• Help Name the New School?

    Get information on the construction and naming of the new elementary school our district is building in Des Moines. Are you wondering who will attend and what the school will be named? Here are the answers we know so far, and ways to get involved.

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  • Your Mission Awaits...

    Please join us for Curriculum Night at Des Moines on Wednesday, September 27, at 5:30 p.m. Please come join us and experience your child’s day at school. Students will have a passport; which they will use to guide you through all parts of their day (including Music, P.E & Library).

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  • Superintendent Seeking Applications for Student Leadership Team

    Superintendent Susan Enfield wants to hear directly from students. That's why she is launching a new student committee that will give her their views on district-level decisions. Students have until October 6 to apply.

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  • Running Club 2017 Registration

    Open this announcement for more information and the registration form!

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  • Read Our School Performance Report

    The 2015-16 School Performance Report for Des Moines Elementary is now on our website. We invite you to read about the progress students are making, learn about plans we are implementing this year, and find out how to become more involved in our school and the education of your student.

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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


  • 4 Years, 11 Paths, 1 Big Goal

    Four years, 11 students, countless challenges and one big, bold goal are at the center of a new documentary set in Highline Public Schools. "Eleven Paths" follows 11 Highline students from freshman through senior year of high school. You can view this compelling film and a Q & A panel with the students featured in it online.

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  • Response to DACA from the School Board & Superintendent

    The Highline School Board and Superintendent Susan Enfield are sending a clear and strong message of protection and reassurance to all students and families in the district. Read the letter to families. A similar message was sent to all staff.

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  • 19K+ Reasons To Celebrate the New School Year

    We're back! Classrooms are buzzing with excitement as the 2017-18 school year officially kicks off. Our schools are full of students eager to learn and grow. Our teachers and staff are ready to inspire, motivate and educate!

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  • Back-to-School Checklist: 9 Things to Do Before September 6

    Time to gear up! School starts Wednesday, September 6 for students in grades 1-12 and Monday, September 11 for kindergarten students. Here are 9 things to do before the first day of school.

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  • 2017-18 Budget is Online

    Highline's proposed budget for the 2017-18 school is now posted online. The budget will be introduced to the Highline School Board at its July 26 meeting. You are invited to comment on the budget at a public hearing at 5:00 p.m. immediately before the school board meeting.

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