September 2, 2016 
DMPS students, teachers and staff are off to a great start to the school year. This week, we welcomed back DMPS alumna Cloris Leachman, two of our teachers won special statewide honors, hundreds of volunteers hit the streets to make sure students graduate and a teacher's Facebook post goes viral. Enjoy these stories and more in this edition of The Week@DMPS! 
Grad Walk Moves Focus to Attendance
There are fewer students dropping out of school so the DMPS annual Graduation Walk began shifting focus this year to chronic absenteeism in middle school, one of the leading indicators of a student in danger of later dropping out. Nearly 500 volunteers knocked on doors to explain the importance of being in school everyday. Click here to read the story.  
Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman returned to her hometown this week and met with students at her alma mater, Roosevelt High School.  A lot of things have changed since 1942 when she graduated, but not Leachman whose resume is decorated with an Oscar and many Emmys. Click here to read more about her visit.
Congratulations to Lincoln High School teacher Stephanie Brennan, who is being named Iowa Safe Schools Educator of the Year. As one of her students says, "She has been an amazing supporter for the youth, helped us through all of our hard times, and has saved lives." Click here to read more about Brennan's honor.  
Central Campus science teacher Kacia Cain has received another honor for her STEM education work. She has been named the Governor's STEM Advisory Council's August MVP! Cain's role as a STEM teacher earned her a spot on the council in 2013, and she has been instrumental in breaking through barriers to help students learn. Click here to read more about her honor. 
Hiatt Adds an Outdoor Classroom
Middle school students at Hiatt are learning in an outdoor classroom this year, thanks to volunteers, donations and a whole lot of work over the summer. We paid a visit on a beautiful day this week to get a feel for the potential of the new space. Click here to learn more about the project. 
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Friday Night Lights on for 2016 Season 
The 2016 high school football season kicked off last Friday. East visited Hoover and Roosevelt was at Lincoln. North hosted Waterloo East. The Scarlets topped the Huskies 36-13, the Rails edged the Riders 22-14, and the Polar Bears came away with a convincing 41-6 win. Click here to see photos.
Perkins Penguins on Parade
Principal Dan Koss led the Perkins Penguins on their annual parade around the neighborhood last week, getting the new year off on the right foot at the elementary school. After the parade, everyone gathered in the gym for a school song and official welcome.   Enjoy photos of the festivities on our Flickr page.
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:
  • After hearing about Jill Gilbert's run on Jeopardy!, CityView wanted to know how the DMPS English teacher and other Iowans were being chosen as contestants on popular gameshows. Click here to read about how it all came together.
  • Students come to Des Moines Public Schools from around the world, and the district's food service staff are doing their best to make the students feel welcome. The Des Moines Register has been observing our school lunch program's new immigrant-friendly flavor station. Click here to enjoy their video.
  • The Huffington Post featured a Lincoln High School math teacher after his Facebook post about school supplies went viral. See the heartfelt message he's sending to parents through a shared experience at a department store. Click here for the Huffington Post story.
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