District News

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Aviation Grads Earn Degree, License


Another mini-graduation happened Thursday evening on the way to the main events over the weekend. With the district’s aircraft fleet as a backdrop, for the very first time students in the Central Campus Aviation Program were presented with both an Associate’s degree as well as an Airframe and Powerplant license. The program was established in 1943. Read and see more here.

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Students Paint Phase Two of Flood Wall Mural


Students in the Urban Leadership Program at Central Campus helped graffiti artists Asphate and Leter paint phase two of the flood wall mural near Fleur Drive yesterday. Asphate and Leter hope to complete the finishing touches within a few weeks. Visit our Flickr page to see more of the students’ art work.

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A Catawampus Day at Capitol View Elementary


Things were catawampus today at Capitol View Elementary School, as in “not lined up or not arranged correctly; askew, awry.” Most schools have an end-of-the-year Field Day, but at Capitol View it’s a Catawampus Day as students and staff put a unique twist on the day. Read and see more of Capitol View marking the (almost) end of another school year.

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Commencement Commences at DMPS


Commencement week has commenced at DMPS as the first official members of the Class of 2017 were presented with their diplomas at a graduation ceremony for our Districtwide Programs on Wednesday afternoon. Read and see more about the first 15 diploma recipients of more than 2,000 who will receive their high school diplomas from DMPS this week.

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Amusement Park Lesson at Studebaker


Studebaker Elementary School students built a miniature amusement today, complete with roller coasters and the ominous sounding “Wheel of Death” (OK, it’s a ferris wheel, but a big one). Check out photos of this fun exercise showing off their STEM engineering skills and understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Students run in Oak Park 5K.

Oak Park Elementary Celebrates 125 Years


One of the district’s oldest schools, Oak Park Elementary, serving the Oak Park and Highland Park neighborhoods, celebrated 125 years this school year. Among the events, a first annual neighborhood 5K and a cultural event celebrating the continuing evolution of a diverse school population. Click here to see more photos.

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Half Pint Poets: Wisdom Knows No Age


From racism to crime to politics to love, words of wisdom were shared by students from Capitol View, Findley, Garton, Hillis, King, Morris and Stowe elementary schools at the Half Pint school vs. school poetry slam. A performance to be remembered were shared by these young spoken word artists from the stage of the Central Campus auditorium. And congrats to the crew from Hillis for earning the coveted Golden Boom Box. Click here to see more.

A retiree smiles at a luncheon.

Retirees Celebrate the Start of a New Chapter


Retiring DMPS teachers and staff hugged and shared memories at a luncheon this week. Many of them will bid goodbye after decades of service, and their collective impact on hundreds of thousands of DMPS students will continue to be felt for decades to come. Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement! Click here to enjoy photos of the event.

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Students Compete at State Track Meet


Student-athletes from East, Hoover, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt high schools competed in 31 different events at the 2017 State Track and Field Championship, held May 18-20 at Drake Stadium. We’ve captured lots of photos of DMPS students in action from the first two days of competition. Visit our Flickr page to enjoy the images.

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Hiatt Students Serve School, Neighborhood


The creed for the United States Postal Service notes that “neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” will prevent them from getting the job done. The same could apply to the annual Service Day at Hiatt Middle School. On a day when the temperature was cooler than normal and a light drizzle interrupted a light rain, these middle schoolers went about their rounds of improvements at their school and in the neighborhood. Read and see more here.