District News


Hundreds of Students Gather for “Love Rally”


When a national “hate group” announces it is going to hold a protest at East High, what do DMPS students do? Hold a Love Rally. Hundreds of students from East were joined by their peers from high schools throughout the city over the noon hour in a celebration of their school, our diversity and each other. See photos of the rally on our Flickr page.


Learn More About What TLC Means for DMPS


DMPS has been awarded funds by the Iowa Department of Education, starting in the 2015-16 school year, through the state’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) system. Click here to find out more about how TLC will support our teachers and students, and how current DMPS educators can apply for new teacher leadership positions.


TONIGHT: Learn All About Moore


DMPS is preparing to re-open Moore Elementary School, but first parents have an opportunity to “learn more about Moore” at upcoming events. Informational sessions for parents will be held Monday and Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, as well as a pre-registration event on February 9. All will be at the Franklin Avenue Public Library. Click here to learn more.


Merrill’s New Wing Officially Open


Students and staff watch as Principal Alex Hanna cuts the ribbon on the new wing of Merrill Middle School. The addition makes room for more students to enroll at the International Baccalaureate school. A new, more secure entry and a handicap accessible elevator were also added to the school. Click here for more photos.


Tutoring Sign Up for Title I Students


Students who attend a Title I school in Des Moines may be eligible for tutoring services at no cost to their family. In order to be eligible students must attend one of the 25 Title I schools in Des Moines and meet low income guidelines. To learn more and to register, simply click here.

Callanan Middle School students get a unique lesson on stage at Des Moines Performing Arts with the Diavolo Dance Theater.

Stage Becomes Class for Callanan Students


Callanan Middle School students got a unique lesson in school and on stage this week as they had the chance to work with Des Moines Performing Arts and the Diavolo Dance Theater. Workshops focused on the tenets of teamwork, trust and communications, and the importance of them in all facets of life, including the classroom. Click here to read and see more.

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National Report Finds Success at Findley


A report released today by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities found big gains in schools taking part in the Turnaround Arts program. Findley Elementary School was one of the first eight schools to participate in the program and to be studied in this report, which highlighted gains in math and reading. Click here for more details on this national news.


Nour Saida Harzallah’s Other Side of the Story


Roosevelt High School Speech and Debate team member Nour Saida Harzallah agonized over giving her first speech, not because of nerves but because she was afraid of how Americans might react to it. Click here to read, in her own words, about the positive experience an exchange student from Tunisia is enjoying at DMPS.


Students Honored for MLK Essays, Art


The Forest Avenue Library held a MLK Day celebration where four students were honored as winners of an art and essay writing contest. Winning essay writers were Destiny Chea of Stowe Elementary and Samantha Harris of Cowles Montessori School. Raechel Gradford of Edmunds Elementary and Sean Head of Amos Hiatt Middle School won the art contest. See more here.

Members of North High's choir took part in a MLK Day celebration at their school on Monday evening.

MLK’s Niece Visits DMPS on MLK Day


A mix of school, religious and community groups and leaders gathered in the North High School auditorium on Monday evening for a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, including a speech by the late civil rights leader’s niece Alveda King. Click here to read and see more of this MLK Day commemoration.

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Stage Becomes a Classroom for Callanan Students

There may be no grander example of partnership between a community’s private sector and its public schools than Des Moines Performing Arts’ APPLAUSE SERIES. APPLAUSE brings world-class performing artists and diverse art forms to DMPA stages throughout the school year for one-hour matinee performances that are tailored to suit school audiences. Each performance connects to … Read more »

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