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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 »


Picture Day – Tuesday, August 26


Tuesday, August 26th is Picture Day at GMS! Be sure to return completed picture order forms on Picture Day and wear your best smile!


Change in Backpack Policy


This year, students will not be carrying backpacks from class to class during the day. Students may bring items to and from school in a backpack, but during the school day, backpacks will remain in lockers. This change is mostly due to larger class sizes and potential safety concerns. In the best interest of student … Read more »


Goodrell Now Fits in the Palm of Your Hand


The new DMPS mobile app is designed to provide up-to-date and helpful information about the school district and all schools right in the palm of your hand. Now you can connect with Goodrell and every school in Des Moines from anywhere and everywhere. Click the photo to learn more about the app and download to your Apple or Android smartphone.


6th Grade SUCCESS Day


On Friday, August 1st, all incoming 6th graders are invited to participate in the Goodrell 6th Grade SUCCESS Day. This event is set-up to help students with the transition from elementary school to middle school. Click on the image to learn more about it!


Goodrell Booster Club


Attention all parents! Here is a great opportunity to engage in your child’s education and support our school. The Goodrell Booster Club meets periodically throughout the school year to support with school events, field trips, staff appreciation, fundraising and so much more. Click on the image to see meeting times.

Upcoming Events

Aug 26
Picture Day
Aug 27
Fundraiser Begins
Sep 08
Goodrell Booster Club
Sep 11
Fundraiser Ends
Oct 08
Fundraiser Delivered to School

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

Bulletin Board

6th Grade Intramural sign up is online at

Students interested in Cross Country or Volleyball should register at  The deadline is Monday, August 25th!

2nd-8th graders interested in club basketball through East check this out!  Club team tryout Form 2014

Calendar of Events


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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