School News

January 2018 Parent Newsletter Available Online!


Harding’s Parent Newsletter for the start of Semester 2 is now available online.  Paper copies are available in the main office as well .  Click above to view the January 2018 Parent Newsletter or visit the PARENTS tab!

DMPS Days at Drake


You’re invited to attend a Drake Men’s or Women’s Basketball game this weekend. Admission is FREE for kids in the 8th grade or under! Family can purchase discounted tickets for only $5. Click on the title for dates and times!

Teen Talk: Healthy Relationships


Join us for a chat about parent and teen communication and healthy relationships on February 13th from 6-7pm at Harding Middle School. Click above for more information and a flyer in Spanish.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Jan 19
Road to Spring Break - Hoodie Day (+WP)
Jan 19
B Day
Jan 22
No School – Professional Development Day
Jan 23
School Board Meeting
Jan 23
A Day

Bulletin Board

Winter Athletics

Boys Basketball and Boys Swimming Practice will begin on January 4, 2018.  Students need a current physical on file to participate.



Register for Athletics HEREWinter Sports: Boys Basketball & Boys Swimming

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.”