School News

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Winter is Coming: A Reminder About School and Weather Decisions


With tomorrow’s forecast calling for the first measurable snow of the school year, and a Winter Storm Watch in effect Friday for parts of Iowa, Superintendent Tom Ahart wants to remind everyone about how decisions are made about weather-related changes to the school day, and the ripple effect a “snow day” can have on the entire community. Click above to read more.

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Social Media Challenge for Harding


Follow Harding Wolf Pack on social media (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram)!  For every profile you LIKE or FOLLOW, your name will be entered into a drawing.  Prize will be the new design Harding sweatshirt.  Challenge ends November 30th!

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North Pays Tribute to Vets, Service Members


It’s been quite a year on the stage at North High School. In September the President of the United States dropped in and last weekend four performances of Peter Pan wowed audiences. Those events were fun, exciting, and in some ways even giddy. Thursday morning was different as North’s ROTC members led the school in a solemn … Read more »


Harding Students Sample Colleges, Careers


Middle School? Harding could’ve easily been mistaken for a high school last Friday morning when it hosted a College & Career Fair that focused students’ attention on the possibilities of where they could head after high school. Click on the image to read and see more about the event organized by Gear Up, Communities in Schools and I Have a Dream.

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Pumpkin Patch Visit


Makenzie Johnson and Kelly Mackey’s class got to visit Howell’s Pumpkin Patch on October 27th. They have been learning about fall and the life cycle of a pumpkin. Each student was able to pick out a pumpkin, feed the animals, and then were able to explore all that Howell’s had to offer.

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Harding College and Career Day


Harding very excited to share with you that Friday (11/6) Harding will host a College and Career Day. We have over 40 classroom guest speakers from our community coming to visit with students. There will also be several colleges, an ISU presentation, visits from DMPD and DMFD, and a special presentation by Major Q who … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Nov 26
Holiday – No school, offices closed
Nov 26
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 27
No school - Offices Closed
Nov 30
Girls Basketball Game vs Callanan at Harding 3pm
Nov 30
Social Media Challenge Ends

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Advisory PowerPoint Week of 11/23

The PowerPoint above is shared and discussed with students during Advisory.  This week power point goes over: goal setting, weekly events (Reminder no school Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday), can drive, handbook reminders, and lesson #2 on Bullying starts.

Athletics & Activities

Girls Basketball, Wrestling, and Girls Swimming have upcoming games/meets.  Click on the link below to view.


Click HERE for Athletic Schedules.

Open Computer Lab for Parents to Learn IC Parent Portal

Never used Parent Portal, having problems signing in, or need help navigating through Parent portal?  Come to the library on Tuesday from 7:30am – 8:30am or 2:30pm – 3:30pm for assistance.  Maria Burleson will be available to guide you through our Parent Portal system!


-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.”