School News

Turnaround Arts Students Take the Stage in Nation’s Capital


Twenty-two brilliant and talented students from the Northside feeder pattern flew to Washington D.C. last weekend to perform in the Turnaround Arts Talent Show, held in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the first time. Click on the title to read and see more!

Grand Opening at Parkfair Mall


Three amazing organizations with the mission to bring community, blessing, and vision to Highland Park families will be available in our community very soon. The Grand Opening for the new work and services that are going to open across Euclid Avenue in Park Fair Mall will take place on March 20th. Click above to view the flyer for times and more information about the organizations.

Updated Harding Flickr Page!


Check out Media Club’s newly updated Harding Flickr page! The most recent events uploaded are from Spirit Week and Culture Night. Photos are taken by students involved with Media Club. Click on the link above to access all albums.

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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.

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.

Connect Infinite Campus with the DMPS Mobile App


The Des Moines Public Schools mobile app is designed to provide up-to-date and helpful information about the school district and our school right in the palm of your hand. So you can now take DMPS anywhere and everywhere. Click above for more information about DMPS mobile app!

Upcoming Events

Mar 26
8th Grade Term 3 Wolf Pack Field Trip
Mar 26
A Day
Mar 27
B Day
Mar 28
A Day
Mar 29
7th Grade Term 3 Wolf Pack Field Trip

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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.”