News
November 13th, 2018

The student application process for the June 2019 Kofu, Japan Exchange is underway. This student exchange is entering its 36th year and proves to be one of the most rewarding educational opportunities offered to the students of Des Moines Public Schools. Click on the headline to see a student produced video and read more about the trip. Students must be at least 12 years old on or before June 1, 2019 to be eligible.


November 7th, 2018

Water Rocks! is a roadshow that barnstorms the state, spreading the increasingly critical gospel of environmental stewardship packaged in a lively format that encourages student participation. The wet weather outside was perfect for a tutorial about the process by which rainfall inexorably winds its way to rivers, streams and oceans, gathering a little bit of everything in its path along the way. Click on the headline to read more.


October 7th, 2018

Congratulations to our Eagles volleyball team! McCombs won the city-wide middle school volleyball tournament, held Saturday, October 6 at North High School.


August 3rd, 2018

The way students access DART buses is changing beginning in school year 2018-19. When students receive their school IDs this Fall, the badge will have a QR code embedded on it. The QR code will serve as the student’s “ticket” to ride DART. Students will be required to scan the QR code when boarding DART buses. Click on the headline to read more about the change, and the district’s partnership with DART.


February 9th, 2018

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.


September 13th, 2017

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 »


August 11th, 2017

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.


May 30th, 2017

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.


February 12th, 2017

On Wednesday, October 28 McCombs Middle School students jumped and played, learned new fitness techniques from a professional trainer, and some lessons on nutrition from Hy-Vee. Check out the photos on our Flickr page.


February 12th, 2017

McCombs celebrates ENERGY STAR success.  View the slide show to see highlights of some of the ways the building saved energy last fiscal year.  McCombs Energy Star