District News


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.


Community Education Registration Open


Smart people know education never really ends. In that spirit, Des Moines Public Schools offers community education classes all year long. Registration is now underway for Fall classes. This year DMPS is offering more than 260 classes on 180 different subjects from bookmaking to online marketing to ballroom dancing.  Click here to learn more.


AmeriCorps’ Summer of Service at DMPS


This summer, 60 AmeriCorp members worked at 20 schools throughout Des Moines, working on projects ranging from tree planting to math tutoring. Click here to read more about how AmeriCorps serves schools at DMPS and, if you are interested, how you can apply to be a part of their future initiatives.


DMPS Now Fits in the Palm of Your Hand


The new DMPS mobile app is designed to provide up-to-date and helpful information about the school district and our schools right in the palm of your hand. Now you can connect with every school in Des Moines from anywhere and everywhere. Click here to learn more about the app and download to your Apple or Android smartphone.


Read the Back-to-School DMPS Community Report

The back-to-school edition of the DMPS Community Report is available here. Our latest newsletter recaps highlights of summer activities throughout the school district, introduces you to new district and school administrators, includes information about the upcoming school year (including the calendar), and highlights the new DMPS mobile app.

Magazine Features DMPS Students First Program


Congratulations to our operations and facilities staff for more national recognition of their great work. DMPS and our Students First school renovation program is featured in the current issue of Building Operating Management magazine as one of the nation’s top facility management initiatives. Click here to see what they wrote about DMPS.

District Calendar


For the Record

AmeriCorps Members Wrap Up Summer of Service to DMPS

So close to the start of a new year the emphasis is understandably on preparation. But summer’s waning days are also the occasion for closure in some areas. Friday afternoon the district’s summer contingent of AmeriCorps volunteers gathered to tie up administrative loose ends, compare notes, share some cake and, in many cases, recommit. AmeriCorps … Read more »

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