District News


76 Trombones and More Take to the Field


Each of the district’s marching bands – North, East, Roosevelt and Lincoln – took the field on Monday for an event that was part workshop and part festival. Judges were present to watch the routines and offer feedback. Gone were the fancy uniforms with the plumed hats and shiny spats. First you polish the footwork; then you polish the shoes and the brass. Click here to read more.


Academic Profile Reports Student Growth


First published last year, the District Academic Achievement Profile is an annual publication from DMPS that provides, under one cover, a review of a variety of assessment tools used during the previous school year on the growth being made by students at all grade levels. Click here to view a copy of the Fall 2014 edition.


Board Meets Tonight


The School Board holds a regular business meeting tonight at 6:00 PM at Central Campus. Items on the agenda include plans for the new aviation center, a monitoring report on student achievement, and the election of officers for 2014-15. Click here to download a copy of the agenda.


Fresh Talent Takes the Field Tonight


It’s time for the annual Des Moines Public Schools Middle School Football Jamboree. It’s your first look at a fresh crop of talent as they take to the gridiron to engage in decades-old rivalries. Don’t miss your chance to scope out the next rising star as the teams battle it out tonight at East High School’s Williams Stadium starting at 5 p.m.


Jesse Franklin Taylor Education Center Opens


The second new school in as many years, the Jesse Franklin Taylor Education Center, was dedicated on Saturday, honoring its namesake, longtime and celebrated neighborhood leader, Jesse Taylor. The new school will have preschool and middle school classrooms. For a video tour, click here. To see more photos of the opening, click here.

Ken Eaton Brody Dedication

Ceremony Honors Beloved Brody Teacher


Ken Eaton, a beloved speech/drama teacher at Brody Middle School for twenty years until his life was taken in a savage hate crime in 1988, was remembered in a ceremony in the school’s auditorium. Eaton’s daughter, Jennifer Eaton-Bertagnolli, established a foundation and made a donation in her father’s memory. To read more, click here.

Madison dancing with dad

Elementary School Boogie Draws A Crowd


Students celebrated the new school year by painting their own jumbo tiger mascot, eating lots of pizza and dancing to music in the gym. Hundreds of people gathered at Madison Elementary School for the annual Boogie on the Blacktop, which was moved inside because of rain. To see more photos, click here.

AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary

AmeriCorps Celebrates 20 Years


Every year, nearly 100 people show up in Des Moines schools and help students grow and achieve more and enrich their school experience. Thanks to the dedicated AmeriCorps members who will serve DMPS students this year and Happy 20th Anniversary, AmeriCorps! For photos of the anniversary gathering, click here.

Members of the Roosevelt High School band perform at a tribute to the bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner.

Riders Mark 200 Years of Rockets’ Red Glare


On September 14, 1814 Francis Scott Key penned the Star Spangled Banner. On Friday, the band and chorus at Roosevelt High School led the student body in a stirring tribute to the bicentennial of the national anthem. Click here to read more about the special event put on by the Roughriders.

north high school anthem

North High Choir Celebrates Anthem


Friday morning, the North High School Choir stood around the intercom microphone and sang The Star Spangled Banner for the entire school. It’s a gorgeous sound you won’t want to miss. Happy 200th birthday to our national anthem.  To hear the choir sing, click here.

District Calendar


For the Record

76 Trombones and More Take to the Field

It was hard to get a precise count but there were at least 76 trombones, etc. for yesterday’s inaugural Des Moines Public Schools Marching Band Festival at North High’s Grubb Stadium. Each of the district’s high school bands – North, East, Roosevelt and Lincoln – took the field in its turn for what really was … Read more »

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