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For The Record
November 23rd, 2016

It’s a short week at Des Moines Public Schools, but plenty long enough for a variety of traditional holiday mood-setting activities around the district. Smouse Opportunity School served up its 36th annual Thanksgiving feast for students, their families and community guests. Over at Lincoln High School, Victor Wickert’s Adult Living class again planned, shopped for, prepared … Read more »


November 22nd, 2016

In 1961 Russ Fisher set a school record in the 100-yard breaststroke at Tech High. When Tech closed in 1986 the record still stood. According to two plaques in the Tech Hall of Memories at what’s now Central Campus, it’s the longest-standing boys’ or girls’ Engineer swimming record. Fisher later taught carpentry at his alma … Read more »


November 18th, 2016

As Winter draws near – and with winter weather already in the forecast for some parts of Iowa – the following is a note from Superintendent Tom Ahart on the decision-making process at Des Moines Public Schools about “snow days.” Be sure to read the bottom of this page and see how you can be … Read more »


November 17th, 2016

For the second year in a row Lincoln High was chosen as the only showcase school in Iowa by AVID, a national program aimed at college readiness for students who would be the first generation of their families to pursue post-secondary degrees. Advancement Via Individual Determination is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the … Read more »


November 16th, 2016

This year marks the 33rd annual mock trials sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association and two teams, the Blue and the Green, from Merrill Middle School advanced to the middle school state tournament this week at the Iowa Events Center. The event is designed to introduce students to the legal system in a challenging, academic … Read more »