District News


North Students Wow Register Columnist


Des Moines Register columnist Daniel Finney dropped by a journalism class at North High School recently to talk with students (pictured at left), and came away more than a little impressed. As he writes in today’s paper, teacher “Jennifer Dryden’s journalism classroom is chocked full of inspiration.” Click here to read his entire column.


Kindergarten Sign-Up Begins March 11


The first day of Kindergarten 2015-2016 will be here before you know it! It’s an exciting time for staff and students, but it all starts with registration. Sign-up begins on March 11. Register soon to guarantee a spot in your neighborhood school. To find out where to register and what to bring, click here.


Hoover Huskies Head to State Tournament


Congratulations to the #3 Hoover Huskies on beating #5 Ankeny Centennial in the Substate final 56-33 and heading to next week’s Iowa State High School Boys’ Basketball Tournament! The Huskies will face Ames in their first round game on Wednesday, March 11 at 8:15 PM at Wells Fargo Arena. For more State Tournament details, visit the Iowa High School Athletic Association.


McCombs Students Learn About STEM Careers


McCombs Middle School students received hands-on learning at nearly a dozen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Presentations at the 2nd Annual STEM Career Day ranged from biodiesel to dietetics to microbiology. STEM is a big focus in Des Moines Public Schools as career fields expand. To see photos of the event, click here.

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Pi Beta Phi Gives Books to Findley, Perkins


Thanks to members of Pi Beta Phi sorority for holding a service event at Perkins Elementary School on Friday, providing each student with two free books to take home. Pi Beta Phi also donated nearly 1,000 books to Findley Elementary School as part of their work to promote reading. Enjoy photos from the reading event at Perkins on our Flickr page.

Northside Night 2014

Northside Tradition Continues This Week


Northside elementary schools Findley, Oak Park, Cattell and Madison will join with choirs from Harding Middle School and North High School to present an evening of inspirational music this Thursday night beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the North High School Auditorium. To read more about this display of Northside pride, click here.

Sweet Potato and Egg Bake is a new menu item being introduced in hot breakfast schools during National School Breakfast Week.

DMPS Celebrates Breakfast March 2-6


The 2015 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Make the Grade with School Breakfast” reminds everyone  that a healthy school breakfast sets up students for a day of learning and academic success. Our staff and students will celebrate with activities, food tastings and visits from Power Panther. To read more about it, click here.


Board Picks Blake for District 2 Seat


In a special meeting this evening, the Des Moines School Board picked Nathan Blake to fill its District 2 seat. Blake will be officially sworn into office on Tuesday, March 3 and serve until the September election. The vacancy was created earlier this month by the resignation of Toussaint Cheatom. Blake is currently an assistant attorney general for the State of Iowa. Click here to read more.

Artist Chris Vance is working with Oak Park students to create murals for their school.

Oak Park Alum Back as Artist-in Residence


It’s been a big week for the arts at Oak Park Elementary School. First, Tony Award winning actor John Lloyd Young spent a day working with students and teachers through the Turnaround Arts program. And now artist (and Oak Park alum) Chris Vance is working with students to develop murals to permanently display at their school. Click here to read and see more.


At 90, Gloria Bumpus Still Making Her Shots


How did the oldest employee at DMPS celebrate her 90th birthday today? By shooting hoops, of course! Congratulations to Gloria Bumpus on her special day, and thanks for her great work and dedication to students in the Metro Kids program at Hubbell Elementary School. Visit our Flickr page to enjoy photos of Gloria’s party this morning at Hubbell complete with cakes, balloons and basketball.

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For the Record

Northside Tradition Continues This Week

A Northside tradition set to continue the first week of March. Four-hundred voices will join in song for the second annual Northside Night Vocal Music Concert. Elementary school choirs from Findley, Oak Park, Cattell and Madison will join with choirs from Harding Middle School and North High School to present an evening of inspirational music. Northside … Read more »

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