Congratulations to DMPS Director of Food & Nutrition Management Sandy Huisman, who was named Director of the Year by the School Nutrition Association of Iowa. Huisman has led initiatives ranging from Breakfast in the Classroom to community open houses to integrating more diverse menu options. Click here to read about her well-deserved recognition.
Des Moines Public Schools is looking for part-time employees in the areas of child care, food service and transportation. Please plan to attend a July 7 job fair, where supervisors from each department will be conducting on-site interviews. For more information about the positions available, click here.
Gifted and advanced learners took crash courses in STEAM last week, or science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. While 3-5 graders were at Central Academy working on the full range of subjects, middle schoolers spent the week at Lincoln RAILS where they selected from a variety of art “majors” and “minors.” Read and see more from the performance students hosted to end the session on Friday.
For three hours every morning for the past two weeks, middle school musicians have been practicing their instruments during the DMPS Summer Honor Band Camp at Roosevelt High School. With a primary, intermediate and an advanced band, every band camp musician will perform in the final concert tonight in Roosevelt’s auditorium. See photos from this year’s camp on our Flickr page.
Earlier this year, after hearing a story about the endangered black rhinoceros, four Walnut Street School students took it upon themselves to support the pair in captivity at Blank Park Zoo. The quartet of girls were the guests of the zoo today for a behind-the-scenes look at the rhinos as well as to help with feeding time for the giraffes. Click here for more about their work and today’s visit to the zoo.
The communications staff at DMPS (pictured at left) has earned multiple awards from the National School Public Relations Association for its communications and marketing work. DMPS earned 11 awards, its most ever, including top honors for five projects. The district also received a Golden Achievement Award for educational and communications projects around Iowa’s presidential caucus. Click here to read and see more of our prize-winning work.
An orchestra camp has returned to the lineup of summer activities at DMPS, joining the long-time band camp (now in its 24th year) in providing an escape and a learning opportunity for budding musicians. We stopped by the camp, being held at North High, to see and hear the work underway. Click here to read and see more of the orchestra summer camp.
Roosevelt’s Thompson 3rd at National Debate
Congratulations to Jacob Thompson of Roosevelt High School on finishing third in the extemporaneous speaking category at the National Speech & Debate Tournament. Students from East, Lincoln and Roosevelt qualified for the national event, which was held last week in Salt Lake City.
DMPS kicked off a grassroots campaign today about the importance of reading, part of the Read to Succeed initiative announced last month with United Way and Everybody Wins Iowa. With a goal of reaching 10,000 doors, the effort raises awareness about the importance of reading and how everyone can help students be at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. Click here to read and see more.
Join us this summer in helping every student read to succeed. Volunteers will be going door-to-door between June 18 and July 2 to inform parents and grandparents, friends and neighbors how they can help every student become a good reader. Click here to learn more about why this is important and fill out our online volunteer form to be a part of this community effort.