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WEB Turns Nerves into Smiles at Weeks

8/21/2014

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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DMPS-TV is Now in High-Definition

8/21/2014

Thanks to our partnership with Mediacom Cable, DMPS-TV – the cable television station for Des Moines – is now in high-definition. If you have a HD-ready TV tune into channel 12.1 and if you have a HD cable box go to channel 812. And click here to see our new DMPS-TV public service announcement. Happy viewing.

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Photos from the First Day of School

8/21/2014

A little rain, lightning and thunder (and, in some cases, lack of power) didn’t get in the way of a good start to a new school year, including Oak Park principal Chris Fee (pictured at left) welcoming people to school. Thanks to our students, staff and parents for your good work and support. We’ve posted some photos of the first day on our Flickr page.

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Stormy Weather Won’t Dampen a New Year

8/20/2014

For today, Louisa May Alcott’s quote can also apply to math, reading, science, art and everything else getting underway at our schools throughout Des Moines. Best wishes to all of our students, teachers, staff and families for a great 2014-15 school year!

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Extended Power Outages at Two Schools

8/20/2014

Due to an extended power outage, parents of students Jefferson and Lovejoy elementary schools have been notified that they may pick up their children starting at 11:30 today. Students were provided lunch, and may remain at school until today’s normal dismissal time if necessary. Metro Kids is cancelled at these two schools for today.

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Drivers: Make It a Safe First Day of School

8/19/2014

Tomorrow is an exciting day as 30,000 students return to school. But a reminder that also means a change in traffic as students walk, pedal or drive to school; parents drop off their children; crossing guards are back at many inter-sections and crosswalks; and 100 yellow buses are on the streets. Please do your part to make a safe first day and every day of school.

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Super Heroes Join Back to School Fun at Jackson

8/19/2014

Lots of schools throughout Des Moines held back-to-school events yesterday. At Jackson Elementary School, super heroes joined the fun as students and parents met teachers and toured classrooms. Enjoy photos on our Flickr page.

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All-State Honors for DMPS Ballplayers

8/19/2014

Congrats to East High’s Malique Ziegler (pictured at left) on being named to the All-State “Super Team” by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association. And a shout out to East’s Connor Enochs and Robert Hansen and Lincoln’s Blake Mahoney on making the Class 4A First Team, as well as Lincoln’s Mason Downing on being picked for the Class 4A Second Team.

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Community Education Registration Open

8/19/2014

Smart people know education never really ends. In that spirit, Des Moines Public Schools offers community education classes all year long. Registration is now underway for Fall classes. This year DMPS is offering more than 260 classes on 180 different subjects from bookmaking to online marketing to ballroom dancing.  Click here to learn more.

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AmeriCorps’ Summer of Service at DMPS

8/15/2014

This summer, 60 AmeriCorp members worked at 20 schools throughout Des Moines, working on projects ranging from tree planting to math tutoring. Click here to read more about how AmeriCorps serves schools at DMPS and, if you are interested, how you can apply to be a part of their future initiatives.

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AmeriCorps Members Wrap Up Summer of Service to DMPS

So close to the start of a new year the emphasis is understandably on preparation. But summer’s waning days are also the occasion for closure in some areas. Friday afternoon the district’s summer contingent of AmeriCorps volunteers gathered to tie up administrative loose ends, compare notes, share some cake and, in many cases, recommit. AmeriCorps … Read more »

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