District News

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DMPS Marks World Refugee Day


Students from all over the world call Des Moines home, and Des Moines Public Schools their safe haven for education. Iowa’s most diverse school district marks World Refugee Day with a mix of gratitude, pride and commitment. Click here to read a special statement from Board Chair Teree Caldwell-Johnson.

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Cowles Montessori Welcomes New Principal


Cowles Montessori, Iowa’s only public Montessori school, will welcome a new principal this summer. Todd Johnson takes over for Greg Grylls, who will become a DMPS elementary school director. Johnson joined DMPS in 2009 and has served in a variety of leadership roles. Click here to read more about him.

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Meredith Middle School Welcomes New Principal


As current Meredith Middle School principal David Johns prepares to take on a new leadership role within the district, Vice Principal Victor “Kip” Colemon accepts the role of principal, bringing 20+ years of experience to the position. Click here to read more about Colemon’s roots in the district and his plans for the future.

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Students Shine at Musical Theater Awards


It was a touch of Broadway on Monday night as great performances were presented by East, Hoover, Lincoln and Roosevelt students at the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards hosted by Des Moines Performing Arts. Enjoy photos from the event, held in front of a sold-out crowd at the Civic Center, on our Flickr page.

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DMPS Celebrates our Class of 2017 Graduates


Nearly 2,000 members of the Class of 2017 at DMPS received their diplomas at eight ceremonies in late May. We’re pleased to share nearly 400 photos from th commencements of East, Hoover, Lincoln, North, Roosevelt, Ruby Van Meter, Scavo and our Districtwide Programs.

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Roosevelt’s Swanda Player of the Year


Roosevelt High School baseball player John Swanda has committed to play for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, and is also a top prospect in June’s professional baseball draft. It’s no wonder he’s been named the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for Iowa. Read more about a talented athlete (and good student) with some big options ahead of him

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Schools Mark the End of Another Year


From clap outs to talent shows to Amazing Races to family picnics, schools throughout Des Moines marked the end of another year with a variety of celebrations. Our communications team has been running around the district capturing images of end-of-the-year celebrations. See more of their photos on our Flickr page.

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Schools to Perform at Musical Theater Awards


Des Moines Performing Arts will present the fifth annual Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase on Monday, June 5 at 7:00 PM at the Des Moines Civic Center and once again Des Moines Public Schools will be well represented. East, Hoover, Lincoln and Roosevelt have all been nominated for awards. This year’s ceremony is the largest yet, with 60 high schools from across the state. Click here for more.


Grylls, Johns to Begin New District Roles


Two veteran DMPS educators – Gregory Grylls and David Johns – will be joining the school district’s leadership team as directors in the Office of Schools. Their positions are part of the district’s on-going work to improve teaching and learning with better leadership and supervision to support school principals. Click here for more about them and their new roles on the leadership team at DMPS.

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Riders Make Repeat Trip to State Soccer


The Roosevelt High School boys’ soccer team has advanced to the State tournament for the second year in a row. After a rainy and scoreless first half in the Substate final, the Roughriders scored early in the second half and held off Johnston by a result of 1-0. Roosevelt will face West Des Moines Valley on Thursday at 5:15 PM at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines. Enjoy photos from Saturday’s win on our Flickr page.