Middle School Skills Academy



While the 2020-21 school year is beginning virtually at Des Moines Public Schools, and uncertainty continues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to providing extracurricular activities for our studentsSkillsAcademy LOGO scaled e1598992110641 768x735. Designed primarily for 7th and 8th grade students, the program provide the chance to learn and develop skills in a number of fall and winter sports. Please read on for more details.


Winter General Programming Information:

  • Winter Program Dates: November 30 – December 22
  • Days of the Week: M, T, TH, F
  • Time Frame: 60 – 90 minutes
  • Start Time: Approximately 4:00pm
  • Primarily for 7th and 8th graders
  • Transportation: To Be Determined
  • Participant daily limits will be based on CDC guidance and staffing availability
  • Programs will run at individual middle schools instead of combining at high schools
  • Focus on skill development and life lessons (social/emotional development)

Registration Process:

  • No fee for participation
  • Middle School Skills Academy registration will be the same as Middle School Sports. Register Here
    • If you have already registered for Middle School Sports through Online School Registration you DO NOT need to fill this form out.
  • Physicals will be required (July 1st, 2019 and after are valid)
  • If you have any questions please contact Ms. Kendzora, Harding’s Student Engagement Coordinator

Tentative Plans for Winter (Subject to Change) – November 30th – December 22nd, 2020

  • We will continually re-evaluate conditions to determine the viability of winter and spring sports.
Season Skills Development – Sport Drop off/ Pick up Door Practice Start Date and link to schedule
Winter Girls Basketball Gym entrance November 30

BASKETBALL Schedule2020 COVID updated 11.9

Winter Cheerleading (activity) Southeast Door by Crosswalk November 30

November Cheer Calendar

Winter Wrestling Wrestling Room Entrance on East side of building November 30

Practice Schedule

Des Moines Public Schools Activities

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