School News

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.


Garden Improved, Ready for Lessons


Cowles staff and families spruced up the gardens this summer. When students return to Cowles Aug. 20th, they will start planning upcoming garden projects and this fall’s “Healthy Harvest” celebration. The gardens provide hands-on botany, hydrology, nutrition, math and language lessons. Click the image to see and read more.


Meet & Mingle Popsicle Gathering


Summer is almost over and the school season is near… Let’s kick off the new year with a meet & mingle event! There will be familiar faces and some new, so join us for this social event to get to know our Cowles families. New families can ask questions to our current families, kids can … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Sep 3
90 Minute Early Dismissal
Sep 4
First Day of School (Preschool)
Sep 10
90 Minute Early Dismissal
Sep 17
90 Minute Early Dismissal
Sep 24
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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