October 21, 2016 
Good morning from TheWeek@DMPS. In this edition we share the latest episode of CSI: Central Campus as criminal justice students work to crack a new case, report on a visit to Willard Elementary School by some ISU Cyclones, and encourage you to join our Community Legislative Action Team as the start of the 2017 legislature draws near. Also, a reminder that there are no classes at DMPS next Friday, October 28. Read on for these stories and more.
The bad news: the victim of a mock (repeat mock!) homicide at Central Campus the other morning was a DMPS security officer. Evidence at the scene indicated that the perpetrator may be a clown, an appropriate suspect given the nationwide creepy clown hoax on social media. The good news: the Criminal Justice program is on the case. Now in just its second year, the program has more than doubled in size, from 16 to 40 students with a waiting list of more than a hundred.  Click here for more about the program and this unique lesson.
With an  undergraduate  and two graduate degrees from Iowa State University, Willard Elementary School principal Julie Kruse is a proud Cyclone. So when she bumped into the ISU athletic director at a recent football game she couldn't resist inviting the Cyclones for a visit. Several athletes stopped by school Thursday for a Q&A session with students as well as a scrimmage in the gym.  Click here to read and see more .
The DMPS Community Legislative Action Team (DMPS-CLAT) is made up of parents and other community members who recognize the need for more awareness of how specific legislative actions affect our schools. Visit our web site to learn more about DMPS-CLAT, their plans for the 2017 legislature, and how you can get involved, including monthly coffees with Des Moines legislators and their annual advocacy day at the State Capitol.
Whether you're for the Chicago Cubs or that other team (OK, we admit it, our communications staff is a little biased when it comes to baseball), be sure to look for Hoover High School alum Eric Cooper on the field. Cooper is part of the officiating crew for the National League Championship Series that's currently underway between Chicago and Los Angeles.
Congratulations to the Callanan Cougars for winning the 8th Grade City Volleyball Championship. All 10 DMPS middle schools competed in the tournament earlier this month at the Hoover High School gymnasium.
Next Friday, October 28 is a professional development day for faculty at Des Moines Public Schools. There will be no classes that day. School resumes its regular schedule on Monday, October 31.
Roosevelt's Prentice Runs to State
Thursday was the last day of the season for most cross country runners as State Cross Country Qualifying Meets were held across Iowa. Runners from East, Hoover, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt competed on the DMACC campus in Ankeny. Congratulations to Roosevelt sophomore Harry Prentice who qualified for State for the second year in a row.  See photos on our Flickr page.
Riders Volleyball Advances in Postseason
The Roosevelt High School volleyball team cleared the first round of postseason play, sweeping Southeast Polk to win the regional quarter final Class 5A match on Wednesday night. The Roughriders (31-19) will face Dowling next Tuesday at 7:00 PM.  Visit the IGHSAU web site for volleyball tournament information and see our Flickr page for photos from Roosevelt's match.
October 24-28
Parent-Teacher Conferences - Schools in the East High feeder pattern  

October 28
Teacher EQ Development Day - No Classes (ALL Schools) 

November 1
School Board Meeting - Central Campus (6:30 PM) 

Fall Sports
Football/Cross Country/Golf/Volleyball/Swim  | Visit athletics.dmschools.org for schedules 
Recent items in the news or online about or of interest for students, teachers and parents at Des Moines Public Schools:
  • Hoover Huskies quarterback Byron Jarrett has already passed for more than 2,000 yards this football season. Lincoln Rails quarterback Will McElvain is on track to break that mark at tonight's game. The Des Moines Register looks at these two and a handful of other players across the state reaching or nearing this milestone. Click here for the newspaper's report.
  • The Des Moines Register also looking at the top rushers this football season, including East Scarlets quarterback Rory Walling. He's already rushed for 1,462 yards this season, leading Class 4A. Click here for the paper's story.
  • Do you remember how excited (or nervous) you were on school picture day? WOI-TV Channel 5 visited Studebaker Elementary School to see kindergarten students on picture day. Click here to view the story.
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