School News


Apply Now for Summer Programs


It may have snowed Monday morning, but it’s not too early to think about summer plans. Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, DMPS is pleased to announce summer programs available at eight middle schools beginning on June 9. For more information, and to apply online, click above.

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Harding Student Overjoyed at Meeting Mentor


Tucker Sindlinger, the assistant coach for Des Moines Menace soccer team, made a special visit to Harding Middle School.  During his visit he met and worked with Abraham who is a HUGE soccer fan.  Abraham earned this privilege for being rated positive. Each week Harding students are rated either negative, neutral, or positive.  Students have … Read more »

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8th Grade Trip to DC/Philly


Time to start planning for the 4th annual Close Up Trip to Washington D.C. for the 2014-2015 DMPS 8th graders. Close Up is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works with students and educators to promote active citizenship. Close Up has 40 years of experience in history education and has welcomed over 750,000 students and teachers to Washington, DC on our programs. Click above for more information.


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.

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District Wide 8th Grade Formal: Tickets on Sale!


District Wide 8th Grade Formal is on Wednesday, May 28th from 6-9pm.  The dance is held at the Scottish Rite Temple and hosted by Warren G. Harding’s DJ Wolf Pack.  Tickets are available in the main office for $10.00 each.  Music provided by DJ Wolf Pack!  There will be a FREE photo booth and concessions … Read more »

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Free School & Sports Physicals


Youth Sports Injury Prevention Clinic is offering FREE physicals to all middle or high school athletes on Wednesday, May 14th. Located at Iowa Ortho & Physiotherapy Assoc. Downtown from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Registration required! Click above for more information.

Upcoming Events

Apr 18
A Day
Apr 18
Term 5 End
Apr 21
B Day
Apr 21
Term 6 Start
Apr 22
Earth Day
Harding takes part in the School Improvement Grant program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Harding YEARBOOKS still available!

Yearbooks are in and will be distributed next week.  If you did not order a yearbook, it is not too late.  The cost is only $15.00.  Turn in order forms and money to main office.  If you have any questions please contact the main office or email Ms. Wilcoxen at

2013-2014 End of the Year Activities & Important Dates

Click HERE to view End of the Year Activities or visit the Harding Calendar.

Parent Newsletter

Click on the link above to view the parent newsletter sent home March 10th.  The letter contains information about school hours for the 2014-2015 school year and high school credit for 8th grade courses.


-Check the Upcoming Events section for A/B days!
-Every Wednesday is early release and Harding is dismissed at 2:00 pm.
-Students must have their planner with them every day, for every class.

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.