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McCombs Students Learn About STEM Careers


McCombs Middle School students received hands-on learning at nearly a dozen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Presentations at the 2nd Annual STEM Career Day ranged from biodiesel to dietetics to microbiology. STEM is a big focus in Des Moines Public Schools as career fields expand. To see photos of the event, click on the image.


Students to Provide Lunchtime Feedback


Starting this week, middle and high school students will be asked to review one new menu item each month. It’s a new program the Central Nutrition Center hopes will engage students in a discussion about nutrition and taste. To see photos of February’s featured item and learn how to give your feedback, click on the image.


Scholastic Book Sale


Wednesday, February 4 from 3:00 – 6:45 PM Thursday, February 5 from 3:00 – 6:45 PM


Parent-Teacher Conferences


Parent-Teacher Conferences are being held on February 4th and 5th from 3:15 to 7:00 PM.

Toy Donation

Toy Donation


The McCombs Golden Eagles donated 300+ gifts to Blank Children’s Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club for the Holidays. Acaja Baker, Gift Ngia and Tyon Ford helped load and unload the gifts for the children.


Office Closure During Winter Break


McCombs office will be closed Dec. 22 – Jan. 2 for Winter Break.  Classes will resume Monday, Jan.5, 2015.

Upcoming Events

Apr 6
PCA Meeting
Apr 20
Soccer: Practice Begins
May 4
PCA Meeting
May 5
Vocal Music Concert
May 8
Student Talent Show

201 County Line Rd, Des Moines, IA 50320
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Kofu Student Exchange Informational

The student trip to Kofu, Japan, is one of the most enriching educational experiences offered to students in the Des Moines Public Schools.  We will select 24 students to travel to Kofu City in June of 2016.  Students will be selected by mid-March 2015, providing an opportunity to fund-raise during the summer of 2015.

Because of the high interest in this program and the limited number of participants, we use a rigorous process to choose students who will gain the most from the trip and be outstanding representatives.

Applications are scored on the basis of originality, creativity, and completeness. Points are awarded to students whose families have hosted Japanese students during prior summer visits and those who commit to host in 2016. An effort also is made to select students who represent all areas of the district. We attempt to get a good balance of students by age but lean toward the older students because of fewer opportunities to apply if they are not selected.

Twenty-four students will be selected for the trip, which is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 2, 2016 through Tuesday, June 14, 2016.  The cost estimated cost will be $3500 per student.

Required sessions will be held twice a month on Mondays from 4pm until 6pm, beginning in January until we leave on the trip. During these sessions expectations of the students will be high. Those expectations include: attendance/punctuality, homework completion, exemplary behavior, interpersonal skills, achievement in Japanese classes, and openness to the unfamiliar (people, food, places, customs). Students also must maintain a good academic performance and good behavior in school. Students not meeting these requirements will not go on the trip.

Please have your child complete the application and return it to Cate Miller at Central Academy, 1912 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50309, by February 20, 2015. The students will be selected by mid-March.  If you have questions, please call Cate Miller at 242-7888 or email

kofu Exchange – Student Application 2015-2016


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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