District News


Teen Summit Addresses Issues Key to Students


The district’s Urban Leadership program has spun off its annual Teen Summit, leading to similar events at each of the district’s home high schools. Roosevelt hosted its own on-campus version all day Friday, featuring a student-driven agenda of town hall discussions and creative workshops on topics of particular interest to teenagers. Click here to read and see more about the ideas students are raising to improve their education.

Roosevelt's Briyana Carter, pictured at last year's State track meet, posted a meet record in the 100m at the Jim Duncan Invitational earlier this year, held on the same track as the Drake Relays.

Roosevelt’s Carter Grabs Relays Title, Record


Congratulations to Roosevelt High School’s Briyana Carter on winning the 100m title on Friday at the Drake Relays. The Roughriders’ sprinter also tied Relays record with her win. Click here to read the Des Moines Register’s report on the race.

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Central Campus Prepares for Block Party


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.

A Half-Pint Poet steps to the mic at King's Family Night.

King School: Half-Pint Poets. Full-Size Hearts.


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.


Goodrell’s Katherine Currier Knows Money


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 Celebrate Cultural Expression


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.

A new sign is installed in front of the DMPS district offices at 2323 Grand Avenue.

DMPS On The Move to New Offices


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.

Judy Pauley of Brody Middle School, James McNear of Roosevelt High School and Schelsy Smith of Findley Elementary School were honored as Educators of the Year by the Rotary Club of Des Moines.

Rotary Club Honors Top DMPS Teachers


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 Celebrates Diversity at Culture Day


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.

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For the Record

Roosevelt Students Focus on Key Issues at Teen Summit

The two-year old Urban Leadership program at Central Campus has spun off an annual Teen Summit that happens in January at the downtown Des Moines Social Club. That event, in turn, is already leading to spinoffs at the district’s home high schools. Roosevelt hosted its own on-campus version all day on Friday featuring a student-driven … Read more »

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