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Watch National Journal Town Hall LIVE


The National Journal, along with DMPS and United Way of Central Iowa, are hosting “The Next America: Population 2043″ town hall meeting today at Drake University. The forum looks at the nation’s changing demographics and what that means for education in Des Moines. Click here to watch the event live beginning at 9:30 AM.


Read the Latest DMPS Community Report


The October/November 2014 edition of the DMPS Community Report, our bimonthly newsletter, is now available online by clicking here. Our latest edition features reports on our record number of AP Scholars, big additions to technology in our elementary classrooms, expansion of middle school extracurricular activities, and much more.

Attend the NEW East High Senior Night on Thursday, October 23 at Williams Stadium beginning at 5:40 PM.

East Forfeit Changed to “No Contest” by IHSAA


The Iowa High School Athletic Association has informed Des Moines Public Schools that the forfeit forced upon the East Scarlets football team in their game last Friday against Ames High School is now a “no contest.” The game will not be considered a “win” for Ames or a “loss” for East on their records. Click here to read more.


Meet DMPS Students on National Journal Panel


Nosa Ali is from Sudan. Brenda Vasquez’s family emigrated from El Salvador. While their origins are different, their paths have brought them to Des Moines Public Schools. On Wednesday, they will serve as panelists on the National Journal’s “The Next America: Population 2043″ town hall meeting. Click here to meet Nosa and Brenda, and learn more about the event.


Show Support for East Scarlets at Senior Night


East Senior Night is now Thursday, October 23 at Williams Stadium. Come honor 66 seniors for their participation. Football players and cheerleaders will be honored at 5:40 and students in cross country, boys golf, band, color guard and steppers at half time of the 10th grade football game. Don’t let a wrong decision by the IHSAA get in the way of celebrating a great group of students; pack Williams Stadium.


East High Scarlets Forced to Forfeit


The East High School Scarlets have been forced to forfeit Friday night’s game because of unsubstantiated internet rumors about safety at the school. The only other options given by the IHSAA were to play in a couple of hours in Ames, or at Williams Stadium during daylight hours on Saturday. Click here for more.


DMPS XC Runners Compete at CIML Meet


Runners from DMPS high schools competed at the CIML cross country championship on Thursday. Congratulations to the Roosevelt girls on winning the team title and to Roughriders Megan Schott and Evan Haugh on winning the girls and boys individual crowns. See photos of the meet on our Flickr page.

Dr. Khush, the 1996 World Food Prize laureate, speaks with students in the Hoover STEM Academy.

Hoover Welcomes World Food Prize Laureate


Students at Hoover High School had a very special “substitute teacher” as Dr. Gurdev Khush, the 1996 World Food Prize laureate, paid a visit. He spoke to a group of science students and visited Hoover’s highly-acclaimed STEM Academy. Click here to read and see more about this unique learning opportunity.


Findley Students Get College Savings Accounts


Findley Elementary School students are thinking beyond high school. Every student now knows the year they will graduate — from college. The I Have A Dream Foundation gave each student a college savings account and will have special opportunities for families to earn dollars to fill them up. To read and see more, click here.


New Addition at Merrill Nears Completion


Renovations at Merrill Middle School are mostly complete, giving Spanish language teachers and students permanent space and making the building more secure and handicap accessible. It also means an opportunity for more students to attend the International Baccalaureate World School. To see and read more, click here.

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Watch the National Journal’s Town Hall Meeting LIVE

The National Journal, a DC-based magazine covering policy and politics in Washington and beyond, is doing a series called The Next America: Population 2043, about issues relating to the nation’s changing demographics. Des Moines is “ground zero” for part of the series, looking at how the population is changing in our community and what it means, … Read more »

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