School News


Alum Teachers Stroll McCombs Memory Lane


They are true originals. Retirees Dave McGinnis and Mike Walag were green teachers the day McCombs Middle School opened its doors for the first time in 1973. Now they’re back to check out the halls they once walked, and boy, are they having a good time. We tagged along. Click on the headline to read the story and see photos.


Golden Eagles Package Meals from the Heartland


The 1st community service project completed by the Golden Eagles occurred on September 1.  They helped package meals as part of the Meals from the Heartland project.  More photos can be found on the Golden Eagles page.


Non-Fundraiser Fundraiser


The McCombs Parent Booster Club has announced it’s 2017-2017 Official “Non-Fundraiser.”  For additional information, please click this post’s title and then on Official “Non-Fundraiser”


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.

Upcoming Events

Oct 27
Golden Eagle Fall Dance
Oct 28
No school – Teacher EQ Development
Oct 31
Girls Basketball McCombs at Hiatt
Nov 1
Wrestling - Lincoln, Johnston, Ankeny Central, Hoover
Nov 3
Girls Basketball Showcase - McCombs vs. Brody

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

Bulletin Board

On Monday, October 3, students and staff showed their support for the anti-bullying movement by wearing blue.


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”

Calendar of Events


About McCombs Middle School


201 County Line Road, Des Moines, IA 50320

P: 515-242-8447 | F: 323-8655 | 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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