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Hoyt Cultural Event

‘Awesome’ Cultural Summer Inspires


Since June 9, hundreds of DMPS students have been on a world tour without ever leaving the district thanks to a new summer program that’s made believers out of the pleasantly surprised student-tourists. Click here to read more, see more photos and a video of Hoyt Middle School’s fun, summer adventure.


Pledge to Support Young Men of Color


Sixty of the nation’s largest public school districts, including Des Moines Public Schools, pledged to improve the academic and social outcomes of boys and young men of color. The pledge was announced today by the Council of the Great City Schools at a White House event with President Obama and attended by Superintendent Ahart. Click here to read more.

Callanan Food Donation

Callanan Summer School Students Donate Food


Callanan Middle School students collected 155 pounds of food over six weeks this summer as part of their 21st CCLC service learning program.   Last week, they visited the Food Bank of Iowa and dropped off their donation.  They toured the bank and learned about where their food will go next. Click here to see more photos.

Rider Cyclersar

Roosevelt Riders Prepare for RAGBRAI


On Sunday, 18 Roosevelt High School Rider Cyclers will saddle up for RAGBRAI and pedal from the Missouri to the Mississippi. The group started a few years ago with two members and now more than a dozen students train on the Urban Loop and the Great Western Trail. Good luck to Team Roosevelt High School!  Click here to read more about the team.

First Day of School 2014-2015

2014-2015 School Year Begins This Week


At three Des Moines Public Schools, bells rang, books were cracked and lunch was served.  Capitol View Elementary, River Woods Elementary and Moulton Extended Learning Center are continuous calendar schools, meaning they are open year round with longer breaks throughout the year.  Click here to see more of the first day of the 2014-2015 school year.


Summer Fun at Hillis Elementary


Hillis Elementary School students are making the most of their summer school days; building a potatoes tower, harvesting eggs and studying worms. They’re also learning about food, nutrition and exercise.  Click here to check out more fun photos of students making floral jewelry and learning Yoga.


Continuous Calendar Schools Start Wednesday


Watch for buses, backpacks and kids in crosswalks as three Des Moines Public Schools begin the 2014-2015 school year this week.  Capitol View Elementary, Moulton Extended Learning Center and River Woods Elementary will open their doors on Wednesday, July 16.  The three schools are on a year-round calendar.


DMPS, CIML Together Two More Years


Des Moines Public Schools athletic officials announced today it is the intention of the district to remain with the Central Iowa Metropolitan League for school years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Chief of Schools Matt Smith said talks would continue about a possible departure in 2016-2017. Click here to read more.

Slam Poets

Des Moines Poets Compete Nationally


North, Hoover and East are sending six powerhouse poets to a poetry slam competition in Philadelphia next week. They’ll perform at the opening ceremonies of the 17th annual Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Festival in front of 54 teams from around the world. Read more about this amazing opportunity.


DMPS Enters Energy Efficiency Contest


The competition started this week to determine which buildings are the most energy efficient in the nation. DMPS put 60 schools and offices up against 5,500 competitors from across the U.S.  The district has done very well in the past. Let’s see if we can bring home more energy awards.  Click here to see who else is competing.

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For the Record

‘Awesome’ Cultural Summer Makes Students Into Believers

Since June 9, hundreds of DMPS students have been on a world tour without ever leaving the district thanks to a new summer program that’s made believers out of the pleasantly surprised student-tourists. Ambassadors from cultures including China, Japan, Bosnia, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines, Kenya, and Ireland shared their cultural traditions at middle … Read more »

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