Project Based Learning Takes a Woodland Hike

On Monday, Downtown School students in Mrs. Badger’s class took at DMPS bus to Walnut Woods State Park to more closely examine a woodland habitat. “This is a down and dirty exploration,” Badger told parents, reminding them to …

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Outing Finds Resources Within Walking Distance

Kate Badger’s class grabbed their jackets and were very shortly on the walking trail to Gray’s Lake. The students were posed with the following driving question: “How can we create a creature that could not only survive, but …

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Volunteers Needed for DTS Fundraising Auction

It’s time to raise your hand and volunteer to help put together Downtown School’s largest biennial fundraiser — the DTS Auction! The PTA is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help plan and organize donations, food, entertainment, classroom projects, …

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Buck Institute Visits DTS in October

Our staff was visited by a National Faculty member of the Buck Institute to strengthen and reflect on our journey to becoming the Gold Standard of Project Based Learning (PBL). All of which made possible by funding from the PTA. Thank you for your generous support!

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Downtown School First to Start the School Year

You may have noticed a couple of cameras this morning. District staff stopped by to help us celebrate the “first” first day of school for Des Moines Public Schools. Click on the headline to view the start of a great 2018-19 school year!

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Welcome Back to School, Falcons!

Welcome back for school year 2018-19! Students are in good spirits and excited to explore, meet new friends and learn. This year brings changes to our calendar. A reminder that we have an early out this first week — dismissing at 1:10 p.m. all three days. Thanks for everyone’s patience as we iron out the wrinkles that come with adjusting to our new schedule.

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Is Your Smartphone Ready for School?

In addition to the school website, The Downtown School offers a Twitter feed @dtwnfalcons and access to schedules, event photos, meal menus, student data and more through the DMPS mobile app, available for iPhone and Android. School starts Aug. 8. Are you connected?

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New School Hours Begin on Aug. 8

Just another reminder that new school hours begin this Fall. The Downtown School day will begin at 7:30 a.m., with a no-cost breakfast available beginning at 7:15 a.m. The school day ends at 2:25 p.m., except for Wednesdays when students will be released at 1:10 p.m. Click on the headline to learn more about the district-wide change.

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2018-19 School Supply Lists Available

The first day of the 2018-19 school year is just around the corner and we know plenty of you are planners! Click on the headline to view suggested school supply lists for all classrooms. We hope you’re enjoying the summer!

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