U.S. Senator Tom Harkin’s official reason to visit Cowles Montessori School was to get a first-hand look at how the Farm-to-School grant was being used. But, he also had a chance to visit every grade level at Iowa’s only public Montessori school. Read and see more of Senator Harkin’s visit to Cowles on our For the Record blog.
Roosevelt’s Lily Nellans Sets National Record
Earlier today, the all-time National Forensic League’s points record was broken by Roosevelt senior Lily Nellans! Lily (pictured at the 2013 National Speech & Debate Tournament) set the new national record during the Patriot Games Classic speech and debate tournament at George Mason University. Congratulations to Lily and Roosevelt coach Harry Strong.
The distance from middle school to the opera stage was short for Merrill 6th grader Pierce Mansfield, who plays the lead role in the Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” performing this weekend at Hoyt Sherman Place. Read and see more about Pierce as we visit a dress rehearsal of the performance.
Congratulations to East High teacher Natalie Niemeyer and her students for earning a total of 18 individual awards from the Iowa High School Press Association for their yearbook, The Quill. East students picked up a total of four first-place awards. Click here to see a complete list of East’s yearbook student winners.
CIML Wrestling Takes to the Mat Tomorrow
CIML wrestling gets underway tomorrow. DMPS wrestlers ranked in the top 10 heading into the 2013-14 season include Lincoln’s Tyler Powell (#4 at 10b lbs), Roosevelt’s Jake Kristensen (#9 at 120 lbs), East’s Josh Davis (#4 at 152 lbs) and Lincoln’s Nate Luna (#6 at 152 lbs). For a schedule of athletic and all other events at DMPS, visit our district calendar.
East’s Luke Fisher Bowls a Perfect 300 at Meet
A big congrats to East senior and bowling team member Luke Fisher for rolling a perfect game. Luke bowled a 300 in last night’s match against Southeast Polk at Premiere Lanes in Pleasant Hill. According to East AD Lyle Fedders: “The crowd at the bowling alley was cheering and clapping with every strike. It was one of coolest moments I have seen at a high school event.”
CIML Boys’ Basketball Tips Off Tonight
The CIML Boys’ Basketball season tips off tonight. East is at Southeast Polk, Hoover travels to Marshalltown, Lincoln hosts Valley, North is at Fort Dodge, and Roosevelt is at home against Dowling. All five games are scheduled to start at 7:45 PM. Good luck Scarlets, Huskies, Rails, Polar Bears and Riders!
This year’s event is Saturday, January 11 from 8:00 AM to Noon at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. School administrators will screen individuals for potential teaching, coaching, and counseling positions for the 2014-15 school year. Participants must register in advance by clicking here.
Willard Students Skate with Mickey, Minnie
Thirty students from Willard hit the ice last week, many for the first time, and a chance to skate with Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Wells Fargo Arena. Thanks to the Shoes That Fit charity, which donates clothing for students, arrangements were made to give Willard students a chance to lace up some skates and get some lessons from members of the Disney on Ice cast.
For more than thirty years, Smouse Opportunity School has hosted a Thanksgiving Feast to welcome and say thanks to families and staff that support their students. At yesterday’s event, more than 300 meals were served to students, families and friends. Enjoy photos from the event on our Flickr page.