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A DMPS 5th grader volunteers to caddy for PGA professional Tom Pernice, Jr.

From the First Tee to the 18th Green


More than 250 students from Cowles, Howe, Stowe and Studebaker were at the Wakonda Club today, taking part in media day for the Principal Charity Classic. The four schools participate in The First Tee, a program that teaches golf as well as life lessons. Students got a clinic from PGA pro Tom Pernice, Jr. and took turns caddying for him. Click here to read and see more.


Paris? Milan? Manhattan? Central Campus!


When it comes to fashion, the runways of Paris or Milan or New York City had nothing on Des Moines this week. The ever-popular Central Campus Fashion Show was a beautiful production of light, video, sound and fantastic clothing. Hundreds of people turned out to see what our talented students created. Congratulations to the production and design students and the teachers and staff who supported them. Click here to enjoy photos of the show.


DMPS To Offer Online Registration in July


Beginning July 1, DMPS will offer online registration for new families and families currently within the district. The move makes registration more convenient for parents and streamlines the district’s records keeping process. To learn more about online registration and find answers to frequently asked questions, click here.


Hundreds Attend Hoyt Comic Book Night


Hundreds of students and family members got together at Hoyt Middle School for Comic Book Night. From good food to comic books, games, caricature drawings, face painting and more, the event was a celebration of the school year and a promotion of literacy efforts. Plus, it coincides with Saturday’s National Free Comic Book Day (thanks to local comic book stores and artists who took part in the event). Click here to enjoy photos from Hoyt.


Rotary Club Awards Student Scholarships


Congratulations to Katelynn Cox (East), Hannah Marks (Roosevelt), Esperanza Vargas Macias (North), Faith Gaye (Hoover), Bailey Swackhamer (Scavo) and Andre Flatt (Lincoln) for being awarded $8,000 scholarships from The Rotary Club of Des Moines Foundation. Click here to see photos of today’s event at the Wakonda Club.


Spring is in Full Swing at Moulton


Moulton Extended Learning Center students are making the most of a beautiful week, planting an early Spring vegetable garden, cleaning up the schoolyard and the neighborhood, and composting, using waste generated by students during lunchtime. Thanks to our FoodCorps members for helping arrange the events.


Planetarium Visits Callanan Middle School


You can go to the planetarium… or have the planetarium come to you! Callanan Middle School was visited by the Planetarium Dome Theater. Organizers set up shop in the auditorium and 8th grade science students lined up for a lesson about the galaxy inside what looks like a large, gray, inflatable igloo. To see more photos, click here.


Artist, Students Create Mural for Oak Park


Chris Vance is an alumnus of Oak Park (along with Harding and North). He’s also an artist whose popularity is growing with his bright murals that bridge the gap between graffiti and cartoon. Vance has been working with the class of Oak Park teacher Sarah Skidmore to create a mural for the Turnaround Arts school. Des Moines’ newest public artwork is being installed today and will be officially presented at Oak Park’s Fine Arts Night on May 7. Click here to see more.


Big Crowds Celebrate Central at Open House


From robotic surgery demonstrations to hands-on lessons about jelly fish to making your own pizza, it was a big night of both fun and learning at the 3rd annual Central Campus Open House. Thanks to everyone who came out and made the event a big success. Enjoy photos of all of the activities on our Flickr page.


New Principal Named at Harding Middle School


DMPS is pleased to announce that Joy Linquist will be joining the school district as principal of Warren G. Harding Middle School, one of the district’s newest Turnaround Arts schools, starting in July. She replaces Maureen Taylor, who is becoming the district’s Human Resources Manager for Certified Staff. Click here to read more about our newest principal.

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For the Record

From First Tee to 18th Green: Students Learn Golf, Life

“This is the second year DMPS has partnered with First Tee,” said Carley Satterwhite, the PE Curriculum Coordinator for the district back in December when some oversized plastic golf equipment was delivered and tested at Howe Elementary. The First Tee is a national youth development organization that teaches life skills and healthy habits through the … Read more »

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