District News


“Selfies with Abe” Marks Lincoln’s Birthday


Lincoln High School was so excited about their namesake’s birthday that they celebrated a day early. A Lincoln impersonator stopped by school Thursday for the 2nd annual “Selfies with Abe.” Theodore Roosevelt may have said “speak softly and carry a big stick,” but Honest Abe told students to get out their selfie sticks. Check out our Flickr page for some awesome photos.


HR Presents to Council of Great City Schools


Dr. Anne Sullivan, Sheila Mason and Maureen Taylor were invited to present on recruiting strategies to the Council of Great City Schools. Highlights of their presentation included university partnerships, student-centered “grow your own teacher” programs, the annual Educator Fair, collaboration with Batelle for Kids, teacher-leadership pipelines, incentives, addressing licensing challenges, and data driven hiring practices.

DMPS student-athletes will be competing at the 2015 Boys' State Swim Meet on Saturday, February 14 in Marshalltown.

East, Lincoln, Roosevelt Head to State Swimming


Swimmers from East, Lincoln and Roosevelt qualified to compete in eight different events at the Iowa High School Boys’ State Swimming Meet. The State Meet gets underway at 12:30 PM this Saturday at the YMCA-YWCA in Marshalltown. For a list of DMPS student-athletes who qualified, and which event they will compete in, click here.

Holocaust survivor hugs a student after her presentation at Goodrell Middle School.

Holocaust Survivor Shares Story at Goodrell


A survivor of the Holocaust of Nazi Germany, Marion Blumenthal Lazan has written books, made documentaries and travelled the world to make sure people, especially the young, never forget. Today she made what was her fourth trip over the years to Goodrell Middle School, sharing her story and message of hope with students and teachers. Click here to read and see more.

Lincoln High School was selected as the host site of a National AVID Showcase Day.

Lincoln Hosts National AVID Showcase


AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a global nonprofit organization that operates with one guiding principle: hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge. For the past four years, Lincoln High School has been an AVID school, and today they hosted a national showcase on how the program has contributed to student success. Click here to read and see more.

King Elementary principal Peter LeBlanc will be the new principal at Goodrell Middle School beginning July 1.

King’s LeBlanc Named Goodrell Principal


Des Moines Public Schools is pleased to announce that Peter LeBlanc will be the next principal at Goodrell Middle School, one of the district’s International Baccalaureate World Schools. LeBlanc is well known in the DMPS community. He served as principal of King Elementary School since 2011, where he saw an increase in overall enrollment and English Language Learner students and led efforts that increased attendance and achievement. Click here to read more.

The district's new aviation technology facility was the crime scene for the Central Campus criminal justice class.

Central “Crime Wave” Continues for Class


Students in the criminal justice program at Central Campus are back on the case as they begin a new investigation of a mock crime scene. The latest is a triple homicide at the district’s aviation technology facility. Involving not only criminal justice students but also their peers in aviation, broadcasting and film, and biotechnology, it’s a unique hands-on lesson for future law enforcement officers. Click here to read and see more.


North’s Schwendau: AP Teacher of the Year


The College Board has named Jean Schwendau, an Advanced Placement biology at North High School, 2016 AP Teacher of the Year. She was selected for the honor from the College Board’s 13 state Midwestern region. As the nomination of her notes: “All students deserve an opportunity to rigorous coursework, and all students deserve a teacher like Jean.” Click here to read more about why she’s being honored for her great work at DMPS.


Iowa Energy Team Up with Meredith Huskies


Meredith 8th graders will attend tomorrow’s Iowa Energy Education Celebration game at Wells Fargo Arena. The outing is a tie-in with Meredith’s student behavioral theme of Celebrate What’s Right. A goodwill delegation from the Energy, an NBA D-League franchise came to Meredith for a shoot-around in the gym followed by some community outreach where they posed for selfies with students and autographed posters. Click here to see photos.

East High English teacher Kortny Williamson (center) at the first session of ATC teachers earlier this year.

School Begins for ATC Teachers at DMPS


The Alternative Teaching Contract offered by Des Moines Public Schools is attracting national attention and rightly so. Designed to attract and retain promising teachers for urban schools, it includes a one-of-a-kind, tuition-free master’s degree crafted jointly with Drake University. Last fall we asked one member of the first ATC cohort, East High English teacher Kortny Williamson, if she would let us in on some of her experiences and impressions. Click here to read more.

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East, Lincoln, Roosevelt Swimmers Qualify for State Meet

DMPS qualifiers for the Iowa High School Boys’ State Swimming Meet this Saturday in Marshalltown include a Dolphin, an Eagle Scout and a freshman from East; an Italian and a trio of Rails relays from Lincoln (one of which includes another freshman); and a quartet from Roosevelt that will swim an individual event and two relays … Read more »

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