School News


Reminder: Iowa Requires Vaccine Booster for Incoming 7th Graders


Iowa law now requires that all students entering 7th grade receive a one-time booster of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine. This change was implemented at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. Parents of incoming 7th graders for the 2014-2015 school year click above for more information and a letter from the DMPS Health Services Supervisor.

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DMPS Middle Schools Stellar Award Winners


Friday night, 150 DMPS middle school students were recognized at the 2015 Stellar Awards. The awards ranged from Community Service to Perseverance to Perfect Attendance. The Weeks jazz band and spoken-word poet Devante Witherspoon (Goodrell) provided entertainment. Thanks to our sponsors, students arrived in stretch limousines. To see and read more, click above.

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Turnaround Arts Students: Hakuna Matata


More than 500 5th and 6th grade students from DMPS Turnaround Arts schools attended a performance of Disney’s The Lion King on Thursday afternoon, thanks to our partners at Des Moines Performing Arts. In addition to a great performance, students had a Q&A session with the actors following the show. Click above to read and see more about a special field trip and learning opportunity for our students.

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Schools Play Together at Northside Band Night


Under the direction of Scott Davis, Laura Thieben, William Beyer and Dave Brown, several elementary, middle and high school bands came together and performed at North High School during Northside Band Night on Tuesday night. All four elementary schools that feed into North High, plus Harding Middle School, participate in the Turnaround Arts program. Every band played together “Let’s Go Band” for the final notes of the evening. Click above to see photos.

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District Wide 8th Grade Formal


Tickets for 8th Grade Formal will be on sale soon! The event will be held on Thursday, May 28th at the Scottish Rite Temple from 6pm – 8pm. Cost is $10 per student and will be sold in the main office. Click above for more details.

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Harding’s Courtyard Mural


Graffiti writers and local artists, As Phate and LETER, have begun laying the outlines for a mural in the west brick courtyard of Harding Middle School. Click above to learn more about the mural, artists, and student involvement!

Upcoming Events

May 22
B Day
May 22
Dress Down Day - All + Students
May 22
Girls Soccer Game at Weeks 3pm
May 22
Harding Musical - Schoolhouse Rocks 7pm
May 23
Harding Musical - Schoolhouse Rocks 7pm

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Dress Down Day TODAY for all positive students! 

ALL students (including 8th graders) are required to attend school FRIDAY, MAY 29TH!

Activities will be planned in the building for students not attending Adventureland.  Call the main office with any questions 242-8445

DMPS Summer Programs
Information on DMPS Summer Camps and Programs are now available under the Activities tab.  Click HERE to view now!

Success for Sixth Grade!

Are you ready for the 6th grade?  Attend a FREE one day camp at your new middle school.  Harding’s camp will be on July 30th.  Meet teachers, meet other students, and get to know the building!  Pre-registration is REQUIRED.

Steppin’ Into Summer

Summer is right around the corner and Harding has some fun events and activities planned for the remainder of the year!  To view end of the year activities and events visit the Harding website calendar.  Click HERE for the final Parent Newsletter of this school year! 
End of the Year Events Powerpoint


-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.

Calendar of Events


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.

We are proud of our staff’s commitment to our students’ success and our students’ commitment to making a difference in their community.