District News

Summer programs provide a diverse mix of experiences, including a bake sale fundraiser for Meals from the Heartland.

21CCLC Summer Programs Thrive at DMPS


Yesterday, students in the 21st Century Community Learning Center summer program at Hoyt Middle School held a bake sale to raise funds for Meals from the Heartland. It was one of a variety of arts, culture, STEM, sports and service learning activities 21CCLC provides during the summer to students at eight middle schools throughout Des Moines. Click here to read and see more.


Online Registration for 2015-16 Begins July 1


Registering for school is about to get easier AND quicker. Online registration for the 2015-16 school year begins July 1. If you already have a student attending DMPS, you will  receive a personalized registration link through Infinite Campus. If you are new to DMPS, be sure to contact our Welcome Center. Click here for more information about the new online registration process.

The Iowa State Fair is synonymous with summer, including contributing to the lessons taught in our Summer ELL program.

ELL Students Continue Growth in Summer


The Iowa State Fair is synonymous with summer, including contributing to the lessons taught in our Summer ELL program. Even the sculptor of the world famous Butter Cow took part in a recent ELL class as students enjoyed a unique learning experience in both the English language and the culture of Iowa. Click here to read and see more about a recent ELL summer class at Meredith/Hoover schools.


White House Honors DMPS Outreach Worker


Congratulations to Mone Aye, a bilingual community outreach worker at DMPS, who is one of ten people named a World Refugee Day Champion of Change by the White House. Mone is also co-founder of Ethnic Minority of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC), a grassroots organization working to meet the needs of Iowa’s growing population of refugees from Burma. Click here to read more about her honor.

Summer Meals

Flooding Closes One Summer Meals Location


Due to flooding, there will be no summer meals at Crivaro Park, S.E. 14th and Railroad until further notice.  Please join us at one of our other 32 locations throughout Des Moines, listed here. The free summer meal program is a joint effort by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Des Moines Public Schools.

Assistant Professor Muhammad Spocter teaches graduate-level neuroanatomy concepts to high school students who in turn help further his research.

High Schoolers Help Advance Brain Research


Students from Central Campus are helping researchers at Des Moines University study the brain. The Spring 2015 issue of DMU Magazine features a story about how DMPS high schoolers are working with professor Muhammad Spocter in his graduate-level neuroanatomy class and assisting with his canine brain studies. Click here to read more about another exciting STEM opportunity for DMPS students.


See Who From DMPS is Shaking Things Up


The district’s Urban Arts coordinators – Emily Lang and Kris Rollins – as well as two alumni – Anthony San and Jordan Wright – were profiled by The Des Moines Register as among six creative people who are shaking things up in Des Moines. Click here to read the Register’s story. (Photo credit: Christine Her/Des Moines Register)


Learn How Boards Make a Difference


Interested in this year’s School Board election? Considering a campaign for the School Board in the future? Or just curious about how a School Board can make a difference for student success? The Des Moines School Board is hosting a workshop on Saturday, July 11 to share information and answer questions about their work. Click here for more details about the event and to register to attend.

Mary McFetridge will dine with the First Lady and visit the White House kitchen garden in July.

D.C. Praises Cowles’ Mary McFetridge


Mary McFetridge, 11, will dine with First Lady Michelle Obama and tour the White House kitchen garden next month, along with 54 other winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.  Mary’s recipe was selected from thousands of entries.  To see what makes Mary’s meal so healthy, tasty and affordable, click here.


Teachers Become Authors to Help Kids


Two DMPS elementary school teachers collaborated with university professors to write a math book aimed at increasing student achievement in the early years of school. Jennifer Johnson (Jefferson, 1st grade) and Molly Sweeney (Downtown, 9/10-year-olds) aim to change the way teachers look at math in the classroom. To read more about why, click here.

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For the Record

Summer Programs Offer Variety of Learning and Activities

Hoyt Middle School 7th grader to be Alaina Stensrud was at school on Tuesday and she couldn’t have been happier. She was among friends in the district’s robust summer program at one of nine 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Besides Hoyt, program sites – all middle schools – include Callanan, Goodrell, Harding, Hiatt, Meredith, McCombs and Weeks. … Read more »

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