School News

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Harding Parents: Want to Earn Your High School Diploma?


Harding parents/guardians can do so for FREE! Join us for the DMACC HiSET course in the Findley Elementary computer lab on Monday and Wednesday nights. Click above fore more information and how to register!

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Penn Back at Harding for Arts, Academics


Actor Kal Penn made his third trip back to Harding Middle School this week (pictured at left with the Harding Breakerz, a school dance group) as part of the school’s participation in Turnaround Arts. From students learning about homeostasis by getting out from behind their desks to a regular “brain dance,” Penn saw how the arts have been integrated to support all areas of learning. Click above to read and see more.

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Parent and Family University Meeting for February is being rescheduled.


Parent and Family University is Tuesday (2/2). All parents, families, and community members are invited to visit with Joy Linquist (Principal) and Anthony Voss (GT Coordinator for Harding). The topic is Unwrapping Gifted for Secondary Students. Come to lean more about what it means for Harding learners. Click above for more information.

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Kal Penn Advocates for DMPS, Arts Education


Actor Kal Penn is back in Des Moines to work with Harding Middle School students, thanks to the Turnaround Arts program. But first it was a stop at the Iowa State Capitol, where he and the district’s visual arts curriculum coordinator Sarah Dougherty testified to the Senate Education Committee and spoke to other state leaders about the importance of the arts in our schools. Click above to read more about his advocacy on behalf of DMPS.

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Semester 2 Kick Off Event – Staff vs Student Games and Dance


Friday, January 29th is the day for our first staff vs student events. The girls basketball, wrestling, and Dodgeball games will take place versus students after school in the Gym. Dance to follow!
It is $1 to get in, remember no level 3 referrals and no outstanding detentions/night schools to get in! Click above to view poster of the event.

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Need a Quiet Place to Study?


Check out the NEW homework hideout at Forest Avenue Library. The space is available Monday-Thursday from 3pm -5pm each day. Click above to view the flyer for more information.

Upcoming Events

Feb 8
Boys Basketball Game vs Hiatt at Harding 3pm
Feb 8
A Day
Feb 9
B Day
Feb 10
A Day
Feb 11
B Day

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Advisory Power Point – Week of February 1

This week students focus will be on PROFESSIONALISM.  Students will work hard to be to class on time.  Click on the link below to see what else students will be working on for this week and what events are taking place.

New Bell Schedule for Second Semester

Students started a new Semester Tuesday, January 19th along with a new bell schedule.  Click above to see changes.

Athletics & Activities

Boys Basketball and Boys Swimming will start practice after winter break.  Make sure your registrations forms and physicals are completed.  Click on the link below to view.


Click HERE for Athletic Schedules.


-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.

“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.”