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Lucia Ruppert Earns Hoover Scholarship


Roosevelt senior Lucia Ruppert (pictured at left) is one of three Iowa students to win the Hoover Presidential Foundation’s Uncommon Student Award, a $5,000 scholarship. Lucia authored and self-published a book to raise money for the American Red Cross. Click here to read more about her project and why she was honored as an “uncommon student.”


“We Have All Been East High Scarlets”


The cheerleaders on hand may have represented all five DMPS high schools but the evening was about one thing: East High seniors. Click here to read and see more about a very special Senior Night event as Des Moines came together to celebrate our students, schools and community.


Riders, Rails Finish 1-2 at CIML Swim Meet


Congratulations to the Roosevelt Roughriders girls swim team on coming out on top at the CIML Metro Conference Swim Meet, followed by the Lincoln Rails. The conference championship was held yesterday at East High School. Enjoy photos of the competition on our Flickr page.

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Roosevelt Qualifies for State XC Meet


The Roosevelt girls cross country team finished third at last night’s qualifying meet at ISU, earning one of the coveted top 3 spots to qualify for State. Top individual honors went to the Rider’s Megan Schott. On the boys’ side, two Roosevelt runners – Evan Haugh and Abdisalan Omar – also head to State as both finished in the top 10 at the qualifying meet. The State XC Championship is next Saturday in Ft. Dodge.


Event Looks at Success, Challenge of Change


In 2043, the country will shift to minorities making up the majority of the population. DMPS is already there, with 53% of students being children of color. The National Journal noted DMPS’ successes and challenges in a series of recent articles, and this week the magazine and school district jointly hosted a town hall at Drake University to discuss. Click here to read more.

John Andres is the new chef and instructor at the nationally-recognized culinary arts program at Central Campus.

Central’s Culinary Arts Welcomes New Chef


When the Central Campus cafe re-opens next Thursday, it will be under the watchful and experienced eye of John Andres. The new chef and instructor at Central’s nationally-honored culinary arts program comes to DMPS by way of the Culinary Institute of America and several top kitchen posts. Click here to meet him and get this year’s cafe schedule.


Company Offers 700 Students Winter Gear


Athene U.S.A. delivered winter coats and boots to 700 elementary students at Cattell and McKinley. It’s wonderful news when you hear it once. But this will be the 21st year Athene U.S.A. has given winter coats to DMPS students. Iowa winters, well, you know… and many students walk or take the bus. Thank you, Athene!

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Roosevelt’s Robotics Team, aka Team Cloud 9


At the beginning of last night’s School Board meeting, Team Cloud 9 – the new robotics team at Roosevelt High School – talked about their work and presented their latest creation. A student-led initiative with support from their physics teacher, it’s one more example of the STEM opportunities at DMPS. Click here to read and see more.


Students to Eat Midwest Lunch Thursday


Food Specialist Michelle Burgess prepares Iowa corn, part of Thursday’s Midwest Menu to be served districtwide. Students will eat chicken raised in Denison, corn from Griffieon Family Farms and Pheasant Run Farm, and apple crisp sourced from 10 local apple orchards. To see and read more, click here.


Read the Latest DMPS Community Report


The October/November 2014 edition of the DMPS Community Report, our bimonthly newsletter, is now available online by clicking here. Our latest edition features reports on our record number of AP Scholars, big additions to technology in our elementary classrooms, expansion of middle school extracurricular activities, and much more.

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“For the Last Week, We Have All Been East High Scarlets”

So what was all the hubbub about? There’s a riddle in here somewhere. How does a team win a game that was never played? Because that’s what happened yesterday at Williams Stadium. Better late than never the East High Scarlets had the Senior Night celebration that was originally scheduled for last Friday night’s game when … Read more »

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