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Iowa Assessment Testing: March 31 – April 11


Students in grades 3 – 5 will take the Iowa Assessment March 31 – April 11. Students will be tested on reading, math, science, and social studies. Parents, please read the information letter that will be sent home the week of March 24th. Please remember, to be best prepared, children must be: WELL RESTED WELL … Read more »


DMPS Considers New Attendance Areas


It’s been more than 25 years since DMPS made comprehensive changes to elementary school attendance areas. A lot changes in a quarter of a century, and to better serve students and meet the needs of schools the district is considering new attendance areas for many elementary schools. Click the headline to learn about the plan and share your opinion.


Tutoring Available for River Woods Students


As a Title I school, our students may qualify for tutoring services at no cost to their family. To be eligible, students must also be approved for free/reduced-price lunch, and not have received tutoring services during the first semester of this school year. To learn more, simply click the headline above.

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Celebrating Our Good Choices!


Students in K-5 enjoyed a dance party on 12/18 in recognition and celebration of their safe, responsible, and respectful behavior choices first semester. Participants were students who had been recognized for consistently making positive behavior choices July – December. Way to Go! A celebration to recognize positive behavior choices made the second semester is planned for … Read more »

Dissecting owl pellets!

Bones, Muscles, and Joints – oh my!


5th grade students in Mr. Poole’s class recently completed a science unit on the human body. During the unit students worked with bone diagrams and skeletal models, and conducted experiments to learn about opposable thumbs and saddle joints. The final activity included dissecting owl pellets…very interesting (and kind of gross!)

Mrs. Galusha and Mrs. Nusbaum give students hints for planting.

River Woods in Bloom!


Students and staff worked together to plant flowers along the front of the building during our last week of school. The flowers will be in full bloom when River Woods welcomes students back to school in July! Plants are donated each year by the City of Des Moines – we appreciate the city’s continued support of our … Read more »

Upcoming Events

May 01
Title I Family Night at the Science Center of Iowa!
May 08
Registration for the 2014-15 school year: TH., May 8, 1 - 7 P.M.
May 30
Last Day of School for 2013-14

River Woods is a Continuous Calendar school. Click here to access our academic calendar.

About River Woods Elementary School


2929 SE 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50320

P: 515-242-8433 | E:


At River Woods, our mission includes providing learners with meaningful, differentiated learning experiences, collaboration and a common vision for achievement, and maintaining a safe, responsible and respectful school climate. Read More…

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