September 16, 2016 
For those of you keeping track, the 2016-17 school year is already 9 percent complete! This week we have good news to share about our efforts to ensure safe drinking water at our schools, the revival of the Marching Huskies at Hoover High School and a Perkins teacher who has been named a finalist for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Enjoy these stories and much more in this edition of The Week@DMPS! 
STORIES ABOUT OUR STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS
Test Results Point to Safe Drinking Water at DMPS
With increased national attention on the issue of lead in drinking water, DMPS began a series of tests last April to ensure safe drinking water at our schools. As of today, following the collection and analysis of more than 1,440 samples from throughout the school district, no drinking water test result is above the recommended threshold.  In order to maintain this high standard, DMPS is implementing a plan to regularly test the drinking water at all schools. While such testing is not required by law, DMPS is taking this action to further ensure a healthy environment in our schools. Click here for more information.
The Marching Huskies Return to the Field
For five or six years at least, nobody's exactly sure, Hoover High School has gone without a marching band. Then a few short weeks ago Hoover suddenly found itself without a band director at all. DMPS Fine Arts Curriculum Coordinator Ryan Rowley saw an opportunity and seized it, taking up the baton at Hoover and resurrecting a dormant program.  We stopped by Tuesday's practice to see them prepare for tonight's debut .
It's high school homecoming season, and last week the south side community took to the streets for Lincoln's homecoming parade. Hoover and Roosevelt are celebrating homecoming this week, North's homecoming festivities are next week, and East holds their homecoming football game on September 30 with a dance on October 1.  Click here for photos from Lincoln's parade.
Perkins Elementary School teacher Zac Christensen has been named an Iowa finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation's top honor for K-12 math and science teachers. If he wins the award, Christensen would be the 12th DMPS educator to earn the prestigious honor.  Click here to read more about the award as well as a Q&A with Christensen about the importance of math education.
Superintendent Tom Ahart stopped by Lovejoy Elementary School this week to check out the school's new front yard lending library. Great work by the staff and students at Lovejoy to encourage and support more reading by students, families and neighbors!
It was one year ago this week when President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited DMPS. On September 14, 2015 they entered a packed auditorium for a town hall meeting with North students. When asked why they were at North, the President responded " Because good things are happening here. The progress at North is what we want to see all across the country." Click here for our report on the event.
REMINDER: MAP TESTING IS UNDERWAY
At Des Moines Public Schools we embrace growth. We want to know whether our students are making gains academically throughout the school year. Because we value our students' growth in the classroom, this year we begin a new and improved way to measure their progress: the Measure of Academic Progress, or MAP test, which provides a timelier tool for both teachers and students.  The first round of the MAP test is underway through early October. Click here to learn more about this important new educational tool.
PHOTO GALLERIES OF THE WEEK
Riders, Polar Bears Meet in the Pool
The Fall high school sports season is well underway. We dropped by to capture some images of Tuesday's swim meet when the Roosevelt Roughriders hosted the North Polar Bears.  Click here to see photos.
Rails Top Scarlets in Volleyball
In other sports action, Lincoln visited East on Tuesday for a volleyball match and we were there too, getting shots of the digs, sets and spikes as the Rails prevailed in straight sets.  Click here to see photos of the match.
UPCOMING EVENTS
September 20
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 athletics.dmschools.org for schedules 
ICYMI: DMPS IN THE NEWS
Recent stories in the news about students, teachers and events at Des Moines Public Schools:
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