April 21, 2017
Welcome to a new edition of TheWeek@DMPS. As the end of the school year draws near it's a mad dash to the finish, and this week's newsletter reflects that with some additional stories. Two more of our teachers earned honors: Cathi Miller of Central Academy was one of 52 teachers across the country recognized by PBS as a technology innovator and Adam Egherman of Cowles Montessori was named Iowa Teacher of the Year by the Izaak Walton League. In addition, three schools were honored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their efforts to improve student health and nutrition . Also, check out the calendar for information about next week's Central Campus Block Party. Read on for these stories and much, much more. 
PBS Names Central Academy's Miller a Tech Innovator
Congratulations to Cathi Miller, an English teacher at Central Academy, on being one of 52 educators from across the country to be named a 2017 Digital Innovator by the Public Broadcasting Service. This is the second year in a row that Iowa's recipient of this honor has taught at Des Moines Public Schools.  Click here to read and see more  on how she is integrating technology to support and improve education.
Congratulations to Cowles Montessori School teacher Adam Egherman, who has been named the 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Iowa Division of the Izaak Walton League of America. The Izaak Walton League was founded in 1922 to conserve outdoor America for future generations. Egherman will be honored at the group's annual convention later this month. Click here for more.
Three Schools Earn National Health Award
Three DMPS schools - Smouse Opportunity School, Edmunds and King elementary schools - are winning national recognition for steps they've taken to increase nutrition and exercise access and awareness.  Click here to read more about the USDA's HealthierUS Challenge and what it means for student health.
Meredith Examines Social Impact of Propaganda
The 7th grade halls in Meredith Middle School were buzzing this week. Not with the usual teenage gossip. Instead, everyone wanted to know who put up flyers calling for the overthrow of the American government. It was all part of a simulated lesson in the Global Studies class on the social impact of propaganda, and the suspicions and paranoia that can result.  Click here for more.
Town Hall Considers Future of High School
A town hall meeting to "rethink high school" at the Temple Theater Wednesday afternoon was moderated by students from Movement 515. Co-sponsored by two national organizations, Youth Speaks and XQ, the event was one of 20 stops on a cross-county tour and included a panel discussion, spoken word poetry, and audience engagement on ways to make high school more meaningful for the future success of students.  Click here to read and see more .
Before ACT, Breakfast Pizza for East Juniors
For the 10th consecutive year, DMPS provided the ACT college entrance exam - free of charge - to all high school juniors on Wednesday, another perk offered by the state's largest district. And at East High School they served up a hearty pre-test feast of breakfast pizzas courtesy of the East Euclid Hy-Vee and the Capitol Park, Capitol East and Martin Luther King neighborhood associations.  Click here to read and see more .
Verdict at Lovejoy: Goldilocks is Guilty
They say that justice delayed is justice denied and Goldilocks might have been inclined to agree. But the alleged intruder finally got her day in court Tuesday afternoon at Lovejoy Elementary thanks to Iowa Legal Aid and Polk County District Court Judge Paul Scott, who presented a mock trial complete with a jury of Lovejoy students.  Click here to read and see more  of this lesson on the legal process.
Walnut Street Students Go Behind the Lens
The famous photographer Ansel Adams once said, "You don't take a photograph, you make it." And so it was that a group of 5th grade students at Walnut Street School - with the help of DMPS photographer Jon Lemons - learned how to make photographs, part of their research for the school's upcoming International Baccalaureate Exhibition.  Click here for more about their work and enjoy their photos .
Brother2Brother Program Attends National Conference
A group of DMPS students in the Brother2Brother program, focused on improving the lives of male students of color, traveled to the national Student African American Brotherhood conference in Detroit this month. Advisors said the presentations at the gathering were powerful and inspirational, giving the young men hope, promise, and vision.  Click here to read more about B2B and their goals.
Oak Park Students Sprinkle Some Happiness
There was none to be had from the usual source, so Oak Park Elementary School brought its own sunshine to the Northside Thursday morning. Taking turns by grade level, students "sprinkled happiness" throughout the neighborhood by waving signs of affirmation and encouragement to passing traffic.  Click here to read and see more  about the positive vibe the students shared.
After several weeks of consideration and deliberation about changing school hours to better meet the health needs of students, and receiving input from thousands of people from throughout the community, DMPS and the School Board have decided not to take action on the proposal at this time. The Board may revisit the issue later, in particular to address concerns raised about the impact of the proposal on Smouse and Ruby Van Meter schools. As a result, school hours for next year will remain the same.
Cowles Students Create Piano Art
Cowles Montessori School is partnering with Windsor Heights to create a piano that is a playable work of art. It will be on display starting May 20 in front of Grounds for Celebration on University.  Enjoy photos of our student-artists at work.
Madison Students Shine in 'Aladdin'
The Madison Elementary School Drama Club fourth and fifth graders made up the cast of Disney's 'Aladdin for Kids,' and shined onstage in the Harding Middle School auditorium last Thursday night.  Click here to see photos of the performance.
April 24-28
Central Campus Block Party - click here for details

April 29
U.S. Navy Sea Chanters - Roosevelt High School (7:00 PM) -  click here for free tickets

May 2
School Board Meeting - Central Campus (6:00 PM)

Spring Sports
Girl's Golf/Soccer/Tennis/Track & Field  - Visit athletics.dmschools.org for schedules
Recent items in the news or online about or of interest to students, teachers and parents at Des Moines Public Schools:
  • BaiYu Fisher's rare condition of albinism left her with no meaningful future in China. But after being adopted at the age of two and coming to Des Moines, things have changed for the better. Columnist Daniel Finney of the Des Moines Register shares the story of BaiYu, one of the amazing students from around the world who attend DMPS. Click here to read the paper's article.
  • DMPS provides a wide range of support to students and families, including immigrants. The Des Moines Register reports on a series of "Know Your Rights" forums we have hosted in recent weeks, working with legal groups to help people understand both their rights and responsibilities under the law. Click here for the paper's story.
  • Brody Middle School science teacher Sandy Kirkman is expanding education outside of the classroom. KCCI-TV reports on an initiative she has begun in which students can take projects such as robotics or video game design home in order to explore and experiment. Click here to see Channel 8's report.
  • Lincoln RAILS students and staff took Thursday "off" in order to do a day of service, helping more than a dozen organizations around the community. WHO-TV previewed their effort, talking with students about why this is an important part of their education. Click here to see Channel 13's report.
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