School News

Primary Classroom News

Preprimary Classroom News


Our returning and new preprimary students are adjusting nicely to the new school year.  Our goal as preprimary teachers is to help our students adjust to their new “Prepared Environment”.  An example of some of the lessons we are giving our students include:  “Grace and Courtesy”, what it looks like to be a “Peaceful student”, … Read more »

Upper Level Classroom News

Upper Level Classroom News


Welcome back! In our first trimester we are studying Chemistry combined with Functional Geography and the beginning of time.  In chemistry we will be studying states of matter, elements, compounds, acids and bases. While in Functional Geography we are exploring the topics of our solar system and how the sun effects our earth. Through experiments, readings and research, … Read more »

Peace Walk

Photos: Peace Walk and Ice Bucket Challenge


View photos from the 2014 Cowles Montessori Peace Walk and Principal Greg Grylls ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the Des Moines Public Schools Flickr page. Click the image to see the fun!

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Principal Grylls Answers ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


It was so hot out last week, Principal Grylls decided to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge right before the 2014 Cowles Montessori annual Peace Walk. Because it was so warm and muggy, that recycling bin of ice water felt extra-cold! You can hear the student body giggle as he does his, “boy, that was cold” dance! Click the image to watch the video.

Middle School Classroom News

Middle School Classroom News


New this year at Cowles Montessori, every seventh and eighth grade student will take the first two STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) classes.  Students will spend half of the school year learning Design and Modeling using AutoDesk Inventor.  Students will spend the other half of the school year learning Robotics and Automation using VEX robotics kits and RobotC programming language. Students … Read more »

DMPS app

Cowles Now Fits in the Palm of Your Hand


The new DMPS mobile app is designed to provide up-to-date and helpful information about the school district and all schools right in the palm of your hand. Now you can connect with Cowles and every school in Des Moines from anywhere and everywhere. Click the photo to learn more about the app and download to your Apple or Android smartphone.

Upcoming Events

Sep 24
90 Minute Early Dismissal
Oct 1
90 Minute Early Dismissal
Oct 3
Interest Fair-Upper Level
Oct 6
CMPG Meeting
Oct 8
90 Minute Early Dismissal

Cowles is Iowa's only public Montessori school. Click here to learn more about our philosophy.

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Cowles Montessori Pawction

Saturday, October 18th, 2014 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The FFA Enrichment Center, DMACC Ankeny Campus

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About Cowles Montessori School


6401 College Ave, Windsor Heights, IA 50324

P: 515-242-7818  | E: 


Located in the community of Windsor Heights, Cowles is Iowa’s only public Montessori school and serves students in preschool through eighth grade. Read More…

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