District News

Students vote in mock election.

Middle School Mocks Model Democracy


Two weeks out from the Nov. 8 election, DMPS middle school students took part in the nation’s largest student mock election. They learned the ins and outs of (positive) campaigning, about the electoral college and had the opportunity to cast a ballot for their favorite candidates. Click here to read more about their experience.

DMPS Board Chair welcomes Afghan ambassador

Afghan Ambassador To U.S. Visits DMPS


DMPS students come from all over the world, and so do visitors to the district. Today, Central Campus and Central Academy welcomed Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib. The former war refugee met with DMPS Board members, staff and students. Click here to learn more about the 33 year-old diplomat and his message.

School bus with seatbelts.

School Bus with Seatbelts Joins Fleet


The district introduced its first bus with seatbelts to the school bus fleet this morning.  The bus is part of a study in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education. The bus will serve students who attend McCombs, Findley, Cattell, Monroe, Callanan, Central Campus, Hiatt, Hoover, Meredith, Oak Park and Madison. Click here to read more about the two buses the district will be testing.

Findley student calculates college costs.

Piggybanks & Pasta Highlight Workshop


Findley Elementary students and parents spent their Tuesday evening learning about how and where to find money for college. The event, cosponsored by the I Have a Dream Foundation and Iowa Student Loan, also helped families focus on why it’s important to start saving for college now.  Click here to read more about how Findley students are already ahead of the curve.

Bird's eye view of a choir.

Lincoln, North, Roosevelt to All-State


Student-musicians from Lincoln, North and Roosevelt high schools will be represented at this year’s All-State Music Festival. Auditions were held at six regional sites around the state last weekend by the Iowa High School Music Association. The students will participate in the annual All-State Music Festival at Iowa State University on November 17-19. IPTV will broadcast their concert beginning on Thanksgiving Day. Click here for a list of the student-musicians from DMPS.

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Central Campus Café Opens Thursday


The award-winning Central Campus Café opens for select dates this season beginning Thursday in the school’s multi-purpose room. This week’s menu features Crème du Barry, Spinach Salad, Fried Onion-Breaded Chicken Sandwich, Meat Loaf and two yummy dessert choices! To learn more and make a reservation, click here.

Students fix boat trailer.

Students Help Club with Soccer Goals


Central Campus Welding and Auto Collision students are helping the Northwest Soccer Club with their goals, in more ways than one. The club has no field house. So, students are reconstructing an old boat trailer for use by the club to transport aluminum soccer goals from field to field throughout the Fall and Spring soccer seasons.

Members of the East High rugby team

East Wins State Girls Rugby Championship


Congratulations to East High School’s rugby team on winning the 2016 State Girls Championship this weekend. The Scarlets defeated top-seeded Valley 21-14 to bring home the title. East senior Patience Murray was also named the tournament MVP! For more information about the championship, visit the Iowa Youth Rugby Association web site.

Jodi Grant, Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance

How Staying After School Benefits Students


Jodi Grant, Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance, visited Cattell Elementary School for a first-hand look at after school programming at DMPS. Click here to read about how staying after school has gone from being punishment years ago to being a benefit for parents but also a way to enrich the educational experience for students.

High school cross country runners

Roosevelt’s Prentice Heads to State XC


Thursday was the last day of the season for most cross country runners as State Cross Country Qualifying Meets were held across Iowa. Distance runners from East, Hoover, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt competed on the DMACC campus in Ankeny. Congratulations to Roosevelt sophomore Harry Prentice (pictured at left as he nears the finish line), who qualified for State for the second year in a row. See photos from the meet on our Flickr page.