District News


DMPS Flickr Page Passes 5 Million Views


The DMPS Flickr page went over the 5 million view mark today. Our online photo library has 12,762 images and counting. If a picture is worth a thousand words, and the average novel is 50,000 words, that’s equal to 255 volumes about our schools. But enough words and numbers: take a look at our Flickr page to see for yourself the great work of our teachers and students.

Superintendent Tom Ahart and Principal Barb Adams with Findley student at a Principal Charity Classic event at Wakonda.

Findley a Big Winner Thanks to Golf Tourney


Superintendent Tom Ahart and Principal Barb Adams along with a dozen Findley Elementary students were special guests today at the Wakonda Club, where they were presented with a $100,000 donation from the Principal Charity Classic. The funds will support the school’s new Dreamer Academy. Click here to read and see more about this special event.


Vote: Perking Up the Perkins Playground


In honor of its 75th anniversary, Wellmark is giving back to the communities they serve by awarding $7,500 to ten projects that will improve community health. One of those projects is “Perking Up the Perkins Playground.” Show your support for Perkins, and learn more about the project, by clicking here. One vote allowed per day between now and September 7.

Volunteers leave East High fired up for the Graduation Walk.

Volunteers Knock Doors for Student Success


The 6th annual Graduation Walk was held on Saturday, and it was the largest one ever as more than 340 volunteers knocked on over 1,250 doors to encourage and support dropouts and under-credited students to complete high school and earn their diploma. Click here to read more about this community event.


Practice Makes Perfect: CIML Kicks Off 8/29


The East Scarlets and Hoover Huskies met up for a practice scrimmage Saturday morning at Williams Stadium. See some photos on our Flickr page. The CIML high school football season kicks off on Friday, August 29. Visit the DMPS Athletics web site for a schedule of all high school sporting events.

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.

Weeks WEB

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.

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Findley a Big Winner Thanks to Principal Charity Classic

The Wakonda Club on the south side of Des Moines is only about six miles from Findley Elementary School on the north side. But really the two are worlds apart. Aren’t they? Wakonda is a bastion of the well-heeled. Most of Findley’s students live in poverty. Besides education they get free breakfast and lunch at … Read more »

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