April 5th, 2018

Join us for Downtown School Skate Night at Skate North on Tuesday, April 10, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Admission is free, thanks to the DTS PTA. Skate rental is $3. Skate North is located at 5621 Meredith Drive, Des Moines.

February 14th, 2018

Thank you for your help with fundraising! Please click on the headline for a photo of our students making a heart shape, and video of the process — what fun we had celebrating!

February 2nd, 2018

Beginning in August, all schools at DMPS will have new hours. The new hours at our school will be 7:30 AM to 2:25 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.

January 22nd, 2018

While students enjoyed a three-day weekend, teachers and staff at The Downtown School gathered for district wide professional development on Monday, learning how to better serve the students in their classrooms. Professional development is offered throughout the year, giving teachers and staff time to collaborate.

December 8th, 2017

Thank you to the Merrill Middle School Show Choir for a festive performance for students and staff right before the holidays. Click on the headline to see video!

December 6th, 2017

Downtown School teachers and staff were recently featured in the districtwide employee health newsletter. The article commended their creative effort to keep everyone engaged in personal health and well-being. Mrs. V (Deb Van Waardhuizen), the Downtown School’s Wellness Champion, focused the activities on learning about sugar, and included a Price is Right style game of ranking sugar content in various foods! Nice work!

November 29th, 2017

Love the Grinch? Buy the book, or any others at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, Dec. 2 and the DTS library gets a portion of the proceeds! Just say “The Downtown School” at checkout. Plus, there will be a special reading by Mr. Burnett at 10 a.m., and the DTS band and orchestra students will perform at 1:30 p.m. See you there!

October 27th, 2017

It’s always a pleasure to get the students together and remind them how awesome they are as individuals and as a team! Click on the headline for a video link.

August 25th, 2017

Click on the headline, and then the link to listen to students sing, “You Are My Sunshine.”

August 21st, 2017

Downtown students wore special shades, make pin hole cameras and watched NASA’s live stream as a new-in-their-lifetime event unfolded in front of them. Thank you to all of the parents and staff who donated glasses and treats, the teachers who incorporated this amazing event into their lesson plan and saw to the safety of our students, and to our amazing students for their enthusiasm, soaking up the celestial wonder of #Eclipse2017. Click on the image to see more photos!