School News

District staff walk safe routes to school.

Scouting the Routes for Safe Walks to School


The school bell times at Willard will change with the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Our new start time is 7:30 AM and we will dismiss at 2:25 PM, with a 90 minute early dismissal on Wednesdays. Please click on the headline to learn more about how we are engaging our staff to ensure an orderly transition when school resumes August 23.

Willard students shows his paint-covered hands.

Willard Murals Continue to Add Beauty


For the third year in a row, students from Willard designed a large-scale mural for display along East 30th Street. The first year it was on the side of the (now closed) Fairgrounds Hardware Store. Last year a painting of the Iowa State Capitol in all four seasons was painted on a wall of the S&H Electric Company. This year the mural is on the grounds of the Iowa State Fairgrounds, directly across the street from last year’s artwork. Click on the headline to read more.

Boy exits bus.

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!

Upcoming Events

Jul 04
Independence Day
Jul 10
School Board Meeting
Aug 14
School Board Meeting
Aug 23
First Day of School
Sep 03
Labor Day – No School

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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