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New Vaccination Requirement for 2017-2018 School Year


The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), has new instructions regarding mandatory vaccines for students next year. This change requires that all students entering 7th grader to have both a Meningococcal vaccine and a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis/whopping cough) booster before school starts this fall. Click above for more information.

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Students-Scientist Shine at 2017 Science Fair


The 9th annual DMPS Science Fair was held Thursday night at the Science Center of Iowa. From the effects of stress to killing bacteria in the mouth to a solar power hot dog machine, 230 middle and high school students presented their research projects to judges, parents, teachers and the public. Top finishers will go on to present their work at the Iowa State Science Fair in Ames later this spring. Click above to read and see more, including a list of winners.


MLK Event Rescheduled For Feb. 11


The MLK Youth Summit, which was postponed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled. Middle and high school students are invited to participate in the summit, and busing will be available from all five comprehensive high schools. Click above to learn more about this event honoring Dr. King.

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First MAP Progress Reports Available Soon


This school year, DMPS began using a new reading and math assessment called Measures of Academic Progress. Over the next few weeks, students will bring home their first set of test results. To read up on the benefits of using this assessment, and see a video walking you through the results, click above.

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No Debate About Middle School Debate


The middle school debate season began with a tournament hosted by high school powerhouse Roosevelt on Tuesday afternoon and a milestone was achieved. This year, for the first time, all DMPS middle schools have a debate program. Students kicked off the year with a tournament at Roosevelt, and will have three more oratorical face-offs between now and early May. Click above to read and see more about our middle school debaters.

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Road to Spring Break


Let’s BE POSITIVE, STAY FOCUSED, and JOIN WOLF PACK.  Click above or on the image to view the fun activities taking place on the ROAD TO SPRING BREAK!  

Upcoming Events

Feb 20
Boys Basketball Game at Brody 3pm
Feb 20
B Day
Feb 21
Road to Spring Break - Wear Your Own Pants (All +)
Feb 21
A Day
Feb 22
B Day

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Road Spring Break Flyer

Homeroom Power Point 2.13.17

Click on the above link to view the power point presentation shared with students this week.



Register for Athletics HERE (Winter Sports: Boys Basketball & Boys Swimming).  Practice started 1/3/2017.

Uniform Requirements

Harding students are required to be in uniform as they walk into the building until they leave for the day.  Harding’s uniform consists of a black polo (may also wear the Harding purple polos) and khaki pants/shorts/skirts.  Click on the link below to view the student handbook for more information about Harding’s Uniform requirementsThe main office no longer has Polos for students to borrow if they forgot their Uniform shirt.  Students will need to make a phone call home for parents to bring uniform clothes.


Harding Student Handbook


-Every Wednesday is an early release.  Students are dismissed at 1:00pm
-The exterior doors on the North end of the building are open for student entrance at 7:20am.
-School starts at 7:45am!
-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: 515-323-8652 | E:


Warren G Harding Middle School exists to ensure a high level of learning for each student. We accomplish this as a total school community consisting of staff, students, parents and community members. We work together to support the academic, social and individual goals of all students.

“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.”