For The Record
January 22nd, 2015

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 »


January 22nd, 2015

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 in Des Moines was one of the first eight schools to participate in the program and to be studied in this report. The independent report was … Read more »


January 21st, 2015

Monday night you could either have gone to see the movie Selma, “now playing in theaters everywhere,” or you could have come to the North High School auditorium. Either choice would have set the mood of the civil rights movement that gathered steam in America during the 1960s under the inspired leadership of the late, great … Read more »


January 16th, 2015

The school colors are green and gold but there was an outbreak of those Cold Old Middle o’ January How Come Final Exams Come AFTER Winter Break Blues at Hoover High School all this week. Thursday after school they had a recital that cured them. Thanks to a “Blues in Schools” grant through the Central … Read more »


January 16th, 2015

Monday, January 19 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There are no classes for students at Des Moines Public Schools on Monday, and teachers and associates do not report. DMPS offices will be open. However, even though it is not a school day, it doesn’t mean some important lessons won’t be learned as many DMPS students … Read more »