District News


Jesse Franklin Taylor Education Center Opens


The second new school in as many years, the Jesse Franklin Taylor Education Center, was dedicated on Saturday, honoring its namesake, longtime and celebrated neighborhood leader, Jesse Taylor. The new school will have preschool and middle school classrooms. For a video tour, click here. To see more photos of the opening, click here.


Fresh Talent Takes the Field Tuesday Night


It’s time for the annual Des Moines Public Schools Middle School Football Jamboree. It’s your first look at a fresh crop of talent as they take to the gridiron to engage in decades-old rivalries. Don’t miss your chance to scope out the next rising star as the teams battle it out Tuesday night at East High School’s Williams Stadium starting at 5 p.m.

Ken Eaton Brody Dedication

Ceremony Honors Beloved Brody Teacher


Ken Eaton, a beloved speech/drama teacher at Brody Middle School for twenty years until his life was taken in a savage hate crime in 1988, was remembered in a ceremony in the school’s auditorium. Eaton’s daughter, Jennifer Eaton-Bertagnolli, established a foundation and made a donation in her father’s memory. To read more, click here.

Madison dancing with dad

Elementary School Boogie Draws A Crowd


Students celebrated the new school year by painting their own jumbo tiger mascot, eating lots of pizza and dancing to music in the gym. Hundreds of people gathered at Madison Elementary School for the annual Boogie on the Blacktop, which was moved inside because of rain. To see more photos, click here.

AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary

AmeriCorps Celebrates 20 Years


Every year, nearly 100 people show up in Des Moines schools and help students grow and achieve more and enrich their school experience. Thanks to the dedicated AmeriCorps members who will serve DMPS students this year and Happy 20th Anniversary, AmeriCorps! For photos of the anniversary gathering, click here.

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.

north high school anthem

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.

Roosevelt Science Bound

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.

Teacher Academy

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.

apple orchard trip

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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Fresh Talent Takes the Field Tuesday Night

Here in Des Moines, football season includes middle school. DMPS is making big expansions to our middle school activities, including the opportunity to take to the gridiron. Be the first to see what our middle school athletes bring to the field during the 2014 DMPS Middle School Football Jamboree. Rivals will face off on Tuesday, … Read more »

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