For The Record
April 17th, 2015

It’s a beautiful day all over town but an especially invigorating one on the west side of the district. The Merrill Mugs coffee shop is open for business on Friday mornings at Merrill Middle School (7:45-8:30) and, right around the corner, this particular Friday marked the 13th annual Fine Arts Day at Hanawalt Elementary. You’d be … Read more »


April 16th, 2015

On your mark … get set … GROW! Friday morning the Central Campus FFA chapter opens its annual plant sale at the program’s greenhouse on County Line Road, next door to McCombs Middle School. The hours are: Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturdays: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM The plant sale continues through June … Read more »


April 16th, 2015

Throughout the day on Wednesday, Des Moines Public Schools was well-represented at the Iowa State Capitol, advocating that the legislature properly fund and support public education in our state. In the morning, elementary students greeted legislators, talking with many of them about their schools and holding signs that said things such as “I’m not asking … Read more »


April 15th, 2015

Congratulations are in order for Randy Botkin of Scavo High School, the 2015 Iowa Association of Alternative Education (IAAE) Educator of the Year. Randy has worked in the Des Moines Public Schools for 22 years, all of them in an alternative school setting. “I had the pleasure to work alongside Randy as a teacher at … Read more »


April 14th, 2015

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. seems far removed from Cattell Elementary School in Des Moines, right? But they’re only a stone’s dance apart. It’s like this: Randy Barron has danced and choreographed professionally since 1978 with ballet and modern dance companies across the United States. He holds a … Read more »