November 11, 2016 
We are sending today's edition of TheWeek@DMPS on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in honor of Veterans Day. Be sure to thank a man or woman who has served our nation today. This week we share how students have honored law enforcement over the past week, report on mock elections on Election Day, and introduce you to Becky and Levi, partners in learning at Goodrell Middle School. Read on for those stories and more.
From hugs and handshakes to wearing blue ribbons to forming giant hearts to lining funeral procession routes, students and staff throughout DMPS paid their respects over the past week to the memory of fallen police officers Justin Martin and Anthony Beminio, a former SRO for the school district. We captured photos from several of the tributes around DMPS and are honored to share them on our Flickr page.
While Moms and Dads were voting in the actual election on Tuesday, students across the district were continuing to get a hands-on lesson about democracy by holding mock elections. We stopped by to see 5th graders at Brubaker and 2nd graders at Phillips cast their ballots. Enjoy photos from "mock election day" on our Flickr page.
Becky Wells is a 7th grader at Goodrell Middle School. Levi the Labrador is her service dog. Following a head injury a few years ago that caused memory loss and other complications, Becky and Levi teamed up earlier this year, the dog helping her with a range of tasks. Click here to read and see more about how Becky and Levi are partners in learning at Goodrell.
Congratulations to Roosevelt Roughriders who signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday: Piper Mauck (Iowa State University- Volleyball), John Swanda (University of Nebraska - Baseball), Caitlyn Malloy (Grand View University - Track & Field), Natalie Galluzzo (Truman State University - Swimming), and Alexis Doyle (Quincy University - Basketball). And congrats to Hoover's Madisen Blackford on signing to play softball for Southeastern Louisiana University. See photos from the signing on our Flickr page.
Congratulations to DMPS students who competed at the Iowa Girls State Swimming and Diving Championships in Marshalltown last weekend. On Friday night Lincoln's Jolynn Harris (pictured at right) finished 4th in the diving competition. On Saturday Anna Liu of East competed in the 50 Freestyle and finished 4th in the 100 Freestyle. Hoover's Sophia Hostetter and Breazi Preston competed in the 100 Breastroke and Sophia also swam in the 200 individual medley. Visit the IGHSAU web site for complete results.
The Thanksgiving holiday is fast approaching. A reminder that there are no classes on Wednesday, November 23. On Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 all schools and district offices will be closed for the holiday.
Students Hold Vigil for Classmate
One recent evening, as the sun went down, candles were lit in front of Roosevelt High School to honor Yore Jieng, a 14 year-old freshman who died after being shot. Family and friends spoke about Yore as an always smiling kid who loved basketball and wanted to be a police officer.  See photos from the vigil on Flickr.
One Last Election Video
Regardless of who you voted for or how you feel about the outcome, most everyone is probably tired of election videos. Sorry, we have one more to share: 2nd graders at Phillips Elementary taking part in their mock election. As one student said, "I got to vote today, and it was very exciting." Click here for our DMPS-TV report.
November 15
School Board Meeting  -  Central Campus (6:30 PM)

November 23
No ClassesAll Schools 

November 24-25
Thanksgiving Holiday - No Classes/Offices Closed  

Winter Sports
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Recent items in the news or online about or of interest for students, teachers and parents at Des Moines Public Schools:
  • Iowa Public Radio had several perspectives about the 2016 election on their River to River talk show yesterday, including teachers who spoke about what it meant in the classroom and to their students. Catherine Lyons is a fifth grade teacher at Morris Elementary School in Des Moines who said: "We did a mock election, and my class overwhelmingly voted for Clinton. The reaction was really subdued. My students were talking about it with anxiety, asking a lot of questions about 'what does this mean?' I had a student hug me on the playground yesterday and say he'd miss me if his parents were deported." Click here to listen the entire show on IPR's web site. 
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