School News


Hoyt’s Bakker: Goodwill Achiever of the Year


Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa has honored Hoyt Middle School employee Randy Bakker as their Achiever of the Year. Randy was born with a condition called hydrocephalus which renders him functionally blind. After enrolling in a job skills training program at Goodwill he started working at Hoyt this year. The award is presented to someone who overcomes obstacles to employment. Click on the image for more.


Hoyt Competes at City-Wide Track Meet


Students from Hoyt and all of Des Moines Public Schools’ middle schools competed at the City-Wide Track & Field Meet on April 25. Beautiful weather and a big crowd of family and friends cheered on the student-athletes. Click the photo to see more images from the event.

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New Attendance Area Meetings Scheduled


A committee with parent representatives from Goodrell, Harding and Hoyt middle schools along with East and North high schools developed a proposed change to the current attendance areas for these three middle schools. Meetings for parents are being held on January 14 and 18. Click the headline for more information on the proposal and meetings.


Tutoring Sign Up for Title I Students


Students who attend a Title I school in Des Moines may be eligible for tutoring services at no cost to their family. In order to be eligible students must attend one of the 28 Title I schools, including Hoyt, in Des Moines and meet low income guidelines. To learn more and to register, simply click the headline.


Spring Break Trip to Washington, DC


Plans are in the works for a trip to Washington, DC as well as historic Philadelphia during the 2016 spring break for DMPS 8th grade and high school students. For interested parents and students, please click the photo to learn more about this fun and educational opportunity including information on costs, application forms, schedules and more.

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We are excited to have you at Hoyt


School resumes August 26th at 7:45 AM with an early out dismissal at 1:00 PM. We are excited to have you join us for a great year of learning and fun! Welcome back!

Upcoming Events

Hoyt takes part in the School Improvement Grant program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

Bulletin Board

Dear Parents,

A school district committee with parent representatives from our school is proposing a modification of the current attendance areas for Hoyt, Goodrell, and Harding.  The proposal would impact incoming 6th graders for the 2016-2017 school year and would create sustainable attendance areas for all three schools.

Documents explaining this proposal can be found at the district web site HERE.


Additionally, information meetings will be held at East and North in the next two weeks and anyone may attend either meeting.  Spanish translation services will be provided.
North – Thursday, Jan. 14th at 6:30pm in the library.
East – Monday, Jan. 18th at 6:30pm in the cafeteria.


For more information, contact Tim Schott at


Thank you,


Tim Schott
Secondary Schools Executive Director

Estimados Padres,


Un comité escolar con representantes de padres de nuestra escuela propone una modificación de las áreas de asistencia actual en Hoyt, Goodrell, y Harding. La propuesta afectaría a los estudiantes entrantes a 6to para el ciclo escolar 2016-2017 y crearía  áreas de asistencia sostenibles para las tres escuelas.


Documentos que explican la propuesta puede ser encontrada en el sitio web del distrito AQUÍ.


Además, juntas informativas se llevaran a cabo en la escuela East y North en las próximas dos semanas y cualquier persona  puede asistir  a cualquiera de las juntas. Se proporcionara servicios de traducción al español.
North-  jueves, 14 de enero a las 6:30pm en la biblioteca.
East –   lunes, 18 de enero a las 6:30pm en la cafetería.


Para mayor información, contactar a Tim Schott al




Tim Schott
Secondary Schools Executive Director

Journalism Club:
The Journalism Club publishes Hoyt’s Middle’s student-run newsletter, the “Hawk Times”. This newsletter is printed every other week. The purpose of the newsletter is to keep students informed on what’s going on at school, and in the local community. All articles are brainstormed, researched and written by students. Student-photographers provide pictures for our newsletter as well.
The Journalism Club is always open to new members. We have permanent staff positions, as well as freelance positions for students who want to contribute when they can.
Come get involved! The Journalism Club meets Mondays 2:45 – 3:15p.m., in room 1330.
Ms. Shepherd
Club Advisor

Hoyt Middle School is now registering students for Spring Athletics:
7th and 8th Grade Girls and Boys Track & Field.
Please register @
Participants must have a current physical and registration before they may begin practicing.

Staff Resources Page (IC, email, OneDrive links):

Hoyt Mission:

Our Mission is to ensure high levels of learning for all (staff, students, and community) in a positive environment.

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About Hoyt Middle School


2700 East 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50317

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Each day we work to engage our students in a secure and supportive learning environment where they can achieve their highest potential and accept responsibility for their learning. Read More…

One of our greatest strengths is the diversity of our student population as well as the programming we provide daily.

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