School News


DMPS Offers Free Summer Meal Program


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.


Maps Focus History Lesson for Students


How can maps helps us learn about Iowa history? That’s the question students in 7, 8 and 9 year olds at the Downtown School were trying to answer. The question arose during Mrs. Allen’s and Mrs. Buckner’s Learning Group’s study of rocks. Click on the image to find the answer.


New Friends at the DTS Front Entrance


This beautiful Spring weather means some new friends outside The Downtown School’s front entrance. Thank you to Mrs. Angie Sadler for bringing duck, bunny and some beautiful flowers to give us all a lift as we head into our favorite time of year!


Make Plans for Summer at DMPS


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.


Stephanie Flickinger to Lead Downtown School


DMPS is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephanie Flickinger as the new principal at The Downtown School, starting July 1. She is currently principal of Reede Gray Elementary School in the Redwood Area School District in Minnesota, and will replace John Johnson who is retiring at the end of the school year. Click the headline to read more about our new principal.


Downtown School Students Save 322 Lives


If it’s a numbers game, the 268 students at the Downtown School win, and so does the American Heart Association. Staff placed hearts on 322 seats in the Central Campus auditorium so students could see how many lives they will save with the $16,200 in donations they collected. To see more photos, click on the image.

Upcoming Events

May 08
Auction Fundraiser
May 08
PTA General Meeting
May 15
Sing Along
May 18
Spring Intersession - No school
May 25
Holiday - No school, offices closed

1800 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
P: 515-242-8422 | F: 515-242-7391

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Note to the families of students who will be attending Merrill in the Fall

Merrill Middle School is sharing their newsletter for all families of students who will be attending Merrill this fall.


Kindergarten Sign-Up – March 11, 2015


Child must be 5 years old on or by September 15, 2015 to enroll.


Families of our pre-selected students are asked to sign-up between 3:00pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 11.  Parking is available in our circle drive or the parking lot at 1800 Grand Ave across from Central Campus.


* If your student or a family member has been enrolled in the Des Moines School district, such as preschool, you will sign-up at the Downtown School site, 1800 Grand Ave.

* If your student is totally new to the Des Moines School district, you will contact the Welcome Center at 242-7371 or 242-7233 to set up an appointment.


Please bring the following:


1. Two documents proving established residency. This may include a purchase contract with possession date or closing date, mortgage statement, rental agreement, or utility bill, credit card statement.  Post Office boxes and Driver’s License do not qualify. If living in another person(s) home, provide a notarized statement from that person stating you and your child(ren) are living there with their name and address on it, as well as a utility bill in their name.

2. Birth Certificate

3. Child’s Immunization records

4. Photo ID, such as driver’s license, passport

5. Guardianship papers, if applicable


If you have questions regarding the Enrollment Process, please contact the Downtown School at 242-8422.

Enroll at the Downtown School Applications 


New families interested in enrolling at the Downtown School for 2015-2016 will need to follow and complete the Des Moines Public Schools’ Within District Transfer paperwork. This information is located on the District website using the following link: For any questions regarding this process please contact the district enrollment office at 242-7353.

Academic Calendar


We have two versions of our academic calendar – the 2014-15 Academic Calendar lists important dates for the 2014-15 school year. Our horizontal calendar shows all months of the school year, using a Monday – Friday weekly layout.

Downtown School Dispatch


Read the latest edition of Mr. Johnson’s Downtown School Dispatch here.

Calendar of Events


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