School News


Trip to Washington DC – Spring Break 2015


The DMPS Social Studies Department is organizing the 4th trip to the nation’s capital for DMPS 8th graders. These students will have an opportunity to spend a week exploring Washington DC during spring break (March 15-19).


NEW 6th Grade Intramural Program


Any 6th grade student can participate in the new intramural program.  Sign up online at  Click this news story for more information.   6th Grade Intramural Schedule Each of these events requires filling out the application either online (the link above) or using the paper application (on the Goodrell activity board) and paying the $10 activity fee.  The … Read more »


Metro Volleyball – 6th Grade Girls


Metro Volleyball is available through the DMPS Community Education Department for any interested 6th Grade girls. Information is available on the Activities board by the GMS gym or on the DMPS Community Education website. The program will on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 PM beginning on September 3. The cost is $35 per player. Scholarships … Read more »


Student Planners


Anyone who ordered a Student Planner should expect to receive it by the end of the week of August 25. If your student did not order a planner, but would still like to get one, there will be some available.


School Improvement Goals for 2014-15


Each year, schools set new improvement goals based on the previous year’s academic and school climate data. Here are the goals that we are focusing on for 2014-2015: Reading Goal: We will increase the proficiency of all students in grades 6-8 on the Iowa Assessments in reading by 5%. (76.9%) Math Goal: We will increase … Read more »

new staff

Welcome our New Staff!


Please join us in welcoming our new staff members for the 2014-2015 school year! Craig Leager, Principal Jessie Van De Walle, School Improvement Leader Amy Taylor, International Baccalaureate MYP Coordinator LeeAnn Smoldt, Nurse Spencer Russell, Vocal Music Jessica Shwery, Physical Education Pamela Kluender, Business Technology Alexis Young, Language & Literature Judith Fallbacher, Sciences Rachel Sheldon, Therapist … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Sep 08
Goodrell Booster Club
Sep 11
Fundraiser Ends
Oct 08
Fundraiser Delivered to School
Oct 13
Goodrell Booster Club
Jan 12
Goodrell Booster Club

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

Bulletin Board

Goodrell Principal accepted the ALS#icebucketchallenge after being nominated by some Goodrell staff members. He challenges all other Des Moines middle school principals.


Students interested in the 6th grade intramural program should register at

The Fall 2014 Goodrell spirit wear order form deadline has been extended to Friday, September 5th.  GoodrellOrder_Form Fall 2014 SELL (2)

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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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