School News


McCombs Middle School Named a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite


The American Heart Association designated McCombs Middle School as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite.  The building fulfilled key criteria and has demonstrated a strong commitment to providing a healthy workplace for employees.


McCombs Wellness Fair Teaches Good Living


From fresh fruit to good workouts, students at McCombs Middle School learned all about about good living at the school’s annual Wellness Fair. Students had a chance to learn, practice and enjoy a range of things about good health and wellness. Click on the image to read and see more of the event.


Middle School: Faster, Higher, Stronger


Hundreds of middle school students gathered at Williams Stadium on Monday evening for the annual DMPS All-City Middle School Track & Field Meet. Great weather led to some great results, and a reminder of the district-wide effort to increase middle school sports and activities. Click the image to read and see more of the competition.


DMPS Offers Free Summer Meal Program


DMPS will again offer breakfast and lunch over the summer months to children 18 and younger. The number of sites has grown, and so have the number of meals served. Last summer, DMPS staff fed children 28,722 breakfasts and 79,698 lunches. DMPS has sponsored a summer meal program for more than 30 years. Click on the headline for more information and a list of sites.


USDA Secretary Vilsack Visits McCombs


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited McCombs Middle School Thursday evening, helping out with the school’s Boys & Girls Club dinner program and highlighting the USDA’s efforts to address childhood hunger and access to nutrition. Click the headline to read more about his visit and see photos on the DMPS Flickr page.


Make Plans for Summer at DMPS


In spite of the debate about when the school year should start, at DMPS we wonder: when does it end? That’s because activities take place at our schools nearly every day of the year. Click on the image to visit our Summer Programs web page to learn more about our summer offerings, from Metro Kids to meal programs to new sports camps.

Upcoming Events

Aug 26
First day of school 2015-2016
Sep 7
Labor Day – No school
Oct 23
No school – Teacher EQ Development

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

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Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through post-secondary that is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.

Beginning with one high school and 32 students, AVID now serves over 425,000 students in more than 4,800 elementary and secondary schools in 48 states, the District of Columbia and across 16 countries/territories. The AVID College Readiness System spans elementary through post-secondary.

The AVID program will begin at McCombs during the 2015-2016 school year with 32 students in the 7th grade. We will continue to add one grade level per year until all grade levels have an AVID class. If you would like more information about  the AVID program, please contact the AVID Elective Teacher, Ann Echelmeyer.

Stay tuned for updates on this exciting program that is not offered anywhere else in Central Iowa besides Lincoln High School. Our students will feed into the Lincoln program which will create a systematic pipeline for success!



WHO: 2015-2016 – Des Moines Public Schools 7th - 8th graders.

WHAT: WorldStrides is an accredited student travel organization, because of their exceptional service, their nearly 50 years of experience, their safety record, and their preventive measures that ensure learning in a safe and fun environment. This Washington, D.C. program promises to be an inspiring experience that will stay with participants throughout their lives.

WHERE: Washington, D.C. / side trips: Gettysburg, PA; Jamestown, VA and Williamsburg, VA, and Bush Gardens

WHEN: June 16th, 2016 to June 20, 2016 (summer)

Price and what is included:

  • Roundtrip chartered motor coach out of Des Moines.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) once we reach our destination and until we leave
  • All transportation around Washington DC (by coach bus)
  • Doctors on Call Program, an exclusive partnership with The George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine
  • 24-hour adult supervision, including night monitors and dedicated program staff
  • Quality hotel accommodations: Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, or comparable
  • The price will be $1,344.00 per student
  • The price will be $1,546.00 per adult

For additional information or questions, please contact: Ron Hyde, 8th Grade Instructor, or visit (Trip ID: 114425)

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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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