News
March 29th, 2017

Before starting 7th grade in the fall, students must meet a new mandatory state vaccination requirement. Students without proof of meningitis vaccination or an exemption will not be allowed to attend classes in the fall. As of Aug. 1, 32% of Callanan students do not have this vaccination. Click the headline to read more about what is needed, and where students can find assistance meeting this requirement.


August 11th, 2017

Our students have enough to carry around! Opportunities in the community will now be available via Virtual Backpack for Des Moines Public Schools. Read about student-friendly community events and opportunities, or post a flyer of your own. Click on the headline to read more about Virtual Backpack.


August 3rd, 2017

On Monday , August 7th


August 3rd, 2017

School hours for the first day of school: 7:45am-1:10pm Doors to the building open at 7:00am Breakfast is served at 7:10am Every Wednesday is early dismissal at 1:10pm


August 3rd, 2017

Monday August 21st, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm Come meet your teachers and find your classrooms. You can bring your school supplies and leave them in your Enrichment class or you can wait to bring them on the first day of school.


August 3rd, 2017

August 3rd-August 11th in the Callanan Cafeteria 1pm-6pm


July 19th, 2017

6th grade supply list 2- 1 inch 3-ring binders 1- pocket folder 2- 3-whole punched folders 4- expo markers 1- pack of index cards 2- 24 packs of pencils 2- highlighters 4- packages of loose leaf paper 1- box of Colored Pencils 4- glue sticks 1- roll of paper towels (optional) 2- rolls of scotch … Read more »


August 12th, 2016

Photographer Carol Highsmith is traveling across the nation as part of a multi-year project to document America in the 21st century for the Library of Congress. One of her stops was Callanan Middle School, where she photographed our school’s historic WPA murals. We caught up with Highsmith to learn more about her work and why she brought her camera to Callanan. Click the headline to read and see more.


April 22nd, 2015

Callanan Middle School 7th grade students celebrated Earth Day by covering the walkways outside the school in chalk art. Students have been learning about how human actions affect the environment in both positive and negative ways. To see more pictures of the students and their art, click on the image.


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.