For The Record
February 26th, 2015

As an art teacher, Sarah Skidmore has hit the jackpot! The first year art teacher at Oak Park Elementary came on board just as the school joined a cohort of DMPS schools in the federal Turnaround Arts program. The essence of Turnaround Arts is integration of fine arts into all curricular areas. Research shows that … Read more »


February 25th, 2015

Hubbell Elementary School’s hoop-shootin’ granny turned 90 years old today. Students and staff surprised her before school with cake, balloons and, of course, basketball. “It’s a hobby of mine,” Gloria Bumpus told reporters after playing for a while with the children. Bumpus has worked for DMPS for about 30 years. She has the distinction of … Read more »


February 23rd, 2015

Twenty one Central Academy Independent Study Creative Writing students received regional recognition in the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The writing contest, sponsored by University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center, “has an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Awards have grown to become … Read more »


February 20th, 2015

The annual art exhibit downtown in the atrium at Capital Square may be the only event that brings all of the district’s schools together in the same place at the same time. That in itself is a masterpiece of organization. So first of all, kudos to the sponsoring DMPS Foundation, event coordinator Sarah Dougherty and … Read more »


February 19th, 2015

When 10-year-old Ayden O’Donnell goes through the breakfast line at Wright Elementary School, there are some foods he is required by the federal government to put on his tray — even though he doesn’t like all of it. A new program at the school is helping Ayden feel better about where the leftover food is … Read more »