Congratulations to four outstanding DMPS softball players who were selected to the 2015 Iowa Girls Coaches Association All-State softball teams. Lincoln senior Lauren Poortinga was named to the Class 5A second team and a pair of East ballplayers made third team: senior infielder Courtney Fudge and junior Jessa May. Hoover sophomore catcher Madisen Blackford was named to the Class 4A third team. Click here for more.
Nine candidates have filed nominating petitions for four seats on the Des Moines School Board. Those candidates are Cindy Elsbernd and Royce Turner (At-Large); Heather Anderson and Shane Schulte (District One); Dionna Langford, Ed Linebach and Edgar Ortiz (District Two); and Rocio Hermosillo and Natasha Newcomb (District Three). The School Board election will be held on Tuesday, September 8. Click here for more.
The East Scarlets made their second appearance in three years at the State High School Baseball Tournament, but came up short to Iowa City West in their first round game, losing by a final score of 11-3. Congratulations to the Scarlets on a great season and another appearance at State. Click here to read more about and see photos of last night’s game at Principal Park.
East High School has competed in the State Baseball Tournament two of the past three years. A constant presence in the recent success of the Scarlets has been senior Connor Enochs. We profile Connor, whose coach says is “the best player I’ve ever coached,” and look at East as they prepare to pursue a State title this week at Principal Park. Click here to read more.
Postseason accolades for the cream of the DMPS baseball crop are starting to roll in on the eve of the 2015 State Tournament. Student-athletes from East, Hoover, Lincoln and Roosevelt earned baseball recognitions. The East High Scarlets return to State this year, where they will face Iowa City West on Wednesday in a 7:30 PM quarterfinal game at Principal Park in downtown Des Moines. Click here to read more.
Students in the Metro Kids summer program at Hillis and Monroe elementary schools got an early sampling of the State Fair this week as the two schools came together for a summer carnival. From cotton candy to dunk tanks, students spent the day enjoying some good, old-fashioned fun. Click here to read and see more about the event.
Congratulations to Roosevelt senior Glori Dei Filippone (pictured with sign at left) on being named the recipient of the Robert Mannheimer Youth Advocacy Award by the ACLU of Iowa. She was honored for her work in helping to organize a “love rally” last January in response to a protest planned by a national hate group. Hundreds of students celebrated the diversity of the district and community. Click here to read a Des Moines Register profile about Glori and the award.
At the Intersection of Joy and Learning
Students across the district are rounding out their summer school experience with educational and fun fieldtrips like this one to the Science Center of Iowa. From cutting wooden toys in the mini-workshop and building Legos designs, to air pressure rockets and aeronautics, Hillis students explored hands-on exercises and educational games.
East Scarlets Head to State Baseball Tourney
Congratulations to East on qualifying for the 2015 State High School Baseball Tournament. The Scarlets defeated Johnston 4-1 in the Substate finals and will face Iowa City West in the first round on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 PM at Principal Park. Visit the Iowa High School Athletic Association for more information about the State tournament.
Students who have a primary care doctor are healthier. And healthier students learn better at school. So, connecting your family with a doctor and/or dentist is essential. The Polk County Health Department can help. To get free help with insurance, and finding a doctor before school starts, click here.