For The Record
May 27th, 2015

They turned school inside out Wednesday afternoon at Madison Elementary School. An assembly in the courtyard behind the school with guests of honor hailing from Spain and Japan was really a concert featuring some brand new musicians playing brand new instruments they’ve been practicing on since the Des Moines Public Schools Foundation donated them in … Read more »


May 27th, 2015

Des Moines Fire Marshal Jonathan Lund was sitting in a class at Drake University, working towards certification as an Executive Fire Officer, when a fire alarm went off. No one budged. People looked at each other questioningly. The teacher said what most were thinking: “It’s probably a drill.” In case it wasn’t, Lund did leave … Read more »


May 26th, 2015

When Roosevelt’s Briyana Carter broke the tape at the finish line of the 100 meter dash in the Iowa State High School Track & Field Meet Saturday at Drake Stadium, in a way she was running the anchor leg in a relay that started in 2011. Not exactly sprinter speed but it could hardly have … Read more »


May 22nd, 2015

More than 100 dedicated DMPS employees from a variety of departments were honored at a special luncheon on Wednesday at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines. Chief of Human Resources Dr. Anne Sullivan offered congratulations,  and Superintendent Dr. Tom Ahart presented retirees with a golden apple for their service. Students Aviva Adams-Wilk (Cowles Montessori School), Shakira Stiefvater … Read more »


May 21st, 2015

By now the Iowa Utilities Board may be wondering what hit it. Wednesday at Brody Middle School a cross-curricular project that’s been several weeks in the making culminated with more than 100 7th graders submitting letters to the IUB online. They were weighing in with their suggestions, opinions and recommendations about the proposed Bakken Pipeline project that … Read more »