School News


Read to Succeed Reports on Progress


One year ago Read to Succeed was launched at Greenwood Elementary School. Today the program’s sponsor, United Way, and DMPS came together at Willard Elementary School to provide a progress report on the initiative to improve student reading skills as well as urge community members to take time to read with children. Click on the headline to read and see more about the event and how you can help.


What’s for Lunch? Ask the DMPS Mobile App


You can now find out what’s for breakfast and lunch at every school on every day of the year. You can even find out nutritional information. Just visit the Dining section on the new DMPS Mobile App. If you don’t yet have the app, click the header to download it for Apple or Android and learn more about its many features.

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Willard Now Fits in the Palm of Your Hand


The new DMPS mobile app is designed to provide up-to-date and helpful information about the school district and all schools right in the palm of your hand. Now you can connect with Willard and every school in Des Moines from anywhere and everywhere. Click the photo to learn more about the app and download to your Apple or Android smartphone.


Willard Clap Out Brings Smiles, Tears


Students lined the hallways at Willard Elementary to pay tribute to 5th graders moving on to middle school and retiring teachers. There were hugs, tears and many more smiles. Good luck to all and have a great summer! Click the image to see more photos of the final day of school.


Students Attend Makers Convention


The first annual Des Moines 21st Century Community Learning Centers Makers Convention featured nearly 300 students from 9 schools, including Willard. The students presented their work with food, robotics, photography, music and everything in between. Click on the image to see more photos of the event.


DMPS Adopts New Attendance Areas


It’s been more than 25 years since DMPS made comprehensive changes to elementary school attendance areas. A lot changes in a quarter of a century, and to better serve students and meet the needs of schools the district has adopted new attendance areas for many elementary schools. Click the headline to learn about the plan and share your opinion.

Upcoming Events

May 01
Teacher Appreciation Week
May 05
Hat/Patriotic Day
May 19
Field Day
May 24
Willard's Got Talent Show
May 25
Fifth Grade Promotion

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About Willard Elementary School


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Willard Elementary School has been meeting the educational needs of east side students for many generations and has a wonderfully diverse student population. Read More…

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