News
June 14th, 2016

If you have summer food, health or clothing needs, Des Moines Public Schools and Polk County have resources for you. From immunizations to free meals, clothing to utility payments, you’ll find a list of places where help can be found. For a list of DMPS no-cost summer meal locations and times, and to learn more about other available resources, click on the headline.


March 14th, 2016

At DMPS, we work to ensure that students are receiving a great education in schools that are not only first-rate learning environments, but are also safe and secure. Over the years DMPS has taken many steps to better ensure the safety and well being of our students, staff, parents and visitors. This spring and summer, DMPS will begin implementing an Electronic Visitor Check-In system for parents and visitors. Click on the headline to read more.


January 27th, 2016

DMPS is well-known for being one of the nation’s leading school districts when it comes to energy efficiency. That legacy continues as a solar-powered hot water system has recently been installed at Wright Elementary School. The school’s system is the first of what will be a growing number across the district, another step forward in being cost efficient and environmentally friendly. Click on the headline to read and see more.


November 12th, 2015

The renowned dance troupe Pilobolus is in town for a performance at the Civic Center. But dancers took to a smaller stage at Wright Elementary School, helping to incorporate the art of movement with school lessons. Wright is an Artful Learning school, an education model that instills the arts throughout a variety of subjects. Click on the picture to read and see more about a unique lesson for Wright students.


September 14th, 2015

Kid Striders Club meets every Thursday 3:30 – 3:50 p.m. until Thanksgiving.


August 7th, 2015

DMPS is offering no-cost meals to every student at Wright Elementary, and 36 other schools, during the 2015-16 school year. The U.S.D.A.’s Community Eligibility Provision helps schools that predominantly serve low-income children to offer free, nutritious school meals to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. To read more, click on the image.


June 25th, 2015

Beginning July 1, 2015, DMPS will offer online registration for new families and families currently within the district. To help ensure that schools and students are well prepared for the first day of school, parents are encouraged to register their child or children online for their convenience. The online registration process will allow parents to … Read more »


June 1st, 2015

DMPS is pleased to announce Moulton and Wright elementary schools will have new principals on July 1. Eric Van Dorin will take over at Moulton and Michelle Hurlburt will be principal at Wright. Both have roots in Des Moines schools. Long before she earned her masters, Hurlburt graduated from Lincoln High School. To read more about both of them, click on the headline.


April 21st, 2015

DMPS will again offer breakfast and lunch over the summer months to children 18 and younger. The number of sites has grown, and so have the number of meals served. Last summer, DMPS staff fed children 28,722 breakfasts and 79,698 lunches. DMPS has sponsored a summer meal program for more than 30 years. Click on the headline for more information and a list of sites.


March 30th, 2015

In spite of the debate about when the school year should start, at DMPS we wonder: when does it end? That’s because activities take place at our schools nearly every day of the year. Click on the image to visit our Summer Programs web page to learn more about our summer offerings, from Metro Kids to meal programs to new sports camps.