For The Record
November 24th, 2014

As Winter draws near – and with winter weather already in the air – 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 the first to know about … Read more »


November 20th, 2014

The business was blood on Wednesday afternoon at Brody Middle School, and business was good. When students dismissed there was a bloodmobile parked in the school parking lot, one of seven mobile units operated by LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa. Once things were set up inside there was a steady flow you’d have to say … Read more »


November 19th, 2014

It’s been an especially high-flying week out at the DMPS Aviation Technology Lab on the grounds of the Des Moines International Airport. Tuesday night the program’s new facility was cleared for takeoff by the School Board, as they unanimously approved a $3.3 million construction bid. Then on Wednesday the students in one of only three … Read more »


November 19th, 2014

The Merrill/Cowles Mock Trial team finished 9th at the 2014 Middle School Mock Trial State Championship. One hundred and seventy-two teams competed at this year’s state tournament, held in Des Moines on Monday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 18. Team members are: Helena Anderson (Merrill) Louise Bequeaith (Cowles) Robert Briggs (Merrill) Ellery McAlister, (Cowles) Rachel … Read more »


November 17th, 2014

Congratulations and good luck to DMPS maestros representing Lincoln, North and Roosevelt high schools who were accepted into the All-State orchestra and chorus! They were all invited to participate in the annual All-State Music Festival on the campus of Iowa State University, which gets underway later this week on November 20. For one student – … Read more »