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No Cost Meals Available this Fall at South Union


Students at 35 Des Moines schools and three learning centers can now eat breakfast and lunch at no cost because of a special U.S. Dept. of Agriculture program targeting high poverty schools throughout the U.S. The move will ensure students are focused on learning and not on hunger. To see a list of schools and learn more about the program, click on the image.


Back-to-School Health Fair at East on July 26


East High will again be the site of the Jumpstart Back-to-School Health Fair, held this year on Saturday, July 26 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Sponsored by the Polk County Health Department and Des Moines University, the event offers free physicals and other health services for students in grades K-12. Click the image for more details.

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South Union Ushers in Summer


South Union Elementary School students said goodbye to departing 5th graders and retiring teachers with a ‘clap out’ as school was dismissed. There were hugs, tears and smiles. It was a terrific year. Everyone have a great summer and we will see you in the fall. To see photos of the day, click on the image.


Lt. Governor Vists Classrooms


Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds visited her great niece and nephew at South Union Elementary. She started in Mrs. Baldinelli’s 5th grade classroom and talked about career choices and her job. Then she visited Mrs. Pope’s first grade classroom to read, “Duck For President.” Click the picture to see more of her visit.


Blank Park Zoo Vists Kindergarten


Matthew Card from the Blank Park Zoo brought his rabbit and Marine Toad to see the kindergarten students at South Union. The students learned that the Marine Toad is the largest species of toad in the world and it comes from Central America. The toad must have really liked Mrs. Welker’s class. He took a hop into the middle of the gathering of children! Click the picture to see more.


Fancy Schmancy Day


Students earned this day as a whole class positive behavior reward. They earned the reward by filling in states on a U.S.A puzzle. Once the puzzle was complete, they voted on a reward. Fancy Schmancy day was pretty much a unanimous vote! The students dressed up “fancy”- some chose to wear dresses or nice shirts with neckties, while others … Read more »

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South Union Elementary is a union of Granger and Mitchell Elementary schools. We prepare students to be productive citizens through academics, arts and wellness. Read More…

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