District News


150 CCLC Students Showcase Talent


The first annual Des Moines 21st Century Community Learning Centers Makers Convention featured nearly 300 students from 9 schools, who presented their work with food, robotics, photography, music and everything in between. Visit our Flickr page to see more photos of the event.  


Lincoln High Stages “Footloose” the Musical


The thespians at Lincoln High School are staging “Footloose” this week, with performances at 7:00 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets for the musical are $10. Want a preview? Check out photos on our Flickr page from a recent dress rehearsal.

The 4x100 relay was one of five events the Roosevelt Roughriders won at the 2013 Drake Relays.

Student-Athletes in 21 Events at Drake Relays


Student-athletes from all five DMPS high schools have qualified to compete in 21 different track and field events at this week’s 2014 Drake Relays (up from 18 in 2013 and 17 in 2012). High school events begin on Thursday and continue through Saturday at Drake Stadium. For a list of qualifiers and a link to additional Drake Relays information, click here.


Cowles Students Study Environment


Cowles Montessori students spent the day learning about the environment and their impact on the world around them. The day featured classes on water conservation, animal rescue and beekeeping among dozens of others.  To see photos of the students looking at insects and asking good questions about birds, click here.


Kindergarten Musical Features Farmers


At Downtown School, Mrs. Wheeler’s kindergarten students dressed up to hoedown!  The musical featured farmers, worms and everything you want to know about los pollitos.  The students have been learning about animals and life on the farm.  To see more fun photos of the day, click here.


East League of Legends Club Wants You


The East High School League of Legends Club wants you! The club is opening its doors to other students in the Des Moines area for its upcoming LAN party on May 17. Interested? Click here to check out the club’s video on YouTube and then contact teacher Nick Lenk for all the details.

Roger Hudson was honored for a half-century of service to DMPS.

End of an Era as Roger Hudson Retires


Roger Hudson’s half-century of service to Des Moines Public Schools – starting in 1965 as the district’s controller and then as administrator of the Des Moines Teachers Retirement System – is coming to an end. Click here to read more about Roger’s dedication to DMPS and the celebration of his well-earned retirement.

Panther Pride Chorus - Pleasant Hill Elementary

Panther Pride Chorus Sings National Anthem


Hats were off and hands were over hearts as the Pleasant Hill Elementary Panther Pride Chorus sang the National Anthem at the I-Cubs game at Principal Park. The chorus meets once a week under the direction of Scott Wiederstein. He said it’s great for students to have an opportunity to share their music. Click here to see more photos.


2014-04-17 Downtown School Grant Recipient

Downtown School Receives PTO Grant


Downtown School’s PTO has received a $5,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Des Moines.  The money will be used for new library furniture.  RCDM members often read to Downtown School students and donate books weekly to the library in honor of their keynote speakers.



Office Move Increases Downtown Classrooms


DMPS has made an offer of $1.6 million to purchase the current headquarters of the Iowa Lottery, located at 2323 Grand Avenue, to serve as the administrative offices for the school district. The move will allow DMPS to meet growing interest in educational choices in downtown Des Moines. Click here to read more about how this move benefits DMPS.

District Calendar


For the Record

Wednesday is ACT Exam Day at Des Moines Public Schools

ACT Day: it’s becoming an annual tradition at Des Moines Public Schools as the day when hundreds of high school juniors take – free of charge – the ACT college entrance exam. This is the seventh year DMPS has been offering the ACT exam to all juniors. Last year, a record number 1,732 juniors, or close … Read more »

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