January 1, 2017 
Happy New Year from Des Moines Public Schools and TheWeek@DMPS. We hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season, that our students and staff are having a relaxing winter break, and send best wishes to all for 2017.

We are sending an abridged edition of our weekly e-newsletter as a reminder that DMPS schools and district offices will return to normal hours on Tuesday, January 3. Classes will resume that day for most students.

However, at our six Schools for Rigor - North High School, Weeks Middle School, and Findley, Howe, Lovejoy and Perkins elementary schools - teachers will be participating in a professional development training that day. Classes will resume for students at those six schools on Wednesday, January 4

Finally, we're pleased to share below a gallery with some of our favorite photos of 2016 and a look at the past year at Des Moines Public Schools.
During 2016, the DMPS communications staff posted a total of 8,519 photos to the school district's Flickr page. We're pleased to share more than 250 of our favorites taken over the past year. While a collection of photographs cannot tell the complete story of a school district, they are bits and pieces that represent the whole of DMPS: from academics to the arts to athletics, from dedicated staff to loving parents, from a presidential campaign to visiting VIPs, from first days of school to graduation ceremonies. If it's true that a picture is worth a thousand words, these photos say a lot about Des Moines Public Schools. Visit our Flickr page to enjoy at look back at highlights from 2016 at DMPS.
TheWeek@DMPS is a recipient of the 2016 Award of Merit 
from the National School Public Relations Association.
It is the policy of the Des Moines Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you believe you have (or your child) has been discriminated against or treated unjustly at school, please contact the Equity Coordinator, Isaiah McGee at 2323 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312 or 515-242-7662 or isaiah.mcgee@dmschools.org.