School News

Saturday Family English Literacy Program (Meredith or Walnut)


Saturday Family English Literacy Program will start February 3rd and go until May 12th, 2018. Click above for a detailed flyer for more information. You can also call 242-7691 or 242-7853.

MLK Day will be a “Day On” for Many Students in Des Moines


There won’t be any school on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day. But, as school board chair Teree Caldwell-Johnson noted in her closing remarks at Tuesday night’s board meeting, it’s not a day off, it’s a day on. Click above to read more about the events taking place on Monday, January 15th.

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.

Spring Musical Auditions: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.


Harding Theater Arts presents: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr! Spring Musical Auditions will be held January 4th & 5th after school.

Upcoming Events

Jan 17
Start of Second Semester
Jan 17
B Day
Jan 18
Boys Basketball Game
Jan 18
A Day
Jan 19
Road to Spring Break - Hoodie Day (+WP)

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.”