August 26 , 2016 
On Wednesday morning, the sun rose on a new school year at DMPS. Thanks to everyone for a great start to 2016-17. In this issue of TheWeek@DMPS, we profile two DMPS siblings who share careers in education and a kidney, feature how the Class of 2020 is being welcomed to high school, and highlight the launch of our Schools for Rigor initiative at six schools. Be sure to read on for these stories and much more.
DMPS Siblings Share Careers, and a Kidney
Jaime Robinson is a counselor/behavior strategist at Morris Elementary School. Tim Robinson teaches kindergarten at Capitol View Elementary School. In addition to being siblings who share a passion for education, this summer break was unlike any other they'll ever experience: Jaime gave Tim a kidney.   Be sure to read more about a pair of amazing DMPS educators.
High Schools Welcome the Class of 2020
The Class of 2020 - how's that for a perfect vision of four years from now? High school started Wednesday for the latest batch of DMPS frosh and they received warm welcomes in the days leading up to their baptism at each of the district's five comprehensive high schools, thanks in part to the work of the Link Crew.  Click here for more on a new class of 9th graders.
Schools for Rigor Underway in Des Moines
When Weeks Middle School teachers gathered first thing Monday morning in the library there were bagels and donuts and water and coffee for them. But mostly there was rigor, of which there will be a steady diet during the new school year that began Wednesday. Weeks is one of six pilot schools (along with North, Findley, Howe, Lovejoy and Perkins) in the adoption of the Schools for Rigor teaching and learning model. Learn more about how this initiative is one more step in DMPS becoming the nation's model of urban education.
A Blue Ribbon Time for DMPS at the State Fair
For the first time in recent history, DMPS had a booth at the Iowa State Fair; the state's largest provider of education teaming up with one of the state's most iconic events. Based on the response, taking part in the Fair was a blue ribbon-worthy opportunity for the district as dozens of families registered for school and thousands of people stopped by the booth. Click here to read and see more.
Roosevelt Senior Wins State Fair Talent Prize
Speaking of the Iowa State Fair, a big congratulations to Roosevelt senior Shana Liu on winning top prize at the Fair's Bill Riley Talent Show! The pianist's award-winning performance was the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 by Franz Liszt.  Click here to read the Des Moines Register's article about her winning performance.
Register for Grades 1-7 Flag Football Fall League
Des Moines Parks and Recreation and DMPS are partnering to offer Youth Flag Football to students in grades 1-7. Teams will be divided into age groups: 1-2 grade, 3-4 grade and 5-7 grade. Practices will take place once a week with games played Saturday mornings at a neighborhood location. The registration period runs through September 9 with practices beginning on September 20. Visit the Parks & Rec web site for more information and to register.
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.
First Day of School!
On Wednesday, the sun rose on a brand new school year at DMPS. Thanks to all of our students, parents, teachers and staff for a great first day. We've posted 180 photos of the first day at several schools which  you can enjoy on our Flickr page.
Summit on Climate and Culture
Earlier this month, DMPS hosted the Summit on School Climate and Culture, a conference of more than 1,200 educators working to improve the educational environment in schools. See our DMPS-TV report on this unique and powerful event.
September 5
Labor Day  | No Classes / Offices Closed

September 6
School Board Meeting  | Central Campus, 1800 Grand (6:00 PM)

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:
  • KOTV-TV, the CBS affiliate in Tulsa, is reporting on ways to improve alternative education in Oklahoma, and looking at examples of successful programs in the Midwest. So they paid a visit to the state with the highest graduation rate in the nation and our very own Scavo High School.  Be sure to click here and catch their extended report on how Scavo supports high school students who may benefit from an alternative to the traditional classroom, helping to direct them away from dropping out of school and towards earning a diploma.
  • As we report above, six schools have launched the Schools for Rigor initiative this year, an effort that will become district-wide over the next few years. Both WHO-TV and WOI-TV spoke with teachers and administrators this week to learn more about how this is going to move education forward in Des Moines. Click here to see Channel 5's report and here to see Channel 13's report.
  • WHO Radio reporter Connor Quealy stopped by King Elementary School and shares the school's festive atmosphere for the first day of school. Click here for WHO's story.
  • The start of a new school year means a hundred DMPS buses are now on the streets of Des Moines each day.  The Des Moines Register looked at the impact (or lack thereof) of the state's school bus stop arm law, a timely reminder for every driver to please pay attention when children are on their way to and from school. Click here for the paper's report.
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