January 20, 2017
Good morning from TheWeek@DMPS. This week we look at what students can gain from an afterschool program at Brody Middle School, describe how Monday's ice storm didn't stop a Movement 515 tribute to MLK, and include a reminder that registration is underway for courses and programs at Central Campus. Read on for those stories and more. 
The acronym is BAH, but it is anything but blah when it comes to Brody After Hours. BAH is Brody Middle School's branch of 21st Century Community Learning Center afters chool enrichment that launches another six-week batch of programming on Monday. We stopped by as 7th graders sampled programs to sign up for ranging from musical theater to culinary arts to jazz.  Click here to read and see  about how this program expands learning opportunities for students.
An ice storm that hit Iowa and most of the Midwest on Monday meant a change in plans for many events honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. But for Movement 515 the weather simply meant moving an MLK Day spoken word poetry workshop scheduled for King Elementary School to the virtual world, with students sharing their truths on social media.  Read more about how students were engaged in spite of the weather.
Vikings & Riders Meet in Epic Basketball Matchup
Roosevelt High School's varsity boys' and girls' basketball teams paid a visit to Ruby Van Meter Thursday morning to take on their co-ed team, the Van Meter Vikings. It was a tough fight, but at the end of the two games, the Vikings had upended the Riders twice. Roosevelt vowed to return next year for a rematch!
Food Corps Now Recruiting for Des Moines
Meet Esperanza, Patience and Jenetta, all FoodCorps members serving within the DMPS Food and Nutrition department to support school wellness, farm to school and nutrition education efforts. Their duties take them into classrooms and school gardens to help organize programs and events with a healthy focus. Click here to learn more about FoodCorps and how you could become a member.
Last May, Superintendent Tom Ahart testified to the U.S. Senate about the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA), the law that governs K-12 education policy, and the adverse impact a proposed part of the law known as "supplement not supplant" could have for school districts across the country, including forced teacher transfers. This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced it was dropping the proposal. Dr. Ahart served on a federal rule-making committee for ESSA.  Click here to read and see Ahart's testimony  and  click here for an earlier interview with him about the issue .
Discover Central Campus, Iowa's premier regional academy with nationally recognized advanced career programs for high school students. Central Campus provides students with career exploration and preparation in more than 30 programs. Internships, lab work and technical courses of study are part of a relevant, hands-on approach. An integrated academic curriculum benefits students through involvement in career-related applications of their learning. New for 2017-18: Skilled Trades Academy and Cybersecurity! Visit centralcampus.dmschools.org/enrollment to learn more about enrolling in a Central Campus program.
Box Night at Walnut Street
It was a mix of cardboard, scissors and imagination  last  Friday night at the Walnut Street School. Students and parents got together in the school's gym for "Box Night," constructing everything from robots to houses to cars. Enjoy photos of the event on our Flickr page.
Weeks Hosts South Side ELL Workshop
Weeks Middle School hosted the first South Side ELL Latino Workshop Tuesday night. Parents of students at all Lincoln High School feeder schools were invited to attend this informative event. The topics included attendance, behavior, school rules and regulations, and more.  See photos from the workshop on our Flickr page.
January 21
Coffee with Legislators - Hubbell School (9:00 AM) - click here for more information  

January 24
School Board Meeting - Central Campus (6:00 PM)    

Winter Sports
Basketball/Bowling/Swimming/Wrestling | 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:
  • Three DMPS parents and members of the DMPS Community Legislative Action Team - Louisa Dykstra, Joe Nolte, and Kelli Soyer - have a guest editorial in the Des Moines Register urging legislators to support public education because it's the key to reversing the cycle of poverty. As they note: "Education, as a pathway out of poverty, is one of the smartest investments." Be sure to click here and give their thoughtful piece a read. 
  • We reported a couple of weeks ago on the growth in popularity in high school wrestling by girl students, in particular at Lincoln High School. WHO-TV stopped by a recent Rails practice session to talk with team members about the increase in female competitors, and what the future might hold for the sport in Iowa. Click here for Channel 13's story. 
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