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For The Record
June 27th, 2016

Congratulations to DMPS Director of Food & Nutrition Management Sandy Huisman, who was named Director of the Year at the School Nutrition Association (SNA) of Iowa’s 59th Annual Conference earlier this month. Huisman’s award is all the more noteworthy due to the fact that her nomination was submitted jointly by all of her lieutenants. “Yes, … Read more »


June 27th, 2016

Haste does not necessarily always come to waste. Cases in point are the summer camps under the auspices of the DMPS Gifted & Advanced Learners Program (GALP) that culminated on Friday after a busy week of creativity. Elementary students in grades 3-5 met every morning at Central Academy to rev up a STEAM (Science, Technology, … Read more »


June 23rd, 2016

One morning before school this spring Lanna Smith, then a 3rd grader at Walnut Street School, saw a piece on Good Morning America about the endangered black rhino. Hey, she thought, maybe we can do something to help. When she got to school she recruited some friends. Gianna Mordini, Emily Merfeld and Catelyn Mead joined her … Read more »


June 21st, 2016

Basketballs could be heard thumping out a rhythm in the gym. The office was staffed and humming. Scattered elsewhere in the building were summer school students, learning. But most of the music at North High School on Tuesday morning was being made in the backstage bowels of the auditorium where a resurrection has been happening. … Read more »


June 17th, 2016

Read to Succeed is a public awareness campaign undertaken jointly by the United Way of Central Iowa, Everybody Wins Iowa and Des Moines Public Schools to inspire community action and increase reading proficiency among school children. The mission is twofold: 1] Encourage summer reading and 2] Recruit volunteers. Over the lunch hour on Friday, several volunteers gathered … Read more »