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DMPS
August 2012

Des Moines Public Schools

COMMUNITY REPORT

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One Couple. Six Decades of Dedication.


Certain families are just good at certain lines of work. The Wallendas fly. The Windsors reign. The Pughs teach. Between them, Wyatt and Jody Pugh have taught for nearly sixty years, almost all of them for DMPS. And neither of them is planning to graduate any time soon. When the bell rings to start the 2012-13 school year on August 22, Jody will welcome her third-graders at Hubbell and Wyatt will greet his fourth-graders at Phillips and away theyll go, just like theyve been doing every year of their marriage. When were having dinner or walking the dogs, were always talking shop, says Jody. I told Wyatt that Im afraid were getting boring. The thousands of students theyve taught over the years at Moulton, Stowe, Adams, Hubbell (Jody), Greenwood and Phillips (Wyatt) would disagree, as would anyone who knows the dedicated twosome. Their social calendar includes weddings, commencements and Eagle Scout ceremonies theyre invited to by ex-pupils. When Wyatt went for a calcium scoring procedure the medical technicians first question for him was, Remember me? He invited his class to the wedding when he and Jody got married. Most of them came and one of them grew up to become the Pughs family dentist! They can hardly go out for dinner or a movie without running into personal alumni who go out of their ways to say hello to their former teachers. Sometimes they Continued on Page 2...

When the bell rings to start the 2012-13 school year on August 22, Jody will welcome her third-graders at Hubbell and Wyatt will greet his fourth-graders at Phillips.

DMPS Community Report | AUGUST 2012

It is my privilege, as interim Superintendent, to share with you the back-to-school edition of the DMPS Community Report.
Since the end of the 2011-2012 school year, our staff has been busy providing learning and service opportunities for students and families throughout the summer as well as preparing for the return of our students this month. From new websites to improved facilities at many of our schools to hosting our first regional Advanced Placement institute, the long, hot summer of 2012 has been time well spent by DMPS staff to improve learning conditions and expand learning opportunities. This new school year will bring more efficiency in how we conduct our central administration business, more opportunities for students to experience learning, and higher expectations for rigorous classroom environments in every school. From redesigning how we deliver professional development opportunities to reinventing our support system for teachers new to the profession, DMPS is recognized across the state as a leader in educational innovation and leadership. I am proud to be a member of the outstanding DMPS team of educators. Des Moines Public Schools offers tremendous opportunities and an amazing array of choices for students and families. There is no better place in Iowa to educate our young people. Welcome back!

Tom Ahart, Interim Superintendent

Tom Ahart Interim Superintendent

One Couple. Six Decades of Dedication.


Continued from Page 1... get mail from kids who went on to become teachers themselves. Once, Wyatt was even called upon to speak at a childs funeral. Teaching came naturally to them both. Wyatts father, Dr. Ray Pugh, taught and coached at North High School and Callanan Middle School in the 1960s. His mother also taught briefly, as did Jodys mother and one of her grandfathers. Jodys sister, Laurie Phillips, teaches art at Lincoln High School and her brother-in-law, Gene Lynch, teaches math at Roosevelt High School. The eldest of the Pughs three children (DMPS grads all), Katherine, teaches kindergarten in Grimes and her husband, Mike Southmayd, is a PE teacher at Perkins Elementary. And all of this in the family teaching pedigree is not to mention Jodys father, John Keck, whose career as an NFL referee surely had something in common with management of a classroom full of grade-schoolers. The Pughs first met at Y Camp in Boone. Wyatts father was the camp director in those days and both Jody and Wyatt were counselors there for many summers. After starting his teaching career in Urbandale and Johnston, Wyatt spent several years in the early 90s working fulltime as the camp director in succession of his dad. He credits the Y Camp experience as an important source of leadership modeling that he stills draws upon. When Wyatt came back to teaching and began his DMPS career at Greenwood he says he was immediately struck by the fact that heirs to the Des Moines aristocracy were learning right alongside hardscrabble kids and forming friendships that are the foundation of bridges across the achievement gap. He says technology is the biggest change thats occurred during his and Jodys careers and notes that school is where something too often used as a babysitter at home can become a learning tool. This promises to be another big year for the Pughs. Their son, John, gets married in December and David, the youngest in the family, will graduate from Central College in Pella next spring. Then they can take it easy, right? Not exactly. Theyre oncall as babysitters for their grandson, Ben, and theres always another crop of third and fourth graders coming through the pipeline. For the foreseeable future they better plan on more of those dog-walking, dinner table collaborations. The line between their business and their pleasure was erased a long time ago.

Brave New Voices Heard Loud and Clear


Emily Lang and Kristopher Rollins are means to the ends; Graduate Ends, that is, as in the DMPS Graduate Ends. Lang and Rollins both teach at Harding Middle School.You might even call them entrepreneurial teachers because theyve started something from scratch that stands to payoff in lots of ways for lots of people. Theyve recently returned from San Francisco where they took a group of six DMPS students to participate in the Brave New Voices (BNV) Poetry Festival.The trip was a golden opportunity for both students and their teachers to attend workshops and swap thoughts and experience with peers. At first glance it might seem like the culmination of what Rollins and Lang have been working hard on in recent years but the whole delegation returned with appetites whetted for more creation. The next in a burgeoning series of opportunities for the protgs of Rollins and Lang happened on August 13 at Hoyt Sherman Place when Minorities on the Move, a summer program launched by the two teachers with the help of United Way put on a show similar to the Share the Mic events that were staged at different venues around the community last year except that this was primarily a showcase for the BNV contingent and not a fundraiser for any community agency. Besides that program, the creative startup firm of Rollins & Lang has established Movement 515, a creative writing group for students that meets weekly throughout the school year,

one they are working to expand district-wide. Theres even a class at Harding now called Hip-Hop: Rhetoric & Rhyme that engages kids in a culture theyre familiar and comfortable with and channels their creative, team-building impulses in lots of directions. Rollins is quick to point out that the kids are learning across disciplines. Besides mustering the confidence to perform in the community events, they staff them and plan them. Experience is gained in budgeting and fundraising. Social consciousness is raised. Horizons are expanded. The kids have designed and maintain a website and mentoring alliances are being developed with minority business owners. Already on the fall calendar is a Share the Mic event on October 26 that will benefit the Des Moines Public Schools Foundation. Plans are also underway for what will amount to a local qualifying competition for next summers BNV festival in Chicago. The guiding principle behind everything is energetic reciprocity.

Its the idea of using our collective energy as a group to always build each other up with support, compassion, respect and the utmost positivity even in our weakest, most vulnerable moments. We NEVER tear each other down, says Rollins. He and Lang are starting to get the feeling of having created an awakening monster. And they need help. Right now their colleague at Harding, Larry Moore, is all in but they are seeking out counterparts at other schools to scale up all the models theyve built. The word demonstrate pops up in the districts Graduate Ends a lot. Tests and grades are good barometers of some things. But not everything that the community has declared it wants taught and learned in the schools. A vivid demonstration of qualities that tests and grades cant measure was on display at the Hoyt Sherman event on August 13. If you missed it check out the prospectus of Rollins & Lang here: http://rundsm.org/

Celebrating Our Achievements


This regular feature of the DMPS Community Report highlights awards and achievements of district students and staff. Please let us know if you have a notable achievement to share by e-mailing Sarah Taylor at sarah.taylor@dmschools.org. Here are some achievements from the past few months.

The East High School softball team placed second in the Class 5-A state softball tournament in July. The Scarlets won games against Davenport West and Pleasant Valley to advance to the championship game against Ankeny. Their final record was 33-6. Three players were named to the Class 5-A alltournament team: Riley Fisher, Jessica Grochala, and Meredith Henriksen. Four Central Campus Culinary Arts students competed in the FCCLA national competitions in Orlando, Florida in June. The Hospitality team composed of Jennifer Brooker (Lincoln graduate) and

Josh Cooper (Roosevelt graduate) earned a gold medal; and the Entrepreneurship team of Hannah Dewey and Hannah DeVries (Lincoln graduates) earned a Bronze medal. Thirty-five Des Moines elementary schools have been awarded Fuel Up to Play 60 grants from the Midwest Dairy Council for the upcoming school year. The money will be used to promote physical activity and healthy choices. Des Moines Public Schools was recognized as one of the 2012 recipients of the Governors Iowa Environmental Excellence Award

in June. The award, presented to the district this morning by Governor Terry Branstad, is the premier Iowa environmental honor recognizing result-oriented, sustainable strategies by both public and private organizations across the state. Luke Sheeley, who will be a senior at Roosevelt High School, was a national winner of an all-expensepaid three-week summer study trip to Germany. He scored in the 96th percentile on the Level 3 2012 National German Exam for high school students sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

Jumpstart Back to School Health Fair Held at East High School


The Jumpstart Back to School Health Fair was held at East High School on July 18. Over 150 volunteers from area organizations helped provide services. The staff at East High School went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and to support the program from set up through tear down. We could not have done it without them, said Jean Phillips, retired Health Services Supervisor. I am humbled and grateful to work in a community that will come together in this way to support the needs of kids and families. It is truly awe inspiring. This year the health fair provided a record number of services: 1,157 physicals 693 dental screens 314 vaccines were given to 113 children and consultations with another 67 students who were found to be up to date on their vaccines. Over 2,000 backpacks stocked with schools supplies were distributed to children receiving health services.

DMPS Earns National Honors for Communication Efforts


school districts in the nation to receive an Award of Excellence for social media. NSPRA also presented Des Moines Public Schools with an Award of Merit for the school districts new website, blog, human resources brochure, and a DMPSTV video featuring the Hillis Cookie Caucus, as well as in the excellence in writing category for a newspaper editorial. Additional awards included Honorable Mention for the DMPS Community Report newsletter and DMPS-TV News Brief. We are trying to do more and more to make news and information readily available to the public in a variety of formats, and its an honor that this work has been recognized nationally, said Phil Roeder, director of community relations for Des Moines Public Schools. While its great to be awarded for our work over the past year, Im looking forward to our efforts in the coming months and years to do even more.

The following is a list of the awards earned in various categories by DMPS (with links to those items available online): AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Social Media: Integrated use of multiple social media sites including www.facebook.com/DMschools, www.twitter.com/DMschools, www.flickr.com/dmps, www.youtube.com/dmpstv, http://dmschools.tumblr.com/ AWARD OF MERIT Blog: The districts For the Record blog at blog.dmschools.org Excellence in writing: The Myth of the Failing High School in Iowa (newspaper editorial published in the Des Moines Register) Marketing materials: A Great Place to Live and Learn (human resources recruiting brochure) Videocasting: DMPS-TV Hillis Cookie Caucus story Website: the new Des Moines Public Schools site at www.dmschools.org HONORABLE MENTION Electronic Newsletter: DMPS Community Report, the districts everyother-month newsletter Videocasting: DMPS-TV News Brief, the districts monthly video news update

Des Moines Public Schools earned recognition in several categories for its communications efforts at the 2012 National School Public Relations Associations (NSPRA) annual national seminar in Chicago in July. The district earned a total of eight awards in NSPRAs Publications and Electronic Media Awards competition. DMPS received an Award of Excellence, the highest honor awarded in any category, for its efforts to enhance the use of social media over the past year. The school districts online presence includes Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and Tumblr, which are integrated with the districts new website. DMPS was one of only two

Weeks Students Showcase STEM Education at Mecum Auto Auction


Twenty students from Weeks Middle School had the opportunity to attend the Mecum Auto Auction and participate in the Mecum Challenge sponsored by Discovery Education and Mecum Auctions held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on July 20, 2012. The Mecum Challenge is designed to provide students an opportunity to connect skills learned in school to a real-life situation; inspire students to develop a lifelong passion for science, technology, engineering and math; and encourage students to explore STEM careers in the future. Discovery organized the Mecum Challenge in only four locations throughout the U.S. this summer, so the Weeks Middle School students were thrilled to take part. The students participated in a scavenger hunt during the auction to answer questions about the science of cars and engines. Students learned about Mecum cars, Mecum Auto Auctions and the importance of STEM education. I feel very privileged to work with these students. They asked wonderful, thought provoking questions about all aspects related to the production and delivery of the Mecum Auto Auction shown on the Velocity Channel, said Tracy Cavalier, Weeks Middle School science teacher. Too often students think science takes place only

in a laboratory, so this opportunity really opened their eyes to real-world science. A production crew also filmed the students as they conduct the scavenger hunt and will produce a feature that will air on Velocity inviting viewers to take the Mecum Challenge.

Building Improvements Continue Throughout Summer


Students may be away from school over the summer, but the DMPS Operations staff is busier than ever sprucing up buildings for the start of the new school year. Crews are working overtime to get our schools receiving major renovations as ready as possible for the first day of school, said Bill Good, Chief Operations Officer. There will still be some work to finish but students will notice a vastly improved learning environment in many of our schools on the first day. An extensive renovation of McCombs Middle School, 201 County Line Rd., will be complete for the start of the school year. The school will boast eight new classrooms, a renovated auditorium, and mechanical/electrical upgrades. Renovations at Hiatt Middle School, 1214 E. 15th St., will be near completion for the first day of school and include a new kitchen at the north end of the school, a new main office, exterior door replacement, mechanical/ electrical upgrades, security/ technology upgrades, and parking lot improvements. The addition of a Boys & Girls Club at Hiatt will be finished in the fall. Samuelson Elementary School, 3929 Bel Aire, also will be complete for the first day and feature one additional classroom. Exterior improvements completed over the summer include a remodeled front entrance at Central Campus, 1800 Grand Ave., a new student drop off at Madison Elementary, 806 Hoffman Ave., and a new parking lot at North High School, 501 Holcomb Ave. District officials broke ground to begin construction of a brand new Edmunds Elementary School site in April. Site work and utility work has begun with construction to begin later this month. The new school is slated to be complete for the start of the 2013 year. Though the priority is providing the best learning environment possible, one thing which many dont think about is the millions of dollars our district is investing in our community, added Good. Hundreds of workers are in our buildings not only supporting our students, but also their families as a result of the work. Ongoing projects to be completed this fall include:

Work is underway at Studebaker Elementary School

Work is underway at LoveJoy Elementary School

Brody Middle School, 2501 Park Ave. four additional classrooms, elevator addition, restroom expansion, renovated auditorium. Hoover High School, 4800 Aurora Ave. exterior window and door replacement, electric/ mechanical improvements, new lights and new boiler. Lovejoy Elementary School, 801 E. Kenyon Rd. an addition to the school to eliminate portables and open classrooms, security/ technology upgrades, window and door replacement, mechanical/ electrical upgrades. Meredith Middle School, 4827 Madison Ave. an addition to the school to eliminate portables and Continued on Page 7...

Building Improvements Continue Throughout Summer


Continued from Page 6... open classrooms, complete exterior window and door replacement, mechanical/electrical upgrade, security/ technology upgrades. Studebaker Elementary School, 300 E. County Line Rd. classroom walls built to eliminate open classrooms, mechanical/electrical upgrades, security/ technology upgrades. Smouse Opportunity School, 2820 Center St. remodeled classrooms, elevator addition, electrical/ mechanical upgrades, restroom improvements. Several additional buildings are undergoing masonry and roofing improvements. Renovations also continue at Central Campus, 1800 Grand Ave. on the first and second floors. Completion is slated for 2013.

Central Teacher: Present at the Discovery


Imagine if you were heading to high school football practice this month and got word that one of your coaches had Super Bowl experience. If you substitute physics for football (lets face it, there is a lot of overlap) thats not unlike the prospects facing students enrolled in the classes of Sarah Karbeling at Central Academy. Last spring we reported on Karbelings selection for a prestigious summer internship at the CERN facilities near Geneva, Switzerland and she was there when science made what a layman might consider a quantum leap in July. Remember the big announcement about the discovery of the Higgs Boson? To fall back again on Laymanese, maybe you know it as the god particle, a term Karbeling and self-respecting physicists everywhere disdain. Karbeling was at ground zero when the muchanticipated announcement was made. Check out these excerpts from her summer blog at karbeling.blog.com Could be tough finals in Karbelings classes this year

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Meet the New Principals


Des Moines Public Schools is pleased to welcome six new principals to the district this year.
Carrie Belt
Hubbell Elementary Carrie Belt is the principal at Hubbell Elementary School, the states first elementary school in DMPS to be authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years School. Belt was previously the dean of students at Park Avenue Elementary School for three years. Before that, she worked an elementary teacher in Council Bluffs, Des Moines, and Urbandale. Belts experience at Park Avenue, which also is now an authorized IB School, will benefit the Hubbell students and the community. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Hubbells dedicated staff, parents, and students, said Belt. Excitement is brewing as we begin the new school year. An important part of my job will be centered around reauthorizing our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. Belt received a BA in elementary education from Simpson College and earned her MS in Education (Elementary Leadership) from Drake University.

Scott Nichols
Windsor Elementary Scott Nichols is the new principal of Windsor Elementary School. He has served as the dean of students at River Woods Elementary School since 2010 and previously taught in the Humboldt-St. Marys and Knoxville (IA) school districts. He is excited to begin working with the students and staff at Windsor. As students walk through the doors each morning, they should feel that school is an inviting and exciting place where they can stretch their abilities to the fullest potential, said Nichols. I am looking forward to working with everyone at Windsor to help every student realize their potential. Nichols received a BS in elementary education from Iowa State University. He also has both a MS and Specialist in Education degree from Drake University.

Thomas Hoffman
Brody Middle School Brody Middle School welcomes new principal Thomas Hoffman, who previously served as principal of Ames Middle School, located in the Chicago Public Schools. He also was an educator for several years in Arizona. Hofffman is thrilled to be part of the Des Moines Public Schools and is ready for the new school year to begin. Students, families and teachers at Brody have a long tradition of excellence, said Hoffman. Im honored to be the new instructional leader of this learning community. Moving forward, Brody remains committed to high levels of student success. Hoffman earned a BA in English literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is completing his Ed.D from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. He also holds an M.Div from Concordia Seminary, a MA in history from St. Johns University, a MA in Urban Educational Leadership from Arizona State University, and an M.Ed in Educational Leadership from NationalLewis University in Chicago.

Tina Langston
Cowles Montessori Tina Langston will take over the helm at Cowles Montessori School, serving students in grades K-8. She is knowledgeable about the Montessori learning model, having served as the principal of Border Star Montessori in Kansas City, MO for five years. Prior to that, she was a vice principal and a first grade teacher in Kansas City. Langston is happy to be joining Des Moines Public Schools and leading the charge at Iowas only Montessori School. I am thrilled to take on this new challenge and be part of the wonderful community at Cowles Montessori, said Langston. It will be exciting to continue the success the school has experienced and also share my knowledge with the teachers and students. Langston received her BS in Elementary Education from Creighton University and an MA in educational administration from the University of Missouri Kansas City.

Meet the New Principals


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Dr. Debbie Chapman
Hiatt Middle School Dr. Debbie Chapman is the new principal at Hiatt Middle School. She previously served as a School Improvement Leader at Lincoln High School. Prior to joining Des Moines Public Schools, she was a math teacher in Missouri and Arkansas and served as K-12 mathematics curriculum coordinator for the Ankeny Community School District and the Pulaski County Special School District in Arkansas. Chapman has been busy getting organized and preparing for an exciting school year. Hiatt is receiving a facelift this summer and we are looking forward to moving back into the new and improved Hiatt, said Chapman. The teachers have been extremely helpful in my transition into the new role and have eagerly volunteered to help out at registration and several also agreed to participate in a building wide instructional strategy class to be offered after school hours. These are just a couple of the ways they have demonstrated their desire to go above and beyond what is required. Chapman received her BS in mathematics education and M.Ed in middle level education from Southeast Missouri State University. She received her Ed.S and Ed.D in education administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she was also an instructor.

Amy Wiegmann
Brubaker Elementary Long-time DMPS educator Amy Wiegmann is the new principal at Brubaker Elementary School. She spent five years as the dean of students at Brubaker and last year, she was the school improvement leader at Smouse Opportunity School. Having previous experience with the students and staff at Brubaker, she is enthusiastic to return. I am very excited for the opportunity to return to Brubaker, and build upon the solid educational foundation that is in place for our students, said Wiegmann. Together, I know we will focus on the common goal of helping students succeed, both academically and socially. Wiegmann began her career in education at Des Moines Public Schools 20 years ago as a self-contained autism teacher at Hanawalt Elementary School. She also was a special education behavior interventionist at Merrill Middle School and a positive behavior support teacher for the school districts west zone. Wiegmann received a BS in elementary education from the University of Iowa and holds two Masters degrees from Iowa State University, one in curriculum and instruction, and a second in educational administration.

New Faces at the District Administration Office


Health Services Supervisor Marci Cordaro joins DMPS after spending two years at Mercy College training new nurses. She previously was an instructor and department chair of the Health Careers program at Central Campus. Business & Finance Controller Nick Lenhardt is a Certified Public Accountant who has worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Kansas City and most recently was an Assistant Controller/Financial Reporting Manager at Marsh and McLennan Companies in Urbandale. Director of Federal and Grant Programs Wilma Gajdel returns to DMPS after working as a consultant for the Iowa Department of Education for six years. She held various positions in the district from 1976-2007 including being principal at Lovejoy and Monroe elementary schools. Director of Elementary School Services Barry Jones has worked for DMPS since 1999. Most recently he worked at Windsor Elementary School where he served as principal for eight years. Director of Elementary Student Services Mike Lord has worked for DMPS since 1997. He was the principal of Brubaker Elementary School from 2007-2012. Director of Teaching and Learning Noelle Tichy was a School Improvement Leader at Hiatt Middle School during the 2011-2012 school year and also has been an elementary teacher and a literacy leader for DMPS.

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Preschools and Elementary Schools

Brubaker (2900 E. 42nd St.).....................................................C16 Capitol View (320 E. 16th St.).................................................. F11 Carver* (705 E. University Ave.)............................................... E10 Casady (Preschool Only) (1801 16th St.)................................... D8 Cattell (3101 E. 12th St.)..........................................................C11 Cowles* (6401 College Ave.)....................................................... E3 Downtown School (500 Grand Ave.)..........................................G9 Edmunds* (1601 Crocker St.)..................................................... F8 Findley* (3000 Cambridge St.).................................................C10 Garton* (2820 E. 24th St.).......................................................C13 Greenwood* (316 37th St.).........................................................G6 Hanawalt (225 56th St.)..............................................................G4 Hillis* (2401 56th St.)................................................................ D4 Howe (2900 Indianola Rd.)....................................................... I11 Hubbell (800 42nd St.)............................................................... F5 Jackson (3825 Indianola Ave.).................................................... J12 Jefferson (2425 Watrous Ave.)...................................................... J7 King* (1849 Forest Ave.)............................................................. E8 Lovejoy* (801 E. Kenyon Ave.)................................................. L11 Madison* (806 E. Hoffman St.)................................................ B10 McKee (Preschool Only) (2115 E. 39th St.)............................. D15 McKinley* (1610 SE 6th St.)................................................... H10 Mitchell (Preschool Only) (111 Porter Ave.)............................. L10 Monroe (2250 30th St.)............................................................. D7 Morris (1401 Geil Ave.).............................................................M8 Moulton* (1541 8th St.)............................................................. E9 Oak Park (3928 6th Ave.)........................................................... B9 Park Avenue* (3141 SW 9th St.).................................................. J9 Perkins (4301 College Ave.)........................................................ E5 Phillips* (1701 Lay St.)............................................................. E13 Pleasant Hill* (4801 E. Oakwood Dr.)......................................G17 River Woods* (2929 SE 22nd St.).............................................. I13 Samuelson (3929 Bel-Aire Rd.)................................................... B6 Smouse* (2820 Center St.).......................................................... F7 South Union* (4201 S. Union St.)............................................K10 Stowe* (1411 E. 33rd St.)......................................................... E15 Studebaker* (300 E. County Line Rd.).................................... N10 Walnut Street* (901 Walnut St.)..................................................G9 Willard* (2941 Dean Ave.)........................................................ F14 Windsor (5912 University Ave.).................................................. E4 Wright (5001 SW 14th St.).........................................................K8 * Indicates the presence of a preschool at this elementary school; universal preschool classrooms also are located at more than 20 other locations in Des Moines. Call 242-7234 for more information.

North (501 Holcomb Ave.)........................................................ D9 Roosevelt (4419 Center St.)........................................................ F5 Animal Science and Horticulture (201 McKinley Ave.)......................................................... N10 Aviation Laboratory (2610 McKinley Ave.).................................K7 Casady Alternative Center (1801 16th St.)................................. D8 Central Campus (1800 Grand Ave.)............................................G8 Central Academy (1912 Grand Ave.)...........................................G8 Future Pathways (1800 Grand Ave.)............................................G8 Gateway School (1800 Grand Ave.)............................................G8 McKee Education Center (2115 E. 39th St.)............................ D15 Mitchell Education Center (111 Porter Ave.).............................L10 Orchard Place (5412 SW 9th St.)................................................ L9 PACE Academy (620 8th St.)...................................................... F9 Scavo Alt. HS @ Moore (3725 52nd St.).....................................C4 Smouse (2820 Center St.)........................................................... F7 Van Meter (710 28th St.)............................................................ F7 Walker Street (1421 Walker St.)................................................ F11 Woodlawn (4000 Lower Beaver Rd.)............................................B6

Special and Alternative Schools

Other District-Owned Properties School District Offices

Mann (1001 Amos Ave.)............................................................M9 Administrative Offices (901 Walnut St.)...................................... G9 Central Nutrition Center (1225 2nd Ave.).................................E10 Central Stores (1915 Prospect Rd.)............................................. C8 Community Education (1915 Prospect Rd.)............................... C8 Early Childhood Special Education Offices (2326 Eucid Ave.)................................................................. C8 Home Instruction @ Central Campus (1800 Grand Ave.)............................................................... G8 Information Technology (1915 Prospect Rd.).............................. C8 Learning Supports @ Casady (1801 16th St.)..............................D8 Operations Center (1917 Dean Ave.).........................................F12 Preschool Administrative Offices @ Mitchell (111 Porter Ave.).................................................................L10 Transportation (1915 Prospect Rd.)............................................ C8 Welcome Center (1301 2nd Ave.)..............................................E10

Educational and Cultural Attractions

Middle Schools

Brody (2501 Park Ave.)................................................................ J7 Callanan (3010 Center St.)......................................................... F7 Goodrell (3300 E. 29th St.)......................................................C14 Harding (203 E. Euclid Ave.)....................................................C10 Hiatt (1214 E. 15th St.)............................................................ E11 Hoyt (2700 E. 42nd St.).......................................................... D16 McCombs (201 County Line Rd.)........................................... N10 Meredith (4827 Madison Ave.)................................................... B5 Merrill (5301 Grand Ave.)...........................................................G4 Moulton (1541 8th St.)............................................................... E9 Weeks (901 SE Park Ave.).......................................................... J11

High Schools

East Hoover (4800 Aurora Ave.)......................................................... B5 Lincoln Main Building (2600 SW 9th St.)......................................... I9 Lincoln South Ninth-Grade Academy @ Kurtz (1000 Porter Ave.)................................................................ L9

Art Center (4700 Grand Ave.).................................................... G5 Blank Park Zoo (7401 SW 9th St.)........................................... M9 Botanical Center (909 Robert D. Ray Rd.)............................... F10 Civic Center (221 Walnut St.).................................................... G9 Des Moines Public Libraries Main Library (1000 Grand Ave.)........................................ G9 East Side (2559 Hubbell Ave.).......................................... D13 Forest Avenue (1326 Forest Ave.)........................................E8 Franklin Avenue (5000 Franklin Ave.).................................E4 North Side (3516 5th Ave.)................................................ C9 South Side (1111 Porter Ave.).............................................L9 Iowa Events Center (730 3rd St.)................................................ F9 Iowa State Fairgrounds (E. 30th and University Ave.)............................................ F14 Principal Park (One Line Dr.).................................................. G10 Salisbury House (4025 Tonawanda Dr.)..................................... G6 Science Center of Iowa (401 W. ML King Jr. Pkwy.)............................................... G9 State Capitol (1015 E. Grand Ave.)........................................... F11 State Historical Building (600 E. Locust St.)............................. F10 Terrace Hill (2300 Grand Ave.).................................................. G7

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2012-2013 School Year


JULY 4 Holiday no classes, offices closed 10 School Board Meeting 11 First day of school for Continuous Calendar Schools AUGUST 7 School Board Meeting 14-15 First-year teachers report 16-17 New to district teacher training 20-21 All teachers and associates report 21 School Board Meeting 22 First day of school adjusted early dismissal SEPTEMBER 3 Holiday no classes, offices closed 4 School Board Meeting 18 School Board Meeting 26 Staff development no classes for students OCTOBER 2 School Board Meeting 16 School Board Meeting 26 Staff development no classes for students NOVEMBER 6 School Board Meeting 20 School Board Meeting 21 No school for teachers or students Holiday no classes, offices closed
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DECEMBER 11 School Board Meeting 24-1/1 Winter recess no classes 24-25 Holiday no classes, offices closed 26 Holiday no classes, offices closed JANUARY 1 Holiday no classes, offices closed 2 First day of school after winter recess 8 School Board Meeting 16 First day of second semester 21 MLK Day no classes for students 22 School Board Meeting FEBRUARY 5 School Board Meeting 18 No school for teachers or students 21 School Board Meeting MARCH 12 School Board Meeting 18-22 Spring Recess no classes APRIL 2 School Board Meeting 16 School Board Meeting 23 No school for 9th and 12th grade students. 10th and 11th graders attend a.m. for PLAN and ACT testing

No school for 10th and 11th grade students. 9th and 12th graders attend a.m. only.
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MAY 7 School Board Meeting 21 School Board Meeting 27 Holiday no classes, offices closed 30 Last day of school for elementary and middle students; dismissal after half day 31 Last day of school for high school students; no adjusted early dismissal JUNE 3-7 Reserved for inclement weather make-up days 4 School Board Meeting 18 School Board Meeting Adjusted Dismissal Every Wednesday The school board approved adjusted dismissals for the 2012-2013 school year. All schools will have an adjusted dismissal schedule on Wednesdays ONLY: All Middle Schools school day ends at 1:00 p.m. All High Schools school day ends at 1:05 p.m. Elementary Schools please check with your school for dismissal times.

View the full list of district calendar events on our website at dmschools.org/events

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School Hours (Start times vary by school)


Metro Kids Care
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Group 1: 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Downtown School 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 a.m.) Group 2: 8:35 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Perkins: 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. MIDDLE SCHOOLS 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. HIGH SCHOOLS 7:40 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS For information about early childhood programs, please call one of the following numbers: Preschool: 242-7234 Head Start: 242-7588 Special Education: 242-8213 Montessori: 242-7818 Metro Kids Care hours will be from 6:30 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. on days when school is in session. Regional day care is available on nonschool days, Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except on legal holidays. The annual registration fee is $25 and weekly fees are $50 for a.m. only; $61/week for a.m. only and Wednesday early outs only; $20/session for Wednesday early outs only; $58 for p.m. only; $72 for a.m./p.m. Full-day regional care is $130 per week. For more information on Metro Kids Care, call 242-7951.

More DMPS News and Information Available Online and On Air


Des Moines Public Schools is the largest provider of public education in Iowa, which means one newsletter alone cannot provide all of the information or share all of the stories about everything taking place in your school district. More news and information is always available online and on air.

The DMPS Community Report AUGUST 2012 | Vol. 5 No. 1 The DMPS Community Report is now published every other month by the office of Community Relations. Editor/Writer: Sarah Taylor, Mike Wellman Editor/Writer/Photographer: Phil Roeder Designer/Photographer: Adam Rohwer Photographer: Kyle Knicley, Jon Lemons Des Moines Public Schools Community Relations 901 Walnut Street Des Moines, IA 50309 (515) 242-8162 www.dmschools.org 2012-2013 Board of Directors Teree Caldwell-Johnson, Chair Dick Murphy, Vice Chair Connie Boesen Cindy Elsbernd Bill Howard Joe Jongewaard Pat Sweeney

ONLINE
You can find information on schools, news stories, data, contacts, and more on the DMPS web site at www.dmschools.org and at facebook.com/dmschools and twitter.com/dmschools.

ON THE AIR
Tune in to DMPS-TV on Mediacom Cable channels 85 and 97-3 at any time to see stories about programs and events from throughout the school district. If you do not subscribe to cable television, you can still view stories online at www.dmschools. org. And if youre in the mood for interesting talk and music, tune into Des Moines Public Schools own radio station - KDPS 88.1 - where your hosts are students from Central Campus and GrandView University.
The Des Moines Independent Community School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, 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 have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact the districts Equity Coordinator Patricia Lantz, General Counsel, 901 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309; phone: 515.242.7837; email: patricia.lantz@dmschools.org.

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