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Harding Fine Arts Night


The show will feature highlights of all of Harding’s Fine Arts programs including 6, 7 and 8th grade Band, 6, 7 and 8th grade Orchestra, 6 and 7th grade choirs, The Harding Drama Club and a gallery show featuring the visual art works of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students curated by the Harding Art Club. Click above for more information about this event!

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Harding Middle School Fall Parent Teacher Conferences


Harding’s Fall Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 21st (4pm – 8pm) and Thursday, October 22nd (4pm – 8pm). Your student will bring home information this week to request your conference time and date.  The completed conference form will need to be returned to your students teacher. If you have questions about … Read more »

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Big Turnaround Arts Week at DMPS


DMPS is excited to welcome back our Turnaround Arts this week. Actor Kal Penn is at Harding Middle School today and tomorrow, working with students and teachers in several workshops. Tomorrow Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project returns to Madison Elementary School, where they will conduct music and dance lessons with 3rd and 4th graders. DMPS is proud to be an active participant in Turnaround Arts, which integrates the arts to support academic achievement across all areas of education.


Tutoring Sign Up for Title I Students


Students who attend a Title I school in Des Moines may be eligible for tutoring services at no cost to their family. In order to be eligible students must attend one of the 28 Title I schools in Des Moines and meet low income guidelines. To learn more and to register, simply click above.


Spring Break Trip to Washington, DC


Plans are in the works for a trip to Washington, DC as well as historic Philadelphia during the 2016 spring break for DMPS 8th grade and high school students. For interested parents and students, please click the photo to learn more about this fun and educational opportunity including information on costs, application forms, schedules and more.

Picture Day

Harding Pictures on October 8th!


Harding Picture Day will be on Thursday, September 28th!! Click above for information about ordering pictures online.

Upcoming Events

Oct 13
8th Grade Volleyball Game vs Meredith at Harding 3pm
Oct 13
Cross Country Meet - SE Polk Invitational at Sam Wise Youth Complex
Oct 13
B Day
Oct 15
Girls Basketball Practice Starts
Oct 15
Harding Fine Arts Night

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Advisory PowerPoint Week of 10/12

The PowerPoint is shared and discussed with students during Advisory.  The PowerPoint goes over last week Force Field Ratings, CPR – Auditorium Behavior Review, 6th & 7th Wolfpack field trip information, Wolfpack Government campaigns start today, and weekly goal setting.

Athletics & Activities

Volleyball, Football, and Cross Country have started practice.  Click on the ATHLETICS tab for more information about practices, games, and coach information.


Watch for information coming soon about Girls Basketball, Swimming, and Wrestling!  Girls Basketball Practice will start October 15.


Click HERE for Athletic Schedules.

Harding Fine Arts Night

Harding’s Fine Arts Night will be held on Thursday night (10/15) from 5pm -7pm.  Band, Orchestra, Choir, and the Harding Drama Club students will be performing!!  There will also be a gallery walk with art created by our Art Club students.


-Every Wednesday is an early release.  Students are dismissed at 1:00pm
-Students must have their planner with them every day, for every class.
-The exterior doors on the North end of the building are open for student entrance at 7:20am
-Students must be out of the building 10 minutes after dismissal, and off campus 15 minutes after dismissal.  Please click on the PARENTS tab for more information.

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About Harding Middle School


203 East Euclid Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313

P: 515-242-8445 | F: 515-244-3566 | E:


At Warren G. Harding Middle School, our focus is educating students to make a positive difference in their community (school, city and beyond). WGHMS believes in the importance of developing a positive peer culture.

“The reason why I am serving at Harding as Principal is because I want all Des Moines students to believe that they can and will be successful.”