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Hoover students wasted no time in applying to college as part of Iowa's College Application Week campaign.

Hoover Hosts College Application Kick-Off


Hoover High students wasted no time in filling at college applications as their school hosted the kick-off of the College Application Month campaign. On hand was Governor Terry Branstad, who signed a proclamation to launch the effort aimed at getting more Iowa students preparing for higher education. Click here to read and see more.


Author Shares Stories of Journeys to Iowa


Zakery’s Bridge: Children’s Journeys From Around The World To Iowa isn’t a primer on the global makeup of DMPS, but it could be as students from nearly 90 countries attend our schools. Author Kay Fenton Smith shared her book about immigrant students at Meredith Middle School this week. Click here to read more about this learning experience.



Hanawalt Students Help Governor Branstad


Hanawalt Elementary Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts were at the Capitol for the Governor’s weekly press conference. The Governor and Lt. Governor were joined by the Iowa Parks Foundation and the Green Ribbon Commission to present a pilot project focused on a 100 year strategy for Iowa parks.


Toys Reach ELL Students at Moulton Elementary


Moulton Elementary School 3rd grade student and English Language Learner Luis Gonzalez-Sanchez tries his hand at maneuvering a Wayang Golek (wooden doll puppet) from West Java. He’s one of many Moulton ELL students exploring the cultures of the world through play.


Dream to Teach Seeks Students, Mentors


Dream to Teach student candidates are meeting their mentor teachers and embarking on a journey that will hopefully lead them, full-circle, back here to a teaching career at DMPS. There are still openings for students who are interested in pursuing teaching degrees. To learn more, click here.


Look Out Bad Guys. Super Heroes at East.


We like to think of our teachers and students as super heroes. At East High School yesterday they even dressed the part. To celebrate their Homecoming festivities, students and teachers came to school dressed as their favorite super hero or cartoon character. Enjoy photos of these Scarlet characters on our Flickr page.


DMPS, Gallup Partner on the 2014 Student Poll


For the second year in a row, DMPS is excited to take part in the Gallup Student Poll. Gallup is one of the preeminent public opinion organizations in the world, and DMPS is pleased to continue this partnership to learn more about the hope, engagement, and well-being of our students. Click here to read more about this important opportunity for students.

Scott Carlson (l), president of Iowa Restaurant Association, presents the 2014 ProStart Educator of Excellence Award to Elaine Wolf.

Central Chef Honored for Legacy


Central Campus chef emeritus Elaine Wolf was presented with the 2014 ProStart Educator of Excellent Award by the Iowa Restaurant Association. The award recognizes Wolf’s success at building Central’s culinary arts programs into one of the best in the nation, and honors the legacy she leaves behind at the school. Click here to read more.

Park Avenue Pie

PTA Fundraisers Often a Sweet Success


Park Avenue Elementary Principal Dianna Anderson and three of her teachers volunteered to be hit in the face with pie for a Parent Teacher Association fundraiser. PTAs at many of the district’s 60 schools raise thousands of dollars annually for special projects in our schools and classrooms. To see more Park Avenue fun, click here.


What’s for Lunch? Ask the DMPS Mobile App


You can now find out what’s for breakfast and lunch at every school on every day of the year. You can even find out nutritional information. Just visit the Dining section on the new DMPS Mobile App. If you don’t yet have the app, Click here to download it for Apple or Android and learn more about its many features.

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Hoover Hosts Kick-Off of College Application Month

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad knows more than a little about applying for acceptance. He’s doing it again this fall as he stands for reelection. But this morning he was at Hoover High School issuing a proclamation about applications of a not altogether different sort. October is College Application Month in Iowa as designated by the … Read more »

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