School News


Callanan Now Fits in the Palm of Your Hand


The new DMPS mobile app is designed to provide up-to-date and helpful information about the school district and all schools right in the palm of your hand. Now you can connect with Callanan and every school in Des Moines from anywhere and everywhere. Click the photo to learn more about the app and download to your Apple or Android smartphone.


No Cost Meals Available this Fall at Callanan


Students at 35 Des Moines schools and three learning centers can now eat breakfast and lunch at no cost because of a special U.S. Dept. of Agriculture program targeting high poverty schools throughout the U.S. The move will ensure students are focused on learning and not on hunger. To see a list of schools and learn more about the program, click on the image.

Callanan Food Donation

Callanan Summer School Students Donate Food


Callanan Middle School students collected 155 pounds of food over six weeks this summer as part of their 21st CCLC service learning program.   Last week, they visited the Food Bank of Iowa and dropped off their donation.  They toured the bank and learned about where their food will go next. Click the image to see more photos.

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Callanan Science Bound: Mission Accomplished


Callanan Middle School students in ISU’s Science Bound program launched a weather balloon last week that reached a height of 90,000 feet before returning safely to Earth. Click the photo to see video excerpts of the remarkable journey, from the initial take-off at school to being found by a farmer in his back yard.


Ames Company Donates Bikes to Callanan


Cycle Force Group of Ames has donated six customized bikes to our school. Students who have demonstrated the school’s core values have received tickets and those students will be entered in a drawing to win the bikes. “We thank Cycle Force for helping us encourage students to demonstrate positive values,” Principal Doug Calaway said.


All Systems Are GO for Balloon Launch at Cape Callanan


While schools across the country are counting down the dwindling days until summer vacation a countdown of a different sort reached zero Wednesday morning at Callanan Middle School. Cougar II let’s call it, a weather balloon bound for the upper reaches of the stratosphere, lifted off from the school’s campus right on schedule at 9:00 … Read more »

Upcoming Events

3010 Center St, Des Moines, IA 50312
P: 515-242-8101 | F: 515-242-8103

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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.

The last day of school for students is Monday, June 2nd.  School will be dismissed at 11:30 and there will be no lunch served on that day.

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About Callanan Middle School


3010 Center Street, Des Moines, IA 50312

P: 515-242-8101 | E: 


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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