For The Record
August 22nd, 2014

Okay, the title March of the Penguins is already taken by the academy award-winning documentary film that is so named, but still… Perkins Elementary School started an annual parade to celebrate the start of each new school year when Principal Dan Koss arrived four years ago. It’s a great mood-setter that Koss came up with … Read more »


August 15th, 2014

So close to the start of a new year the emphasis is understandably on preparation. But summer’s waning days are also the occasion for closure in some areas. Friday afternoon the district’s summer contingent of AmeriCorps volunteers gathered to tie up administrative loose ends, compare notes, share some cake and, in many cases, recommit. AmeriCorps … Read more »


August 13th, 2014

A year ago Edmunds Elementary was brand new and grand opening. Today marks the beginning of Year Two. The premises are broken in but still beautiful. The ceilings are sky high. The cafeteria this morning smelled of fresh bananas. The hallways are wide with shiny floors and lined with fresh faces. Outdoors, rush hour traffic … Read more »


August 13th, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the Des Moines Public Schools Summer Class of 2014! In 2011 the inaugural summer cohort numbered 30. Eighty-one followed in 2012 and last year 51 more came to collect their hard-earned but well worth the extra effort high school diplomas. And as of last night you can add another 78 to … Read more »


August 11th, 2014

A year ago Roosevelt High School Principal Kevin Biggs was a freshman of sorts. It was his first year at the tradition-rich school and he jumped right in with both feet. In no time he was widely known and highly regarded, by parents and students alike, but he remains sensitive to how difficult the transition … Read more »