School News

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Attention: Incoming 7th Grade Students


Before starting 7th grade in the fall, students must meet a new mandatory state vaccination requirement. Students without proof of a meningitis vaccination or an exemption will not be allowed to attend classes in the fall. As of Aug. 1, 35% of Harding students do not have the vaccination. Click the headline to read more about what is needed, and where students can find assistance meeting this requirement.

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Virtual Backpack Replaces Paper Flyers


Our students have enough to carry around! Opportunities in the community will now be available via Virtual Backpack for Des Moines Public Schools. Read about student-friendly community events and opportunities, or post a flyer of your own. Click on the headline to read more about Virtual Backpack.

Fathers Making a Difference in Education: Million Father March 2017


Harding is registered to participate this year in the Million Father March 2017 on the first day of school. We will be taking our first ‘STEP’ together this year. Fathers/Grandfathers/Uncles/Older Brothers bring your student the first day of school – August 23rd. Click above for more information about the march.

2017-2018 Back to School Night – August 21st from 5pm-7:30pm, Depending on Grade Level!


Warren G. Harding Middle School’s 2017-2018 Back to School Night will be held on Monday, August 21st from 5pm to 7:30pm depending on grade. 6th Grade ONLY will come from 5:00 – 6:30pm. 7th & 8th will come from 6:30 – 7:30pm. Students must be registered online prior to this date. Click above for more information!

Keep Up to Date with Harding!!


Even through the summer the website, facebook, and twitter will be updated with current information for our Harding students and families. Click above for the links to these sites.

Online Registration for 2017-2018 School Year


Online registration opened July 17th, for current DMPS families. Families new to DMPS should contact our Welcome Center to begin the registration process. If you are in need of assistance with Online Registration Harding will have staff available on August 2nd from 4pm – 7pm AND August 3rd from 9am-12pm. Click above fore more information!

DMPS Offers Children Free Summer Meals


Des Moines Public Schools will offer free summer meals to children under the age of 18 as early as June 5. The meals are served at 31 locations throughout the community, with 26 of those locations also offering breakfast. This USDA funded program has been enormously successful, helping serve almost 147,000 meals last summer. Click above to read more and find a location near you.

Upcoming Events

Aug 23
Million Fathers March 2017
Aug 23
First Day of School
Aug 23
A Day
Aug 24
Free Sports Physicals for Harding students playing Volleyball, Football, or Cross Country 3-5pm
Aug 24
B Day

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NO Football Practice Today (8/23)

There will be no Football practice on Wednesdays until further notice.  Practice will still be held on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays from 3:30pm – 5:30pm.

ONLINE REGISTRATION began July 17th!!!!

Click on the above link to view more information about the online registration process.  You can access your child’s registration link on the left lower side of your Parent Portal homepage.  All students must be registered online before the start of the 2017-2018 school year.


Infinite Campus Parent Portal Link


DMPS Registration and Enrollment Information Link



Register for Athletics HEREPractice for Volleyball, Cross Country and Football start on August 21st!

Harding Uniform Requirements

This year students will be required to wear plain black polo shirts (along with their purple Harding logo polos) with khakis or black bottoms. Pants must have zippers and pockets.  Harding will not have black polos for purchase.  Black Polos must be plain with no logos or other colors.  Please refer to the student handbook for more detailed uniform information.


17-18 Student Handbook


-Every Wednesday is an early release.  Students are dismissed at 1:10pm
-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:


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 mission of Harding Middle School is to ensure a safe space in which each student is afforded unique opportunities to learn and grow.

“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.”