School News


Iowa Assessment Testing begins this week


Between March 31 and April 11, DMPS students in grades 3 through 11 will be taking the Iowa Assessments (formerly known as the ITBS or ITED). Measuring academic achievement with the Iowa Assessments provides information to help our students succeed. The Iowa Assessments make this possible by providing detailed information about  achievement in content areas … Read more »


Callanan Musicians Perform at All-City Concert


Callanan Middle School student musicians were chosen to participate in a city-wide concert in March. The performance featured a chorus, band and orchestra. Click on the headline to read more about this special night!


Young Philanthropist Aims Big: End Illiteracy


No one can accuse Bobby Washington of thinking small, and he probably doesn’t need reminding to carry his books home from school. Afterall, this Callanan 7th grader has his sights set on the elimination of illiteracy. Click Bobby’s photo to read how he set up a non-profit corporation to provide books to schools in Africa.


Congratulations to Golden Apple Award Winner,Stacie Mitchell-Gweah!


Stacie Mitchell-Gweah, Callanan teacher and alumna, received the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence from Allied Insurance and WHO-TV during a surprise assembly.


Book Swap is a Success


Books, books, and more books were available for Callanan students. The Callanan PTA sponsored a book swap during the lunch hour, which provided hundreds of students the opportunity to take home a book.  Many students were actively involved and eager to participate in this special event.

December 13 Teacher of the Month

December Teacher of the Month


Pictured is Kathy Jones, December’s Teacher of the Month.  Also pictured are all the teachers’ who received nominations  for December Teacher of the Month: Jennifer Davis, Melanie Overton, Felicity Croat, Justin Smith, Brian Fisher, Megan Gardner, Amy Randolph, Elizabeth Brekke, Gloria Brott, and Fritz Keeling. Way to go. We are really proud and thankful for all of the work … Read more »

Upcoming Events

May 8
Vocal Music Concert
May 13
Orchestra Concert
May 19
Band Concert

3010 Center St, Des Moines, IA 50312
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Callanan Vision: The Callanan Community inspires and celebrates student success and life-long learning.

In partnering with the College Board, Callanan has adopted Pre-AP as a school-wide academic model. Pre-AP programming is one significant way in which we will meet the goal of preparing all of our students for academic success in high school. Professional development has been provided in both the vertical alignment of curriculum and rigorous, engaging instructional strategies to help prepare students for the challenges ahead. Schools that make Pre-AP accessible to all students benefit from higher standards throughout the entire school.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are on March 12th from 2-8 and March 13 from 3:15-6:15. We are looking forward to meeting with many of our Callanan parents and students on these days. Spring Break starts Friday, March 14th and ends on Friday, March 21st. We hope that everyone is able to enjoy their Spring Break.

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About Callanan Middle School


3010 Center Street, Des Moines, IA 50312

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Callanan Middle School is a diverse learning community where we strive for the learning in all classrooms to be engaging, thoughtful, motivating, and related to the world in which we live. Read More…

We are committed to creating classrooms that inspire a love for learning.

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