School News

DMPS will send TEST message on November 16th!


On November 16th at 2:30pm a TEST message will be sent out five way: via phone, text, email, IC mobile app and/or IC Parent Portal. Click above for more information about this TEST message being sent out by the district and what you can do to ensure you have updated contact information with your student’s school.

Improving School Hours at DMPS


At Des Moines Public Schools, we are always looking at how we can do more to support our students, and help everyone succeed. An idea currently being considered is a change in the bell times – or school hours – that we have. Click above for more information about the Proposed Plan.

Students walk in the rain.

Violence, Violence, Go Away. Come Again … Never


A downpour strong enough to postpone the Hoover-North football game wasn’t enough to stop an event organized to speak out against crime and violence, and in support of safe neighborhoods and communities. Harding Middle School was joined by North and Hoover high schools along with Goodrell and Meredith middle schools in organizing the walk. Click on the headline to read more.

Harding Picture Retakes are November 16th!


Harding Picture are scheduled for Thursday, October 12th. Lifetouch will be located in the Auditorium until pictures are completed. Click above for more information!

Harding Students Prepare for Speak UP Against Violence Walk


TODAY the Harding Middle School Wolfpack will be front and center for the Northside’s Speak Up Against Violence Walk. The event will take place before North High School’s homecoming football game against Hoover. The event will start in the Auditorium. Click above fore more details about the event!

Harding Middle School Fall Parent Teacher Conferences


Advisory/SPED teachers will be conferencing with all families on October 24th or October 26th (ELL Night). Click above for more information about Parent Teacher Fall Conferences!

Upcoming Events

Nov 20
Girls Basketball Game
Nov 20
Girls Swim Meet
Nov 20
B Day
Nov 21
School Board Meeting
Nov 21
A Day

Bulletin Board

Winter Athletics

Girls Basketball, Girls Swimming, and Wrestling Practice will begin on October 23rd.  Students need a current physical on file to participate.



Register for Athletics HEREWinter Sports: Girls Basketball, Girls Swimming, & Wrestling

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.”