District News


Back-to-School Health Fair this Saturday


East High will again be the site of the Jumpstart Back-to-School Health Fair, held this year on Saturday, July 26 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Sponsored by the Polk County Health Department and Des Moines University, the event offers free physicals and other health services for students in grades K-12. Click here for more details.


Sneak Peek of the Taylor Education Center


Construction is wrapping up at the Jesse Franklin Taylor Education Center. Des Moines Public Schools’ newest facility will house preschool classrooms as well as a new home for the district’s middle school alternative program. The building will open for the start of the 2014-15 school year. Click here for a sneak peek of the facility as construction nears the end.


No Cost Meal Program Expanded


Students at 35 Des Moines schools and three learning centers can now eat breakfast and lunch at no cost because of a special U.S. Dept. of Agriculture program targeting high poverty schools throughout the U.S. The move will ensure students are focused on learning and not on hunger. To see a list of schools and learn more about the program, click here.


Home Field Overhaul Raises Hope at North


North High School will start the next baseball season on more stable ground. A Major League Baseball grant will pay for irrigation and major reconstruction of their field. The anticipated result has the players and their new coach excited about the future of the program. Click here to read more.

Tech Camp Lt. Gov.

STEM Tech Camp ‘Intense’ Success


DMPS Tech Camp students show off what they’ve learned to special guest Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. The culminating event wrapped up an intense week of study involving 3D printers, drones and computer programming at Central Campus.   Click here to see and read more about the growing program.

Hoyt Cultural Event

‘Awesome’ Cultural Summer Inspires


Since June 9, hundreds of DMPS students have been on a world tour without ever leaving the district thanks to a new summer program that’s made believers out of the pleasantly surprised student-tourists. Click here to read more, see more photos and a video of Hoyt Middle School’s fun, summer adventure.


Pledge to Support Young Men of Color


Sixty of the nation’s largest public school districts, including Des Moines Public Schools, pledged to improve the academic and social outcomes of boys and young men of color. The pledge was announced today by the Council of the Great City Schools at a White House event with President Obama and attended by Superintendent Ahart. Click here to read more.

Callanan Food Donation

Callanan Summer School Students Donate Food


Callanan Middle School students collected 155 pounds of food over six weeks this summer as part of their 21st CCLC service learning program.   Last week, they visited the Food Bank of Iowa and dropped off their donation.  They toured the bank and learned about where their food will go next. Click here to see more photos.

Rider Cyclersar

Roosevelt Riders Take On RAGBRAI


On Sunday, 18 Roosevelt High School Rider Cyclers saddled up for RAGBRAI to pedal from the Missouri to the Mississippi. The group started a few years ago with two members and now more than a dozen students train on the Urban Loop and the Great Western Trail. Good luck to Team Roosevelt High School!  Click here to read more about the team.

First Day of School 2014-2015

2014-2015 School Year Begins


At three Des Moines Public Schools, bells rang, books were cracked and lunch was served.  Capitol View Elementary, River Woods Elementary and Moulton Extended Learning Center are continuous calendar schools, meaning they are open year round with longer breaks throughout the year.  Click here to see more of the first day of the 2014-2015 school year.

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For the Record

Home Field Overhaul Raises Hope at North

It’s been a long summer for the North High baseball team. Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Ottumwa Bulldogs was the latest case in point. But these are not the Bad News (Polar) Bears. There are signs that a turnaround is underway, even if they aren’t yet to be found on the scoreboard. … Read more »

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