School News

Zachary Christensen Receives the Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching


We are pleased to announce that Zachry Christensen has been selected to receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST program, administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the   White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recognizes outstanding teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning … Read more »

District staff walk safe routes to school.

Scouting the Routes for Safe Walks to School


The school bell times at Perkins will change with the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Our new start time is 7:30 AM and we will dismiss at 2:25 PM, with a 75 minute early dismissal on Wednesdays. Please click on the headline to learn more about how we are engaging our staff to ensure an orderly transition when school resumes August 23.

Art Room News


Hopefully the students have mentioned the mural project to you by now.  This years 5th grade students are currently designing a mural that will be 8×10 and will be displayed on a stairwell landing inside the building. They have chosen to make the theme of their mural “Life long learning in Des Moines”  They have … Read more »

A girl in a wonder woman costume communicates with classmates via i-Pad.

Wonder Woman Battles Illness with Penguin Help


Penguins stick together in the wild. They tend to cluster together in large colonies like the local one at Perkins Elementary School that’s been rallying around one of its own throughout the 2017-18 school year. Read a 3rd grade penguin’s story of hope about illness, friendship, and super heroes. Click on the headline.

Michael Derrick to be Perkins’ Next Principal


Congratulations to Michael Derrick of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching on being named as the next principal of Perkins Elementary School. He will replace Dan Koss when he retires this summer. Click the headline to read more about Mr. Derrick and other new principals named at DMPS.

Boy exits bus.

New School Hours Beginning in August


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.

Upcoming Events

Aug 14
School Board Meeting
Aug 23
First Day of School
Sep 03
Labor Day – No School
Sep 04
School Board Meeting
Sep 18
School Board Meeting

Perkins Elementary School is a

Becoming the Model for Urban Education

About Perkins Elementary School

4301 College, Des Moines, IA 50311

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Perkins Academy is a culturally diverse community of high achieving students. Academic Data Teams and student data are the catalyst of Professional development and instruction throughout the year. Read More…

Perkins is leading the way in the classroom and understands the power of education….

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