School News

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New School Hours Beginning in August


Beginning in August, all schools at DMPS will have new hours. The new hours at our school will be 8:30 AM to 3:25 PM. The change is being made to better serve the educational needs of students, based on research into the sleep patterns of children and teenagers. Click the headline for more information.

McCombs Students & Staff Support the Red Cross


McCombs Middle School students and staff collected money to donate to the Red Cross to help support disaster relief efforts in Texas.  Money was collected for two weeks and the McCombs MS Student Council President presented a check to the local Red Cross chapter.

McCombs Named Science Bound Middle School of the Year


Congratulations to the 2016 – 2017 McCombs Middle School students who earned Science Bound middle school of the year from the Iowa State University Science Bound program.  This honor was based on multiple factors including student attendance at Science Bound activities, quality of their end of the year essays, performance at the Science Bound science … Read more »

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Virtual Backpack Replaces Paper Flyers


Our students have enough to carry around! Opportunities in the community will now be available via Virtual Backpack for Des Moines Public Schools. Read about student-friendly community events and opportunities, or post a flyer of your own. Click on the headline to read more about Virtual Backpack.

Youth Flag Football


Football opportunity for middle school students.  Youth Flag Football Flyer

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Attention: Incoming 7th Grade Students


Before starting 7th grade in the fall, students must meet a new mandatory state vaccination requirement. Students without proof of a meningitis vaccination or an exemption will not be allowed to attend classes in the fall. As of Aug. 1, 35% of McCombs’ incoming 7th grade students do not have the vaccination. Click the headline to read more about what is needed, and where students can find assistance meeting this requirement.

Upcoming Events

Mar 30
No School – Professional Development Day
Apr 2
Parent Booster Club Meeting
Apr 3
School Board Meeting
Apr 11
Kindergarten Sign-Up
Apr 13
McCombs Student Talent Show

201 County Line Rd, Des Moines, IA 50320
P: 515-242-8447 | F: 515-323-8655

Bulletin Board


Monday, August 21

from 3:15-5:15pm 

  • Pick up your class schedule and bus pass
  • Take your supplies to your homeroom
  • Meet your teachers
  • Get your locker assignment and practice opening your locker with your parents
  • Take a self-directed tour with your parents


  • Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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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