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Members of the Roosevelt High School band perform at a tribute to the bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner.

Riders Mark 200 Years of Rockets’ Red Glare


On September 14, 1814 Francis Scott Key penned the Star Spangled Banner. On Friday, the band and chorus at Roosevelt High School led the student body in a stirring tribute to the bicentennial of the national anthem. Click here to read more about the special event put on by the Roughriders.

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North High Choir Celebrates Anthem


Friday morning, the North High School Choir stood around the intercom microphone and sang The Star Spangled Banner for the entire school. It’s a gorgeous sound you won’t want to miss. Happy 200th birthday to our national anthem.  To hear the choir sing, click here.

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Science Bound School of the Year: Roosevelt


Roosevelt has been recognized as the High School of the Year by Science Bound, Iowa State University’s program to increase the number of ethnically diverse Iowa students who pursue college degrees in STEM programs. Congratulations to Roosevelt’s students and science teachers Deb Smith-Henry, Noreen Nsereko and Chris Sosnowski. Click here to read more.

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DMPS Teacher Academy Gets Field Experience


One of the many education options at DMPS, The Central Campus Teacher Academy gets its students out into our schools to experience the real thing. In this photo, Kelsey Vail (East High junior) reads to Stowe Elementary students on the front lawn. For more photos of future teachers, click here.

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Elementary Students Focus on Apples


Kindergarten and first-grade students are visiting the Center Grove Apple Orchard for hands-on experience during their apple unit. In the photo, Sayde Soyer (Downtown School) learns how the orchard weighs down the branches of an apple tree so more of the leaves can receive the sun’s rays.

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Stowe Students Deliver Donation to ARL


Stowe Elementary first graders held a Market Day last Spring, selling goods and services like bookmarks, molded crayons, necklaces, and Mine-craft origami, car window cleaning and pedicures. It was a great learning experience, and they raised approximately $800. To see more photos of their Animal Rescue League visit, click here.


DMPS Staff Remembers, Students Learn


Goodrell Middle School students met before school to take part in a 9/11 memorial ceremony. Flags across the district remain at half staff and many classrooms discussed the tragic events of 2001 in an age-appropriate way. Today’s high school senior was starting preschool when the attacks occurred. For more photos, click here.

At Wright Elementary School, teachers use Twitter as a tool to support education.

Wright Teachers Are All in the Twitterverse


On the first day of school, every teacher at Wright Elementary School started tweeting. It’s part of an effort by principal Lindsey Cornwell and her staff to do more to communicate and engage with their families. Click here to read more about how social media is being used as a tool both in the classroom and after school.


Let’s Move Features DMPS Nutrition Efforts


Let’s Move, the White House campaign to end childhood obesity, featured Des Moines Public Schools on their blog today. Sandy Huisman, the director of food & nutrition at DMPS, discusses ways the school district is working to improve meals for students with better nutrition as well as more options. Click here to see what she had to say.


Lincoln Grad Seeks Miss America Crown


Good luck to Miss Iowa Aly Olson! The 2011 Lincoln High School graduate, and current University of Iowa student, is competing for the Miss America crown. The pageant airs live on ABC television on Sunday evening starting at 7:00 PM. Click here to see Aly talking about her experience attending Des Moines Public Schools.

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For the Record

Roosevelt Marks 200 Years of Rockets’ Red Glare

Oh say, did you see that Roosevelt High School threw a birthday party on Friday for The Star Spangled Banner? The song is turning 200, though it wasn’t officially designated our National Anthem until 1931. Another little bit of SSB trivia, if you’ll excuse that word in this context: it’s only the first stanza of … Read more »

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