Archive for December, 2016
December 22nd, 2016

Downtown Elementary School Engineers designed and built tools for the Academy Potters to use in their creations. After consulting with the artists, the engineers went to work and then taught the artists how to use their tools! The artists have been busy using the tools and will unveil their creations next month. Click headline for pictures of the project so far!


December 22nd, 2016

SPEAK, the student organization to promote emotional wellness, organized a Holiday Party as part of Academy After Hours. They had face painting, ornament making, cookie decorating, games, popcorn, graham cracker house building, and gratitude & encouragement writing! Click headline for pictures from the event!


December 22nd, 2016

Studying German has never been so tasty! German Gingerbread project combines language acquisition with cultural lessons as students build gingerbread “cat-thedrals” and entire village scenes! See more pictures on our flickr site by clicking headline!


December 22nd, 2016

Zakiya McPherson is a 7th grader at McCombs Middle School. And as of this month she’s also a published author. What started as a teacher’s encouragement to participate in a program called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and work towards a word count goal kept going and going until it became 20 Days, a 185 page, 25k word+ thriller about Jade, a 13-year-old girl. Click headline to learn more about this new author.


December 20th, 2016

The Central Academy studio gives authentic experiences in innovation, persistence, and creation to DMPS High School students through the exploration of the ceramic arts. It is so popular, we have outgrown our current studio space. Our goal is to raise $500,000 to renovate a currently unused space at Academy into a state-of-the-art studio. Please consider making a donation to Renovate to Innovate by contacting Kim Kinney at 515.242.7888.


December 20th, 2016

Closure of the pool at Central Campus threatened to sink an annual tradition, the Prep Academy Regatta. But thanks to the hospitality of North High School, the cardboard fleet took sail on December 20 for the 14th year in a row, this time in the Polar Bears’ pool. The event, which involves more than 100 7th graders from all DMPS middle schools, combines teamwork, engineering skills, and more than a little fun. Click headline for more!


December 20th, 2016

7th Grade Prep Academy students planned, designed, and built cardboard and duct tape boats. Then in an act of bravery and creativity, got in and raced them in the North High Swimming Pool! Click the headline to see more pictures from the event! Congrats to Champion Team, Torpedoes Rule!


December 13th, 2016

On Saturday, December 10, Central Academy mathematicians earned 2nd place in the Great Plains Math League Contest at City High School in Iowa City.  Nine Academy students qualified for the state math meet.  They are 12th graders Jared Baker, Ryan Burgett, and Gabriel Mintzer, 11th graders Nathan Bui, Tanner Drabek, Kevin Li, and Luke Whitman, … Read more »


December 11th, 2016

Miss the meeting? Get the handouts and information by clicking the headline above! Presenters were: Belin-Blank Early College; IB Diploma Programme Application; White House Champion of Change Reunion.


December 8th, 2016

Central Academy and Roosevelt High School will join approximately 1,000 schools worldwide to implement AP Capstone, an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success: research, collaboration, and communication. Central Academy and Roosevelt will be the first two high schools in the metro area to offer this opportunity for students. Click the headline to learn more.