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September 30th, 2016

A week ago yesterday they were swept up in a whirlwind. That evening Julio Delgadillo and Elhondra Brazzle attended the premiere of RunDSM: The Doc at Fleur Cinema. They were among the student-poets featured in the film that chronicles the rise of a district program highlighted by spoken word poetry and a cutting edge curriculum in … Read more »


September 29th, 2016

For 115 years, Greenwood Elementary School has stood on 37th Street, and over those many years renovations and additions to the school led to a dozen different doors in and out of the building. For visitors, the “front door” wasn’t all that obvious, much less having the school’s office staff know who was coming and going. … Read more »


September 28th, 2016

A key element of the school board’s oversight of Des Moines Public Schools is a series of recurring “monitoring reports” the board receives throughout each school year that summarize the ways and means of operating the largest, most diverse school district in the state. At a recent board meeting a report entitled Males of Color was presented … Read more »


September 26th, 2016

Homecoming Week couldn’t have dawned any brighter at East High School than it did this morning – or more fragrantly! As students arrived on campus they were greeted by aromas wafting from a food truck of a different sort. This one belongs to The Salvation Army and it was dispensing breakfast pizzas provided by Northern … Read more »


September 23rd, 2016

In 1973 Dave McGinnis and Mike Walag were brand new teachers. And McCombs was a brand new school. Now, 43 years later, they’ve both retired. Thursday McGinnis flew into town from Montana and the longtime friends and colleagues went on a tour of their old proving grounds, guided by current McCombs principal Nancy Croy. McGinnis, … Read more »