President Obama announced the latest recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching this morning, and among the honorees is Central Academy math teacher Brian Reece. He is the 11th DMPS educator to earn this prestigious award since it was created in 1983. Click here to read more about the latest in a string of national honors and recognitions received this year at Des Moines Public Schools.
The late, great ballplayer Ernie Banks favorite expression was “Let’s play two.” He would have really liked last night as it was a double double-header with the East Scarlets hosting the Hoover Huskies for two baseball and two softball games. Hoover picked up both baseball games (5-0 & 10-9) while East won the softball games (10-6 & 8-1). We’ve posted lots of photos on our Flickr page.
A reminder for individuals who wish to run for a seat on the Des Moines School Board that nominating petitions may be filed with the school district between July 6 and July 30. A total of four seats will be on the ballot in 2015 (three 4-year terms and one 2-year term). Election day is Tuesday, September 8. Click here for more information about the upcoming School Board election.
Yesterday, students in the 21st Century Community Learning Center summer program at Hoyt Middle School held a bake sale to raise funds for Meals from the Heartland. It was one of a variety of arts, culture, STEM, sports and service learning activities 21CCLC provides during the summer to students at eight middle schools throughout Des Moines. Click here to read and see more.
Registering for school is about to get easier AND quicker. Online registration for the 2015-16 school year begins July 1. If you already have a student attending DMPS, you will receive a personalized registration link through Infinite Campus. If you are new to DMPS, be sure to contact our Welcome Center. Click here for more information about the new online registration process.
The Iowa State Fair is synonymous with summer, including contributing to the lessons taught in our Summer ELL program. Even the sculptor of the world famous Butter Cow took part in a recent ELL class as students enjoyed a unique learning experience in both the English language and the culture of Iowa. Click here to read and see more about a recent ELL summer class at Meredith/Hoover schools.
Congratulations to Mone Aye, a bilingual community outreach worker at DMPS, who is one of ten people named a World Refugee Day Champion of Change by the White House. Mone is also co-founder of Ethnic Minority of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC), a grassroots organization working to meet the needs of Iowa’s growing population of refugees from Burma. Click here to read more about her honor.
Due to flooding, there will be no summer meals at Crivaro Park, S.E. 14th and Railroad until further notice. Please join us at one of our other 32 locations throughout Des Moines, listed here. The free summer meal program is a joint effort by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Des Moines Public Schools.
Students from Central Campus are helping researchers at Des Moines University study the brain. The Spring 2015 issue of DMU Magazine features a story about how DMPS high schoolers are working with professor Muhammad Spocter in his graduate-level neuroanatomy class and assisting with his canine brain studies. Click here to read more about another exciting STEM opportunity for DMPS students.
The district’s Urban Arts coordinators – Emily Lang and Kris Rollins – as well as two alumni – Anthony San and Jordan Wright – were profiled by The Des Moines Register as among six creative people who are shaking things up in Des Moines. Click here to read the Register’s story. (Photo credit: Christine Her/Des Moines Register)