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Students in the new criminal justice program at Central Campus are getting a hands-on lesson with the investigation of a mock homicide.

Season Premiere of CSI: Central Campus


Students in the new criminal justice program at Central Campus are getting a hands-on lesson with the investigation of a mock homicide. It’s part of a year-long initiative for students to learn about the fundamentals of investigations, forensics, and even DNA. This is the first year for the program at Central. Click here to read and see more of a unique lesson for future crime solvers.


It Was National Walk to School Day


Today was National Walk to School Day. The student body at Hubbell took a stroll around the big block encompassing their school and Roosevelt; Greenwood students paraded around the neighborhood in matching t-shirts; and McCombs students were decked out in pink on their walk to also commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Enjoy photos from today on our Flickr page.

A members of the Des Moines  during a dress rehearsal for Columbinus.

Student Actors Examine Teenage Issues


The library at East High School will serve as a theater for several days this month as the Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre present “Columbinus,” a play that uses the 1999 tragedy at Columbine High School as a way to examine issues facing teenagers. Several DMPS students are a part of the play’s cast and crew. Click here to read more about this special production and see photos from a recent dress rehearsal.


Tutoring Sign Up for Title I Students


Students who attend a Title I school in Des Moines may be eligible for tutoring services at no cost to their family. In order to be eligible students must attend one of the 28 Title I schools in Des Moines and meet low income guidelines. To learn more and to register, simply click here.

Dream to Teach students gather at Grand View for a workshop.

Students Dream to Teach at Grand View


Dream to Teach partner Grand View University opened the doors of its new student center earlier this month to DMPS students interested in pursuing a career in education. The students heard from current Grand View education students, and current educators about the realities of being a college student and teaching in the real world. To read more about the workshop, click here.

Carver Elementary students enjoy some well-earned rest and a snack after harvesting produce from their school garden.

Students Celebrate Good Nutrition in October


From our school gardens to our lunchroom menus, Des Moines Public Schools students are celebrating good nutrition during Farm to School Month in October and National School Lunch Week, October 12-16. Growing and harvesting produce is just the beginning. To read more about how our learning extends beyond the classroom, click here.


RVM Vikings Hold Homecoming Parade


It was a beautiful day for Ruby Van Meter’s Homecoming Parade this afternoon.  The Roosevelt drumline provided the beat, and Za-Ga-Zig Shriners provided the wheels for the Vikings participants. Enjoy photos of this special event on our Flickr page.


Powder Puff, Toilet Paper and Homecoming


A little powder puff football and a lot of toilet paper … just part of the Homecoming festivities at Lincoln High School. The Rails’ junior and senior girls began the evening with their annual powder puff football game. The seniors won 19-0, but then the celebration moved to the school’s front lawn for some TPing. In a pep rally spirit, seniors chanted “2016-2016-2016!” with a natural response by the juniors of “2017-2017-2017!” See photos of the fun on our Flickr page. Good luck to the Rails against Sioux City West!

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Interview: Turnaround Arts at DMPS


While this was a big week for a couple of our Turnaround Arts schools, the fact is it’s been a big couple of years as DMPS has been an early leader in this new, national arts education initiative. STEAMed Magazine, a publication about science, technology, engineering, math AND arts education, recently interviewed Sarah Dougherty, the Turnaround Arts director at DMPS, about what the program means at several schools and how arts education is growing in the district. Click here to read the interview.


What’s in a Name? DMPS Namesakes & Mascots


From eight schools named after U.S. Presidents to a zoo full of mascots representing Huskies, Tigers, Wildcats, Eagles and more, the names and mascots of DMPS schools are a menagerie of characters and creatures. Our staff writer Mike Wellman cataloged both the variety and similarity of the symbols of schools throughout the district. Click here to read more.

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For the Record

It’s the Season Premiere of CSI: Central Campus

“An anonymous call came in at 0330 hours. The caller was male and reported a dead body under the overpass behind Central Campus. The deceased is a white male. There’s a lot of blood, he said. Then he hung up.” That’s how Criminal Justice instructor Greg Gourd (“Tech Gourd”) greeted his class this morning in … Read more »

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