School News

Winter Break starts Thursday (12/21)!


There is NO SCHOOL December 21 (Thursday) through January 2, 2018.  Offices will be closed the following dates: 12/25, 12/26, and 12/28 thru 1/2/2018. Classes will resume Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Have a fun and safe holiday season!

NEW and Improved School Hours at DMPS for 2018-2019 School Year


Beginning in August 2018, DMPS will implement new bell times – or school hours – throughout the district. Click above to view the new hours, compared to the current hours.

Harding’s Winter Activities!


Harding’s Parent Advisory Council is planning a family night in which students and parents can create, learn, and share together. We would like some input from YOU! Use Snapchat, Google or other QRC Scanner app to take our survey. Click on the link above for more information about the survey and Harding’s Winter Arts Activities!

Harding Winter Dance


Harding’s Winter Dance is on Thursday (12/14) from 2:45pm – 4:00pm hosted by your very own 8th grade Government. Click above for details on dressing down for dance and admission details.

Winter Concert Schedules


Orchestra, Choir, and Band have concerts coming up! Click above for Winter Concert Schedules.

Central College Baseball All-Skills Clinic


Central College Campus in Pella, Iowa is hosting a baseball clinic on January 21, 2018 for children 7-12 years old. There are three sessions: Pitching/Catching, Defense, and Hitting/Base Running. Registration is Online only. Click above fore more information.

Upcoming Events

Dec 15
Orchestra Tour
Dec 15
Wrestling City Meet
Dec 15
B Day
Dec 18
A Day
Dec 19
MAP Testing Ends

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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.”