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Penguin pride on display at the Perkins back-to-school parade.

Penguins on Parade at Perkins School


When Danny Koss became principal at Perkins Elementary School, a new tradition began to mark and celebrate the start of each new school year. Now in its fourth year, these “Penguins on parade” share school pride and good old-fashioned fun with their neighbor-hood. Click here to read and see more about how Perkins starts the new year.


DMPS Honored for Best Social Media Presence


Des Moines Public Schools is among the winners at the 1st annual #Hashie Awards, sponsored by the Des Moines Social Media Club. DMPS was honored for having the Best Social Media Presence at the inaugural event. Thanks to everyone who follows and engages with the district on social media. Click here to read more.

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WEB Turns Nerves into Smiles at Weeks


High-fives and butt balloon popping were among the tension-busting activities at Weeks Middle School this morning. WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) is a program that supports a positive learning environment and school climate by harnessing the power of 8th grade students to guide and mentor entering 6th grade students. Click here to see more.


DMPS-TV is Now in High-Definition


Thanks to our partnership with Mediacom Cable, DMPS-TV – the cable television station for Des Moines – is now in high-definition. If you have a HD-ready TV tune into channel 12.1 and if you have a HD cable box go to channel 812. And click here to see our new DMPS-TV public service announcement. Happy viewing.


Photos from the First Day of School


A little rain, lightning and thunder (and, in some cases, lack of power) didn’t get in the way of a good start to a new school year, including Oak Park principal Chris Fee (pictured at left) welcoming people to school. Thanks to our students, staff and parents for your good work and support. We’ve posted some photos of the first day on our Flickr page.


Stormy Weather Won’t Dampen a New Year


For today, Louisa May Alcott’s quote can also apply to math, reading, science, art and everything else getting underway at our schools throughout Des Moines. Best wishes to all of our students, teachers, staff and families for a great 2014-15 school year!


Extended Power Outages at Two Schools


Due to an extended power outage, parents of students Jefferson and Lovejoy elementary schools have been notified that they may pick up their children starting at 11:30 today. Students were provided lunch, and may remain at school until today’s normal dismissal time if necessary. Metro Kids is cancelled at these two schools for today.


Drivers: Make It a Safe First Day of School


Tomorrow is an exciting day as 30,000 students return to school. But a reminder that also means a change in traffic as students walk, pedal or drive to school; parents drop off their children; crossing guards are back at many inter-sections and crosswalks; and 100 yellow buses are on the streets. Please do your part to make a safe first day and every day of school.


Super Heroes Join Back to School Fun at Jackson


Lots of schools throughout Des Moines held back-to-school events yesterday. At Jackson Elementary School, super heroes joined the fun as students and parents met teachers and toured classrooms. Enjoy photos on our Flickr page.


All-State Honors for DMPS Ballplayers


Congrats to East High’s Malique Ziegler (pictured at left) on being named to the All-State “Super Team” by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association. And a shout out to East’s Connor Enochs and Robert Hansen and Lincoln’s Blake Mahoney on making the Class 4A First Team, as well as Lincoln’s Mason Downing on being picked for the Class 4A Second Team.

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Penguins on Parade as Perkins Celebrates a New School Year

Okay, the title March of the Penguins is already taken by the academy award-winning documentary film that is so named, but still… Perkins Elementary School started an annual parade to celebrate the start of each new school year when Principal Dan Koss arrived four years ago. It’s a great mood-setter that Koss came up with … Read more »

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