School News


DMPS Tests Message Systems on Thursday


The safety, security and well-being of our students and staff is always a top priority at Des Moines Public Schools. As Winter draws near, and the possibility of weather-related closings, delays or dismissals become a possibility, we want to make sure people receive such announcements as soon as they are made and delivered. That’s why … Read more »

EQ Day PD - Conceptual Learning through IB - Staff learning

Educator Quality Day


On Friday, October 24, staff participated in professional development activities for Educator Quality (EQ) Day. Most staff at Goodrell Middle School spent the day gaining a deeper understanding of “Conceptual Learning through IB”. This professional development allowed staff to continue working on how we implement the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) at our … Read more »


Danish Gymnastics Flips, Leaps Wow Students


Goodrell Middle School students watched Danish gymnasts perform some pretty incredible flips and leaps! The Gymnastics Performance Team, a touring gymnastics group from Denmark, performed at Grand View University today. Click the image to see why students loved the show.


DMPS, Parks & Rec Partner for Basketball


Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools are partnering to offer a youth basketball league for the 2014-2015 season. The program is for students in grades 1st through 7th. The registration deadline is October 17 and fees are $50 per student or $450 per team. Click the header to learn more and register to play.


13th Annual Walk to School Day a Success


Thank you to all of the students, staff and community members who joined us for Goodrell’s 13th Annual Walk to School Day. According to the 2013 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Iowa is #10 in the nation when it comes to being physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy. Click on the image to see more photos.

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Students Sell Bracelets for Charity


Eighth-grader MaryKate Walling shows off her new Nicaraguan pulseras (bracelets) sold by the 8th grade Spanish classes. The students raised $1,295 which will be used to provide a scholarship for one of the artists to attend school for 2 years. Click on the headline to read more.

Upcoming Events

Nov 28
Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 01
Girls Basketball vs. Weeks
Dec 02
Wrestling Meet
Dec 04
Girls Basketball @ Merrill
Dec 08
Goodrell Choir Concert

Goodrell is an IB World School. Click here to learn more about this elite classification.

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Sport practices run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Here is the schedule for the individual sports:
Girls basketball 2:45 to 4:00
Girls swimming (5:00 to 6:00) 
Wrestling (3:00 to 5:15)

Students interested in the 6th grade intramural program should register at  We are also currently planning on the 2015 schedule and are looking for your input by completing our survey at

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About Goodrell Middle School


3300 E. 29th Street, Des Moines, IA 50317

P: 515-242-8444 | E:


Goodrell Middle School is a choice school offering programs designed to help students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in an ever-changing world. Read more..

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