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Parent Meeting 2:45 p.m.- 3:25 p.m.


Parent Meeting (PAC)  Holiday social event in the library 2:45- 3:25 Monday December 10. Reunión de padres (PAC)  Evento social en la biblioteca el lunes 10 de diciembre a las 2:45-3:25

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6th Grade Parent Meeting November 29th 5:30 PM


The meeting will convene in the school auditorium from 5:30 PM-6:30 PM

Classroom guest raises hand after asking question.

Career Day Turns Big Dreams Into Plans


Harding’s 4th annual Dream Big Career Day included journalists, firefighters, politicians, environmentalists, judges, dentists, soldiers, musicians, poets – even a magician was there, though the message common to all of the occupations represented was that careers don’t happen magically. They usually result from hard work and deliberate planning. Click on the headline to read more!

Students stand in front of Japanese castle.

Application Period Open For Trip to KOFU, Japan


The student application process for the June 2019 Kofu, Japan Exchange is underway. This student exchange is entering its 36th year and proves to be one of the most rewarding educational opportunities offered to the students of Des Moines Public Schools. Click on the headline to see a student produced video and read more about the trip. Students must be at least 12 years old on or before June 1, 2019 to be eligible.

Parent-Teacher Conferences


Parent Teacher Conferences will be held Monday, October 22nd from 4:30-7:30pm and Tuesday, October 23rd from 4:30-6:30pm. Please contact your child’s advisory teacher to schedule a time to visit at 515-242-8445.

FREE Sports Physicals for 7th & 8th Grade Students


The Iowa Clinic is providing free sports physicals for Harding 7th & 8th grade students interested in participating in athletics for the 2018-2019 school year on Monday, August 20th from 5:30-7:30pm in the Harding MS Gym.

Upcoming Events

Dec 20
7/8 Wrestling
Dec 24
Winter Break – No School
Dec 24
Holiday – Offices Closed
Dec 31
Holiday – Offices Closed
Jan 2
Staff Development – No School

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Dress Code Change for 2018-2019 School Year

Harding students will no longer be required to wear school uniforms during the school day.  There will still be a dress code about what students can and cannot wear.  Click above to view details!



Register for Athletics HERE.  

Between District Open Enrollment Patron Notification

Click on the link above (or below for Spanish) for Open Enrollment information and deadline dates.


Spanish Patron Notification


Summer Office Hours

Harding Main Office hours for the summer will be 7:00am – 3:00pm.  To ensure staffing the day of your visit please call 242-8445.  Office may be closed due to meetings and/or vacations.


2018-2019 SCHOOL HOURS  8:30am – 3:25pm
  • Every Wednesday Early Dismissal at 2:10pm
  • 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:

New School Hours: 8:30 AM to 3:25 PM


The vision of Harding Middle School is to be an innovative school that empowers each student to be academically, socially, and emotionally prepared for life.

“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.”