They come from around the world – from Iraq and Syria to Myanmar to Nepal – refugees fleeing strife and conflict to make a new home. Those who make their way to Des Moines have new welcome: the DMPS Summer Refugee Jumpstart program, an effort to help the newly-arrived refugees assimilate to the school district and community. Click here to read more about how DMPS welcomes the world.
The Roosevelt Roughriders faced a cross-metro matchup against Urbandale in their first round game at the State High School Baseball Tournament on Thursday night. The Riders came away with a convincing 11-3 win, and will face Iowa City West in the semifinal game on Friday at 7:30 PM at Principal Park. Enjoy photos from the State tournament on our Flickr page.
It’s been a busy summer for Jake Troja, the Director of School Climate Transformation at DMPS, as he’s been preparing for what will be an unprecedented meeting of minds in a district bent on becoming the model for urban education in the nation. DMPS is hosting nearly 1,200 at the inaugural Summit on School Climate and Culture, August 8-9 in Des Moines. Click here for more about the unique educational event.
During the school year, Kacia Cain is an award-winning science teacher at Central Campus. During the summer, she becomes a fossil hunter, working with paleontologists on a dig at the Natural Trap Cave in north central Wyoming. The Billings Gazette profiles her time away from the classroom and in the cave. Click here to read the paper’s story about Ms. Cain.
Tech Journey is a weeklong joint venture between DMPS and volunteers from the local IT community designed to provide an intense and advanced but fun STEM opportunity for students traditionally under-represented in technology careers. First year campers get their feet wet with audio and video editing. Years two and three proceed to concepts like robotics and 3D gaming and camp seniors are free to pursue independent study projects. Click here for more about Tech Camp.
Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our students and staff, DMPS continues to become the nation’s model for urban education. An exciting new phase of this journey is about to begin: Schools for Rigor, where students, teachers and principals experience the demanding teaching and learning required by the Iowa Core. Six schools will pilot this program starting next month. Click here to read more about this new initiative.
Congratulations to the Roosevelt Roughriders baseball team! The Riders beat #3 Southeast Polk 10-1 Wednesday night to become Substate champs and are headed to the State high school baseball tournament. Roosevelt will face Urbandale next Wednesday, July 27 at 7:30 PM at Principal Park. Click here for more information about the State tournament.
The Roosevelt Rough Riders came back to top the Lincoln Railsplitters for a 2-1 victory last week. See photos here. Next, the Riders (#2) play the Ankeny Hawks (#4) in the substate semifinals at Roosevelt High School tonight at 5 p.m. Please find parking in the lots at Roosevelt and on the street. The Hubble Elementary School turnaround is being used by Metro Kids Care.
Musician Will Keeps recorded his latest video, “Greatness” at Harding Middle School this month with the help of students and staff. Keeps explains the video, and principal Joy Linquist weighs in with how the video’s message is inspiring her students in this Des Moines Register article.