School News


School Among Nation’s Top Energy Savers


DMPS learned today that three schools – McCombs, Moulton and Studebaker – were top finishers in the EPA’s 2013 Energy Star National Building Competition. In fact, Studebaker and McCombs finished 7th and 8th overall out of more than 3,000 buildings from across the nation that took part in the energy efficiency contest. Click on the headline to read more.


McCombs Celebrates Hoops for the Heart


The basketball season isn’t over yet, at least at McComb Middle School. The school took to the court last Friday for some games between teachers and students, a little fun to celebrate McCombs raising more than $2,000 for Hoops for the Heart, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Click the photo to read more about the action.

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Battle of the Books


Team One for McCombs Battle of the Books won their first competition and move on to the final competition in April.  The team includes Grant Fay, Ashley Sackpraseuth, Raven Mitchell-Johnson, Amie Berndt, and Jacob Chaplin.

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Investigation Series Conference at ISU


On March 6th seven McCombs students attended the Investigation Series Conference at Iowa State University. This event was sponsored by ISU’s OPPTAG (Office of Precollegiate Programs for Talented and Gifted). “The Investigation Series Conference welcomes Iowa’s best students to Iowa State University’s beautiful campus for one day each spring. Each of ISU’s colleges in turn … Read more »

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DTAP Immunization


Iowa law now requires that all students entering 7th grade receive a one-time booster of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine. This change was implemented at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. For more information about the Tdap booster and how to get it for your child, please click here.


McCombs is Fired Up for the Iowa Assessments


Need something to get you fired up about taking the Iowa Assessments? Check out this awesome video produced by teachers at McCombs and Brody Middle Schools. As they point (sing) out, when it comes to improving academic achievement and school culture, the ceiling can’t hold our students and teachers. Click the headline to view the video.

Upcoming Events

May 5
PCA Meeting
May 6
Vocal Music Concert
May 13
Band & Orchestra Concert

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

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WHO: 2013-2014 – 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
WHEN: June 17th, 2014 to June 21, 2014 (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 $1199.00 per student
  • The price will be $1379 per adult
For additional information or questions, please contact: Ron Hyde, Behavioral Instructor, or visit (Trip ID: 89223)

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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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