July 29 , 2016 

Just 26 days until the start of the 2016-17 school year. Enjoy the rest of the summer break! In this edition we feature our new refugee welcome program, highlight a major education summit being hosted by DMPS next month, and report on a summer tech camp. Plus, learn about services offered at the DMPS Community Center & Clinic and stop by to say hello to the school district if you're attending the Iowa State Fair. Be sure to read on for these stories and much more.

World Comes Together at Summer Refugee Jumpstart
They come from around the world - from Iraq and Syria to Myanmar and Nepal - refugees fleeing strife and conflict to make a new home. Those who find their way to Des Moines will have a new program to welcome and support them: the DMPS Summer Refugee Jumpstart, an effort to help the newly-arrived refugees assimilate to the school district and community.  Funded by a federal School Impact Grant, the new initiative helps refugee students and their parents get settled in a new place to call home. Visit our web site to read more about how DMPS welcomes the world.
DMPS Readies for Climate and Culture Summit
It's been a busy summer for Jake Troja, the Director of School Climate Transformation at DMPS, as he's been preparing for what will be an unprecedented meeting of minds in a district bent on becoming the national model for urban education. DMPS is hosting nearly 1,200 educators at the inaugural Summit on School Climate and Culture, August 8-9 in Des Moines. A full slate of informative speakers is lined up including Erin Gruwell, founder of the Freedom Writers.  Click here for more about the unique educational event.
Tech Camp Preps Students for IT Careers
Tech Journey is a weeklong joint venture between DMPS and volunteers from the local IT community designed to provide an intense and advanced but fun STEM opportunity for students traditionally under-represented in technology careers. First-year campers get their feet wet with audio and video editing. Years two and three proceed to concepts like robotics and 3D gaming and camp seniors are free to pursue independent study projects.  Click here for more about Tech Camp .
Community Center & Clinic Open to All Students
The DMPS Community Center & Clinic, located in Scavo High School at Central Campus, provides health and support services for all students at Des Moines Public Schools. From physical exams to dental care to a food pantry, the facility is available and accessible to all DMPS students. In fact, if you still need to arrange for a back-to-school/athletic physical, the clinic will offer them on August 4, 11 and 18 from 12:30 to 4:00. Give the clinic a call at 242-8488 with questions or to schedule an appointment, or visit our web site for more information.
Visit DMPS at the Iowa State Fair
If you're visiting the Iowa State Fair this year, be sure to stop by the Des Moines Public Schools booth in the East Grandstand. We'll have information about district programs, giveaways for kids, and also be set up to help families complete registration for the 2016-17 school year. The Iowa State Fair is August 11-21.
Infinite Campus will be unavailable on Tuesday, August 2 for maintenance and upgrades to the system. If you have not yet completed online registration for the 2016-17 school year, please try to do so before then. Otherwise, Infinite Campus will be back online and available to parents with portal accounts again next Wednesday, August 3.
Roosevelt Wins Round One at State
Roosevelt faced a cross-metro matchup with Urbandale in their first game at the State High School Baseball Tournament Wednesday night. The Riders came away with a convincing 11-3 win, and face Iowa City West in the semifinal game Friday at 7:30 PM at Principal Park.  Enjoy photos from the State tournament on our Flickr page .
See Student Tech Projects in Action
We report above on Tech Camp, but be sure to also see this video of the robots and other projects our students created this summer during the program to introduce them to IT careers and opportunities. Click here for DMPS-TV's report about an initiative to introduce more students to technology.
August 8-9
Summit on School Climate and Culture  | click here for more information
August 10
First Day of the 2016-17 School Year  | Downtown School ONLY
August 10
Summer Graduation Ceremony  | Hoyt Sherman Place (6:00 PM)
August 11-21
Iowa State Fair  | Visit DMPS at the East Granstand
August 24
First Day of the 2016-17 School Year  | ALL SCHOOLS (except Downtown School)
Recent stories in the news about students, teachers and events at Des Moines Public Schools:
  • During the school year, Kacia Cain is an award-winning science teacher at Central Campus. During the summer, she becomes a fossil hunter, working with paleontologists on a dig at the Natural Trap Cave in north central Wyoming. The  Billings Gazette  profiles her time away from the classroom and in the cave.  Click here to read the paper's story about Ms. Cain .
  • Twenty North High School senior football players are doing some team-building in Colorado. WHO Radio reports on how, thanks to the support of local donors, the players took a train ride to Denver and are combining some sight-seeing in the Rocky Mountain state along with physical activities. Click here for WHO's story
  • Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Jouseppe Castillo-Mora, and everyone at Phillips Elementary School. The 6 year-old, who was going to start 1st grade next month, died following a car accident earlier this week. Justin Surrency of WHO-TV spoke with teacher Kelli Carpenter and principal Kristy Fitzgerald about Jouseppe and how, even as a kindergartner, he left some big memories as a class leader and budding artist. Click here to see Channel 13's report.
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