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Students and parents find lockers at the new building on the first day of school. Click for more photos.

New Mitchellville is a Work of Originality

“We didn’t want a cookie-cutter building,” says Principal Joe Nelson on the first day of school. “We wanted an original. And we got an original.” From the natural light flooding through the vast windows to small design details in the library, Southeast Polk’s new Mitchellville Elementary is anything but cookie-cutter. Originality and an emphasis on teaching and learning are definitely at the core of . . . read more

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Ms. O'Hara's 3rd graders show their enthusiasm for learning.

Willowbrook Embraces First Day of School

Willowbrook hummed with a whir of excitement on the first day of school, August 18. Early in the morning, Willowbrook staff performed on the roof as students entered the school. They sang the song “I Believe in You,” featuring inspiring lyrics such as, “All I want to do is help you believe in you,” and, “I . . . read more

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Teachers Create Lesson Plans at the Environmental Learning Center

This July, several math and science teachers gathered at the Environmental Learning Center property located on the corner of the Metro Park East Landfill dedicated to environmental education. They worked together to create lesson plans focusing on the resources the center has to offer. The property houses outdoor and indoor areas, . . . read more

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