September 23, 2016 
Welcome to the beginning of Autumn. In some ways, today's newsletter turned into a special edition about honors for our students, including an East alum who is an inaugural recipient of an award in honor of George Washington Carver, a Roosevelt senior who finished first at a Yale debate tournament, and Hoover and Roosevelt students who earned recognition by the National Council on Youth Leadership. Enjoy these stories and much more in this edition of The Week@DMPS! 
East High Grad Earns Washington Carver Award
Estefany Argueta Herrera is a 2015 graduate of East High School who also took classes at Central Campus and participated in the Science Bound program. Now in her second year at  Iowa State University , Estefany is one of five undergraduates to receive the George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service Award at the inaugural George Washington Carver Dinner this week at Washington University in St. Louis. The program was sponsored by the George Washington Carver Birthplace Association. Awardees were named from each of the institutions where Dr. Carver attended or had an association: ISU, Lincoln University in Missouri, Kansas State University, Simpson College, and Tuskegee University.
Roosevelt senior Jacob Thompson won first place at the Yale University Invitational last weekend, where he competed in Extemporaneous Speaking against 114 other debaters from around the country. Jacob is ranked as one of the top high school extemporaneous speakers in the United States and was last year's state champion Congressional debater, state champion in Extemporaneous Speaking, and a third place finisher at the national championships. This summer he was also one of eight American students who traveled to South Korea to compete in an international event through George Mason University. 
Hoover, Roosevelt Students Receive NCYL Honors
Congratulations to Max Tensen of Hoover High School and Nawadir Ali of Roosevelt High School on being honored at the 24th annual National Council on Youth Leadership Youth Salute on Monday at Drake University. They will attend a four-day national leadership conference next month at Washington University in St. Louis where they will interact with civic and business leaders, participate in workshops and discussions, and compete for national scholarships and awards.
If you're looking for East's Rory Walling, check the end zone. As the high school football season nears the halfway mark the senior quarterback's name is at the top of the state charts in a couple of major categories. Walling is leading Class 4A in rushing with 757 yards on only 85 carries, an average of 8.9 per try. He's also tied for 2nd in scoring with 10 touchdowns in four games, pacing the Scarlets to a 3-1 record so far.  According to East Activities Director Lyle Fedders, Rory is "a great student and a member of our Student Ambassadors," who's on the swim team during the winter and is also a state qualifier in track.
The schools of DMPS were well-represented at the annual Beaverdale Fall Festival. From high school and middle school marching bands and cheerleaders to elementary school families, hundreds of students, parents, teachers, principals and School Board members took to the streets of Beaverdale to participate in this yearly kick-off to fall. Click here for photos of the Festival.
At its meeting this week the School Board elected officers for the upcoming year. Teree Caldwell-Johnson, who represents District 4 on the Board, was elected Chair and Cindy Elsbernd, an at-large member, will serve as Vice Chair. For more information on the School Board, including meeting schedules and agendas,  be sure to visit our web site
Last year Congress enacted the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces No Child Left Behind. ESSA requires that states develop plans to address standards, assessments, school and district accountability, and special help for struggling schools. The Iowa Department of Education is holding a series of meetings across the state to gather public input as part of its process. The meeting nearest Des Moines is next Monday, September 26 at the Heartland Area Education agency (6500 Corporate Drive in Johnston) beginning at 5:00 PM. Click here to learn more about the new educational law, the public meetings, and how to email your questions or comments.
Hoover Crowns School Royalty
To prepare for Homecoming last weekend, Hoover held their annual pep rally. Alumni classes of the 1980's purchased a spirit flag for the school. Douglas Wilson and Jackie Carmenate were named homecoming king and queen, and the senior class chanted the loudest to win the spirit stick.  Click here to enjoy photos.
Roosevelt Fires Up for Homecoming
The Roughriders at Roosevelt celebrated their school spirit too. After a parade around the neighborhood and a performance from the Isiserettes Drill & Drum Corp, the DMPS Operations staff helped light Roosevelt's annual bonfire to literally fire up the crowd for Homecoming.  Click here to see photos of the celebration.
September 26
ESSA Public Meeting - Heartland AEA (5:00 PM) | click here for more information 

October 4
School Board Meeting - Central Campus, 1800 Grand Avenue (6:00 PM) 

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

Fall Sports
Football/Cross Country/Golf/Volleyball/Swim  | Visit for schedules 
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