A crowd of nearly 600 were on hand last night at the Science Center of Iowa for the 8th annual DMPS Science Fair. Middle and high school students presented 202 different research projects (up from 189 the year before), whose topics were as diverse as the students themselves. Top finishers go on to the State science fair later this spring in Ames. To read and see more, including results, click here.
DMPS Art Exhibit Opens Thursday, February 18
The annual DMPS Art Exhibit opens Thursday, February 18 with a reception starting at 5:30 PM in the atrium of Capitol Square. Students, families, teachers and friends are invited to attend. Art works by hundreds of students at all grade levels and from all schools in Des Moines will be on display. The exhibit will be on display until March 1. The Capitol Square atrium is open daily from 5:30 AM to 8:30 PM.
Central Campus Cafe Sets Spring Dates
The Central Campus Café and its award-winning student chefs will again share their creations when the café opens this spring on March 31, April 8, 14 and 21, and May 5, 6 and 12 in the state-of-the-art kitchens and multipurpose room at Central Campus. To get on a list to receive menus and reservation links, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln High School was so excited about their namesake’s birthday that they celebrated a day early. A Lincoln impersonator stopped by school Thursday for the 2nd annual “Selfies with Abe.” Theodore Roosevelt may have said “speak softly and carry a big stick,” but Honest Abe told students to get out their selfie sticks. Check out our Flickr page for some awesome photos.
HR Presents to Council of Great City Schools
Dr. Anne Sullivan, Sheila Mason and Maureen Taylor were invited to present on recruiting strategies to the Council of Great City Schools. Highlights of their presentation included university partnerships, student-centered “grow your own teacher” programs, the annual Educator Fair, collaboration with Batelle for Kids, teacher-leadership pipelines, incentives, addressing licensing challenges, and data driven hiring practices.
Swimmers from East, Lincoln and Roosevelt qualified to compete in eight different events at the Iowa High School Boys’ State Swimming Meet. The State Meet gets underway at 12:30 PM this Saturday at the YMCA-YWCA in Marshalltown. For a list of DMPS student-athletes who qualified, and which event they will compete in, click here.
A survivor of the Holocaust of Nazi Germany, Marion Blumenthal Lazan has written books, made documentaries and travelled the world to make sure people, especially the young, never forget. Today she made what was her fourth trip over the years to Goodrell Middle School, sharing her story and message of hope with students and teachers. Click here to read and see more.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a global nonprofit organization that operates with one guiding principle: hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge. For the past four years, Lincoln High School has been an AVID school, and today they hosted a national showcase on how the program has contributed to student success. Click here to read and see more.
Des Moines Public Schools is pleased to announce that Peter LeBlanc will be the next principal at Goodrell Middle School, one of the district’s International Baccalaureate World Schools. LeBlanc is well known in the DMPS community. He served as principal of King Elementary School since 2011, where he saw an increase in overall enrollment and English Language Learner students and led efforts that increased attendance and achievement. Click here to read more.
Students in the criminal justice program at Central Campus are back on the case as they begin a new investigation of a mock crime scene. The latest is a triple homicide at the district’s aviation technology facility. Involving not only criminal justice students but also their peers in aviation, broadcasting and film, and biotechnology, it’s a unique hands-on lesson for future law enforcement officers. Click here to read and see more.