School News


Perkins Parade


Perkins Penguins march through the neighborhoods celebrating the first day of school. It has been a Perkins tradition since 2011. Students, parents, and teachers come together to celebrate by marching through the neighborhoods chanting in rhythm, “Lift your head and hold it high, Perkins Penguins are passing by.”  Someone said, ‘A smile means so much. It enriches … Read more »


School Starts Soon


Good Morning Perkins Penguins, You will soon hear, “Good Morning Perkins Penguins!” Do you know Why? School is only a few short days away. I am so excited to once again hear the pitter-patter of little feet along with  the sounds of children echoing off the  walls of this great institution. Life is boring without … Read more »


School of Rigor


Academic rigor is instruction designed for our students that is intellectually challenging. It results in the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. A combination of student autonomy and rigorous instruction provides the ingredients for an inquiry-based learning environment that motivates students to love learning. Students visualize a purpose for school. Years of research by … Read more »


Need Books? Look for Perkins’ “Book Sheds”


Students may have closed up their textbooks for the school year, but summertime is a great time for leisure reading. And even though schools will be closed there will be more libraries open around Des Moines thanks to a bibliographic bunch of 5th graders at Perkins and their newly created neighborhood “book sheds.” Click on the image to read and see more about this terrific school project.


Summer Assistance for Families in Need


If you have summer food, health or clothing needs, Des Moines Public Schools and Polk County have resources for you. From immunizations to free meals, clothing to utility payments, you’ll find a list of places where help can be found. For a list of DMPS no-cost summer meal locations and times, and to learn more about other available resources, click on the headline.


3-5 Relays/Field Day Postponed until Tuesday, May 17


The Relays/Field Day for 3-5 has been postponed due to the likely chance of a rain shower.  It will take place on Tuesday. Sorry for any convenience this may have caused!

Upcoming Events

Oct 28
No school – Teacher EQ Development
Nov 23
No school
Nov 24
Holiday – no school, offices closed
Dec 23
Winter Break – no school
Dec 26
Holiday – offices closed

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