News
November 13th, 2018

The student application process for the June 2019 Kofu, Japan Exchange is underway. This student exchange is entering its 36th year and proves to be one of the most rewarding educational opportunities offered to the students of Des Moines Public Schools. Click on the headline to see a student produced video and read more about the trip. Students must be at least 12 years old on or before June 1, 2019 to be eligible.


August 3rd, 2018

The way students access DART buses is changing beginning in school year 2018-19. When students receive their school IDs this Fall, the badge will have a QR code embedded on it. The QR code will serve as the student’s “ticket” to ride DART. Students will be required to scan the QR code when boarding DART buses. Click on the headline to read more about the change, and the district’s partnership with DART.


July 26th, 2018

Callanan Middle School Supply List All grades 4-24 Packs of wooden pencils 4-Highlighters 2-packages of loose leaf paper 1-box of colored pencils 4-glue sticks 8-Expo markers 1-pack of Crayola markers 1-roll of paper towels 4-boxes of Kleenex


February 9th, 2018

Beginning in August, all schools at DMPS will have new hours. The new hours at our school will be 8:30 AM to 3:25 PM. The change is being made to better serve the educational needs of students, based on research into the sleep patterns of children and teenagers. Click the headline for more information.


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.


March 30th, 2015

In spite of the debate about when the school year should start, at DMPS we wonder: when does it end? That’s because activities take place at our schools nearly every day of the year. Click on the image to visit our Summer Programs web page to learn more about our summer offerings, from Metro Kids to meal programs to new sports camps.


February 10th, 2015

Starting this week, middle and high school students will be asked to review one new menu item each month. It’s a new program the Central Nutrition Center hopes will engage students in a discussion about nutrition and taste. To see photos of February’s featured item and learn how to give your feedback, click on the image.


January 22nd, 2015

Callanan Middle School students got a unique lesson both in school and on stage this week as they had the opportunity to work with Des Moines Performing Arts and the Diavolo Dance Theater. Workshops focused on the tenets of teamwork, trust and communications, and the importance of them in all facets of life, including the classroom. Click the photo to read and see more.


September 26th, 2014

You can now find out what’s for breakfast and lunch at every school on every day of the year. You can even find out nutritional information. Just visit the Dining section on the new DMPS Mobile App. If you don’t yet have the app, click the header to download it for Apple or Android and learn more about its many features.