This paint drying rack now sits in an Edmunds Elementary classroom because of donations made by strangers who felt compelled to help David Borzo’s art students succeed. The website has helped more than 200,000 teachers fund special projects in the classroom. To read more and see what other DMPS teachers need, click here.
The Iowa Department of Education announced that Des Moines Public Schools is one of three Iowa districts awarded grants to boost the literacy skills of students who are English Language Learners. Through the grant DMPS is partnering with the Diocese of Des Moines to pilot a comprehensive language and literacy development framework for students. Click here to read more.
Merrill/Cowles Heads to State Mock Trial
Congrats to the Merrill/Cowles team for advancing, for the 2nd year in a row, to the Middle School Mock Trial State Tournament. The team is coached by Christina Thompson. Members are Chloe O’Connor, Louise Bequeaith, Ellery McAlister, Nyah Noyes, Helena Anderson, Bobby Briggs, Alice Medick, Jane Romp, and Rachel McNerny. The tournament begins November 17 in Des Moines.
A little something for Beggars’ Night and Halloween: a ghoulish flash mob courtesy of students from Harding Middle School. Students in the school’s performing arts troupe put on their best scary faces for a spontaneous performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at Capitol Square. Enjoy photos on our Flickr page.
When the Des Moines Fire Department paid a visit to Harding 6th grader RJ Adams home for a small fire recently he not only paid close attention to their work but then made sure smoke detectors were installed in his home. The DMFD paid a visit to his school today, this time to honor him as an “Honorary Fire Fighter.” Click here to read and see more.
Roosevelt Riders Head to State XC Meet
Good luck to the Roosevelt girls cross country team as they compete for a team title at the 2014 Iowa High School Cross Country Championship. The Riders are led by senior Megan Schott. On the boys’ side, two Roosevelt runners – Evan Haugh and Abdisalan Omar – also qualified individually for the State championship. The meet is this Saturday in Ft. Dodge.
Longtime friend of DMPS, Sen. Tom Harkin visited Brubaker on Wednesday to have a snack with students and talk to 3rd graders about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. Sen. Harkin is an author of the federal Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program, a catalyst for change in the fight against childhood obesity. Read more here.
Gomez, Morticia and the entire Addams clan takes the stage this week as North High School presents “The Addams Family,” a musical comedy, from Thursday, October 30th through Saturday, November 1st. Shows are each evening at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults. Enjoy a preview from a recent dress rehearsal on our Flickr page.
Roosevelt senior Lucia Ruppert (pictured at left) is one of three Iowa students to win the Hoover Presidential Foundation’s Uncommon Student Award, a $5,000 scholarship. Lucia authored and self-published a book to raise money for the American Red Cross. Click here to read more about her project and why she was honored as an “uncommon student.”
The cheerleaders on hand may have represented all five DMPS high schools but the evening was about one thing: East High seniors. Click here to read and see more about a very special Senior Night event as Des Moines came together to celebrate our students, schools and community.