesday at Brody Middle School a cross-curricular project that’s been several weeks in the making culminated with more than 100 7th graders submitting letters to the IUB online. They were weighing in with their suggestions, opinions and recommendations about the proposed Bakken Pipeline project that … Read more »

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