October 14, 2016 
Good morning from TheWeek@DMPS. Today we report on a memorial at Stowe Elementary for two fallen DMPD officers with close ties to the school, congratulate Roosevelt's Willis Gaer on winning the state high school golf title, and share science-related news as two schools host distinguished scientists in town for the World Food Prize while a teacher travels the world to save the nautilus. Enjoy these stories and much more in this edition of The Week@DMPS! 
When DMPD police officers Carlos Puente-Morales and Susan Farrell were killed in the line of duty earlier this year, one elementary school was personally touched: Stowe. Puente-Morales' children attend the school and Farrell's cousin is a teacher there. Students and police officers recently planted two trees on the school's front lawn, a memorial that will stand tall in honor of two fallen officers. Click here to read and see more of this very special event.
Dr. Greg Barord is a teacher at Central Campus, in the school's acclaimed marine biology program. He is also one of the world's leading authorities on the nautilus. Last week he was in South Africa at a conference on endangered species, supporting regulatory protections governing international trade of nautiluses. Click here to read more about the work of another extraordinary teacher at DMPS.
World Food Prize Feeds Students Opportunities
The World Food Prize has been referred to as the Nobel Prize of agriculture and food science. Headquartered in Des Moines, the WFP also feeds students at DMPS with many science-related opportunities. This week, two scientists from Africa, in town for WFP events, spoke with students at Central Campus and Hoover High about their fields of study. Click here to read more about this special opportunity for students in Des Moines.
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is commissioning Michel Schmida's art class at Scavo High School to illustrate a coloring book to be used as part of a fundraiser. Each Scavo student-artist will be assigned a photograph to illustrate that tells a success story of an animal adopted through the ARL. The book is scheduled to be published and ready for sale in early December. For photos of the work underway in the art class at Scavo,  visit our Flickr page.
Parents "Do Lunch" at Greenwood Elementary School
It's National School Lunch Week, and to mark the occasion Greenwood Elementary School hosted more than 150 parents for lunch on Wednesday. The menu included chili with "homegrown" black beans; cupcakes made with aronia berries; corn muffins and cherry tomatoes; and zucchini from the Wallace Center. Iowa icon Henry A. Wallace, who once lived down the street from Greenwood, started the school lunch program when he was Secretary of Agriculture. Click here to read and see more.
Roosevelt's Gaer Wins State Golf Title
Congratulations to Roosevelt High School's Willis Gaer, who won top individual honors at the Class 4A State High School Golf Tournament, played last weekend at the Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City. Gaer's two-stroke victory made him the first Roughrider to win a state golf title since 1947.
Parent-teacher conferences continue this month for many schools in Des Moines. Schools in the Hoover and North feeder patterns held conferences last week, and schools in the Roosevelt feeder pattern held conferences this week. Parent-teacher conferences for schools in the Lincoln feeder pattern are the week of October 17-21, and the East feeder pattern is the week of October 24-28. Parents, please make time to take advantage of the opportunity to visit your child's school and talk with their teachers. If you have any questions, please contact your child's school.
Riders Claim CIML XC Titles
Hundreds of runners took over Ewing Park on Tuesday for the 2016 CIML Metro Conference cross country championship. Harriers from East, Hoover, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt competed along with Ottumwa. Four races were held: girls' and boys' junior varsity followed by girls' and boys' varsity competitions. Congratulations to Roosevelt on sweeping the girls' and boys' team titles.  We've posted more than 100 photos from the meet to our Flickr page .
Intellect, Friendship via Chess
Teacher Howard Hewlett coaches students in the Weeks Middle School chess club, which is growing strong and now has 50 members. Practices are held three times a week, but they also play outside of school through the phone app Chess with Friends. Hewlett says the club promotes intellectualism and friendship between students. We stopped by to see these grandmasters-in-waiting hone their skills and  shared some photos on our Flickr page.
October 17-21
Parent-Teacher Conferences - Schools in the Lincoln High feeder pattern  

October 18
School Board Meeting - Central Campus, 1800 Grand Avenue (6:00 PM) 

October 24-28
Parent-Teacher Conferences - Schools in the East High feeder pattern 

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

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:
  • Roosevelt girls found meaning in the tragic loss of a friend and teammate. Last May, Peri Sagun died when a brick pillar fell on her. But her memory and spirit lives on, inspiring the volleyball team at Roosevelt High School, where she would have been a 9th grader. The freshman team has Peri's photo on the bench during games, wear practice shirts with her name and number that read "Expect Nothing, Appreciate Everything," and now have the Peri Sagun Team First Award that will be presented to a player each year . Be sure to click here to see WHO-TV's report .
  • We report above about the memorial at Stowe Elementary School for two fallen Des Moines police officers. Justin Surrency of WHO-TV visited Stowe to learn more about what this means for the school's students and staff, and why they felt it was important to pay tribute. Click here for Channel 13's report.
  • Des Moines Register columnist Daniel Finney writes about the collaboration between Scavo High School and the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. The school's art class is creating a coloring book for the ARL, a project that will raise money for stray animals and bring greater recognition to the good work of Scavo's students. Click here to read the story
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