August 19 , 2016 
Give or take a few minutes, it's just 120 hours until the start of the 2016-17 school year. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone next Wednesday. In this edition of TheWeek@DMPS, we note that more schools are participating in the USDA's no-cost meal program, welcome 87 new teachers to DMPS, and include information on how to stay connected with DMPS all year long with social media and our mobile app. Also, if you plan to attend the final weekend of the Iowa State Fair, stop by and say 'hi' at the DMPS booth. Be sure to read on for these stories and much more.
No-Cost Meal Program Expands to 40 Schools
With support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Des Moines Public Schools is able to offer no-cost breakfast and lunch at 40 schools, four early learning centers and several districtwide programs. The schools were selected based on the number of students living below or near the poverty line.  To learn more about the Community Eligibility Provision, click here.
School Begins for New DMPS Teachers
The school year began this week for 87 teachers who are both new to the profession and new to DMPS. New teacher orientation was held at Roosevelt High School, where the latest educators on the DMPS team learned everything from the big picture about the school district to practical matters such as logging on to computers. Welcome aboard and best wishes to all of our new teachers! Read more about them starting their careers.
Check Out Community Ed's Fall Offerings
The brand new Fall 2016 catalog for Community Education is hot off the printing press. From dance to gardening to business to yoga, check out the array of adult courses that are offered in Des Moines. Or be sure to visit the just-launched, new-and-improved DMPS Community Education web site at
Students of Color Plan Ahead for College
The inaugural Wanda Everage Academic Success Symposium, sponsored by Nationwide Insurance Company and the Drake University School of Education, culminated last Friday when participants delivered presentations on the topic of "Secrets of Success." Fifty DMPS students took part in the event designed to address the unique challenges that students of color face when preparing for college. Click here to read and see more.
Science Bound and DMPS: A Parent's Perspective
Science Bound is Iowa State University's premier pre-college program designed to increase the number of ethnically diverse students who pursue college STEM degrees. The program can lead to full-tuition scholarships at ISU. What do parents think about the program? Our partners at Science Bound spoke with Angela Mickens, whose son Xarius graduated from Roosevelt this year and is planning to major in chemical engineering at Iowa State.  Click here to read what she has to say.
Library of Congress Documents Callanan Murals
Photographer Carol Highsmith is traveling across the nation as part of a multi-year project to document America in the 21st century for the Library of Congress. One of her stops was Callanan Middle School, where she photographed the school's historic WPA murals. We caught up with Highsmith to learn more about her work and why she brought her camera to Callanan.
With the start of a new school year around the corner, be sure to stay connected with Des Moines Public Schools for news, announcements, reminders and more. In addition to Infinite Campus (be sure to contact your child's school if you do not have a parent portal account), there are two ways to know the latest and greatest from DMPS all year long:

CONNECT ON SOCIAL MEDIA: DMPS has a very active presence on social media, sharing a range of news and information each day about our schools, students and teachers. Give us a follow on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.

DOWNLOAD THE MOBILE APP: DMPS maintains a mobile app for on-the-go, in-the-palm-of-your-hand information, from calendars to maps to menus. Download the free app for your Apple or Android device today.
New Teachers Get Ready to Work
We note above that teachers new to the profession and new to DMPS began work early this week. Like thousands of students, these 87 educators got ready for the first day of school.  Enjoy photos from our new teacher orientation on our Flickr page .
Refugees Welcomed at DMPS
We reported last week about our new Summer Refugee Jumpstart Program, helping families new to the country settle in to the school district and community.   Click here for our DMPS-TV report on the program.
August 19-21
Iowa State Fair  | Visit the DMPS booth in the Hall of Law/Grandstand
August 24
First Day of the 2016-17 School Year  | ALL SCHOOLS (except Downtown School)
September 5
Labor Day  | No Classes / Offices Closed

Fall Sports
Football/Cross Country/Golf/Volleyball/Swim  | Visit for schedules
Recent stories in the news about students, teachers and events at Des Moines Public Schools:
  • Des Moines Public Schools is going to test seat belts on school buses this year. While safety belts are not required on buses, DMPS is taking possession of two new vehicles equipped with lap and shoulder belts this year. School Bus Fleet magazine reports on how our transportation staff will be looking at whether students are properly using the belts, if they're keeping students in their seats, how they improves our drivers' concentration, and more. Click here for the full story.
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