Findley Elementary students are already planning for college thanks to the Dreamers Academy, and this year even helped lobby for legislation to make saving for college easier. So it was very appropriate that Governor Terry Branstad dropped by school to sign the bill into law. Click on the headline to read and see more about the event.
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.
At Findley Elementary, each day begins with students chanting their graduation year (from college, not high school). Each grade has been “adopted” by an area college or university and made a campus visit during the year; just last week 1st graders toured Drake University. And last night, with the I Have a Dream Foundation and Iowa Student Loan, the school hosted The Beginner’s Guide to Paying for College. Click the headline to read about how Findley helps families take the long view of education.
By day, Jaclyn Dehner (pictured at left) is a counselor at Findley Elementary School. By night, she helps adult learners prepare for the High School Equivalency Test. We sat in on a recent HiSET class at Findley to see how Des Moines Public Schools, working with our partners at DMACC and the I Have a Dream Foundation, is helping to educate entire families. Click the image to read more.
DMPS is a national leader among school districts for energy efficiency. That’s why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency picked DMPS along with four other Energy Star partners (JCPenney, Beacon Capital, Nissan and Staple) to highlight the five reasons to get Energy Star certification for buildings. Superintendent Ahart and Findley Elementary School students point out “It’s the right thing to do.” Click on the image to see the video.
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.