• Back to School Meet & Greet

    Come have ice cream, meet your teacher and have a family portraite taken on September 5th!

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  • Kindergarten Students Get a Jump Start on School

    Incoming kindergarten students have an opportunity to get a jump start on their education. Kindergarten Jump Start is a week-long learning experience to help students and their parents be ready to start school. This program is free and open to all incoming students who are registered for kindergarten at Des Moines Elementary

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  • Summer Office Hours

    The school office will be staffed June 19 - 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and June 26 - 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We will be closed July 1 - August 1. The office will re-open August 1, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We will be closed Monday, August 7, for an All-District Office Staff Training. Regular office hours 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. will resume August 28.

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  • Free Summer Meals Available for All Children

    All children can eat free breakfast, lunch and snacks during the summer through the federally-funded Summer Food Program. A child does not need to be a Highline Public Schools student to participate.

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  • FREE Summer Meals for Kids!

    The Des Moines Food bank will be serving kids & teens ages 1 - 18 years old at various sites from June 17 - September 2, 2017. Look inside this announcement for more information!

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I am a Teacher. I am a Learner.
We are successful at Des Moines.

At Des Moines Elementary, we value each of the roles within our community. We view students, families, teachers, and staff as integral components to ongoing success. We see every member of our community as having something to offer, something to gain, and many ways to demonstrate success.

At Des Moines Elementary, we believe that every adult and every child is a TEACHER:
- We all have talents, skills, and expertise to offer.
- We all have unique perspectives to share.

At Des Moines Elementary, we believe that every adult and every child is a LEARNER:
- We identify areas for development.
- We honor mistakes as a step in the learning process.
- We nurture curiosity.
- We create a safe environment for transparent learning and risk taking.

At Des Moines Elementary, we believe that SUCCESS can be measured in many ways:
- By progress toward standards, and also by growth.
- As a group, and also as an individual.
- By outcomes, and also by attitude.


June 20, 2017

Dear Des Moines Families,

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for a great school year. I never take for granted how lucky I am to serve as principal of Des Moines Elementary School. I hope you all have a great, safe summer. As we look to next year, I will look forward to getting reacquainted with you and working together to meet the needs of all of our students. I know you and your children will be impressed by all of the great programs we have here at Des Moines. We take pride in the hard work we do to ensure a quality education for each and every one of our students. The vision for Des Moines reads as follows: To provide a sense of belonging in an atmosphere in which everyone is a learner, everyone is a teacher, and everyone is successful. I am very excited about our work ahead and personally invite you to come by the school and visit with me. I look forward to working with you soon.

At Des Moines we all live by our positive behavior expectations. We are the ABC’s, which stand for Always Try, Be Respectful and Responsible, and Cooperate with Others. We have many school wide activities designed to promote our efforts to instill a sense of belonging for our students and to assist them in making decisions that will positively impact their learning. At the beginning of the school year, I encourage you as parents to review with your child the ABC’s and how they can pertain to your child’s life both in and outside of school. These expectations are designed to help students be successful in all facets of their life.

On September 5th we will be having our welcome to Des Moines Elementary Meet and Greet. I encourage you to come by and meet your child’s teacher, meet other parents, and myself. The opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher will be from 3:45-4:30, enjoy an ice cream social sponsored by our PTSA from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and O’Connor Photography will be on campus from 5 – 6:30 to take family portraits if you are interested. The afternoon will be a great opportunity to come and celebrate the start of a new school year. I hope you can make it!


Rick Wisen, Principal

Des Moines Elementary


About Us

Des Moines Elementary School
22001 9th Avenue South
Des Moines, WA 98198
Rick Wisen
Office Manager
School Hours
9:10 a.m - 3:40 p.m

Early Release Days
9:10 a.m - 2:10 p.m

Office Hours
8:15 a.m - 4:10 p.m


Planning & Construction

Keeping Our Promise