School News

Looking for Summer Activities? Check the DMPS Virtual Backpack


We are pleased to welcome you to the virtual backpack for Des Moines Public Schools, our central hub for information about school and community events and information of interest to students and their families. Click on the headline to read more about Virtual Backpack and summer programming available.

District Wide 8th Grade Formal


Tickets for 8th Grade Formal are on sale NOW! The event will be held on Thursday, May 24th at the Scottish Rite Temple from 6pm – 8pm. Cost is $10 per student. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door the night of the dance. Click above for more details.

Stellar Awards 2018 Celebrate Middle School Success


The 5th annual Stellar Awards began with limo rides and red carpet and ended with honors and recognitions for students from each of our middle schools at DMPS. Held at North High School, the event recognizes students for their success in a variety of categories, from scholar-athletes and musicians to positive peer pressure and community service. Enjoy photos from the special ceremony on the DMPS Flickr page.

End of the Year Wolf Pack Field Trips


Wolf Pack is celebrating the end of the school year with some exciting Field Trips! Click above to view more information about the trips and requirements to participate.

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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.

End of the Year 2018 Parent Newsletter Available Online!


Harding’s Parent Newsletter for the End of the Year is now available online.  Paper copies are available in the main office as well .  Click above to view the End of the Year 2018 Parent Newsletter or visit the PARENTS tab.

Upcoming Events

May 25
8th Grade End of Year Wolf Pack Field Trip
May 25
7th Grade End of Year Wolf Pack Field Trip
May 25
Dress Down Day - ALL Grades
May 25
A Day
May 28
Memorial Day

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The end of the 2017-2018 is quickly approaching and we have lots to celebrate.  Click on the link above to view all the end of the year activities.



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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.

Calendar of Events


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.”