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Greetings 2012-2013

posted Jul 31, 2012, 11:44 AM by Moulton DMPS   [ updated Jul 31, 2012, 11:45 AM ]

It is indeed a pleasure to once again welcome all our returning students and our new students to the 2012-2013 school year!  The teachers and staff are excited and look forward to sharing many academic experiences with our students.  As we partner with our parents, we will work together for a rich and fruitful education for your students. 

The first week of school is quickly approaching.  Listed below are some important reminders and changes that will be taking place this school year.


·         Moulton’s doors will open at 8:10 to serve breakfast to our students.  Breakfast will be served from 8:10 am – 8:30 am.  Students who arrive after 8:30 am due to a late arriving bus will be issued a breakfast upon arrival to school.  Non bus riding students who arrive at or after 8:30 am will need to report directly to class.

·         Head Start/Pre-School is scheduled to start July 23rd at 8:00 am.  ½ Day Head Start AM programs begin at 8:00 am.  AM Day programs start at 8:30 am.

·         Each Wednesday school is dismissed at 1:50 pm.  Please make sure you child is picked up promptly as staff will be involved with professional development meetings.

·         According to the district parent handbook, “Students are not to have cell phones at school.”  If a student is seen with a cell phone, it will be taken from them and given to administration.  Administration will contact the parent/guardian to make arrangements for them to pick up the phone.  In an effort to reduce the number of classroom interruptions, parents are encouraged to leave messages with the office staff, which will then be relayed in a timely fashion.

·         Each parent was issued a copy of Moulton’s Dress Code matrix upon picking up your child (ren) polo shirts.  Please review these guidelines with your child (ren).  Students who come to school dressed outside of our dress code will be addressed on an individual basis.  Habitual dress codes infractions will result in scheduling a conference with the parent/guardian to problem solve the issue.  Continuous infractions could result in progressive consequences.

·         Uniforms are available for purchase for $12 at Moulton from 8:00 – 3:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. 

·         Uniforms will be distributed during Open House on July 10th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.


We are excited to set off to a fantastic start for the school year.  Make sure to frequently visit Moulton’s website located at http://sites.google.com/site/moultondmps/ for announcements.



Craig Saddler


November Letter to Families

posted Jan 3, 2012, 11:17 AM by Moulton DMPS   [ updated Jan 3, 2012, 11:18 AM ]

Throughout this school year, Moulton wants to work closely with families and the community to significantly improve the level of communication between the school and the families and community we serve. This work is a continuation of our efforts to create a more parent- and student-friendly system that offers the best school experiences for all students.

Over the last several years, we have heard from many parents about this critical issue. This year, we will continue to explore ways to provide a more customer-friendly school that makes sense for parents. We know that our families come to us with many different backgrounds. To date, we have made tremendous efforts to provide a quality educational experience for all of Moulton’s students.  As we continue to monitor the shifting educational landscape, we continue our journey to enhance Moulton’s ability to accommodate our students and families.  

This work is already underway and will continue throughout this year. Then, in 2012, we will work with our staff and the community to review and, where necessary, prepare to provide a more responsive array of quality programs.   These programs will aim to maintain choice and diversity while creating more transparency and predictability to the systems we use to meet the needs of the Moulton community. I invite all Moulton parents and community members to our next PTA meeting (11/15/11 at 5:30 in the cafeteria) where additional information on this will be available.

It goes without saying that we are in a transformative period in public education in this country. A painful economy, an uncertain political climate, persistent achievement gaps and higher standards for all, increased competition and an increasingly diverse student population each present unique challenges -- and opportunities. Our families expect us to innovate, collaborate, and do whatever it takes to educate our children well. By remaining committed to providing a welcoming system, consistently high-quality classrooms, and services, we can ensure that Moulton’s families will continue to be proud of our building, administration and staff for years to come.

Craig Saddler

8-26 Update on Moulton Closures

posted Sep 13, 2011, 11:03 PM by Moulton DMPS

August 26, 2011

Dear Parents and Guardians: 

August 19th, 2011 a letter was sent home notifying families that a decision had been made to temporarily close Moulton as a precautionary measure to address the presence of mold. Moulton will need to remain closed through next week as extra time is needed to ensure that the work needing to be done is completed. I apologize for any difficulty this decision may cause. Please know that all efforts are to ensure that when our doors reopen that students and staff will be returning to a safe school. 

As a result of this, conferences originally scheduled to take place this week will need to be postponed. We will also need to make up days that have been missed due to this matter. The 2 weeks of school that are missed by staff and students will be made-up during the first week of fall break(September 26th) and the April flex week. Conferences will take place the week of September 26th. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning will be student contact days for Kindergarten through Eighth Grades.  Monday and Tuesday will be student contact days for Headstart and Preschool. Conferences will be Wednesday and Thursday.  The following 2 weeks will be fall break (Oct. 3-14).

For families who will be in need of supervision/ activities for their children next week, two neighborhood organizations will continue to assist Moulton families by making services available during the school closure.  Children and Families Urban Ministries (CFUM) is able to provide programs as well as meals for up to 65 students. Because of limited space, families should call Abigail Livingood or Linda Danielson of CFUM at 282-3242 to reserve a space. CFUM is located at 1548 8th Street in Des Moines.
In addition, the Grubb YMCA is open to Moulton families (with or without memberships) from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM during the week; students in grades 3-8 may use the facility without a parent or guardian present from Noon to 5:00 PM. The Grubb YMCA is located at 1611 11th Street in Des Moines. For more information call 246-0791. 


Impact Zone will offer full day service beginning from 7:30am - 5:30pm to any k-5th grade Moulton student. We would make time for age appropriate reading,math and spelling for the educational portion of the day as well as physical activities for the students. Breakfast, lunch and snack will be provided. We would be able to accommodate 15 kids. First come first sever basis. Please contact Cory Jenkins at: 515-974-6697 or email:
Address: 3223 University Ave, Des Moines, 50311

Finally, I appreciate the patience each of you have demonstrated during this time.  I also know that you may have unanswered questions that remain.  I will also be available to share updates and answer questions from Moulton parents and/or community members during three sessions next week at CFUM: 4:30 PM on Monday, August 29; 7:00 AM on Tuesday, or August 30; and 11:30 AM on Wednesday, August 31.  Food will be available at these chew and chat sessions. 

Once again, thank you for your patience and understanding,


Craig Saddler


Middle School Academic Academy

posted Dec 22, 2010, 6:42 AM by Moulton DMPS   [ updated Dec 22, 2010, 6:44 AM ]

In an effort to best serve the academic needs of all of our students, Moulton staff would like to provide every opportunity possible for students to achieve success. Both at the district and building level there are current conversations surrounding common expectations surrounding student achievement and our collective responsibility to create opportunities to assist our students to meet identified learning objectives.

One step that we have taken this year to provide additional opportunities for our middle school students to reach success is to implement the Academic Extended Learning Academy. This academy is provided after school by Moulton middle school teachers every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:30pm. Whereas, after school programming opportunities are available to all students, this academy will be required for every student who receives the grade of “D” or “F” on their academic progress reports, provided every three weeks or their report cards, which is provided every six weeks. This after school programming is essential to student achievement and will assist students with an opportunity to improve their skills and academic achievement. The academy began Tuesday, October 26, 2010.  Please note - this academy is required for all students receiving the grade of D or F in any of their academic core courses. Thank you for your continued support as we continue to partner with one another to provide the best possible learning experiences for the Moulton community.


Craig Saddler, Principal

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