School News


Wager: Social Studies Teacher of the Year


Congratulations to yet another award-winning DMPS teacher, McCombs Middle School’s Jake Wager! When last we saw Wager he was coordinating the mock caucus at McCombs in January as students held their own version of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. He was recently named by the Iowa Council for the Social Studies as the 2016 Middle School Teacher of the Year. Click the headline for more.

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McCombs’ First Color Run Family Night


The weather cooperated allowing the nearly 300 staff, students and their families to participate in a Color Run at McCombs Middle School on Tuesday,  May 24. McCombs’ business partner, Hy-Vee, assisted with the catering.  Hotdogs, chips, bananas and water were served to the colorful crowd. Holding “Family Fun Nights” like the Color Run is one … Read more »


McCombs Color Run


The first McCombs Color Run and family night will be held on May 24 from 5:00 – 6:30 at McCombs.  Click on the RED TITLE to get a link to the flyer and RSVP form.


McCombs Competes at City-Wide Track Meet


Students from McCombs and all of Des Moines Public Schools’ middle schools competed at the City-Wide Track & Field Meet on April 25. Beautiful weather and a big crowd of family and friends cheered on the student-athletes. Click the photo to see more images from the event.


Reserve Your McCombs Yearbook Today!


If you haven’t already reserved your 2015-2016 McCombs yearbook, you still have time. The books consist of 48 colorful pages in a hardbound book. They cost $20 and are available while supplies last. Order forms can be obtained from Mrs. Hyslope or in the school office. Yearbooks are distributed during the last week of school.


Mock Caucus Rocks at McCombs Middle School


Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses also provide a unique lesson for students as several schools hold mock caucuses about the state’s important role. And it provides the first opportunity to “vote” for many students, as anyone who will be 18 years old by November 8 can participate at the precinct caucuses on February 1. And it’s never too early to start learning about the election process! Click on the image to read and see more.

Upcoming Events

201 County Line Rd, Des Moines, IA 50320
P: 515-242-8447 | F: 515-287-2644

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On Thursday, Oct. 22, about 55 girls from McCombs got to participate in a “Model of Success” day in WDM at Farm Bureau.  The girls heard from keynote speaker and author Christina Fernandez-Morrow, who talked about finding and following your passion.  They also saw skits about interviewing (what to do and what NOT to do) and heard from the Wellness coordinator at FB.  Girls did a service project, making/decorating placemats for the Meals on Wheels program.  After an all-you-can-eat lunch of pizza, salad, and breadsticks, the girls heard from several storytellers about how they got to where they are today.  The girls had a great day as well as took away lots of pointers.  Here are some comments that the girls left for the committee at Farm Bureau:

“I feel like I can do anything”

“It helped me understand more things on how to take responsibility”

“I feel a lot more sure about my future”


“I feel smart and professional”


“I feel more confident and want to go after my dream”


“This is a life changing experience to girls”

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About McCombs Middle School


201 County Line Road, Des Moines, IA 50320

P: 515-242-8447 | E: 

Located on the far south side of Des Moines, McCombs serves both Polk and Warren counties. Our motto “Everyone Expecting Excellence Everyday” is reflected in all that happens at school. The staff and administration strive to provide a safe, caring environment in which all students attain the skills to become successful citizens of 21st Century society. More…

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