The school district’s Compre-hensive Annual Financial Report was presented at the most recent school board meeting and is now available for download. The latest CAFR again gave DMPS an unqualified opinion, which is the most valuable opinion an organization can receive. To read a summary or download a copy of the CAFR, click here.
A program that gave voice to North and Harding students through poetry and performance is expanding its reach and the voices of students. From a foray into the suburbs to an inaugural performance yesterday at East High, Share the Mic is on the move. Click here to read and see more of last night’s performance at East.
There’s another name to add to the growing list of this year’s award-winning DMPS teachers: Jodi Osthus, a math teacher at Meredith Middle School since 1994, is the latest recipient of the Dr. Robert E. and Phyllis M. Yager Exemplary Teaching Recognition Award bestowed annually by the University of Northern Iowa. Read and see more here.
Eight DMPS students had the opportunity to present their research papers at the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute. From decreasing hunger in Burundi to improving the water supply in Haiti to the international trade policies of China, the students shared research on a range of topics. Read more about them and the event here.
When 163 McCombs’ students were inducted today into the Golden Eagles – the school’s leadership society – WOI-TV stopped by to present a $1,000 “One Classroom at a Time” grant to teacher Steven Fisher, one of the sponsors of the organization, in support of their work. Read more about the event here.
American Promise is a timely documentary film about urban education that raises more questions than it answers. Two free screenings were shown yesterday at the Fleur Cinema and the intermission between them was highlighted by a panel discussion led by DMPS students and administrators. Read and see more about the event here.
Lincoln, East Earn Top Color Guard Marks
Congratulations to Lincoln and East for having two of the top color guards in the state. Both schools earned “I” ratings at the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Contest held on Friday at Wells Fargo Arena. In fact, Lincoln was just a half point away from having the top score at the competition. Click here for more information on the competition.
Governor Terry Branstad stopped by Greenwood Elementary School today to launch a new public awareness campaign by his STEM Advisory Council. While there, the Governor also got a first-hand demonstration of some of the many STEM education projects by Greenwood students. Read and see more about the event on our For the Record blog.
Hanawalt 5th Graders Win DMPS Quiz Bowl
Hanawalt 5th graders Bella Keefe, Noah Anderson, Cecile Lorenzen, Elena Busik and Sebastian Grannes earned first place in the the annual DMPS Quiz Bowl held on Friday, December 6. A special thank you to our Gifted & Talented staff for organizing this event for students from throughout the district.
Roosevelt’s Lily Nellans Sets National Record
Earlier today, the all-time National Forensic League’s points record was broken by Roosevelt senior Lily Nellans! Lily (pictured at the 2013 National Speech & Debate Tournament) set the new national record during the Patriot Games Classic speech and debate tournament at George Mason University. Congratulations to Lily and Roosevelt coach Harry Strong.