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Des Moines Public Schools is a national leader in energy efficiency thanks to the collaborative effort of administrators, teachers and staff.

Energy Contribution Enters 5th Year


In an effort to save energy costs paid by local taxpayers, DMPS, as it has for the past five years, is asking employees to pay a small fee if they choose to use personal appliances at work. The practice began in 2009-10 as a compromise to a proposed ban on all such appliances. Click here to read more about this on-going effort to save energy and money.


North Football Leaders On and Off the Field


North football players are hoping to be leaders on the gridiron, but they are already leaders in the classroom. During the first week of classes, each player presented their teachers with a card intro-ducing themselves and promising to “help you make this the best class possible.” Polar Bears captain Tim Turner is seen at left presenting his card to teacher Jennifer Dryden.


DMPS Flickr Page Passes 5 Million Views


The DMPS Flickr page went over the 5 million view mark today. Our online photo library has 12,762 images and counting. If a picture is worth a thousand words, and the average novel is 50,000 words, that’s equal to 255 volumes about our schools. But enough words and numbers: take a look at our Flickr page to see for yourself the great work of our teachers and students.

Superintendent Tom Ahart and Principal Barb Adams with Findley student at a Principal Charity Classic event at Wakonda.

Findley a Big Winner Thanks to Golf Tourney


Superintendent Tom Ahart and Principal Barb Adams along with a dozen Findley Elementary students were special guests today at the Wakonda Club, where they were presented with a $100,000 donation from the Principal Charity Classic. The funds will support the school’s new Dreamer Academy. Click here to read and see more about this special event.


Vote: Perking Up the Perkins Playground


In honor of its 75th anniversary, Wellmark is giving back to the communities they serve by awarding $7,500 to ten projects that will improve community health. One of those projects is “Perking Up the Perkins Playground.” Show your support for Perkins, and learn more about the project, by clicking here. One vote allowed per day between now and September 7.

Volunteers leave East High fired up for the Graduation Walk.

Volunteers Knock Doors for Student Success


The 6th annual Graduation Walk was held on Saturday, and it was the largest one ever as more than 340 volunteers knocked on over 1,250 doors to encourage and support dropouts and under-credited students to complete high school and earn their diploma. Click here to read more about this community event.


Practice Makes Perfect: CIML Kicks Off 8/29


The East Scarlets and Hoover Huskies met up for a practice scrimmage Saturday morning at Williams Stadium. See some photos on our Flickr page. The CIML high school football season kicks off on Friday, August 29. Visit the DMPS Athletics web site for a schedule of all high school sporting events.

Penguin pride on display at the Perkins back-to-school parade.

Penguins on Parade at Perkins School


When Danny Koss became principal at Perkins Elementary School, a new tradition began to mark and celebrate the start of each new school year. Now in its fourth year, these “Penguins on parade” share school pride and good old-fashioned fun with their neighbor-hood. Click here to read and see more about how Perkins starts the new year.


DMPS Honored for Best Social Media Presence


Des Moines Public Schools is among the winners at the 1st annual #Hashie Awards, sponsored by the Des Moines Social Media Club. DMPS was honored for having the Best Social Media Presence at the inaugural event. Thanks to everyone who follows and engages with the district on social media. Click here to read more.

Weeks WEB

WEB Turns Nerves into Smiles at Weeks


High-fives and butt balloon popping were among the tension-busting activities at Weeks Middle School this morning. WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) is a program that supports a positive learning environment and school climate by harnessing the power of 8th grade students to guide and mentor entering 6th grade students. Click here to see more.

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Staff Contribution to Energy Costs Enters 5th Year

In an effort to save energy costs paid by local taxpayers, Des Moines Public Schools, as it has for the past five years, is asking its 5,000 employees to pay a small portion of the electrical costs if they choose to use personal convenience appliances at work. The practice has been in place since the 2009-10 … Read more »

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