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 7:30 AM to 2:25 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.

HaPpY ThAnKsGiViNg!


Happy Thanksgiving to all Willard families and friends. There will be no school on Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 24. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27.

Concerts will be postponed


Mrs. Bogh is on a leave of absence until her twins are born. Therefore, our music concerts scheduled for Tuesday, December 12 and Thursday, December 14 will be postponed until later next spring. More details will be provided as soon as Mrs. Bogh returns to school in the spring.

Premature Birth Awareness


On Thursday, November 16 we are encouraging staff and students to wear pink/purple in honor of Parker Lande (11/16/15-11/22/15), all other premature babies and all infant loss. We would love for students to join us in raising awareness. Thank you!

First Quarter Perfect Attendance


Congratulations to the following staff and students who had perfect attendance during the first quarter of this school year. (These students were here all day, every day during the first quarter!) Staff: Mrs. Berven, Miss McGinnis, Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Borlaug, Miss Jackson, Miss Murray, Mrs. Danner, Mrs. DeRaad, Miss Peterson, Miss Ashenfelter, Miss Neal, Mrs. … Read more »

October Wall of Famers


We are so proud of our October Wall of Fame nominees! Congratulations to Brynn Fallin, Haylee La Coursiere, Luis Zavala, Yaretzi Motejo-Escobar, Ivy Wyett, Star Aguillon, Milagros Galan-Gonzalez, Justin Rivas, Riley Kleis, Mia Martin, Jorge Garcia, Chloe Fallin, Sydnie Guevara, Caden Taylor, Haley Branchcomb, Alyssa Audas and Juliana Goff. These students did an amazing job … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Apr 27
Hat/PJ Day
May 01
School Board Meeting
May 11
Hat/PJ Day
May 15
School Board Meeting
May 18
Field Day, 9am for 3-5, 1pm for K-2

2941 Dean Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317
P: 515-242-8439 | F: 515-323-8647

Bulletin Board

Veteran’s Day – we need your help

During the month of November, we will be honoring our veterans who have served or are currently serving our country. We are going to put together a bulletin board with pictures of these veterans. If you have any photographs of family or friends who are/were in the military, we would love to add their photo to our display. Students can bring photos to school anytime before November 1. Please include the name of your student and his/her classroom teacher written in pencil on the back of the photograph so that we can return the photograph after our display is taken down. Thank you!


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About Willard Elementary School

2941 Dean Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317

P: 515-242-8439 | E: 


Willard Elementary School is located on the east side of Des Moines near the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Our school serves approximately 400 students in grades K-5. We are fortunate to have a wonderfully diverse student population and a very dedicated staff at Willard!


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