School News


Show support for DMPS and East Seniors Tonight


East Senior Night is tonight, October 23, at Williams Stadium. Come honor 66 seniors for their participation. Football players and cheerleaders will be honored at 5:40 and students in cross country, boys golf, band, color guard and steppers at half time of the 10th grade football game. Don’t let a wrong decision by the IHSAA get … Read more »

No school keep calm

No Academy Classes on October 24


Central Academy teachers and staff will be in professional meetings tomorrow, Friday, October 24.  There are no classes for any Academy students.  Academy office will also be closed.


Science Center Opportunity for Girls


November 21 – Meals with Mentors (Grades 7-12), 6:00-9:00pm Girls in grades 7-12 can apply for this unique free event where you will meet working female scientists.  Applications are open through October 27, and selected students will be notified by October 31.  Click on headline to get application.

History Day

National History Day


 As students prepare their History Day projects and compete for prizes from $200 – $1000, they attended a special National History Day conference at the State Historical Building.  They learned about the Civil Rights Movement from Iowans who directly participated in voter registration efforts in the summer of 1964 in Mississippi, as well as archivists … Read more »

Junior Year

No classes Wednesday for DMPS Juniors (ONLY!)


On Wednesday, October 22, DMPS Juniors have the day off.  DMPS 9th and 10th graders will be taking the PLAN and EXPLORE tests in their high schools and will not have classes at Central Academy.  DMPS Seniors, however,  should attend Central Academy as usual.  If DMPS seniors are participating in an activity in their high school, … Read more »


DMPS Students on National Journal Panel


Nosa Ali is from Sudan. Brenda Vasquez’s family emigrated from El Salvador. While their origins are different, their paths have brought them to Des Moines Public Schools. On Wednesday, they will serve as panelists on the National Journal’s “The Next America: Population 2043″ town hall meeting. Click headline to meet Nosa and Brenda, and learn … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Nov 11
Parent Academy
Nov 26
No Classes
Nov 27
Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 22
Winter Recess
Dec 25
Offices closed

Bulletin Board

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