District News


DMPS Readies for Climate, Culture Summit


It’s been a busy summer for Jake Troja, the Director of School Climate Transformation at DMPS, as he’s been preparing for what will be an unprecedented meeting of minds in a district bent on becoming the model for urban education in the nation. DMPS is hosting nearly 1,200 at the inaugural Summit on School Climate and Culture, August 8-9 in Des Moines. Click here for more about the unique educational event.

Two people exploring for fossils in a cave.

Award-Winning Teacher and Fossil Hunter


During the school year, Kacia Cain is an award-winning science teacher at Central Campus. During the summer, she becomes a fossil hunter, working with paleontologists on a dig at the Natural Trap Cave in north central Wyoming. The Billings Gazette profiles her time away from the classroom and in the cave. Click here to read the paper’s story about Ms. Cain.

A student works on a robotics project at Tech Camp.

Tech Camp Preps Students for IT Work


Tech Journey is a weeklong joint venture between DMPS and volunteers from the local IT community designed to provide an intense and advanced but fun STEM opportunity for students traditionally under-represented in technology careers. First year campers get their feet wet with audio and video editing. Years two and three proceed to concepts like robotics and 3D gaming and camp seniors are free to pursue independent study projects. Click here for more about Tech Camp.

Girl doing school work at a computer.

Six “Schools for Rigor” Ready to Launch


Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our students and staff, DMPS continues to become the nation’s model for urban education. An exciting new phase of this journey is about to begin: Schools for Rigor, where students, teachers and principals experience the demanding teaching and learning required by the Iowa Core. Six schools will pilot this program starting next month. Click here to read more about this new initiative.

Roosevelt baseball team poses with State qualifier banner.

Roosevelt Riders Headed to State Baseball


Congratulations to the Roosevelt Roughriders baseball team! The Riders beat #3 Southeast Polk 10-1 Wednesday night to become Substate champs and are headed to the State high school baseball tournament. Roosevelt will face Urbandale next Wednesday, July 27 at 7:30 PM at Principal Park. Click here for more information about the State tournament.

Two elementary school girls eat lunch together.

Free, Reduced Price Meals Info Released


The Iowa Department of Education and Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services has provided DMPS with its free and reduced price meal policy. Please read about income eligibility here, and be sure to fill out the online application, if you qualify.

Roosevelt and Lincoln high schools playing baseball

Riders Take on Hawks in Substate Semifinals


The Roosevelt Rough Riders came back to top the Lincoln Railsplitters for a 2-1 victory last week. See photos here. Next, the Riders (#2) play the Ankeny Hawks (#4) in the substate semifinals at Roosevelt High School tonight at 5 p.m. Please find parking in the lots at Roosevelt and on the street. The Hubble Elementary School turnaround is being used by Metro Kids Care.

Rapper Will Keeps poses with Harding teachers

Register: Music Video Features Harding


Musician Will Keeps recorded his latest video, “Greatness” at Harding Middle School this month with the help of students and staff. Keeps explains the video, and principal Joy Linquist weighs in with how the video’s message is inspiring her students in this Des Moines Register article.


DMU Offers Free Physicals July 21-22


Our partners at Des Moines University are offering free physicals exams July 21-22. The exams are open to students entering Pre-K through 12th Grade who need back-to-school or sports physicals and don’t have an established medical provider. DMU will conduct the physicals at North High School. Click here for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Student Rebecca Osthus in front of Roosevelt High School

Roosevelt High Senior RUNS a 5K Race


It’s one thing to lace up your shoes and run in a 5K event. It’s another thing entirely to admini-stratively run one, especially if you’re a teenager prepping for your senior year of high school. But that’s what Roosevelt High School’s Rebecca Osthus is doing this summer. Click here to read about her project that supports Polk County 4-H.

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DMPS Prepares for Summit on School Climate & Culture

Why go to the time and trouble to go to the mountains, Jake Troja wondered, when we can get the mountains to come to us? Good question, it turns out. And they are coming for the inaugural Des Moines Public Schools Summit on School Climate and Culture on August 8 & 9 at the Iowa … Read more »

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