School News

Perkins Multicultural Night


Perkins Multicultural Night will be held this Thursday, March 22, 2018.  Presentations start at 5:30pm.  Families will learn about Kwanza, salsa dancing, the Vietnam New Year, Kenya beading, and sand art from Bengali. There will also be a taco bar to enjoy!  We hope to see you there!

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.

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Music Concert


The third, fourth, and fifth grades will be performing their music concert on February 1st at 6:00pm at the Roosevelt High School Auditorium.  Roosevelt is located at 4419 Center Street in Des Moines.  Please have your child at Roosevelt by 5:30pm so that they are ready to go for show time.  Students are encouraged to … Read more »

Congratulations 5th Grade Students


What a positive inspiration of poetry Perkins students shared with their audience yesterday. Students like Charlie, Chloe, Ava, Reggie, Kellen, Helen, Olivia and Luke had such deep feeling and emotions that came out in their written word in the form of poetry. Reggie had an entire page he wanted to share. He wants to share it with the class … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Mar 30
No School – Professional Development Day
Apr 03
School Board Meeting
Apr 11
Kindergarten Sign-Up
Apr 17
School Board Meeting
May 01
School Board Meeting

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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…

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