School News

College Night: ISU 4U Promise


Dear ISU 4U Promise Families – We invite you to attend College Night on Wednesday, February 21 from 4-6pm at King Elementary School.  You can learn more about the ISU 4U Promise, opportunities at Iowa State University, and how to prepare for college. This event is “open house” style, meaning come whenever you want and … Read more »

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New School Hours Beginning in August


Beginning in August, all schools at DMPS will have new hours. The new hours at our school will be 8:30 AM to 3:25 PM. The change is being made to better serve the educational needs of students, based on research into the sleep patterns of children and teenagers. Click the headline for more information.

Harding Middle School Spring Parent Teacher Conferences


In an effort to live out our mission to create unique opportunities and empower our students, Harding Middle School’s Spring Semester Conferences will look differently this year. Teachers will be conferencing with all families over the phone during the week of February 19th. Families will have an opportunity to conference face- to- face on March 1st if additional time is needed. Click above for more information about the change for Spring Conferences.

Check Out the Swagg Shop!


Come purchase your Harding gear and other fun trinkets! Government students will open The Swagg Shop on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The Swagg will be located outside the auditorium or cafeteria and is open from 7:20am to 7:35am.

Road to Spring Break – THE PACK IS BACK


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!  

Winter is Here: What to Know About School and the Weather


The following is a note from Superintendent Tom Ahart on the decision-making process at Des Moines Public Schools about “snow days.” Click above to read and see how you can be the first to know about weather-related closings, delays and early dismissals.

Upcoming Events

Feb 19
No School – Professional Development Day (Educator University)
Feb 20
School Board Meeting
Feb 20
DMPS MS All City Jazz Festival
Feb 20
DMPS Middle School All City Jazz Festival
Feb 20
B Day

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Spring Athletics

Track practice starts March 5, 2018.  Students need a current physical on file to participate.



Register for Athletics HERESpring Sports: Track & Soccer

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

Des Moines Public Schools uses Infinite Campus as its web-based student information system. The service allows students and parents/guardians to access academic information and other student records.  Harding also uses Portal to post building wide messages.  Click on the link below for more information about Parent Portal and FAQs.


Infinite Campus Parent Portal Info


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.  NO sweatpants, athletic pants, or leggings allowed.  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.


The main office no longer has shirts students can borrow for when a student comes to school out of uniform.  Students will need to call home for a parent/guardian to bring a shirt to school.  Please ensure your students comes to school in uniform every day. 


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.”