School News


Field Day 2015


Mr. Petterson was hard at work these last few weeks in preparation for today’s Field Day! And what a success it was.  The weather was beautiful, the games kept students on their toes and reward for their hard work  was earned in the form of ice pops.  It’s safe to say a few voices may … Read more »


Findley Pole Garden


Wednesday was a first for Findley. Anyone that has a connection to Findley knows the arts are important but driving by outside, you’d never know. Introducing the Findley Pole Garden, created by over 400 students, staff and friends of Findley. Everyone collaborated on the ideas illustrated on the poles and every student spent time in … Read more »


African Drumming Residency


Last week, students spent the entire week working with visiting artist, Fonziba Koster, who showed them the art and skill of African drumming. All their hard work paid off with a school assembly during which fourth graders laid down the rhythm while staff and students participated. Thanks to the Findley PTO for helping make this … Read more »


“Garden on the Go” Takes Root at Findley


Findley Elementary School students got their hands dirty unveiling the building’s newest installation: a living wall thanks to LEAPforPurpose and Lowe’s. The wall will be used as an interactive classroom for teachers within their science and art curricula. This project was made possible through a Lowe’s grant of $5,000 as well as support from LEAP, organized by DMPS alums Jordan Garvey and Michael McCollough. Click the photo to read and see more.


4th Grade Radial Design


4th Graders in Ms. Herrin’s class took charge of their creativity last week during an arts integration lesson for math. Students worked through the entire Creative Process beginning with a brainstorm, making a plan and creating a product, after which they shared their creations with the class and reflected on their learning. Their only requirements? … Read more »


2nd Grade Performs Poetry


On Friday, 2nd graders participated in a workshop hosted by Emily Lang and Kristopher Rollins from Run DSM , through Central Academy Campus. They worked with our 2nd graders on how to perform the poems they have written in class. The lesson was focused on expression, phrasing, voice control and movement to express words on … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Jun 01
Last Day of School (Dismissal at 12:30PM)
Aug 26
First day of school 2015-2016
Sep 07
Labor Day – No school
Oct 23
No school – Teacher EQ Development


It is the policy of the Des Moines Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, 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 believe you have (or your child has) been discriminated against or treated unjustly at school, please contact the Equity Coordinator, Isaiah McGee at 2323 Grand Avenue, Des Moines 50312, IA 50263, 515-242-7662

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About Findley Elementary School


3025 Oxford Ave., Des Moines, IA 50313

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Findley Elementary School is a neighborhood school serving preschool through fifth grade students. Findley’s mission is to accept nothing less than high academic and social achievement from every student. Read more…

Welcome to Findley Elementary School, where we are committed to our mission: Building Big Dreamers and High Achievers.

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