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July 29th, 2016

La Tomatina is an annual summer festival in a Spanish village. Thousands of people from all over the world come for the “World’s Biggest Food Fight” and hurl more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes at one another. The “Tomatopalooza” at Cowles Montessori School on Friday morning was kind of like that. The … Read more »


July 26th, 2016

If you were a refugee who escaped a war-torn homeland and you were doubly lucky you’d be welcomed wherever you landed by a man the likes of Vinh Nguyen. His official title at Des Moines Public Schools is Bilingual Outreach Program Supervisor. In layman’s terms, he’s a friendly face and an outstretched hand of welcome. … Read more »


July 25th, 2016

Why go to the time and trouble to go to the mountains, Jake Troja wondered, when we can get the mountains to come to us? Good question, it turns out. And they are coming for the inaugural Des Moines Public Schools Summit on School Climate and Culture on August 8 & 9 at the Iowa … Read more »


July 22nd, 2016

Rabsa Naseer will be a junior in the fall at Roosevelt High School/Central Academy. The summer before she entered 8th grade she was, by her own description, “very shy and quiet.” We’ll take her word for that, hard as it now seems to believe. That summer Rabsa was invited to the first Tech Camp, a weeklong … Read more »


July 12th, 2016

It’s one thing to lace up your shoes and run in a 5K event. It’s another thing entirely to administratively run one, especially if you’re a teenager otherwise preoccupied with prepping for your senior year of high school. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what Roosevelt High School’s Rebecca Osthus is doing this summer. The race is the … Read more »